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May 31, 2016

Little Free Library Dreams #SOL16

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I did it.
I ordered my charter sign for my Little Free Library.  
The one I plan to place in my yard.  
The one I will fill with books for grown ups and little ones and curious neighbors.

I staged a little sign for social media (I wasn't brave enough to leave it in the yard, even just for a while).  


Jeff (my fabulous hubby) promises to build me the library.  He has a workshop full of tools and a keen eye for design.  He claimed that once I got the charter sign, he would build the library around it.  Now he travels every week for work.  I have to be patient.  Being patient is not easy for me.

Meanwhile, I'm working on how I will promote the library (once it's installed) and welcome my neighbors (some I really don't know!) to be involved in taking and giving books.

Some ideas...
  • ribbon cutting
  • set up an info table next to my LFLibrary during our city's Labor Day festival (lots of people park on my street)
  • write up a blurb for our city newsletter
  • create a flyer for my neighbors' doors
  • sit in my daughter's room and stare out the window at the library, wondering if I'm okay with complete strangers stopping in front of my house 
  • talking about said strangers with the neighbors on each side of me (communication is key)
I really have to be patient, and thinking of lots of ideas gets me excited and nervous at the same time.  I'm glad to have the Little Free Library newsletters and website to help me out.

I also appreciate your suggestions!



8 comments:

  1. You are so clever! I really hope your idea pans out just the way you want!!! Will the library be open everyday? How will you get all the books . . . donations? I can feel your excitement I wish I was there to share in your excitement! Good luck. Chris! xoxo

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  2. Our city just held a workshop to build our own little library and of course the one Saturday we weren't free. But I love the idea of it - would be a wonderful way to get many of my books out into the world! Love your ideas of promoting it. All the best.

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  3. There's a Little Free Library on one of my favorite walks. It was built by a teacher friend's son as his Eagle Project. I love stopping by to browse and sometimes I even bring a book or take a book. Enjoy!

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  4. While driving around Springfield, Mo. last week, I noticed two or three homes with glass-sided boxes on pedestals in their yards... full of books. I am guessing that these are similar to your idea. Love the idea!

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  5. While driving around Springfield, Mo. last week, I noticed two or three homes with glass-sided boxes on pedestals in their yards... full of books. I am guessing that these are similar to your idea. Love the idea!

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  6. Little Free Libraries are springing up all over neighborhoods in Denver. I always have to stop and check them out, of course, and I always wonder about the person who set it up. Maybe you could put a sign or laminated card or something inside saying who you are, and why you wanted to have a LFL. I don't think you will have to do much to promote it, other than put great books into it. They seem to pretty much promote themselves.

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  7. Little Free Libraries are springing up all over neighborhoods in Denver. I always have to stop and check them out, of course, and I always wonder about the person who set it up. Maybe you could put a sign or laminated card or something inside saying who you are, and why you wanted to have a LFL. I don't think you will have to do much to promote it, other than put great books into it. They seem to pretty much promote themselves.

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  8. Little Free Libraries are springing up all over neighborhoods in Denver. I always have to stop and check them out, of course, and I always wonder about the person who set it up. Maybe you could put a sign or laminated card or something inside saying who you are, and why you wanted to have a LFL. I don't think you will have to do much to promote it, other than put great books into it. They seem to pretty much promote themselves.

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