Little Free Library of Distinction

I’m so excited!

Our curbside Little Free Library is this week’s LFL Library of Distinction.

From the Little Free Library Newsletter, September 2017

Little Free Library of Distinction

Little Free Library of Distinction, September, 2017

The entry appears in the Little Free Library newsletter under the heading: One Library got a whimsical makeover

Here’s the link.

This is a great opportunity to bring attention to our library, and a wonderful way to celebrate and promote Donna Pierre’s stunning work. Here is how the whole thing came about.

After Donna put the finishing touches on our revamped library,  I sent updated photos via the LFL website. They wrote back letting me know they would update the map within three days.

Our registered Little Free Library is searchable via the world map along with 50,000 other libraries in over 70 countries worldwide. Through the Little Free Library movement, millions of books are exchanged annually. It is a joy to be a part of the movement.

Within a few days of submitting the new photos, I received this email:

Congratulations! Your Library has been selected as a Library of Distinction. Its unique design and the creativity and enthusiasm you have put into it make it an inspiring example for other Little Free Library stewards to follow.
We will share images of your Library and the story behind it in our weekly e-newsletter to Little Free Library fans and on our Libraries of Distinction Pinterest board.
If there are any details on your Library’s design or history that you’d specifically like to share in our e-newsletter, please respond directly to this email with that information; about 3-4 sentences would be perfect.
 
Attached you will find a certificate to commemorate this achievement, please feel free to print it and show it off to all of your friends! Keep up the good work.
Cheers,

The Little Free Library Team

Donna attached this handsome cat to the base of the library. I reworked the white sign by smudging it with green ink. Instead of re-attaching it to the face of the library, Mike installed cup hooks below the box for the sign to hang free. I didn’t want to do anything that would distract from Donna’s design.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

–Marcel Proust

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56 thoughts on “Little Free Library of Distinction

  1. I’m as excited about this honor as if it happened to me! How wonderful!!!! That is probably the cutest design I’ve seen and that it gets used makes me so happy. Reading opens up worlds and not enough find the joy of it. CONGRATULATIONS to all who are involved in the creation of this work of art and the technical parts (like cup hooks) too. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Marlene! I’m continually amazed at Donna’s skills. She’s done faux painting for a couple of my organizing clients, and she designed the entire office of Roger Kittle, the massage therapist that introduced us. Mike is a handy guy, and enjoys using his tools whenever possible. I spray painted the shiny hooks with some leftover copper spray paint so that they would look more natural, then covered the old holes with gemstones from my scrapooking stash. It’s been so much fun. Donna also made the back as beautiful as the front, so every time I walk into this room I can see and enjoy it, too. I’ve loved reading my entire life. I can’t imagine a world without it.

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  2. Yay Alys!!! Fantastic! Your renovated library is wonderful. Donna has created something unique, and the cat at the bottom is ‘purrfect’! I also like that you are a ‘steward’ pf your library, showing that the library is there for everyone to enjoy.

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    • Thank you, Anne! You’ve been a great supporter of the library from the start. It’s wonderful the way the books flow now, three years in. They are always changing. Small fliers appear, too, from our local main library advertising book sales or events. It’s a great way to connect all libraries.

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  3. Such well deserved recognition for this beautiful symbol of community spirit. I’m not surprised at all your library was granted this award as everything about it is delightful – just like the steward 🙂

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    • Awww. Thank you so much. You would think one might get jaded after three years with a small library at the curb, but to the contrary, it continues to amaze and energize me. It’s wonderful watching people stop by with books, taking books, reading right at the curb, and taking a general interest in what it is all about. xo

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  4. Oh, Alys!!!! Of course your sweet library was recognized. Your love of reading and your care and concern for your neighbors shines brightly every time the little door is opened.

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    • Thank you so much, ME.

      I love that what you’ve said: “Every time the door is opened.” Reading takes us to exciting places, in our minds and hearts. How can you beat that? Do you and Robert still visit one in your neighborhood?

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  5. Congratulations, Alys. I’ve never seen a LFL here in Britain, although we do have them informally inside buildings (e.g. a section of our staff kitchen at work). Anyway, your LFL must add to your community in beauty as well as service 😊.

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    • Thank you, Helen. It’s nice to hear that you have a book collection where you work. I remembering traveling years ago, and finding a shelf of books available for the taking. I read one of my first John Irving books that summer (The Hotel New Hampshire). Sharing books makes so much sense, in whatever way it can be done.

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    • Hello there and thank you. Part of what excites me the most about this movement, is the effort to get small libraries into communities that really need them. They have initiatives in the US that I hope will spread to other countries. That said, 50,000 Little Free Libraries around the world is amazing.

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    • Thank you, Cathy. The cat was part of the original design, but Donna wanted to engineer a way to attach it so that it seemed more three dimensional. Does that make sense? Anyway,she attached it to a small section of wood which is wedged between the original two supports. I love it.

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  6. Wow 😊 Who knew when you started this how important it would become to everyone involved, including your daily visitors. Even without knowing what it is, it adds to the beauty of your front yard! I love it. Kudos to Donna.

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    • Thank you, Sharon. It’s really been an experience for sure. In addition to having this beautiful library, I’ve met a few stewards of other local libraries and I’ve connected with one via Facebook, the lovely Carrie Marie. It really is a movement, and a wonderful, peaceful, inclusive one at that.

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  7. Wonderful ! Congratulations Alys 😀 I’m certain they’ve never seen anything like it. I think Donna is such a talent. The kitty at the base is so realistic looking. It’s a work of Art, literally. Do you see people stopping to take photo’s all the time? I can’t wait to see it in person 😀 I shall bring a little donation too xoxox K

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    • You are very sweet to bring me a book for the library. Thank you, Boomdee! It’s always appreciated. I still have one book from you that I can’t quite part with yet. I’ll pull it out when you are here and we can read it together. Funny story: a realtor stopped by with a video camera and started filming her children getting a book. But then she wanted them to re-do the part of getting a book as she planned to use it on her website. There are actually two reviews on Yelp for our library, pre-remodel. I should go see if any more have been added. Donna is an amazing talent and a lovely person, too. She has a kitty of her own, though this one is more generic. You will be amazed when you see the LFL in person. I will take you to see a few new ones since your last visit too if we have time. xo

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      • ha! that is a funny story about the realtor! I wonder if she posted it yet? I’d love to watch. I didn’t know the LFL’s were on Yelp 😀 that’s fun! Did I tell you, last year we stopped at one near our house and someone had left a giant zuchinni in there? Must have been from their garden. “take a book, leave a zuchinni”, is the Canadian way 😀 LOL xoxo

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        • LOL I love that zucchini story. That made me laugh. People leave small treasures in there, some appropriate, some not so much. I took out an order form yesterday for some magazine and put it in the recycle bin. Mostly, it’s books, bookmarks and a few small toys now and again. I love the Canadian way.

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  8. Love, love, love, love, love! Congratulations, Alys! Your newly updated Little Free Library is one of the most beautiful blossoms in your garden! I know that it will plant the seeds for a lifelong love of reading in every child who visits! I’m sure they will always remember this magical, little library from their childhood! ♥ Until I have a Little Free Library in my own garden, I admire one that is just a few blocks away. I’ve never thought of leaving anything besides a book. You have inspired me to leave a few handmade bookmarks inside each time I visit! Warmest hugs, dear Alys! ♡

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