You may have heard about tiny pop-up libraries being created around Metro Vancouver.
There's one listed at 550 East 26th Avenue, another at 1701 East 4th Avenue, one in Coquitlam (3360 Millard Avenue), and one in Surrey (6271 C 142nd Street).
The idea started in the States, which has gone international.
The libraries look like oversized birdhouses with book shelves inside. Some have been made from old bookshelves or even TV stands.
The latest friendly neighbourhood little free library in the Lower Mainland—Little Free Library #6034—was launched on July 11 and is located at 2305 McLean Drive, near Broadway and Commercial. And what a cute one it is!
It was made with the help of grants from the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grants program and LintBucket Media. (Kate and Rose are the librarians.)
Library users can either donate or borrow books, and the libraries both depend upon and cultivate neighbourhood relationships.
The project flies in the face of bookstores closing and a shift towards digital platforms for books.
If you're interested in starting up your own little free library, or want to learn more about or support the project, visit the Little Free Library website.