St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Hattie’s Book Carts

A parishioner browses for books on one of Hattie's carts.
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Located in the Common and the 2nd-floor living room, Hattie’s book carts are a great source of reading material. This St. Columba’s tradition was begun in the 1950s by parishioner Hattie Elbe, who used a banged-up kitchen cart to display used books for sale. When Hattie died in 1994, the Craig Eder Library took over the project, collecting book donations in a bin, which are then sorted onto the carts. On offer is an eclectic assortment of books donated from parishioners’ own libraries and set out for you to browse or buy. (Please leave books for donation in the large bin in the library.) The money raised goes toward various church projects. Books that stay on the cart for more than a few weeks are given to a Mennonite book depository in Hagerstown or find their way to the Water Ministry shelves for guests to read and enjoy. If you’re open to surprises, why not try one of Hattie’s carts and see what treasures might await?

Photo: Wayne C. Fowler


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