Do you love to read books, but hate checking them in and out or even having to pay a late fee? Well, Todd Bol has made a Little Free Library in his front yard of Hudson, Wisconsin, where there is no due date or late fee. In 2009 Bol made his first Little Free Library, resembling a one-room schoolhouse, in memory of his mother a school teacher. He filled it with adult and children’s books and put a sign on the Little Free Library that said, “Take a book, Return a book.” He was thrilled when people started coming by and taking books to read and then coming back the next day to swap out their book for another one. People also would donate their books and put them in his Little Free Library.
Many people loved his idea of the Little Free Library and started to build their own. When Bol found out that many people wanted to make their own, he started a nonprofit group called Little Free Library. Since Bol started his own in 2009, there are more than 5,000 Little Free Libraries in 36 countries. Each one is uniquely hand-made and painted and registered with the non-profit group. They have built more libraries than Andrew Carnegie, who built 2,510, and they plan to keep on building. They are now in partnership with a nonprofit organization called Books for Africa, and are making it possible for rural remote towns in Africa to get free donated books.
I wanted to know where some of the Little Free Libraries were located, so I went to their website www.littlefreelibrary.org to check it out. Many are located in small towns where there are no libraries nearby. In Alabama there are 10 Little Free Libraries. The nearest ones to Jasper are in Northport, AL and Moody, Al. A Little Free Library can be as simple as a waterproof box on a pole with a door, similar to a mailbox. Little Free Libraries are a great way to share books with friends, neighbors, and your community. The next time you want to find a good book, checkout a Little Free Library or create a library of your own.
By: Caroline McKellar