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Upcycling Your Neighborhood Library

Recycling is often the center of attention when talking about environmental stewardship. But upcycling, the reuse of materials, is just as important. And in some ways, it can be more fun to do, which is why upcycling often consists of Pinterest-worthy DIY projects. Old clothes can be turned into elegant pillowcases or blankets, while old wine bottles can be transformed into elaborate household candles or d├ęcor.

Upcycling can even help you start your own library in your neighborhood. Wood from unwanted cabinets or desk drawers can be used to build a tiny library on your street where people can exchange books for free. Reusing materials rather than buying new ones for this project can reduce your carbon footprint and conserve environmental resources. Upcycling old materials also encourages you to get creative when building your little library.  

If you are unsure how to start building your little library, there are plenty of guides online you can follow step-by-step or use as a starting point. It can be an exciting challenge to see how much upcycled material you can use. This project doesn't have to be a solo adventure. Maximize the fun by getting your family and friends involved.

We can't wait to see what you create!

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