McGuckin Hardware Launches Little Free Libraries for Boulder Area

McGuckin Hardware will host a workshop and book swap to launch a fleet of Little Free Libraries throughout the Front Range area.

Boulder, CO—August 8, 2014—McGuckin Hardware, a Colorado community icon since 1955, is pleased to announce a build day for Little Free Libraries, the worldwide movement of community “book boxes” that promote literacy and let neighbors share their favorite books.

“We aim to be part of this huge movement of books and ideas,” said McGuckin Builder’s Hardware Manager Bill Gendreau.  “Literacy is an important part of any community.”

Locals interested in putting a Little Free Library in their neighborhood, about 20 participants in all, signed up with a deposit through McGuckin Hardware, who will have the ready-to-assemble book box kits for the Saturday “build day” workshop, as well as the tools, instructions and advice necessary to construct and place them in communities.

3 Painted Ladies, a Loveland-based company that makes premium recycled latex paint, will provide each participant with a complementary mini jar of nature-friendly paint to use on their library.

“We are excited to partner with McGuckin Hardware for the Build Your Own Little Free Library workshop,” said Karen Murray Boston, owner of 3 Painted Ladies.  “Earth Girl Paint, a 100 percent recycled content paint, is a perfect fit for a project like this and especially for the guests of McGuckin!”

The August 23rd workshop will also feature a book swap to take place on the south side of the store, giving an opportunity for people to start the “take a book, leave a book” tradition, and to begin filling their Little Libraries with a diverse selection of literature.

“It will be fun,” Gendreau said. “Sharing books—regardless of age—just spreads the wealth.”

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About McGuckin Hardware

McGuckin Hardware is an independent, family-owned hardware store in Boulder, Colorado, employing an average of 285 people and stocking nearly 200,000 items in 18 departments. The store, founded in 1955, is based on product selection and customer service, and is known to be friendly to leashed dogs, DIY projects, entrepreneurs and the emerging Maker culture. It is referred to as the largest independent hardware store in the United States.

About Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a worldwide movement, started in 2009, to promote reading for children, literacy for adults, and libraries by building free book exchanges –using different skills, creativities and wisdoms.  Their goal is to introduce the book boxes in as many communities as possible and keep books circulating for maximum pleasure and use.