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Centralia couple gives the gift of reading

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:44 am

Blessing box also helps with hunger

It stands at the far end of a two-story white house on Coulter Street. A post-mounted, house-shaped box with a windowed door shows two shelves packed with books. Next to it are two plastic drawer-totes set atop cement blocks. One tote contains non-perishable food, the other a selection of protein drinks and juices.

The hand-drawn black lettering on the box reads: “Free Library Take a Book or Return a Book

Les and Tracy England with their Lending Library

Enjoy! The England’s”

The sign behind the food totes reads: “Little Free Pantry Neighbors Helping Neighbors! Take what you need. Leave what you can. Always count your Blessings!” The Englands call that the “blessing box.”

Les and Tracy England have lived at their home, which they named the “Flying Pig” estate, for 12 years.

Three years ago, when on vacation in Norfolk, VA, with their daughter and son-in-law Erin and Ben LeNeave, they saw their first lending library.

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