My Journey to Becoming a Little Free Library Steward

I need to start this post off by thanking everyone involved. The Winnipeg Public Library, the Winnipeg Public Library Board, and The Winnipeg Foundation for providing funds for this project. This never would have happened without you, and I am so thankful. I would also like to thank my mom and dad for helping me with decorating, assembly, and installation. Also, for letting me do everything and store everything in their garage for several weeks months. Even when the snow started and they REALLY wanted to park in there.

Back in June (? I think. I might have been July… SUMMER anyways) I noticed that the local library was accepting applications for stewards for Little Free Libraries in the city. Normally, to be a Little Free Library steward, you just fill out a form on the website and pay a small fee. Then you can either purchase a pre-fabricated library kit, or build one from scratch.

With the help from the Winnipeg Public Library, the Winnipeg Public Library Board, and The Winnipeg Foundation, I was able to become a steward for no money out of my pocket. The small registration fee was covered, and the pre-fabricated library kit was sent to me, free of cost, as well.

The excitement I felt when I got this box in my hands was SO REAL.

I asked to take the pieces home before build day, as I wanted to do some more intensive painting. It is a good thing I did, as I needed to do about four coats of paint on each of the pieces. I recruited my niece to help me paint. And then my mom. It was a great painting party at my house.

The first round of painting, done!

Then, we had to dig the hole for the post. My husband was recruited, as was dear old dad. No toes were lost, and it was a great success.

Dad and Mr Blue, digging me a post hole.

Dad and Mr Blue, digging me a post hole.

There was a build day scheduled where all the new stewards were supposed to get together and put their new Little Free Libraries together with some guidance from local handymen. I, unfortunately, had a severe migraine and had to miss it. So I had to do all the building and installation on my own. But thankfully dear old mom and dad were there again to help!

I used power tools and everything!

I used power tools and everything! (Yes, that is a hammer, but a drill was involved)

And finally the magical day arrived. The day when I got to install my Little Free Library and call it my own. Stock it with the books I had grabbed from various used book sales over the past months, and let my bookishness loose on the neighbourhood.

The Little Free Library in all its installed (but empty) glory!

The Little Free Library in all its installed (but empty) glory!

The books are stocked and ready to go!

The books are stocked and ready to go!

Once again, I am so thankful to the Winnipeg Public Library, the Winnipeg Public Library Board, and The Winnipeg Foundation for the funds they provided, I couldn’t have done this without my mom and dad to help with the decoration, assembly, and installation. And I am just… beyond grateful to my husband for his support in this whole endeavour. From agreeing to let me put this up in our yard to helping out, to not freaking out when I brought home more books… my husband really is the best there is.

And there you have it. My journey over several months to becoming a Little Free Library steward!

Have you ever used the services of a LFL?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

3 comments

This is awesome! I love these little libraries. (Also I love the books you have stocked in there right now).

I live in the Netherlands so I’ve never used LFL specifically but we’ve got a bunch of projects running like that here too. One of the central train stations has an entire room dedicated to exchanging books, I pop in every time I pass through there.

This is wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself 🤗

That’s awesome! I love Little Free Libraries and would love to someday be a steward for one but I lack a yard to put one in where I currently live.

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