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Project by splinterpicker posted 08-11-2019 01:57 PM 1128 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My fiancée is a first/second grade teacher at an elementary school. I built this little free library and we installed it at her school last week. Getting books in the hands of kids is important to their learning, so this should help make books more accessible to the kids. There are murals on both sides that are made up of the first graders fingerprints. Thanks for looking!





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 08-11-2019 04:49 PM

Very cool project! Nice build and the murals were a great idea!
I especially like that your design is kid’s height, I’ve seen so many that are a little bit oversized for kids to use.
Great job and not only will the kids be getting books to read a few will become interested in woodworking too.
Jon

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#2 posted 08-11-2019 06:31 PM

That’s really nice looking.

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splinterpicker

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#3 posted 08-11-2019 07:07 PM

Thanks! A few of the students were there when we mounted it on the post. I was able to coax a few of them to use the drill to drive the screws in.

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 08-11-2019 09:54 PM

I made 2 of these, and they have been in service for 2 years.

They are much more popular than I ever imagined.

The weakest part of the design is the door frame. Kids hung on mine, and then swung on the door. This broke the door frame. I have seen other designs that use plywood for the door frame, so there are no joints to break. If I made any more, I would use plywood for the door frame.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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splinterpicker

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#5 posted 08-11-2019 10:31 PM

Thanks Dale. I was worried about the door too. It only takes one or two bad apples to abuse things. If I end up repairing/replacing the door down the road, I will look to a plywood solution. Great advice!

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#6 posted 08-12-2019 10:49 AM

Nice of you to do.

-- Petey

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DaleMaley

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#7 posted 08-12-2019 11:04 AM

Link to the 2 mini lending libraries I built for our town is here.

thanks

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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mnguy

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#8 posted 08-12-2019 01:10 PM

Great build! The lower height is perfect. A neighbor has one that is dual height – one lower door for kids and one higher door for taller readers.

I built one for our church several years ago, and as the church is on a busy sidewalk, the LFL gets a lot of business. I’ve been lucky with the doors – no damage yet.

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splinterpicker

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#9 posted 08-13-2019 12:31 AM

Thanks for sharing the libraries that you’ve built! It’s a pretty cool project and as I said before… anything that helps get books in the hands of kids is a worthwhile project. :)

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#10 posted 01-13-2020 03:04 AM

Great idea! Wish we had one here!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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DaleMaley

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#11 posted 07-31-2021 10:51 PM



Very cool idea! It would be interesting to see something similar, but for adults. This allows you to see interesting books and choose which one you like. There is a choice of what to read and when to read. Because in college we are given compulsory literature and it doesn t matter if you want to read it or not, but you earn grades for them. I used https://phdessay.com/free-essays-on/great-expectations/ to prepare and write an essay on Charles Dickens novel. This resource has helped me many times, so I recommend it to all students.
By the way, which author is your favorite?
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Our 2 little lending libraries are used by both kids and adults.

Thanks

- AngelaLiffman


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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