Holly House Little Free Library in Northport, Alabama

A “Holly House” Little Free Library in Northport, Alabama. Pictured left to right are: Lynsey Skelton; Little Free Library creator and executive director, Todd H. Bol; Danette Williams; Jenny Burroughs; and Library patrons.

Little Free Libraries are a wonderful way to share books and a sense of community with your neighborhood. Beyond these gifts, they can also share the memory of a lost loved one.

In Northport, Alabama, Little Free Libraries are being used to remember a young woman named Holly Rogers, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2007. The book exchanges—called “Holly Houses”—are a fitting memorial for a well-loved friend and daughter who had a passion for books.

Todd H. Bol, creator and executive director of Little Free Library, visited Northport this week to meet Danette Williams, Rogers’s mother, and attend the unveiling of a Holly House Little Free Library at Crestmont Elementary School. Holly Houses also stand in Williams’s front yard and at CL Salon on Main Avenue, reports Tuscaloosa News.

“It was the biggest honor imaginable to have Mr. Bol here to share in our unveiling; and to share in honoring Holly’s memory,” says Williams. “It gave our project such a stamp of approval, from the founder!”

While in Northport, Bol donated another Little Free Library to the Holly Rogers Project, and the group plans to build more Libraries to honor Rogers’s memory.

Bol is currently on a trip across the southeastern United States, spreading the word about Little Free Library programs that strengthen neighborhoods, increase understanding among communities, and motivate reading as he drives from Alabama to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

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