Be sure to notice the miniature and beautiful replicated UCC structure near our west 29th Street entrance. A more careful glance through its glass doors quickly reveals the numerous books neatly stacked inside.
With the erection of this charming structure, skillfully crafted by UCC member Wayne Linder, UCC now joins an estimated 25,000 similar “front yard” libraries around the globe as a part of the Little Free Library movement.
(Visit littlefreelibrary.org for more information.)
Its simple mission, based on the idea of “take a book, leave a book,” inspired member Leigh Aaron-Leary to champion a Little Free Library as a UCC ministry. Her vision was contagious, as she convinced others that our participation was a way to simultaneously promote literacy and connect in a new way with our neighborhood.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley has described this dual mission: “I think we need more, not less, community. I think we need more, not fewer, readers and thinkers….. and I think Little Free Library addresses both of these needs in a single, graceful gesture.”
Thanks to Wayne, Leigh and other members of the Women’s Guild, our Library was built and will be operated at no cost. The Guild will collect books for children and adults, keep the two separate shelves supplied and insert a “bookmark” in each book about UCC.
The Guild will readily accept your donations of “gently read” children and adult books for our Little Free Library. After that, your participation in this newest ministry is even easier.
Lend a book, borrow a book and keep reading!