Knowledge is power. Knowledge, unlike material or physical things, when you have it, nobody can take it away from you. As we all know, the majority of our knowledge is found in books – so, if you dislike reading, chances are, you’re doing yourself a big disservice.
In 2009, in the United States city of Hudson, Wisconsin, a man named Todd Bol mounted a wooden container at the front of his lawn. His humble creation provided a small library where his community members could freely share books with each other. Bol, who was paying tribute to his late mother – a book lover and a school teacher – designed the container to look like a school house on a post.
Bol and Brooks’ aim was to promote literacy and the love of reading. By building free book exchanges worldwide, a sense of community that valued shared skills, creativity and wisdom across generations, was also built. Although, before this effort the idea of sharing books in a community was already there, only Bol and Brooks’ effort spearheaded the creation of these small neighborhood libraries, in and out of the United States.
The original goal of Bol and Brooks was to create 2,150 Little Free Libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries founded by the famous Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. According to statistics, as of January 2014, there were over 15,000 Little Libraries worldwide. As of February 2013, all 50 states of the United States, as well as 40 countries worldwide, have been involved in the Little Libraries project. An estimated 1,650,000 books were donated and borrowed from 2010 through to 2013.
However, in all these positive developments, in the United States, the Little Libraries project has come under serious threat. Some city officials in the country are reportedly using force to remove these small containers. The reason for the removal? The containers are illegally detached structures. Can you believe that these structures, which are on private property, and are typically not large enough to do anything but hold a handful of books, is illegal. Wronging another human in any way with these structures, may literally be impossible.
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