Little Libraries of KW and ME

Happy Monday, makers. DW here. I am super-delighted that my friends from Little Libraries of KW  are joining us at Maker Expo, this Saturday, September 19 from 10am to 6pm at Kitchener City Hall. For those of you not in the know, LLKW kits up parts and runs workshops to help people build their own Little Library: essentially a microwave-sized wooden house with a door. That house is typically mounted on a pole in front of your house by the sidewalk and is filled with books. The idea is to take-a-book/leave-a-book, promoting literacy and neighbourly conversation. It also promotes hands-on making and DIY creative expression as owners customize their Libraries.

In this video, LLKW instigator Tom Nagy invites you to come on down to Maker Expo and see what they’re up to. Polymath Tom exhibits the intersecting knowledge/skill/GSD domains of a maker’s maker. I first knew Tom’s name from back in the day when he wrote BlackBerry OS code when I was an apps developer. Then later we crossed paths as he worked hard to stand up The Jazz Room as both an organizer and musician. And here we find him helping people rev up their own makerly aspirations. Meta-making!

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Rounding out the LLKW crew (L-R): Trent Bauman, Juanita Metzger, with Tom Nagy. If you are doing pretty much *anything* in Waterloo Region, you are certain to cross paths with Trent and Juanita. They are the very definition of engaged community builders. Trent is co-owner of Menno S. Martin Contractor Ltd, in whose shop the Saturday morning build took place. He’s also served as President of the Board of Directors for House of Friendship. Juanita, also a co-owner at Menno S. Martin, works with the Region of Waterloo coordinating community engagement for the Crime Prevention Council. Both Trent and Juanita are avid cyclists, art collectors, and the nicest people you’ll meet.

I include all of this background info, as a prelude to my massive thanks to these three for stacking Maker Expo on their already-long to-do lists. If you join us at Maker Expo, but sure to thank an exhibiting maker. They rearrange their schedules to join us. They plan and provision and pack for the Expo. They show up and engage you. And then they cart all their stuff back to their shops afterward. All as volunteers, contributing to the community.

As I was driving up to St Jacobs for this shoot, I thought about how completely overlapping are our motivations and ethos between LLWK and Maker Expo: Get people making stuff. Get people talking to each other. Prosper.

Alright, click through for a semi-unreasonable number of photos from this build…

Oh, and be sure to join us on Saturday for the Expo. We are all makers. This is Waterloo Region.

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Makers Marissa and Brittany getting started.

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There are few things I love to photograph more than people in the places where they make. Tools!

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Mark Boughan checking out the LL plans.

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Rui and Kim Selva putting it all together. I mostly don’t interrupt people I photograph, but when you see kids making stuff you’re getting a glimpse of the future.

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This plans are online for your DIY pleasure. OSLL.

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Snaaaacks. Uh oh, I just realized that it looks like Maker Expo sponsored the snacks. We didn’t! Coffee, donuts, and plums courtesy of LLKW. I just didn’t know where else to put my cards.

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Still life.

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This is a great shop up in St Jacobs.

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Sonya Cosman, who in addition to building also wrangles emails and payment for LLKW. From experience I can tell you that is a critical and sometimes onerous responsibility.

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LL kits all stacked up for the next build session at 11:30am.

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Awesomely, the LLKW kits come pre-drilled with all the hinges, knobs, and acrylic window.

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Bill and Kim Anderson came back to build a second LL as a gift.

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Megan Despard in action.

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T ‘n’ T.

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Best no-look-photo of the week.

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Maker Kurtis Thomas is one of our awesome Maker Expo volunteers. High five!

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Meta Metzger.

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Can hardly wait for Saturday! Go to Maker Expo.

We are all makers. This is Waterloo Region.

DW

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