Borrowing tools from neighbors has always been common practice, but now communities are stepping up efforts to make tools accessible to everyone through a tool lending library. Sustainable West Seattle opened its tool library in June 2010 and now have over 1,500 tools available for people to use, from ladders to lawn mowers, and extension cords to clamps. The tool library is such an awesome idea that even Popular Mechanics took notice.
Now, plans to start a Wallingford Tool Library are under way, thanks to Sustainable Wallingford. The group decided to start a tool library primarily to build community, though they also recognize the environmental benefits including zero waste. Sustainable Wallingford hopes to go beyond the traditional tools for gardening and home repair by offering items for plumbing, electrical, mechanical, woodworking, food preservation, party & meeting (tents, dishes, chairs), health aids, arts & crafts, musical instruments, brewing, culturally unique methods of working (ikebana, injera frypan), baking, knitting, sewing, bike repair, beekeeping, candle making, and more. You can read more about the group’s ideas for the tool library here.
Sustainable Wallingford is meeting at the Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd (4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Basement Level) this Wednesday (2/29) from 7:00PM – 8:00PM to “map out how to make the Tool Library a reality,” according to Rick Turner, one of the library’s organizers. If you’d like to get involved in the early planning stages, come to the meeting on Wednesday. Give Rick a call at 206-450-5998 to let him know you’re coming, or just swing by to lend your voice.
We’ll keep you updated on the Wallingford Tool Library as we learn more.