April 08, 2016
On Sunday, March 20, a special Little Free Library was unveiled at Tatum’s Garden in Salinas, CA. This Little Free Library was the dream project of Patti Munoz and several other members of First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove, CA after hearing Amanda Bakker speak at the church’s Faith Retreat. Amanda is the creator of Tatum’s Garden, a fully-inclusive and accessible playground in the area. A group from the church visited the Garden. When they returned to church they began talking with folks about desire to donate a Little Free Library to the site. Materials were donated and church member Gary Soule got busy designing and building it, in a short time it was decorated and those who were not directly connected with its construction began to bring in books for children, youth, and adults in any language, including Braille. The idea was to make, what the church lovingly called the Book Barn, as fully-inclusive and accessible as the playground itself. On March 13, the Book Barn was dedicated during worship and transported to Tatum’s Garden where it was installed and unveiled a week later. Surrounded by benches and a grassy area, children and families began to include a time of reading and sharing within their visit to the Garden. “Take a book, read with care. Bring a book for all to share” is written across the front eave of the Book Barn, the members of First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove will continue to collect books to keep it filled with the dream of providing books for those who will enjoy reading them.