This summer, I think I'll build a library! "What?" you ask. Seriously, I want to build a Little Free Library. Have you heard about these little gems? I recently came across this idea, and I LOVE it! It is an awesome summer project that promotes and encourages reading. This short little video tells you all about it.
I have always loved libraries, but there wasn't one near where I lived as a child. At my elementary school, the library was also the teacher's lounge. In those days, the teachers smoked there and I really disliked how smokey the books smelled. When I was 11, my friend and I would take the bus to a neighboring town where they had a library. I could only check out three books and that was never enough. In the summer, the Bookmobile would come around. Oh, how I love that Bookmobile. But the children's section was so small. To have a Little Free Library in my neighborhood would have a slice of heaven!
The first Little Free Library was built by Todd Bol of Hudson Wisconsin in 2009 as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He partnered with a friend and created a goal to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries, one more than the number of free libraries supported by Andrew Carnegie around 1900. They have since surpassed this goal. As of January 2014, the total number of Little Free Libraries in the world is estimated to be 15,000.
The Little Free Library website sells pre-constructed libraries. Here is my favorite:
|Cedar Sunset Library|
Their designs are beautiful. But, the prices are steep and I like the idea of creating my own design. If you visit the Little Free Library Facebook page, you will see lots of creative designs.
If you are interested, there is TONS of information on the Little Free Library website. If you decide to build one in your front yard, let me know!