“If you build it they will come!” and you’ll create a community hub within your neighbourhood, too!
“Let’s take that one out of there…”
Teale Phelps Bondaroff picks up one book from the Rudledge Park Little Free Library, and slides in another.
Bondaroff, and friend Stephanie Ferguson, are the caretakers of this Little Library.
It came about quite naturally.
“We love books” explains Bondaroff, “and we’ve always wanted to have a little library in our community…
“We constructed it, some friends helped us out.
“The City of Saanich helped us out with the stand, and the cement pad, and we installed it about a month ago.”
So where do all these free books come from?
“Some of them come from our own collection” admits Ferguson,
“And we took advantage of the Times Colonist Book Sale this year to pick up a few extras of some popular books, so we would have a few to stock the library throughout the year.”
Books come from the neighbourhood too.
It’s a “take a book, leave a book kinda policy” says Ferguson, “so you can not only find free books in the library, but you can also drop off some of your favorites, or just pass along books that you’re no longer using…
“So it’s a great way to move them along, and share in the community.”
Little Libraries are a great way to get to know your neighbours.
“We love little libraries because they act as a coral reef for the community…” says Bondaroff.
“When you’re out checking Little Library, you run into a neighbour, you learn about their taste in books, you actually get to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise run into.
There are more than 1-hundred little libraries across Greater Victoria.
Bondaroff and Ferguson are determined to map them all – with your help.
“Basically” says Bondaroff “we’re asking the public to help us map Little Libraries.”
“Let us know if there’s one in your neighbourhood” adds Ferguson.
“Let us know where it is, and if you could snap a picture of it and send it in, then we can help build a map and make it a little bit more complete.”
Click to learn more about Little Free Libraries.