I love everything about Little Free Libraries and when Pat Bennett, another Brevardian, contacted me about how to go about putting up one of her own I was overjoyed. She had found my contact info on the Little Free Library map and had a few questions about how to go about putting one up. Since she lived in town I advised her to go to the town to ask for any rules or regulations concerning restrictions.
Pat and her husband Doug actually visited my LFL at The Whistlestop Market to take measurements. So many of the libraries that both of us have seen are small and don’t hold as many books as either Pat or I would like so I was thrilled that she and her husband built a large one.
They added a lot of great features to theirs, don’t you think? I love the plexiglass doors so there is no mistaking what is inside. The little shelf on the bottom is perfect and Pat told me she might put magazines on those little shelves.
She has some really great books in the library and in the short time that it has been up and running she has seen a lot of books come and go which is great. Location, location, location is what it is all about and Pat’s library is on Jordan Street here in Brevard behind the post office. I suspect there are a lot of people that walk past her library to go pick up mail so it is the perfect location.
Don’t you love the tin bird that she made to add an accent? They also made sure that their roof sloped and that helps immensely with our rainy weather. Their design is brilliant and I am thrilled to be able to share it with my readers and with locals looking for another great place to find or donate books.
But you know the best thing of all? Getting the chance to meet Pat and enjoy her hospitality in her lovely home. We found we have a lot more in common than the love of books. She is a tea drinker (we shared a lovely cup together), a writer (working on her third book), a crafter and an all round lovely person. She has lived in a variety of places as I have and she also cared for her mother for years who had dementia. As you can imagine we had a lot to talk about and I am looking forward to spending more time with this lovely lady.
Thanks, Pat, for your contribution to Brevard and for your love of sharing books.
If you are interested in more information about how to put up your own Little Free Library do not hesitate to ask me any questions. Do you have one in your town? I would love to read all about it so make sure to leave me a comment . For any comment on any blog post this month on It’s Just Life we will make a 50 cent donation to Dementia Society of America. You can read more about that by clicking here.
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It’s always great to make a new friend with many things in common. Her Little Free Library is sweet.
It is a really great one and I am so happy I have one that I can book bomb that is close.
Lovely! We have one in the town park of the next town over. Katie and I discovered it on one of our walks. I straightened up the books inside, being a former librarian and all.
Of course you straightened it up! I do as well when I see one in disarray. The one at the Boys and Girls Club is usually pretty disorganized and it drives me nuts. I found out the steward is gone a couple months of the year and so I asked if I could help when she was gone. She was happy to have me help so I have been making a regular stop there and it looks much better. No one can find a book when it is a mess, right?
Wonderful! Another Little Free Library and a new friend too! What could be better?
Not much. It’s a really great one and I am thrilled to have another one to share books in!
How great is that. Another Little free library in the area. Another bonus is fining a another friend..
Yes. It is a win win –more books and new friend. That’s a good combination.
There you go, another side benefit of LFLs– a new friendship formed.
Absolutely the truth. You know that books bring us all together.
Love it! And what a cute Little Free Library!
From one steward to another –it is an adorable LFL. I am so thrilled that there are more popping up all over.
Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap” is a nice pick! (People there like it and even tolerated the filming of the movie version.)
Thanks for introducing us to Pat! She did a great job with her library too.