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Libraries of Distinction

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Libraries of Distinction

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Christopher Karl. Laguna Beach, CA. In honor of American Librarian Meryl Dewey. At a time when books are becoming less and less common as "down time," I think it's important to remind people that a book is a gateway to quiet freedom.

Mark and Kayte Kaltz. Oconomowoc, WI.

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    Lauren Liebherr

    This is awesome! So proud of my sis and her hubby who created this Little Library!

Lynn Toerge. Pittsburgh, PA. A longtime friend and neighbor, Daryl, died at the young age of 63. She was an avid reader. Creating a Little Free Library in her memory and placing it in our neighborhood park seemed the perfect way to honor her and continue her love of sharing books. Her friend Diana Baier asked her husband Tom to build the library with the assistance of Diana, Lynn Toerge and Mark Honess.

Allison Thrash. Roseville, MN. Our LFL is decorated with posters created by artist Ellen Beeler plus twinkle lights! Her work is available for sale at www.visuaria.etsy....

Diane Tabak. Madison, WI. This Library was inspired by a bottle-cap library outside of Avid Books in Athens, Georgia.

Anatolia Ruiz. Pittsburg, KS. This library is a result of a grant from a local community foundation. The Ruiz family graciously agreed to host the library in their yard. A friend of the family build the library, a local hardware store donated the materials, and the Ruiz kids painted the library. The library was unveiled with a ribbon cutting hosted by The Chamber of Commerce. We are glad to have a Little Library to greet the families new to the neighborhood.

Annie Schmidt. Leavenworth, WA.

Anatolia Ruiz. Pittsburg, KS. This library is a result of a grant from a local community foundation. The Ruiz family graciously agreed to host the library in their yard. A friend of the family build the library, a local hardware store donated the materials, and the Ruiz kids painted the library. The library was unveiled with a ribbon cutting hosted by The Chamber of Commerce. We are glad to have a Little Library to greet the families in the neighborhood!

Libbie Romigh. Beloit, OH. A former student of mine, Campbell Tuel, happened upon a Little Free Library near Cincinnati, OH, and sent me a message about it. I had shared my love of reading in my classroom starting back in the 70's, but I recently retired in 2012. My husband is quite handy so I put it on a list for him to build and finally 18 mos. later, Voila! The art of Mary Engelbreit filled my classroom for decades so I felt it only appropriate to feature her illustrations in our design.

Louie Rodriguez. El Paso, TX. The library was built by myself along with the help of the non-profit local organization, WoodWorkers of El Paso. It was designed and painted by a local artist, Roman Martinez, who did the artwork and it will be placed in front of a locally owned shop Tippi Teas. This library was primarily a gift for a dear friend, Paola Lujan who was the inspiration behind this project but is also a gift to our entire community that I hope will be enjoyed for years to come.

Sue Reck. Caledonia, IL. I love the story behind LFLs, and as soon as I heard about them, I knew that I had to have one. I am a lifelong reader currently working as a children's librarian. I painted our LFL to resemble a traditional Swedish stuga, a little red house, to honor my own Swedish heritage as well as that of the woman who taught me to read. Thank you Bev! My husband and I hope to use our love of reading and our LFL to build community and promote literacy in our neighborhood.

Molly Peterson. Oak Harbor, WA. Our Little Free Library is located on a beach road on Whidbey Island where the wind frequently blows off the water. We attached a hummingbird whirligig for a bit of whimsy and to draw attention. We hope that our library will be visited frequently by our neighbors as well as visitors to our West Beach community.

Rachelle Omenson. Runnemede, NJ. My house is so strange looking that I thought it would be cool to build a tiny version of it. And the shape is so strange that I had to use a bunch of different methods to make it waterproof!

Orval Choate. Nevada City, CA. We have made the Little Victorian Library the same colors as the summer home of Ulysses and Julia Grant. Their home, called White Haven, is located on their farm near St Louis. When the Grants lived there in the mid-1850s, these particular shades of green were popular choices at the time.

Dennis and Mickey Chick. Lakeville, MN. Our Little library is built to look like a Minnesota north woods cabin. It's been exciting to meet neighbors as they drop by to share the enjoyment of reading!

Dan Chichester. Stamford, CT.

Teri Fenner. San Diego, CA. This was a gift to my wife on our wedding anniversary. My wife loves to read. Having said that we do not keep books for long. They go to the friends, family, or the library as soon as they are done. We fell in love with the first LFL we saw here in town. It matched our philosophy to a tee. Take one, Give one. For always.

April Farmer. Louisville, KY. The Field Elementary Little Free Library is one of four built by Girl Scout Troop 835 as a Silver Project. The girls ran a book drive and built the libraries under the direction of two amazing parents, who also donated the designs, building materials, and time in their workshop. All the girls in the troop attended Field at one point or another, so this library has a special place in their hears. The troop will be the stewards of the library for the next two years.

Nancy East. Lake Junaluska, NC. I have long admired Little Free Libraries in other locations. Imagine my surprise when my husband and children surprised me with one on Mother's Day this year, built by a friend who is a skilled wood worker! My own mother, whose memory our library is dedicated to, instilled in me a great passion for reading and books. What better way to honor her beautiful memory and provide a lasting tribute to her in our neighborhood.

Winnie and Fritz Duhe. Lafayette, LA. In 2002 Hurricane Lily took our beautiful 80+ year old elm tree. Two years later we replaced it with a live oak tree. On the day we planted it my neighbor's first grandchild was born, Caroline Ayers. So we named the tree after her. She is now a 10 year old budding artist. We asked her to design and paint our Library. She and her brother Parker are pictured with their finished project, under Caroline (live oak tree). We are all so proud of them!

  • Sarah
    Sarah

    This is beautiful!!

Gloria Dougherty. Ellison Bay, WI. Our library was built by Charlie Maring, son of John and Gretchen Maring of Ellison Bay, WI. A nautical map of Northern Green Bay waters forms the walls of the library. Steward for the library are Ellison Bay neighbors Gloria Dougherty and Gretchen Maring and it is dedicated to all interested in promoting reading in our community.

Jennifer Lee. Nisswa, MN. Fish Tales was born from an idea of my husband, Dan. Having ties to the original Lund Boat builders, he used his memories to design and build our LFL. Upon completion, the Library was donated to the City of Nisswa and placed by the new Welcome Center where visitors and residents can share their love of books.

The Lauzon Family. Hermosa Beach, CA. Seaside Stories was created as a gift for the community of Hermosa Beach and surrounding area. The library was officially launched on August 23, 2014 and its main premise is to teach children the importance of literacy, sharing and the values of the honor system. The Lauzon Family hopes that the little library will be a gift to all that experience it and encourage special stories to be shared on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/...

Nicole Larrieviere. Mobile, AL. We live in a charming historic area of Mobile, Alabama called Dauphin Way Historic District. There are beautiful Oak lined streets and sidewalks where people ride their bikes, run, walk, visit with neighbors and share books. Repurposed windows were used to create a quaint library. The design is coastal cottage inspired and includes the classic southern porch blue ceiling paint inside. A variety of books may be found inside!