by Christy Latchford

In a time when technology has seemingly become king, there is a rebellious band of us running the other direction. Pictured is the little free library for kids that I recently crafted as a gift to Cloverdale.
“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” – Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail.
Cloverdale already has two Little Free Libraries but I wanted to make one just for kids. I spent hours scavenging
Pinterest for ideas, applying for a charter
number so those traveling through town can find it as well and a plan was hatched! Time to order pieces, multiple trips to ACE, dig out needed chemicals and ask for donations of books and then I dove in, letting my imagination take over to create what will be safe, weather tolerant and accessible as you walk by.
After ordering a metal locker online I started to build around it and infuse some fun and
creativity, transporting me back to my childhood as Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” was my muse. A little whimsy
and humor, some paint, ModgePodge, E6000 epoxy,
Gorilla Spray Adhesive, the list goes on. If you would like to check it out, swing by
Muscat Drive.
Going forward in Cloverdale Connect, I will share DIY projects by myself and other local residents who share the desire to create and inspire others, challenging that although technology is certainly here to stay, it may in fact not be king.