Pottstown Church Opens Two Little Free Libraries

POTTSTOWN PA – Go ahead and select a book, or a couple if you’re so inclined, from the new cabinets outside the First Baptist Church at 301 King St., and if you love them don’t worry about bringing them back. They’re there for your enjoyment, after all.

Pottstown Church Opens Two Little Free Libraries

The church has opened two “Little Free Libraries” (at top and right) just outside its King Street entrance, it reported Wednesday (Aug. 26, 2020). One cabinet “has books with reading adventures for children,” it said; the other, books for adults to savor. “It’s our hope (the libraries) will bring a little more joy, a little more connection, and a whole lot more books to our community,” church pastor the Rev. Dr. Marcia B. Bailey said.

Beginning in September, she added, the church also expects to distribute family craft packets from the library cabinets.

Little Free Library is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit with a self-described mission to inspire a love of reading, building community, and improving book access, primarily by encouraging neighborhood book-exchange boxes. The church joins several other organizations across western Montgomery County in opening its often-curbside libraries where books can be borrowed and returned, taken and kept, or donated.

Like other entities in Pennsylvania and nationally, the church encourages social distancing and currently holds its worship services on Zoom. Without its congregation’s customary physical presence, Bailey noted, “we hope the libraries can be a visible sign of our commitment to knowing and serving our neighborhood.”

“Books teach us about each other and ourselves, transport us to other places, stretch our imaginations, and broaden our understanding,” the pastor explained. “Know that when you take or leave a book, you are sharing with your neighbors … a wonderful way for us to care for each other.”

Photos supplied by First Baptist Church of Pottstown