Eagle Scout Project: Friends of the Library Bookdrive

Wanted: Gently used or new books!

When I was ten years old, my family moved from the bustling suburbs of Denver to the quaint small city of Choteau. The move was rough on me. My friends were hundreds of miles away and I had trouble making new ones. I wasn’t bullied, just lonely.

One day, my parents went to town for shopping, and they told me to head to the library until they got back. I was amazed at what I saw! There were so many books. It wasn’t just the books though; it was the fact that the books were easy to find. For the first time, I knew exactly were to go to find different genres and authors. The bustling libraries in Denver were so big and confusing for my little ten-year-old brain. Our library was different. In the Choteau/Teton Public Library, I learned that I loved to read. I learned that librarians can be nice, and that literature is a vital part of society.

So, when Polly told my mom at a Friends of the Library meeting that she didn’t have any books to sell at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, I knew I had to get involved. I decided that I was going to host a community bookdrive, and that it could serve as my Eagle Scout Project. After some research and help from my parents, I decided that the best way to go about the bookdrivewas to have multiple drop off points in multiple places around town.

After getting my project approved by the Lewis & Clark District Eagle Board, I had volunteers contact businesses around town to ask for permission to place dropboxes (cardboard crates to place books in). The bookdrive will end on June 27th, and I will be checking the dropboxes on a regular basis until then.

Once collected, I will work with volunteers to sort and categorize the books and deliver them to the sale where the Friends of the Library will sell them at their sale over the 4th of July weekend.

Dropbox Locations

Thanks in advance for your help and donations to this worthy cause.

Matthew H.