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Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt

Expand the sharing movement to your community with  Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds —your complete source for building tiny sharing structures, including plans for 12 different structures, step-by-step photography and instructions, inspirational examples, and maintenance.

Around the world, a community movement is underway featuring quaint landscape structures mounted on posts in front yards and other green spaces. Some are built for personal use, as miniature sheds for gardeners or as decorative accent pieces. More commonly, though, they are evidence of the growing trend toward neighborhood organization and community outreach.

This movement has been popularized by Wisconsin-based Little Free Library (LFL), whose members currently include 65,000 stewards seeking to build community togetherness and promote reading at the same time by sharing books among neighbors. LFL has inspired builders to use similar structures to share things like CDs, food, garden tools, and seeds in the community.

Produced in cooperation with Little Free Library, Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds is the builder’s complete source of inspiration and how-to knowledge. Illustrated throughout with colorful step-by-step photography and a gallery of tiny structures for further inspiration, Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds covers every step: planning and design, tools and building techniques, best materials, and 12 complete plans for structuresof varying size and aesthetics. In addition, author and professional carpenter Phil Schmidt includes information on proper installation of small structures and common repairs and maintenance for down the road.

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds even includes information on how to become a steward, getting the word out about your little structure once it’s up and running, and tips for building a lively collection.

Community togetherness has never been so at the fore of our consciousness—or so important. Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds is one tool on the road to helping you build community in your neighborhood.

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or NeighborhoodLittle Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Cool Springs Press for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

This is an excellent book, perfect for a beginner or advanced craftsman. I’d recommend it to anyone and it would make a great gift and community/school/family project.

I was intrigued by this book after having seen and used a Little Free Library and wondered how to make one. It’s an amazing concept. This book contains clear, easy to follow, step-by-step instruction with plenty of detailed photos. There are many designs and creative variations to choose from. Also included is how to build a tiny shed, which I thought was a nice addition to include in this book, both are perfect for storing garden supplies.

I was really hoping to participate in building one this summer so I can try it out first hand and include it in my review of the book, but will not be able to until further into next year, so be on the look out for more to come in an update!

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