Disciples Christian Church is now the site of a Little Free Library
Disciples Christian Church is pleased to be a steward of a new Little Free Library. Located on the church’s property at 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, this Little Free Library is accessible along the church’s driveway off of Yellowstone Road.
The church is in the process of stocking the library with a variety of good quality books that hopefully will interest people in the neighborhood. People can stop by and take whichever book catches their fancy. They may keep the book or return it and, perhaps, donate another book to the library. Little Free Library books are always a gift and never for sale.
In addition to being visible to drivers and pedestrians on Yellowstone Road, the Little Free Library is near the entrance of the Heights Emergency Food Center, which is housed in the church building. Door hangers were distributed to homes in nearby neighborhoods to make residents aware of the Little Free Library. Its location should give many people the opportunity to investigate the book selection available and take or donate a book.
The Little Free Library movement was started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Wisconsin in 2010. Its mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide, and to foster a sense of community and connection as creativity and wisdom are shared across generations. The goal in 2010 was to build more than 2,510 libraries around the world (2,510 is the number of libraries built by Andrew Carnegie). As of January 2015, more than 25,000 Little Free Libraries have been installed worldwide.
Patricia McNeilly, a member and elder at the church, first heard about Little Free Libraries at an outreach meeting and worked through the process to make this Little Free Library a reality. A retired first-grade teacher, McNeilly taught students to read and has been passionate about promoting literacy. To make the structure as weatherproof as possible, Dan Yount, owner of Van Aken Hardware, and his 13-year-old son, A.J., volunteered to put the shingle roof on the Little Free Library.
For more information, visit www.discipleschristian.org.
Ronald Werman is an elder and communications chairperson of Disciples Christian Church.