Little Free Library promotes literacy and love of reading by creating a network of free book exchanges worldwide that build social capital.
It's hard to imagine that such a simple idea can become a phenomenal force for literacy and community-building in just a few years. When Todd Bol built a cute little schoolhouse box, planted it in his front yard in Hudson, Wisconsin and filled it with books to share with no strings attached, he had no idea that in less than three years there would be thousands of the little libraries in neighborhoods everywhere. The little library ripple that started in Wisconsin and Minnesota is now reaching around the world.
But the scope is not the real story - it is the impact on those that have a Little Free Library in their life:
"We can't believe the response this little library has had in just a few short days! The outpouring of support from our neighborhood has been amazing. It receives at least one or two visitors a day often full families at a time out for a morning or evening stroll around the neighborhood. Kids and adults alike are excited and intrigued by the library and the look on their faces when they initially figure out what it is and then smile with anticipation of visiting soon with a book to swap is priceless.
We first saw your story on the nightly news a couple of months back and then and there we were hooked. Noah and Dad waited for the first rainy day to come along (which didn't take too long) and set in to building the library. Made of all recycled scrap wood from the wood pile a bit of recycled paint and some left over house shingles the library was ready to make it's debut. Word spread quickly around the neighborhood and has been quite popular since....I think what you are doing is absolutely fantastic and you are all heroes in my eyes. May you continue your quest with the greatest success." Little Free Library stewards, Maine
We've been able to provide more than 100 little libraries at no cost to ensure those organizations and individuals with greatest need and passion to promote reading and human connection in their communities - and with your help we can do even more! A donation to Little Free Library helps us expand Little Free Libraries for Small Towns (many without a public library), our Libraries for All international initiative and efforts to use Little Free Library as a literacy tool for children and to provide supportive neighborhoods for isolated and vulnerable elderly.
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