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.


  1. This makes me smile. Happy belated birthday!

  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!

    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!

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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
    Authors on the Air


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