The VPL Branch Project

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Mission accomplished: I’ve visited every library branch in Vancouver. 

This project has taught me a lot. I’ve learnt a lot about what the VPL has to offer and more specifically, what makes each of its 22 branches unique.

I’ve also learnt that it’s hard to be an honest critic. Marking the libraries was very subjective, and it was hard to compare libraries that were sometimes so different. It was also hard to get an accurate feel for a library after only being there an hour or two.

This project also gave me some quality reading time, and because it forced me to walk through all the areas of each library, I got the chance to discover many books that I normally wouldn’t have picked up off the shelf. 

Before this summer, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you where Champlain Heights or Renfrew neighbourhoods were. But now after biking from one side of the city to the other, and back, I got to know Vancouver better than ever.

And yes, thanks to the VPL Branch Project I managed to get a decent amount of exercise during the summer.

I’m sure you’re wondering what my favorite library was. To be honest, I don’t really know if I can answer that. I loved Renfrew, Mount Pleasant, and Kensington. They’re all similiar in their big-and-new kind of way. On the other hand, I loved Firehall, Marpole, and Dunbar, in their cozy-community kind of way. Central branch might be my favorite because it has something for everyone. However Riley Park will always have a special place in my heart. 

And what’s next for Megan and Horatio?

With the closing of Riley Park Branch comes the opening of the brand new Terry Salman Branch. I’d like to visit the library when it opens and write a post about it. Besides that, I don’t really have any plans for the future. I’ve heard some suggestions that I should visit libraries in Richmond, Burnaby or North Van and review them. Or the new Surrey library. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

The main thing I’ve discovered is that Vancouver Public Library is really, truly, amazing. If I’ve inspired even one person to visit their local library or pick up a book, I feel like this project’s been a success.

Thanks for reading,

Megan and Horatio

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Hi everyone! My name’s Megan and today is the first day of the VPL Branch Project. I live in Vancouver, BC and I love reading and visiting the library. I wanted to start this project because I only visit one branch of the Vancouver Public Library regularly, and I want to visit all the others to see what they have to offer.

So here’s how it’s going to work: Every couple of days, I’ll hop on my bike and ride to a library branch. There’s not going to be any particular order; it will be a spontaneous decision. Once at the library, I’ll spend at least one hour there. I’ll look around, maybe pick out a book or two, and discover what makes that library unique. Here on my blog, I’ll tell you all about my experience and rate the library on selection, comfort + coziness, and on overall experience. 

But I won’t be doing this alone. Joining me will be my good friend Horatio, the sock monkey. He’s also an avid reader and he’s willing to help me scout out the best libraries. Here’s a picture of him sitting in his favorite spot on my brother’s bookshelf: 

Horatio and I are ready to roll, so we’ll talk to you later when we tell you about our first library.

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