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Libraries of Distinction

Libraries of Distinction are registered Little Libraries that we recognize for their unique or exceptionally creative or inspiring designs. Want your Library to be featured here? Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org/stewardstories
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M.G. Bertulfo. Oak Park, IL. Our Little Steampunk Library was a gift created by our neighbors Tony and Linda Lam. They knew our family is into steampunk and instead of fleeing from us, they embraced our weirdness and used it to inspire their Library design. Our whole neighborhood has fallen in love with it, and the Library fills and empties quickly - from the first day we installed it. It is wonderful to step out our front door and talk books with kids and families, and we are very grateful!

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Rebecca Torres-Maysonet. Orlando, FL. Our neighborhood is less than a mile away from where the tragedy in Orlando happened just a few weeks ago. We were conflicted on the timing of the Grand Opening of this Library in Lancaster Park, but went forward anyway. In addition to collecting funds for the victims and making cards for the first responders, a memorial plate was placed on our Library. Spread knowledge, spread love!

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Ellen Lightle. Pentwater, MI. There's a book fairy on Bass Lake in Pentwater, Michigan, who, with a good friend, has set up a Library on the corner of Marrison Road and Lake Street. It's near the public boat launch, a designated site on the water trail around Lake Michigan. People can enjoy browsing through a broad selection of books donated by family, friends, and neighbors, ages six to eighty-nine. The book dream house is built with lots of driftwood, in keeping with the natural…

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Karen Tabor. Rush, NY. I absolutely loved the idea of Little Free Libraries but unfortunately had no skills to actually build one! After much searching, I found a giant used mailbox at a yard sale that I thought would make a great base for a Library. A school bus seemed to be the perfect choice. I attached a plastic kid’s toolbox to the front so there would be a place for a notebook and some bookmarks, then I spray painted the entire thing yellow. All of the other details just fell into…

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Debbie Fizer. Griffith, IN. While Griffith has seven Little Free Libraries, mine is first on private property. Aside from the 3,500 shingles, the materials, including the garden surrounding it, and labor were donated. My Library has about a 300% monthly turnover rate. Some of the most regular visitors are neighborhood homeschoolers. It is quickly becoming a town destination for a picture with the Little Free Gingerbread House.

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Tamara Smith. Bonita, CA. I made my Library from two old barbershop sterilizers that I happened to have on hand. I change out the literary figures on top as I come across new ones. This month it is 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!'

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Denise Gierula. Reading, PA. Our Library is located at the Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market at historic Carsonia Park. Carsonia Amusement Park existed between 1896 and 1950. Our Library was designed to resemble one of Carsonia Park’s ticket booths from an era long gone, but remembered by so many in our community.

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Ben Nummerdor. Cedarburg, WI. This Library was built to look like books stacked side by side, with some flair from the world of Harry Potter. Notice how one book spine reads: Mischief Managed!

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Alison Meltzer. Wilton, NH. This Little Library is maintained in partnership with the Wilton Main Street Association and the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library. It was designed to look like the façade of the library building. It was beautifully crafted by a local furniture maker, and carefully hand-painted by a local artist. Our Little Free Library is mounted in our Main Street Park, where readers of all ages are invited to rest on a bench in the shade, and read a good book.

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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…

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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…

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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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