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Hurst, Texas, WELCA group sponsors free library

Free libraryLittle Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number 50,000 in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan.

This past summer, a new Little Free Library in Hurst, Texas, joined the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church’s Women of the ELCA (WELCA) group designed the library in the shape of a well.

“In John 4, Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well while she is drawing water,” said Amy Lemire, a member of the church and the WELCA group. “Jesus then offers the Samaritan woman living water, his unconditional love and forgiveness.

“We, too, desire to offer God's love to our community,” Amy said.

The church also hopes to provide the knowledge, escape, adventure and fulfillment that books bring.

“We pray that this library will be a beacon of God's love and become part of the daily routine of our community.”

The library will provide easy access to books for everyone. In the “outdoor months,” it also offers a shady place to rest for those visiting area businesses. The library has books for adults, teens and children in both English and Spanish, Amy said. 

To learn more about free libraries, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

This article and photo were provided by Amy Lemire.