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All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove launches a community lending library in its rain garden

Rebecca Holz, Little Free Library chairperson, and Dennis Anderson, the carpenter who built the “library,” stand in the All Saints rain garden, confirming that books are “checked in.” Photo provided by All Saints Lutheran Church

On Pentecost Sunday, All Saints Lutheran Church (ELCA), Cottage Grove, dedicated a “Little Free Library” in its Rain Garden area. The Little Free Library is stocked with children’s books for preschoolers through elementary ages.
The premise is simple and easy: Take a book; return a book. All of the books are secular in nature.
Visitors are welcome to take a book home to read and enjoy and then return with a book, either the one they borrowed or additional ones to share with others. The library is part of an international program that promotes literacy and love of reading and fosters a sense of community.
The concept was started by Todd Bols of Hudson, Wisconsin. The All Saints Little Free Library is one of 60 Little Free Libraries (as of June 2012) in Minnesota alone.
The library was dedicated to the current senior pastor, Jules Erickson. Further information is available at, by calling All Saints at 651/459-1117, or by visiting its website at All Saints is located at 8100 Belden Blvd., Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

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