Little Free Library Debut

Our Little Free Library is open for reading. I am so excited!

Isn’t it beautiful?

Design and build by Nick Timmerman

Designed  and built by Nick Timmermann

My friend Nick Timmermann crafted the library using reclaimed redwood decking, old fencing, scraps of old-growth redwood for the nobs and a plexiglass remnant for the doors.  The craftsmanship is superb.  Nick added a small light inside the library to illuminate it after dark. He wired it to our low-voltage landscape lighting and comes on at dusk. That was such a nice surprise and a clever addition.

I spotted my first Little Free Library early last year in nearby Campbell. It was love at first sight. I went back later in the day to take photos and to drop off a few books. Your can read the original post here. I also had a nice correspondence with Carmencita Valerio, the Campbell library steward.

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

The Mission of the non-profit Little Free Library movement is:

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations

Nick installed the library in late December. I registered the library with Little Free and Saturday’s mail brought the official plaque and registration. Once I submit photos, I can register our library on the LFL map.

Little Free Library sign

Finishing touches: adding the Take a Book, Return a Book charter sign

Involving the community is what Little Free Libraries are about.  Shortly after the library went up, four books appeared.  The following day there were more.  Family and friends, neighbors and clients donated start-up books. Our boys added books of their own.

I hope the library remains stocked with books for all ages. We’re off to an excellent start.

Are you considering a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? You can learn more here.

To see additional work by Nick Timmermann you can follow his Facebook Page.

Dedicated to Debbie Hughes Judge and Carolyn SullivanSpecial thanks to my start-up book donors:


Chris F.

Donna B.

Gen R.

Jasmin O.

Liane B.

Mac F.

Sharon M.

Dedicated to Debbie Hughes Judge and Carolyn Sullivan, life-long readers and teachers.