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Feature Nintendo Switch Game: Final Fantasy XII

In addition to our standing collection of games to play in the Creativity Commons, you can try out a feature …

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Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated across Canada each year throughout the month of February. VIRL is proud to showcase the …

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Adult Winter Reading Club

  • February 26
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 29, 2020

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Read books for a chance to win a cozy prize.  The more you read, the better your chances! Grab a …

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Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Strengthen early literacy with songs, rhymes, stories and more! Family Storytime is a fun half hour suitable for kids aged …

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Family Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Preschoolers (and their parents, guardians, grandparents, etc.) are invited to join us for stories, puppets, fingerplays, felt stories and more. …

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Parent-Child Mother Goose

Join Mother Goose facilitators for songs, rhymes and fun. For children ages 0-2 & their caregivers.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time

Join us for a rhyming good time! We do bounces, action rhymes, songs and bubbles. For babies 0-2 years old, …

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Mother and little daughter reading book together in library

Family Storytime

Strengthen early literacy with songs, rhymes, stories and more! Family Storytime is a fun half hour suitable for kids aged …

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Meeting Cafe

Wednesday Tech Tutorials

Tech help for those in need! Call 250.247.7878 to book a 30-minute appointment, or book in person at the library's …

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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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Meeting Cafe

IPad Made Easy

This 2-part workshop leads beginners through the basics of using their Apple iPad or iPhone. FEB 26: 12:30-2:30 pm Mar …

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STEAM @ VIRL

  • February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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    One event on September 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    One event on October 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    One event on October 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    One event on November 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    One event on November 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    One event on January 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on January 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on February 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    One event on February 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on February 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on February 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm

  • Branch: Port McNeill
  • Venue: STEAM @ VIRL
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Different STEAM kits to share each month.

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eHelp

  • February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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    An event every 2 weeks that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 20, 2020

  • Branch: Sayward
  • Venue: eHelp
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Tech help for those in need! Book an appointment for one-on-one help with your technology-related questions.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time

Join us at the library for rhymes, songs and bubbles for babies (0 to 2 years old).  Siblings, grandparents and …

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babytime

  • February 26 @ 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 Kids

LEGO® Club

  • February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

  • Branch: South Cowichan
  • Venue: LEGO® Club
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We provide the LEGO (and Duplo) and you provide the imagination every Wednesday. Come ready to build! This is a …

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Tech Help

Technology Help Appointments

Bring your questions and your device!  Book an appointment on Wednesday afternoons for one-on-one help with technology basics. We can …

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Artist Painting

Newcomers: Art with Your Neighbours

New to the area? Join Francoise from the Cowichan Intercultural Society to meet, talk, and laugh with other new community …

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Family Board Game Night

Magic: the Gathering® Club

Come play Magic: the Gathering® at the Library! If you’ve never played and would like to learn, we have plenty …

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Playing with Lego

LEGO® Club

  • February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 25, 2020

  • Branch: Cowichan
  • Venue: LEGO® Club
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Calling all architects! Bring your construction skills and we’ll provide the LEGO®. Anyone old enough to not eat the LEGO™ …

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Paws and Tales Literacy Program with Pacha

Paws 4 Stories

  • February 26 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

  • Branch: South Cowichan
  • Venue: Paws 4 Stories
  • Audience:
  • Cost: Free

Young readers can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with Kit Kat, a trained therapy dog on most Wednesday …

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Storytime with preschool children

Mother Goose On the Go

  • February 26 @ 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
  • Audience: ,

In Partnership with Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society.

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Lego Kids

LEGO® Club

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

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Freedom to Read Week 2019

Explorers: Shining a Light on Banned Books

Libraries support access to all sorts of books! Come in to learn about banned books and Freedom to Read week. …

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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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Game Night

Strategic Board Gaming

CANCELLED until further notice due to COVID-19 safety measures.  Join us every Wednesday in the Creativity Commons and challenge yourself …

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adult crafting

Fibre Arts – Warped Wednesday

  • February 26 @ 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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Group Of College Students Collaborating On Project In Library

Board in the Library

  • February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

  • Branch: Sooke
  • Venue: Board in the Library
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Drop-in every Wednesday evening for board games, activities and just to hang out! This is a free event that does …

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Philosopher’s Cafe

Join us for the first session of the Winter 2020 Philosopher’s Cafe series. In February, VIU professor Stephanie McKenzie will …

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Ivan Coyote Storytelling Event

We are bursting with excitement to welcome world renowned storyteller Ivan Coyote to our Branch!  They are a staff favourite …

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