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Great Bend church adds Little Free Library
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Leroy Weathers is shown with the Little Free Library he built for First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, has a  new addition: a Little Free Library. It is located on the southwest corner of the church.
Little Free Libraries are outdoor hutches where the public is invited to pick up free books. People can also drop off books to share with others. According to the official Little Free Library website ( “It’s a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” There are several LFL locations in Barton County, and they can be found worldwide.
Mary Ann June at First Congregational United Church of Christ said members decided to put one at the church after they studied about the problem of adult illiteracy.
“Church member Leroy Weathers built a LFL,” she said. “We read the book ‘Hotdogs & Hamburgers’ by Rob Shindler and we wanted to do something to promote reading.”