One of our principals, Bob Rumpl, AIA, CSI, collaborated with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (the Library) to develop a design for the Buffalo Architecture Foundation’s 2017 Little Free Library® Design Build Competition.

Winners were announced September 27 with the Library’s entry being selected to receive a stipend of $300 to fabricate and install their entry. Six winners were selected from 24 submissions received from 4 countries and 7 states. 

The Library’s design is titled “Reading Tree.” The Tree is formed through the reuse of an old vertical locker unit, with a plexiglas door and shelving. The roof of the Library will be decorated with living plants. Anchored by a cement base, the Little Library will accommodate over 50 books of all shapes and sizes for children, teens and adults. Space will be allocated for library/literacy information in the form of bookmarks and flyers. 

Librarian Kara Stock will oversee the development of the Reading Tree with input from the Library’s Graphics Department and Launch Pad Makerspace. Library patrons will be provided the opportunity to participate in the artwork and painting of the Tree. 

The Library Tree is expected to be installed in the Library’s “Reading Park,” which is planned for the green space adjacent to the downtown Central Library located at Lafayette Square in the spring of 2018.