Our son Buck lives in Cedar Rapids about two houses away from an elementary school. He had seen on the news that people across the country were starting little honor system lending libraries in their communities and thought to give it a try.
Buck is really handy with wood. In fact, framing houses is his trade so whipping this up from scratch was no hard job for him. The painting he said was the worst.
The library will work on an honor system. Someone takes a book…then they bring one back. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be the same book they took. I think it’s pretty neat. It’s no big deal if the books don’t even come back. If the kid loved or needed the book he’s happy to have given it.
Well he put out a call to the family that if we’re out thrifting that we should pick up books for his library. Typically at the local thrift store we can find good books in nice shape for 25 cents each.We’ve been doing pretty good on helping him collect books. His Minnesota cousins who still have kids who are elementary age have been giving their books to him and as we all thrift we look for some too.
Friends saw that he was doing this and they requested that he make them a mini lending library for them too.
He has no interest to go into business making them but he’s been happy he’s been able to help out a couple people with their project too.
When we bring him books he sorts them…some for him and some for his friend. They each have different aged kids going past their schools so they are targeting books for the appropriately aged kids.
When he said he was going to do this, I was surprised. Although he liked reading, he was my most reluctant reader as a kid. He did love non-fiction though. I looked and hunted for books for him to keep his interest and keep him reading. Even now when I’m thrifting to find books I tend to look for non-fiction for his library too.
I’m so impressed with his project. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person.