Church tweens open free library for area children

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Back row, left to right, are Miles Dawsey, Jack Newsom and Samantha Olson; front row, left to right, are Kennedy Bardill, Anna Grace Batey, Addison Southerland and James Olson. (Samantha Southerland)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The tweens of the Cullman First United Methodist Church have servants’ hearts for their community. At the beginning of the year, they made a list of 10 ways they wanted to give back to Cullman, the first being a free library for kids.  

Thanks to Scott Cooley for taking the tween’s vision and building it into reality, the church was able to officially open its free library Wednesday. Positioned at the corner of Fourth Avenue Southeast and Fourth Street Southeast, the library is the perfect location for people to walk by or park and pick out their free books.  

“Cullman First United Methodist Church’s mission is to make a real difference by serving our community. Our tweens acted on that mission by serving and loving on others right here in downtown Cullman,” said CFUMC Pastor Lyle Holland.  

Each book contains a note of encouragement from the Cullman First United Methodist Church tweens. (Samantha Southerland) 

Tucked inside the covers of the books, readers will find little notes of encouragement from the tweens, something the kids wanted to ensure they included as a thank-you to each person who picked out a book.