Girl Scouts help install Little Free Library in Redmond’s Grass Lawn Park

It is the first Little Free Library in the city’s parks system.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 44133 help install a Little Free Library at Grass Lawn Park. Contributed photo

Members of Girl Scout Troop 44133 help install a Little Free Library at Grass Lawn Park. Contributed photo

Last month, Girl Scout Troop 44133 helped install a Little Free Library in the main children’s play area at Grass Lawn Park in Redmond.

With the help of the city, the 12 troop members and their leaders set the library up on June 18.

Completion of the project means that troop members and fifth-graders Addison Goldberg, Ellie Fillmore, Gigi Olivieri, Grace Paulsell, Julianna Benes, Matigan Goelzer, Sadie Klinkenberg, Sarafina Painley, Sarah Wen, Simran Brar, Summer Cameron and Trisha Wui have earned their Bronze Award as Girl Scout Juniors.

The project had to be a benefit to the community and be sustainable, said Julie Painley, who leads the troop with Rachael Olivieri.

“I came across a statistic that 70 percent of kids in America have no books of their own,” Painley said. “So the girls decided to address that problem in their own hometown.”

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world, according to its website. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

This is the first Little Free Library in the Redmond parks. The city is interested to see how it fares and if they’ll support expansion to other city parks, Painley said.

The troop picked Grass Lawn because it is “close to many of our homes and the kids have great memories of growing up there,” she said.

“So far, the library has been very popular,” Painley said. “As we were dedicating it on Monday, lots of kids were interested!”

The “check out” process at a Little Free Library is simple. It’s a “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange; no library card is needed. The libraries come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

See littlefreelibrary.org for more.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@redmond-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.redmond-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. 	File photo
Researchers track ‘mysterious’ kokanee salmon in region

Kokanee in Lake Washington and Sammamish are genetically unique. Over the past decades, their numbers have dwindled.

A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)
King County to lift indoor mask mandate on June 29

About 1.3 million county residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

File photo
King County leaders propose emergency funding for gun violence prevention initiative

Sixty-nine people were reportedly shot during the first quarter of 2021.

Courtesy photo
Redmond HS student named 2021 Young Achiever

Redmond High School student Vanesha Hari has been selected by International Leadership… Continue reading

Photos by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
King County Council approves $631 million emergency COVID budget

Staff reports The King County Council approved a seventh round of emergency… Continue reading

Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)
WA firefighters brace for potentially busy weekend

Washington state Department of Natural Resources firefighters were preparing for what could… Continue reading

Photos of Kaloni Bolton. (Courtesy of Kristina Williams)
She couldn’t breathe: Child dies from asthma attack at Renton medical clinic

Family of Kaloni Bolton, 12, seeks answers as to why staff couldn’t treat her.

Sound Transit photo
First ORCA card free for youth ages 6-18

ORCA cards accepted on Sound Transit, King County Metro, Washington State Ferries, and more.

Kathy Lambert (courtesy of kathylambert.com)
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert announces campaign for re-election

Editor’s note: This is a press release from the candidate’s campaign.

Jeff Duchin, Seattle - King County Public Health officer, said when considering whether to wear a mask indoors in public spaces, people should understand their risk based on local coronavirus activity and make decisions based on their own risk tolerance. (Getty images)
Should you keep masking up if you’re vaccinated?

Think about it, says King County’s top doctor.