The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. He mounted a wooden container designed to look like a one-room schoolhouse on a post on his lawn and filled it with books as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. Bol shared his idea with his partner, Rick Brooks, and the idea spread rapidly, soon becoming a "global sensation”. The Little Free Library soon became a non-profit organization and currently there are more than 70,000 registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes in 85 countries worldwide.
The Social Activism Club at the Yorkton Regional High School (YRHS) was inspired by Todd Bol and when they researched the various kinds of little libraries online they decided to create and build their own Lil’ Library for the city of Yorkton.
This library is not a YRHS library, its a Yorkton library! Anyone passing by can take a book to read or leave one for someone else to find. The intention is to get the community and neighbourhood involved, to encourage a love for reading and to inspire creativity. The goal is to unite the community through literature, just like it brought the Social Activism group together.
By building this library, the Social Activism Club hopes to start a chain reaction for more Lil' Free Libraries to be built in Yorkton and throughout other communities.