Todd H. Bol

Todd H. Bol, 1956-2018

We’re deeply saddened to report that our Founder, Todd H. Bol, passed away Thursday, October 18.

Todd spent much of the last decade working towards his vision of a world where neighbors know each other by name, and everyone has access to books. He was heartened by the network of more than 75,000 Little Free Library stewards around the world dedicated to literacy and community.

But Todd was more than just the creative force behind Little Free Library. He was a teacher, a lifelong entrepreneur, a father and a husband. He is survived by his wife Susan, his daughter Allison and his son Austin, who said of Todd, “He was the best, most generous, goofy, and kind person. He taught us to be kind to others. To many he was an innovator and genuine change maker. To us, he was dad. We will miss him always.”

In the wake of Todd’s death, more than 500 people shared stories and fond memories of Todd. Read them all here. (Opens as a PDF.) 

Stewards may honor Todd’s memory by placing a silver or white ribbon on their Libraries. Please use #ThankYouToddBol if you share a photo of your Library on social media.

Our public statement can be found here. For press inquiries or general questions about Little Free Library, please contact us.

Read select news stories celebrating Todd’s life:

Donate to the Todd H. Bol Vision Fund

Your contribution will help fulfill Todd’s dream for a Little Free Library in every neighborhood and a book in every hand.

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