WARRENSBURG - Five local Girl Scouts recently presented two display cabinets they'd constructed and 200 new books they'd collected to Richards Library officials in a event held March 24 at the library.
The accomplishment marked their attainment of the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor bestowed to Senior Girl Scouts ages 11 to 14, local scout leader Ann Chapman said Sunday.
Involved in the project and ceremony were scouts Tessa Acuna, Kimberly Chapman, Cheyenne Palmateer, Zhane Santisteban and Courtney Turner.
The oak book display cabinets the girls created were fashioned from lumber donated by Sweets Lumber. Under the guidance of Warrensburg High School Technology Teacher Brent Bertrand, the girls accomplished all the woodworking tasks associated with their construction. Enterprises donating materials for the cabinets include Curtis Lumber, Braley & Noxon Hardware, Diamond Point Glass, and Gifts & Engraving by George.
In collecting or purchasing over 200 new books to give to the library, the girls sought to include volumes by Adirondack authors, primarily at the young adult level, and many signed by the authors, including Persis Granger and James Bruchac.
In purchasing books, the girls garnered substantial donations from many local individuals, from Stan Cianfarano of the New York Reading Association and from the Iroquois Reading Council. Some of the their purchases were funded by grants obtained from Stewart's Stores, Wal-Mart, and Act for Youth.
At the March 24 presentation, many Warrensburg residents attended, including library staff and trustees, family members, and girl scout officials.
The girls detailed their accomplishments and expressed thanks for all those who contributed to their project.