Local seventeen-year-old Robert Brady is making a powerful impact on the community as he earns the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
As part of the requirement for all who are seeking the Eagle Scout rank, scouts must complete a project that benefits their community and/or a not-for-profit. For his final project, Brady decided to hand-build a self-contained local library out of cedar. This free library is now installed on the corner of 25th Street and Cocoanut Avenue, which borders the Ringling College of Art and Design campus property and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day Park on the edge of the Newtown community.
The library will be continuously filled with books donated by Ringling College’s Goldstein Library; books that feature different artists, art histories, design, books on architecture, video games, and so much more. The books are free and available to everyone in the community, enabling creative and educational resources for all.
On Saturday, August 27, 2022, the Little Free Library was installed and unveiled. Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College, as well as multiple faculty and staff members, and Ringling students have also achieved the honor of Eagle Scout and share in the celebration of his achievements.
Photos by Ryan Moore ’24, Photography and Imaging