Moving closer to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Troop 1099 member Andrew Heath, 17, installed a Little Free Library at Weatherford’s Vine Street Park over the weekend.
“At first, my mom thought it would be a pretty good idea to do it in our neighborhood, but it was against the HOA, so I called the city’s parks department and they said they would like one here and so that’s why I chose this park,” Heath said. “It’s a good way to benefit the community and promote reading and sharing.”
Troop 1099 is run out of Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish and is a Scout-led troop.
“This is a smaller troop run out of Holy Redeemer Catholic and it’s a Scout-led troop as opposed to the dad’s running, so there’s a little bit of a difference,” Heath’s mother, Jennifer Heath, said. “After this, Andrew will finish his six months of leadership and he’ll have to go argue his case in front of the board, and then he’ll be done and get his Eagle. For every 100 kids who sign up to be a Boy Scout, 4 percent actually make it to this point.”
A Little Free Library runs on a take a book, leave a book system and has become a popular project within Parker County communities. Girl Scout Troop 4844 members completed a Little Free Library project at Cherry Park in Weatherford last August, a retired teacher in Hudson Oaks set up one in her front yard for the community to enjoy and an Aledo Boy Scout was able to get two approved by the city council for the Aledo Community Center and Bearcat Park in April.
“We strive to build a stronger community and these types of partnerships help us achieve that goal. An¥thing we can do to help our community we are in favor of, especially when it pertains to education,” Weatherford’s Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Special Events Jaycob Kirkpatrick said. “We currently have a little library at Cherry Park and we are seeing success with it. We felt that partnering with Andrew to put on at Vine Street Park would be a good location as that park is currently being redone.”
Heath said he will make sure the library is maintained.
“I’ll make sure it’s always full and maintained and then I’ll get my project signed off on,” Heath said. “I’m going to hope at the point where I age out that the people here will take it over.”