Library Builds 'Barn' with Old Children's Books

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), July 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

Library Builds 'Barn' with Old Children's Books


Byline: Phil Collins pcollins@dailyherald.com

Library patrons may be accustomed to being surrounded by books, but books do not usually make up the roof above their heads, or the walls around them for that matter.

The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich found a creative way to reuse some discarded childrens books, using them along with some wood to build a book barn for children to read in.

The barn is big enough for a child to comfortably sit inside and read. Its located in the childrens area of the library. About 600 childrens books were used to build the barn.

"We weed books on an ongoing basis to make room for new books and (discarded books) usually go into the book sale," said Mary Beth Campe, the librarys executive director.

A childrens librarian saw a similar structure in another library featured in a library publication and thought it would be a good way to use discarded materials.

The books face outward, so a variety of colors and characters adorn the exterior of the barn. …

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