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.


Mahala Church said...


SWilson said...

Would love to know who can build these reasonably. We should have more of these.