By Bethany Peterson, Midlothian Mirror
Three Midlothian Girl Scouts hope their project will help people unplug in Midlothian parks.
Mia Cook, Nicole Watson and Alexis Juarez are donating three Little Free Libraries to the Midlothian Parks and Recreation Department to be placed in parks throughout Midlothian. The nationwide initiative focuses on recycling materials to create a place for neighborhood residence to exchanging good books.
The libraries will be placed in Kimmel Park at 801 W. Avenue F and N. 2nd Street, Mountain Peak Community Park at 6411 Hill Dr. and W. FM 875 and Heritage Park at 234 N. 8th St., the girls said. Boxes will be placed by city employees in the parks in the next few weeks, parks and recreation manager Billy King told parks board members at the board meeting on July 13.
“A lot of people come to the park and if you’re not going to be playing on the playground, what are you going to do, play on your phone?” Cook said. “Now, you can read.”
The Little Free Library boxes are made from recycled fire extinguisher boxes that the girls’ troop leader bought off of eBay. The girls sanded, repainted, roofed and caulked the boxes.
The libraries work on the “take a book, leave a book” principal, the girls said. Anyone can select a book from the library boxes to read while he or she is in the park and even take the book home to finish, the girls said. If a person decides t...