Libraries of Distinction

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Sheri Helwig. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The HQ Library was crafted by a local woodworker, based on ideas from the steward who took inspiration from the cedar Finnish sauna in her backyard, and memories of summers spent at her grandparents’ cottage. It includes a variety of books for adults and children, a geocache for treasure hunters with a GPS, and (assuming the raccoons are kept at bay!) dog treats to give the canines something to do while their walkers stop to take a look!

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Samantha Garvey. Johnson Creek, WI. I am a school library media specialist. My husband and our son made the Library using parts from an old library card catalog. It was a birthday gift for me that they spent months working on as one of my son's Boy Scout requirements.

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Cristina Gispert. San Diego, CA. This Little Free Library was designed to look like an owl because of its location near Tecolote Canyon (tecolote means owl in Nahuatl), the largest canyon in the City of San Diego. The design is loosely inspired by Tom Oreb’s animated character designs and BCalla’s fashion designs. I’m charmed and delighted every time I come across a Little Free Library in our area, and thought we could spread the love in our neighborhood by building one, too.

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Toban Nichols. Los Angeles, CA. The Library is in honor of my Grandmother Harriet Hays, she was a school teacher for 37 years and a wonderful person her entire life. In the back of my library, behind the books is a an article written about her in a local paper when she was named 'Woman of the Year.' Below the Library there is also a beloved old crock pot that belonged to her. It's now a beautiful flower pot filled with her favorite flower.

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Andrea Rodriguez. Phoenix, AZ. Alex's Little Free Library #26250 was opened September 2015. We wanted to encourage all our three girls with the love for reading. After a couple of months we finally found and recycled the furniture piece that eventually became our Little Library. We made it a family project and all our three girls contributed. To make this project even more unique we created the fence with all our favorite authors and we hoped it would be a great addition to our neighborho...

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Constance van Flandern. Eugene, OR. The barn is an example of early 20th century folk art made from Oregon fir that was likely scrap from the building rush at that time. Once neighborhood volunteers renovated the original barn with doors and windows, artist & 2008 'SLUG Queen' (also a Eugene folklore tradition), painted the newly minted LFL with details to depict the values important to the Edison School community. The kids enjoyed fruits and vegetables at the grand opening celebration!

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Steve Dehlinger. Portland, OR. This Library was built from mostly recycled and reused components, including a deep drawer that was turned on end and shelves inserted, with an angled roof added on. The door is an old artist frame with Plexiglas for a window. Enjoy!

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Erica Hoverter. Albuquerque, NM. As a mosaic artist with a passion to help others, I decided to build a Library for our community. My husband Eric and I made it from 90% recycled materials. It started with a $5 wooden box from a Habitat Re-store and ceramic tiles that we had in the garage. I cut the tiles into welcoming characters--a boy and a cat each reading a book. I added sun-yellow tile that reads 'Books are a uniquely portable magic.' It has been a joy to see the kids and adults using ...

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Ryan Ballard. New Orleans, LA. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Sci-Fi themed parade organization in New Orleans that does all sorts of community outreach and charitable work. We decided to build a Chewbacchus Little Free Library for our Den at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. It is constructed out of metal junk like bicycle parts and shovels that have been welded together and sculpted into a giant Wookiee holding a glass box full of books. It gets a lot of use; our neighborhood loves...

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David Vaughan. Fairfax, VA. This Library was inspired by the cedar shingle houses in Martha's Vinyard. My daughter had the idea to build it after seeing another Library in the neighborhood. She also enjoys geocaching so we incorporated a hidden cache in the attic. The cache name is Book Nook (GC68AD1). We have frequent visitors looking for a new book or treasure hunting looking for the hidden cache of toys and trinkets. If you are every in the area stop by and check it out!

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Suze Pope. Waupaca, WI. Our Little Free Library is on a rural township road & is built from salvaged road signs and snowmobile trail signs. Co-steward, Don, has been a sign man for both the township roads & the snowmobile club trails so these signs have been salvaged from his work. The Little Free Library signs on each side were custom-made for this Library in highly reflective material to catch headlights from passing night traffic.

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Kim Johnson. Watauga, TX. My husband is a car fanatic. I am a bibliophile. We had been talking about a Little Free Library for awhile and then he decided it was going to be my Valentine's Day gift. He found a beautiful birdhouse and fixed it up so it is pretty from both sides. It's a "Filling Station" library and even has a tiny gas pump. We hope you will come exchange a book or two and fill up your reading list for a while!

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Carol Schweppe. Hollister, CA. In the summer of 2014, I happened upon a Little Free Library in Pacific Grove, California, about an hour drive from our home. I took a picture with my phone and looked up the website. After a lifelong love of reading and 27 years working at Hickelbee's Children's Books in San Jose, I knew we had to build one, too! This Library is dedicated to my parents, who shared the magical world of books with me and to children everywhere!

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Sarah Egge. Normal, IL. I am a reading teacher in an elementary school and I've always wanted to be a librarian! My Little Library has a combination of glass tile mosaic designs and wooden cutouts that are designed to look like children's book characters. I fashioned an "open book" roof after a photo I found when Googling Little Free Library ideas.

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Brad Watts. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This Little Library's design came out of a fascination with gnomes that has invaded our house. The design grew and came to be with the help of my father (Trent Watts) a talented wood worker. The key design features are a little window where you can see the gnomes living and playing inside the mushroom, and of course a dry safe place to store books. The gnomes are always cooking up mischief and other secrets so please stop by to explore their mushR...

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Brian Kemp. Batavia, NY. We found an old television set on one of our weekly trips to our local recycling center that we gutted and used as the Library. We used leftover wood from other projects to create the base and we painted the television set to look like large books, with all of the information about the Library on the spines of the books. We really enjoyed the project and it is used daily!

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Tami McKay. Apex, North Carolina. We put a lot of thought and heart into dreaming, designing and building our Little Library, so it's rather fulfilling that it's enjoyed and recognized by others!

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St. Paul, Minnesota. This Library is made from recycled pallet wood and is watched over by a tiny fairy librarian named Iris who has an office in the attic space. Her office lights are solar-powered and she enjoys decorating for the holidays.

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Sheila Sullivan. Lake Stevens, WA. I first stumbled across a Little Free Library in Everett, WA...I knew I wanted one and I knew I wanted to share books with others. So, why not me? While researching what size, shape, etc....my husband came across a dysfunctional mini-fridge that was destined for recycling and brought it home. Our first Library was "born" on May 18, 2014.

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Library 23720 at 2001 Dauphine in New Orleans was designed and built by Judd Shellito. A distinctive feature is the mosaic sides and pediment added by local artist, Sue Ireland. It is enjoyed by all in the neighborhood with a rapid flow of books in and out of the Library!

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Melissa Snyder. South Daytona, FL. Supported by a family of readers and a great community!

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Waterville Community Elementary School. Cleveland, TN. Our "canoe" is our community Little Free Library. It is located outside of our elementary school and is open and available 24/7.

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Ashley Nuesmeyer. Galloway, OH. For years I've loved Little Free Libraries and always wanted one. A friend designed and built my very own Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand inspired by the TV show Arrested Development. Those who know the show can appreciate the design and quotes written on the chalkboard. I don't really have a strong theme for the Library contents. Mostly it makes me happy and that's what matters in life.

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Kristine Reetz. Louisville, Colorado. From bedtime stories with my mom, to summer reading programs, to Great Books, to studying English in college, to Book Clubs and to becoming a teacher and Little Library Steward, books have fueled and engaged me for as long as I can remember! Sharing that energy and love of books motivated me to open our Little Free Library in the Summit, in Louisville, Colorado!

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Amber Jamal. Los Angeles, CA.

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