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.
Read select news stories celebrating Todd’s life:
- Todd Bol, Creator of Little Free Library Movement, Dies at 62 (The New York Times)
- Todd Bol, whose Little Free Library brought books to the street corner, dies at 62 (The Washington Post)
- Todd Bol, who started Little Free Library, dies at 62 (TODAY)
- Todd Bol, man who started the Little Free Library movement, dies at 62 (USA Today)
- Todd Bol Searched for a Mission and Finally Found It with Little Free Libraries (The Wall Street Journal)
- Little Free Library creator Todd Bol passes after cancer battle (KARE 11)
- Little Free Library Creator Todd Bol Dies (NPR)
- A Tribute to Todd H. Bol (Publishers Weekly)
- After terminal cancer diagnosis, Little Free Library founder feels like ‘most successful person I know’ (Star Tribune)
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.