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It’s time for students to head back to school, and we’ve got great resources to help with homework and home learning for kids and teens. Whether you’re just stepping into preschool or hoping to catch up on Grade 11 math…or perhaps you’re an educator or looking to teach at home…we have something great for you.


It’s time travel bingo time for all our adult summer readers and activity seekers! Every bingo square you complete improves your chances of winning some amazing prizes, so start thinking about books and movies that bend time, contemplate time, or that you’ve always wished you had time enough to read or watch.


Ever dreamed of time travel? With this year’s Summer Reading programs for kids, teens, and adults, you can roam with the dinosaurs, delve deep into the Paleolithic, imagine future technologies and cityscapes, and conjure up new histories, alternate realities, and so much more. This year, our Summer Reading programs are inviting everyone to “journey through time”

Thunderbird and Whales by Calvin Louie Sr


June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This June, challenge yourself by taking one action each day to further your understanding of local Indigenous communities, the ongoing effects of colonization, and to engage with the many amazing Indigenous content makers, artists and creators.


Learn about our new Local Reads collection, find out about upcoming events, get the latest Indigneous Collection recommendation and more in this issue of Well Read. We are making it easier than ever for local and independent authors to get their new work into our collection, and for readers to find the latest local titles.

Learning with Syeyutsus

Hear from Canadian authors and thought leaders during the popular lunch hour speaker series, Learning with Syeyutsus. The speaker series, a partnership between Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and UBC Press, is on until June. See all of the upcoming events and register to save your seat.


Celebrate spring break at the library! Find out what’s happening this month, get spring break craft ideas, see our latest Indigenous Collection recommendation and more.


We have a new leadership on the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board of Trustees. Learn all about the recent Annual General Meeting, find out what’s new on Freegal and get the latest issue of Sea & Cedar Magazine.


We’ve rounded up the top 10 most popular books of 2022. Find out what books patrons checked out the most last year and find out more about Adult Winter Reading Club, new changes on Kanopy and more!

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