We started our little free library back in December 2021 as a Christmas gift for my wife, an avid book reader, from me and my son. My wife is, in fact, one of those kinds of people that I think has read every book, no matter how obscure. I'll mention a big and she'll say "yes, I read that!" Now she has a place to put old books that she's read an wants to share with others!
My neighbor owns a technology company for which he created a new device that allows people to chat with others just by scanning a QR code. So we set up the QR code on our library and now people who come to check out our books can also communicate with us without having to give us their phone numbers. It's great! We take requests, answer questions, and since it's not a densely populated area, the communication is definitely manageable! The service costs $36/year.
On the same day we added his device, we "blinged" out the library with some solar fairy lights and a dome sensor light - so you can visit the library after dark in the winter months now (and even if you're a night owl in the summer months). My neighbor and daughter "engineered" the solution together, and the result was really cool!
The bling was not expensive - I linked to a couple in the description, but I've seen the dome sensor light for as low as $4, and the fairy lights for as little as $12.
We loved doing this project, and it's a nice way to share books with our community. Happy to be sharing on Hackster.io, but the reward has been seeing more kids in our neighborhood with their eyes buried in books that were originally part of our library!
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