With it being summertime, are your kids still reading? My little ones love to read, even in the summertime. We were asked by Post Alpha-Bits if we would like to help promote literacy locally, and worldwide, so of course, I jumped at the opportunity!
Little Free Library
Little Free Library began in 2009 and has been growing across the nation ever since. A network of small, handcrafted free-standing structures (like an over-sized bird house), it allows kids and families in neighborhoods to borrow, take or leave books for others – there are 6,000 such libraries world wide! This past July, Little Free Library was highlighted in Reader’s Digest as one of the “50 Surprising Reasons We Love America” – it has also been spotlighted in USA Today, NBC Nightly News, and hundreds of regional publications. Alpha-Bits is committed to helping kids become familiar with their letters, so it was a natural partnership.
We received the Cedar Roof Basic library.
Whether your favorite books need protection from monsoons or blizzards, this is the answer for both beauty and function. Amish carpentry and care make it durable and easy to be proud of.
We’ve had some hefty storms here this month, so we’ve had to relocate from our original location and do some modifications to ensure that it’s safe for kids to use, as well as for the protection of the library itself. We decided to build up a base on it, dig holes for the three legs and secure it to the tree in our front yard. This way, it’ll be secure for use and the storms won’t be able to knock it down.
Hubby used some spare wood that we had from recent building of rooms in our basement, but this should show you how he built it. Very sturdy!
Our Little Free Library came stocked with some great books that we labeled and I am happy to say that it has already been used! That makes me so giddy to see that locals see it and have been getting a book, as well as returning it. We hope that our library is recommended for others to come use.
Our Little Free Library is on a well known street that is on the way to one of the local schools and nearby park, so there will be plenty of opportunity for locals to borrow a book and come back for new ones. While it’s summer time and the kids are on break, their brains are always working so our Little Free Library will be a great opportunity to help the local kids read while they’re on break.
How cool is this concept? I cannot begin to express how much this touches my heart! How can you get involved with Little Free Library? It’s easy! Go to www.LittleFreeLibrary.org and it’ll show you how to get involved.
The kids want to paint it, but they haven’t decided on colors yet. What do you think we should paint our library? I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a Little Free Library or are you wanting to get started? Let us know!