Celebrating 10 Years of Little Free Libraries

It’s the 10th anniversary of the first Little Free Library! To celebrate a decade of Little Free Libraries and the volunteer stewards who bring them to life, we’re offering exciting events, awards, and giveaways throughout 2019.

In 2009 Todd H. Bol created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in his Hudson, Wisconsin, front yard in tribute to his mother, who had been a teacher. Ten years later, his idea has snowballed into a worldwide book-sharing movement. There are now more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 90+ countries, from Argentina to Zambia.

Because of these Little Free Libraries, more than 120 million books have been shared and thousands of neighbors have connected for the first time!

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization is at the heart of this global movement to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity. We’re offering lots of ways for you to join our 10th anniversary celebration!

Get Involved in Our 10th Anniversary Celebration

The First-Ever Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement

The Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement, named for our late founder, will honor Little Free Library volunteer stewards who are making an exceptionally positive impact on their communities. You’re invited to nominate your favorite steward (or yourself!) for one of these awards. The deadline to apply is April 15. Winners will receive public recognition and a celebratory award in mid May.

10 Commemorative Little Free Libraries for Communities in Need

Our Impact Library Program provides no-cost Little Free Library book exchanges to communities that need them most. This May ten applicants will receive replicas of the First Little Free Library, which was designed to look like a one-room schoolhouse. Learn more about the Impact Library Program and how you can apply to receive a Library or how you can donate to help place Libraries in communities of need.

The Big Share

May 17 is Little Free Library’s birthday, and this year we hope you’ll join us in a special event: The Big Share! During the weekend of May 17, we invite you to visit a Little Free Library and share a book. Show us you participated in The Big Share by posting a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LFL10. We’ll be looking for your photos and we’ll be randomly selecting participants to receive a $20 e-gift card to our online store!

Special Giveaways of Books and More

Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to hear about special monthly giveaways in 2019. We’ll be giving away autographed books, curated book packages, and cute new products every month for the rest of the year. We’ll also be giving away exclusive Little Free Library swag to registered stewards who enter the giveaways! Current giveaway: 50 autographed copies of Dave Eggers’ new book, The Parade. Learn more and enter to win.

Little Free Library House Parties

Our 10th Anniversary is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for Little Free Libraries by hosting a House Party! House Parties let you introduce the Little Free Library nonprofit to others and encourage them to donate to support our mission. If you throw a House Party, you could qualify for an exclusive 10th Anniversary badge for your Little Library, plus a gift card to our online store. See how easy it is to host a Little Free Library House Party!

Help us spread the word about our 10th anniversary! Watch for downloadable bookmarks, graphics, and a press release coming soon. And please encourage your friends and family to participate by:

Looking back with gratitude as we celebrate this milestone, we remember our founder Todd H. Bol, who said:

“I really believe in a Little Free Library on every block and a book in every hand. I believe people can fix their neighborhoods, fix their communities, develop systems of sharing, learn from each other, and see that they have a better place on this planet to live.”

Questions? For media inquiries, contact Margret Aldrich at maldrich(at)littlefreelibrary.org. For all other inquiries, please contact us.

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