A new Little Free Library is up in Omaha.
We installed our white and blue beauty at Metcalfe Park over the weekend.
Thanks to Alpha-Bits Cereal, the library came to my house with 10 fantastic children’s books to help start the library. I added a few of my old books, and Mooch and Farley kicked in a few of their old ones as well.
I hope the neighborhood embraces this Little Free Library. I picked the location since it’s a very busy area, not only for families visiting the playground but adults out for a walk or run. Another neighbor had a similar idea, so you might see a second one near there too.
Come check it out sometime. Bring a book to leave, and grab one or a few that interest you.
How it came to be:
I explain the impetus of this Little Free Library here.
The library arrived to my house in a huge cat- and kid-enticing box, with instructions on building and connecting it to a base. You can build a library on your own with instructions here. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a firm working with Alpha-Bits, so I jumped at the chance to have part of the library already constructed. I’m not what you’d call mechanically-inclined.
I procrastinated all through our cold spring, finally getting the base built when the weather started to warm up. I had help from my husband; my handy sister-in-law, Amy; and my son. My daughter helped on runs to the hardware store, so I suppose she can be included on the helper list.
I painted it myself, as evidence by the sad paint job. I really should just say my 4-year-old son painted it – then you’d all marvel at his talent.
Before putting it in at Metcalfe Park, I contacted the city’s parks and recreation department to make sure they were cool with it – they were (and they offered to give it a cement base). I also contacted OPPD and got the paperwork filed to get it approved by all utilities. It was. And I contacted the Metcalfe-Harrison Neighborhood Association. I also contacted my brother, Daniel, owner of many digging tools, so that I could borrow a pole digging shovel. It probably has a real name, but as noted before, I’m not mechanically inclined to know what that is.
Your turn: Do you know if you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? (you can view this map to find out)