Little Free Library

Free Book Box 5-27-15 photo by Jim FrostThe Little Free Library movement has its origins in Hudson, Wisconsin, where in 2009 Todd Bol 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, with a sign that said Free Books.


The mission of the Little Free Library movement is:

  • 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.

By January of 2015, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000.

Built of recycled barn wood, the Geneva Lake Conservancy’s Little Free Library is located south of the entrance walkway at the Mill House, and is registered no. 19009. Wanting to share information and skills, the Conservancy’s Library contains books that deal with conservation and “green” issues, such as native plants, organic gardening, rain gardens, and copies of Aldo Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac”.