I hope you watched the video, it was really fun to make. (Not nearly as fun as it will be to build this library!)
Little Free Libraries are a simple concept: build a small, weather proof box and place it on the edge of your property where your community will have access to it, fill it with books, and share the joy of reading with your neighbors.
It started with one man and has now spread across the globe! I have been absolutely in love with the idea since the day I discovered it. I was sad to see there weren't any Little Free Libraries anywhere close to me and I KNEW I had to change that! I live on a busy corner house with a lot of car and foot traffic. My neighborhood is filled with children that will LOVE having books to read and swap (I'm thinking of adding surprise coloring books once in a while, too), as well as teens and adults! As the library is on my property, I become the "Steward" of the library, in charge of maintaining the inventory, box, and surrounding area... But this really is a community driven project where everyone gets to be involved. That's the fun thing about the Take a Book / Leave a Book idea, you never know what will be in the box on a weekly basis!
As for the design of the box? Well, I wanted something that would stand out and I am a big Doctor Who fan! So of course I want to build my library in the shape of a blue police box to pay homage to my favorite show (I am in no way affiliated with the BBC). Books are powered by imagination and so a little library can be jam packed full of worlds and fantasies galore, it really is bigger on the inside!
My love for Geocaching also inspired me to want to add a cache to the Little Blue Box Library as well! The info will be listed on Geocaching.com so that players can discover the library cache, sign their name on the "found log" and also participate by swapping books in the library. Many travelers from other states (and even countries!) love to visit unique caches while in town, this will bring a fun new interaction with the library and to get the message out about what they are. Maybe they'll take the idea and build their own back home! (Check out the Travel Bug reward perk on the side of the page!)
My Dad is super amazing at construction projects and of course we love Father / Daughter bonding and being able to make things together. I am looking forward to this project coming to life so we can build it together! I will be sharing photos on the Facebook page of the progress - so you can follow along!
Please "Like" and follow along on the Facebook page! I'll be posting updates and photos of the building process when this gets funded! http://www.facebook.com/LittleBlueBoxFreeLibrary
Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" project funding, meaning if I don't reach my goal of $450, I won't get any of it. You can always donate more (and please do!), because it will probably cost more than that in total for the entire project plus fees and future books, but I wanted to set a reasonable goal in hopes of meeting it.
- $250 to build the actual library - including all the wood, hardware, plexiglass windows, and solar powered light beacon on top.
- $30 Paint and Spacey wallpaper decoupage for interior shelves.
- $100 Park style, weather proof, bench placed next to the library for people to sit and read if they so choose. (I have a really nice, shady tree over hanging the yard)
- $50 for landscaping - mulch and pretty flowers around the base of the post.
- $60 for official charter membership of LittleFreeLibrary.org (they send a numbered sign and add the location to their map)
- Keep in mind that 5% goes to Kickstarter fees and 3-5% goes to Amazon processing fees!
- All remaining funds after fees deducted will go to purchasing new/gently used books to keep the library stocked.
I am really excited about this project and am hoping for all the help I can get to make the goal! Please donate whatever you can. The next best way to help is by spreading the word. Please share the link to this Kickstarter project as well as the Facebook page to everyone you know! The more people that see this, the better it will be. Just think - if only 45 people donated $10, it would become a reality!!
Thank you so much for your time in checking out my project!! I really do appreciate it!
Risks and challenges
Challenges in building the project include several splinters and hitting my thumb with a hammer, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice.
Once the project is complete, there's a challenge to keep interest in the library so that it can sustain itself - this is overcome by keeping social media sites updated, the community informed, and the book shelves stocked with timely and interesting titles. Some funds will be set aside for new book supplies and general maintenance of the library and surrounding area.
- (30 days)