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Free LibraryTodd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a 1 room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother in 2009.   She was a former school teacher who loved to read.  He filled the schoolhouse with books and displayed it in his front yard.  It had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.  He built several more after getting requests and gave them away. 

When he met Rick Brooks of Madison the two saw opportunities for distributing books as well as being able to use recycled materials.  Their love of books and wanting to help communities soon had them on the road to becoming a full fledged business. 

By 2014 there is expected to be over 11,000 Registered Little Free Libraries all over the world.  Would you like to get started with your own?  Click here for info.

As an avid reader myself I just love this idea!  There are many different models you can choose from and they will all hold up to any type of weather. 

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Comments (14)

John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

What a great idea Debra!  My Mom keeps her Nook in hand reading day and night since her retirement.

Feb 03, 2014 01:32 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a great idea. Thanks for the link.

Feb 03, 2014 02:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Debra....what a nice idea.... good thoughts....

Feb 03, 2014 02:38 AM
Broker Patty Da Silva Da Silva
Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Cooper City, FL
Top Listing Broker

Hi Debra. That is a great way to encourage reading. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 03, 2014 02:44 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

What a great idea!     Such a cute little building, too!

Feb 03, 2014 02:57 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debra: I had not heard of this until reading your post but think it is a fabulous idea. What a great way to share the love for reading!

Feb 03, 2014 07:15 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Debra, this is such a neat idea.  I wonder what areas have the highest use?  How neat to see a dream like this come alive and spread around the world!

Feb 03, 2014 08:51 AM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Debra: Such a fantastic way of spreading the "wealth of knowledge."I may have to check on the site Debra as I have cases full of books that have not seen the light of day.

Thank you.

Feb 03, 2014 10:28 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate


This is just fantastic!  It's amazing to see a dream put into motion in this way.

Feb 03, 2014 10:44 PM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

Nice concept, but what is the longevity of the average "Little Library". I will check the web site.

Feb 04, 2014 08:43 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read!  Not sure of the longevity of these libraries but I imagine as long as it is cared for it is years and years.  I know I have been swapping books with the same people for many years.

Maria...maybe you will start one of your own?  :-)

Feb 04, 2014 07:19 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Debra, that sure was a mighty fine idea.

Feb 05, 2014 03:36 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Dale..thanks for reading!

Feb 05, 2014 09:26 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Debra, I've written about a couple I've spotted in various San Francisco neighborhoods. I'm glad they're in your area, too.

Apr 23, 2014 10:32 AM