Little Free Libraries


This summer, a wonderful (and persistent) crew of our teens built, painted, and decorated three Little Free Libraries to put in three public spaces in Burbank. We are so proud of the job they did, the skills they learned and shared, and the creativity they expressed on their LFL boxes!

The boxes are currently receiving a coat of polyurethane to protect them from weather; once that is dry, the city Public Works department is obliging us by installing them (using the lovely utilitarian posts constructed for us by Mr. John Benne, wood shop teacher at Burroughs High School) in their three locations.


One will be on the Chandler bike path where it intersects Buena Vista Street; one will be at the Metro Station on Front Street near downtown; and the third will be on Glenoaks Blvd. at the double bus stop near the intersection of Scott Road.

The teens have painted each box thematically: The box at the bike path is adorned with genre-specific illustrations (fantasy, science fiction, and mystery); the box at the Metro has various methods of travel (everything from cars to submarines to flying carpets) with appropriate literary allusions attached to each; and the box at the bus stop shows a cross section of bus riders, and what can happen when your mind is sparked alive by reading.



Once Public Works has installed the three LFLs, we librarians and the participating teens will choose appropriate books to go in each box (we have done some research about demographics, convenient formats, language skills, and so on), and then we will be having a grand opening, to which we will invite all participating teens, their families and friends, and some dignitaries (our library director, the mayor, the library board, maybe more!) to admire our teens' diligence and enterprise. Yay for Burbank teens! Stay tuned here, and on the Facebook page, to receive notice of this grand opening event. (We will also email our LFL teams directly.)

If you'd like to see more photos of the teens in action, you can go to the photo album page of our BPL Teen Facebook page.


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