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Thread: Todd Bol, Creator of Little Free Library Movement, Dies at 62 — by Katharine Q Seelye

  1. #1 Todd Bol, Creator of Little Free Library Movement, Dies at 62 — by Katharine Q Seelye 
    The idea was born of a home renovation and evolved into a worldwide movement.

    In 2009, Todd Bol was renovating his garage in Wisconsin when he ripped off its old wooden door. He liked the wood, though, and didn’t want to throw it out. So after staring at it for a while, he decided to use it to build a small monument to his mother, who had been a schoolteacher.

    He fashioned it into a replica of a schoolhouse, two feet high and two feet wide, put his mother’s books in it, and planted it on his front yard, hoping to start a little book exchange for his neighbors.

    “It was a spiritual gesture,” he said.
    Todd Bol, Creator of Little Free Library Movement, Dies at 62 — by Katharine Q Seelye

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/o...-bol-dead.html



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  2. #2 Libraries, Writ Small — by Katharine Q. Seelye 
    Todd Bol was simply paying homage to his mother, a schoolteacher and lover of books. He built a doll-sized schoolhouse, filled it with his mother’s books and put it out for his neighbors in Hudson, Wis., as a book exchange.

    Today, just nine years later, more than 75,000 such “Little Free Libraries” dot the globe, from San Diego to Minneapolis, and from Australia to Siberia.

    Why did they catch on? For starters, they promote a friendly, sharing economy. No one tracks who took what. There’s no due date. No fines. You might never return a book. You might leave another instead. And, they are inherently cute. As Mr. Bol recalled, his neighbors “talked to it like it was a little puppy.”

    This week, many bore a white ribbon in tribute to Mr. Bol, who died Oct. 18, in Minnesota at the age of 62. Here, a photo-essay of some of the little libraries near his hometown.
    Libraries, Writ Small — by Katharine Q. Seelye

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/b...-todd-bol.html



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