Our Little Free Library & Art Gallery is finally up! It has been a long journey since we first heard about the Little Free Library movement more than 2 years ago. It took us a while to find just the right old battered piece of furniture to use for the Library, and then we had to adorn it. Also, as an artist, I wanted to give away some of my work along with books, so we needed enough room for that – we ended up using the top shelf and an old real estate leaflet box that we hung on one side for artwork, crafts, prints, mail art and poems.
For decoration, we upcycled old, discarded book covers and other treasures scavenged at our city’s recycling center’s Exchange Zone. As with all of the artwork I make from repurposed materials, I’m only using books that are torn up or moldy so they’re beyond being read. This is the top.
And here’s the inside. We covered the two bottom shelves with discarded game boards. At the back of the top shelf we added an old framed mirror, so people can see themselves along with the artwork when they look in!
To the front we added an old brass door handle and old covers from books with … (of course) our names.
Inside the door we adhered an old leatherette photo folder, and I designed two signs to insert into it …
George consulted with Dora, our neighbors’ hen, regarding whether we would have enough copies of “Chicken Little” or “The Little Red Hen” to keep up with demand.
Our LFL&AG is evolving, and we love thinking up new things to add to it. Please stop by to visit if you’re in the El Cerrito Calilfornia area! We’re registered on the Little Free Library site as number 18978, and will eventually show up on their map.