Todd Bol, social entrepreneur and founder of the Little Free Library movement out of Madison, Wisconsin joined us at our Little Free Library launch on October 17th to share his stories and inspire our guests to get building, painting and stewarding their very own library. We unveiled six Little Free Libraries, built by volunteers and painted by local artists. Artist Daniel j Kirk painted one live while another was built on-site. The libraries found happy homes that night at Colonel Walker School, Ramsay School, Chevron Canada, Mount Royal University and in Calgary’s deep south neighbourhood with the Deep South First 2000 Days Coalition. One beautiful library was auctioned for $1500 (thank you anonymous bidder!) and this library will be placed at a lucky Calgary school.
If you would like to steward a Little Free Library in your community, you can now apply for a free one from Calgary Reads! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, desired location, community name and reason why you think this community would benefit from a Little Free Library. Preference will be given to applicants that will commit to stewarding the library in a publicly accessible place and in communities that don’t already have a Little Free Library.
If you’re an artist and you’d like to paint a library or if you’re a handy-person who can build one, you can get involved too! Let us know by registering on our volunteer form. If you’d like to build your very own Little Free Library, the website littlefreelibrary.org has downloadable building plans for your inspiration. After you build your Little Free Library, Calgary Reads has official Little Free Library licenses to purchase for $25. Want to find one near you? Check out this handy map. To get your very own library on this map, email email@example.com.