Little Free Library founder Todd Bol to make Iowa stops on route to festival

Todd BolLike the Johnny Appleseed of small libraries, Little Free Library creator and executive director, Todd Bol, will spread the word about the joy and power of free book exchanges as he makes his way from Hudson, Wis., through four cities in Iowa, ending at the Iowa City Book Festival.

“Since I am heading to the Book Festival to speak, I thought I would use the drive across Iowa to continue working on our goal to get 100,000 Little Free Libraries built across the United States,” says Bol.

For the “LFL Across Iowa Tour,” Mr. Bol will be stopping in Des Moines, Dubuque, Davenport, and Cedar Rapids with his trailer containing notable Little Free Libraries, a mobile Little Free Library with books for the public to take home, plus tools and library kits to donate libraries and help volunteers build libraries for their communities.

  • Des Moines metro area: On Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers from the Des Moines area will be participating in a Community Build Day at the West Des Moines Public Library. During the event they aim to build 4 donated Little Free Libraries for their community.
  • Dubuque: On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Bol is honored to be the guest at a Community Build Day in Dubuque from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spark Family Hair Salon, made famous for barber Courtney Williams’ efforts to improve the reading skills of children in his neighborhood by offering free haircuts to kids who read to him — a story recently featured on “Good Morning America” and in People Magazine and USA Today, among others.
  • Between Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City: On Thursday, Oct. 1, Bol will make his way to Davenport. On the following day, Oct. 2, he will head to Cedar Rapids. During his trip he intends to make frequent stops in towns along the way so he can commit what he calls “Random Acts of Library” engagement efforts that include book and coffee mug giveaways designed to spread the word about Little Free Libraries.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 3, Bol will speak at 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library as par t of the Book Festival. In addition, he will host a library building event and promote The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich, which was published by Coffee House Press in 2015. Aldrich will also be in attendance at the Iowa City Book Festival.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build community and promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. They seek to increase the number of Little Free Libraries in the United States from 30,000 in 2015 to 100,000.