Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oak Ridge has installed a Little Free Library for the Oak Ridge community, located on the west side of the church. The Little Free Library has a shelf each for children, youth, and adults.
“Take a book and leave a book if you have one you can leave,” a press release said. “Help your children to take part in this special family activity. Check back often for new titles.”
Grace’s Little Free Library is one of 60,000 plus Little Libraries in more than 80 countries, with its “official” charter number (61941), and it is included on the World Map at LittleFreeLibrary.org.
According to the LFL website, “Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!)”
One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home (McGill-Franzen & Allington, 2009). But according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61 percent of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home, the press release said.
If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the church office or in the designated bins inside both entrances. The church especially needs donations of children’s books.
Grace has a long history of serving the community, the press release said. It is a founding member of CONTACT Care Line and the Ecumenical Storehouse, provides Food Pantry items on Friday mornings, and offers free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages several days a week. It also offers free classes in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Russian taught by native speakers and open to anyone in the community.
Grace holds two Sunday services: 9 a.m. (contemporary) and 11:15 a.m. (traditional). Everyone is invited to attend. Grace Lutheran Church is located at 131 West Gettysburg Avenue in Oak Ridge. The Rev. Dr. Larry Boudon is pastor. For more information, call or go online at (865) 483-3787 or www.graceoakridge.org.