Educational Institutions

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY LTD

Inspiring readers. Building community. Sparking creativity.

aka Little Free Library

Hudson, WI

Mission

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. There are now more than 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide, standing in all 50 states and 80+ countries. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Ruling Year

2012

Executive Director

Mr. Todd H. Bol

Main Address

573 County Road A Suite 106

Hudson, WI 54016 USA

Keywords

little free library

EIN

45-4043708

 Number

2759053202

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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Little Free Libraries

Action Book Club

Impact Library Program

Kids, Community & Cops

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Expanding the joy and power of sharing books and the impact that deceptively simple action can have on strengthening neighborhoods, and improving literacy—with all the benefits that flow from that.

- Spreading the word through local connections via Across America trips and in social media spaces.
- Building an online network for volunteer stewards through which they can share ideas and best practices and provide direct support to one another.
- Developing a funding mechanism by which Libraries can be set up where they can have meaningful impact on book access.
- Applying connection points between reading and grassroots community development via the Action Book Club.

Little Free Library has a full and part-time staff of 15 that supports revenue streams, programming, and administrative purposes. They are age- and gender-diverse and represent many years of experience in marketing, accounting, product development, manufacturing, publishing, and community work. Little Free Library headquarters comprises a warehouse and workshop in addition to traditional office spaces.

Key performance indicators include number of registered Libraries, including expansion into new communities; size of email list; revenues (product sales and contributed revenue); social media participation; and growth in earned media.

We do not believe there is a saturation point of Library presence; it appears that as Libraries increase in proximity, they serve to increase participation overall.

We've succeeded in starting an international movement that in many ways has taken on a life of its own. We've reached into a diverse range of communities that have limited access to books but recognize that there is much more of that work to do.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY LTD

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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