Little Free Library
History of the Little Free Library Program
In 2009 Todd Bol came up with an idea to remember his mother, a teacher who had loved books and encouraged people to read. At his home in Hudson, Wisc., he built a box, made it waterproof and filled it with books. It looked like a miniature one-room schoolhouse, with a sign underneath that said “Free Book Exchange.” Bol put it on a post outside of his house and invited neighbors to take a book, and return a book.
That’s when something happened Bol says he never could have imagined.
“People of all ages, men, women, kids came up and just loved the library,” he said. “They got excited and they started coming up to me saying, ‘I’ll build one, do you need books?’”
The idea has mushroomed. Bol now encourages people to visit his website, www.littlefreelibrary.org, for suggestions on how to build their own library.
As of November 2016, there are more than 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world.
- Bike to Books: A Little Free Library Adventure. Participants are invited to discover new places to bike and to visit little free libraries throughout the South District Neighborhood in Iowa City.
- Use this map of the South District of Iowa City to help navigate your way to Little Free Libraries in this area. Some of the libraries have a wooden rubbing plaque attached to them, others do not.
- Click here for a map of Little Free Libraries in Iowa
- Help build or stock Little Free Libraries in Iowa City and the surrounding area
- Where can you place your Little Free Library?
- Is there funding available to defray the costs of installing a Little Free Library?