Building Community One Library at a Time

Little Libraries of KW is a grass roots initiative to promote literacy and share the love of reading. People build small boxes to sit in their front yards and fill the boxes with books that can be taken, read, returned or exchanged. Tom Nagy was instrumental in bringing the concept to Kitchener-Waterloo and has been sharing his passion for books and community.

Tom Nagy (left) helps out at one of the first Little Libraries of KW KW Community Builds.
Tom Nagy (left) helps out at one of the first Community Builds.

Tom approached us at Menno Martin Contractor to help get the initiative underway. Local woodworker David Keller developed two prototype kits. Our capable carpenters designed an assembly ready kit for community members to build themselves. The idea has really caught on in the Kitchener-Waterloo with close to 50 kits being built so far and more to come as word spreads.

Finished libraries are popping up all over the Twin Cities. Look for one in your neighbourhood or better yet connect with Little Libraries KW and build one for your street.

-Trent

Stephen from Menno Martin Contractor cuts out kits for Little Libraries of KW Community Builds
The kits are designed to be cut out of one piece of 1x12x12′ barn board.
Menno Martin Contractor developed assembly instructions for Little Libraries of KW kits
Step by step instructions to make assembling your own kit easy. You can do it at home but being part of a Community Build is loads of fun.
Trent Bauman of Menno Martin Contractor helping at Little Libraries of KW Community Build under the shelter in Wilson Ave. Park
Close to 20 kits were assembled at the latest Build under the shelter in Wilson Ave. Park
Regional Councillor Jane Mitchell assembling a Little Libraries of KW kit for the Sunnydale Community Centre
Regional Councillor Jane Mitchell building a kit for the Sunnydale Community Centre

 

Local woodworker David Keller helps out at a Little Libraries of KW Community Build
Local woodworker David Keller helps out at a Community Build
David Keller's finished Little Libraries of KW kit
David’s library is open for business 24 hours a day
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