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September 2021

This September, Vancouver Island University students with young children will be able to enjoy a new family space equipped with a collection of children’s books on loan from Vancouver Island Regional Library.

August 2021

Vancouver Island Regional Library doesn’t just loan content; we create it. The first issue of Sea & Cedar Magazine made its virtual debut this month, presenting customers with art and writing from contributors across the service area.

July 2021

Library fans can now listen to a little of the library wherever they roam this summer, thanks to a new podcast from staff at Vancouver Island Regional Library…

June 2021

Get ready for mystery and fun during this year’s Crack the Case! Summer Reading Club.
Summer Reading Club is all about engaging kids with fun activities and inspiring them to read all summer long to help maintain and improve literacy skills…

May 2021

The days are getting longer, the sun’s shining, and things are heating up at your library. Discover tips to make the most of the news, get your green thumb goals going, and shift into the rhythms of spring. Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with us. We’ve curated a variety of materials in different formats for reading…

April 2021

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we have tons of poetic programs for you! From poems in your pocket available at your local branch (featuring winners of the Poem in Your Pocket Contest), to poetry lists for all ages, all that’s missing is a patch of grass in the sunshine to soak it all in!

March 2021

Enjoy more hilarious puns like this one as we keep kids (and adults!) rolling in laughter all Spring Break long. And to make sure no one misses out, we’ve STRETCHED OUT our Spring Break plans this year. You’re invited to have a rib-tickling good time with Jokes for Folks, riddles, virtual programs and take-home activities from March 6 – April 6, 2021.

February 2021

February is the month of love, and we take the opportunity to show our library love with new opportunities for you to connect with staff, bake with friends, celebrate Black History Month, take part in Storytimes, and 3D print something cool for that special someone in your life. Read on and feel the love.

January 2021

The results are in! Find out the top 10 titles checked out last year. Or, if you’re particular to audiobooks or videogames, find your top 10 list below (and maybe your next great read/watch/listen/play).

December 2020

Celebrate the magic of the holidays with stories from the heart, gifts that inspire, and tips to make the most of your time online. Curl up with a cozy holiday mystery, stay safe while your browse the internet, and learn how a chance encounter with the Black Stallion led to a lifetime of love and connection with horses. Oh, and discover how one new writer used NaNoWriMo to complete her first novel. Yup, there was magic in the air, and on the screen, in December.

November 2020

Over the summer and early autumn, the Creativity Commons invited poets throughout our service area to submit to our anthology Alone but Not Alone: Poetry in Isolation. We asked poets to share their feelings about the onset of the lockdown of COVID-19; isolation, inspiration, anger, fear, or happy experiences in their gardens and with family.

October 2020

October is Library Month, and this year we’re celebrating the staff who keep our libraries thriving. With Libraries opening up in communities large and small, we know you’re excited to see all of our friendly faces again. From billboards to buttons, and programs happening for staff all month long, we’re celebrating as loud as we can that we are stronger than ever.

September 2020

Our family remote learning resources are here to provide valuable resources for both teachers and families taking part in remote learning. Whether you are doing schooling at home, supporting your learners at school or a combination of the above, we have what you need. You can find local community resources, our digital learning tools and links to helpful educational sites all in one convenient location.

August 2020

Vancouver Island library lovers can once again access the entire collection of physical materials at the Vancouver Island Regional Library as it continues a phased approach to resuming library services. VIRL’s delivery trucks are once again transporting books, DVDs, magazines and other materials to branches across Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Central Coast.

May 2020

“We understand just how important libraries are to so many in our communities,” says Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning. “Whether it’s providing books to families, combatting social isolation for seniors, or offering a safe and welcoming space to people in need, libraries mean so much to so many and we are committed to providing services and supports to our communities as soon as it is safe to do so.”

April 2020

While we all stay home to keep our families and communities safe, your library is here to support you! We’ve been adding thousands of new titles to our streaming movies, audiobooks and ebooks, and music downloads. Feel like learning something new? Whether you’re into learning a new language or picking up a new skill, like photography or using Excel, we’ve got you covered! There has never been a better time to dive into the wealth of resources available at your library.

March 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and in light of the recommendations put forward today by the BC Chief Medical Health Officer, VIRL is closing all branches to the public as of 8 pm on March 16, 2020, until further notice.

February 2020

We know many of you have wonderful childhood memories of your hometown library but what about lately? We have been packing the program calendar full of fascinating events for ALL ages: We are bringing in local authors to update you on their latest and creating clubs and contests to get you involved in YOUR library again…

January 2020

We know many of you have wonderful childhood memories of your hometown library but what about lately? We have been packing the program calendar full of fascinating events for ALL ages

December 2019

What could be better than a gift that educates, informs, and entertains, all for free? This holiday season, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) invites people to “Give Library” with beautifully packaged library cards for kids and adults.

November 2019

As the the days get shorter and the weather turns from warm to wet, there’s nothing quite like a great book, movie or game to settle in with. We have launched our new selection of video games this month- yes video games…

October 2019

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.

September 2019

Did you know that we have an exciting new branch of VIRL called The Creativity Commons? It is a space for innovation, creation and collaboration. Think of it as a community makerspace in your library where you can print books, design and print 3D models, record a podcast, record a music track, travel in virtual reality or hangout and play a game.

August 2019

“A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now.”- Neil Gaiman

July 2019

Our inaugural edition; Well Read is our monthly e-Newsletter with the latest on all the amazing stuff that makes our library system so exciting and special! From our smallest communities to our largest urban centre, we have something for everyone!

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