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The Ozark Literacy Council, in collaboration with the NWA American Institute of Architects, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture presents: 

Little Free Library: Building Literacy. Building Community. Learn more about how to become a sponsor.

 

Join us to bring professional and student designed Little Free Libraries to Northwest Arkansas. Little Free Libraries are part of a worldwide movement that offer free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. Utilizing their “take a book – return a book” approach, these libraries act as gathering sites where neighbors and visitors share their favorite literature and stories. They strengthen community and foster discovery, curiosity, and a love of reading for all ages.

Proceeds from the project will support OLC’s educational and outreach programs. OLC is a nonprofit organization that has been providing free basic literacy and language services to adults in Northwest Arkansas for 50 years.

Ozark Literacy Council strives to ensure that all people in Washington County possess literacy and language skills that enhance their lives and empower them to become fully participating members of the community. Last year OLC served nearly 300 individuals with four levels of tutoring and classes in Adult Basic Literacy and ESL that included curriculum in language, civic, financial, health, and workforce literacy. OLC’s tutors are trained volunteers who offer their time to give students a chance to learn and improve reading, spelling, grammar, writing, pronunciation, and conversational English skills.

The Little Free Library movement began in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks with a handful of Little Libraries built and installed in Wisconsin. The libraries quickly grew in numbers and popularity and led to the establishment of Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults, and libraries around the world. Today it is recognized as a global, grassroots movement that comprises about 25,000 libraries worldwide.

Project timeline:

October 16 @ 7 p.m. – design competition winners announced at Arkansas AIA convention in Hot Springs

November 20 – Little Free Library Preview Party and Kick Off Event, Vol Walker Hall, U of A Campus

June 4 – Little Free Library Gala at the Fayetteville Town Center

Participating Designers:

BRR Architecture

Harrison French & Associates

Key Architecture

McGoodwin, Williams & Yates

Marlon Blackwell Architects

Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects

Modus Studio

PB2 Architecture and Engineering

Polk, Stanley, Wilcox Architects

Skiles Architect

Stuart Fulbright, garden architect, inc.

 OLC would like to congratulate our competition winners.
In addition to our top scored entries, there were many other wonderful entries. The competition was close! Learn more about how to become a sponsor!

 

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1st place winner is
‘Take a Moment’

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2rd place is awarded to
‘Pequena Bibliotecha’

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3rd place is awarded to
  ‘The Book Shed’

 

 Additional LFL Concepts

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Speed Reading
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LIT
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Read It Feed It
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Cantilever

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The Book Bike

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Literacy Beacon

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Turn the Page
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Lantern
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Plot Twist
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The OLC Book Kiosk
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Spore
PERSPECTIVE
Books Rock
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The Book Booth

Sponsor one of the Libraries above!