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Queen Anne now home to 19 Little Free Libraries – who will help us hit 20?

April 6th, 2014 by Laura

We are so close to hitting 20 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne! A little over a week ago, we got a tip via Twitter about a Little Free Library (LFL) on Queen Anne. It wasn’t one that we’d cataloged already in our online gallery or map – so I headed out with the pup to check it out in person.

The newest LFL is nestled just a few houses away from Mount Pleasant Cemetery on W Armour St, filling in a gap on the map between the LFL south of Rodgers Park and the LFL on northwest Queen Anne on Etruria St.

LFL Armour

Speaking of gaps, what’s up with southwest Queen Anne – are there really no LFLs west of Queen Anne Ave N and south of Galer St? I have yet to see one, but since I travel by foot, it’s easy to miss a new one popping up. As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know!

The map is below, and photos of all 19 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

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New Little Free Library is Queen Anne’s 18th LFL

February 26th, 2014 by Laura

We’re closing in on twenty Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne – surely that’s a Seattle neighborhood record? As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The map is below, and photos of all 18 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

The newest Little Free Library is at approximately 3612 12th Ave W, the house number is actually an 11th Ave W address, but the LFL is on the east side of 12th Ave W. The LFL’s steward wrote us to let us know about it, and shared some info on it as well.

First up, here’s the LFL itself, built by Seattle Urban Farm Co:

LFL 12th Ave

And, here’s some of the story behind it – you’ll notice the little dedication plaque for Hugo, just below the door. Hugo is the stewards’ Wire-Haired Fox Terrier who they lost last year after 17 loyal years.

LFL 12th Ave Plaque 2  LFL dog

According to the stewards, they hope the LFL will be a “a great way to interact with neighbors” and they’re hoping to add to the collection with something for everyone. It’s certainly a nice anchor on our map in NW Queen Anne!

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Newest Little Free Library brings Queen Anne total to 17

December 19th, 2013 by Laura

Over the weekend, a reader wrote in to let us know that they are the newest Little Free Library stewards on Queen Anne. This new LFL is at 211 Howe St, near Little Howe Park and the East Queen Anne playfield – a perfect location for this particular LFL. Why? The focus of this LFL is children’s books:

“Our LFL features beloved children’s books for children of all ages. We hope community members will help build our library by sharing children’s books that they love and that they will become regular patrons of our LFL.”

LFL Howe

As with all new LFLs, it can use a few books to build up a collection for sharing. If you have any children’s books you’re looking to swap out or donate, feel free to drop them off.

The map and gallery have been updated with all 17 LFLs on Queen Anne. The map (with photos) of the Queen Anne LFLs is below – click to navigate around the LFLs. The photo gallery also has pictures of all 17. Thanks to everyone who helps keep our LFL list up-to-date. And, if you know of a LFL that we’ve missed, let us know!

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Queen Anne Little Free Library count now at 16

November 24th, 2013 by Laura

Just a little over a year ago, Queen Anne had only two Little Free Libraries. We’ve been posting on new LFLs since then, and wow, they have multiplied! Since that first October 2012 post, we’ve tracked LFLs via spotting them around Queen Anne, reader tips, and owner emails, and Queen Anne now has 16 LFLs!

A year ago, double-digits seemed like a distant goal, and now we’re closing in on 20 LFLs. Perhaps the most in any Seattle neighborhood? If you’re interested in setting up your own LFL, check out the info here on setting one up and becoming a LFL steward. Let’s see if we can hit 20 or even more!

First up for our new LFLs is one at 444 Smith St. We actually captured this one back in September, but were busy searching for one near Bertona St too (if you know where the Bertona one is, please let us know). It’s located near the dead end of Smith St on East Queen Anne. If you’re on your way to or from the 7 way stop on 4th N, it’s practically on the way:

 LFL Smith St

Next up, a couple of LFLs I discovered on walks around the neighborhood. One sits directly across from Big Howe Park at 1811 3rd Ave W, the other at 1525 1st Ave N, just a block away from the businesses along Queen Anne Ave. So, whether you’ve found a sunny spot for reading at the park or want to stop by and pick up a book while shopping, you have options:

LFL 3rd Ave W LFL 1st Ave N

And, finally, the newest LFL on Queen Anne – it’s at 1821 9th Ave W, and its owner sent us the photo just this weekend. As you can see from the photo, it’s super-new, and needs some books! Stop by this new LFL if you have a book or two to share with the neighborhood:

 LFL 9th Ave W

The map (with photos) of the Queen Anne LFLs is below – click to navigate around the 16 LFLs. We’ve also updated the photo gallery with pictures of all of them. Thanks to everyone who helps keep our LFL list up-to-date. And, if you know of a LFL that we’ve missed, let us know!

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Past posts on other Queen Anne LFLs:
2531 2nd Ave W
510 Galer Street & 10 Raye Street
Garfield & 10th Ave W
Blaine & 8th Ave W and Etruria
4th Ave N & Hayes
10th Ave W & McGraw
Bigelow & Garfield and Aloha St
McGraw & 1st N and Boston & 2nd Ave W

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Queen Anne Little Free Libraries now at an even dozen

August 14th, 2013 by Laura

Back in June when we last updated our Little Free Libraries map, we were one LFL short of a dozen. A reader on Facebook tipped us to the twelfth – a LFL on 2nd Ave W that we’d missed. You can check out this LFL between Raye St and Smith St, it’s posted just above a white picket fence:

 LFL 2nd W & Raye

With the addition of #12, the map is now updated as well:

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You can check out all 12 LFLs in our online gallery, and if you spot one that’s not listed, or plan to become a steward of a new one, let us know!

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Queen Anne now home to eight Little Free Libraries

June 11th, 2013 by Laura

In our ongoing documentation and mapping of the Queen Anne Little Free Libraries (LFLs), readers have given us the heads up on two new or newish LFLs for our map. These tips came in a few weeks ago, but I was under the weather and unable to trek around the neighborhood – but, this weekend was the turnaround, so thanks to Mollie and Marlene for the tips!

First up, a LFL at roughly 841 W Etruria St (no address as it appears to be at the back of a home on 10th W). Tucked between 8th Ave W and 10th Ave W, this LFL provides a nice North Queen Anne spot on the map:

LFL Etruria

Next up, a fairly new LFL at 8th Ave W and Blaine St. Just off the Crown of Queen Anne, head down Blaine instead of looping around 8th W or heading up 7th W (depending on which direction you traverse the Crown), and you’ll see it at the bottom of the first cobblestone street:

LFL Blaine

That brings our total to 8 LFLs! If you spot one or know of one we haven’t captured on the map, just let us know and we’ll add it to the map. And, If you’re interested in setting up your own LFL, check out the info here on setting one up and becoming a LFL steward.

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Posts on our other LFLs:
4th Ave N & Hayes
10th Ave W & McGraw
Bigelow & Garfield and Aloha St
McGraw & 1st N and Boston & 2nd Ave W [note: no pictures due to a server change for QAV]

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New Little Free Library brings our Queen Anne total to a half-dozen

April 21st, 2013 by Laura

LFL 6This past week, a reader let us know via email that a new Little Free Library is up and open for business near the corner of Hayes and 4th Ave N.

I’ve been under-the-weather, but the sun finally came out this afternoon and I was up for a walk – so I swung by this new addition and snapped a shot. The new LFL is on the north side of Hayes St, just west of the corner of Hayes and 4th Ave N.

The new LFL brings our Queen Anne total to six. As you can see from the map, there are still pockets of North Queen Anne, the South slope/West Queen Anne, and Uptown without a Little Free Library. But, with rapid growth over the past 6 months, there’s hope for these spots as well. If you’re interested in setting up your own LFL, check out the info here on setting one up and becoming a LFL steward.

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If you know of a Little Free Library that hasn’t made our map or you install one of your own, let us know!

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And then there were five – another Little Free Library on Queen Anne

February 15th, 2013 by Laura

Little Free Library, 10th Ave W & McGraw St

As reported on Wednesday, I found not one, but two new Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne – and it turns out there’s another one at 10th Ave W and McGraw St, bringing our neighborhood total to five. A reader tipped us to this West Queen Anne Little Free Library after seeing the post, and I headed over and snapped a shot of it. (thanks, Brian!)

To keep track of our Little Free Libraries, I’ve created a map so that you can locate the one closest to you. And, if you’re interested in your own Little Free Library, looks like we could use a couple to cover the South slope and North Queen Anne, and another on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown would be great… but there’s always room for more in other areas too! Click on the map below for a larger and more interactive map:

Check out the site for details on setting up your own Little Free Library – registration costs $34.95 and here’s what the organization provides in its Steward’s Kit:

  • A Getting Started packet full of tips and outreach tools
  • Little Free Library official brochure
  • One bumper sticker
  • One page each of Recommended Reads bookplates and book binder labels you can copy or print
  • Exclusive access to templates and artwork that you can download and customize – book binder labels, bookmarks, fliers, stickers and bookplates
  • Eligibility for free new books donated by publishers for the cost of shipping and handling only when books are available
  • Special prices on other Little Free Library-related products as they become available
  • Many other free items, resources, connections and opportunities to help you have fun with your Little Library and keep people engaged

In addition to the Steward’s Kit, you also get an official charter sign, number, and a spot on the Little Free Library world map. Plus, they have building tips and designs too. If you decide to host your own Little Free Library, or if you see one not listed on our map, let us know.

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Two new Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne

February 13th, 2013 by Laura

Today on my walk around the neighborhood, I spotted not one, but two new Little Free Libraries. They both have great selections of reading material and bring our total of Little Free Libraries to four – three on Upper Queen Anne and one on Lower Queen Anne.

First up, the one at Bigelow and Garfield. This is the younger of the two, as it isn’t even on the list of Little Free Libraries yet. But, it has a great selection of reading materials and it’s on the Crown of Queen Anne, so it’s sure to be popular with people who walk the popular route (and maybe run too, although personally I can’t imagine carrying a book while running).

Next up, a Little Free Library on Aloha, between 2nd Ave N and Warren Ave N.  This one has been around since January, and is fully stocked – if you haven’t read “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” yet, they have a copy. Plus, it’s conveniently located for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown residents, and the owner has even provided some pavers to access it mud-free.

Our other two Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are still going strong. If you haven’t checked them out yet, the first one is on 2nd Ave W between Boston and Crockett, and the second one is on McGraw between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave N.

If you spot a new Little Free Library, let us know!

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