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A Library On Every Block: Build Your Own 'Free Little Library' This Weekend

By Linze Rice | April 19, 2017 5:19am
 Three Free Little Libraries that can all be found along just one street in Edgewater.
Three Free Little Libraries that can all be found along just one street in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — Community members in the 48th Ward and beyond are invited to join in building and decorating personalized "Free Little Libraries" during a community build day in Edgewater this weekend

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, organizers with Edgewater Reads will be on the lawn at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., to help residents put together the wooden boxes that house shelves full of donated books throughout the neighborhood. 

For residents in the ward, the libraries are free, and for those coming in from surrounding neighborhoods there is a cost of $75.

Some materials will be provided for the construction, but organizers ask participants to bring as many tools as possible, as well as another person to help with the construction.

In the last few years, the free, take-a-book/leave-a-book, handmade miniature libraries have blossomed across the North Side, in particular in Edgewater, which now has more than 50 sprinkled across lawns, beaches, businesses and elsewhere. 

RSVP for Saturday's event by emailing twelchky@gmail.com or taylor@48thward.org.