Monday, August 19, 2013

The best present ever!

by Marlyn Beebe.


I don't remember where I first heard about Little Free Libraries, but it was some time ago, and as  soon as I discovered them, I knew I wanted one.

Then, a few months ago, when my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday, my answer was "a Little Free Library".  He checked out the website, and said he wouldn't have enough time to build one in time.  I told him it didn't have to be ready for my early-August birthday, but if that was a concern, pre-built ones were available.

When I got home from work the day before my birthday, there was a huge box in the living room, addressed to my husband.  My step-son, who lives with us, didn't know what was in the box, and was curious, in his restrained way.  I  did know, because of the return address label, and after dinner, I asked if we could open it, since we probably wouldn't have time in the morning. 

Here's a photo taken after we unpacked it and all the detritus was cleared away.  (Yes, that's half a cat sticking out from behind it.)

Photo by Tod Beebe.

On Saturday, Tod spent the day building a stand and mounting the library in our front yard.
And here it is, all ready to go.


We've had a few people stop and ask about it, but I was becoming concerned that there was no apparent use.  But a little while ago (it's now been up a week) when I checked, I saw some empty spots and a book that I'd never seen before.

If you're interested, you can find more information here.

12 comments:

  1. This makes me smile. Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I like making people smile!

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  2. What an awesome idea, Marlyn! And so a propos for a librarian! Makes me want to start one, too... Maybe I will! I wish you luck with yours!

    I think these would be especially great for bored kids on summer break from school.

    Congratulations on actually following through and setting it up! I hope it gets lots of use!

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    1. Thanks, Jodie!
      Actually, a lot of kids walk past our house on the way to and from the local high school, so I'm hoping they'll decide to stop and take a look.

      It's definitely a labour of love!

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  3. That is so cool! One question--is it weatherproof, or do you bring it inside in the rainy season?

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    1. It's made out of recycled Amish barn wood, so it's weatherproof, Sheila.

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  4. Wonderful present! The idea needs to spread. Happy birthday! Lots of smiles.

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  5. Like you, I was immediately enamoured with this idea, and yours is beautiful. I especially love that someone left a book.

    Please update us from time to time.

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    1. Thanks, Peg.
      I'll definitely keep you posted!

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  6. What a superb idea, and beautifully designed. Brilliant.

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  7. What a terrific birthday gift! I have heard about the Free Little Library and often thought that communities should be doing this type of project to enrich their neighborhoods.

    I offer you my kudos for your generosity to your neighborhood and a belated happy birthday. What a grand gesture!

    Pam Stack
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