Location of my Little Free Libraries

I Swear by Lane Davis                                                                 The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

Wild by Cheryl Strayed                                                                Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky         I Was Here by Gayle Forman

We All Fall Down Living With Addiction by Nic Sheff             Tease by Amanda Maciel

It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini                                 Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Sisters In Sanity by Gayle Forman                                            Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles

Looking For Alaska by John Green                                                  By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & LeAnn Thieman                 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher                                        Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul I, II, III

Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell                                             By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Kimberly Kirberger

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin             Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV

Cut by Patricia McCormick                                                                By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Mitch Claspy

Reasons To Be Happy by Katrina Kittle                                     Snitch by Allison van Diepen

Get Me Out Of Here by Rachel Reiland                                      Paper Towns by John Green

Every Day by David Levithan                                                        Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry                         Dear Nobody Edited by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven                                    How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr

Have A Nice Day by Julie Halpern                                              Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky                                        The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman                             Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

​Hope for the flowers by Trina Paulus                                       Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

Current Book List

Project Goals

About My Girl Scout Gold Award Project


Featured Book

The Gold Award

My first library, painted in orange-the color for self-injury awareness- is inside the Lilac Center (www.lilaccenter.org), a counseling center specializing in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). I added a second library at thier second location which is painted in different colors to correspond to the awareness colors of several mental health disorders.  A third library is located in a middle school counseling office, a fourth atGillisa residential and out patient treatment center, and a fifth at First Call (www.firstcallkc.org) which deals with drug and alcohol addiction. Reading for Recovery 6 is inside the Plaza branch of the KC Public Library. It is painted lime green-the color of mental health awareness. RFR 7 is in a Kansas City, Kansas middle school. RFR 8 is in the  third location of the Lilac Center and is painted lilac as a thank you for their support of this project.

Reasons to be Happy

Katrina Kittle

This book sends such a positve message. It's all about recovery. The low points of it, and the high points of it, and then, ultimately becoming happy again. This book is one of my favorites. After reading it, I made my own reasons to be happy list.

At the Leawood branch

Leawood, Kansas

The Gold Award is the equivalent to an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. I have been in Girl Scouts for ten years having earned my Bronze, Silver and, in 2016, my Gold Award. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award. It takes at least 80 hours to complete the Gold Award project. I have over 200 hours invested in this project since its start. (President's Volunteer Service Award 2015 and 2016)

I added Little Free Libraries in counseling centers, schools and hospitals. So far, I have eight. To expose more teens and preteens to my project, I have a "traveling exhibit" that has been the featured display in the teen section of 29 Johnson County Libraries , KC Public Libraries and Mid-Continent Public Libraries.. I shared "Reasons to be Happy" with my high school book club and donated several copies to my high school library.

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My project is: "Reading for Recovery". I noticed an increase in mental health disorders in my friends, my school, and the world around me. I really wanted to do something to try and make a positive impact to help. Reading helped me with my own recovery from depression and anxiety. I thought it was a great idea to try and encourage the use of reading to help those dealing with difficult things in their life. Driving by a Little Free Library, my project idea came to me. I ordered the kit off of their website (www. littlefreelibrary.org), put it together and painted it orange, the color of self-injury awareness. I then picked out some of my favorite books that have helped me the most and wrote descriptions of how each of these books has changed my life. I officially launched my project in March 2015 to coincide with self-injury awareness month. Check out my project's video Reading for Recovery that was made for a school's Wellness Class.  Success Stories is a video made by the KC Public Library featuring Reading for Recovery.

Reading for Recovery