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Children's Community School Book Drive

Posted by:   Catherine on Jun 13, 2013
Town:         Middlebury
Troop:        64146

What issue did your Take Action project address?
Literacy and access to books to promote literacy. I love to read and wanted other kids to have books to read, too.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
Conducting a Book Drive to stock the library for Children's Community School in Waterbury CT
This was a solo project. I talked with my Girl Scout troop. I contacted libraries in Woodbury and Southbury and Middlebury businesses to ask about placing bins. My entire service unit contributed books. I had book collection boxes at my school and cookie booths. I even received a set of brand new, autographed books from the publisher of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
I collected over 3,000 new and gently used books for the Children's Community School library. The school librarian and the children were thrilled to receive so many new books in good condition to borrow for reading at home. The children were so happy when they helped me unload the boxes of books to put on the library shelves.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned that you will probably have to change your Take Action project based on what the people you help actually need. Originally, I'd wanted to do a book exchange, but the librarian told me her students didn't even have books to share. I learned that it is important to be flexible and how to communicate with new adults. I also learned that the more you talk about your project, the more help you get. I also learned that I am fortunate. It felt really good to help other people, especially seeing the smiles on the kids' faces.

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