We are trying out a new idea called COVID Book Boxes.
A few weeks ago, a woman named Shanell emailed me because she attended our last book event in January before the lock down. At the time, we had no plans to do book deliveries, but we also didn’t have anyone asking for books.
Due to the stay-home orders, we have not had any in-person events. Before Shanell emailed me I was thinking about ways to continue to serving the community. I was saving cardboard for a friend of mine who makes crafts and decided to use them for the books. If you know me personally, I’m very extra. I wanted to do something special for her son since all the libraries were closed.
It took about two weeks to conceptualize and decorate the dinosaur-themed COVID Book Boxes. I cut everything out by hand and drew each piece to put it together. We used paper scraps and recycled materials that we had laying around the house to decorate since we couldn’t go out to buy more supplies due to the pandemic.
Here are some tips for creating a COVID Book Box
I used a 20 pack of Coke cardboard box for the tail to make it more flexible and give it a little more movement. I used the cardboard box for a box fan for the head since it’s a slightly bigger piece. It needs to be a heavier cardboard to balance the weight of the cardboard box. I used a Chewy (pet supplies website) box for the actual books since it’s strong enough to hold 35 lbs. I used regular craft paper from Michael’s for the skin, the scales, and the mask. I used a large googly for both sides of the box.
I used twine to create the face mask. I taped the twine to the mask and inside the neck before gluing the head section together. It might have better to use glue on the entire thing since the tape did not hold up very well for the face mask. Luckily I had different shades of green paper. The two tone green paper really helps it stand out and look great. The Chewy box held about 30 children’s books and the final product wasn’t too heavy.
Seeing her son Eden’s smile via text was still as amazing as seeing it in person. We provided them with a contact-less delivery since we are still not shipping books at this time. It’s been difficult to navigate our way into this new world, but we hope that we can get back to doing events soon.
If you would like to request COVID Book Boxes, please keep in mind that it takes about 2-3 weeks to make them. We have limited art supplies and a limited amount of kids’ books at the moment. We would be more than happy to put you on a waiting list. Since they are free, it could take up to 90 days to receive your COVID Book Boxes. This section will be updated when deliveries resume.
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Update (October 2021): Although we are not doing book deliveries at this time, you are more than welcome to use this as inspiration for any book related crafts or delivery service. We strive to make all our projects and programs as sustainable as possible. If we decide to resume book deliveries at a later date, this post will be updated again. We thank you for your patience during this unpredictable time.