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Letters to the Editor

Please use, treasure and care for this ‘gift’

To the editor:

Last week, sometime during the night, someone tore the door off of the Little Free Library in front of our church and left it lying in the street.

It wasn’t the end of the world. There are certainly worse disasters that demand our attention. I’m guessing the person, or people, who did this did not mean any real harm. They were probably acting out of boredom.

I’m not angry; disappointed yes, but not angry. I’m disappointed because whoever did this did not recognize that the Little Free Library is a gift and that it is a gift for them.

Our children, the children of First Christian Church, made this library for you and your children. It’s a gift. It’s not just any gift. It’s a gift that represents and encourages freedom.

Think about how amazing this is. No matter who you are, regardless of your politics, your religion, your skin color, your background, how much money you do or don’t have, regardless of how many friends you have, what age you are, how many likes you get on Facebook, what you like to eat or what time you choose to get up in the morning, this gift of reading is for you.

Whether you have a library card or not, money to spend on books or not, you are invited – no, you are encouraged to take books from this Little Free Library and leave books you’re no longer reading. Do you know how fortunate we all are to be able to do that; to have boxes around town where we can take and leave books for free?

When we feel bored or trapped by the winter weather, a book can unleash our imagination and take us to new and exciting places. When we want to learn something new, we pick up a book and gain a new skill or hobby. When we’re down or lonely, we pick up a book and meet new friends. And when we’re finished with it, we share it with the next person who needs it.

We are thrilled to have the freedom to share such a gift with you, our neighbors. We ask that you treat this gift as you would any other special gift from a child; that you use it, care for it and treasure it.

The Rev. Laura Evans Mahn

Rock Island

Note to readers: The Rev. Mahn is pastor of First Christian Church
of Princeton.

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