Little Free Library News


CFAX, July 23, 2021

Burnside-Gorge Welcomes 500th Little Library to Greater Victoria

The 500th little free library can now be found at the corner of Harriet Rd. and Maddock Ave W in the Burnside-Gorge neighborhood. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, lead of Greater Victoria Placemaking Network's Pocket Places Project, joined the show to chat with Josh about this new little free library.

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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.”


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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Peninsula News Review,

May 21, 2021

Greater Victoria book bingo game launched by Little Free Library operators

Players will have their pick of free books and those who share their completed cards on Instagram or Twitter with #LFLBingo will be entered into a draw for other prizes, said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a member of the GVPN board.

“I’m constantly amazed at the creativity that Little Free Libraries foster and the magic that these little book boxes bring to a community,” he said.


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.


Victoria Buzz, January 13, 2021

400th Little Free Library installed in Greater Victoria

“We have the highest documented density of little free libraries in Canada,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff, GVPN volunteer board member and Pocket Places Project Lead.

“The 300th was installed in June of this year, and the 350th in September. It’s inspiring to see so many people transforming the city through placemaking.”

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Capital Daily, December 12, 2020

Canada’s biggest community of little free libraries has only grown stronger through COVID-19

Since 2017, he’s seen both new and established book boxes join the map at a rate of about 100 a year. But this year, the growth has been unprecedented. The 300th little library opened this May, and the total is fast approaching 400 by the day.

“I can say with confidence that Victoria has the highest density of documented little libraries in Canada, possibly further afield,” said Phelps Bondaroff.

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CHEK News, October 4, 2020

Little Free Libraries in Greater Victoria brings people near and far together

Teale Phelps Bondaroff of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network says there are more than 360 Little Free Libraries scattered throughout the region. “Little Free Libraries build community. They connect people. They create a hub for folks to meet, for people to connect, and not just around books,” said Phelps Bondaroff.  “It’s around meeting folks, and talking.  And whether that’s on-line or in person, they’re absolutely magical pieces of placemaking.”


YAM Magazine, September 24, 2020

Find 350+ Little Free Libraries in Victoria B.C.

You’re driving along a residential road singing along to the radio and something bright and colourful catches your eye. It’s a little red box with ‘Give a Book, Take a Book’ stamped on the side. It’s the kind of neighbourhood feature that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy.

These wholesome community features are what the CRD calls, ‘Little free Libraries’ – aka LFLs – and they can be found throughout the city in all shapes and sizes.

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Victoria Buzz, September 10, 2020

Greater Victoria now has 350 Little Free Libraries installed throughout the region

“Whenever I’m out cycling around dropping off books to little free libraries, I meet fascinating people and fall into interesting conversations,” said Phelps Bondaroff.

“Little free libraries are not just places to pick up a book, but they help build community. These days, people realize that now, more than ever, we need points of connection in our shared public spaces.”


Victoria News, September 6, 2020

Victoria housing company donates books to local little free libraries

A Greater Victoria development company is joining forces with the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) to bring 300 copies of a book to the region’s little free libraries (LFL).

Over the next few weeks, Greater Victoria residents may notice copies of Happy City by Charles Montgomery appearing on the shelves of local little free libraries courtesy of Lapis Homes.


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.

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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."

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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.”