On April 10, 2013, NOPL gave certificates of appreciation to three Eagle Scouts of local Troop 116 for their time and effort on projects for NOPL @ Cicero.
- Jon DeWolf created a platform for the LibraryFarm.
- Jacob Finsel created three ECO-style picnic benches that line the sides of the library.
- Maxwell Trickey added four interior benches for patrons.
Here are photos of the scouts and their projects:
By Alyssa Newton, April 2013
On April 10, NOPL gave certificates of appreciation to three Eagle Scouts of local Troop 116 for their time and effort on projects for NOPL @ Cicero. Jon DeWolf created a platform for the Library Farm. The platform features benches and tables for farmers to meet and share or patrons to relax among plants and flowers. Maxwell Trickey added four interior benches for patrons, and Jacob Finsel created three ECO-style picnic tables that line the sides of the library.
The manager of the NOPL @ Cicero branch, Jill Youngs, was excited the library had an opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts, praising their projects and leadership – “Every project was decided upon and created with an overall benefit to the community in mind. The Eagles Scouts who donate their community service projects to the library are fantastic examples of our local young people. We appreciate their time and effort, and when people ask ‘Where did that come from?,’ we are proud to tell them ‘Our Eagle Scouts, Troop 116!’
Jacob Finsel, a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, shared his experience working on the project and discussed his goals for working with the library. “For my Eagle Scout project I built three picnic tables to be placed around the library. The design I chose incorporated a recycled composite material for the table tops and benches. The most rewarding part of the project was being able to see the finished product, which I am very proud of, after putting in so much time from the very beginning to the end. I chose the library for a place to do my project because others in my troop had done projects there and I heard that they were still in need of things. I also felt that the library was a very important facility for the public and I was glad to help them out.” Jacob also shared his thoughts on what it means to be an Eagle Scout – “Being an Eagle Scout is an important accomplishment to me because it was a large goal that I have been working on for a long time and I am so happy I was able to achieve it. It also feels good to know that I am one of the few people that have made it through all of the ranks and achieved Eagle status. I will keep all of the things I have learned along the way with me for the rest of my life. It is an accomplishment that I will always be proud of.”
Be sure to stop by the NOPL @ Cicero Library to check out the wonderful projects completed by all three Eagle Scouts. Enjoy the sunshine this summer at an outdoor picnic table, take part in a garden program on the outdoor platform in the Library Farm and curl up with a good book on a bench inside the library!