Maria Wolfe and her daughter Natalie of Brainerd  stopped by the Little Free Library in rural Motley recently.  It is located in Scandia Valley Township, near Maria Wolfe’s parents’ home (Bob and Carolyn Lohman) on West Shamineau Dr. (Submitted photo)

‘Little Free Library’ open in rural Motley

A ‘Free Little Library’ is now available to book lovers of all ages in the Lincoln Lakes area.

Located at the corner of Cty. Rd. 202 and West Shamineau Dr. in rural Motley (at the end of Bob and Carolyn Lohman’s driveway), the library is open to anyone who wishes to use it.

“We hope to share books with friends, neighbors and visitors,” said Carolyn Lohman. She went on to note that there are several resorts nearby; and that a lot of people enjoy taking walks in that area. 

Anyone is welcome to take a book at the Free Little Library. After it is read, the book can then be returned or shared with somebody else. People are also welcome to share their own books from home, by leaving them at the library.

“My husband and I both love books, enjoy reading and believe in the power of libraries to teach and inspire,” Carolyn said. “We support reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world.”

A couple of years ago, the Lohmans read about a man from Wisconsin, Todd Bol, who started the Little Free Library movement as a tribute to his mother, a teacher who loved to read. They were inspired by his story and decided to do what Bol did in their own neighborhood.

For more online information about Bol and his project, visit


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