We got a lathe!

We recently acquired a wood lathe. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery and it’s in circulation now! Start your spinning.

Important notice Re VTL hours of operation.

Effective November 1st until further notice, the Library will be closed on Fridays.  We will continue to operate Tuesday thru Thursday from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.  Through the summer months it seemed more convenient to offer the extra day but now in these darker fall/winter months, Friday has become a rather lonely affair.

2014 Annual Report

VTL Annual Report - 2014

Thank you to the members who took the time to attend one of our AGMs last month – it was great to hear your questions and comments about the VTL. There were many ideas for the Board of Directors and staff to work on in the upcoming year.

For those of you who could not make it to one of the dates, the Annual Report from the 2013-2014 fiscal year is now available here: VTL Annual Report 2014.

VTL x MakerLabs

admin-ajaxThe VTL has opened a satellite location with a little help from our friends at MakerLabs. As of July 2014, this second inventory will feature some of our most popular tools at a more central location in Mount Pleasant, 221 East 10th Avenue. Stay tuned for updates as they come! In the meantime, check out MakerLabs during their open hours.

Featured Member: Shifting Growth

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 Shifting Growth to find out who they are, what they do, and how they use VTL tools in the work of their organization.


Shifting Growth is an urban agriculture organization that creates community gardens on vacant lots throughout the lower mainland. While Shifting Growth has gardens from Coquitlam to North Van, VTL members living in East Van are likely most familiar with The Drive Garden (Commercial Drive and 12th Avenue) and the Hastings North Community Garden (East Hastings Street and North Penticton Street).

 Shifting Growth was established in 2011, when founders Troy Barrie and Chris Reid saw an opportunity in Vancouver to create high-demand growing space while providing a service for private landowners. Acting as property managers, Shifting Growth takes over property maintenance and creates temporary community spaces. Through this work, Shifting Growth provides a cost-effective solution for private landowners while transforming vacant spaces into temporary growing spaces, and engages local community members and organizations to create value from underutilized space.

 Shifting Growth uses specialized tools and garden tools from the VTL for its community garden builds. Their VTL membership has lowered their equipment budget, allowing Shifting Growth to contribute more funds toward creating more gardens and more impact within our communities.

The Drive Garden will be expanded by over 30 community garden beds on May 10, 2014. You’re invited to spread the work, move some dirt, and find out more about how you can get involved!

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