This is the little free library I made. Its located on the corner of West 5TH Ave & Trafalgar Street in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver BC. I received a grant from the Vancouver Foundation who encouraged recipients to use recycled materials so I made it from wooden wine crates. Most little free libraries are for books & mine is too but I also wanted mine to allow people to pass along anything they thought someone else might treasure. I know if I was a kid, I would be checking it everyday for a toy. I think it turned out well. Some neighbours helped me install it.
People got creative with the uses for the library. One day I found a card thanking me for introducing the library to the neighbourhood. That warmed my heart. Another day I found a love letter. And that meant that whoever this couple was, they had talked about the library together & the sender of the letter knew their loved one checked the box frequently…very sweet.
So far, the weirdest thing I found in the library was a wig. I decided if it was still there in a week, I would throw it out; but the next time I checked, it was gone. Someone keeps leaving lollipops, which I find a little creepy (in a Hansel & Gretel way).
The library opened on Oct. 31st/2013 & I was relieved when it made it through Halloween night intact.
Unfortunately, after only 2 weeks it was vandalized. Fortunately its on the inside of the door & the swear words were already blacked out by the time I found the graffiti. I am considering painting over it with black chalkboard paint & leaving a piece of chalk so people can write their thoughts without doing permanent damage.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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