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Libraries in BC work hard to connect to their communities – so much so that they will bring the library to you in the form of a pop-up library or library on tour.

The Burnaby Public Library offers a pop-up library – visiting schools, community service providers, and places where the community gathers – bringing a variety of library books to locations across the community. Depending on where the pop-up library is hosted, the library will bring materials geared towards a specific age group.

For example, the pop-up library often visits Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) locations. They bring English language learning materials – books, CDs, and more for English language learners. Those who don’t have a card can have one issued easily and for free with any government issued ID and a letter with your name and address on it.

Visitors can browse, return, and borrow library material, create a library card, and learn about the library and services. The pop-up library staff often bring a small craft or activity to keep children entertained while you browse.

You can find their upcoming off-site events and programs here – including the pop-up library at the Burnaby Farmers’ Market, the Burnaby Village Museum, and the Symphony in the Park.

The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) offers slightly different service: Live and On Tour™ – an innovative adult literacy initiative that delivers the library to people who do not know about libraries, or have some sort of obstacle to visiting them. With their vehicle, named ‘Lili,’ they connect residents from 15 communities promoting the library and literacy. Folks can receive books, have library fines forgiven, and have a library card issued to them. You can find Lili’s schedule here or email to find out how to book her for your event.

With Summer Reading Clubs underway, here’s another way to get the books you’ll be reading this summer, and this service will have you taking a Walk on the Wild Side! Happy trails.