The story behind those charming, doll-house sized little free libraries

  • Article by: Kim Ode , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 1:38 PM

Little Free Library started out as a way for Todd Bol to honor his mother. Now, with thousands around the world, Bol is looking toward a broader mission.

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AnnieRubinNov. 13, 13 7:57 AM

Thank you for a wonderful article! One thing that wasn't mentioned, but important for readers to know, is that you don't have to purchase a LFL. You can build one yourself! There are plans right on the LFL Web site! I am a steward of one of the libraries in the Victory neighborhood, though we didn't participate in one of the awesome group build sessions. My partner built our library herself - from recycled and found materials!

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fatredneckNov. 13, 1311:58 AM

My next door neighbor has one here in South Minneapolis. I personally love books and read them quite often. Somehow it it just isn't the same reading via electronic devices and I think it is such a shame that real books are 'going out of style. Keep up the good works LFL!

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uwechj92Nov. 13, 13 2:57 PM

We have several of these in St. Michael-Albertville and in Otsego. We visit them regularly, and often leave more books than we take as a way to give back.

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cinemajayNov. 13, 13 3:39 PM

We've got a bunch in Saint Paul, sprinkled throughout Macalester Groveland, Lex-Ham, Highland, and a new one in Desnoyer Park area!

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northguy7Nov. 13, 1310:15 PM

Wow! I'm impressed that with 12,000 LFLs in the world, 1,000 of them are here in MN! Great article.

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