A partnership between the Girl Scouts, a Weatherford ISD teacher and the Parks and Recreation Department has brought to life a take one, leave one book box program at Cherry Park.
Each year Girl Scouts complete projects that earn them prestigious awards and four 11-year-old local Girl Scouts with Troop 4844 — Morgan Holderfield, Scarlet Carus, Victoria Unger and Hannah Huges — completed a Little Free Library book project toward their Bronze Award.
The Little Free Library is a box that was constructed that holds books where the community can come take one, and leave one behind.
“The girls actually built the box and they helped fund the first one with their cookie sales,” Troop 4844 leader Crystal Unger said. “Each of the girls has adopted the box so they have committed time to go and check on it and make sure they’re good. It’s a sustainable project and the city has approved us to go ahead and do a second installation at Marshall Park.”
The idea came to the girls during online research to gain their “Literacy” Journey Award. Online they stumbled upon the nonprofit organization Little Free Library and decided to run with the idea.
Unger said they have committed a total of four Little Free Library boxes with Bill W. Wright Elementary School music teacher and ‘Are Uke Crazy?’ founder, Phoenix Rose.
“The idea is kind of a shrine to reading,” Phoenix Rose, music teacher at Bill W. Wright Elementary School and founder of ‘Are Uke Crazy?’, said. “We want to celebrate literacy and we want to spread the message or how important it is to read.”
Rose teaches a ukulele camp in the summer and after a great turnout this year, decided he wanted to help give back to the community and partnered up with the Girl Scouts.
“It was an amazing collaboration and the Girl Scouts helped us actually build the project,” Rose said. “My vision is to be able to have these little libraries at every park in Weatherford.”
The box was painted by artist Kristen Soble and then put in place by the Weatherford Parks and Recreation Department.
A ribbon cutting celebration event was held Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Park and if everything goes well with the first two boxes, Unger said they will construct one at Holland Lake Park and Heritage Park.