Little Free Library News

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Times Colonist, May 24, 2022

Jack Knox: Little free libraries a reminder of grassroots goodness

Why does all this matter? Because in a world in which a steady barrage of negative news warps our perspective, little free libraries are a reminder of a basic goodness that is more common than we often realize. They’re an indicator of grassroots decency, just like the chairs that people install at rural bus stops, or the water dishes left for dogs outside local shops.

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GVPN, April 27, 2022

Our Amazing Placemakers, an interview with Sharon Lam

Earlier this year we connected with an amazing placemaker in the Greater Victoria region. Sharon Lam is a visual artist who creates drawings and paintings inspired by her favourite places. Sharon chose twelve of the 600+ Little Free Libraries for this new calendar. In an interview with Teale Phelps Bondaroff, GVPN’s Pocket Places Project Lead, we heard about Sharon’s inspiration for her creative expression. We are grateful that Sharon made the time for this conversation and shared the story of how her illustrations are bringing community connection and healing through art.

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Saanich News, April 25, 2022

Saanich author donates trailer load of children’s books to little free libraries across CRD

“There are now over 600 little free libraries in the CRD and there never seem to be enough children’s books to fill them. It’s fantastic that the Pocket Places Project can help top up local little free libraries with children’s books and share the fantastic work of a local Saanich author,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, board member of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network.

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Saanich News, March 27, 2022

Student shares love of literacy with Oak Bay library project

An Oak Bay High student’s legacy of literacy will live on beyond her graduation this spring. Sidney Hurst designed, built and installed the region’s 600th little free library, adjacent to Bowker Creek, as her capstone project.
 

“The location along the restored section of Bowker Creek was perfect for this, as it has become such a vibrant and accessible green space for the school and the broader community, and I hope my project will serve to further enhance that community space,” Hurst said.

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GVPN, November 27, 2021

Delivering the 50,000th book of the Pocket Places Project!

Since August 2017, the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to little free libraries (LFLs) around the region, and this week, project lead Teale Phelps Bondaroff added the 50,000th book to a LFL. A copy of Chris Hadfield’s ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,’ was left in the Republic of North Park Little Free Library on Queens Ave. Victoria.

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The Switch, November 15, 2021

Placemaking and Little Free Libraries

Placemaking and little free libraries go hand in hand to help residents make a switch in their community. Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network joins The Switch to explain how the idea of placing making and community library boxes (which don’t replace libraries) can help communities become climate resilient and benefit everyone.

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The Discourse, October 13, 2021

Langford little free pantry is ‘a coral reef for community’

“When you create a public place that is people-centric, people will gather there and interact and that’s the basis of community,” Phelps Bondaroff says. “We don’t actually have a lot of situations in our lives where we bump into and have conversations with strangers. Our infrastructure in our urban environment isn’t really designed for that … but that’s what placemaking does. It softens the hard edges of the city and makes it more about people.”

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Saanich News, Sept. 12, 2021

Pollinators, pokemon come together in Greater Victoria’s latest little library

“I’m really excited to see the diversity of little free libraries in town, the way that people iterate off of the basic principle of a little lending box is inspiring,” he said. “Little free seed libraries are fantastic because, in addition to building community and helping share seeds, they also encourage people to get into seed saving. This year, I carefully harvested seeds from our community garden’s thriving chive plant to share in the city’s little free seed libraries, and I’m currently collecting arugula seeds.”

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Times Colonist, August 17, 2021

Working on reconciliation, one free little library at a time

“Little free libraries are an incredible way to promote reading, start conversations with our neighbours, and create community,” Rankin said. “We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation and I am encouraged by the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s initiative to bring conversations and knowledge about reconciliation to Victoria neighbourhoods.”

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CFAX 1070, August 17, 2021

Truth and Reconciliation Books Delivered to Local Little Free Libraries

Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Greater Victoria Placemaking Network joins Josh to speak about the Truth and Reconciliation Books Delivered to Local Little Free Libraries. 
 

We find out about the crowd funding efforts to purchase these booklets, and what information you can expect to read in them. 

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Times Colonist, August 1, 2021

Our Community: 500th little free library

The Dragon’s Lair Neighbourhood Free Library officially became the 500th little free library in the capital region last Sunday, with Laurel Collins, MP for Victoria, cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

The little library, located at 3114 Harriet Rd. (at the corner of Maddock Avenue West), was installed by Christine Knox, an artist whose family has lived at the address for 85 years.

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Victoria News, July 6, 2021

Greater Victoria group delivering reconciliation materials to Little Free Libraries

The network had raised more than $5,400 online of its $4,000 goal as of Friday afternoon, money that will be put toward purchasing and dropping off the booklets to each library.

“When it comes to reconciliation, we all have a role to play and this is one small thing that we can do,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, community organizer. “We need to do more, but learning is an important place to start.”

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CBC News, May 30, 2021

Little Free Libraries launch book bingo game across Victoria

Greater Victoria is home to more than 467 miniature libraries and, thanks to a new initiative, readers can now play a game of bingo while searching for new books.
 

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, the group that started Little Free Libraries — a collection of take-a-book, leave-a-book stalls throughout the city — has now launched Little Free Library Bingo. 

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Times Colonist, February 17, 2021

Little free libraries like 'coral reefs for community'

Teale Phelps Bondaroff spends a lot of his time thinking about books. A couple of times a week he loads up a bike trailer, which can hold up to 250 paperbacks, and pedals around town delivering books to free little libraries in need of a top-up. The weekend before last, he delivered the 20,000th book to a little library in ­Saanich as part of a placemaking ­project started in 2017.

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