Todd Bol: Creator of Little Free Library Movement

Todd Bol, Creator of Little Free Library Movement


Todd Herbert Bol (January 2, 1956 – October 18, 2018) was the creator and founder of Little Free Library, a global public bookcase nonprofit organization. In 2009, he used wood from his old garage door to make the first library-on-a-stick as a tribute to his mother, while living in Hudson, Wisconsin.As of 2016, the project has expanded to include Little Free Libraries in 85 countries. According to a 2018 article, there are now more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries in 88 countries.

During Bol’s career, he founded an international trade company; Global Scholarship Alliance, which provides nursing scholarships for advanced nursing; and Care Forth, Inc., an entrepreneurial consulting firm. Prior to these ventures, he worked as a public school teacher for five years in Circle Pines and Cambridge, Minnesota.

Bol died from pancreatic cancer in 2018 at the age of 62.

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