The family of Little Free Library founder Todd Bol, who died in October at the age of 62, has launched a family foundation and a nonprofit dedicated to his vision, the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune report.
Bol built his first library-on-a-stick with the message "Take a book, leave a book" on his deck in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009. Launched with the goal of creating 2,150 little libraries — topping the number of Carnegie Libraries in the country — the Little Free Library movement now includes seventy-five thousand libraries in eighty-eight countries. The movement also has given rise to a culture of front-yard sharing that includes Little Free Pantries and Blessing Boxes stocked with food and personal-care items.
"I believe people can fix their neighborhoods, fix their communities, develop systems of sharing, learn from each other, and see that they have a better place on this planet to live," Bol said before his death from pancreatic cancer, according to Share With Others, which was launched on January 2, Bol's birthday.
Located in Stillwater, Minnesota, where he grew up, Share With Others will serve as a complementary organization supporting the Todd Bol Family Foundation. "Share With Others is dedicated to supporting and spreading Todd's vision of this broader neighborhood sharing movement through the sale of front-yard exchange boxes that can be used for Little Libraries, food pantries, and other ideas (that will) support neighborhood sharing, engage readers, fight hunger, and connect communities," Bol's brother Tony, who will lead the organization, told the Pioneer Press. "Our goal is to provide supplies and support to meet community needs — at accessible prices, but with the quality Todd demanded."