Todd Bol grew up with a mother who loved books, a former schoolteacher who knew the magic of a good read. So when he decided to build something to remember her by, he knew just what to make. Todd built a miniature library, a wooden model of a one-room schoolhouse, and stuffed it full of books he wanted others to read. He placed it on a stand in his yard, marked with a sign that read, "FREE BOOKS." 

Before he knew it, a movement had begun. At TEDxFargo, Todd explains this phenomenon: how one effort to share his mother’s love of reading became a worldwide network of booklovers creating beautiful tiny houses for sharing books, something he’s called the Little Free Library.

Learn more about how people all around the globe are changing the communities they inhabit through these great little book shelters — homes for new and well-loved ideas alike — in Todd’s talk below:

At top, images of Little Free Libraries in places far and near, hand-picked from their very lovely Flickr galley.