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'Little Free Library' creator Todd Bol dies at age of 62

Todd Bol had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Little Free Library creator Todd Bol has died at the age of 62, leaving behind a stunning legacy of literacy.

Nine years ago, Bol made his first Little Free Library using wood from an old garage door, and erected it in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin, honoring the memory of his mother who died in 2001.

Fast-forward to today, there is now a network of more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries across the country, giving communities access to books donated by their neighbors.

A native of North St. Paul and a former Stillwater High School student, Bol had been battling pancreatic cancer. He'd only recently been diagnosed.

The nonprofit he founded, which is also based in Hudson, announced his death on Thursday, saying it's "deeply saddened" by his passing.

"Todd spent much of the last decade working towards his vision of a world where neighbors know each other by name, and everyone has access to books," it added.

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His brother Tony told MPR that Todd "loved the thing so much, and he resonated joy as he talked about it. It was infectious and that worked."

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and adult children Austin and Allison.

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