With a small mountain of recycled wooden materials from the ReBuilding Center, we built three little library projects in a single day. Each library was built by a team of 3 to 4 participants who learned how to hold and use construction tools over the course of the day. One library turned out to be a miniature stage for puppet-scale displays, another was tall and vertical for large children’s books, and the third was quite huge and designed for a full-spectrum of shared items, including books.
These are small but extremely powerful projects. What this diverse group of teens built is a fantastic genesis each library’s story, facilitating teamwork and learning through service and partipation. And then the hosts of each little library will embellish and fill them until they are quite unique and appropriate for their community.
At this time last year (summer 2013), there were just over 9,000 little libraries that had been installed and registered in the world. Now there are more than 15,000! This is a quiet, constructive, doable movement to change the world through direct and creative community building. Free Little Libraries seem to be spreading with no signs of stopping!