The Little Free Monster Library

For a while, my wife had expressed an interest in having a Little Free Library.

I liked the idea of using scrap wood and parts to build something, and I didn’t want it to be a house style design.  With the help of the kids, we came up with the monster concept.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the photos I took of the first stage, the building of the actual box.

Suffice it to say, I had some leftover plywood from other projects, and some hinges lying around, and after some circular saw and jigsaw work, here was the result, primed, but not painted.


As it happens, I carefully measured the height each shelf should be based on children’s books (lower shelf) and typical adult novels, and then proceeded to mess up the assembly, so the children’s section was too tall, and the grownups too short.  Alas.



Scout is always enthusiastic to paint just about anything, so she picked out the color scheme from leftover paint cans from various projects.  She is from the Use Every Color school of design.



Also, the If You’re Going To Paint, Use A Lot Of Paint philosophy.

I didn’t have any acrylic for the window, but Ace Hardware has a drop pile  in the back, and I found a leftover piece of just the right size there.  Screwed to the inside. 20140608_143645


Down the street, a house was being remodeled, and a torn up deck had just the right size 4×4 avaible for the stand.


Now for some additional hardware.  I didn’t want to buy anything if I didn’t have to, and I jump at the chance to work with my oxy-acetylene setup.


Using a angle grinder, I cut pieces for a handle and “hat” support.


Welded together:


And painted.  Also missing from my photo collection is the creation of the roof “hat”, which used a piece of scrap plywood, dozens of cut aluminum cans (cut with an angle grinder again… tin snips were too tedious), and a stapler.  Bottom of the resulting roof on the left below:


All of the pieces:


And fully assembled in place.



Both my daughter and I consider this project incomplete.  We plan to put arms on it.

One arm will be holding a sign that says “Little Free Library – Take  a Book – Leave a Book”.

The other will be holding a bird house, and on the bird will have a sign that says “Take a Bird – Leave a Bird”.

Book Log – Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers #2) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call (Illustrations)

This has been my nightly read-aloud to the kids, and both of them looked forward to the nightly chapter or two. It’s a good solid action/fantasy, with a nice take on the Peter Pan origin story. We picked up the next three books, so we should be enmeshed in this world for a couple years.

It will be interesting to see how long my 11 year old sticks with the nightly reading. My guess is he would be fine with just reading to himself at night, but it’s like when someone is watching a good tv show in a room you walk through… it’s hard to keep walking sometimes.