Around the Hood: New Glenlake Branch Library Built in Edgewater Glen

Well folks… It looks like we have a second Glenlake Branch Library in the neighborhood. Any plans for additional branches on Granville, Hood or Norwood? Let us know 🙂

“In the beginning—2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading.  He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard.  His neighbors and friends loved it.  He built several more and gave them away.  Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of  goals for the common good.  Each brought different skills to the effort, Bol as a creative craftsman experienced with innovative enterprise models and Brooks as a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing.

By the summer of 2010 the mission and purposes served by the little boxes of books  were becoming more clear.  The original models had all been built with recycled materials.  Each was unique but all shared the theme of exchanging good books and bringing people together for something positive.”The History of the Little Free Library

If you are a do-it-yourselfer and want to learn what works, how to keep out the rain, what tools to use, and see some creative designs checkout the Little Free Library Builders page. It would be cool to see a few more sprout up around the neighborhood!

The Little Free Library Video

The Little Free Library Map of the World

Related Links

Little Free Libraries Popping Up Everywhere – Chicagood

Library Plans, Instructions and Ideas – Pinterest

‘Take a book leave a book’ movement catching on – Chicago Tribune

Ten things to know before building you Little Free Library – Journal Sentinel

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