Little Free Library Founder Dies

Todd Bol Photo: Free Little Library
Todd Bol

October 18, 2018 03:23 PM

Todd Bol, the found of Little Free Library, died Thursday, according to a statement from the organization.

"Todd spent much of the last decade working towards his vision of a world where neighbors know each other by name, and everyone has access to books," the statement said. 


A spokeswoman for Little Free Library says Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Bol designed and built the first Little Free Library at his home in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009, as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher and book lover. Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home, filled it with books and invited neighbors to borrow them.

Since Bol's creation of the library system that encourages, "take a book, leave a book," there are now more than 70,000 libraries in 88 different countries. 

Those with memories about Bol are asked to share them on the organization's website

See the Twin Cities Little Library locations here. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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