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St. Louis police pose with Cops Care library. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Police Department |photo: stltoday.com
St. Louis police pose with Cops Care library. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Police Department |photo: stltoday.com

STL contest to judge architects’ best Little Free Library

The Library NEWS | We’ve seen fancy dog houses auctioned off for charity. A new building initiative asks architects and designers to turn out, and donate, a Little Free Library.

You know those libraries — elevated boxes near sidewalks that offer free books. One can also donate a book to the small “library.”

Space Architecture + Design is organizing the event called “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” (no word on what Dr. Seuss’ heirs think of the title).

The book buildings will be judged on May 1, and Space asks for a book donation as admission to the event.

Space says St. Louis police officers will then install the boxes in low-literacy areas. On its website, it noted:

“We’ve always wanted to host a Little Free Library design competition, and, after having a few conversations with the people at the Little Free Library organization, we learned that police departments in Los Angeles, Seattle, and now Ferguson are starting to use Little Free Libraries to give police officers a way to interact with those they serve and protect, especially with children. We thought this could be a great way to distribute libraries from such an event to areas that need them most in St. Louis, while at the same time providing a way for officers to be seen in a different way in the neighborhood.”

Actually, the Post-Dispatch had a story in 2013 that showed that a group called Cops Care were installing free libraries in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Nevertheless, Space says that the police department is eager to help with the new project.

Entering the competition costs $50 so the the building is officially registered with Little Free Library, a nonprofit. Spaces asks that materials cost under $100 (the libraries on sale at the LFL website generally cost $300 and up). Requirements are pretty loose, but a waterproof roof is certainly a good idea.

To sign up for the contest, go to Eventbrite.com

source|stltoday.com

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