Canadian library month being celebrated

Events include superhero dress-up, musical storytime,
harvest sampling

October is Canadian Library Month and this year the Greater Victoria Public Library is celebrating the many ways our libraries inspire us.

The library has plenty of reason to celebrate; according to the latest Canadian Urban Libraries Council statistics, its circulation ranks as the highest per capita in Canada.  GVPL also had program attendance of more than 70,000 people last year.

“Our goal is to have something to inspire everyone,” said Maureen Sawa, GVPL CEO.

“Whether you visit us in person or online – to borrow books, read the newspaper, download music, attend a family storytime or get computer help – our libraries provide our community with a sense of belonging and encourage the joy of learning and discovery.”

GVPL is celebrating with events throughout the month and by shining the spotlight on their staff, which Sawa describes as, “the heart and soul of the library.”

Library regulars will likely recognize a face or two on the GVPL blog this month, gvplblog.tumblr.com, where many team members are being featured.

Join in the celebrations by attending one of GVPL’s special programs, including:

• Superheros at the Library: Listen to stories and have your superhero questions answered by one or more of your favourite superhero characters. Various branches, dates and times at gvpl.ca

• Harvest Celebration: Join in the celebration of the Victoria Seed Library’s first year with music, seeds, apple cider and fun. Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Central Branch’s courtyard at 735 Broughton St.

• Traditional Japanese music and instruments: International guest musicians from Vancouver’s Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves festival and composers from Vancouver will be performing and speaking. Oct. 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Central Branch at 735 Broughton St.

• Musical Storytime for school-aged kids: Join Brenda from the Victoria Conservatory of Music to explore the fun of music-making and storytelling in an action-packed session designed to introduce music concepts. Register at gvpl.ca or call the library for more information. Registration begins September 2. At the Juan de Fuca branch, 1759 Island  Highway, Oct. 24, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

•  Getting started with computers and ereaders. Free one-on-one sessions are available most days. Register online at gvpl.ca/programs-events/computer-classes/.

You can also share your story of how the library has inspired you online at librarymonth.ca/stories/share-my-story.

For more information and a calendar of events, visit gvpl.ca.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: Malahat reopened in both directions following car fire

Drive BC says the road will be closed until approximately 3pm

Police still investigating possible child abduction in Langford

Suspect was a stranger and not a family member

Dog killed in James Bay hit-and-run

Pedestrian narrowly missed by vehicle, VicPD say

Car veers off Pat Bay Highway, into pedestrian path near Sidney

Lone driver of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries after crashing into fence around construction site

VIDEO: New UVic buildings expand student housing by 25 per cent

Over 600 new beds mean off-campus housing freed up for affordable housing for Victoria residents

First ticket sold for Victoria’s second comic con

Guest list is top-secret for the March 22-24 Capital City Comic Con coming 2019

ZYTARUK: You don’t have to wear the ribbon – but look out if you don’t

Demonize and dog-pile. If you disagree with me, you are not only wrong, you are evil. The enemy…

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Judge rules against ALC on rural B.C. subdivision

The ALC can’t change the definition of an acre, the judge ruled.

John Horgan shrugs off low turnout, change to referendum option

‘No’ proportional representation group says voting should be extended

Two more government pot shops to open in Kamloops

Two private applications are also in the queue to come before city council by the end of the year

2 B.C. men charged after allegedly stealing $1,400 worth of butter

The two men, ages 23 and 25, are facing charges of theft under $5,000, Coquitlam police said

Most Read