Sidney/North Saanich Library Grand Opening Celebrations

June 5, 2019


Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Sidney, BC – The entertainers are booked, the speeches are written, and VIRL is ready to officially open the renovated Sidney/North Saanich branch at a celebration on Saturday, June 15 at the library on Resthaven Drive.

“We are so excited to welcome everyone back to this state-of-the-art facility,” says Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno. “The renovated space has many exciting features and amenities, from the new fireplace lounge to the cozy nooks, the open spaces to new computers — this library offers something for everyone and every interest!”

The fun starts at 1pm and will last until approximately 3pm. The afternoon festivities will start with a talented singer/guitarist from Parkland Highschool who will perform for the crowd as they arrive. Victoria’s always popular Story Theatre Company will also perform for the crowd with an exciting collection of their favourite stories in Off the Shelf.

After the speeches, ribbon cutting, and cake, and entertainment, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the new facility and see its exciting new features for themselves.

The renovations include updated electrical, lighting, HVAC, windows, and more, as well as updates to the space that make it more accessible and modern.

Specific upgrades include:

  • Remodeled youth and adult sections
  • Fireplace lounge area
  • Additional computers and a new laptop bar
  • Additional study and lounge seating
  • New flooring, lighting, and paint
  • New furniture and shelving
  • Improved layout to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers
  • Enclosed book-drop
  • Assistive computer station for people with vision, hearing, and other impairments
  • Accessible customer service desk

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For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651