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DC Pagan Library Opens Its Doors

By April 16, 2012

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Capital Witch reports that the Open Hearth Foundation Pagan Library has officially opens its doors - and this is a big deal, because I'm pretty sure it's one of the first sort of resources of its kind in the US. The collection includes more than 3,000 books, 250 different Tarot decks, 40 periodical series, and other artifacts - and it's available to the public.

Saturday's grand opening was "the culmination of over 10 years of effort of fundraising, collecting and organizing books and safely storing them until a physical space could manifest. Since signing a lease for the space in October 2011, volunteers have logged over 1,500 hours organizing the collection, as well as preparing the physical space--painting, moving furniture, assembling shelves, and installing lighting."

"We fully expect the OHF Library will become the 'Heart of the Hearth' for the local Pagan community," said Eric Eldrich, OHF Library Trustee and Former Chair of the OHF Board of Governors.

This is the sort of thing that a strong Pagan community can accomplish, with some organization and dedicated volunteers. Readers, do you know of any similar projects in the works in other cities?

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Comments
April 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm
(1) Jen M. says:

I am so, so proud of my local community! This is definitely a very special moment, not just for us, but for Pagans everywhere! :)

April 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(2) Donna Grizzle says:

This is wonderful news indeed! I wish I was closer to DC so I could enjoy it myself.

April 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(3) Donna Grizzle says:

This is wonderful news indeed! I wish I was closer to DC so I could enjoy it myself.

April 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm
(4) Lune says:

That is great news.I live in a rather small southern town but we do have two decent sized libraries,of the two there is only “ONE” Pagan book,by Scott Cunningham.Is this the norm,do most libraries have so few?
Of course there are plenty of Christian books in both we have.

April 17, 2012 at 9:59 am
(5) Laura says:

@Lune: No, that’s not the norm. The norm is zero books on Paganism and lots on Christianity. I’ve found this to be true in communities smaller than a large suburb of a major city.

As for the new library, I think it’s awesome. The closest thing I’ve heard of is the Sacred Paths Community Center in Minneapolis.

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