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Little Libraries!

Little Free Libraries started in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 by Tod Bol. Bol built a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse to honor his mother, filled it with books, and his neighbors loved it. He built more and promoted that the books were free! The process operates on a leave a book, take a book exchange. According to their website, “By the summer of 2010, the mission of the little boxes of books was becoming clear. The original Library models were built with recycled materials. Each Library was unique, but all shared the theme of exchanging good books and bringing people together.”

The little libraries bring communities together by sharing books and having a place to discuss and learn. By the end of 2011, there were over 400 little libraries across the United States. The Simpsons creator, Matt Groenig, even provided one. 

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Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization with other 40,000 little libraries all over the world! According to Northern Public Radio, the creators of the little libraries “aimed it initially as way to build community in small towns that didn’t have their own library.” Take a look at some below! 

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Do you have a little library near you?

 

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