Has anyone put up a Little Free Library yet? Have you seen one in your neck of the woods? I love love love this idea! And I SO hope the grandkids and I can make it happen in our neighborhood.
Backtracking a bit…I have three grands (ages 9, 8, and 7) who LOVE to do projects at home. The oldest is the ringleader. (I can’t imagine where she gets this.) She comes up with stuff on her own every other day, and she enlists the other two, plus friends, plus Nana. We have an area dedicated to bookshelves that we call “the library,” and the latest project was rearranging, categorizing and labeling shelves, and checking out books to their friends. The 7 year old was the go-fer—Go ask Nana if this one is Romance or Mystery—and she was tireless.
So along comes a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about Little Free Libraries, “the brainchild of Stillwater native Todd Bol, are popping up all over Minnesota, from tony Lowry Hill to St. Paul’s rough-and-tumble East Side to placid Detroit Lakes.” Lovely weather-proof boxes are set up on posts sort of like bird feeders. Only they’re brain feeders. People give and take books from the box. Who doesn’t have books sitting around that have been read and enjoyed and ought to be shared?
It’s a growing movement, and I want in on it. I know three kids who would love to help maintain the box. I know just where this should go in our neighborhood. Now, If I could just get permission to put it up in that ideal spot. Well, first I have to make or buy the box. It has to be attractive, right? Making it might be a challenge for the kids and me, but we know a certain cowboy who’s very handy with tools and who just completed what he declared to be his “final project for this year,” which was completely replacing one of our decks. So this little house would be a piece o’ cake. And, of course, we four can help…
Oh, you guys, you have to check out this web site and see some of the Little Free Libraries that people have put up. Look at the stories on the blog. You can get free plans to build your own, or you can order one of the handmade models available in a range of price. Browse the LFL site and see some of the original designs. For a donation you can get an official Little Free Library number and sign for your tiny book station, plus newsletters and stuff. Isn’t that the coolest thing? I can see a fairy house at Michele’s abode, maybe a barn at Lois’s or Cindy’s, a surfer shack for Christie. And for the Eagles? We’ve always wanted a log cabin.
I really want to do this. Okay, like I need another project, but I really want to do this. Stay tuned.
Apropos of growing movements, one more site writers and readers alike might want to take a look at is occupywriters.com. It’s a place to sign your name one of the works you’ve published under a simple statement: “We, the undersigned writers and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.” In addition to signatures, some authors—you’ll recognize many of the names—have contributed original pieces of writing. It’s interesting from a possible history-in-the-making perspective if nothing else.
Are you a project person? What kinds of projects have you gotten yourself into lately? What was you biggest undertaking? What was your best?