JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – For three years in a row, the Jamestown Unitarian Universalist Congregation has set up a ‘Free Books’ table on holidays.
For this year’s Memorial Day parade, the committee had a wide array of books on display for all ages to take as they please, in efforts to educate and encourage reading.
The church also sets up these free book giveaways on Halloween, as well as traveling to different school districts in hopes of instilling the love of reading to young children.
“Everybody needs to read in order to be a full functioning citizen. We think it’s just very important for kids to have their own books. We have to read, people have to read. It’s really important to know what’s going on in the world, very important,” said committee member Linda Hires.
Members of the congregation believe that being aware of the world is knowledge everyone should possess, and what better way to gain that knowledge than reading.