A Closer Look at Milwaukee’s Little Free Libraries

A short list of some of our favorites around Milwaukee.

In 2009, Todd H. Bol built the world’s first Little Free Library in Hudson, Wis., repurposing an old door into a book repository fashioned to look like a one-room schoolhouse.

Why? He wanted to bring his community closer together, and motivate them to read more often.

Today, there are over 70,000 Little Free Libraries around the world, and 98 are registered in Milwaukee. Here are a few of our favorites. 

East Side
3257 N. Cramer St.

For those who love the wizarding world, this little library – with a wand as a handle – pays tribute to Harry Potter and his crew.

929 E. Townsend St.

This well-stocked, psychedelic purple box serves adults, kids and canines too – dog treats can often be found inside.

East Side
1930 N. Cambridge Ave.

Book and birdhouse lovers, take note: This little library was built by hand as a housewarming gift for a family’s new home.

“What to Read Right Now” appears in the October 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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