Little Free Library arrives in North Western


Congratulations to North Western and its Little Free Library.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a Little Free Library is, the history goes back to 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., built a model of a one-room schoolhouse. A tribute to his mother, the small library was filled with books and placed on a post. This caught the attention of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Rick Brooks, who paired up with Bol to organize the effort into an international phenomenon.  

Locally,. the Western Town Library Board of Trustees met in North Western on June 3 to dedicate a Little Free Library that the group worked on as a project designed to brings books closer to that community. Library Board President, Carole Torok, explained the purpose and how to use the Little Free Library.

It is set up behind the Methodist Church of North Western and provides anyone the opportunity to take a book or leave a book. She thanked the church membership for allowing the project to be set up at their church which is centrally located in the community. 

The project was suggested by Library Director Mary Jo Miller and the Library Board’s vision was brought to life by Lee Northrup, long time resident of North Western and husband to library board trustee, Carol Northrup. The church membership and their Pastor, Reverend Joan Dunn, joined in.

By 2017, over 60,000 Little Free Libraries were registered in all U.S. states and in over 80 countries. Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit


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