An Obituary: Todd Bol, creator of Little Free Library, dies at 62

Nicholas C. Rossis

I don’t often share obituaries on my blog but this one is an exception as it is about an unsung hero: Todd Bol, whose Little Free Library brought books to the street corner. He died Oct. 18 at a hospice center in Oakdale, Minn. at the age of 62.

It All Started in 2009…

Little Free Library | Istomedia web database and multimedia design - σχεδίαση ιστοσελίδων, βάσεις δεδομένων, πολυμέσα The very first Little Free Library built by Todd Bol. Image: Open Culture

As Washington Post reports, it all started in 2009. The previous year, Bol had been forced out of Global Scholarship Alliance — an organization he had founded. Global Scholarship Alliance offered nursing scholarships for foreign students to study in the US. Bol was sacked by investors he had invited into the company, who told him:

We need to cut back on resources, and you’re the resource we’re cutting back on.

A year later, and no closer to figuring out his next endeavor, Bol…

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