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Call for Artists! Design and Construct a Little Free Library

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The University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is launching a Little Free Library as part of its larger Literacy In Action” campaign. This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging or established local artists to gain exposure around their work while contributing to the improvement of literacy in our City. Artists of all backgrounds and skill-levels are encouraged to submit proposals for the design and construction of a Little Free Library that will travel” to various locations around Ann Arbor next year. 

More about the Little Library: 
Little Free Libraries promote a love of reading through free book exchanges. The idea began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother. He filled it with books and placed it on his front lawn with a sign that read Free Books.” Numerous Little Free Libraries have since popped up across the country, providing greater access to books and fostering a sense of community as citizens utilize a shared public resource. 

Proposals should be limited to one-page and include:
—An overview of your concept;
—Proposed size, weight, and materials to be used (specifications to help you think about this are included below);
—Cost to design and construct;
—Timeline for completion of full design, construction, and delivery. 

Deadline: January 15, 2014 5PM 

Proposals should be emailed to: aslovin@​umich.​edu
SUBJECT of email: Little Free Library Proposal 
Specifications to consider: (Little Libraries typically are…)
—Size: 20X21X22 inches
—Weight: 40 pounds (including the post that goes into the ground)
—Materials: Typically wood, but we encourage you to think creatively about this! Preference will be given to submissions that utilize recycled, sustainable materials; materials that are cost effective; and materials that are weather-treated and able to withstand rain, snow and ice.
—Concept: We encourage you to think creatively and interpret this in ways that reflect your individual skills and passions! 

For more photos of Little Libraries: http://​www​.pin​ter​est​.com/​l​t​l​f​r​e​e​l​i​brary

For more information about the Ginsberg Center: http://​www​.gins​berg​.umich​.edu
Questions about this proposal should be directed to: Abby Fanelli, Assistant Director for Outreach and Communications, Ginsberg Center aslovin@​umich.​edu