It’s my party and I’ll give if I want to…..
My 45th birthday is on Tuesday, shhhh I’m still trying to become 7! My work schedule this coming week is pretty busy, so if I was doing anything for my birthday it was going to have to be today.
Last night, I decided what I wanted for my birthday. I wanted books. Kids books. Not for me, but for the 7’s out there. Lately, on my drive to work I have been passing a Little Free Library that was nearly empty. It was outside of a school and I felt strongly something needed to be done about it.
The Little Free Library is a simple concept. 1) Take a book. 2) Leave a book. It is an honor system within the community. It is actually a global movement and they are everywhere, you just have to know what to look for.
I did a little googlefu and found out there are over 21 free libraries in Modesto, CA. I made a list of all the addresses. Next I went to mapquest and used their trip planner. You can enter up to 26 stops and it will give you the best route to take.
My husband and I then drove around scouting the locations to get an idea of how many books we NEEDED. We also discussed where we were going to find all these books.
I woke up nice and early this morning without an alarm clock. I went to our first pick. OMG, This was so meant to be. All books were on sale for 10 for $1 …. are you kidding me? I took a shopping cart and filled it with kids books.
By purchasing the books from the Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Store, I was giving twice. Once by making a purchase that benefits our local hospice services. The second obviously by distributing the books around town.
This is what about 300 books look like.
We did one minor detour from the route Mapquest suggested. We knew of two locations that had zero to almost zero books. We decided they were a priority and went to them first.
First up was 2908 Coffee Road
Bebita had heard rumors that there are websites dedicated to dogs on roofs. At first she thought our stop at 1911 Toyton was just for that. She quickly found out that I had a different idea.
I think this looks much better.
After the first two stops, we reverted to the Mapquest suggested route.
808 Aspirations Court was where Bebita finally began to understand the concept of the Little Free Libraries.
Next up was 3421 Gagosian Ct
1980 Fisher Road was tricky. When we went out last night using the gps, we ended up going down a dirt road leading to someones driveway. We almost didn’t go back, but being as it was my birthday present and all, Bart humored me.
1980 Fisher Road was the largest one we saw. It was immaculate and most of the books appeared to be new. So, how did we miss it the night before? It isn’t down Fisher Road. It is on the cross street of Shoemake in front of an orchard. If you turn down Fisher Road, you are just not going to find it.
1135 N Rosemore Ave
We were unable to locate anything resembling a little free library.
1580 Normandy Dr
315 Hackberry made me smile
520 Olive Ave made me smile. When I think of the Little Free Libraries, I think of children. A lot of the Little Free Libaries are perched too high for young children to access the books with ease. I like the multi level concept because the 5-7 crowd can pick a book on their own.
720 Griswold Ave was simply fun. The property is decorated in a magical way.
128 E Roseburg Ave also had a very creative and cute case.
1408 Stetson Ave is actually maintained by a local Girl Scouts Troop.
If only they had a cookie booth set up outside…..hmmmm me need Girl Scout Cookies
Less then a block away at 1432 Stetson Ave was a second Little Free Library
1338 Cypress Ave has one as well. There used to be the word BOOKS on the top of the library but I don’t remember seeing it there today.
1320 Celeste Dr is inside doctors office. Because it was a Sunday, we missed them.
2504 Boston Way had a fun feel to it.
1308 Turquoise looked like a bird house and was decorated for St Patrick’s Day.
3105 Fredricksburg way was simply adorable!
4316 E Orangeburg also had a bench. I really like the idea of a bench for people to stop and look at a book at.
2905 Penny Lane Apt A was in a closed, gated community. We could not visually see the Little Free Library from the fences.
Our last stop was at 400 Capistrano Dr. It is a school. Unfortunately it is completely fenced in and gated. The gates had locks. We were unable to access the Library.
The following Libraries are ones we missed in our initial research.
I am not sure how we missed 2421 Leonatus Ave in our research but it looks pretty.
We also missed the Robertson Road Parent Resource Center Little Free Library which was a young man’s Eagle Scout project.
We didn’t find an address for the Little Free Library on Goldfield Dr.
Our research also missed 818 Encina
I hope you all enjoyed my party! If you know of any other locations, be sure to drop a note in the comments.