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Benjamin Brown with his group of fellow youth and adult helpers. Photos courtesy of Benjamin Brown

 

Benjamin Brown of Boy Scouts Troop 506, wanted to grow a love for reading books with his Eagle Scout Project called “Little Free Libraries.” His project consisted of constructing and installing two of these little structures – one at Frieden’s United Church of Christ and one at Moscow Mills United Methodist Church. The goal of the Little Free Libraries is to spark a love for reading books, create a closer-knit community environment and foster neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 

Brown joined the Cub Scouts in first grade, and then moved on to Boy Scouts. 

The Boy Scouts of America’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Within the Boy Scouts the highest honor that a Scout can earn is the title of Eagle Scout. To obtain the prestigious title, a Scout must go through a formal application process, as well as propose and execute a community service project. 

“The idea came about to do the Little Free Libraries when my mom and I were reading the newspaper and saw a story about a different Little Free Libraries project,” said Brown. 

With an idea picked out, Brown now had to plan out every detail of his project. 

“We started planning out how to build them, contacting donors, finding materials and figuring out a place to build them,” said Brown. The project took about six months to complete, from the very beginning of the planning process of the project to the finishing touches. Assisting Brown to complete the project were eight youth and six adults. 

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One of the libraries stocked with books.

“Eagle Scouts have to be able to lead a group of people and coordinate projects, that’s what the goal is as an Eagle Scout,” said Brown. Looking down the road, Brown plans to maintain the Little Free Libraries as needed. The Little Free Libraries were officially opened on March 16, 2019 and are open to the community. The libraries are fully stocked with books, so stop by and grab a book or, if you would like, donate a book back to the library.

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