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Holiday Closing

December 2022 – Seasons Greetings everyone. The tool shed will be closed on Saturday, December 24th, 2022 and Saturday, December 31st, 2022 for the holidays.

Be safe, see you in the new year.

Thank you!

The Gabriola Tool Library would like to acknowledge all the recent generous donations of power tools and hand tools. In the true spirit of community sharing, these tools were donated to the GTL. The benefits realized by members of the Tool Library will be significant, and will no doubt be used in lots of member projects on Gabriola.

Once again, thanks goes out to all our members and donators for supporting the GTL and continuing to help make Gabriola a special place to live and create!

Library hours and payments

It was decided by the GTL in 2020 to close tool library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tool Library reopened in June 2020 with shorter hours. We are now open only on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon.

To minimize wait times, we request that you reserve items online ahead of time (if possible) and try to return items closer to 10 am than 12 Noon.

Cash, cheque or e-transfer for memberships will be accepted. For those with overdue tools, please return them as soon as possible.

Library Closing Temporarily

It has been decided to suspend tool library services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The library is now closed and will remain so for the time being. We will continue to monitor information and guidance from officials to decide when it will be prudent to reopen.

If you presently have tools out on loan, we ask that you keep them until we notify you that we are open for business again. Be assured that late fees will not be charged during the time of our shutdown and ask that you ignore any automated e-mails during the shutdown that you may receive regarding late fees.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Gabriola Tool Library Board

Tool Library CLOSED for Cultivate Festival, August 31

There will be a lot going on at the Commons throughout the Labour Day long weekend – come down and enjoy music, theatre, art and play of all kinds. The tool library will NOT BE OPEN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, but will be back to regular hours 5 – to 7 p.m. on the following Tuesday, September 3rd. Borrowers will not be charged overdue fees for items due on August 31 – but please get them back on the following Tuesday so others can borrow them.

The pergola is up! What’s it for, you ask?

At last! a cool place to hang out and talk tools

This handsome structure is intended to give us the space to interact, exchange advice, give tool demonstrations, and generally hang out to talk about our projects: everything we wanted to be able to do when we built the shed, but had to sacrifice a porch because we chose to keep the size of the building below that needed for a costly building permit.

Tremendous thanks to the volunteers on the pergola crew: Rob Guinevan, Peter Hellenius, Kathleen Kane, Tom Keane, Mel Matthies, Saxe Mitchell, and all those passersby who offered advice, held a ladder, or took photos!

Also thanks to Kim Kasasian, the Beautifier of the Commons, for her hand-made signs. Kim also suggested we might need a tool sculpture on the back of the shed to give it some visual interest when viewed from the street – ideas, anyone?

Now to get the stain on, plants chosen, benches made, and workshops scheduled. Help — and advice — always welcome.