HUDSON, Wis., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Little Free Library® placed its 50,000th book exchange at the Illumination Foundation homeless shelter in Santa Ana, California, a community with one library and no bookstores for over 335,000 residents.
Little Free Library started with a free book exchange along a trail in Wisconsin in 2009 and today, seven years later, the nonprofit organization has developed into an award-winning force for literacy and community-building. "Little Free Library is more than cute boxes of books," notes Founder Todd H. Bol. "Along with placing our 50,000th library, we've established a global network of stewards, built partnerships with publishers and literacy organizations, and developed programming that leverages the power of sharing books to bring communities together." The Little Free Library organization qualitatively estimates that 50,000 little libraries cumulatively amounts to 36,500,000 books being shared in a year and 600,000 neighbors meeting each other for the first time. Little Free Library's Impact Fund program made the book exchange at the Illumination Foundation possible. The Impact Fund is a donation program that places book exchanges where they can be a catalyst for motivating reading and deepening community connectedness.