Come check out our Free Little Library!

Little Free Library
Little Free Library

We want everyone to have access to a good book. Come by and share a book, grab one for yourself and keep coming back. Little Free Library is a non-profit organization empowering readers across the world. You can join the movement by starting your own little library, donating, or building a library. There are so many cool things about this program and I hope you can learn more about it. Check out Colorado’s own, Dr. Russel Schnell who received one of this year’s Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement! Congratulations to Dr. Schnell. If you’re in Boulder, find his library! 

Russell Schnell, Boulder, Colorado

Dr. Russell Schnell Todd H Bol Award WinnerDr. Russell Schnell established the first Little Free Library in Antarctica. Because of this, there are now little libraries on every continent. Schnell—an atmospheric scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change—built the Little Free Library at his home in Boulder, Colorado, then shipped it to the South Pole, where he had previously worked. The Little Free Library is located inside NOAA’s Atmospheric Research Observatory.

The South Pole Little Free Library is Schnell’s 37th installation. He built his first library in 2013 for his daughter’s home in St. Louis followed by another for his own home. Since then he has created libraries for locations like Mount Fuji, Japan; an Aboriginal area in Warrnambool, Australia; and a First Peoples Cree reserve in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. Schnell prides himself on using recycled materials whenever he can. Schnell’s passion for Little Free Libraries was inspired by a lack of book access when he was growing up. “I did not have books as a child and still know the feeling,” he says.

You can find all of this year’s winners on the website

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