Cape St. Claire Girl Scouts create Little Free Library

Girl Scout troop 1566 at the opening of the Little Free Library May 10 at Cape St. Claire Elementary School. From left to right are: Kenzie Moyer, Abby Chapman, Alisha Donahue, Casey Fitzpatrick, Nadia Smith, Lyla Young, Abby Glasser and Summer Stroop
Girl Scout troop 1566 at the opening of the Little Free Library May 10 at Cape St. Claire Elementary School. From left to right are: Kenzie Moyer, Abby Chapman, Alisha Donahue, Casey Fitzpatrick, Nadia Smith, Lyla Young, Abby Glasser and Summer Stroop (Maureen Thomas / Correspondent)

A grand opening for the Cape St. Claire Little Free Library took place on May 10 at Cape St. Claire Elementary.

This was the Bronze Service Project for Girl Scout troop 1566. The ceremony included a book drive and prizes were given to every child that brought books to donate.


The scouts are all fifth graders at Cape St. Claire Elementary. Summer Stroop led the ceremony, welcoming everyone and introducing herself and the other troop members:

Abby Chapman, Alisha Donahue, Casey Fitzpatrick, Abby Glasser, Mackenzie Moyer, Nadia Smith, and Lyla Young, as well as troop leaders Tisha Donahue and Danielle Moyer.


Abby Glasser explained the scope of the project. It was built for the troop to obtain their Bronze Award. To earn it they needed to complete a service project that makes a lasting contribution to improving the community.

"We chose to build a free library for all the kids of Cape St Claire to have access to books at any time of the day or year," she said. "We had so much fun building it. First, we designed it. Then we met and proposed it to Mrs. (Janet) Lancaster (principal of CSC Elementary). We collected donated materials from people in our community.

"We learned to measure, cut, nail and drill all the wood to make this incredible library. We even learned how to do roofing. We planned and painted and now we get to present it to you."

Casey Fitzpatrick said the library, located in front of the elementary school, will make books easily accessible to the kids of Cape St Claire. The location, which is surrounded by benches, also is perfect for parents to read to their other children while waiting to pick up their siblings.

"They can come and hang out and read anytime or they can borrow a book and read it at home," she said. "They can also bring books they do not want anymore and exchange them for different ones. Kids can also donate books by just leaving them in the library to share with other kids."

Mackenzie Moyer introduced Lancaster, who thanked the troop and explained how the library would contribute to school and community literacy efforts by increasing access to books. Fifth grade teacher, Jessica Green, who supervised the program, cut the ribbon with Lancaster to reveal the little library.

The structure, which is sized for child accessibility, has glass doors, and is brightly painted in a Dr. Seuss motif. The crowd was delighted, and the children immediately approached it to select books. Dozens of books were also collected to replenish supplies when they are worn out or not returned.

Borrowers may also leave books in exchange, however, books are limited to children's books, including those suitable for older elementary and even middle schoolers. Adult books are not part of the library.

"This is the troop's legacy to the school and the community," Green said.

Leadership Anne Arundel unveils anti-opioid initiative

On May 23, Leadership Anne Arundel Class of 2018 in partnership with the Office of County Executive Steve Schuh will present: Not My Child: A Prescriber's Perspective. This event will premiere an opioid educational video followed by a panel discussion with leading medical professionals across the county.

The event will take place in the Pascal Auditorium at Anne Arundel Community College. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentation begins at 6:30. For more information, or for special accommodations, contact Brittany Jones at Brittany.jones@bge.com.

The video features local doctors who prescribe opioids and is geared towards best practices for reducing the number of opioids being prescribed. It provides education to other physicians and parents in the community on topics such as what questions parents should ask a provider before and when opioids are being prescribed for a sports-related injury.


The panel will be comprised of medical professionals as well as Lisa Hillman, author of Secret No More.

Broadneck hosts meet the candidates night

The Broadneck Council of Communities and the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association will host a State Primary Candidates Night May 17. It will be held at the Cape St. Claire Clubhouse, 1223 River Bay Road.

There will be a two-hour presentation. Primary candidates for state senate Districts 30 and 33 and state delegates for Districts 30A and 33 will have 3-5 minutes to introduce themselves. The second hour will be a meet and greet with refreshments to allow residents to interact with candidates to learn more about their platforms.

Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church will observe May as Mental Health Awareness Month. “The goal is to have a church that is not a place of reinforcing stigma, but rather a place of safety and welcome.”

Maureen Thomas can be reached at aroundbroadneck@gmail.com.

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