Book drive going on for Free Little Library at Center FUMC

Accepted books include novels, magazines, Upper Room and other devotionals, crossword puzzle books, children and teen books, and large print books

The Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) Little Free Library located at 211 Porter Street is celebrating its second anniversary this month and is currently undergoing a design makeover!

To help us celebrate this milestone, we need your help with new or gently used book donations. Accepted books include novels, magazines, Upper Room and other devotionals, crossword puzzle books, children and teen books, and large print books.

Please deliver your books to the church office during the week Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. until Noon. Donated books will be sanitized according to safety recommendations prior to being placed in our Little Free Library before reopening to the public. Plans are underway for the safe reopening and unveiling of the newly designed Little Free Library!

On behalf of Center First UMC, thank you for donating books and supporting the Little Free Library program over the past two years! For more information about the Little Free Library at Center First UMC or donating books, please contact Rev. Malcolm Monroe at (936) 598-2707 or Nancy Dickerson at (936) 332-7984.

About Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. Recently, this small, frontyard book exchange celebrated their 100,000th milestone with registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 85 countries around the world.

Little Free Libraries are hand-built boxes functioning as educational and outreach tools serving as a neighborhood book exchange.

Inspired by the Little Free Library program “take a book, leave a book,” Nancy Dickerson, Center First UMC member and Little Free Library steward, along with church member Carlos Gray, built a Little Free Library in 2018, a place for sharing good books and bringing our community together through the joy of reading at First UMC.

The Little Free Library exchanges operate on the honor system; anyone visiting the Little Free Library may take a book or bring a book to share.

The Little Free Library mission is a non-profit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

The Little Free Library has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.”

Little Free Library is also the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, the Force for Positive Change Award, and the Library of Congress Literacy Award. Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries.

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