Bring a book, take a book

Lucy BranamOur Town Youth

Girl Scout Troop 20898 recently held a book drive to fill their “Little Free Library” in time for summer.

This is the three-year anniversary of the troop’s bronze project, the Little Free Library located at Nicholas Ball Park.

The park, located at 8728 Ball Camp Pike, is visited by thousands of children and adults every year. The troop invites residents to stop by the Little Free Library and bring a book or take a book.

Girl Scouts adopt a park

Knox County salutes Girl Scout Troop 21186 for becoming the latest participant in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Adopt-A-Park program. The troop will help oversee the greenway at Sterchi Park in North Knox County.

Troop administrator Ellery Nief said the troop met outdoors during the covid shutdown and grew familiar with parks across Knox County. “We wanted to give back, so we looked at what was available and picked a park accessible to our members.”

Nief said the troop and its co-administrator, Amy Chumley, will start soon to survey the park to see what needs to be done.

The girls are young, “Daisies going into Brownies,” said Nief, and live all over town. “We’ve got members attending Beaumont Magnet, Shannondale Elementary and Grace Christian.”

Mike Donila, Knox County spokesperson, said sponsors help county crews maintain the parks and “it’s a great opportunity for businesses, community groups and families to lend a hand in the preservation and beautification of parkland.”

It also helps educate the public about the importance of providing clean and safe parkland and trails for all to enjoy, for details visit

Earning the Silver Award

Girl Scout troop 20596 earned the Silver Award this year. Rachel, Emmalyn, Ellen, and Bella worked as a team with Young-Williams Animal Center to raise awareness for and help support its foster program.

The troop hosted a kitten shower to make cat beds and cat toys. They learned about pet care and the YWAC foster program and donated pet supplies.

They also developed videos to aid Brownies in earning their Pets Badge and a website about the project to reach a wider audience. While Covid-19 did create issues for them, they persevered and completed their project.

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Lucy Branam is creative manager for Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.

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