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Our Little Free Library under construction. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Little Free Library Coming Soon…

Did you know we are getting a Little Free Library at Bruce Monroe Community Garden?

 

If you haven’t heard of, or seen, a Little Free Library before around DC (and there are a few!), they are in their most basic form, a box full of books where anyone can stop by to borrow a book or return another book to share. In practice though, the libraries are usually creatively decorated and reflect the character of the host neighborhood, family, or in this case—garden.

 

Our Little Free Library under construction. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Our Little Free Library under construction. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

This semester, as part of the National Building Museum’s Design Apprenticeship Program, DC teens collaborated with design professionals to build Little Free Libraries for five community gardens–Old City Farm & Guild, City Blossoms, Common Good City Farm, Wangari Gardens, and Bruce Monroe Community Garden.

 

The hope is that the Little Free Libraries will encourage local residents to connect with each other through a “take a book, leave a book” system at the gardens, and that they will help foster literacy in their communities.
Design teams did client site visits to learn about each garden and then used salvaged and upcycled materials from Community Forklift to construct the libraries. Our Little Free Library will be located next to our central garden sign.

 

Students visited BMCG to learn about our garden. Photos taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Students visited BMCG to learn about our garden. Photos taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Students conducted a client meeting to learn more about BMCG. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Students conducted a client meeting to learn more about BMCG. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

 

Two dates to share with you–and a request!

 

Saturday, April 26, 1pm-3pm at the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW), free: During this final presentation, teen library architects will share how their library design uniquely represents a local community. Everyone is invited to attend the students’ final presentation and see the unveiling of our Little Free Library! Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, May 17, 11am-12:30pm (during our next Garden Work Day): We will have the dedication/grand opening ceremony for our Little Free Library. Stay tuned for more information about festivities associated with it, but mark your calendars and spread the word to the wider community.

 

The Little Free Libraries are modest in size, so we don’t need a ton of books–and ours will come stocked with books to start–but if you have any extra childrens, young adult, gardening, or other books that you would like to donate, please consider bringing one or two to the garden on May 17! Please also consider yourself a steward of the Library and if you see anyone nearby who may be confused or curious, please explain to them what it is and how it works.

 

Students created a half-size mock-up during the semester. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

Students created a half-size mock-up during the semester. Photo taken by National Building Museum Staff.

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  1. […] the past few months we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Little Free Library. This past Saturday, the day finally arrived for our library […]

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