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Girl Scouts Raise Money for Books Through Cookie Sales, Used Books
Funds Raised Help Purchase Books for El Dorado Neighborhood Library


Long Beach, CA – September 10, 2013
– Girls from Girl Scout Troop 1093 will be presenting 19 new books to the librarians at El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd., on Friday, September 13, at 4pm. The scouts chose to dedicate their personal profits on funds they raised from selling cookies and used books to raise money to purchase new books for the branch library. The effort by the scouts will help the 10 Girl Scout Juniors who participated to complete the Bronze Award, the highest award available for 4th and 5th grade girl scouts.

”These Girl Scout Juniors worked hard to give something back to their community. I’m thrilled that they have chosen to dedicate their efforts and hard earned money to their local library,” commented Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, “It’s terrific that they are presenting the new books to the librarians at El Dorado Public Library during National Library Card Sign Up Month."

Troop 1093 has worked on community service projects over the past two years to earn the Bronze Award, and have volunteered at a dog shelter, participated in beach clean-ups, read to younger patrons of El Dorado Neighborhood Library.

According to Co-leaders Angie Beck and Julie Finch, who have worked with this group of scouts since 2009, the girls enjoyed their time at the library so much that they asked librarian Gail Tweedt what was needed most at the branch library. Ms. Tweedt shared the library’s wish list for new publications. The scouts created a “leave a donation, take a book” drive, putting together used books from their homes, and from their friends and neighbors. The books were organized by age level and subject matter.

Over two Saturdays, the girls set up a table outside the library and worked in shifts to encourage library patrons to make a donation and take any book they desired. The event was very successful, earning $263 to purchase new books. However, there were several books left over. Books for younger children were donated to Millers Children’s Hospital, and books for older children were donated to Marshall Middle School.

For more information, call the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562.570.6932.