Texas church starts library in converted bus

San Antonio Mennonite Church’s new mobile library is covered with images of women. — Tedi McVea/San Antonio Mennonite Church San Antonio Mennonite Church’s new mobile library is covered with images of women. — Tedi McVea/San Antonio Mennonite Church

San Antonio Mennonite Church opened a mobile library in February, expanding its community outreach through books.

La Peregrina Social Justice Library is based out of a converted bus and makes its home in the church’s parking lot, next to its Café Cotidiano coffee shop. La Peregrina is Spanish for female pilgrim.

KSAT News reported that the idea to use the bus as a library came from a coffee shop patron.

“All of these books have been in the church for a very long time,” said Katie Best-Richmond, pastor of stewardship. “This bus was a really exciting opportunity for us to activate this collection of books that we’ve had in the church and really be able to offer it up to the community.”

Local artist Regina Moya painted the exterior with images of women. Shelves of books are inside, with a couch on one side and a rocking chair in the corner. Books on faith and social justice are available in English and Spanish.

“We want to have books here for all ages, where the kids and adults can really see themselves in these books, in these authors, in these topics,” Best-Richmond said.

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