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January 10th Newsletter

19 Jan 2019 2:47 PM | Surya Govender (Administrator)
These first days of the year
are good ones
for sorting spice drawers.
On this January 10th, let there be ever-increasing light, lots of good books to read, and a cosy blanket nearby.

What's keeping us busy?

Fundraising and more fundraising!
Just 11 more days for our crowdfunding campaign! We still have some fantastic community perks on offer, with a new one posted this week. 
Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign!
If you want to make a simple donation, there are two ways to do so. You can make a donation through our Indiegogo campaign above, without choosing a perk. Or, if you want to receive a tax receipt, you can make a donation online or by cheque through The Transforming Education Society, who will administer the funds for us.
Donate Directly

What are we curious about?

1. The Public Domain in 2019

So, as this article explains, a whole bunch of creative work made by Americans in the early 1920s becomes part of the public domain this year. And that's actually more exciting than it might sound. Bessie Smith and Charlie Chaplin are among those who were making things then. Also, Mickey Mouse will be a publicly owned figure in five years. Huh.

2. Paying Attention

This is as good a time as any to be thinking about how to pay more attention to our own lives. I particularly love this blogger's approach to mindfulness through knitting. Becky is a long-time friend to The Learnary, and she has a wonderful way of encouraging us to pay more attention to the lives we have before us.

3. And...just loving This Tweet

What's on the Shelves?


We're always building our book selection with a "feminist agenda" in mind, so we are particularly tickled to stock this 2019 daybook. If you, or a young person in your life, doesn't have their planner picked out for the year yet, come check this one out. Features inspiring quotes and dates when women did great things (ie. every day!)

What do we need?

As a non-profit society, we rely on donations and volunteers to keep us moving. If you'd like to help, here are a few things we need right now. We also keep a bigger list on our website, if you really want to get serious ;-)

Our biggest need this month is your help with fundraising. You can contribute to our crowd funding campaign here.

We have set a goal of 10,000 for our winter campaign, which ends January 20th. The money raised will help us tremendously with getting our space ready for workshops and keeping us going while we meet the city's requirements for the workshop space.

If you don't have cash to spare, spreading the word is hugely valuable too! Telling people about the campaign and letting them know why you think it's important is really what makes a campaign like this successful.


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2643 East Hastings 

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Store Hours

Monday    10:00 - 4:00

Tuesday    10:00 - 4:00

Wednesday     Closed 

Thursday.    10:00 - 6:00

Friday 10:00 - 6:00

Saturday   11:00 - 5:00

Sunday      11:00 - 5:00

Special Closure Days:

Monday, July 1st


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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