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Spine Poetry Instagram Challenge

Happy Poetry Month! We want to invite those of you who are Instagram fans to participate in a SPINE POETRY …

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Isle of the Arts Festival: Memory Jar Project

Bottle up a memory to share with your community during the Isle of the Arts Festival by participating in our …

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In Our Own Voice: Teen Writing Contest

  • April 10, 2019
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until April 30, 2019

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Teens, submit your awesome creative fiction in any genre, including poetry! Finalists will be published in an In Our Own …

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

  • April 10, 2019
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until April 20, 2019

  • Branch: Sointula
  • Audience:

It's time to win a prize at the Sointula library.

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Family Storytime

NO STORYTIME – Family Resource Fair at Courtenay Elementary

Storytime is cancelled this week because we'll be at the Family Resource Fair! The free Family Resource Fair will take …

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Strong Start Storytime

Preschool Playtime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

  • Branch: Port Hardy
  • Audience: ,

Children enjoy books, puzzles and games.

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 27, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 29, 2019

  • Branch: Nanaimo North
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Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories for children aged 2-5 years old.  Siblings, grandparents and other guests welcome.

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Preschool Playtime

Brand new puzzles and games have been purchased from Book Sale Funds and will be presented at the SRC Wind up Party. When you purchase a used book, the community benefits.

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Preschool Playtime

Brand new puzzles and games have been purchased from Book Sale Funds and will be presented at the SRC Wind up Party. When you purchase a used book, the community benefits.

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Toddlertime

Family Storytime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 12, 2019

  • Branch: Gabriola Island
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Drop in to the Gabriola Island branch with your little ones for fun stories, songs, and rhymes. Stay after for …

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Toddler Time

Toddlertime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 19, 2019

  • Branch: Nanaimo Harbourfront
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Rhymes, songs, stories, and fun to expand your toddler’s early literacy skills. Geared to ages 1.5 to 3 years. Children …

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babytime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 6, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 5, 2019

  • Branch: Cowichan Lake
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Babies take over the library!  Bring the tiniest members of your family (bring along siblings too!) for songs, stories, rhymes, …

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babytime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 11:45 am
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    An event every week that begins at 11:15 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2019

  • Branch: Nanaimo Wellington
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Learn songs, rhymes, stories and skills you can use to help your baby get a head start on their reading. …

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Artist Painting Closeup

On-Site Art

On-Site Art is about making art (drawing, painting, colouring, embroidering...) in community spaces where the public can watch and ask …

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English Corner

  • April 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 25, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

  • Branch: Nanaimo North
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Learn English in a relaxed, supportive environment. All levels welcome.

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Adult Digital Literacy

  • April 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    One event on January 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on February 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    One event on March 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    One event on March 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    One event on April 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on April 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on May 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on February 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    One event on February 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    One event on March 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

  • Branch: Sointula
  • Venue: Adult Digital Literacy
  • Audience:

We have Ancestry!

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Wee Hands

  • April 10, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 1:30 pm on day 7 of the month, repeating until May 7, 2019

    An event every month that begins at 1:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 4, 2019

  • Branch: Gabriola Island
  • Venue: Wee Hands
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Collaborate - Learn - Share - Create Join us at the library for hands on creative exploration for babes, pre-school …

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babytime

  • April 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, repeating indefinitely

    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

  • Branch: Nanaimo Harbourfront
  • Venue: Babytime
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Learn songs, rhymes, stories and skills you can use to help your baby get a head start on their reading. …

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LEGO® Club

Calling all architects! Bring your construction skills and we’ll provide the LEGO®. Anyone old enough to not eat the LEGO™ is welcome.

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Lego Kids

Engineering Afternoons

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 6, 2019

    An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 5, 2019

  • Branch: Cowichan Lake
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If you like LEGO you will love Engineering Afternoons.  Pop by after school and create using a new building or …

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Crafting Kids

Design Squad Global – Inventing Green Club

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

  • Branch: Comox
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Design Squad Global clubs introduce children to engineering and invention through fun hands-on activities. Each week club members design, invent, …

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LEGO® Club

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    One event on November 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    One event on December 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    One event on January 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on January 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on February 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on February 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on April 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on April 24, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on May 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on May 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on May 29, 2019 at 3:30 pm

  • Branch: Nanaimo North
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Use our LEGO® to create a masterpiece, with a different theme every session. Anyone old enough to not eat the LEGO® …

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Playing with Lego

LEGO® Club

Calling all architects! Bring your construction skills and we’ll provide the LEGO®. Anyone old enough to not eat the LEGO™ is welcome.

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Storytime with preschool children

Mother Goose On the Go

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on March 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    One event on April 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on May 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    One event on June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on April 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on May 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on June 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on August 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on August 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on August 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on September 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on October 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on October 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on October 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on October 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    One event on October 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

    One event on October 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until June 23, 2020

    An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

  • Branch: Port Hardy
  • Venue: Mother Goose On the Go
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In Partnership with Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society.

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Qualicum Beach LEGO® Club

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 22, 2019

  • Branch: Qualicum Beach
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Drop in and use our LEGO® to create a masterpiece.  Each session features a different theme, and we'll display your creations …

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Spring Time Puppet Show

Join us at Sun Studio for a Puppet Show, songs and stories celebrating Spring!

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Lego Kids

LEGO® Club

  • April 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

  • Branch: Port Alberni
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Love LEGO®? So do we. Design amazing creations and show off your creative side, the only limit is your imagination! …

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STEAM

Biweekly STEAM: Colours & Light

  • April 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Branch: Sooke
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  Come learn about how our eyes see colour and make a colour wheel eyeball!

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Games Night

Strategy Board Game Night

From "Settlers of Catan" to worker placement games, we play them all. Bring your opponents or come alone and meet …

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adult crafting

Fibre Arts – Warped Wednesday

  • April 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    One event on February 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on February 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on March 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on March 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on April 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on May 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on June 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on September 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on October 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on October 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on November 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on December 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    One event on January 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on February 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on February 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on March 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on April 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    One event on April 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

  • Branch: Port McNeill
  • Venue: Fibre Arts - Warped Wednesday
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Share yarns and crafts with a circle of friends. Demonstrations will be held 6 - 8 pm at the Port McNeill Library. This is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours!

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