Area church puts up little open library

The mini library that Trinity Mennonite Church built for area children. Provided photo
The mini library that Trinity Mennonite Church built for area children. Provided photo
Years ago, Tillie Bartel was a school teacher for the Hillsboro district. She was known as a jolly teacher who loved children. Upon her death, her family set up a memorial for children’s books at her church, Trinity Mennonite.

The money has been sitting in an account for this purpose. Trinity has noticed that as youth have disbursed to other locations, no children have been in the church for at least 5 years.

To honor Tillie and get books in the hands of children, Trinity decided to build a “mini library” right next to the playground where neighborhood children play. Kenton Kaufman built the library. Trustees of the church “planted” the library. It has proven to be rain-proof in the last week of storms.

The top shelf of the library is for adult readers and the bottom shelf is for young readers. The box is located at 211 Elm Street in Hillsboro.

Anyone can take a book home with them to read. You can keep a book you like. If you are wanting to get rid of books from crowded shelves at home, you may donate them to the “Mini Library” for others to enjoy. As the door on the library box says: “take books…give books”

Promoting the love of books and reading is an appealing cause for nearly everybody. What fun to see grandparents reading to their grandchild while swinging together! Some parents read while they wait for kids to finish playing.