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Giving Back: GS Troop 52 Little Free Library Project

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by becky last modified Mar 09, 2014

Show me the ropes Most of my skills came from watching my Dad do small projects around the house. Later I just taught myself, & gleaned what I could working alongside both good and bad carpenters & contractors. I asked a  lot of questions. No one seemed to mind that at all. I don’t run [...]




 

 

Show me the ropes

Most of my skills came from watching my Dad do small projects around the house. Later I just taught myself, & gleaned what I could working alongside both good and bad carpenters & contractors. I asked a  lot of questions. No one seemed to mind that at all.

I don’t run across many women on construction sites. I’m not sure if it’s because

  • they’re not wired that way, or
  • because it’s a stereotype that only guys swing hammers or
  • because they want to but are afraid or don’t know how.
  • Or some combination of all of those.

Cookies to Libraries!

I scarfed up several boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a local setup a few weeks ago. While I was there I asked if they would be interested in learning how to use tools like drills & saws.  The response was a resounding YES!

When they told me an upcoming project for their troop was a Little Free Library, & asked if I’d like to volunteer, I said “Sure!”.

LFL’s are just cool things, all the way around. The troop leaders explained that girls & women who read are more likely to go on to higher education & ultimately have more success in their lifetimes. (I didn’t know that!) These libraries are dotted all over the world (& even have their locations mapped).

Fast forward

A few email exchanges later, with plans & materials in hand, we got together for our first LFL building meeting. First, I showed them how to measure & mark the cuts we were going to make.

Measure twice!

 

After a few practice cuts to get the feel & weight of the saw, they went to it!

Skil saw skilz

GS52-LFLbuilding-pic1

 

The two hours blew by & we did get all the pieces cut, but only had a few minutes for assembly:

assembly beginnings

 

Just look at those faces! So focused & eager to help – really good kids. They were observant, careful, very safe & conscientious. A few were too timid to try the circular saw, but they jumped all over using the drill once I got the first screws started.

Next meeting is in April where we’ll finish assembly! Stay tuned for a write up on that one.


 

 

 
 
 

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