Libraries of Distinction
Kari Fairclough. Rochester, MN. My child care families from Kari's House (www.karishouse.com) gave me a Little Free Library for my home AND also my lake home as Christmas gifts in 2013. Home Depot donated the supplies, the families registered the libraries and worked on the decor. Check out the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Sun made from the children's handprints! Literacy and a love of reading is a huge part of my child care program and my personal life.
Suzi Hoge. South Pasadena, CA. My daughter and her friend built the Little Library as a surprise for me for Christmas, 2014. It looks like our house, same colors! It has wallpaper, a linoleum floor, and soft solar lighting so you can see the books at night. The neighborhood has welcomed it and folks began leaving books immediately. .... and we were blogged about at hometown-pasadena...
Laurie Fraher. Somers, CT. Our family loves to read and we always have books everywhere. We learned about the Little Free Library in a home school magazine and thought it would be fun. My children saved money to purchase our charter for my Mother's Day gift and we all worked together to restore an old bunny cage. The Bunny Hutch Little Free Library was created by our whole family for the love of books and learning.
Cherie Wirth. Neenah, WI. I LOVE books and have a really hard time parting with them. My kids also have the same problem. We thought a little library would be a great way to share our love of reading. My father-in-law built the library and my mother-in-law decorated it. It was the perfect gift. Our library has kids and adult books. Stop by and check it out.
Greene Middle School. Greene, NY. Mrs. Griffin's Middle School read the book, The Matchlock Gun, then designed and painted a Little Free Library for the Village of Greene. This project was funded through the Grants for Teachers Program, made possible by Friends of the Chenango Arts Council, Community Bank and Walmart. This library represents Common Core State Standards, Arts in Education and community enrichment.
Kristi Jump. Columbus, OH. The fourth and fifth graders of Edison Intermediate were inspired to build a little free library after reading an article about them. This LFL was built by the Whitley family and the design and location were voted on by the fourth and fifth graders. With help from art students at the high school, this Grandview Bobcat themed LFL is a fantastic addition to the Grandview community.
Pamela Strausbaugh. Waves, NC. live on a remote island off the coast of North Carolina. We have no library here. I was reading Our State magazine over Christmas and saw a story about The Little Free Library. I had never heard of it before. 2013 was a very sad and lonely Christmas for me but just the idea of building one of these little libraries gave me a little joy among the dark days. So on Good Friday 2014, my little library opened its door!
Susan McMullan. Lino Lakes, MN. My daughter's God mother, Jule Taylor, lived far away from our family and only got to see her God Daughter once as she grew up. During that one, short occassion, her God Mother had my daughter sit on her lap as they read a story together. That one special moment is forever imprinted in my heart now that her God Mother passed away at a young age from cancer. This Little Free Library is dedicated to Jule Taylor, God Mother extraordinnaire.
Troy and Erin Lamberte. Littleton, CO. I had learned about Little Free Libraries and loved the idea. Troy designed, built, and painted a weather-proof LFL, complete with double plexiglass doors and solar-powered lighting. We have received so many compliments, and the community has already come together to bring in a variety of new, fascinating books for all to read and share.
Wrens Nest. Dalton, GA. Wrens Nest Center for Wellbeing is a new facility offering services, classes and space where individuals and groups can explore wellness, balance and change through experiences that stretch the body, mind and soul. The Little Free Library will be another resource for the community of Wrens Nest to accomplish this mission. The Library was built to be a miniature replica of the Wrens Nest Building.
Emily Young. Durham, NC. I have worked as a book publisher for 30 years and my husband is an artist who works with found materials. When I saw one of these in another neighborhood in my city I knew we had to become part of this movement. I love this micro form of book circulation. Our library has books for all ages--young readers, fiction, scholarly books.
Sheila McCoy. Midland, MI. My Little Free Library was a Christmas gift from husband who knows how I live and breathe books. My Mom says I have been that way since I was able to hold a book even leaving friends to fend for themselves as I climbed a tree with my book. My books have been donations from supportive friends and my Aunt Ollie donated all her books because she loved the idea of the Library so much.
chART Public Art Marpole. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This LFL was designed by chART with Marpole Place Neighborhood House and Marpole Family Place and was created for their location at Hudson and 70th. This uniquie sculpture/library is registered officially as part of the international movement at littlefreelibrary.... The seed books, which are all on the theme of food, cooking, and gardening, were donated by Characters Book Store, a Marpole business that closed in 2012.
Samantha Belcourt. Kansas City, MO. Since she was young my daughter has devoured books. This Little Free Library was her Christmas gift request of her Grandpa last year. He loves to build things and she loves to read so it was absolutely the most perfect gift! We've stocked it with something for everyone, from toddlers to adults, and are excited to see what turns up in exchange!
Ashley Eckman. Glencoe, IL. We recently moved to Glencoe, IL from out-of-state. As a way to celebrate Spring and get to know our new neighborhood we hosted a LFL Grand Opening. We celebrated by making bookmarks, eating cupcakes that were decorated with apples & bookworms and exchanged books.
Juliann Castell. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This little free library is located in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in the Alta Vista Neighbourhood. Jack Castell (helped by his mom Juliann) is the Steward of the LFL. Please see our blog at : ottawalittlefreel... or feel free to contact us at:email@example.com
Christian White. Salem, OR. Christian just celebrated his 10th birthday. His request for a birthday present was to open a Little Free Library. He is an avid reader and wants to share that love with others; yet he understands that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to make regular trips to the public library or school library. We live next to a daycare, so he especially wanted to give the children who attend there a place they can get books every day!
Melissa Wiegand. Scottsdale, AZ. We have a website: tinyurl.com/.... In August of 2013, our teacher, Mrs. Wiegand, read us an article about The Little Free Library movement. Our reading class was very interested in the project. After reading the article and watching some videos about the movement, one of our classmates said, "We should do this." Everyone put their hands in in agreement.
Marge Ingold. Muskego, WI. Muskego Troop 18 scout Miles Bognar built four Little Free Libraries for the City of Muskego as part of his Eagle Scout project. With the guidance his grandfather Harvey Heideman, Miles designed each library to match the building of the business or organization that sponsored its construction. Troop 18 scouts helped with assembly and painting of the libraries.
Terry Dworkin. East Greenville, PA. I am a retired teacher and know reading is FUNdamental. This year, I asked my husband to build one for my birthday. The style was easy- we live on Old Barn Road so it had to be an old barn! The dog and cat are miniatures of our pets. We dedicated it to our neighborhood in April. On the first morning, I noticed a great grandma and her 4 year old grandson sitting on the bench, giggling over one of the books. Now, THAT is a gift that keeps on giving!
Thanh Van Nguyen. Hanoi, Vietnam. Hi everybody, we come from Vietnam. As soon as we heard about the Little Free Library organization, we knew we really want to become one member of this big family. Our library is called Neverland. Thanks for changing our life, Little Free Library! Here is the link of our page on facebook, please follow us for making new friends around the world. www.facebook.com/neverlandlibrary WELCOME TO VIETNAM AND NEVERLAND LIBRARY!!!
Thanh Van Nguyen. Hanoi, Ba Dinh District +84, Vietnam. Hi everybody, we come from Vietnam. As soon as we heard about the Little Free Library organization, we knew we really want to become one member of this big family. Thanks for change our life, Little Free Library! Here is the link of our page on facebook, please follow us for making new friends around the world. facebook.com/neverlandlibrary WELCOME TO VIETNAM AND NEVERLAND LIBRARY!!!