New crafting platform offers countless opportunities for crafters and makers on Vancouver Island

May 12, 2020


Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Calling all creatives! Pull out your paints and grab your glue gun — it’s time to get crafty! Creativebug, the newest resource in Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) online library, offers customers unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes, and award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists, anytime, anywhere.

“People are going to love Creativebug,” says Emily Mathews, VIRL’s Divisional Manager of Collections and Support Services. “Whether they’re just getting started with crafting, are experienced DIY’ers looking for new and creative ideas, or families in search of some fun and engaging activities, Creativebug has so many rich and engaging projects to offer. We are beyond excited to offer this new service to our customers.”

Accessible on the web and mobile apps, categories include:

  • Art + Design
  • Crochet
  • Food + Home
  • Kids
  • Knitting
  • Jewelry
  • Quilting
  • Sewing

The classes never expire, so projects can be started and stopped according to people’s schedules and interest.

Other features include:

  • Videos featuring prolific crafters well known in their field
  • Unlimited usage
  • Daily craft challenges
  • Great for all ages
  • Perfect for home schooling and children
  • Open for a range of skill levels
  • Short crafts to lengthy projects
  • Something for every interest!

Creativebug is available now for anyone with a VIRL library card. If people would like to sign up for a membership while in-branch services are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, they can register here and start crafting.

This newest database in VIRL’s collection was made possible thanks to a funding injection from the Province supporting digital resources and services for BC libraries. VIRL received approximately $43,000 as part of this support.

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