Kids who play at Hannibal's Riverview Park can exercise their bodies and their brains. A new Little Free Library has been installed near the big shelter in Riverview Park.

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Anyone can take a book from the Little Libraries. There's another one downtown in Hannibal. Anyone can also donate books at these locations too.

Girl Scout Troop 9197 installed this latest Little Library at Riverview Park. Troop Leader Julie Viehmann said that her troop is focusing on community service projects in the Hannibal area. “The goal is to show the girls that small acts of service can make big differences."

Through the Little Library, the troop members will earn the “Take Action” badge with the goal to develop a service learning project that addresses a problem and then formulates a plan with the goal to improve the problem in a sustainable or long-term way.

Viehmann said that the troop decided against just donating a box of books to a group or organization. "We have joined with Little Free Library to hopefully continue to provide increased access to books for years. It will be the troop members’ job to continue to check on the Library and keep it supplied with books for the future."

Girl Scout Troop 9197 consists of 17 students who are in the first through fourth grade at Oakwood School. Julie Viehmann is the troop leader with Amy See as co-leader. Members of the Girl Scout Troop are:  Ainsley Viehmann, Landry Viehmann, Quinn Locke, Lydia See, Thea See, Heidi Janes, Brenleigh Locke, Gwyn Dorsey, Bella Treaster, Finley Kildow, Macy Woodside, Payton Barlow, Ila Judlowe, Hazel Judlowe, Elyse Bates, Robin Lang and Kinsley Halle.  The library was built by Shawn Janes, father of troop member Heidi Janes. 

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