Little Free Library News

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CHEK News, September 25, 2022

650th little free library opens in CRD

“It’s really exciting to see how big the little free library project has gotten,” Phelps Bondaroff said in an interview with CHEK News. “When I started the project we had 111 little libraries, and our goal was to get to 150 for Canada’s 150th, and here we are, cutting the ribbon on the 650th little free library in the region.”

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Times Colonist, Sept. 26, 2022

Little Free Library project adds 650th, shows no signs of slowing

The capital region’s 650th Little Free Library was unveiled Saturday on the corner of Haultain and Scott Streets.

Named the Garden View Little Free Library, it was constructed from materials and shingles recycled from creators Marthinus and Lori de Wet’s 1910 home.

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VictoriaBuzz, September 22, 2022

75,000th book delivered to the little free library network in Greater Victoria

Book lovers, rejoice, another little free library is coming to Victoria. This Saturday, the organization behind upkeeping all the little free libraries (LFLs) around town, will be unveiling the 650th LFL. This milestone comes just days after the group announced the LFLs now host more than 75,000 books around the region. The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to LFLs since 2017 and this week they hit their newest milestone of 75,000 books delivered. 

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Victoria Now, August 26, 2022

Whimsical and unique 'Little Free Libraries' in Victoria

“It’s citizens taking an active role in shaping the urban landscape. It’s creating spaces for people to meet and interact… What you’ll see is that someone will build a little free library, then someone will put a bench next to it, then there might be a ‘fairy door’, then a seed library, and then another neighbour builds a library…there’s even a tree in James Bay that’s covered in tea cups.”
 

“All it takes is one person bringing beauty into the world. Other people are inspired by it, and community forms,” he adds.

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GVPN, June 13, 2022

Play Little Free Library Bingo

Did you know? Now you can create your own Little Free Library Bingo Card!
 

If you’ve ever visited more than one little free library, you’ve likely noticed the same book or author popping up: The Da Vinci Code, say, or one of Danielle Steele’s potboilers. Rather than get frustrated by this, we decided to come up with a fresh way to engage with Victoria’s amazing and expansive network of little free libraries (LFLs): Little Free Library Bingo! 

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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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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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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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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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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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