Peace Pole Little Free Library, Hudson, Wisconsin-USA

October-2015

We installed the first Peace Pole Little Free Library!

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My friend, folksinger and Peace Activist Larry Long came over to my home to provide music for our welcome ceremony with neighbors. Take a look at what Larry posted on his face book page about the front yard concert below with photo:

“Two of those small things are the Little Free Library & Peace Pole Project.  Both of which came together  in Hudson, Wisconsin, where Tony Bol celebrated the installment of the worlds first ever – Peace Pole Little Free Library – in the front yard of his Hudson, Wisconsin home.

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“I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.” Pete Seeger

The sun broke out at noon, just as I began to perform. Tony’s neighbors brought books. Everyone wrote down a wish for peace and placed it in a time capsule to be locked under the Peace Pole Library.

The Little Free Library was started by Tony’s brother, Todd. In 2009, Todd  Bol built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. There are now over 32,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing over 1 million books annually! (www.littlefreelibrary.org)

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A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country where it has been placed, and usually 3 to 5 additional translations. The message is referred to as a peace prayer.

The idea of Peace Poles was first thought up by Masahisa Goi in 1955 in Japan. The Peace Pole Project today is furthered by The World Peace Prayer Society.”

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Story and Photos Submitted by Tony Bol

At the end of October-2015, Little Free Library founder Todd H. Bol traveled to Washington, DC to receive a commendation from the Library of Congress on behalf of Little Free Library’s work (and your work too, stewards!) to build communities of literacy.

The Peace Pole Project is honored to collaborate with Little Free Library by supporting the common mission and co-creation of the Peace Pole Little Free Library.

May Peace Prevail in Our Communities throughout the World!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Ann Marie Robustelli, WPPS

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