Broadening Our Bounds

Back of the Reading Room we have a lovely garden surrounded by attractive shrubbery. When the weather permits, we arrange the garden for study. Three chairs are always occupied while we are open. An awning over the door and window at the back of the study room keeps it cool and lends added color to the garden. Many apartment dwellers remark about the special privilege it is to them to study in our garden.

One morning, while I was prayerfully working in Christian Science on church dedication and the purpose of the Reading Room, the thought of holding open house in the Reading Room came to me. Further metaphysical work brought forth the courage to present the idea to our executive board for their decision. They approved it, and the membership was told of the plan to hold open house in the Reading Room on a certain Wednesday night after the testimony meeting. An invitation to attend the gathering was read from the desk.

That night there was an unusually large attendance at church, and nearly everyone visited the Reading Room, where we had arranged special displays of books, periodicals, and flowers. The regular attendants served as hosts and hostesses, their purpose being to inform visitors of the services and facilities of the Reading Room, and to assist them to see how they might use the Reading Room.

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The Reading Room
May 31, 1947

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