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A Little Free Library for Woodbury!

Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere, in Twin Cities and around the world. Let's build one for Woodbury!

Little Free Libraries. They are popping up everywhere.

During my trip to Europe this summer, I saw one on the street in Berlin, Germany where my relative lives. An old phone booth was converted into a little free library.

Here in the US, the idea of Little Free Library began with Todd Bol from Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 when he placed a homemade wooden box on a pole in his front yard containing a dozen or more books free for the taking. Its popularity led Bol and his friend Rick Brooks to form the non-profit group Little Free Library.

Pretty soon, it launched the Little Free Library movement around the world.

Individuals or organizations can make or buy Little Free Libraries and install them near their houses or businesses. Take a book, leave a book is its motto. What a fun idea to promote reading, provide books for neighborhood kids and build communities!

Little Free Libraries - the small, wooden mini-libraries, resembling one-room schoolhouses – have become popular in Twin Cities. If you have not seen one in person, chances are you probably have read about them and seen a few in pictures.

You can find Little Free Libraries around the world on the world map.

The closest Little Free Library for Woodbury is located in Oakdale (at Guardian Angels Catholic Church courtyard behind building). It is filled with Books on Prayer and Grieving, see the picture here.

Here are plans for building and links to where you can buy a Little Free Library.

I have read a few articles about the Little Free Libraries in the local media. I found them interesting.

Recently I became more interested and inspired after I read another article about the Little Free Libraries in the University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni magazine On Wisconsin, titled It’s a Mailbox …  It’s a Bird House …  No, Wait, It’s a Library!

I want to have one in Woodbury and to put Woodbury on the world map!

How I wish my dad were living here in the US. He could build me a great one. He used to make all the furniture in my family when I was growing up. But he lives in China and is too far away.

I am wondering if there is someone in Woodbury who is handy and creative and would be willing to build a Little Free Library for Woodbury. I can take care of the rest.

Please contact me if you or someone you know want to build one.

Let’s work together to build a better neighborhood and a better community!

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Qin Tang August 02, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Thanks for sharing.
Qin Tang August 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Kris, I just deleted the photo from this post because it didn't display correctly, didn't mean to repost this like a new one. Now it looks like this is posted Aug. 2, It should say updated Aug. 2. Can I undo the change so this post would display the original date? Thanks.
Kris Janisch August 03, 2013 at 09:39 AM
No, it's a bug in the system. Anytime I edit an article it changes the publication date. Their working on it.
Sue Halligan August 03, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I would just like to point out that Woodbury has a big free library. It works well.
Qin Tang August 04, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Thanks for pointing that out. I hope every Woodbury resident know that fact and uses the big free library. Little free library is not meant to replace big free library in any way. Libraries, big or small, we love them all.

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