The Corporation of the City of Brantford will be unveiling and installing ten new Little Free Libraries on municipally owned, publicly accessible property. A call for artists went out in May and a partner-led jury selected 10 local artists (9 from Brantford, 1 from Paris) through a process involving a visual proposal and written statement. Artists include: Cassandra Chambers, Aleah Durham, Elizabeth Gosse, Arlene Laskey, Dave McCreary, Alex Mikulich, Aliki Mikulich, Lizzy Mikulich, Christa Potter, and Heather Vollans.
The unveiling of the Little Free Libraries will be Friday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre in Brantford. This free event will be held as part of Culture Days, and everyone is welcome to attend.
A Little Free Library is a take-a-book, return-a-book, exchange. There are over 50,000 registered Libraries across 70 countries. Through the program, millions of books are exchanged worldwide each year, significantly increasing access to books for readers of all ages. There are currently six registered Little Free Libraries in Brantford. The project proposes that two will be installed per ward for a total of ten new Libraries. The locations selected are as follows: Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre, Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, Branlyn Community Centre, Woodman Park Community Centre, 2 and 4 Fire Stations, Central Services Fire Hall, and Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre.
“Our hope is that these Little Free Libraries will inspire the love of reading, provide opportunities to learn and meet someone new, and encourage appreciation for public art in Brantford. These humble book exchanges will help to enhance our neighbourhoods, and will provide our community with a space to express what is important to them,” said Sara Munroe, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Brantford.
In 2016, the Brant Skills Centre received a grant from the Brant Community Foundation to build and install 10 Little Free Libraries throughout the City of Brantford, painted by local artists. The Brant Skills Centre requested that the City of Brantford fund the artist fees for the project, through the Public Art Reserve Fund. Brantford City Council approved the request on April 24, 2017.
The Little Free Library in Brantford is a public art project aimed at inspiring a love of reading, building community, and sparking creativity in Brantford. This is a collaborative project between the City of Brantford, Brant Skills Centre, and Jono & Laynie Photo + Film. There are many benefits of installing Little Free Libraries, including: an enhanced sense of neighbourhood and community pride, freewheeling exchange of books that is community-curated, giving staff insight into the values and interest of their community, and children, youth and adults of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds can participate equally, among countless other reasons.
Lori Bruner, Executive Director of the Brant Skills Centre adds, “The Little Free Libraries will generate opportunities for people to access literature, which they may not otherwise have encountered. Opening a window into a wonderful world of information, viewpoints, cultures and ideas, the Libraries will allow readers to engage in life-long learning, and at the same time offer them an occasion to appreciate and reflect on the work of local artists.”
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Photo Credit: Jono and Laynie Photo + Film