Little Free Library-3

We’ve all come across those cute little free libraries across Vancouver. They usually bear a small case holding shelves of books for borrowing (and donating to) — hopefully you’ve got one of these in your own neighbourhood.

Little Free Library is a global nonprofit book exchange organization that fosters an inclusive, environmentally-friendly reading community for all ages.

These little gems have increased in number over the years and while they’re generally pretty sweet little boxes (usually taking on the form of a little house), I hadn’t yet come across a one with a Little Free Library of Distinction bestowed upon it — until recently while on a bike ride in South Vancouver.

Little Free Library

My husband and I had just finished relaxing on our usual water/snack break spot near the Fraser River, enjoying a bit of plane-spotting and boat activity, when we rode back up Barnard Street towards Southwest Marine Drive.

On the right side of the street, near the Vancouver Montessori School, is an adorable wooden owl housing a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library-2

I took a quick peek through the glass case to see whether anything would perk our interest for a quick late-summer read, and in doing so, found a laminated Library of Distinction certificate poking out of a book!

The creator of the owl library deserves this recognition for the hard work that went into creating such a unique and eye-grabbing home for used books.

Have you come across any unique Little Free Libraries around the city? Drop us a comment below so we can let other readers know where to find the cool ones.

Meanwhile, here’s a world map to inspire your next mission to discover a new favourite read.

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