The next time you are rushing through the main entrance of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, turn right and head straight into the book’mark store. You won’t regret making this detour. book’mark The Library Store has been set up by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library to raise funds for library acquisitions in all of the Vancouver Public Library branches. Inside you will find a charming array of specially selected items perfect for anyone from babies to the elderly and everyone in between. Are you looking for a baby gift or something for a young child? How about that going away gift for your colleague? Is it your friend’s birthday? Do you need a stocking stuffer? Did you forget to buy a card? The managers of book’mark let us know that many of the products in the store are from local providers. They also try to buy products that are environmentally friendly . You will find products that are promoted for being non toxic, lead and latex free, hand knit and 100% cotton. There is an impressive array of desirable items including beautiful jewelry, toys, handmade greeting cards, stationary and gift items for adults, children’s toys and items and educational puzzles. If you need a gift for a child, don’t miss their Faber and Castell art supply display. You can also find a selection of gently used books to purchase.
We loved the Iwako Japanese stationary products, the beautiful stuffed toys (some are even hand made), the 3D and animated bookmarks, and the selection of beautiful and reasonably priced cards.
If you plan to come back to the store for a return visit, why not join the Friends of the Public Library so that you can receive a 15% discount? During the Christmas Just in Time sale the discount is increased to 25%! We should also point out that if your child has a modest budget, there are all kinds of fun items for under $5 or $10. At a time when family budgets are tight, it’s a pleasure to find a small, sincere store that appeals to all budgets and tastes, and also raises money for a worthy cause.
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Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday (10:00 AM – 5:30 PM); Friday – Saturday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Contact: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B1, Tel: 604-331-4040, Fax: 604-331-4080
Friends of the Public Library book’mark store web page
Friends of the Public Library membership page
book’mark on Twitter
Don’t forget that there is an endless array of opportunities for fun and adventure both at the Central Vancouver Public Library and at the individual branches. Librarians and administrators across the Lower Mainland are working hard to bring literacy events for your family. Keep an eye on their website and Twitter page, and also join the VPL Facebook page (if you use Facebook) to keep track of the many events.