Children's Library a year-long project by three Girl Scouts [North Laurel/Savage]

Giving back to the community is what Girl Scouting is all about. This was very apparent when three Scouts from Troop 1508 — Caroline Utz, Claire McCaulley and Christina Barrett — spent the last year working to provide the North Laurel-Savage MultiService Center will a new Children's Library.

The girls started their project by meeting with the director of the center to learn of the needs of the children who visit the center with their families. They then met with a media specialist to learn about books and to find out what they needed to make the library.

They held book drives and collected slightly used or new books and gathered thousands of books. They also got some educational games and toys. The girls designed shelves for the room and then painted the room. It is now a very warm and welcoming place for the children when they visit.

This project earned Caroline, Claire and Christina a Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouting. It has given a lifetime of gifts to all the children who will visit the center.

The library opened at the end of February. Come out and visit the center, learn what they have to offer and see the gift these Scouts have given our community. The center is on Route 1 at 9900 Washington Blvd. in North Laurel.

The North Laurel 50+ Center has a lot of activities planned for March. It will celebrate St. Patrick's Day for all the Irish and Irish at heart on March 13 with live music and then lunch. Reservations are required.

Every second and fourth Thursdays of each month, the center has started a free discussion group on local, national and global news called News Talk at 10 a.m. The group will start meeting March 14.

Brain Fitness is a series of classes starting March 19 to help improve memory and cognitive functions.

For the artist in the group, Hand Building with Clay will be offered in a series of classes by ceramic artist, Charlene Randolph. Learn techniques to design clay works starting March 22. To learn more about these programs and all the programs they have to offer, call 410-313-0380.

Terrapin Adventures in Savage will host a free environmental Speaker on March 21 on the Terrapin Turtle. For this and all their special events, check out

The local Boy Scouts in the area are now selling mulch. Contact your local Boy Scout.

In Savage, Troop 424 is selling brown and black mulch. Orders and questions go to In North Laurel, Troop 62 is selling Hardwood Mulch. Orders go to Mulch will be delivered to your home free.

The Gator Academy, a free tutoring program for Reservoir Students, will be March 10 and 17 at the North Laurel Community Center, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Yvona Ward at or Miriam Cruz at 240.640.7885.

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