After we talked about the locations, we discussed possible themes. Then we brainstormed a bit, and then we sketched out some ideas. Once we were done sketching, we shared them and talked through how we could perhaps combine some with others, which ones worked best for what location, and how we would accomplish the effects we want. It was an intense almost three hours!
Everyone had wonderful ideas to express the appeals of reading:
- Modes of transportation ("Books transport you")
- Trees (tree of books with book fruit or book leaves, people sitting under trees reading)
- Desert island with your favorite book, "reading under the sun"
- Book covers in layers, or lined-up book spines, with book names on them, in various colors
- Games and puzzles (puzzle pieces with children's book themes, game board like "Candyland," playing cards, checkerboard, etc.)
- Garden theme ("Books help your mind grow") with various flowers
- International languages ("read" in every language)
- Book Salad (bowl with books, dressing of words pouring over)
- Expanding connections (world, universe, diverse hands reaching inward towards book)
- Mirror on the back to attract children
- Oven theme with cupcakes, cookies, etc. ("good things await inside")
- Fairy Tales
- Map with various locations from fictional places (Hogwarts, Narnia, Oz, Baker Street, Gotham)
- Signposts with various locations (see above)
- Quotes (the power of words)
- hearts, flowers, and the word "read" repeated around the borders, or just repeating flowers
- checkerboards (black and red or black and white), zig-zags (two color), stripes (alternating), plaid, or polka dots
- puzzle pieces of various colors and shapes
- Twining vines with leaves (and flowers?),or simple curlicues
- Words or quotes ("read" in multiple languages, quotes, commentary)
FOR CHANDLER BIKE PATH:
Genres on a map. We envision the whole box painted like a map (background color sepia/light brown/gold) with lines for roads and rivers and such (or maybe footprints, like on the "mischief managed" map in Harry Potter), leading to small illustrations such as: Castles and dragons (fairy tales), planets/space ships (science fiction), a detective with a spy glass (mystery), etc. One idea for the trim was to incorporate the multi-colored interlocking puzzle pieces with children's book titles on them.
Modes of transportation: "Let a book transport you." A road will run all the way around the three sides. It might run just around the bottom, or it might bisect the sides diagonally. Some real modes (trains, buses, bikes, planes), some fanciful (hot air balloons, camels, flying carpets, hoverboards, elephants, alien spacecraft). The background will be pale blue. Something extra that everyone would like to add to this box is a signpost with signs pointing to various locations (Hogwarts, the Shire, Wonderland, Oz) that sticks up above the box. We will only do that if we can find someone who owns and knows how to use a jigsaw, to cut out the signs for us. This will probably happen after the fact.
FOR GLENOAKS BUS STOPS:
This one was inspired by this cartoon:
There will be a cross section of a bus continuing around all three sides (like you cut a bus in half lengthwise and were getting a sideways view), with passengers all gray and bored with their commute except for the READERS, who have words and images and colors exploding out of their minds because they are engaged with a book! There will be signs on the bus (where signs usually go, up above the passengers' heads) talking about the advantages of reading, or sharing reading quotes, etc. The background will be pale gray, with bright multicolored trim to reflect the bright colors emerging from the readers. The trim could be all one color, or a variety of colors for each piece, or we could incorporate some of our border ideas, like stripes, checkerboards, flowers, or words.
Alternatively, the bus could just wrap two sides, with the third side being given over to a sort of message board containing such flyers as "Have you seen this wizard?" with a mug shot, a request for a babysitter for children who have suffered "some unfortunate events," etc.
Great, creative ideas, everyone! Now we just have to find people both willing and capable of drawing all of this onto the LFLs!
Next week, we meet again on Tuesday to put a coat of primer paint (all one neutral color) on all of the individual pieces of the LFLs. We will continue refining our ideas at that session, to make sure we are all in consensus about what we're going to do. On Thursday, we will paint them with their final base (background) colors. On June 22, we assemble the LFLs, with the help of a couple of woodshop experts. And then we have a couple of sessions to decorate them with all the fabulous ideas!
We hope those of you who participated at our first session will keep coming back, and we invite others to join us. Just imagine how people will react when they see your beautiful Little Free Libraries out in Burbank, enticing them to take a book!