The Child Center, Inc. in Wentzville now has a Little Free Library, thanks to resident Rylan Hillyer, who made this endeavor his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Rylan is a Senior at Timberland High School and has been in the Boy Scouts for 12 years. Since he was in first grade, he made it his goal to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout you have to earn a minimum of 21 badges and do a community service project. After seeing Little Free Libraries in other communities, he thought it would be nice to bring one to Wentzville.

“Research shows that if kids read 20 minutes a day they will score 90% better on standardized tests and increase their vocabulary by 1,800,000 words per year! Having a Free Little Library located at The Child Center I think is a nice way to support the kids that are coming to the Center and a way for me to give back to my community and hopefully make it a better place,” said Hillyer.

The Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.” You can find Rylan’s Little Free Library outside of The Child Center, Inc. located at 989 Heritage Pkwy. Wentzville, MO 63385.

The Child Center, Inc., is a child advocacy center (CAC) serving children and families in Northeast Missouri. A comprehensive, coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse occurring in our 14 county service area.