“Girl Scouts are our superheroes,” says Little Free Library creator and executive director Todd H. Bol.
Wearing colorful uniforms rather than capes, Troop 5615 from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles visited the Little Free Library booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this past weekend. There, they helped build Little Free Library book exchanges, which will be distributed to areas of LA where they can have an impact on community building and reading motivation. A total of twelve Little Libraries were built at the festival, and the Girl Scouts earned a special badge for their accomplishment.
Bol praises the troop’s enthusiasm and can-do attitude. “They added spark to the whole event,” he says. “Everyone at the festival could see how much fun they were having.”
This isn’t the first time Girl Scouts have helped establish Little Free Libraries. Many Girl Scouts around the country have built and installed Little Libraries to earn their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards.
Girl Scouts are a meaningful part of the future of the Little Free Library movement, says Bol. “We’re going to work closely with the Girl Scouts to develop an official Little Free Library patch to make this an opportunity for troops across the country.”