VTL on Co-op Radio

Starting on March 29, the VTL is  hosting a monthly radio feature!  Tune in to Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM on the last Saturday of every month, from 7am-9am. We’ll be joining Marc Lindy on Make a Better World – a show that connects community activity to community radio.  Our segment, Tool Talk, will discuss all things TOOLS!

Listen to our most recent show here!

Featured Member: The Safe Amplification Site Society

The VTL offers organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses to help make tools and tool use accessible and affordable for those actively working to improve our communities.  This month, we connected with VTL organizational member The Safe Amplification Site Society to find out who they are, what they do, and how they use VTL tools in the work of their organization.

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The Safe Amplification Site Society (Safe Amp) is a non-profit organization dedicated to music for people of all ages. Operating in East Van since 2009, Safe Amp hosts up to nine all-ages, financially accessible, inclusive, and alcohol-free performances and events at Astorino’s (1739 Venables St.) each month.

On their website, Safe Amp details a history of hosting a truly staggering number of all-ages events.  Their events schedule reflects representation of dozens of musical genres and hundreds of bands, all made accessible to individuals of all ages and income levels in an intentionally safer and more inclusive atmosphere.

In 2012, Safe Amp utilized VTL tools during Skills for Performing Artists Through Community Engagement Camp (S.P.A.C.E. Camp!), a weekend long speaker and workshop series that included a “build your own instrument” workshop. Using salvaged materials from the tool library, Pietro Sammarco led several groups through do-it-yourself instrument construction.


At present, Safe Amp is working towards the establishment of a permanent, legal, sustainable, affordable and accessible all-ages venue, while continuing to operate temporarily at Astorino’s. Safe Amp is always looking for more volunteers to help them keep Safe Amp alive.  It can’t and won’t exist without the support of the community to keep the gears turning.

Go to www.safeamp.org to find out about upcoming shows or how to get involved!


The VTL is Hiring!

If you’re a VTL member, you’ve probably encountered our plucky General Manager, Lauren Warbeck, behind the desk or at a workshop.  This Spring, Lauren is stepping down from her position as General Manager to begin graduate studies.  We are sad to see her go, but excited to find the newest addition to our team!

Find out more about this fun position and how to apply here!


VTL Spring Workshop Series Announced

Last fall, we asked our members to tell us what workshops they wished the VTL would offer, and we got some very interesting  and helpful responses (“Cyborgs 101??”).  Well, thanks to our newest crafty and clever workshop facilitator, Tobias Atkinson, we’ve managed to satisfy a lot of our members’ requests in our Spring Workshop Series (and are planning Summer Workshops to satisfy many more).  We’ve also partnered with our friends at Vancouver Hack Space!  Our Spring workshop series will be hosted at the Vancouver Hack Space (270 1st Avenue East), and Hack Space members will be able to take the workshops at the VTL member rate.

Follow the links below for more information and to register for our Spring workshops!


Tools 101: Make Your Own Planter Box – Saturday, March 8, 1-4pm





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Wooden Jewellery: Handmade Earrings and Pendants – Saturday, April 26, 1-4pm



Tools 101: How to Make a Planter Box – March 8 2014


In this introductory workshop, participants will become familiar with some of the most common and widely applicable tools in the VTL inventory in a fun and inclusive environment. Participants will learn proper tool handling, application, and safety.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have the confidence to name and use basic tools necessary for everyday projects AND walk away with a planter box they built themselves!

Facilitator: Tobias Atkinsonplanter

When: Saturday, March 8, 1pm-4pm

Where: Vancouver Hack Space, 270 1st Ave E

Cost: VTL & VHS Members: $20 | Non-Members: $27

What to Bring: All tools and materials will be provided. Part of the workshop may take place outside so wear comfortable clothing that is weather appropriate. No dangling drawstrings or jewellery, please.

Questions? E-mail: manager [at] vancouvertoollibrary [dot] com

Advance registration is required. Please pre-pay and sign up through the PayPal button below or come into the VTL to register. Please include your email address in the PayPal form! This is how we’ll contact you with any workshop updates and to confirm your registration. Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the workshop begins. VTL members must present their member cards on the day of the workshop to be eligible for the member rate.

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