Vancouver Island Regional Library offers fun and safe ideas for long weekend

April 9, 2020


Thursday, April 9, 2020: Despite a drop in new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island, experts are reminding the public that social-distancing measures remain in effect and will continue throughout the upcoming long weekend. But rest assured, VIRL is here for you, offering cardholders an array of fun and safe things to do this long weekend.

“Distancing from loved ones, especially through a long-weekend or celebration can be hard,” says VIRL’s Executive Director, Rosemary Bonanno. “But we can still find ways to connect and care for our families and our communities, while continuing to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 this upcoming weekend.”

Here are a few ideas to get your weekend started:

Learn a new language. While we may not be able to travel to far distant places, we can bring those places to us by learning a new language through Mango Languages. Buena Suerte!

Try a new playlist. Why not kick back in your yard and create a sun-loving playlist from Freegal (‘free & legal’) music catalogue or stream away with Naxos Music.

Check a few items off the to-do list. From easy home makeovers to that squeaky door you’ve always been meaning to fix, VIRL’s Do-It-Yourself section offers online guides for all levels of experience.

Spend some time in the garden. With the frost at bay and a full week of sun on the horizon, now is the time to plant those seeds and starters. Head over to our magazine rack and check out PressReader or RB Digital for some of the most popular magazine titles available, including several devoted to green thumbs.

 Learn a new skill. From photography to 3D animation, VIRL’s database offers business, software, technology and creative video courses and tutorials taught by industry experts. Find in our All Databases section.

 Fun with the kids. The TumbleBookLibrary also offers educational games and National Geographic videos. Also, through OverDrive, VIRL is offering unlimited access to the first book in the Harry Potter series in both eBook and eAudiobook, and a whole lot more.

No library card? VIRL’s online registration is now open for anyone who wants to take advantage of VIRL’s amazing online resources

Have a fun-filled, safe long weekend.

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