Across America With Little Free Library
About Across America
In just four years, the nonprofit Little Free Library has helped open over 40,000 book exchanges cared for by dedicated volunteer stewards. We’ve reached every U.S. State and Canadian province, plus 70 other countries around the world. Now, we want to reach 100,000 Little Free Libraries by 2017.
We completed the first leg of the Across America tours in September 2015, followed by a tour across Iowa in October 2015. In the spring of 2016, we traveled through Texas, spreading the word and donating Little Libraries.
Most-Recent Tour: Alabama to Washington, D.C.
September 11 – 27, 2016
Little Free Library Founder Todd H. Bol spread the word about Little Free Library from Wisconsin to Alabama, and then across the Southeast to Washington, D.C., ending at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival.
Along the way he stopped at historic locations of the Civil Rights movement and visited with community leaders and law enforcement to share how Little Free Library book exchanges can have a role in bringing neighborhoods together. He also met with groups of volunteer stewards to share what’s new with the Little Free Library organization and learn about their hands-on experiences.
Read our press release for the tour overview.
“The invitation to the National Book Festival provides an opportunity to visit our supporters in the South,” notes Bol. “We’ll introduce our new Peace Pole Libraries; talk about our programs such as Kids, Community, and Cops, Action Book Club™, and Books of Understanding; and describe how to support our Impact Fund.”
Notes from the Road
Seventeen days and nine states later, Little Free Library founder Todd H. Bol is back from an epic road trip through the southern United States to Washington, D.C., on his most recent Across America tour.
What do Little Free Libraries, Stephen King, and the Librarian of Congress have in common? They all attended the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.! Check out these photos of our adventures at the festival.
This week, Little Free Library dedicated Peace Pole Libraries to important civil rights institutions in Alabama.