It’s community at its best – and there’s no surprise that it’s a concept that’s thriving in New Westminster.
We’re talking, of course, about the phenomenon that is the “little free library” – also known as the pop-up library or community book exchange.
The little book houses have popped up in neighbourhoods all over the city, giving people a chance to donate books and take books in exchange. A few are officially registered with Little Free Library, and there are a host of others as well.
We first put together this list way back in 2018, crowd-sourcing ideas from readers on social media. And we keep hearing from readers with new additions, so we thought we'd give it an update – just in time for back-to-school reading and for spreading a little pandemic cheer for 2021.
And, if you happen to be the owner-operator of a little free library, here's a tidbit of good news for you: Thanks to First Book Canada, the Literacy New Westminster Committee is able to donate some brand new books to you, if needed; they have an inventory where you can choose up to 15 books to bring to your little library.
SAPPERTON and MASSEY/VICTORY HEIGHTS
309 Nootka St. – in the alley, just up from East Columbia (This one even has a Twitter account, @NootkaStLibrary.)
Miner Street, near the corner of Debeck
400 block of Fader Street, between Major and Sherbrooke (two libraries; one for kids’ books)
Richard McBride Elementary School (kids’ books only), in the front garden at 331 Richmond St.
Sapperton Plaza, on East Columbia Street between Knox Presbyterian Church and Starbucks
444 Wilson St.
421 Cumberland St., at Carroll Street (two libraries; one for kids and one for adults)
400 block of Alberta Street
111 Rickman Pl. (at Jackson Crescent)
Richmond Street, between Alberta and Shiles streets
930 Cumberland St, on the lawn at Mount Zion Lutheran Church (the focus is on kids/youth books, but there's a shelf for adults too)
Victory Heights triangle park, off Chilliwack Street (erected by Massey-Victory Heights Residents' Association)
436 Elmer St.
QUEEN’S PARK AND GLENBROOKE NORTH
710 Fourth St.
Fourth Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets
222 Princess St.
Fourth Avenue, near Arbutus Street
240 Sandringham Ave.
Foot of Colborne Street, in the roundabout
205 Fourth Ave.
Fourth Street, between Regina Street and Fifth Avenue
72 First St.
UPTOWN/BROW OF THE HILL
10th Street near Eighth Avenue (across from Joy Farm Market)
Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th streets
255 Salter St., Port Royal (It's handily located just five minutes from the bus stop and five minutes from the Q2Q ferry dock. It was funded by a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation.)
Star Crescent, just off Furness
Queensborough Community Centre
South Dyke Road, just off Pier Place
The Little Library on the Hill is in the centre of the neighbourhood, just off East Royal Avenue, in the park by the duck pond, with a bench beside it for reading in good weather.
1407 Nanaimo St.
727 Bowler St.
Eighth Avenue and 14th Street
2109 Seventh Ave. (across from 22nd Street station)
Note: This list has been sourced in part from community suggestions and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. But if we’ve made any errors or not quite explained a location correctly, please let us know. Or if we’ve missed any pop-up libraries in your neighbourhood, please tell us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.