Girl Scout Aims to Establish Free Outdoor Library

By Eric Englund | Aug 28, 2019

Beach Haven — A Cadette Girl Scout from a Pennsylvania troop is looking to set up a “free library” and a “kindness rock garden” in the children’s park at the bay on Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven. Speaking to the borough council at a recent meeting, 12 year-old Keeley Strong said the project would go toward her earning a Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Scout can earn.

Strong, whose grandparents own a home in the Beach Haven Gardens section of Long Beach Township, said the free library is a box where people can “take, trade and donate” children’s books.

“This benefits the community by providing a place to donate old books, trade in the books they’ve read and take a book to enjoy,” she said. “The rock garden would consist of a path leading up to the free library, which would be full of colorful rocks with kindness sayings. People can take the rocks and enjoy and spread the kindness.”

Strong said she plans to solicit local businesses for donations to help with the project.

“I would like to have this completed by early next summer, in June 2020,” she said.

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis encouraged her to pursue the project.

“I’ve seen these free libraries, and they’re really great for people who might want to take a book to read or leave one for someone else to read,” she said. E.E.

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