Library Display Celebrates 100 Years of Girl Scouts
October 4, 2012
During the month of October, the Park Ridge Public Library’s display will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. The second floor cases include memorabilia from the archives of the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Chapter, the largest council in the country, as well as from personal collections.
October 31 also marks the birthday of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, who is featured prominently in the display. Low became interested in establishing an organization for girls in America after meeting Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the English founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. In March of 1912 Low gathered 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia to register the first troop of American Girl Guides, and a year later changed its name to the Girl Scouts. Since its founding, more than 50 million young women have participated in the organization.
Margaret Teich, who organized the display along with fellow Troop Leader Sonja Diziedzic, notes that the Girl Scouts remains a powerful inspiration for its young members. “The organization is very important for helping girls become responsible women. We’ve been doing this for 100 years and we want people to know more about its history.”
The Library will also be hosting a related program, “Daisy’s Girls: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low,” on October 25 at 7:00 p.m. To register please call (847)720-3280 or click here
For more information about the Girl Scout display, please call the Library Information Coordinator at (847)720-3209.