ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- When the Girl Scouts in Troop 71439 needed to choose their group project, their mutual love of reading made creating a Little Free Library an easy choice. With the help of troop leaders, the support of Robbinsville Township recreation, and the encouragement of the community, their library now sits on the west side of the Town Center Lake near the gazebo.
One of the Troop's leader's, Karen Shenghit, told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that the project gave the girls a "positive good thing to focus on" during these tough times.
"This was a good project for them to learn together," said Shenghit. "The girls each painted part of a barn scene on the box and planted flowers around it. They held a book drive to fill up the library and make bookmarks. They also all each help monitor the box."
The group of 10 girls - nine who live in Robbinsville and one who lives in Hamilton -- have been together as a troop for the most part since they were about age 5 and are now 11 years old. This project helped the Troop earn their Bronze Medal which is the first time Girl Scouts can obtain an award which must be done as a unit.
The Little Free Library hold between 40 and 50 books and includes a diverse collection of titles for readers of all ages from early learning to adults.
While the "honor system" of "take a book; leave a book" is encouraged, Shenghit said that many books have been donated already creating a good variety for those looking for something new to read.
Books can be donated simply by placing them in the library, while readers looking for something new to flip through can visit it for their next book.
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