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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fairhope's "Mailbox" Libraries Proliferating

Fairhope, Alabama

Mobile St.
There are now at least three registered mailbox libraries at various locations around town, based upon the "take a book, leave a book" Little Free Library concept begun in 2009 by Wisconsin resident Tod Bol:

"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."



Also known as community book exchanges, book trading posts, and pop-up libraries,  there are currently over 15,000 worldwide; the original concept began in the late 1800s in rural areas with no access to public libraries. 

Anyone may pick-up/leave a book.

 There is no affiliation with the Fairhope Public Library.


Fairhope Ave.

Fels Ave.


2 comments:

Mahala Church said...

Magnificent!

SWilson said...

Would love to know who can build these reasonably. We should have more of these. swilson@southalabama.edu