Hey everyone, this is Jordan reporting from what was formerly team Vertabend. We have decided to disband and not continue with our project. Three of us (Karrie, Zane and I) have decided to move on to a new project, while our other member, Zabdi, is now with a new group. The three of us remaining members had a few weeks of fruitless brainstorming before we were given a suggestion by our instructor Ms. Miesner that all of us are super excited to work with. We are going to construct some little free libraries! In case you haven’t heard of this new trend, it’s basically a mailbox-like structure that functions as a community library- minus the library cards and due dates. We are planning on building one for our campus/local community and two to present and auction off at the maker faire. The funds from the ones auctioned off are going to our school’s library (the little one, but mainly the big one) to get new books. We also might make an instructable to give to our makers class (a group of students who learn how to make anything from books to hats) or have a workshop or two where we teach students how to make a library that they could put into their neighborhoods.
All three of us are really into books and we agree that this is a really cool idea to increase literacy and community involvement/interaction. Little free libraries can be found all over the world, and if you’re interested you should check out the Little Free Library website. There’s a map of all of the registered LFL’s. Right now we are in the process of researching designs and what requirements we have to meet to register our library. Soon we’ll start figuring out what design we’ll want to do for ours, though I confess I’ve already started getting and sketching some ideas.
The best part is going to be picking the decorations we want to have on the outside. All three of us are art students, so I think we’ll turn out some great stuff to sell at the maker faire. This is radically different from what we were working on previously (minus the horrible pun that is this post’s title), and while I was happy with our previous project, I’m really super excited for this and glad Ms. Miesner suggested it! I know that I’m going to want to make myself a Little Free Library when this project is over.