Lake Worth Little Free Libraries Receives World-Wide Recognition
By Paige Turner, Reprinted with the kind permission of the Lake Worth Herald
May 16, 2019 -- The Lake Worth Little Free Libraries project has been selected to receive the inaugural Todd H. Bol Outstanding Achievement award from the Little Free Library world-wide book sharing network. To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of when Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library to honor the memory of his mother, the Little Free Library organization has honored 10 individual Stewards from the more than 98,000 Stewards across the planet with this newly created award named after the late founder and creator of the Little Free Library global phenomenon.
Lake Worth Little Free Libraries, with more than 120 LFLs and more than 200 Stewards, Artists and Builders has been graciously included among the honorees as a comprehensive project because Todd Bol so ardently believed that Little Free Library is a Community effort. And so it is that the Lake Worth Little Free Libraries project is now recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the world-wide effort to build Literacy and Community in more than 90 countries around the world.
According to the letter of notification received from Little Free Library headquarters in Hudson, Wisconsin, “Ten years ago, Todd Bol built the very first Little Free Library on his deck in Hudson, Wisconsin and the world was forever changed. We witnessed people sharing – both books and pieces of themselves. We saw sparks of creativity ripple from Hudson to El Paso, New Orleans, and Rome. We have seen hearts changed and communities come together because of a simple, but powerful, box of books. You have helped to inspire those changes and are an integral part of the Little Free Library story. Thank you, from all of us, for the work you have done to advance our mission.”
The letter goes on to say, “While the Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement are given to individuals, we are so proud of the entire Lake Worth Little Free Libraries team.”
The physical award is expected to be delivered to Lake Worth within the next two weeks. It will be permanently displayed in the Lake Worth Library to honor not only all the project volunteers but also all the residents of Lake Worth who have so embraced their Little Free Libraries.