SOMERSET, NJ - Colonial Park just got a new addition, and no it is not the spray park, yet. 

Girl Scout Troop 60151 donated a little free library to the community of Franklin Township, Saturday, June 23.  

"If you see a book you like, take it," the little library dedication plaque reads. "If you have a book to donate, leave it. Children young and old can partake. Happy hearts the gift of reading makes."

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Troop 60151 members love to read and wanted to find a way to motivate others to do the same, according to their troop leaders. 

"I think this library will help encourage kids to pick up a book and read more," Sampson G. Smith Student, Ava Rollino said. 

The little library is prominently located on the pathway leading to the Morgan J. Pellowski playground. 

"I hope this new library we put in the park will give people who are bored (at the park) something to do," Cedar Hill Prep Student, Niara Beckwith said. " Now people can take a book, sit on a bench and read."

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Money for the little library was raised by the troop's Girl Scout cookie sale and helped troop earn its Girl Scout Bronze Award, The award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Troop 60151 worked as a team to come up with the design, location, and content for the library. 

Troop leaders Arina Robinson and Lisa Ulm said the girls received a lot of help from Somerset County Park officials Dina Healey and Gary Schupper to figure out the location of the little library. They too hope the little library will become a welcomed addition to the community. 

"We have books from different genres and age groups, from baby picture books, all the way up to adult books," Robinson said. "The books here can be enjoyed by everyone in the community."

Ulm said working with the girls to come up with the design, was one of the most interesting aspects of the project. 

"They all had their own design ideas, and trying to get them to conform to one wasn't easy," Ulm said. "That is why we have four different designs on all four sides."

Ulm said the girls designed their own stripe on the back of the library to help personalize the project. 

Troop 60151 of Franklin Township Scouts (all 10 or 11 years old):

  • Niara Beckwith
  • Helena Centolanza
  • Sophia Magee
  • Ariana Peart
  • Amira Pinkett
  • Alyssa Robinson
  • Ava Rollino
  • Mykaela Sanders-Washington
  • Noelle Tatum
  • Allison Ulm

To learn more about the "Little Library Project" view the 30-second video below:

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