Waterford residents were greeted with a surprise at their annual Easter egg hunt on April 6 at Waterford Park. Sarah Lundell unveiled a Little Free Library she built and filled with books to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award.
A Little Free Library is a kiosk where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another to share. Sarah has registered her library on littlefreelibrary.org, where you can find thousands of book kiosk locations around the world.
“I first learned about Little Free Libraries almost a year ago from an article in the newspaper,” Sarah said. “After that I had to settle on a design, get approvals, fundraise, build the library and get book donations.
She involved the community in the process. She painted a tree on the back of the library and had Waterford families add fingerprint leaves during the annual neighborhood Halloween parade to the park. The roof was donated by the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. Its station on Francisco Drive is being demolished, so Sarah asked if she could have a section of their metal roof to use on her library.
“The fire department was very helpful in picking the right piece of metal that is now the roof of the library” she said.
Rebecca Miller, Sarah’s troop leader and Silver Award advisor said, “I am very proud of Sarah. This was a long and involved project and she kept the process moving forward. She included the community and it is a gift the local residents can enjoy for years. Sustainability is an important part of these Girl Scout projects and she certainly met that goal.”
Sarah is finishing eighth grade at Marina Village Middle School and will attend Oak Ridge High School in the fall. She enjoys band, track and field, archery and skiing. She plans to continue with Girl Scouts and wants to earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Sarah would like to thank her many sponsors, including El Dorado Hills CSD, Lowe’s, Sweet Prints and Executive Engravers. Friends, neighbors and local Girl Scout troops donated books to make her project successful. She also wants to thank her family for their encouragement.