GYA Empowers Teens To Build Little Free Libraries – Part 2

LFL Pics Blog 2At the beginning of August 2015, a group of teens and a few wonderful volunteers started to build three Little Free Libraries to be placed in the City of Portsmouth, VA.

Three sessions later, after a can of stain, many nails and screws, caulk, adhesive, saw dust, pizza, burgers and more soda and cookies than we care to count, the project is complete.

The teens ranged from ages 11-16 and came together from various areas across Portsmouth. Hosted by the HER Shelter and sponsored by the Friends Of The Portsmouth Public Library, the group met over the course of three evenings to complete the project.

The young people built the outside using plywood, screwed together roofs and hammered on the shingles. They stained the inside and outside of the libraries, caulked the seams and fastened on the plexiglass windows and front doors.

The libraries built are now available to three communities to help get books to areas without easy access to a library. The roofs have been left untouched so that youth from those communities can decorate their own library to reflect their neighborhood.

This project is only just getting started with plans in the works to partner with other local groups serving teens across Portsmouth to build more libraries and help residents access more books.

If you’re interested in the Little Free Library project in Portsmouth or your local area, please reach out.

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