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    • 8 Sep 2019
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 10 sessions

    Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange!

    UPDATE: as our shop is currently closed, we cannot host these swaps. However, we will host a monthly prompt to share the puzzles we are currently doing on facebook. Puzzles, we can look forward to swapping in the future.  This is an event your family can have on their calendar and work towards, bringing structure and community connection. 


    Love doing puzzles, but don't like storing them or doing the same one over and over again?  This is for you! 

    Leave a Puzzle. Take a Puzzle.

    All ages.  All puzzle sizes. 

    This is a free, community event. 

    Please ensure every puzzle you bring has every, single piece. 

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • The Learnary: Curiosity Table


    Come be curious about bones and other natural objects. 

    Do some careful looking with the microscope and magnifying glasses.  Enjoy the invitation to draw what you see.  

    All Day.  All Ages.  By Donation. 

    Drop in anytime the shop is open during the specified time period. 

    The Curiosity table is a place for people of all ages to drop in and spend some time being curious and creative.  

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 7 sessions
    • The Learnary Curiosity Table

    Letter to my future self

    Start the new year off by writing to yourself one year in the future.  

    Come into The Learnary and create a hand written letter and self addressed envelope.  Leave it with us, and at the close of 2021 we will mail it to you.  

    • Set some intentions for the year
    • Write some things you want to be sure not to forget
    • Make yourself laugh by predicting what your year will bring

    $5 per Letter.  

    Supplies, and delivery included. 

    What a delight to receive a hand written letter --- from yourself!

    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 23 Jun 2020
    • 5 sessions

    The Learnary relies on the work and dedication of our volunteer board.  If you are interested in becoming part of the board, please contact us at 

    We are particularly interested people who can bring skills of fundraising, business, marketing, and finance.  The Learnary board also has positions for youth advisors. 

    • 23 Mar 2020
    • 15 May 2020
    • 24 sessions

     During this time The Learnary shop is closed.  

    We are currently taking personalized orders via phone and email and are offering curb side delivery 3 times per week.  

    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 12 sessions

    The Stitchery on Zoom

    While we can't gather around our lovely table, we can still gather together through the magic of Zoom. Reserve this time for stitching and connection. Brew yourself a cup of tea, bring out your stitching, log onto Zoom. We can help one another with our stitching and feel the good feelings of connecting through work. This is an all ages, all skill levels event.

    Bring a project you are working on: embroidery, darning, felting, hand sewing, knitting, weaving, cross stitch, punch needle, crochet, or any other hand work.  Share tips.  Bring questions. 

    There is no cost for this event, though, if you are able, please do consider a donation to The Learnary to help us through this challenging time.

    Please note: we are learning this technology as we go, so please share your patience with us.


     The Learnary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Stitchery with The Learnary

    Time: Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 445 948 363

    Password: 818668

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 20 Jun 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • The Learnary on Zoom

    For the Love of books Discussion group 
    (ages 9-12)


    Discuss books with us!  Through the magic of Zoom, we will be able to see and hear one another.  We will talk about what we loved, liked, questioned and were bothered by in these wonderful middle reader books.   Participants are invited to participate in whole the series or pick a session or two.   The books in this series are recommended for ages 9 through 12. The needs of participants in this age/ stage will be centred; however, participants of all ages are welcome.

    Registrants will need an account on zoom (no cost). Information for joining the meeting will be sent to each registrant prior to the discussion groups. 

    April 4:

     Book Scavenger (Book #1)

     Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 

    April 25

    Ban This Book

    Alan Gratz

    May 30

    Front Desk

    Amanda Nojadera


    June 20

    Green Glass House  (Book #1)

    Andrea Beach

    All  books available for sale at The Learnary. 

    photo: Kristi Collins

    Facilitators:  Sage & Sam.  

    Sage is an enthusiastic and avid reader.  Averaging a book a day, she loves pretty much everything about books. She is interested in talking about characters, the decisions they make, and the wonderfulness of the stories.

    Sam has facilitated a number of book & movie clubs for both intermediates and adults.   She loves reading for the pleasure, and for all the ways it helps us better understand the world and ourselves.  

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 20

    Supporting Early Readers.  

    This workshop will be provided on ZOOM. 

    There's no wrong way to read with your kids!

    Paul Silveria will share a wide-ranging set of simple techniques for parents, educators, and  caregivers to use to help early readers  practice their emerging reading skills.  

    Participants will leave this workshop with increased confidence and clarity about supporting emergent readers of all ages in a relaxed and effective manner.  Paul's approach is one of deep respect for where the reader is.  He prioritizes the reader having control, exploration and joy in the journey, and breaks down the components of reading into clearer and more manageable parts. 

    The content of this workshop is geared at adults.  We expect people to have their kids with them through Zoom. 

    This is a great workshop for anyone supporting early readers: great for long standing home learners and those home learning due to the current crisis, as well as families who generally wish to be better resourced in this regard.  Will be useful if your child is not yet reading, or is reading somewhat comfortably.  

    NOTE:  This workshop is being offered twice.  Register for just one date.  

    Paul Silveria has two decades of experience as an educator and has worked with pre-school through high-school students, self directed unschoolers and home learners, as well as adults with developmental disabilities.  He is particularly gifted at supporting students exactly where they are in a useful, joyful, and productive manner. 

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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

 Our shop is currently closed.  We are taking orders through email and phone (and working on a more efficient system).  We are making curb side deliveries Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  


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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