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Local Girl Scouts open Little Free Library



With money raised from cookie sales, the 17 girls of Girl Scout Troop 76125 were able to build a Little Free Library, which was recently installed at Emerson Park.

During the Sept. 29 dedication, Mayor Edward Bettencourt said he was thrilled to see the project come to fruition after the troop brought it to his attention back in May. “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time,” he said.

Bettencourt also said the new library will get plenty of use in Emerson Park. “This is the central park of the city,” he said, adding that a dog park, skating rink and splash pad are also planned for the park.

Troop leaders Sara Addesa and Betsy Nunes said the idea for a Little Free Library surfaced when the troop was studying the lifestyles and cultures of girls in other parts of the world.

Some of the books available in the library’s initial stock include “The Monogram Murders” by Sophie Hannah, “Perfect Piggies” by Sandra Boynton, “The Very Silly Shark” by Jack Tickle and “Mama’s Right Here” by Liza Baker. Addesa and Nunes said adult books will be available as well.

They also said that a second Little Free Library has been constructed and will be installed at a location to be determined in West Peabody.

According to, the nonprofit organization operates on the honor system in which residents can take a book and replace it with a book of their own that they would like to donate. The website also states that in 2012, Little Free Library was hailed as “a global sensation” by the Associated Press. In October 2015, the organization received the Library of Congress’s Literacy Award. During the past eight years, Little Free Libraries have popped up in every state and in 70 countries. Including the new location at Emerson Park, there are now 49 Little Free Libraries in Massachusetts. There are also 250 Facebook pages featuring Little Free Libraries, as well as 30,000 photos on Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest.

By Christopher Roberson

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