Peace poles—monuments bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages—are recognized internationally as a prominent symbol of peace. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated around the world in nearly 200 different countries, at sites including Hiroshima, the North Pole, and the pyramids of Giza.
Peace Poles and Little Free Libraries have a lot in common: Both are spread through global, grassroots movements; both are fueled by the goodwill of participants; and both strive to encourage greater understanding among the citizens of the world.
Now, Little Free Library has collaborated with the World Peace Prayer Society—the nonprofit organization that coordinates the Peace Pole Project—to create a Peace Pole Little Free Library. The Peace Pole Library includes three shelves for books and displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in more than 80 languages, from English to Japanese to Navajo. Standing six feet tall, it is a powerful reminder to think, speak, and act in the spirit of peace and compassion.
“The Little Free Library movement is aligned with the mission of the World Peace Prayer Society,” says Ann Marie Robustelli, Peace Pole Project coordinator at the society. “‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ is a universal peace message that embraces the community spirit of oneness, service, and unification.”
This month, Little Free Library creator and executive director, Todd H. Bol, is taking Peace Pole Libraries to the heart of the historic civil rights movement. He is traveling through the southeastern United States to present Peace Pole Libraries to institutions including Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, and the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama—the site of the September 15, 1963, bombing that killed four young girls and shook the nation. Bol’s trip will end on September 24 at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
By installing Peace Pole Libraries, institutions and individuals demonstrate their support of a world filled with greater peace, wisdom, and harmony.
“Little Free Library is honored to work with the World Peace Prayer Society and these important sites to spark a dialogue of peace,” says Bol.
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