At 1511 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, this Little Free Library resides on a busy street in front of an apartment building. We thought about removing the bottle from the top of the Library before capturing an image, but decided to show it in its natural habitat, trash and all. This Little Free Library definitely needs some TLC.
We spent some time looking for another Little Free Library around the location of Columbia College at 600 South Michigan Avenue with no success. Maybe it’s inside the building?
What’s better than a Little Free Library that is located on a busy street in a city in the Midwest? That would be a Little Free Library that doubles as public art installation. Nine such projects are being installed in and around downtown Indianapolis using books supplied by the Indianapolis Public Library.
Last weekend, I found one of the installations in Monument Circle. Created by artist Brian McCutcheon, this art piece has five neon-green pillars, each pillar with a circular book-case at its base. Connecting the five pillars is an arch that spells out a quote by Mark Twain. “A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.”
Monument, 2015 is one of the nine art installations in the Indianapolis Public Collection, a public art and literacy project.
At the corner of Anderson and Green in Urbana, Illinois, there is NOT a Little Free Library. Instead there is a People’s Public Library.
It’s a place for the community to borrow and donate books, a bench to sit and relax, a box to post pamphlets, and solar panels to illuminate the library at night.
I love it when people take a popular concept and think outside the box to make it uniquely their own.
Don’t you love serendipity? I had two moments of serendipity this past weekend, when I visited with two Little Free Libraries. One had a pink door with stenciled flowers and a turquoise roof, while the other was painted white and dark green to match the “stewards” home. Continue reading “A Visit With Two Little Free Libraries”