In one of the most inspirational pieces of local Brooklyn news we have come across, a local girl scout troop has taken up the fight to save the Pacific branch library from closure. These adorable little readers are inspiring everyone by taking matters into their own tiny hands and creating the change they want to see in their world. We could all take a page or two from their scout book!
The girls of Troop 2657 have started a petition to preserve Brooklyn’s first Carnegie branch. Talks are under way to possibly sell and demolish this Pacific Street landmark. Built in 1903, this historic branch is at risk for being sold and turned into a modernized skyscraper (possibly with a library inside). This would be done instead of shelling out the $11 million that is needed to repair the current facility.
Troop 2657 meets there every week and these pint sized activists have some very passionate opinions.
- “Me and the Girl Scouts are looking to save the library and make it a landmark. That way no one can ever knock it down,” says eight year old Jordan Candelario.
- “I love it – it’s a great place with a gigantic meeting room. I’ll be very upset if they tore down the library,” says Nini Kauffman-O’Hehir.
- “Office space does not help make the world a better place. Libraries and Girl Scouts does.”
The petition will be hand delivered to Comptroller John Lui at a City Hall Rally. Brooklyn newspapers will surely report the decision. Stay tuned.