We first noticed the Little Free Library in Dayton’s Bluff a year ago.
Take a book, leave a book — that’s the motto of the Little Free Library, an organization begun by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. The Little Free Library arrived in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood in St. Paul in September, thanks to Sage Holben, who is supervising the Little Free Library at 4th Street and Bates, when she’s not working in the Metropolitan State/St. Paul Public Library a few blocks away.
Since then, Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over the place. I saw one outside Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis. E-Democracy forum members have noted openings in St. Paul’s Highland Park and Mac-Groveland neighborhoods, and in Corcoran and Powderhorn in Minneapolis.
The Park Bugle reported on winter openings in Como Park and St. Anthony Park.
The Little Free Libraries are the brainchild of Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, whose website states their ambitious mission:
To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations
To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world – more than Andrew Carnegie–and then more.
Check out the continually updating Google Map showing many of the Little Free Libraries, including more than 130 in Minnesota. (But not all — I’ve seen several that are not, or not yet, on the map.)