Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne hit 30
In the past 2 weeks, I’ve passed two new Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne, bringing our grand total to 30! They seem to be popping up quickly around the neighborhood, faster than I can travel via foot, so let us know if you find one that’s not on the map.
These two new LFLs fill in little gaps on the map. The first one I found is tucked away on a dead end portion of 2nd Ave N, right near a public staircase that connects to Prospect. Nestled between the staircase and Ward St, this LFL will certainly serve readers who climb up and down the hill via staircases:
Then, just this week, I spotted a new LFL on the corner of W Smith St and 7th Ave W, on the Smith side, across from Coe Elementary:
The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 30 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.
If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!
Two new Little Free Libraries brings Queen Anne total to 28
Not one, but two Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne since we spotted #25 back in March. A reader tipped us to one on 9th Ave W (thanks Katie!), and on the way to document (aka photograph) the LFL, I found another one on 5th Ave W. Both help fill the gap on the map near Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Plus, a group of businesses on McGraw St have put up a Little Free Library in front of their shared building – so that’s 28 LFLs total on Queen Anne! Could 30 be in our near future?
Here’s the rundown of the new LFLs:
11 W McGraw St – Sun Elemental Healing Arts:
The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 28 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.
If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!
New Queen Anne Little Free Library is number 25
If you’re looking for a creative group walk or bike ride this Spring, consider a Queen Anne Little Free Library tour – we now have 25 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne, and pretty much whatever part of the neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re not too far from an LFL.
I spotted the newest Little Free Library on a sunny walk yesterday. It’s at the corner of Smith and 3rd Ave W, and as I was documenting it (aka photographing it while keeping my dog patiently waiting), a patron stopped by and took a book as she walked down the hill toward SPU. It has a pretty robust selection of contemporary fiction and sits along a high-traffic walking route for SPU students and residents alike.
The current map is below, and photos of all 25 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.
If you have an organization or group that puts together a tour de LFLs, let us know. And, as always, if you if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! Happy reading!
New Little Free Library brings Queen Anne tally up to 23
Two weeks ago, we posted about a new kid-focused Little Free Library that was number 22 on our map. As always, we put out the call to readers to keep an eye out for LFLs we may have missed – and, a tip came in that day about another LFL (thanks, Justin!).
It took a while to get this LFL posted as the Fall weather just wasn’t cooperating for a trek to track it down. But, we’ve finally captured it on the map and uploaded it to our LFL gallery.
This LFL helps fill in a long-empty gap on the southwest side of the hill. Its paint matches the steward’s house, and per a reader on Facebook, the artwork is a Coast Salish Native American design. Plus, it sits next to a very-cool lamppost. You can find this LFL at the corner of 3rd Ave W and W Lee St:
And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 23 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.
Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map
It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.
Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.
This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.
Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)
Vandalized Queen Anne Little Free Library featured on KOMO
Last Friday, we published a post on the first Queen Anne Little Free Library, and how it fell victim to vandals overnight. On Monday, a reporter from KOMO asked us to connect the station with the LFL steward so they could run a story on the vandalism.
The segment aired on last night’s KOMO news broadcast, and since then, we’ve already received an email from a local Vietnam veteran who’s offered to fix the LFL for free. The vandalism is only part of the story, the LFL is a memorial to the steward’s late husband, who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
If you happen to find the message book that the vandals ripped off the LFL, please let us know. It includes hand-written messages to the LFL that are irreplaceable.
Click below to see the KOMO feature:
Queen Anne’s first Little Free Library falls prey to vandalism
Queen Anne is a great place for Little Free Libraries – loved by our community, each with its own personality. So, get ready to get mad… someone vandalized our neighborhood’s first LFL on 2nd Ave W last night.
In the before and after pictures of the side of the LFL, you can see that the little window message box that held the journal was torn off, along with the trim surrounding it.
To add insult to injury, they also knocked over a birdbath planter in the garden space surrounding the LFL.
If you find the missing message box, please let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the owner.
A police report will be filed today. In addition to last night’s vandalism, the steward and her neighbor both had items stolen off their front porches back on June 5.
Sadly, the warmer weather seems to coincide with an uptick in crimes on Queen Anne. We’re putting together a June crime roundup based on SPD reports. If you have been the victim of a crime, let us know. All tips will remain anonymous.
Please remember: report all crimes both large and small to SPD. For crimes like car prowls and items stolen from porches/backyards, you can use the online SPD tool to report it. As always, if you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.
Planning a Little Free Library? Enter the Architecture for Humanity LFL competition
Queen Anne is home to 21 Little Free Libraries, but there’s always room for more! This summer, LFL creators can enter the Architecture for Humanity Seattle’s Libraries on the Loose design competition. The competition is open to individuals, teams, and businesses across Seattle. Wouldn’t it be great to see a Queen Anne LFL win?
If you’re interested in entering the competition, you need to first register with Architects Without Borders – Seattle. Then, design, build, install, and submit documentation for your LFL to compete against other Seattle LFLs. Additionally, you’ll need to submit digital and physical documentation of the LFL.
Some tips – the maximum budget cannot exceed $150, and additional criteria include adaptability, assembly, community, and creativity.
- Registration Deadline – August 1st
- Submissions Deadline – August 27th at 1pm
- Judging – September 6th
- Winners Announced: Grand Prize – September 6th; People’s Choice – September 14th
- Exhibits: September 6th – 7th during the Seattle Design Festival’s Design Block and September 13th – 14th during the Seattle Design Festival Conference
If you’ve been on the fence about becoming a Little Free Library steward, here’s your opportunity to showcase your creativity and our neighborhood. If you enter the competition, be sure to let us know (and send photos!).
Edited for correction: contest is sponsored by Architecture for Humanity Seattle.
Queen Anne Little Free Libraries hit the roaring twenties
But, thanks to Queen Anne Presbyterian Church, our LFLs are now firmly in the twenties! The church has not one, but two new LFLs, bringing our neighborhood total to 21.
Up first is the LFL on 5th Ave W, in front of the church. It’s stocked with adult books, both fiction and non-fiction:
And, here’s #21, an LFL with a focus on children’s books. Not only is this LFL kid-specific, but the inaugural stocking of books was done by Queen Anne Presbyterian kids:
Queen Anne now home to 19 Little Free Libraries – who will help us hit 20?
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.
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.