The young child stood looking, then reached for a book from the new Little Free Library built by Energy Corridor teenager Neo Curry in Terry Hershey Park, before heading to a bench to read below the trees.
And that’s exactly what Curry hoped for when he began what would become his Eagle Scout project – inspired by seeing the Little Free Library on the trail behind Kendall Library.
Photo cutline (l-r): Patrick Frain, Neo Curry, Ethan Dupre, Mathew Rodger pitched in to help Curry install his Little Free Library at Terry Hershey Park.
“When I saw the one next to the Kendall Library, I thought it was a good idea to promote reading with children who might not be able to afford books or have access to a library,” explains Curry.
It took two months for the Strait Jesuit High School “rising” senior to complete his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 993. Part of that was working the process required to install something in a public park.
First, Curry reached out to the Energy Corridor District for guidance. The District, says Curry, helped throughout the entire process, offering advice and arranging meetings between the District and Harris County Precinct 3, which eventually approved the project. His Boy Scout troop advisor helped with paperwork.
“I learned a lot about urban planning and the processes it takes to get projects approved through the legal system,” says Curry.
To stock the Little Free Library, Curry garnered book donations from Books Between Kids and the Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library.
With the project completed, Curry anticipates earning a coveted Eagle Scout badge in the next two months. After that, he plans on climbing the next step in Eagle Scout ranks, working toward Eagle Palms merit badges. Then it’s on to college. Curry hopes to become a lawyer.
“The last time I went to see the Little Free Library I saw kids taking out books and reading them on the park bench,” says Curry. “It was a good use of my project to see that it’s working, and kids are using it. I encourage people to go check it out, take the kids and just sit down on a bench and read some books because there’s a lot of good books we received.”