We raised over $600! Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who bid on a Little Library!  We raised over $600 to go towards keeping our not-for-profit program running!

The winners are:

Gina Osborne – $300

Crysta Stephenson – $175

Beverly Tyhurst – $140
We’ll be in touch with the winners soon to arrange drop-off/pick-up.  Thanks to everyone who participated!
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Top bids so far…

Hi folks,

As promised in the previous post on our auction, here are the top three bids on the fully-assembled gable-style libraries:

Gina Osborne – $300
Crysta Stephenson – $160
Beverly Tyhurst – $140
Please keep the bids coming – remember that you are supporting a non-profit venture that’s doing good things in your community, plus you’re getting a fully-assembled Little Library!
Please see this post on how the auction works and how to bid.  The auction closes this coming Friday – don’t leave it until the last minute!
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Auction for fully-assembled Little Libraries!

It’s an auction! We have 3 fully-assembled gable-style Little Libraries available, and instead of waiting until our next build (in the spring), we’re going to auction them off. All proceeds will go *directly* into the activities of the Little Libraries of KW.

The folks at Menno Martin and I have been subsidizing the manufacturing of each and every kit to date – we and others (Sonya!) have been volunteering our time as well. We don’t begrudge a single penny that we’ve spent, but domain names, tools, screws, doorknobs, hinges, banners, poster boards, etc etc, all cost money. We would love to get the help of the wider Little Libraries community to keep this project on solid footing!

Here’s how this will work. PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BELOW – if you bid without reading the rules below, you will make me sad. Please don’t make me sad.

  1. We have 3 fully-assembled gable-style libraries available. If you would like one, please send your bid, along with your name, mailing address and phone number, to info@LLKW.ca
  2. We encourage people to participate! Companies and organizations are also welcome to bid! We will post the names of the winners of the auction, so this could be a nice promotional opportunity.
  3. The minimum bid is $90 for a library.
  4. You may bid multiple times. Unless you make it clear that you want more than one library, I will assume that you only want one library, and that your HIGHEST bid is your actual bid. So you can raise your bid, but you can’t lower it. Please don’t make a bid that you can’t afford.
  5. On Friday, November 20th, one week from today, the top 3 bids received will be posted publicly. This will give everyone an opportunity to raise their bids if they like.
  6. The bidding deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, November 27th, 2 weeks from today. We will post the winning bidders on our website and Facebook page (once they have paid and picked up their libraries) – we can leave your name as “anonymous” if you prefer.
  7. The top bidder gets to pick which Little Library they want of the three.
  8. The libraries are undecorated, so that you can paint them yourselves. Alternately, artist and graphic designer Andrea Deering, of Add Studio Graphic Design + Marketing, has offered to donate her services to decoratively paint the winning libraries for anyone who wants one fully painted – each auction winner gets to choose which way to go.
  9. We will deliver the winning libraries to anywhere in Waterloo Region.  If you are from outside the area, please contact us at info@LLKW.ca before bidding, to discuss pickup options.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t bid if you don’t intend to follow through with payment!

Once again, neither Menno Martin nor I will be pocketing any of this money – it will be going towards keeping kit prices as low as possible so that everyone can participate and towards incidental expenses (marketing, tools, parts).

Thank you for reading all of this – please let me know if you have questions, and happy bidding!

Thanks,
Tom, for LLKW

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September 12th build! Now full!

Hi everyone,

** UPDATE: this build is now full!  But please feel free to still email Sonya, as below, to get on the waiting list.  You never know if someone will cancel, and it will get you an advance notification for our next build, whenever that may happen. **

Our next build will be on September 12th, with 2 shifts: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. You can also pick up a kit from us to take home if you’d prefer.  The kits are $50 cash or cheque (made out to Tom Nagy) – payable at the build.  There’s no extra cost to participate in the build (vs taking home the kit).

The build will happen at the Menno Martin Contractor shop in St Jacobs, as before – 1185 King Street N, right near the southern boundary of St Jacobs on King Street.

If you have a powered screwdriver or drill (cordless will be much easier to use), please bring it along!  We have a few for folks to share if you don’t have one.  Everything else that you need for the build will be provided.  You will end up with a lovely little library which you can then caulk, paint, roof and install at your leisure.

Please email Sonya at builds@LLKW.ca with the following info:

1) Your name, and an email address that you check regularly – I can’t emphasize this enough!  We need to be able to correspond with you if plans change.  You will also get a confirmation email within a few days.

2) Which shift you would prefer (9:30 AM or 11:30 AM), and whether you can make the other shift if your first choice is full.  If you’d like to pick up a kit instead (between 10 AM and noon), please indicate that.  (You can send someone else to pick up your kit if you can’t make it)

3) Which style of little library you’d like (gable or shed – click here to see the styles).

Don’t delay!  The folks on the waiting list got first dibs, so the builds are almost half full already!  If you’d like to be on the waiting list for a future build, please email Sonya at builds@LLKW.ca and let her know.

And if you’re not already on our LLKW Facebook group, just click on the Facebook Group link in the “Links” section over on the right, and you can join in on the discussion with 867 other folks (at last count!).

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July 18 Community Build! – it’s full!

UPDATE: We’ve filled up this build – thanks to everyone for their interest and enthusiasm!  If you’d like to have first dibs on our next community build, please email Sonya at builds@LLKW.ca and ask to be put on the waiting list.  Thanks again!

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Hi everyone,

We have a build scheduled for July 18th, with 2 shifts: 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. You can also pick up a kit from us to take home if you’d prefer.  The kits are $50 cash or cheque (made out to Tom Nagy) – payable at the build.  There’s no extra cost to participate in the build (vs taking home the kit), and we just may have free coffee for you!

The build will happen at the Menno Martin Contractor shop in St Jacobs, as before – 1185 King Street N, right near the southern boundary of St Jacobs on King Street.

If you have a powered screwdriver or drill (cordless will be much easier to use), please bring it along!  We have a few for folks to share if you don’t have one.  Everything else that you need for the build will be provided.  You will end up with a lovely little library which you can then caulk, paint, roof and install at your leisure.

Please email Sonya at builds@LLKW.ca with the following info:

1) Your name, and an email address that you check regularly – I can’t emphasize this enough!  We need to be able to correspond with you if plans change.  You will also get a confirmation email within a few days.

2) Which shift you would prefer (9:30 AM or 11:30 AM), and whether you can make the other shift if your first choice is full.  If you’d like to pick up a kit instead (between 10 AM and noon), please indicate that.  (You can send someone else to pick up your kit if you can’t make it)

3) Which style of little library you’d like (gable or shed – click here to see the styles).

Don’t delay!  The folks on the waiting list got first dibs, so the builds are almost half full already!  If you’d like to be on the waiting list for a future build, please email Sonya at builds@LLKW.ca and let her know.

And if you’re not already on our LLKW Facebook group, just click on the Facebook Group link in the “Links” section over on the right, and you can join in on the discussion with 781 other folks (at last count!).

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May 30th Community Build – waiting list

UPDATE 2: WE’RE ALL FILLED UP! If you would like to be on a waiting list, please email Sonya as below, and she will sign you up. Being on the waiting list means:

* we will let you know if anyone cancels
* we will give you first crack at signing up for our next build (date TBD).

Thank you to everyone who signed up, apologies to those who didn’t get in.

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UPDATE: The 9:30 shift is full, but we are opening an 11:30 shift now.  When you email, please let Sonya know that you are signing up for the 11:30 shift, so that she can slot you in straight away.

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The Internet lines are now open – we are ready to take sign-ups for the build at 9:30 AM on Saturday May 30th, at the Menno S. Martin Contractor world headquarters (1185 King Street North, St. Jacobs).  The cost is $50, including all taxes.  Please bring cash at the time of pickup, or a cheque made out to Tom Nagy.

TO SIGN UP:

If you would like to participate in the build, or pick up a kit on that day, please email our trusty build administrator Sonya at: build@LLKW.ca Please provide the following information: 1. Your name and an email address that you check regularly (including the day before the build, in case we have to change plans) 2. Whether you would like a gable-style library or a shed-style library. 3. Whether you will be building with us (9:30 start), or taking a kit home and building on your own (pickup between 10 and 11:30 AM on May 30th). You will receive a confirmation email within a couple of days. There will be only a limited number of kits – once they’re gone, you’ll have to wait for the next build. Annnnnnd… go!

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Welcome back!

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! We live in exciting times! We have not one but TWO builds in May!

May 23 – this build is being run by Idea Exchange (the public library in Preston) and will take place at their location in Preston. More details are available here:
http://ideaexchange.org/sites/default/files/adultprograms.pdf
Please note that the cost in the flyer is incorrect: the kits are $50 including HST.

May 30 – this will be a regular community build at Menno Martin’s shop in St Jacobs. We will have registration open within a few days – just have some logistical questions to figure out first. But mark your calendars!

Kits for building at home will be available for pickup on May 30th – we will have details on pre-ordering those soon, as well.

Once again – registration is NOT yet open for the May 30th build, nor for kit pickups. You will hear from us soon about both of those – stay tuned!

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