This is a behind-the-scenes gallery for the 2018 Little Free Library project. This lending library was installed near a bus stop in central Salina on October 30, 2018. Photos of the progress with descriptions are shared here.
Little Free Libraries
These Little Free Libraries are typically smallish containers used as informal book exchanges and are located in neighborhoods all across the country. There are so many designs of a vast array of concepts. For many children in Salina, these little libraries allow access to books when they cannot readily get to the main library. The concept of a Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. While adults share their books in these libraries, children's books are always in demand and are especially needed. For additional information, see littlefreelibrary.org.
There are now nine Little Free Libraries in Salina. See list here. One of the first libraries installed in Salina had reached the end of its functional life. Due to deterioration it needed to be replaced. The local public library (oversees and monitors all Little Free Libraries in Salina) contacted the North Central Kansas Woodworkers Guild regarding creation of a replacement. I (Peter Clark) volunteered to do the design and construction and collaborated with a local artist (Daniel Picking) to create the artistic elements you can see in the gallery below.
Besides the function of protecting the books, the library needed to be durable and withstand common wear and abuse. Environmental conditions at the site include strong winds, summer sun, rain, and more water from irrigation sprinklers. Design elements as well as materials were considered and selected to address the challenges. The inside compartment needs to hold several books of different sizes. To properly store the books, the container needed to be weatherproof but it also had to allow some airflow so moist air could not build up inside. The main goal was to create a fun and appealing library that the community members will use and enjoy.
If you have books that you can share, just put them in one of the little libraries! Maybe you will see a book you want to borrow. We always need more children's books in the neighborhood little libraries.