This year, our elementary class has been working on designing a Little Free Diverse Library for our front lawn. JonBook Stack by Kimberly Farmer Weismoore, a carpenter, sculptor, and parent, is helping to guide the project. It can be difficult to get a group of kids—or adults, for that matter—to agree on one idea or design. Recently, I watched seven kids all share and add their ideas to a single concept. Somehow, each person’s idea was incorporated in the plan. I won’t reveal more about the design right now; I’ll just say that this is a truly collaborative project and everyone’s creativity is part of the library that we will be building in May.

Our theme this month is pluralism. The proposed revisions to the Unitarian Universalist values say, “We covenant to learn from one another in our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We embrace our differences and commonalities with Love, curiosity, and respect.” This is no easy task, and one that seems almost impossible these days. But somehow, in this Little Free Library project, our children have demonstrated how they can learn from each other, share different ideas, and embrace one another with Love, curiosity, and respect.

I am looking forward to seeing the final product and filling it with books that represent many different cultures, viewpoints, and voices. It will be an opportunity to share our values and amplify important authors. Everyone will be invited to contribute books that they want others to read—and to take books, learning from one another and searching for truth and meaning together. We hope to install the Little Free Library on June 16 after the service, during the end of year potluck picnic. We will start collecting book donations in May; look for a box at the side entrance.