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Girls Writing the World

About Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined

Juliette Gordon Low once wrote, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding are the magic thread that links the youth of the world together.” In her own life, Daisy found ways to connect with others not only through her travels, but also through art and literature. Through books from her family library, stories told around the fire, and even plays and poetry she wrote herself, Daisy explored the world—past, present, and future. In our library, we invite visitors to do the same.

Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined, may be the only library in the world created by, for, and about girls. Drawing on history and the power of place, at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace a traditional library is transformed into a whimsical and interactive exhibition that bridges past and present. In a room filled with historical artifacts and art installations and activities, girls—and all visitors—discover Juliette’s love of literature, explore the relationship between Girl Scouts and reading, and see themselves reflected within the literary tradition of our Movement.

Girls Writing the World positions young women as readers, thinkers, and achievers who offer their own creative contributions to make the world a better place.


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What will I see in the exhibit?

The book collection features a range of genres—memoirs, diaries, autobiographies, historical accounts, travel logs, scholarly works, novels, poems, journals, plays, children’s books, graphic novels, comics, and beyond. Girl Scouts from around the world contributed books that they believe have the power to inspire girls of courage, confidence, and character. Badges and other illustrative objects are also on display.

The library exhibit includes artistic and interactive components created by former Girl Scouts, including a “PoeTree” inspired by a 1930s Girl Scout woodblock series, with hidden poems and words in many languages draped over the tree’s branches like Spanish moss. Visitors may also explore vintage stereoscopes like those Daisy used, a braille decoding challenge, videos of women and girls from around the world (many of them Girl Scouts) performing speeches and songs, and a “take a poem, leave a poem” activity.

The room’s most important original artifacts remain in the space, including beautiful wall-length bookshelves, an ornate chandelier, and a secretary believed to have been used by Daisy herself. The library exhibit carefully preserves these and other significant artifacts, while “prop” objects once in the space are now safely stored away. Today the relevant and engaging space truly aligns with the Girl Scout mission and communicates the site’s core stories and values—all to grow the Movement and ensure that all girls see themselves reflected.

Testimonials

 “My daughter and I loved this tour. It’s a Girl Scout’s dream visit. We loved seeing all the great things that inspired a movement. The new library was also amazing.”
—Aida M. (5 stars, TripAdvisor)

“I loved the modern twist on the library. It was very hands-on and up to date with technology. Really appealing to the younger generation!”
—Anonymous visitor

“We loved visiting the home of Juliette Gordon Low. The home itself is grand and wonderfully maintained, the staff (of Girl Scouts!!) is both enthusiastic and patient, and the whole experience was inspiring. … The house is a National Historic Landmark and has been lovingly looked after by Girl Scouts of the USA after purchase in the 1950s. The artwork found inside is largely of Juliette’s own hand—masterful plaster and bronze works and portraits of family. … After seeing and walking through sumptuous living rooms and bedrooms, I was inspired by the last room: the library had been transformed into an interactive wonder of books, electronic tablets, chalk, and more, meant to stoke the imagination of its youngest visitors through reading, art, and leadership examples the participants could touch, hear, and write themselves. At the beginning of the tour, I expected to reminisce fondly about my time in Girl Scouts. I left full-hearted, knowing that Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy is alive and kicking thanks to the vision and accomplishment of today’s Girl Scouts.”
—L.W. (5 stars, TripAdvisor)

“Dear Daisy, I felt very honored to visit your house today. My favorite room in the house was the reimagined library, because we did so many hands-on activities. My favorite thing we did was making our own self-portraits because we learned how empowering art is for us. We heard about how you made a difference by founding Girl Scouts. Here’s how I would like to make a difference: keeping your legacy [alive] for as long as I can.”
—Morgan, age 13, participating in the “Dear Daisy” postcard activity

“I loved all the rooms in the house, but the library was beautiful! It showed creativity and was a place for Girl Scouts to really express themselves, which I thought was amazing!”
—Anonymous

“This was a great experience for me and other Girl Scouts. I felt it was an awesome thing to do at my age because the stories were so great! I’m going to go and tell others that they should come visit.”
—Anonymous

“When I tell my friends and family about this house, I’ll say that it was fun and educational at the same time. I would recommend it to my friends.”
—Anonymous

“My favorite room in the house was the library because I love books.”
—Callie, age 10

“The library was cool and artistic!”
—Anonymous

“My favorite room in the house was the library because I came to the birthplace before and the library is new.”
—Laura, age 10

“My suggestion is to keep doing what you are doing. I had a lot of fun and I will definitely come back.”
—Jade, age 12

“I thought that the house inspired girls to dream big and know they can achieve anything. I felt proud of my days as a Girl Scout and happy to share this experience with my daughter. The visit makes me want to encourage my daughter to choose and complete her Gold Award project.”
—Girl Scout troop leader

“My visit makes me think that we are on the right track with this movement! I feel proud to be a part of a great movement. I want to continue to change the world, one girl at a time.”
—Girl Scout troop leader

“I really loved how welcomed the staff made us feel. The tour was engaging and relaxed for kids and moms. LOVED the library.”
—Girl Scout volunteer

“In the library, it was neat to see that communication was a key element for Girl Scouts to focus on! Then and now!”
—Girl Scout volunteer