Little Free Library Love at the Seattle Design Festival September 10, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Libraries, Library Architecture, product design – Tags: ,

Libraries On The Loose - 11x17 POSTER - FINAL

This year’s Seattle Design Festival included A Little Free Library Design/Build Competition called Libraries on the Loose!

The challenge:  To design, build and steward a Little Free Library (LFL) prototype that promotes community and literacy in Seattle’s neighborhoods! The budget was $150 and all entrants had to submit documentation of their efforts including assembly instructions. One goal was to establish an inexpensive prototype that could serve as a template for future LFL builders.

Twenty teams entered and the winner was “Spinning Stories” by Johnston Architects.

libraries on the loose winner

libraries on the loose winner detail

Gotta love the umbrella.

From the call for entries:

Little Free Libraries are small-scale book shelters that function as “take-a-book, leave a-book” gathering places. They provide a location where the free exchange of books, ideas, stories, and interests contribute to a shared experience valued by neighbors and visitors. Literacy forms the foundation of educational and professional opportunity. Our communities are our neighbors, family, and friends, providing a network of support and connection. Consider the library as more than just an enclosure for books, but as a part of a system that supports professional opportunity and community resiliency, through the ever-changing collection of books and the spontaneous interactions they provide.


More at the Seattle Times: Little Free Libraries show some novel charm

Previously on Book Patrol:
The Evolution of the Little Free Library 
The coolest little free library yet?

Photos of Spinning Stories by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

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