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Little Free Library Dedication

April 26, 2017

April 22nd was a special occasion at the Cottonwood United Methodist Church just west of Wayland. They recently put up a Little Free Library for the children of their community, and Saturday was the day they dedicated it.


Their pastor, Nancy Sutherland, explained that they wanted the kids “to have the opportunity to get a book at any time for their reading pleasure.”

The congregation’s effort was a part of their response to the Change a Child’s Story initiative of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. Across Iowa our churches are striving to give one million books and read one million hours to children in poverty by June of 2017.

Little Free Library is a registered nonprofit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.” Over 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges have been erected in all fifty U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world as of the end on 2016.

The dedication event at Cottonwood included an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the Little Free Library. “The shelves will be full of books,” church members said in their invitation to community members, “so please feel free to bring a book and take a book.”

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