AHG_library1On Monday, January 9th, Immanuel Lutheran’s American Heritage Girl Troop visited the Palatine Public Library to work on their Book Adventurer badge. Library staff members were gracious hosts to the entire troop, which consists of three age groups: Pathfinders (ages 5 – 6), Tenderhearts (ages 6-9), and Explorers (ages 9-12.)

Pathfinders, Tenderhearts and Explorers all went on a tour of the youth section and learned about what the library offers. The librarian provided a book talk in which several books were discussed and many of the girls were excited to check out the recommended books. Tenderhearts listened to a book about Sacagawea, and discussed their favorite books. Explorers had a chance to discuss different types of text, and what they would challenge themselves to read next. They also listened to a folktale and discussed the lesson within the story. Many girls finished up the badge that evening!

AHG_library2“Collaborating with Palatine Public Library staff was wonderful. It offered the girls an enriched badge learning experience, while giving them the opportunity to speak with a careered individual who could answer their questions. We often look to those in the community to assist in sharing their experiences and love of what they do with the girls,” says Trephina Bedell, American Heritage Girls Troop Coordinator.

American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faith-based character development program for girls ages 5 - 18. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG has grown from ten troops and 100 members to over 40,000 members across five countries and 49 U.S. states. Girls participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.

Membership in American Heritage Girls is open to all girls in the community (ages 5 – 18) and a companion program, Trail Life USA, is open to all boys (ages 5 – 18) in the community. To learn more, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1936.