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A Girls Scout Gold Award project centering around the building of five Little Free Libraries (small book exchanges) to be placed throughout the community of Monrovia.

Hi, my name is Stephanie Cox and I am a member of Monrovia’s Girl Scout Troop 637, which is led by school board member Alex Zucco.  Over the past couple of months I have been working on my Girl Scout Gold Award community service project (equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Project).

My project has many different components, the biggest of which is the building of five Little Free Libraries to be placed throughout the community.  Each Little Free Library operates on a “take-a-book, leave-a-book” system.  Essentially they are a book exchange.  To successfully complete my project I am filling each Little Free Library with books, as well as giving an additional box of books to each new owner.  I am looking for people to “adopt” a Little Free Library, and host it on their property. 

So far, in efforts to complete my project I have: fundraised through a successful car wash, collected hundreds of books, spoken at two city council meetings, helped a local Girl Scout Brownie Troop earn a badge, and begun building my libraries.  Three of these Libraries are nearly completed, and I expect all five to be finished in roughly two weeks.  If everything goes well I will be wrapping my project up shortly afterwards, as long as I can find a home for every library.   Currently, I have homes for two of the libraries and am looking for anyone interested in adopting one of the other three.

If you can help or are interested in further details of my project, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. Thank You.

Email – alphabookworm@hotmail.com

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Gayle M. Montgomery December 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Stephanie, is the age limit school children, or is this targeted for all readers. I picked up some super books on Freecycle, more than I could fit in my book case and may have a few to add to your project if it helps. Several are well known writers of works that are quite good, just no room. Would this be something to help? I probably wouldn't have them culled til next week. Just ask if it helps--former GS Leader, GS, and Brownie, mother of a GS and Brownie, grandmother of a Daisy! If that works, you may also wish to ask for materials you need on Freecycle.org. There is an Arcadia chapter, and folks may have materials they could donate.
Stephanie Cox December 15, 2012 at 06:10 AM
I'm attempting to put together boxes of books that contain material fro readers of all ages. If you have any books that need a home, I would be more than happy to come pick them up. :) Thanks for the Freecycle idea, I hadn't thought of that.
Stephanie Cox December 15, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Thanks for offering a library a home!
Stephanie Cox December 15, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Thank you! It's going to be lots of fun walking the Rose Parade with so many troop members, I'm looking foward to it. :)
Gayle M. Montgomery December 17, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I will shoot you an email, Stephanie, in a few days when I have assembled what I want/need to part with, and we can connect then. It will probably be Friday or thereafter so that I can do this on vacation. Happy to help, and I'll bet there are a bunch of Freecyclers who would contribute if you ask.

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