Kevin built me a Little Free Library! I have been saying for sometime now that I want to build a Little Free Library to put in front of our house to share books with the community. If you haven’t heard of Little Free Libraries before it is a neighborhood book exchange where anyone is encouraged to take a book or leave a book! The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 and now there are over 75,000 Little Free Libraries out there in the world! Anyone can build a Little Free Library (more on that at the end) or you can buy one already made or a kit. There is even a Facebook group for Little Free Library Stewards…that’s me now!
I am a Little Free Library Steward.
Adding that to my profile description.
I do want to mention that Kevin didn’t want to look at plans or blog posts before building it. He said “that isn’t as fun”. He wanted to make it on his own. And he did such an amazing job. I am honestly impressed that he built this. Really. Kevin you knocked it out of the park! If you look at the photos at the end of the post, we don’t really have a set-up for building things. Or really even have any of the tools, we borrowed some from a friend. He really just winged it. And when he decided to tackle this Little Free Library it was about 90 degrees and about 90 percent humidity. That guy gets a bee in his bonnet and he can’t stop. (I’m sure he will like being compared to someone with a bee in their bonnet 😂).
Meet our PINK Little Free Library-
Isn’t she so cute?? We are all pretty obsessed with her. Like she is a new member of the family. We decided to put our Little Free Library to the right of the house in the far corner. I almost put it by our walkway, which now I see would have been weird!! We looked at a lot of Little Free Libraries online for fun and now Lola keeps saying things like “no other free little library has plants around it” or “no other free little library is this cute….right??” She always says “right?” after she makes a statement. Wanting some validation. And Lola you are RIGHT! Well I might be biased but she is pretty special.
We have about 4 Little Free Libraries in our area that we can ride bikes to. You can find Little Free Libraries in your area HERE! Make it a fun outing with your kids or for yourself and visit a few! We have already noticed several people stop at ours to get a book or drop one off! The first time I saw someone stop at our Free Little “Pink” Library I was like “ohhhhhhhh, someone is stopping!!!” We were actually in our car getting ready to pull out. And Ella said to me “Mom, do NOT video them!” haha! So alas I have no pictures of our first ever Little Free Library Patrons.
You can purchase a plaque for it for around $40 then you are officially registered with a number and added to the map! (We haven’t registered ours).
Little Free Library Details-
- We put our Little Free Library in a large square pot and filled it halfway with cement. Then the rest with potting soil to plant some plants in it. (It is heavy but Kevin and I were able to move it).
- The pink paint color is the same color as our front door- Sherwin Williams Coral Perfection
- I stapled some leftover wallpaper I had to the inside walls and the bottom. I wish I would have added the panelling wallpaper to the top- I thought about it but Kevin had already screwed the Magic Light into place. So when I am feeling super bored or maybe I can just have the girls paint the inside top white when they need a project….it might get done.
- We used cedar shake shingles on the top and just spray painted them black!
- The little bunny knob was actually from my piano and I just felt it needed to be out here! Love how the gold pulls in the gold on our pineapple door knocker.
- It is waterproof- the paint is all outdoor paint and it is sealed up pretty tightly!
I really LOVE how the Little Free Libraries look in yards. But also love that it is way to share books! I have been questioned as to why I don’t have a lot of books in our bookcase- because I like to pass them on to others! And really will never read them twice- there are only a handful of books I keep because I have referenced them or have read them twice. Same with kids books- they grow out of some so we love to be able to pass them on.
Building your own Little Free Library
I am not going to go into too much detail on how it was built because Kevin did is too fast I couldn’t document it like I had hoped.
- There are some zoning requirements with a Little Free Library that you should check out before building your own HERE
- You can purchase your a Little Free Library already built starting about $300 HERE we built our own for about $160
- Tools– nail gun with a compressor, drill, skill saw, sander, tape measure
- Supplies– wood glue, hardware for door and handle, brackets to secure to post, wood caulk, exterior paint, plexiglass, cement
- Qty 2- Common Board 2′ x 4′ pine board/exterior (for the side pieces and the base)
- Qty 3- Common Boards 1″x 2 1/2″x 6′ pine board/exterior (for trim and door)
- Qty 1- Sande Plywood 2′ x 4′ x 1/4″ (for roof)
- Qty 1- Plexiglass for Door 12″ x 12″ that we cut down to 11″x11″ so we could attach the door hardware
- Qty 1- Fence post- Pressure treated 4″ x 4″x 6′ (to put the Little Free Library on)
- The sizing might be helpful- we kept it on the small size (didn’t want it out of scale with our little house!) I think our measurements might help someone-
- Bottom 14″ w x 16″ deep
- Left Side 16″ w x 14″ h
- Back 14″ w x 13 1/4″ h
- Right Side 17″ w x 14″ h
- Roof- (piece #1)- 14″ h x 22″ w” (piece #2- 13 1/2″ h x 22″ w
- Door finished 13″x 13″- (qty 2) 13″ h x 2 1/2″w (qty 2) 8″w x 2 1/2″ h
- Front Trim Pieces- (qty 2) 2 1/2″ w x 14″ h (qty 1) 2 1/2″ h 10 1/2″ w
- Gable- to make the gable we made the roof but didn’t attach it, just held it on the library then made the gable (triangle pieces) base is 15″w
- THIS blog post was helpful for us on figuring out how to attach the roof and (I looked at it Kevin didn’t want to)
- Purchase a sign online for your Little Free Library HERE
You can print our Free Little Library Plans HERE
We ended up knocking out that top trim piece so books could fit easier- see below photo how it is missing and now the side pieces just connect to the gable (triangle piece) on the front.
If you are in the area stop by and visit our Little Free Library! We plan on adding to it and keeping it fresh, so far Lola is our appointed Librarian.
**Update- I wanted to share a little weekend project my friend just did. A Free Little Library. She f0und a $10 cabinet online on her local FB Tag Sale site. Painted it, added a roof, a new handle and it was done! They really can be made all so uniquely!
It’s precious! Way to go Kevin and Brooke! You are making your home even more welcoming and I think that is awesome!
[email protected] says
Our little library on my street has a small foot stool so the little ones can reach the books.
Nicole Camporese says
So stinkin’ cuuute! And, yes, I said “free little library” in my head in a little sweet voice. Ha!
[email protected] says
hahaha! You have to say it that way right?? Thanks!!!
fawn teresi says
Oh my gosh. This is the cutest free little library I have seen! Love seeing what you guys come up with… so much fun following along!
As a former librarian I have to tell you I am enthralled with the free library concept. Your little library is so darn cute and your family is precious. I enjoy your blog tremendously and am amazed at what you have done with a small space. That you for sharing your life with us.
Karen L Ziemlak says
I love it – I remember when I first saw one of these and thought it was such a fantastic idea. Books are meant to be shared and this is a great way to spread the love of reading.
This is precious. I especially love the wallpaper inside and the plants below!
Lana Maue says
Lola IS right – this is the cutest Free Little Library ever! Oh my – so inspiring!
This has to be one of the most charming free little libraries ever! Love, love the planter base..puts the design over the top. Such a cute librarian, and her enthusiasm has to be contagious too.
Beeeutiful! Definitely aware of these because there are several in my area (southwest Chicago suburb)…….yours is even more precious with the wallpaper, puck light and planter base/flowers……..way to go – you both knocked this out of the park!!
Cynthia Kurylak says
Brooke…your free little library is so adorable!!! I think the bunny door pull is a nod to your energizer bunny husband, Kevin! Kevin knocked it out of the park. It is a cute landscape accessory now, with the potted plants and the beautiful pink color..the black roof really makes a statement with the pink and coordinates so well with your stairs! Can you tell how much I love it!
Thanks for sharing your little world/family with us all…..Cynthy
So adorable! Where in CT do you guys live?! Im from there myself, I would love to see your house in person (in the least creepy way possible) lol Youre in inspiration!!
Leslie Watkins says
I love, love, love this post so much! Thank you for sharing the great details.. What an amazing project! I had to share on Facebook. Who knew they could be registered??!! I’m thinking this will be a great Christmas gift, as well. Thanks again! ❤️❤️❤️
Megan McKay says
So adorable! We only have one Free Little Library in our city, and it’s several miles away… this may be the perfect thing to add to our corner lot!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Lola is right! There is no other free library that cute! 🖤
Lisa E says
So adorable but not surprised. Wish I had a fraction of your energy!
Well, this is pretty much the most amazing, whimsical thing I’ve seen. Great job. What a fabulous idea. This looks like a magical little house that would get children excited about reading!! Bravo!!!
This is so so cute! I am amazed that you have time to actually get all this done and then take the time to write out all the detail and add pics to the post. I hope you have someone that helps with such things! You have such a kind and sweet spirit that comes through in your posts!
It’s just soon good-wonderful collab you guys!! I would love to have one in my yard but I live out in he country so it would be kinda 😜 silly.
Brooke, it looks absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!! I love everything about it but what i love more than that is that Kevin is always so upbeat and ready and more than happy to put a smile on your face. He truly is amazing and I love that Finn is his little shadow. He is learning all the things that will later serve him in his life when it comes to his marriage and his family….he is learning by EXAMPLE! There is no better way to learn in my book. You are so future to have such a beautiful family.
TONI COMBS says
SO ADORABLE!!! My son JUST had to turn in 1st project for shop class… I want to change it it to this!!! We live in the country… but he could put it up at his Grandpa’s house in our little town 🙂
& seriously, little Finn following his Daddy around just melts my heart. My little (16!) guy and his Dad are the best of friends to this day. 🙂
I Love Your free library!! It is lovely!!!
So adorable! Love how Finn is right there watching Daddy!
Love your LFL. The pink is perfect with your door! My husband built one for me a few years ago too. We love seeing people stop by and what books come and go. We added a little notebook and pen—people leave notes, or write about favorite books. Sometimes a sweet kiddo will make a book request. You might like to add one to yours! Enjoy!
Kevin, you did a great job! It is adorable! I love the pink and the bunny pull. You guys make a great team, including the little ones.P.S.I love your home and all your blogs Brooke. We are preparing for the hurricane, please keep everyone involved in your prayers. Thank you.
shawnna griffin says
hey girl- this is so cool!
Ale Cretul says
I am a LFL steward too! Our little library just turned 3 years old and is still standing (even through Hurricane Irma). I just absolutely love the concept.
Judy Howell says
Well everyone’s used all the words to describe your little free library, this is such a gift. Your kids have the best parents, y’all are teaching them so much. This is just great, I can’t say enough goodness.
Getting our plans togerther to get this project going this weekend!! So inspired by your idea! Just love the concept to bring the neighborhood together. Could you share where you got the white planter box? Thanks so much!