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Library geared up for new angling experience

By Don Fennell

Published 10:26 PDT, Tue October 26, 2021

With the introduction of Fishing ExplorePACKS, Richmond Public Library is again reaching beyond its traditional collection to inspire learning in nature.

On the heels of the Birdwatching ExplorePACKS which debuted in September, the rods and tackles will help enable patrons to discover more of the abundant waterways the community is blessed to have access to.

“The library is committed to introducing more interactive kits and ExplorePACKS for the community to enjoy,” says the library’s coordinator of community development Shane Parmar. “As an example, the donation to create the Linda Perron Ukulele Lending Library Collection is almost done, and the library looks forward to selecting and purchasing ukuleles so that we can introduce this new collection for the community to use.”

There are six Fishing ExplorePACKS to borrow by families of various sizes. Two packs have one rod each, two others have two rods, and two others have four rods each. The packs can be borrowed for seven days, with up to two renewals permitted unless there is a hold on the kit. Each kit also comes with a tacklebox, accessories and simple instructions along with a selection of Richmond-specific fishing guides to help patrons experience the city's rich fishing heritage and history.

Due to their unusual size and fragility, the packs can only be borrowed from or returned to the library’s main Brighouse branch in Minoru Park.

The ExplorePACKS were made possible by a generous donation from gofishbc’s Rod Loan program. The Richmond library is the first in Western Canada to offer the service.

“By providing fishing rods and basic tackle at no cost, the Rod Loan program reduces barriers for people who want to give fishing a try,” says Jessica Yarwood, outreach coordinator for the Freshwater Society of BC. “We are very excited to partner with Richmond Public Library and offer this program in time for the fall fishing season.”

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