Last year when we had our Tom Sawyer Garden Party, a friendly, helpful handful of neighbors dug a hole in our front yard and planted a mailbox post. I was set on making a Little Free Library, and I thought I had the skills, gumption, and time to do it myself.
Fast forward to almost exactly one year later and that empty mailbox post was just taunting our USPS person, and me, every day. After following Hyattsville-favorite Forty Third Place on Instagram for awhile (I believe I first learned about their work through the Our Hyattsville Instagram handle), I reached out to Blake to see if he would be interested in making a Little Free Library for me. He said yes and my LFL dreams came true.
Once I saw the sketches Blake put together I knew this wasn't going to be just any ol' Little Free Library. With a tessellation installation, a space for bulletins, and a tiny drawer for treasures - not to mention your standard space for books - Blake brought my ideas, and his own creative vision, to life. He installed her almost two weeks ago and every day since I've checked her shelves and opened her tiny treasure drawer, soaking up the cedar shake smell and sense of community this installation is bringing to our front yard.
Tonight I went outside to look for my dog who had run away (again). Our neighbor down the street, who happens to be a librarian (read: book/library expert), was carrying him in her arms and gently placed him in our front yard. We started talking about the Little Free Library and how beautiful she is when another neighbor and his son walked up - looking for a treasure in the drawer! While she didn't have anything to offer tonight, the son came with a tiny blue marble to share, which he carefully placed in the treasure drawer.
I could wax poetic about this Little Free Library for as long as the word count in this blog space would let me (read: pretty much infinite), but for now I'll suffice it to say that she's everything I hoped she would be and more.
Check out some photos I took on the day she was installed - isn't she a beauty??