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Girl Scout Junior Troop donates Little Free Library to Lincoln Elementary

  Girl Scout Junior Troop 70047 built and donated a Little Free Library to its home school, Lincoln Elementary, to complete its Bronze Award project.

Troops earn the Bronze Award by completing a project that gives back to the community in a small way.

The junior troop, comprising 2019-20 school year 5th graders, worked to build a Little Free Library to promote literacy for their Bronze Award project, said Troop Leader Arlene Morris, who also teaches math at Plainfield High School – Central Campus.

“As we were brainstorming projects for the school, we knew Lincoln already has LincolnGrows, which is an outdoor classroom and sustainable garden,” Morris said. “So, the troop thought a Little Free Library was a nice addition to go with the outdoor classroom theme at Lincoln.”

A Little Free Library is typically placed in a public area where community members can take books for free and donate books, Morris said.

Junior troop members Emily Yuskus, Madelyn Hansen, Megan Morris, Violet Strain, Holly Morris, and Sarah White had to complete 30 hours of work toward the project, Morris said.

The troop members volunteered last school year at Lincoln’s Family Reading Night to promote literacy at the free book table.

The remaining hours for the project were dedicated to painting and building the Free Little Library.

The Little Free Library is made with recycled products and will require low maintenance, Morris said.

The Library was supposed to be installed in March, but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Morris said.

The Little Free Library was installed in July 2020 outside the main entrance at Lincoln Elementary School and is filled with children’s and adult books for the community.