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The Salvation Army to Receive Little Free Libraries for Placement at its DFW Centers
Church members creatively painted the Little Free Libraries that are being donated by their priest
In an effort to promote literacy among children in North Texas, the Resurrection Episcopal Church in Plano donated 19 Little Free Libraries, along with children's books, to The Salvation Army in DFW.
The Rev. Leslie Stewart, Vicar and planter of the Plano church, delivered a truckload of 19 Little Free Libraries to The Salvation Army on Tuesday to enable the organization place a Little Free Library at each of its DFW-area centers that serve the community.
“Currently, there are 34 percent of children in Dallas ISD who are reading at grade level,” said Rev. Stewart at a ceremony in Dallas on Tuesday morning. “We’re trying to address that problem. The problem is book deserts. There are kids who have to go great distances to get free books.”
Rev. Stewart said that The Salvation Army has the logistical support to best use the Little Free Libraries efficiently to reach children in need.
“The Salvation Army already has locations through the Metroplex, and they currently serve those populations,” she said. “We hope by providing these Little Free Libraries, it helps that problem and it blesses The Salvation Army and the good work they are doing, and the communities that use them.”
The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Area Comander Major Jon Rich said the donation will be useful for the people currently served by the organization.
“We serve children all across the Metroplex – hundreds and hundreds, in after school programs, as well as senior citizens and so many others who will benefit from the books at our centers.”
Major Rich also stressed that the miniature libraries will helpfully encourage literacy.
“They are beautiful, and they will serve a wonderful purpose in this area. We want to promote literacy, and we want to make it easy for children and adults – and the whole community, to borrow and return books and donate books so that people who maybe wouldn’t have access to books now will, and can enjoy reading.”
Major Rich also expressed gratitude to the church for what he called a generous donation.
“We are very grateful to the church, to Resurrection Episcopal Church, for doing this project for us, and we can’t wait to get them installed around the Metroplex.”
These Little Free Libraries will join a worldwide network of over 40,000 locations where people can go to help themselves to free books and also donate books they are finished reading.
The 19 Little Free Libraries were painted in various motifs by volunteers from Resurrection Episcopal Church.
A Little Free Library is similar to a bird house that sits on a stand like a curbside mailbox. People who host one at their home, church, or business paint and decorate their Little Free Library using their own creativity. They also register their Little Free Library at littlefreelibrary.com so it shows up on a worldwide map.
Children and adults who visit a Little Free Library at a Salvation Army center can continue their commitment to literacy, learning, and enjoyment by taking and sharing books. Those interested can also go online and find one of the Little Free Libraries at a Salvation Army center near them.
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