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Todd Bol (2018), Founder of the non-profit Little Free Library

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Little free libraries are on front lawns in 88 countries

Todd Bol is the founder of the non-profit Little Free Libraries which now has free libraries on lawns in 88 countries. Bol built the first little library in 2009 in the shape of a schoolhouse to honor his mom, June, who was a book lover and teacher. People liked it and the idea spread. Bol and his partner Rick Brooks created the non-profit Little Free Library in 2012.

The little free library promotes reading and neighborhood unity. The library is stationed on a front lawn and offers books people can take for free and also encourages them to leave a book to share. The libraries are bought by stewards who install them and must register the box with the company to be valid.

There are over 75,000 little free libraries across the globe.

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Died: Thursday, October 18, 2018 (Who else died on October 18?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 62 from cancer, according to Little Free Library.


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Notable Quote:  "I can give you thousands of examples of people doing things across the globe," he said, "fixing their neighborhood one book, one child at a time." – Bol talking about the impact of the little free library program with the Minneapolis Star Tribune

What people said about him: "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. He was heartened by the network of more than 75,000 Little Free Library stewards around the world dedicated to literacy and community.” – Statement from Little Free Library

Full obituary: Albany Times Union

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