Take Home a Tinker Tote Today from Your Library

February 12, 2019


It’s tinker time for anyone with a Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) card! Starting on Friday, February 15, VIRL’s brand new Tinker Totes will be available for customers to borrow and take home to experience the five aspects of STEAM learning, where S is for Science, T is for Technology, E is for Engineering, A is for Art, and M is for Mathematics.

“STEAM learning can help young people build foundational skills to prepare them for the future,” says VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning, Melissa Legacy. “Our new Tinker Totes, as well as being a lot of fun for the whole family, could help to spark new passions and interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in kids from Sooke to Sointula.”

VIRL is launching the STEAM Tinker Totes on Friday, February 15, just in time for the Family Day long weekend. There are five fantastic Tinker Totes available for loan:

• Sensory Playtime – helps kids explore and learn through sound
• Code-a-Pillar – teaches kids about coding and computational thinking
• KEVA Connect Planks – sets the foundation for imaginative building
• Handbells – Introduces music and composition
• Magna-Tiles – Perfect for the aspiring builder

The Tinker Totes can be checked out from any VIRL branch for three weeks. Simply search Tinker Tote in the VIRL catalogue to reserve one.

Just like all other children’s materials, there are no late fees for the Totes. More information about the Tinker Totes is available on VIRL’s website.

For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651
Email: dcarson@virl.bc.ca