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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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