October 23, 2018

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library, has died


“Take a book, share a book,” is the slogan written across teeny wooden houses filled with books on the street sides across the United States and 80 other countries. 

We encourage you to find the closest Little Free Library near you and give it some love in memory of Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library, who passed away this week.

Bol started the library in 2009 with the same little house design on his front lawn. In the early stages, Bol invited neighbors and friends to take and share books and the excitement surrounding the spread quickly and there are now 75,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide.

Minneapolis Star Tribune captured Bol’s love and passion for his project in an interview earlier this month.

“If I may be so bold, I’m the most successful person I know,” Bol, with a sideways smile, told the newspaper. “Because I stimulate 54 million books to be read and neighbors to talk to each other. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the very definition of success.”




Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.