I wrote a letter to the Library Journal editor to send my congratulations to the Little Free Library Co-founders Todd Bol and Rick Brooks for being named the Movers & Shakers 2013 – Innovators by the Library Journal! My letter was published in the May 1st edition of the Journal.
Small but mighty movers
Congratulations to the 2013 class of “Movers & Shakers.” All deserve the recognition, but especially Todd Bol and Rick Brooks (“Large Need, Small Design”), who started the Little Free Library (LFL) movement. I am so glad they were included and recognized, even though they are not librarians.
Yes, the Little Free Libraries are not real libraries, they are just cute little dollhouses with a few books inside. They cannot and will not replace our traditional libraries. But as librarians, we should embrace and encourage any creative ideas that promote the love of books and reading, literacy, conversation, connection in the neighborhood and community, and peace around the world, whether they are done by librarians or not.
The LFL is such an innovative and wonderful idea. One single little library in the front yard of Bol’s house in Hudson, WI, has grown into almost 7,000 little libraries around the world within a few short years. They are small but mighty….
I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Todd and Rick for their contribution to the causes that are near and dear to our librarians’ hearts.