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Altrusa checks in its newest ‘little library’

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Altrusa members introduce a new “little free library” Saturday at the Altrusa Park on South Missouri Avenue during “Make a Difference Day.” From left are Mary Featherstone, Liz Bolin, Pat Loranca, Kathleen Wells and Jackie Gooch. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell chapter of Altrusa International decided to use the national “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday to give several contributions to the local area, including its newest “little free library.”

Members gathered at Altrusa Park at the corner of South Missouri Avenue and West Deming Street Saturday to dedicate their book distribution site, part of the national Little Free Library nonprofit project. That group’s website includes a map of all of its Little Free Libraries.

Altrusa also has another lending library near the Roswell Country Club on Lost Trail Road, and it supplies books to the other little free libraries in the city not associated with their group.

Mary Featherstone said some books are purchased new and some come from donations, but they are intended to put books in the hands of others, especially children. People are encouraged to bring the books back or make their own donations, she said, but that isn’t necessary.

The local nonprofit, which was formed in about 1947 and includes promoting literacy as one of its goals, also supplies books to many other community organizations throughout the year.

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Altrusa also is collecting food for The Salvation Army and gathering winter coats for school children, with their first priority being youth in the Dexter, Hagerman and Lake Arthur areas. Featherstone said they have collected 500 coats so far.