Pamela Brewer. Fort Collins, CO. Our home that has a path next to it. Unfortunately our beagle Molly seems to resist the idea that she shouldn't bark EVERY time someone with a dog walks by. We created our Little Library in honor of our beagle Molly. We painted it with paws on the front, keep it stocked with dog biscuits for neighborhood canines and have a fresh bowl of water at the base. It's our way of saying "sorry for the annoying beagle barking at you" but here's a bit of neighborly…
Mary Clohisy. Hudson, WI. This Library was designed and established in honor of my Mother, who taught me to read, by reading to me well before I knew any letters. Three generations of teachers are represented here in her honor. Joal Norris was my Mom and a Kindergarten Teacher who shared her love of reading and inspired me to become an Elementary Teacher.
Elizabeth Rothwell. Orlando, FL. A group of Orlando HMH employees delivered a Little Free Library to the Page 15 Homework Room in downtown Orlando. Specially created with Page 15 in mind, this Little Free Library was designed and painted by Senior Learning Architect Alexa Dowlen. Her design features a brick background and inspirational posters with a "pop art" feel that appeal to kids of all ages. The posters also touch on the subjects students are studying when they visit the Homework Room.
Patty Clark. Port Royal, SC. My husband Scot designed and built this library for our neighbors to enjoy in the lowcountry region of South Carolina. We live in a wonderful community and hope this is the first of many Little Free Libraries to come in Port Royal.
Pat Gwyn. Mount Airy, NC. At the September meeting of the Friends of the Library I presented the project idea and the group agreed to fund the project plus take on the responsibility of keeping it stocked. Another staff member mentioned it to her husband who is director of the Surry County Senior Center. He found our craftsman, John Wetmore who rather quickly constructed a marvelous structure that will hold up to 30 books and has a solar light to make access easier at night!
Military Child Education Coalition. Harker Heights, TX. We placed two libraries side-by-side in the local park. One is placed low enough so that the very young readers can select their own books and is stocked with child-appropriate titles. The other is geared for the older reader. Our opening ceremony had over 150 eager and enthusiastic participants, a wonderful program presented by our Librarian, and the reading of a mayoral proclamation declaring it Little Free Library Day!
Susi Bernstein. Arroyo Grande, CA. Almost every day (I'm checking!) a book is taken or a new book placed inside. The new connections with neighbors, the fun of putting a special book in the library to delight somebody, the new-found purpose behind book sale and thrift store browsing, the idea that parents are taking their kids past our library as part of a new routine - all of this is a joy.
Linda Davis. Berkeley, CA. Our neighborhood has lots of young children and families that will enjoy this easy book exchange. The neighbors all contributed time, energy, materials and enthusiasm for this project. We had a lovely party with tea & cookies, balloons & poems the day we inaugurated the library. Also, poems will be available to visitors to the library when they check for books to take or leave.
Susan Halliday. San Diego, CA. I've always wanted a VW van, but for my commute it's not the most practicle option, so my husband designed and made me a VW van LFL! The surfboard is the handle that lifts the lid, and we have it divided in two between adult and children's books. The kids in our neighborhood love it, and read like crazy! I've loved reading since I was young, and it's nice to still see kids excited about books.
Jean McCord. Tacoma, WA. I've always loved to read and wanted to make books as available as possible to others--especially children. As the poem under my mother's photo on the side of the adult book box says, "I had a mother who read to me." Two newspapers gave me old vending boxes and I found a discarded Snapple refrigerator by the side of the road. An estate sale provided scores of children's Christmas books, so I filled the refrigerator up with seasonal books.