One little boy who loves to read started what may become a mighty gift at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
Marian Jensen, a member of the church library board, said, "This little boy came into the St. Olaf Church library one day and said, 'I just love to read, but I don't have any books.' There is a good, large library there, but children don't come in and check out books, so the library staff picked up on his remark and went to work to think of a way to help him and others like him and bring books to them."
Church members were asked to donate children's books, and at the end of vacation Bible school in June, the children were allowed to choose one or two books for themselves to start their own libraries at home.
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Anna Miller, church education director at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, looks over one of the books that will be given away on Sept. 12 as part of several activities to mark the kickoff for the Sunday School year.
"Because it was so successful, it has been decided for Rally Day when Sunday school begins to have it again so they can have more books for their very own library," Jensen said.
Anna Miller, Christian education director at St. Olaf, said the church already has boxes full of books just waiting for Rally Sunday on Sept. 12.
Children still may check books out of the church library, she said. Adults can, too.
"There's a pretty extensive children's section," she said. "Some Christian, some not."
Library books are divided into several categories, she said, including devotional, Christian life and Christian fiction.
Miller said there is a church library board that oversees the collection, and the first Friday of every month is a work day when new books are covered and categorized.
"We have a library fund that people can give to for memorials, so we buy with that. We also accept donations if somebody is updating their library," she said.
"This shows us how one little statement can bring on a miracle," Jensen said. "We are, after all, God's servants."
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