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Loving libraries

Charlotte Walker, leader of the 3rd Chapel Allerton Guides in Leeds loves books and libraries. She wanted to share that love with young people in her local area and decided create her very own challenge badge to introduce Guides to their local libraries, donating all the profit from badge sales to us. We talked to Charlotte to find out more about the ‘I Love My Library’ badge.


Charlotte receiving her Queen’s Guide Award


I created the ‘I Love My Library’ badge during my Queen’s Guide Award. It is a challenging programme of excursions, outdoor adventures and community action that you can complete in Girlguiding.

Libraries were very important to me growing up. I loved all sorts of books – favourite stories, travel books, how-to guides, audio books. I would read anything! But nowadays I believe that young people today are missing out on what libraries can do for them.

Whilst Brownies have the Booklover badge, there is no dedicated badge about libraries in Girlguiding. So my Guide unit and I decided to design our own badge for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and the Senior Section – the ‘I Love My Library’ challenge badge. The aim of the badge is to get more young people into their local libraries and benefitting from all the services they have to offer.


I Love my Library badge


My Guide unit and I designed the badge and the syllabus together. The first part of the badge focuses on activities to do in the weekly meetings at your unit. This includes a book-themed charades competition, designing your own library and Pictionary using the Dewey Decimal System.

For the second part of the badge, the Guides are taken on a visit to their local library. Here, they take part in various activities to get to know the library and its different sections and services. The visit finishes with a detective game to find clues hidden around the library.

My unit really enjoyed visiting the library and thought it was the best part of the badge. We visited outside of opening hours so we had the place to ourselves. This gave the girls free rein to get to know every part of the library. The clue hunt at the end was very exciting as they went around looking for clues and unlocking codes. Our visit was also a great opportunity for the girls to hear about some of the events coming up at the library. Many of them have visited their library again since.

We are donating all the profits from the ‘I Love My Library’ challenge badge to Book Aid International – we sold over 800 badges and raised £948! As we are lucky enough in the UK to have such easy access to books, I wanted the profits to go to a charity which gives other children around the world access to books. Book Aid International does just that!

I hope that the girls who participated in the ‘I Love My Library’ challenge badge will continue to visit their library and take their siblings and friends too!


We would like to say a big thank you to Charlotte and her Girlguiding unit for their generous support. They’ve raised enough to send over 470 books to libraries in places where the challenges to accessing books are at their greatest. We hope the ‘I Love My Library’ badge inspires a love of libraries in many Guides.


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Taking on a challenge to share the joy of reading

In the run up to World Book Day, Girl Guides and Brownies in Bethnal Green are taking on a reading challenge to help us send more books to schools and libraries where books are scarce.

Book Aid International Community Ambassador Emily has arranged the home grown reading challenge for the Guide and Brownie units in her local area. We caught up with Emily to find out more:


Emily Reddon


As a Brownie and Guide leader, I get to volunteer each week with the Bethnal Green Brownies and spend time with some amazing girls who are clever, passionate, curious and always entertaining.

Our Brownies (aged 7-10) know what they like and one thing they love is reading. The girls will often bring in stories or poems they’ve written and ask to read them aloud to the others. When you put pen and paper in front of them, nine times out of ten you’ll get a story. And the Guides (aged 10 – 14) are interested in issues that affect our society and other young people, so they were keen to learn more about literacy and raise money for Book Aid International.

Reading books is a big part of our Brownies’ and Guides’ lives, as it is for so many children and adults. To encourage them to read for fun, but also to understand the impact books can have on people’s lives, we are raising money for Book Aid International and Book Trust by running the first ever Bethnal Green Brownies & Guides Reading Challenge!




Between now and World Book Day, we will be dedicating the first five minutes of every meeting to updating our list of books that the Brownies and Guides have read.  Our ‘Read-o-Meter’ is decorated with drawings of the girls’ favourite book characters and is slowly working its way up to our collective target of 100 books. With 20 young people taking part, I have a feeling we’ll smash it! It’s a cooperative challenge, with no winners and losers, where it doesn’t matter what you’re reading, it just matters that you are! So far, Dork Diaries, Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Roald Dahl are big favourites on the board.

We all agree that books are a big and important part of all of our lives, so the young people were excited about the idea of their own reading supporting charities they can get behind. We have pledged as a unit to make a donation for each book they read and the girls who feel particularly passionately are also collecting pledges from others. The girls have raised £10 in the first week, but with a month to go and the excitement for World Book Day ramping up, we’re looking forward to seeing that go up and up!


Huge thanks to Emily and the Guides and Brownies of Bethnal Green for their World Book Day fundraising efforts! It costs just £2 to send a book so every pound raised really will make a difference. We wish them the best of luck with reaching their target and hope they discover some fantastic new authors and books in the process.

To find out more about our Community Ambassador scheme or ways you can support us on World Book Day, take a look at the links below.