“The magic of little free libraries is that they don’t just help share books between neighbours, they add whimsy to the urban landscape, create places for people to meet and ultimately help build community,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, who leads the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places Project."
This past weekend, people from all over the region gathered in Rutledge Park for a picnic. All these folks had one thing in common, little free libraries!...
The picnic was an absolutely delightful and I thought that sharing more about this wonderful event would help show people the community-building power placemaking, as well as hopefully inspire future events in Victoria and beyond!
"Little free libraries encourage imagination and spontaneity, he explained. They also provide space for “whimsy in the urban landscape,” he said. Each LFL is unique and the people who run them put their personality into the construction and upkeep."
10,000th book delivered to Little Free Libraries in Greater Victoria
“I meet and speak with the most interesting people whenever I visit the Little Free Libraries around town,” Phelps Bondaroff said. “Community and connections need space to flourish, and that’s what placemaking is all about.”
Les bibliothèques gratuites fonctionnent de manière assez simple. Les gens peuvent soit laisser un livre dans la petite boîte prévue à cet effet ou y prendre un livre qui s’y trouve déjà.
« C’est un bon exemple d’urbanisme tactique, soit la réappropriation par les citoyens des espaces publics d’une façon ludique et festive. C’est une façon pour les citoyens de prendre part à leur environnement. Ça rend l’environnement urbain un peu plus doux, plus humain », estime Teale Phelps Bondaroff.
Here’s how you can find some of Victoria’s 200+ little free libraries
The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network started mapping the region’s book exchange boxes with the help of Sarah Rose Robert of Oaklands Community Association in 2015 and updated it in 2016 with the help of Stephanie Ferguson and Teale Phelps Bondaroff from The Idea Tree Consulting...
Teale’s Tips for Managing Your Little Free Library
Congratulations, you are the proud owner/manager/curator of a little free library. These are fantastic placemaking elements to add to any street, park or public space. They serve as coral reefs for community, serving as a place where people can meet their neighbours, strike up conversations, and discover new books!
Entrevue avec Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff sur les Petites bibliothèques gratuites (LPL)
Nous recevions en entrevue téléphonique Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff au sujet de l'inauguration de la 200e Petite bibliothèque gratuite (LPL) et aussi sur ses priorités en tant que candidat pour le poste de conseiller à Saanich.
Our Community: Little library marks 200, and growing
“Little free libraries don’t just promote literacy and sharing — they transform the urban environment, serving as coral reefs for community,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a board member with the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network. “Little free libraries are an excellent example of how placemaking can help build community. These used newspaper boxes make great little free libraries that people can personalize in creative ways. It is lovely to see objects that might otherwise be thrown away transformed into little community gathering places.”
Victoria boasts highest density of little free libraries in Canada
Since last year, the project has helped distribute 28 used newspaper boxes and set up dozens of other styles of LFL across the CRD. Volunteer project lead and GVPN board member Teale Phelps Bondaroff has delivered more than 5,000 books.
“Little free libraries don’t just promote literacy and sharing, they transform the urban environment, serving as coral reefs for community,” said Phelps Bondaroff. “Little free libraries are an excellent example of how placemaking can help build community.”
All Island Tides redundant street boxes have got a new life! With a makeover theses waterproof boxes are making excellent community street libraries. Here's Teale Phelps Bondaroff, mover and shaker of Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, moving one to a new home!
Greater Victoria Opens its 150th Little Free Library
This weekend, the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network reached its goal of creating 150 little free libraries (LFL) by the end of 2017.
The miniature lending libraries are community book exchanges and dot the lawns of residents who have constructed unique versions of a free mini bookstore. The principle is simple – ‘leave a book, take a book,’ but the impact is great...
Little free libraries popping up in the West Shore
“Little free libraries are increasing in popularity because they serve as coral reefs for community – they bring people together and create spaces where people can meet neighbours, find great books, have great conversations, and make friends,” said Phelps Bondaroff, noting he recently delivered the network’s 5,000th book."
The approximately one-hour tour will wend its way through Fernwood, visiting a number of little free libraries along the way. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with people who have installed and curate these LFLs, ask questions about their experiences, learn about LFL design and maintenance, and get inspired by placemaking. The tour will end at the Fernwood Inn, where participants will be able to continue exploring placemaking over a well-earned pint.
Helping Set Up a Little Free Library in the Spirit Garden
Over the past few months, the GVPN has been very happy to support our friends who run the Spirit Garden in North Jubilee, to help them install Victoria’s newest LFL. This post celebrates this new LFL and is also intended to shed some light on the esoteric practice of LFL installation.
Resident Wants Saanich to Curb Changes to Boulevard Bylaw
Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a Saanich resident who sits on the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, said the addition of a permit process for improving local boulevards discourages community improvements.
“You want to be encouraging people to make their communities more beautiful, so that they transform space they want to spend time in it,” he said. “You don’t want to make it more difficult. This makes it more difficult.”
These Pocket Places are meant to foster community growth by providing a place where neighbours can meet and share a book - or 10.
“Little Free Libraries, I see them as the first entry level of placemaking,” said Phelps Bondaroff... "I’ve described Little Free Libraries as coral reefs for their community,” he said, a place for people to gather.
Pocket Places can start with temporary pieces and social events, Teale noted, then evolve and grow. Block parties with a neighbourhood potluck and temporary street closure is a great way to get people of all ages together for creative sharing of ideas. People can also start with innovations on their private property, then invite neighbours to join in...
Little free libraries (LFLs) are fantastic placemaking elements to enhance a space and community... This blog explores how you can get started becoming an LFL steward. The GVPN is pleased to encourage and support people on their paths to becoming LFL stewards, and we are hoping to grow the number of LFLs in Victoria to 150 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
The book exchanges make excellent placemaking elements in any community. “Our library has quickly become a convergence point for community,” says Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a GVPN volunteer who, along with his partner Stephanie Ferguson, operates the Rutledge Park Little Free Library in Saanich (@RutledgeParkLFL on Twitter).