Monkton Girl Scouts learn to make a tiny library

THREE MONKTON GIRL scouts, Lucy Parker, left, Cassandra Guillemette and Natalie Adams created a little library for their Silver Award this year.

MONKTON — As members of Monkton Girl Scout Troop 30474, Lucy Parker, Cassandra Guillemette and Natalie Adams took on building a “little library” for their final project in their Silver Award journey. A little library is standalone box (often in the shape of a house) with books behind a glass door. The books are free to take, and anyone is free to leave books for others to peruse.
The trio contributed over 50 hours in the making of the Monkton Ridge Little Library. With endless support from their community, they had the opportunity to learn many new skills that they didn’t even know existed. From woodworking and construction, to board meetings and town proposals, Lucy, Natalie and Cassandra covered every aspect necessary when planning, designing and carrying out a project.
As much as this was an educational experience the three teens said they enjoyed every 10 p.m. work session and early morning get-together. It truly was an extremely enjoyable experience that was totally worth all the hard work.
They offered special thanks to George Parker for contributing countless weekends and afternoons to assist them with the woodworking aspect of the project. Also, to Tim Hollaway they said thank you so much for teaching them how to cut, glaze and install glass.
“Your shop was an excellent resource that helped our project tremendously,” they said.
Third, to Ian Underwood, the youngsters said: Working with you and your engraving shop really taught us a lot about the many steps to making a plaque, so thank you.
Finally, they thanked members of the Russell Memorial Library board for their opinions and advice, which gave them much to think about when it came to the location of the project. “We love the location you guys proposed and thank you for getting it approved by the town,” Cassandra, Natalie and Lucy said. “Our donation to you is not even close to enough of a thank you for all the work you have done for us.”
To visit the Monkton Ridge Little Library head north on the Monkton Bristol Road. It is just past the Monkton General Store on the left; right before the church. You can always leave a book or take a book.
Editor’s note: This story was provided by Lucy Parker, Natalie Adams and Cassandra Guillemette.

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