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Girl Scouts, Friends Helped Ease Long Line to Vote

With Donuts, Coffee, Pizza and Books

When staff at Central Library saw the line of voters already snaking across the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. election morning, we worried that some of those voters would become discouraged by the long wait (up to 3.5 hours), and walk away before voting.

8:00 a.m. at Central Library

But the entrepreneurial Girls Scouts of troop 5221 – who arrived very early and spent all day selling donuts, coffee, homemade baked goods and even pizza to queuing voters – inspired us to do what we do best: Provide books to readers!

A booktruck full of popular trade paperbacks was quickly assembled by the Friends of the Library’s Book Sale Donation Processing Team, then taken out to the parking lot and offered free to anyone waiting in line.

After voting, the books could be returned, purchased, or traded for a Library book.

See more Election Day photos on flickr.

And whether your candidates won or lost, the Library staff is grateful to every person who came out to vote yesterday – thank you for taking part in our democracy!


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  1. anne Griffith says:

    Kudos to both the Girls Scouts and the librarians for their efforts to make an onerous wait more bearable. This was above and beyond for both groups and they should know that they are appreciated!

  2. Margot McGann says:

    Things like this make this such a great county. I was so eager to vote that I went pelting out the door w/o my vital morning coffee. Thanks to the Girl Scouts, I had a good, warming cup, & for another good cause, as well. The book truck was a wonderful notion too. While I’d already brought my own…as one of the many who never goes out w/o something to read… I saw many who enjoyed it. I’m sure pushing a loaded booktruck around cold, bumpy pavement isn’t in any staffer’s job description. :-)

    Thank you all, library staff, Girl Scouts, poll workers, even my chatty fellow voters, for making what could have been an unpleasant hassle so nice.

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