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Libraries of Distinction

These Little Libraries are some of the most creative and inspiring around. www.littlefreelibrary.org


Libraries of Distinction

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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!

Terry Lamberte. Albuquerque, NM. Forrest and Santos Netherwood Park's Little Free Library!

Lisa Kothe. Safety Harbor, FL. This beautiful LFL was created by Steve Puskas and Susan Kelly of Safety Harbor. It is located in beautiful Mullet Creek Park in Safety Harbor, FL. The Safety Harbor Public Library is the steward of this LFL adorned in colorful artwork and dogs looking out each window!

Chris Hunter. Helena, MT. It is modeled after our 1887 house. It was painted by our friends who also held a neighborhood party. Everyone that attended brought a book to get the Library started!

Bridget Hirata. Minneapolis, MN. Our Little Free Library is something our children and I always wanted to have. Upon moving into our new home, this was put on the to do list. My husband created this library from his own design, using left over bamboo fencing pieces from our fence that he recently bought. We read a lot in our home and love the idea of sharing our books with neighbors and the community.

Marcia Hickey. Williamsburg, MI. I wanted to remember my mom, Wink and my lovely dog Blaize with a memorial that all children and adults would love for many years. Good books were a favorite of my mom's. While reading I always had my beautiful dog by my side. I dedicated the Little Library to my sons, Jay and Kelin, as a lovely remembrance of those we loved.

Victoria Heywood. Northcote, Victoria, Australia. I'm an author and an avid reader, and love the idea of sharing books with my neighbours. It's like having a secret Santa, dropping off new reading material to me every day or so!

Jason Fowler. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I had an empty space in my fence where I thought a Free Library could exist. I made many, many mistakes but I really learned a lot about carpentry, and myself. Each time I worked on the library, people stopped to ask what I was doing. Many knew about the Little Free Libraries and were excited about this one. As I put the final touches on Little Free Library #16797, my neighbour put several books in it!

J. Wensel. Liberty, MO. This Little Free Library is located inside the Liberty City Hall in downtown Liberty, Missouri. The City of Liberty, Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc., and the Mid-Continent Public Library have contributed to this Little Library and encourage others to install their own around town.

Barbara Wimer. New Meadows, ID. This Little Free Library is located in the city park. The Library was built by Brandon Lever and Kevin Muir. The Library was installed by Doug Buys, Linnea Hall and Kevin Muir.

Kathleen Wright. Ann Arbor, MI. I'm a teacher, my husband is an illustrator/designer/carpenter, and everyone in our family loves books... it was only a matter of time! My husband designed and built ours to match our house, but what makes it extra special is his handcrafted, book-carrying owl, which serves as the library's mascot and bracket. Neighbors and passersby love it, and we love chatting with lots of folks. You can read my post about it on my teacher blog at kidpeopleclassroo...

Tina Ziegler. Cincinnati, OH. My Mother, Wilma Howell, loved to read and passed that on to her children and grandchildren. She collected Dr. Seuss books for each grandchild. So our Library has a Dr. Seuss theme. My Mom was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 3 years ago. When she could no longer read, I read to her. So when I heard about the LFL a year ago, I knew it was the perfect way to honor her and continue her love of reading by opening up an LFL in my neighborhood!

Kathy Adrales. Davenport, IA. The Library was constructed from an old upper kitchen cabinet that was left over from the renovation we did. We cut the top on an angle for the roof and painted it to resemble our house. Our love for cats it shown in the "pickCAT" fence on the background and the little kitten sleeping on the window ledge. This is a children's library and we hope to entice the neighborhood kids to stop by on their way to the nearby grade school.

Julia Hazlett. St. Louis Park, MN. Our Library was built in Bunkie, LA by Pete, with materials found on and around the grounds of his sister Polly's house.He then drove (1,100 miles) to St. Louis Park, MN where it was painted by Julia. It resides (permanently staked) in her front yard. We LOVE our Library,and so do the many neighbors and friends that have helped contribute to it.

Kira Gimm. Apple Valley, MN. As avid readers and parents to young children we wanted to help promote the love of reading in our community. Our library's design is a take on Viking architecture, and we strive to have a good variety of books for children, teens, and adults of all ages. All are welcome!

Claudia Erickson. La Mesa, CA. This was a "pretend outhouse" (never used:). Mike Campbell helped us re-purpose it into a Little Free Library. We have dedicated this to my husband Randy's 105 year old (a month away from 106!) Grandmother Leila McDougal. She was a teacher at 16 yrs of age in a 1 room school house in Kansas and has inspired so many to have a love for reading over the years!

Terra Spero. Delray Beach, FL. Our family is so excited to bring the first Little Free Library into the Lake Ida neighborhood! We love to read and will fill the library with a variety of book, mostly non-fiction adult and lots of non-fiction kids books. We hope that you can find something you love...and drop off books you have loved.

Ellin Siegel. Lincoln, NE. We are a small rural neighborhood on a lake that is tucked inside the city limits. The Pine Lake Association board of directors and individual members joined together to build and establish the Little Free Library for our neighborhood. It opened late Fall 2014 and within a few days neighbors had filled the library with books!

Kathy McCracken. Spokane, WA. I call this the Eclectic Kat library because you never know what you will find inside. There is a little of everything in hopes that everyone will find something of interest to read. I wanted to share my deep love of books with my community & have been thrilled to see the neighborhood kids taking advantage of the opportunity to share books.

Rebekah Burcham. Burbank, CA. This Library is in honor of my dad, Jeffrey P. Meyer who passed away on June 16, 2014. His love of books knew no bounds and he would have been so proud of this. It was lovingly built by my husband, Bart. Also, the black is chalkboard paint- We will have chalk available if you have a quote or picture you would like to contribute!

Jennifer Krasowski. San Rafael, CA. Our Library lives in the lower Santa Venetia neighborhood, an eclectic area, home to young families, empty nesters and those who have lived here since the first houses were built in the early 40s. Many people are out and about with their children or dogs. In the few weeks since the 7 Geneva Way LFL has been opened, nearly 100 books have come and gone. Some books have already returned several times, sometimes with little notes inside!

Sarah Austin. Homewood, IL. The emerald ash borer has infested the ash trees in our neighborhood. As an occupational therapist, I hoped that making the trunk of this tree into a little free library would be a way to allow the tree to continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of my community by encouraging participation in the meaningful everyday activity of reading. The Little Free Library on Olive Road’s Facebook page is available at: www.facebook.com/...

Ella Peresie. Burbank, CA. I stocked it with all the books I wanted to share with other kids. There are great choices for everyone from first grade to middle school! It's so fun to see other people borrowing books, but I also love when someone donates a book I haven't read yet! I have started a blog so I can keep everyone updated on what is in my library. You can find it at ellareadsalot.blo... and my library is on facebook too at Facebook.com/ellareadsalot.