If you’ve used the front entrance to the church recently, you will have seen a handsome addition to the landscape – our own Little Free Library, built by the gifted hands of Jim Lyles. Ours joins the more than 75,000 little library book-sharing boxes in 88 countries around the world, all of them appearing since the non-profit’s founding in 2009.
The Highlands library focuses entirely on children’s books, particularly books that celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. Whether emphasizing race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, country of origin or other issues, the books we place in our library will be not just valuable lessons but good stories, worth every reader’s time.
Take a book, share a book is our library’s operating principle, as it is for every little free library. We hope your child will enjoy the book he or she takes. If a book really engages your child and you think others would react similarly, by all means return it to the library. Or, if you’d like to share a book from your child’s home library, we’ll happily receive it.
Each book in the Highlands Little Free Library bears a Highlands Little Free Library bookplate. The children in our Sunday School classes, having heard about the library, drew their own bookplate designs. We’re delighted that the art for our inaugural bookplate was created by Cora Mapstone, of the 2nd grade. Thank you, Cora; it’s wonderful! Michelle Tallman took that design and created this handsome bookplate, and we’re grateful to her, too (there’s a lot of talent in this congregation!)