by LINDA GRABL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Bringing the Neighborhood Together

Local couple Fernando Villacorte and Corinne Britt are grateful for the many advantages that come with living in the community of Rancho Peñasquitos. Fernando, who grew up in the very same house where they now reside, shared that they love life in PQ because “we are close to amazing beaches and deserts, making this the perfect location for us.” Corinne added, “We love that we are so close to the mountains, canyons, and trails because we enjoy hiking and mountain biking.”

Corinne and Fernando have done their part to help foster a sense of community connection by establishing their very own “little free library” in their front yard. Fernando explained, “We wanted to bring the neighborhood together to a place that everyone of all ages can enjoy. It’s a fun gathering spot!” Since opening the little library up for neighbors to enjoy, the duo has loved seeing people stop by day and night to see what’s new in the library, or to drop off books and leave the notes of gratitude and excitement. “The library maintains itself now because people are invested in keeping it stocked and flowing, making the library self-sustaining,” said Corinne.

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Both Fernando and Corinne have always found joy in reading. They also raised their blended family of five older children to be enthusiastic about books, and they read to their children daily during their formative years. Now sharing that love of reading with the greater community through their little free library, Fernando maintained, “We hope that people know that this library is not just ours, but for all of us.” Corinne concurred, saying, “It is fun to have a passion like reading, and to be able to share that with others.”

While Fernando is retired from his job as a sheriff’s deputy for San Diego County, he still keeps busy as a volunteer mountain bike patroller for the San Dieguito River Park Foundation. In his free time he loves skiing, surfing, and ATV and motorcycle riding. Corinne works as a paralegal, and she also teaches knitting classes at after school programs. To unwind, Corinne indulges in yoga.
Encouraging others to participate in the “little free library” concept, Corinne remarked, “Please visit any of the little free libraries all over San Diego County and even throughout the world. You can find one near you by visiting www.littlefreelibrary.org.”


Names: Corinne Britt and Fernando Villacorte
Professions: Corinne – Paralegal; Fernando – Retired Deputy Sheriff
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, yoga, reading
Favorite Spots in 92129: Black Mountain, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Black Mountain Dam, other little free libraries in and around PQ

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