Little Free Library News

Times Colonist, June 3, 2020

300th little library puts Victoria on the map

“Each library displays their identity and their vision to make the community beautiful,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, which has been mapping the libraries across the CRD.

No two libraries are alike — some have angel wings, while others are shaped like giant books. There are miniature houses with cedar-shingle roofs, an old sea chest and a grand piano. Many use recycled materials — some are built of repurposed metal Times Colonist newspaper-dispensing boxes.

CTV News, May 28, 2020

Sawatsky Sign-Off: Little Library Love

"People chat us up and we chat with them and it's kinda neat!" Adam finds out the love story behind Victoria's 300th Little Free Library.

Peninsula News Review, May 28, 2020

Victoria’s latest little free library comes with its own benches, lighting

A small red and white book box not far from its namesake in Victoria marks the 300th little free library in the region.

The ‘Moss Rock’s Little Library’ was installed at the corner of May and Joseph streets on May 23. Built by Jim Pungente, this particular library comes with its own reading benches and two solar-powered lights to help people browse the selections.

Victoria News, April 22, 2020

Little libraries stock chalk across Greater Victoria to spread positive messages

Sidewalk chalk is in stock at little libraries across the region as the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network launches its ‘Chalk Your Block’ initiative.

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network encourages residents of all ages to use the chalk to add inspiring images, phrases, poems, games, community knowledge or whatever helps connect residents with their neighbours.

Radio Victoria, April 20, 2020

Project #ChalkYourWalkYYJ

Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff nous parle d’une initiative dont il est l’un des piliers #ChalkYourWalk. Lancé par Greater Victoria Placemaking Network ce mouvement à pour but d’aider à établir et maintenir des liens entre les voisins pendant cette période de distanciation sociale et pour soutenir les travailleurs en première ligne des services de santé.

Book Riot, March 31, 2020

Little free libraries turning into little free pantries amid COVID-19

During a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes small things like Little Free Libraries can be forgotten amid the panic and mayhem. But the LFL community, owners, and patrons have identified an incredible way to give back to their neighbors and communities during uncertain times by turning their normal book-trading depots into small food pantries.

Times Colonist, August 25, 2019

Capital region marks 256 little libraries

“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."

GVPN, August 21, 2019

Victoria Little Free Library Picnic

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!

CFAX 1070, August 19, 2019

This month the CRD's 250th Little Free Library was installed

I spoke with Mark Brennae about the installation of the installation of the 250th little free library in the CRD, as well as a couple of other issues I'm working on. 

Victoria News, August 18, 2019

250th Free Little Library installed in Victoria

"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."

Saanich News, July 13, 2019

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.”

Radio Canada, July 8, 2019

10 000 livres offerts gratuitement à Victoria

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.

Victoria Buzz, March 8, 2019

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...

GVPN, January 13, 2019

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!

Times Colonist, October 14, 2018

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 News, October 4, 2018

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.”

Island Tides, Summer 2018

Island Tides Street Libraries

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!

Victoria News, December 18, 2017

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...

Peninsula News, August 18, 2018 

Victoria’s little free libraries get 5,000th book

On Wednesday, Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) volunteer, Teale Phelps Bondaroff, dropped of the 5,000th book to the project.

“It’s amazing how many people you meet while visiting the little free libraries,” Phelps Bondaroff said. “These delightful examples of placemaking act as coral reefs for the community.” 

Victoria News, May 13, 2018

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.”

The Tyee, November 8, 2017

Building Community Through Little Free Libraries

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.

GVPN, September 19, 2017

Your own Little Free Library – where to start

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.




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