Bentley Municipal Library opens pop-up libraries

Mini libraries open in Birch Bay, Summerland

The Bentley Municipal Library has grown it services with addition of pop-up library stands.

The two unique mini libraries are located in the communities of Birch Bay and at the Summerland Leisure Centre.

Along with providing free books on a take one-leave one basis, the library boxes also contain newsletters to keep patrons up to date on all the library’s activities.

“They’re free,” said manager Joni Olsen. “We built them from books donated to the library.”

“We just want to make sure books are available to people in those communities,” she added.

At the end of August the Summerland library box will be picked up for the winter.

However, library staff will leave the Birch Bay box in the community — at a new location — throughout the cold, snowy months to gauge user response for the first year the pop-up libraries are in place.

“The idea came from Vera (Boettger),” said Olsen. A neighbour of the library staff member first presented Boettger with the notion after having seen a similar idea done.

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