Little Free Library Competition: St. Louis Designweek & SPACE

by Debbie Monterrey dcmonterrey@cbs.com

UPDATED

The judging of the Little Free Libraries competition at SPACE Architecture + Design was much harder than one might expect. So many cute, clever, interesting entries. All the of submissions will be given to Gateway Greening to be installed around the City and will be maintained by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for neighborhood outreach.

Second place went to ITC (Image Technologies Corp.) of Brentwood.

2nd place: ITC of Brentwood (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)

2nd place: ITC of Brentwood (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)

The Spirit of St. Louis award went to Habitat for Humanity for their efforts building both homes for those in need and now libraries to feed people’s minds!

Habitat for Humanity with their Spirit of St. Louis Award (L to R: Amy Determan, Bill Goodrich, Kimberly McKinney, Jenny Hawley) Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Habitat for Humanity with their Spirit of St. Louis Award (L to R: Amy Determan, Bill Goodrich, Kimberly McKinney, Jenny Hawley) Photo by Debbie Monterrey

And first place, with a super cool Dr. Seuss “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” theme, complete with quotes and quirky design, went to Forum Studio. The team featured in their photo above: Faith Feng, Megan Wilker, Andrew Stith, Tim Sandweg, James O’Mara and Danielle Smith.

1st Place: Forum Studio

1st Place: Forum Studio

It was officially my first St. Louis DesignWeek event and I thank SPACE for including me!

Keep your eyes open for these libraries to pop up around town.

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Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the community and the country. Little boxes on fence posts, in front of businesses, on street corners. The idea is to take a book to read and love and, hopefully, leave one for someone else.

In St. Louis, some of the Free Little Libraries will be used as community outreach tools by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

SPACE Architecture + Design is hosting a Little Free Library competition as part of St. Louis DesignWeek 2016 and is inviting any and all to build one! Get creative!

Entries will be unveiled at a celebration on October 6th and judges (including me) will select Best in Show, People’s Choice and Spirit of St. Louis winners.

But all the libraries are winners because they’ll be installed around St. Louis City by Gateway Greening and used/maintained by the St. Louis Police Department.

For more on the competition:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-free-library-design-build-competition-tickets-27148775719

 

SPACE Architecture + Design (Photo courtesy of SPACE)

SPACE Architecture + Design (Photo courtesy of SPACE)

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