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Library benefits from Eagle project

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 12:40 p.m. CDT
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Alex Stratton of Boy Scout Troop 2 led a team of volunteers in painting a room at the Genoa Public Library for his Eagle Scout project.

GENOA – As part of his Eagle Scout project, Alex Stratton of Boy Scout Troop 2 in Sycamore led a group of volunteers in painting the back room of the Genoa Public Library.

Alex, a Genoa resident, is a senior at Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. He approached the library about his Eagle project in the fall of 2011, and he and library director Jen Barton worked out the painting project.

With Alex living on IMSA’s campus during the school year, coordinating efforts was a modest challenge. Details were communicated by email, and the project was completed in July 2012. Alex directed a group of six boys and two adults in the actual painting process. He came back a few days later to hang shelves in the children’s area for LEGO Club displays.

The back room at the Genoa Library was last painted in 2004 with an “Explore the Reading Trail” theme. The little room was considered too dark, and is now a welcoming, cheery yellow. The back room is regularly used for Wednesday story time, but is also available for reservation for public programming or private use.