Little Free LibraryFounded by Todd Bol and Rich Brooks in Hudson, WI, Little Free Library is a nonprofit movement dedicated to offering free books in communities around the world.  The idea is simple: set up small boxes in accessible locations, stock them with books, and encourage the community to “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”  The organization has a pretty basic mission:

  • To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations.
  • To build 2,510 Libraries–as many as Andrew Carnegie–and keep going! 

By any measure, they have succeeded!  All 50 states and 40 countries have been involved in the program, and 5,000 Little Free Libraries have been officially registered.

Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

I couldn't agree more.