Every once in a while, the Loudoun County Public Libraries host the Book-to-Action Program, an informal book club that teaches the community a lesson and puts it into action.
“It draws interest,” said Dena Henchen, adult services librarian at Rust Library. “I mean, people don’t always know what might be going on in the community; that there’s a need. And so we like to draw attention to that and bring them into the library — I mean, we’re all about books!”
This time around, Gum Springs and Rust Libraries chose the nonfiction novel, Almost Home. It details the lives of homeless teens across the United States and Canada who find their way to Covenant House, a charity that serves homeless and runaway youth.
In response, the libraries are collecting coat donations through the end of this week to be donated to the Loudoun County Emergency Homeless Shelter.