Little Free Libraries was started by Wisconsin residents Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2009. These libraries are small boxes of books installed in communities to promote reading. There are over 25,000 Little Free Libraries in 70 countries, said Kris Huson, spokeswoman for Little Free Libraries.
“There are places where free books are hard to access; we want to make sure that there are as many free libraries in these places as possible, so people have access to books,” Huson said.
Little Free Libraries’ sustainability relies on the exchange of books: When someone borrows a book from the library, he or she is supposed to bring at least one book back for exchange.
Between May 2013 and June 2014, the girl scouts collected books from neighborhood houses and schools to compete for the Girl Scout Bronze Award program, said Kristen Zuco, one of the leaders of troop 3064. After someone suggested the idea of Little Free Libraries to them, the troop decided to launch the project in September.