Sep 12, 2012 1:21 PM by KATC

Students build little libraries

UL Lafayette architecture students were challenged to design and build tiny libraries: big enough to hold a dozen or so books. About 40 of these little libraries will be placed in Lafayette neighborhoods to encourage interaction among residents and to foster a love of reading.

The Little Free Library movement began in 2010, when Todd Bol, a resident of Hudson, Wis., built a miniature model of library and installed it on his front lawn. He built it to honor his late mother, who had been teacher and an avid reader. The idea has caught on in a big way: the front-lawn libraries are now found in thousands of communities across the United States and in other countries, as well.

Bol will be on campus tomorrow, when UL Lafayette faculty, architecture professionals and representatives from the Lafayette Parish Library System will judge students' designs in a competition sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. About 90 UL Lafayette students are competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. Each student has adopted a particular book as a theme for his or her little library.



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