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Re-inventing Your Library:
What Do You Want To Read, Watch and Listen To?

(Vancouver, British Columbia) – When it comes to books, movies, music and digital resources, Vancouver Public Library wants to know how people envision their library of the future.

Whether you prefer more digital downloads (like eBooks, newspapers or journals) or a greater mix of books, movies and music on Library shelves, VPL wants to hear from you.

It all starts this Saturday (February 4) with another Free-for-all: Reinventing Your Library at five locations across the city.

“We really want public input and we also want people to have fun,” said Chief Librarian Sandra Singh. “We’ve created our own version of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure® story and activities for participants to explore their great-great-uncle’s spooky Transylvania mansion to reveal what they want most from their Library collection in the future.”

“Some people will want to come to the Library to read their favourite newspaper or magazine, and others may never visit the Library in person but download books, music and all the information they need. There are also people who want both and we want to hear from them all.”

Free-for-all activities on February 4 will take place at the Hillcrest Centre, West End Community Centre, Champlain Heights Shopping Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre and Mount Pleasant Centre. And until February 27, conversation kits will be available at all VPL branches and online so that individuals, family members or groups of friends or colleagues can join the adventure and discussion. Kits are available in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified characters) and Large Print.

“We’ve designed Free-for-all to be a vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives, a new way to discover your Library and to shape its future. We encourage people to bring family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours to join in the fun on February 4 or by picking up or downloading a conversation kit,” said Ms. Singh.

Free-for-all: Reinventing Your Library is a four-part series exploring the future of Vancouver Public Library. The first event in November focused on the Library as a public place and learning space. The focus in April will be on Library programs and training and in June on children and families.

Interactive Free-for-all activities will take place February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the:

  • Hillcrest Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (beside Nat Bailey stadium)
  • West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
  • Champlain Heights Shopping Centre, 3200 East 54th Avenue
  • Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
  • Mount Pleasant Centre, 1 Kingsway (at East 7th Avenue)

Completed conversation kits can be dropped off by February 27 at any VPL branch or submitted online.

And whether you participate in-person or online, there are three great prizes!

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof: A hands-on adventure!
  • An iPod nano: An audio adventure!
  • A bag of new books: A visual adventure!

For more information, visit www.vpl.ca/freeforall.

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For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Marya Gadison
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications