Fitchburg Girl Scouts Build, Donate Little Free Library at McKee Park Apartments
Written by Admin | January 9, 2018 | In The News
Kudos to Fitchburg Girl Scout Troop 2446! As a community service project, they researched, planned and built a Little Free Library. Little Free Library is the “take a book, leave a book” book exchange phenomenon. In essence, a sturdy all-weather box is constructed and placed where members of the public can access it. Inside are donated books. More than 50,000 Little Free Libraries are registered, found in all 50 states and in 70 countries.
With this particular Little Free Library, the Girl Scout Troop asked our McKee Park Apartments to be the host site. Troop 2446 has frequently adopted the “grandparents” living at McKee Park Apartments for their service projects. This time, many residents at McKee Park Apartments were interviewed as part of the girls’ research. The Scouts learned about reading interests, book lending uses, accessibility and more. They applied what they learned to construct the Little Free Library, which then debuted at a party for residents at McKee. The event also showcased a great selection of donated books to be placed inside the Little Free Library. Books ranged from classics to history to children’s books that grandparents can read to visiting grandchildren. At the event, Independent Living CEO Joyce Behrend talked to the Girl Scouts and thanked them for their coordination, creativity and commitment to community. “These young ladies will be wonderful leaders tomorrow!” she said.
A local television program, “Talking Fitchburg,” interviewed the Scouts who talked about being inspired by seniors, and wanting to share the books that they enjoyed with the seniors they met. The four-minute story begins around 4:10 into the video. The Little Free Library is now installed in front of McKee Park Apartments, across from McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg. The books inside are ready to share warmth and cheer regardless of what the weather may be.