West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library answers the call

We feature new Little Free Libraries as they pop up around West Seattle, as we hear about them – and today, Rose Sheppard from the Building Committee at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation sends word and pic of theirs, and its designer:

On October 4th, our Little Free Library was installed. Designed and built by congregant John Monahan, we love the Dr Who phone booth motif. It’s a perfect model! We are sure it’s the best British phone booth on this side of the Atlantic Ocean – and much more useful.

We are very grateful to John and proud to have such a distinctive Little Free Library structure on the south side (Othello St.) of our church property at 7141 California Ave SW.

24 Replies to "West Seattle's newest Little Free Library answers the call"

  • Lillian October 5, 2014 (2:50 pm)

    love it!

  • H. October 5, 2014 (3:11 pm)

    Erm…Dr Who’s iconic box is blue, and is a police box, not a phone booth! But this Little Free Library is still indeed very attractive!

    • WSB October 5, 2014 (4:59 pm)

      H., yes, so our co-publisher informed me upon my return to the keyboard, and yet for many people the British phone booth seems to evoke the Who reference too … the text in blue is what we received (minus the TARDIS info link, which was my add & so I’m removing).

  • lp3 October 5, 2014 (3:22 pm)

    That is so cool!!

  • wssz October 5, 2014 (3:33 pm)

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I’ll make a beeline on my walk to see it.

  • jim October 5, 2014 (3:38 pm)

    it looks smaller on the outside….

  • I. Ponder October 5, 2014 (3:40 pm)

    Wow! It’s times like this I wish there was a LIKE button.

  • Gyngersnap October 5, 2014 (3:51 pm)

    Wow! Awesomeness!

  • JO October 5, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    I love the Free Little Libraries popping up all over West Seattle. This one is so creative and obviously comes with a lot of care and love! Nice job!!

  • smokeycretin9 October 5, 2014 (4:38 pm)

    Or a quick trip to the Ministry of Magic via the visitor’s entrance.

  • Rose Sheppard October 5, 2014 (5:07 pm)

    Oops. My bad. I have not watched enough of the good doctor to know that his transporter is a blue police box and not a red phone booth. My error. Not John’s, the designer. He always referred to it as a phone booth.
    Well, it’s cool anyway. Maybe something else will pop out.

    • WSB October 5, 2014 (5:19 pm)

      For the record, I’ve changed the headline. But I’m afraid I will still forever think “TARDIS” when I see a classic British phone booth of any color! Thanks again to Rose & co. for sharing the news. It’s always a sweet sight in a neighborhood. – TR

  • Cranky Westie October 5, 2014 (5:14 pm)

    Not to be an uber nerd, but frankly the world must know the truth: The TARDIS is a Police Call Box- not a phone booth. It is imperative to keep such important matters in perspective.

  • Pat - a Lurker in Tacoma October 5, 2014 (5:35 pm)

    Wonder what kind of books this Little Free Library will attract?

  • The Aspins October 5, 2014 (5:46 pm)

    We love it and YOU!

  • Gatewooder October 5, 2014 (6:46 pm)

    Awesome! Will bring some books to contribute.

  • Mary October 5, 2014 (7:14 pm)

    A visual aid from the West Seattle Blog’s own archives: https://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/seen-around-west-seattle-sign-of-a-wedding-plus-dr-who-in-pigeon-point/

    • WSB October 5, 2014 (7:20 pm)

      I got into trouble with that one too. Was informed that he is not Doctor Who but The Doctor.

  • Andrew Taylor October 5, 2014 (7:16 pm)

    Those of us who are old enough to have actually used such a British phone booth, when they actually contained pay phones, must regretfully inform you that (given that the sense of smell seems to be the most primitive of the senses) the sight of such a phone booth evokes memories of discarded french fries and stale urine. Yep, reality can be such a downer sometimes.

  • Mary October 5, 2014 (9:28 pm)

    Well, “they” were just wrong, WSB; I think “Doctor Who” is entirely acceptable. (Now, “Dr. Who” would have been odd.) Regardless, I appreciate your reporting of all such sightings.

  • smokeycretin9 October 5, 2014 (10:33 pm)


  • Brontosaurus October 6, 2014 (1:21 am)

    As an official British person, I have to agree with Andrew, those phone boxes always evoke the memory of a particular musty smell (unique to that style of phone box). The smell even lingers in some of them years after the phone was ripped out. Anyway, it’s a lovely Little Free Library but nothing like the TARDIS :)

  • Tim Scallon October 6, 2014 (12:11 pm)

    Beautiful work John!

  • Peg morgan October 14, 2014 (4:12 pm)

    this wonderful little free library is attracting all sorts of books, arts, novels, non-fiction…all coming and going…thank you John, Rose and Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation!

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