Member Spotlight: Library of the Chathams & Girl Scouts of America

A partnership between the Library of the Chathams and two Girl Scouts, Zoe Iorizzo and Emma Dowling, has resulted in the opening of a mini-library in the Morristown Soup Kitchen.

Dowling and Iorizzo approached Library Director Karen Brodsky about working with the soup kitchen for their Girl Scouts Silver Award project, and Brodsky matched them with Mary Kennedy, head of Technical Services at the library. The mini-library takes the form of a library cart on long-term loan to the soup kitchen, along with a variety of donated books, and weeded books in good condition.

The girls recently shared that the mini-library has been running well and the soup kitchen’s guests enjoy having access to good reading material to go with their meals. Kennedy remarked that “this could be a program worth expanding to other soup kitchens or even homeless shelters.”

We’d love to know more about other partnerships between libraries and food security organizations, so please do sbrookover [at] (drop us a line) if you have one to share with us. If you have photos, include them, as well!


Images courtesy of Jason Koestenblatt, Chatham Patch