How Do Interesting Ideas Begin?

November 9, 2018

With a single step! This week, Todd Bol, the founder of the Little Free Library, died. His journey creating an organization that built tens of thousands of little free libraries started with a single step.

By John Phelan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20135439

When people visiting his wife’s garage sales asked more about his little library, Bol knew he was building something interesting. Why not? For years he had been dabbling with building doll-sized libraries. Then when his mother died, Bol started building what would eventually be known as the Little Free Library. The doll-sized library was painted red and included the trademark glass door. He left the library outside on his street with a sign that said, “Free books,” and just like birds flocking to birdfeeders, people from all over the neighborhood were drawn to the library. The Little Free Library nonprofit organization ended up building over 75,000 little libraries across the country. These libraries encourage people who walk by to “take a book, leave a book.” His libraries even became popular enough to be included in a hospital in Ireland, a refugee camp in Uganda, and elsewhere!

With each library no taller than twenty-four inches, Bol’s goal was to build 2,500 of them around the world. Well, he accomplished that in two years and eventually needed help to make the libraries.

Do you have a Little Free Library near your home? Email editor@xyzanews.com a picture of it with a note about what you found inside to be featured in the Xyza gallery!