Several years ago, Todd Bol of Madison, Wis., built a simple free library to honor the memory of his mother and her love of the written word. He placed a stash of books outside his home for the community to enjoy.
The Madison community loved the idea and the idea has blossom and grown all over the United States plus several countries — including Afghanistan. They can be found in front of homes, coffee shops, bus stops and walking paths.
The Little Free Library's mission is to "GIFT" — Give it forward, team."
- "To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide."
- "To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations."
- "To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world — more than Andrew Carnegie!"
Zan Media’s Niki Scioli is the steward of her family’s LFL, located curbside at 276 San Marin Drive. The Scioli’s LFL’s is nestled in the ivy covered surroundings inspired by The Secret Garden. When you pass by it would appear this LFL has always been present and not recently added, just three weeks prior to this story’s publication. The LFL was lovingly constructed over a two-week period using recycled materials.
You would never guess that in this LFL’s past life: It was once a dresser and a picture frame.
The location on San Marin Drive has had a lot of foot traffic, as it is just steps away from a preschool. Young readers freely take and drop off books, so they always have a fresh book to read.
The Scioli family found the LFL concept appealing because they are constantly reading, researching and writing for their video production company and would like to share the many books they read with the Novato community.
Niki mentions that she is a bibliophile with a passion for mystery and travel literature. Her favorite authors are Hemmingway, Bradbury, Fitzgerald and Bret Easton Ellis. So if you stop by, consider dropping off something up Niki's alley.
Inspired? Here are instructions on how to build your own free library. Not handy? Purchase a kit or an assemble library from the Little Free Library website.