I have a love affair with Little Free Libraries. To the point that my children now try to distract me whenever we walk near one (“Look Mom! Over there!”). Despite my offsprings’ best efforts, I have located three more nearby LFLs since I last wrote about them (see below).
Apparently I am not alone in my book lust, as Little Free Libraries are riding a wave of popularity that has crossed the globe. And now, the local architect/ humanitarians at Architects Without Borders bring us Libraries on the Loose, an LFL design contest with the ultimate goal of making LFLs even more accessible to homeowners, community groups and businesses through good, affordable and replicable LFL design. The contest has the added benefit of raising funds for some inspirational architecture projects such as the building of schools in developing nations.
New projects and existing LFLs are eligible for the contest, which will consider such components as affordability, replicability, adaptability and creativity. The LFLs will actually be installed as part of the contest. Interested parties need to register their intent to participate by August 1st, and submit by August 27th. Entries will be part of the Seattle Design Festival on September 6-7 and 13-14th.
You can get inspired by visiting your local LFL today! The fun but difficult to search LFL official map has thousands of LFLs listed, but as I have found from walking the neighborhood, most of our local LFLs aren’t on it. The following list of Wallingford’s Little Free Libraries was generated by reader contributions. If you know of an LFL that should be on this list, please let us know!
- 3634 Woodlawn Ave N
- Southwest corner of 39th and Burke
- Bagley Ave. N between 36th and 37th
- N 38th between Bagley and Corliss
- Bagley just north of 41st
- 4111 Midvale
- 1200 N 44th Street
- N 43rd, a few houses east of Corliss
- Densmore N. at the top of the 4300 block
- 4550 Thackeray
- 1815 N 47th St
- 5420 Kirkwood
- 53rd and Wallingford
- Northwest corner of Latona and 51st
- 5738 Ashworth N
- 1831 North 57th St.
- 6110 Latona