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.

Though we will be celebrating this milestone all year long, we planned some special events for May. May 17 is our nonprofit birthday and this year it officially marked 10 years of Little Free Libraries. We announced the winners of the first-ever Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement! The 10 winners were all exceptional Little Free Library stewards, learn more about them here. In addition, we provided 10 no-cost Little Free Libraries through our Impact Library Program to underserved communities around the U.S.

Perhaps our biggest celebration in May was THE BIG SHARE, which was a worldwide event that took place May 17-19. During THE BIG SHARE, we invited book-lovers everywhere to share a book in a Little Free Library, then post a photo to social media with #LFL10. Thousands of Little Free Library stewards and friends took part in the event, sharing books in Libraries in Qatar, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, and around the U.S. See photos from THE BIG SHARE!

We’ll be spreading the 10th anniversary cheer for the rest of year, so check this page regularly to stay up-to-date with our 10th anniversary plans! 

Get Involved in Our 10th Anniversary Celebration

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 lucky winners will get a copy of the charming children’s book Little Libraries, Big HeroesEnter to win here.

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 Fundraiser! 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 win an exclusive 10th Anniversary badge for your little library. See how easy it is to host a Little Free Library House Party!

The Big Share

May 17 is Little Free Library’s birthday, and this year we celebrated with a special event: The Big Share! During the weekend of May 17, thousands of Little Free Library supporters and stewards came together for a worldwide celebration of books and community. From Qatar to Indonesia and around the U.S., book lovers everywhere shared books in Little Free Libraries, then posted photos of their visits to social media with #LFL10. See photos and learn more about the event. 

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

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement! Named for our late founder, the awards honor ten Little Free Library volunteer stewards who are making an exceptionally positive impact on their communities. “Little Free Library volunteer stewards are shining examples of the hope and compassion possible in this world!” says Monnie McMahon, Little Free Library national board chair.

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 received replicas of the First Little Free Library, which was designed to look like a one-room schoolhouse. Read about the recipients, which include a homeless shelter in California, a reservation in Wyoming, and a high-needs school in Georgia. 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.

Why Celebrate 10 Years of Little Free Libraries?

At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we believe it’s important to remember where we came from and celebrate the thousands of volunteer stewards who helped grow this movement into what it is today. One man’s simple idea has grown into the world’s largest book-sharing movement!

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 90,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 91 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.

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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