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Victoria News, May 2, 2024

Superheroes to hand out free comics this weekend in Victoria

It’s free comic book day at several of Victoria’s little free libraries this weekend, and some superheroes have arrived to make sure the comics get into the right hands. The Superheroes of Victoria will be at five little library locations in Fernwood between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.


Victoria Buzz, December 14, 2023

Greater Victoria will see its 800th Little Free Library open its tiny doors this Monday

Books are food for the soul and Greater Victoria has no shortage of places to find something special, especially with the vastness of the ever-growing Little Free Library network. 

This coming Monday, December 18th, that network will grow once more reaching a new milestone. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place with a number of Fernwood neighbours gathered around for the occasion at 1215 Pembroke Street to witness the official opening of the 800th Little Free Library.


Victoria Buzz, October 16, 2023

‘Little library extraordinaire’: Victoria man builds 50th Little Free Library

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and book enthusiasts are celebrating a huge milestone for Bruce More—the Little Free Library (LFL) extraordinaire. He recently built and installed his 50th LFL this fall at 731 Macan Place, which is being managed by Evamarie Nikelski and Chris Weicker. This passion project journey began in March 2021—as a retired Music Professor from the University of Victoria, he was looking for something engaging and creative to do. 


CHEK News, July 31, 2023

‘They’re about community’: CRD’s 700th little free library opens

Placemaking looks to turn the page and make communities “more human,” explains [Phelps] Bondaroff. He says the libraries are a fantastic way for locals to play an active role in making that reality. “People in this region love little free libraries. Little free libraries are all about sharing, they’re about community, they’re about connecting people,” [Phelps] Bondaroff told CHEK News at the ribbon-cutting event in Vic West.

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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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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. 


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! 


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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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.”


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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