In honor of Drop Everything and Read, whose programs have been held nationwide on April 12th celebrating Beverly Cleary’s birthday ever since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41), I am sharing a post about my recent efforts to design and install a Little Free Library.
Five Easy Suggested Steps to a Little Free Library in Your Neighborhood
1. Identify a location and steward.
2. Decide if you want to:
- Order a complete Little Library or Kit form littlefreelibrary.org
- Build it Yourself. Make it official!
- “Endow" for someone else (tax deductible!).
Support Books for All in Africa, India or your community,
Little Free Libraries for Small Towns or other initiatives.
- Honor someone or have a Memorial Library.
3. Register or littlefreelibrary.org.
Use the Contact Us form on the website if you will be sponsoring or endowing a Library
and have questions.
If you are building a Library, register to receive your official charter sign and Steward's packet.
4. Build Support
Find sponsors to donate books and contact the local media to get press coverage.
(Check out the Community-wide Project Guide for more detailed instructions.)
Tell your neighbors and friends.
5. Send your photos and information to the website and get on the worldwide map!
Keep your Little Library full of books. Protect it. Enjoy it. Feel great!
P.S. Always support your public and school libraries
For more information check out the website at:
The first Little Free Library I enountered was at Crone's Cottage B & B in San Diego this past summer, a lovely cottage with cobblestone mirroring her Craftsman B & B, designed by her son.
After searching various local stores and browsing online, I started to consider this Solid Wood Storage Planter Box from Plow & Hearth that was reasonably priced on sale. With dimensions of 21"L x 20"W x 23"H the dimensions seemed adequate to hold a reasonable number of miscellaneous sized books. Once free shipping was offered, I placed my order.
And here is what arrived several days later ready to be painted and assembled.
Some Little Free Libraries to provide inspiration to get me going to design our Little Free Library:
|The owner of this house added other features|
including a “poop bag” dispenser for dog walkers and
a box at the base to leave extra produce from the garden.
|It looks like nasturtium flowers planted on the green roof|
will soon add even more color to this library
Very little watering is necessary after roots become established. If you notice that the roof appears dried out or if there is no rainfall for an extended period of time, then water the roof until the moss appears moist. When the sedum appears overgrown or stressed, trim the excess. You can replant the starts back into the roof or another area. Many of the varieties of sedums will die back for a period of time after they bloom. After a few weeks, new growth will appear.
Libraries decorated to complement existing home & landscaping:
|Painting the library the same gorgeous|
shade of teal as the house helps it
blend into the yard
|Book spine planter|
-thinking about painting book spines on sides of LFL
with plants above in green roof planting box
(Advice for choosing syle and color of picket fence for your yard: A low-pitched ranch-style roof may suggest a squared or blunt point; A steeper roof will look good next to a more elongated style picket. Consider how the fence color will match or complement the facade or another visible architectural element, such as a backyard fence.)
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."