Little Free Library Unbound

You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.

On our 21st chapter of Unbound, airing live at 4 pm CST on Thursday, October 13, we’re talking about do-it-yourself Little Free Libraries! LFL’s National Board Chair Anita Merina will interview stewards Andrea Gillespie, Bill Reed, and John Threlfall about the Little Free Libraries they built and the lessons they learned along the way.

Chapter 21 Guests

Andrea Gillespie

Andrea Gillespie (she/her) is a retired Superintendent of Education. She and her husband Tom repurposed their daughter’s bus shelter to become a Little Free Library during Covid when the local public library closed and the bookstore in their town shut its doors. They live rurally in a renovated farmhouse 200 kilometres north of Toronto. All of their book friends drive to their location and they get visitors and often donations every day.

Bill Reed

Bill Reed (he/him) is a retired Math teacher who was in the classroom for over 33 years in grades 7 – Community College. He retired from the classroom and became the Secondary Math and S.T.E.M. Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. Currently he is a Math and S.T.E.M. Educational Consultant at schools across Indiana. He loves helping teachers improve their teaching skills and students improving their logic, math and thinking skills. He believes that everyone should be a “Lifelong Learner” and Little Free Libraries are a great gift that helps facilitate that mantra

John Threlfall

An arts & popular culture specialist based in Victoria BC, John Threlfall (he/him) has had a typically eclectic career—including working as a stage manager, wedding DJ, technical director at a haunted Gold Rush theatre, co-hosting  a motorcycle TV show, being the on-air “walking encyclopedia of popular culture” for CBC Radio, editor-in-chief of a local alternative-weekly newspaper and 30 years as a freelance writer. He’s currently Special Projects & Communications Officer for the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, where he has also taught pop-culture survey courses on witchcraft, time travel, James Bond and the history of the disc jockey, among others. A community builder, choral singer and active volunteer who frequently assists with his wife’s many public art projects, John takes enormous pleasure in daily curating his own Little Free Library and creating unique LFLs for others.

Previously on Little Free Library Unbound

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