Photo Essay: Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library located inside of the Victoria Health Centre on 65 Brunswick Street, Fredericton. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

One of the most interesting Little Free Libraries that are scattered all around Fredericton is located at the Victoria Health Centre on Brunswick Street. Not only because of its location but also because of the many books that have come and gone through it over the years.

Nancy Morin, one of the staff occupational therapists at this facility, was in charge of setting this location for the Little Free Library Organization. She took the time to find the shelves, set them at the main reception of the Health Centre and invite people to take and leave books.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Bible back found by Nancy Morin at her Little Free Library on the Victoria Health Centre, with almost a dozen names of grandchildren dating back to the 1920s. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

As the one in charge of maintaining the integrity of her Little Free Library, Morin is in charge of checking the shelves to find any books that are damaged or in bad condition to be taken off the shelves.

She also borrows books from the shelves whenever there’s one that interests her. One one occassion, she found the back of a leather bible with an list.

“Probably a grandmother wrote the birth of [her[ grandchildren and that grandparent had listed all of the grandkids dating from 1926 to 1938,” she said.

She said this shows that sometimes pieces of history end up in the most random of places.

‘Everybody’s Encyclopedia.’ found by Nancy Morin on her Little Free Library at the Victoria Health Centre. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

Morin also found another interesting piece of history in her Little Free Library, this one being the ‘Everybody’s Complete Encyclopedia.’

“I used to have a whole collection of encyclopedia’s that i kept on my book shelf and I thought it would be interesting to show because most of the current generation don’t use them anymore because of the internet,” she said.

While she does not know how old this particular encyclopedia is, she assumes it might be as old as the bible she found.

These Little Free Libraries are scattered all around the city and they might keep some of the impressive findings that Nancy Morin was able to get. The Aquinian’s photo editor, Daniel Salas, walked around Fredericton and took pictures of some of these curious book shelves.

Little Free Library located on 430 University avenue, Fredericton New Brunswick. (Daniel Salas/AQ)
Little Free Library located on 110 Willow Ave, Fredericton, New Brunswick. (Daniel Salas/AQ)
Little Free Library located on 235 Parkhurst Drive, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Set there by the families of the neighborhood on 2015. (Daniel Salas/AQ)
Little Free Library located on 653 Charlotte Street, Fredericton New Brunswick. (Daniel Salas/AQ)