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The spaces, stories, and connections that libraries provide have enriched communities for centuries. And today, despite the endless stream of information and entertainment available to most of us through digital media, libraries play a vital role in ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, has access to spaces, content, and programs that offer inspiration, hope, and possibility. Libraries lift us up, enabling us to reach our fullest potential, as individuals and together.
Vancouver has needed its library more than ever in recent years, and thanks to the support of library donors, VPL was able to adapt quickly to the changes thrust on our community by COVID-19. As the pandemic closed branches, donor support allowed VPL to quickly expand its offerings of eBooks, streaming services and other online resources to meet a surge in digital library use. Beloved programs rapidly went virtual, offering families chances to connect and support their children’s learning even when they had to stay at home, providing teens with a safe social outlet during lockdowns, and sparking dialogue among people from every walk of life through online author events and virtual programs that explored themes of equity, inclusion, truth, and reconciliation. When branches reopened, donors to VPL Foundation provided funds needed to build safe, fun spaces for children to learn and play in—welcoming young families to gather once again.
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In December 2020, for the first time ever, VPL reached out to cardholders for help responding to the unprecedented challenges our community faced. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of library users, some of whom were facing difficulties of their own, made donations to the VPL Foundation. Along with the donations came words of gratitude and stories of the positive impact the library had made on the lives of those who used it.
As Vancouver’s libraries strive to meet the growing and changing needs of the community it serves, library users continue to come together to show their support for one another, for our city, and for the values that we share as Canadians by giving back to VPL. The Vancouver Public Library and Foundation Board and staff are grateful to be part of a community that believes, and that demonstrates with its actions, that we are stronger together.
If you’d like to learn more about how donor support makes Vancouver a smarter, happier, and more equitable city, please visit www.vplf.ca
Vancouver Public Library (VPL) was founded in 1887 and is the third largest public library system in Canada. Across its 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in the country.The Vancouver Public Library Foundation is proud to support the Library’s successful history of providing services, programs and resources to children, families and adults throughout the City.