Monday, June 1, 2015

Little Free Library, UP Town Center

The Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where people can share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

It started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good. Each brought different skills to the effort, Bol as a creative craftsman experienced with innovative enterprise models and Brooks as a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing.

By January of 2015, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000, with thousands more being built. (source)
I'm extremely pleased to know that UP Town Center is part of this organization. Yay! Let's share our love for books through the Little Free Library and hope that the next reader/s will like them as much as we did! Any kind of book is appreciated, even ones you didn't particularly enjoy - I'm sure there are people out there who will have better use for it! 

Little Free Library at UP Town Center is located beside Cold Stone Creamery.
Learn more about Little Free Library here.