When Dylon Nottingham was choosing a project to complete for his Eagle Scout award, he knew he wanted to provide books to children who might not have access to a wide library. Dylon’s parents instilled a love of reading in him from a young age, and he wanted to pass that along to other kids. To complete this project, Dylon decided to build and stock Little Free Libraries around his town.

“Literacy and reading are the most important cornerstones to building a successful life,” said Dylon.

As part of Dylon’s project, he created an online fundraiser through RedBasket.org. He raised $1,000 over the course of 45 days through this platform, which was used to build and install the Little Free Libraries around his town. Now, Dylon is offering advice to other who might be considering fundraising to improve their communities.

  1. Perseverance pays off. Dylon met several roadblocks throughout his project, including some city planning issues and building site problems. He was able to continue despite these setbacks and successfully completed the project.
  2. Share the project with everyone. Dylon and his family sent letters to friends, family, and local businesses announcing this project and letting them know how to donate. He also printed out business cards that he could hand out during outings and community events, and his parents spread the word on Facebook and NextDoor.

Since the end of his project, Dylon has distributed more than 400 books to local children, while creating a positive image of the Boy Scouts. His district leader has even recommended his project for Eagle Project of the Year!

“Books are teachers, dream makers, and friends to lonely kids. I’m happy I could help bring books and literacy to more people in our community,” Dylon said.

To learn more about Dylon and his project, visit https://redbasket.org/1652/little-free-libraries-eagle-project.

RedBasket.org is proud to be the official crowdfunding partner of the National Eagle Scout Association. Together, these two organizations are helping to develop Scouts’ character and work ethics.

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!