Larger Victoria E book Bingo Recreation Launched By Little Free Library Operators – Vancouver Island Free Each day

You’ve heard of bingo halls, but what about a book bingo game that includes 467 small free libraries in the capital region?

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN), the group that tracks and stocks the area’s take-a-book and leave-a-book booths, launched Little Free Library Bingo. The pandemic friendly game is complete with bingo cards that encourage players to browse the mini-libraries to cross out the squares on their cards and of course, prizes.

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Players can choose from two different card categories – one for a general audience and another for kids – and can either pick one up at a small free library, print one out themselves from the GVPN website, or create their own, said John Threlfall, a local Writer who runs a colorful little free library on Fernwood Road and who came up with the idea for the bingo game.

Just like in regular bingo, “you can then play lines, clubs or blackouts as you find the various items,” and challenge alone, as a family or a friend, he said. The aim is to get residents to explore the region and “encourage children to become lifelong readers”.

Participants are encouraged to share their adventures on social media with the tag #LFLBingo as they play.

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You may be wondering: what about the prices?

Players can choose from free books and those who share their completed cards on Instagram or Twitter with #LFLBingo will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes, said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, member of the GVPN board of directors.

“I am always amazed at the creativity that Little Free Libraries foster and the magic that these little boxes of books bring to a community,” he said.

The GVPN’s Pocket Place Project has been mapping Little Free Libraries in the region since 2017, and Greater Victoria has the highest documented density of them in Canada.

Visit victoriaplacemaking.ca for printable bingo cards and a map of the area’s 467 Little Free Libraries.

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