In 2013 while biking through Fernwood, I came upon an adorable sight: a little library outside someone’s house. I started taking pictures, to the puzzlement of the next door neighbour. I explained about the Victoria & Circle Tour Art Calendar, people’s favourite spots, secret treasures, what makes this place special. She was delighted: “That’s Lisa Help’s house, we had a lovely “opening ceremony” for the library.” It went on the July page of the 2015 Victoria calendar.
At the Victoria Placemaking website there is a map of the “little libraries” around Victoria – http://victoriaplacemaking.ca/2015/placemaking/mapping-greater-victorias-little-library-boxes/
There’s also a little history – started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Wisconsin, who built a mini-model of a 1-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former schoolteacher who loved reading. And pictures of some of the book boxes around town, where you “take a book, leave a book.” There’s also some resources on building one, and a link to a super little video done when there were only 5 in all of Victoria. Now, I see them in all sorts of places. A couple of my friends have expanded on the idea and included small toys, personal care items, anything people may find useful or delightful.
If you know of a Little Free Library, send me a picture and I will post it – and perhaps it could show up in a future calendar!
Being November, the Fairs are starting! You can find me at:
Calico Christmas – Pacific Christian School – Friday Nov 11 evening & Sat Nov 12
Esquimalt Market Fair – Esquimalt Rec Centre – Sun Nov 13
Victorian Christmas – Commonwealth Place – Sat & Sun Nov 19 & 20
Highlands Christmas Fair – Sun Nov 20
Oaklands Winter Market – Oaklands Community Centre on Belmont – Nov 26
Jewish Community Centre of Victoria Fair – JCCV on Shelbourne – Sun Nov 27
They all have GREAT gifts, some beautiful hand made art and craft. Come and say hi!
. . . and here are some more Little Libraries that folks have sent in:
Government St south of Niagara