Little Free Libraries

This summer, teens are invited to get involved with their community by joining us to build Little Free Libraries (LFLs) for Burbank! We're going to build three. We have ordered kits that come with all the parts, but the LFLs are not assembled, so we will have six sessions during June and July to complete this project, including...

DESIGN: We will gather and share our ideas for how we think each of the three LFLs should look. We'll survey how others have decorated their LFLs, and then customize them according to the neighborhood for each one to attract maximum attention. This session will shape our activities for the rest of the summer.

PRIME: We will lay out all the pieces of the three LFLs and give them a good coat of primer paint. Remember that the LFLs have to be sealed against the weather to protect the contents, so painting and caulking are vital steps of the building process.

PAINT: We will follow the design plans we came up with in our first session, and paint the individual pieces the colors we have chosen for the finished LFLs.

ASSEMBLE: This is the exciting session in which we will use our levels and screw drivers and wood glue to put them all together, and then we'll caulk them thoroughly and touch up the paint to ensure they are waterproof.

DECORATE: We have allowed two sessions for the final designs/decorations to customize our LFLs to express their designers' personalities, and to lure walkers, runners, bikers, and commuters to "take a book, leave a book" as they pass our LFLs on their journeys.

INSTALL: People from the Burbank Public Works Department will help us install our LFLs on posts and platforms at the three designated locations.

STOCK: Part of our process this summer will be to discuss what kinds of books with which we will fill our LFLs, based on the neighborhoods in which we locate them. We want teens to take possession of this activity and continue to be involved by periodically checking the contents and replenishing the books as necessary, and we will give service hours for that throughout the school year.

Although any teen is welcome to drop in on the session(s) of their choice this summer, if you will sign up to work at all the sessions, we will give you service hours for your participation. You can register by emailing your name and contact information (email address, telephone number) to

We look forward to participating in this creative endeavor with you!

Here is the schedule:

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 6:00 p.m. @ Central Library: Design

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 4:00 p.m. @ Northwest Branch: Primer

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 4:00 p.m. @ Northwest Branch: Paint

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 6:00 p.m. @ Central Library: Build/assemble

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 6:00 p.m. @ Central: Decorate

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2:30 p.m. @ Central: Decorate

Weeks of July 10-14 and 17-21: Install, with Public Works, and fill with books!

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