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Little Free Library Is At Metcalfe Park

Little Free Library Is At Metcalfe Park

A new Little Free Library is up in Omaha.

We installed our white and blue beauty at Metcalfe Park over the weekend.

We put the Little Free Library up over the weekend at Metcalfe Park, located between Dundee and Benson.

We put the Little Free Library up over the weekend at Metcalfe Park, located between Dundee and Benson.

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.

Don't tell my kids, I picked some of the old books of theirs I cannot bear to read one more time.

Don’t tell my kids, I picked some of the old books of theirs I cannot bear to read one more time.

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.

Both kids also helped cover the hole after the post was in place.

Both kids also helped cover the hole after the post was in place.

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)

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Jen

Friday 11th of July 2014

I absolutely love that you did this. I wanted to so badly, but I was worried about my mechanical ability. I think yours looks amazing! Love it! I will be visiting.

Courtney

Saturday 21st of June 2014

I walk my dog in this park ALL the time and really wondered who initiated! I'm so glad I found your site, Kim, and thank you! Do you live in the Metcalfe area?

Kim

Saturday 21st of June 2014

I do! It's the park my family visits a lot so I figured it'd be easy to keep tabs on.

Alissa Apel

Monday 12th of May 2014

This is so great! I'm glad you put one up.

Kim

Thursday 15th of May 2014

Thanks, Alissa! It seems to get new books regularly so I'm thrilled it's working!

Jason

Thursday 8th of May 2014

I love this idea! I don't think my faith in humanity is strong enough to actually go through with it, but I applaud you for doing it.

Kim

Thursday 8th of May 2014

My faith was tested the first 24 hours when most of the books were gone, but a few hours later a friend let me know someone had added some books back in.

Jill Neeley

Thursday 8th of May 2014

I've wanted to put one in my yard for so long, but I'm just not mechanically inclined! Jealous.

Kim

Thursday 8th of May 2014

Make friends with carpenters. :) I knew my abilities were limited to holding boards steady and using a tape measure, so I had to ask others to help with everything structural.

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