Four members of Girl Scout Troop 45435 out of Komarek School in North Riverside earned their Bronze Awards last week, unveiling a Little Free Library at Veterans Park, 7550 26th St., on Oct. 8.
Jaina Rubio, Angie Navarro, Isabella Modagno and Elanor Obrock put in 20 hours each to make the Little Free Library a reality, said troop leader Melissa Obrock, a North Riverside resident and member of the Komarek School District 94 Board of Education.
All four scouts are fifth- and sixth-graders, which means they are Junior Girl Scouts. The Bronze Award is the highest award a junior scout can achieve, said Melissa Obrock.
“These girls identified a need in the community, which was that there are Little Free Libraries in two of our three parks, and they found a way to sustainably fix that issue,” Obrock told a small gathering of local officials and family who attended the unveiling ceremony near the concession stand at Veterans Park.
The scouts raised money for the Little Free Library through a bake sale and collected “a couple hundred” books through a book drive.
“And they learned to use all sorts of tools, and they built their very own library, which public works very nicely installed,” Obrock said.
North Riverside Trustee Terri Sarro congratulated the scouts on their achievement.
“I know a lot of hard work and time went into it, and on behalf of the village we want to say thank you,” Sarro said. “Your act of kindness goes a long way, and there will be books for kids to read as they’re coming by. We’re a small town, and this is really a nice addition.”
After cutting the ribbon, the scouts loaded up the library with about two dozen books. They have plenty in reserve to restock it over time.