SURREY – Hot off the heels of the global Little Free Library movement, Surrey Libraries has found a place to nest a little free library of their own.
In Surrey’s Boundary Park (6058 Boundary Dr. W) on Nov. 1, community members and library employees unveiled their own little free library – a painted, wooden box a little larger than a birdhouse – for residents to give and take from as they please. Though the Surrey Libraries helped kickstart the initiative, a local community group will be taking care of the space.
"The Village Surrey Transition Initiative, they’re the ones who spearheaded this particular Little Free Library," said Surinder Bhogal, deputy chief librarian at Surrey Libraries.
"We want the community to take ownership so it’s really important to have people come forward to look after it," she said.
The event on Saturday (Nov. 1) was the culmination of almost a year and a half ‘s work, Bhogal said. Another one will soon be popping up at North Surrey’s Bridgeview Park and others will serve less public areas such as the food bank.
"The books are free, you don’t need a library card. It’s just kind of like a community book shelf," she said.