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  • 4 Feb 2019 7:24 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    New item: This very sweet pink and red matchbox includes 50 matches, each with an invitation for connection and sparking romance: "recreate a memorable situation from when you first met" ; " get a little gift for your partner, just because"; "stay in and have game night"; "breakfast in bed".  

    Sometimes it's really rather nice to have a little prompt like this, to slow down and tend to one another. 

    Currently available at @The Learnary 

  • 4 Feb 2019 7:38 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We are really rather delighted about gathering together in the park for singing with neighbours. Join us this coming Tuesday, February 12th (gather around 6:30, singing from 7 to 8). We hope you will join us with your friends and family.

      See events for details

  • 4 Feb 2019 7:32 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    Our early February window is up. Celebrating Lunar New Year and Valentines!

  • 4 Feb 2019 7:29 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We are very excited to have this powerful resource. Something that we hope to see in schools, community service centres, and homes around the neighbourhood. 

    "This ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. Exploring themes of language, demographics, economy, environment and culture, with in-depth coverage of treaties and residential schools, these are stories of Canada's Indigenous Peoples, told in detailed maps and rich narratives." Sourced from:…/indigenous-peoples-atlas-of-canada-1.4…: where you can find more interview about this rather incredible new resource. 

    Currently available at The Learnary

  • 4 Feb 2019 7:18 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    We brought this book in because I wanted to know more about Viola Desmond, and Black History Month seemed a good time to do it.  

    I have been reflecting on the dates involved: her act of resistance in the movie theatre where the theatre employees insisted on upholding the theatre's racial segregation, and called in the police, who likewise upheld the racial segregation, and forcefully removed her: 1946. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, proceedings, which did not admit the case was about a racial seating policy, but only about not paying the correct fee was in 1947. Late 1950s was when racial segregation was made against the law in Nova Scotia, in some significant part because of Davis' act of resistance, and her persistence in taking it to the Supreme Court; the injustice served as a catalyst for organizing and resistance. In 2010 Nova Scotia government finally offered a posthumous pardon, and a declaration that the conviction registered against her was unjust. in 2016, Viola Desmond's image was chosen for the Canadian $10 bill. It's pretty nice to see her face every day, and feel inspired and emboldened to resist injustice.  
    Here is a link to more resources:…

    The Book, Meet Viola Desmond, is currently  available atThe Learnary for $14.99 

  • 24 Jan 2019 2:33 PM | Surya Govender (Administrator)

    A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our winter fundraising campaign! We raised just over $6000 overall!

    This makes us very happy. $6000 is a significant contribution to help us though this time of transition. You're helping us pay our rent and continue to try out new ideas. You're keeping us going as we get our permits sorted out and begin to offer workshops in our space. You're letting us know you care about this idea and want to see it succeed. Not only does this make us makes us even more motivated! 

    Stay tuned here, on facebook, and on instagram for all the new things we have planned. We've got a couple of off-site workshops in the planning stage, we have some new drop-in activities on offer, and we're plotting all kinds of curious happenings.

    If you haven't already, you will hear from us soon about getting your perk delivered or picking it up in store.

    Your curious friends, 

    Surya & Sam

    ps. If anyone you know wanted to donate but missed the campaign, please let them know they can donate anytime!

  • 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.
  • 18 Jan 2019 5:06 PM | Surya Govender (Administrator)

    Balmy Street Mural of Eyes

    We share a lot of information and ideas on social media and in the newsletter, but we've realized it can be hard to keep track of it all!

    So we thought we'd try keeping a blog. This will be a place to find out what's new at The Learnary, share interesting things happening in our community, and learn about upcoming events.

    We look forward to hearing your feedback. Pease let us know what you think and send us your comments on what you see here.

    Happy reading!

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 604-215-1146

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Wednesday  11:00  - 5:00

Thursday 11:00 - 5:00

Friday 11:00 - 5:00

Saturday 11:00 - 5:00

Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. 

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No special hours this season!


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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