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June through August 2017

Library programs & events

for kids, teens and adults


Kids

Summer Reading Club 2017 For kids 12 and under Take a walk on the wild side with GVPL’s Summer Reading Club! Whether you’re reading at home or on holidays, you can track your daily reading on your reading record and enjoy weekly incentives along the way. Staying in town? GVPL offers free library programs at branches throughout Greater Victoria. Summer Reading Club program guide: available mid-June. Registration for programs begins June 29. Self-paced reading records available starting June 29.

Summer Reading Club Kickoff For Grades 2-4. Magician Leif David will amaze his young audience with magic, storytelling, comedy and music. Registered. June 2, 10:15-11:00 am Nellie McClung Branch June 2, 1:15-2:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch For more information, visit gvpl.ca/src Summer Reading Club is made possible thanks to generous funding from the British Columbia Library Association, Friends of the Library, IslandLink Library Federation and the Province of British Columbia.

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in.


Teens Teen Council Booksmack Get Booksmacked! Come out for an evening of great book, music, audiobook and film recommendations with GVPL’s Teen Council. A team of teens will speed review as many titles as they can throughout the evening. Bring your library card to sign out materials on the spot. Drop-in. June 1, 7:00-8:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Celebrate Pride Month with Robin Stevenson For ages 13-18. Join local author Robin Stevenson as she discusses her book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community, and shares her thoughts on creative writing. Registered. This program is provided with generous support from IslandLink Library Federation. June 8, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Teen Volunteer Opportunities Button Making at Special Events For ages 13-18. Earn volunteer hours and learn to operate our easy-to-use button makers at events throughout the summer. Check gvpl.ca for details.

DigiLab Teen Volunteers

For ages 13-18. Help lead a DigiLab program and inspire other teens to learn and create using tech tools and craft supplies. View the DigiLab programs on page 6 to see what’s coming up this summer.

Steps for DigiLab Volunteers (repeat volunteers can skip to Step 3) Step 1: Complete the Teen Volunteer Referral Form at gvpl.ca/teenvolunteers Step 2: Register for the DigiLab Training Session (below) Step 3: Register as a volunteer for a DigiLab session (listed on page 6)

DigiLab Training Session July 20, 7:00-8:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Reading Buddies: Teen Volunteers

For ages 13-18. If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are fluent in English or French, and want to help emerging readers in Grades 2 to 4, we need you. We provide training and, upon completion, a reference letter outlining your volunteer hours. Registered.

Steps for Reading Buddies Volunteers (repeat volunteers can skip to Step 3) Step 1: Complete the Teen Volunteer Referral Form at gvpl.ca/teenvolunteers Step 2: Register for Volunteer Training (below) Step 3: Register for a Big Buddies session (below)

Training for First-time Volunteers July 5, 3:15-4:30 pm Central Branch July 6, 3:15-4:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch July 7, 3:15-4:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch July 19, 10:15-11:30 am Saanich Centennial Branch July 20, 10:15-11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch

English Big Buddies July 10-14, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Esquimalt Branch and Nellie McClung Branch July 17-21, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch and Saanich Centennial Branch July 24-28, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Central Branch and Juan de Fuca Branch July 31-August 4, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Oak Bay Branch July 31-August 4, 1:45-3:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch August 8-11, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Central Saanich Branch and Juan de Fuca Branch August 14-18, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch and Saanich Centennial Branch

French Reading Buddies July 31-August 4, 3:15-4:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in.


Teen Volunteers Wrap-Up Party Teens who volunteered at the library anytime this year are invited to this fabulous thank you party with snacks, games and prizes. Registered. August 17, 7:00-8:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Book Review Club July 6-August 31 For ages 10-18 with a valid GVPL library card. Join GVPL’s summer book review club, and kick it off with a free book and a bag of chips! Read the book, submit your book review at gvpl.ca, and return to the library for free refills on books all summer long. (Sorry, chips with the first book only!) For every review you complete, you’ll receive an entry into a grand prize draw. All that a bag of chips? Visit any branch to join today!

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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For ages 13-18

Tech Night Create and innovate with DigiLab’s tech toolkit, including Alienware laptops and Spheros. Registered. July 28, 7:00-8:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

Spheros Learn to code with DigiLab’s Sphero SPRKs, robotic spheres you can program with an app to roll, spin, flip and change colours. These rolling robots teach the principles of robotics and coding through play. Registered. August 2, 7:00-8:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Game Night Gather ‘round an old-fashioned board game, or play computer games among friends. Registered. August 10, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Intro to 3D Printing If you can think it, you can print it! Learn about the 3D printing process and find out how to get your ideas into print. Registered. August 18, 7:00-8:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Explore VR Climb a peak in Utah or attend a lantern festival by moonlight. Do all this and more with Google Cardboard’s do-it-yourself virtual reality headset and a smartphone. Registered. August 24, 4:00-5:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Big Canadian Stuff: Illustration Inspired by Canada 150 Artists from the Island Illustrators Society have created an exhibit of original artwork inspired by Canada 150 and vintage travel posters. The exhibit will travel around branches in the Greater Victoria Public Library system until December 2017. This summer, catch the exhibit at the Oak Bay Branch in June and the Saanich Centennial Branch in August.

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in.


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Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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summer story! PRIZES For every challenge you complete, you’ll be entered into a weekly draw to win a gift certificate to a local bookstore (one prize per person). Draw prize winners will be announced on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and contest rules, visit gvpl.ca/summerchallenge

Two Ways to Enter

the Weekly Prize Draws ON FACEBOOK Go to the GVPL Facebook page at gvpl.ca/facebook, and look for the Summer Challenge post pinned to the top of the page. Add a comment to the post that shows how you’ve completed the challenge, either by posting a photo or answering the question(s) in the challenge. Please indicate the number of the challenge you’ve completed and include #gvplchallenge. Example: I completed #gvplchallenge 2: I read Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing on a park bench by the ocean. ON TWITTER Tweet @gvpl your completed challenge, either by posting a photo or answering the question(s) in the challenge. Please indicate the number of the challenge you’ve completed and include #gvplchallenge. Example: Hey @gvpl, I completed #gvplchallenge 2: I read Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing on a park bench by the ocean. Note: Please make sure your social media privacy settings will allow us to see your submission.

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Adults June is Aboriginal History Month Indigenous Plant Medicine Traditional medicines have been used for generations to assist with treating diabetes, regulating blood pressure, ameliorating digestion and improving overall health. Sarah Underdown, a Cree/Saulteaux from the Cowessess Nation in Saskatchewan, who has lived on the territories of the Lekwungen peoples for more than 30 years, will share plant medicine teachings passed on from Elders and family in the community. Registered. Please note: The workshop will begin with a smudging ceremony, a purification of the space using a cleansing smoke. June 1, 6:00-7:30 pm Central Branch

Reconciliation: Opening the Door to Conversations The Victoria Native Friendship Centre and GVPL proudly present the next event in our four-part series to inspire community conversations around revitalizing relationships with Indigenous peoples and Canadian society.

Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village In this experiential workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the impact of residential schools and explore how each of us can help revive the values that guided Indigenous villages for generations. Audience participation is a component of this workshop and is used to create an emotionalunderstanding of the experiences of Aboriginal people in Canadian history. The workshop was developed by facilitator Kathi Camilleri, who has coordinated healing programs in the Aboriginal community for more than 20 years. A complimentary lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00 pm. Register at gvpl.ca June 10, 12:00-4:00 pm Wawadit’la, Mungo Martin House, Thunderbird Park adjacent to the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St Presented by: Generously supported by:

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Victoria Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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June is Aboriginal History Month City of Victoria: The Year of Reconciliation and Canada's 150th Birthday

Victoria Councillor Marianne Alto will review the city's responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and provide a preview of the rest of the year's commemorative actions and events. Registered.

June 13, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Bike to Work Week Watch for GVPL's Bikemobile at Bike to Work Week Celebration Stations around town, May 29-June 4. For times and locations, check gvpl.ca

Cycling with Your Family: Bike Safety

Join Cindy Marven from WeBike for an introduction to road and trail safety, bike and helmet fittings, gear recommendations for towing or carrying children and suggestions for riding as a family. A Family Cycling Petting Zoo will follow the program. Registered.

June 3, 10:00-11:00 am Central Branch

Cycling with Your Family: Bike Petting Zoo

Chat with cycling families and learn about their transportation options including cargo box bikes, longtails, kids’ seats, trailers, tandems and striders. Presented in partnership with WeBike. Drop-in.

June 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Central Branch

Heritage Homes in the Legislative Precinct Put on comfy shoes and join us for an historical walk and learn the stories of heritage homes near the Parliament Buildings. Walk led by Dr. Nick Russell, heritage researcher and author of Glorious Victorian Homes and Postcards From the Past. Registered. June 3, 1:30-3:30 pm Meet in front of Helm's Inn, 600 Douglas St

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Canadian Council of the Blind: Get Together with Technology This program helps those who are visually impaired learn to use lowvision and blindness-related technology, like Zoomtext and JAWS, as well as online sites like Facebook and Twitter. First Wednesday of the month. Drop-in. June 7, 1:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

Queer Abilities Drop-In A drop-in group for anyone in the LGBTQ2+ community living with a disability. Presented by AIDS Vancouver Island. Drop-in. June 7, July 5, August 2, 5:00-6:30 pm Central Branch, second floor meeting room

Victoria Writers' Society Meeting Join the Victoria Writers’ Society for their last meeting of the season. Pick up the latest edition of The Island Writer literary magazine and enjoy readings from some of the contributors. Drop-in. June 7, 7:00-8:45 pm Central Branch

World Refugee Day Celebrations

Join us for this family-friendly event, on Lekwungen territory with live music, button making, children's crafts, food and more. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and Here! Magazine. Check gvpl.ca for information about other World Refugee Day events. Drop-in.

June 17, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Central Branch, courtyard

A Refugee Family’s Journey

Join author Margriet Ruurs and translator Falah Raheem on World Refugee Day for a conversation about their children’s book, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, featuring the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. The book, presented in English and Arabic, recounts the story of a young girl and her family forced to leave their once-peaceful home and escape to freedom. This event is presented in partnership with Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable. Books will be available for purchase with partial proceeds supporting refugees in Canada. Registered.

June 20, 7:00-8:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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South Island Gender Variant Drop-In A drop-in group for trans, gender queer, two-spirit and gender variant individuals. A safe place to come together, share and support each other. Presented by AIDS Vancouver Island. Drop-in. June 29, July 27, August 31, 6:00-7:30 pm Central Branch, second floor meeting room

Raven Baroque at the Library Spend the afternoon with Raven Baroque, a classical music group that plays hits from the 17th and 18th centuries in period costumes. Enjoy the likes of Bach, Vivaldi and Handel filling the rafters of Victoria's acoustic sweet spot, the Central Branch courtyard. Drop-in. July 6, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch, courtyard

Integrate Arts Festival at GVPL The Integrate Arts Festival is a free, Victoria-wide festival that includes an art crawl, gallery map, events and workshops. GVPL is proud to host a lively afternoon of art for the whole family. Create a mini masterpiece with our button maker; take part in LifeCycles Project Society’s seed art project; or explore the DigiLab’s tech tools and craft supplies. For more information, visit integratearts.ca. Drop-in. August 26, 12:00-3:00 pm Central Branch

1-on-1: Getting Started with Computers & E-Readers Sign up for a 30-minute session and get help with computer or device basics, setting up an email account, using the Internet and exploring GVPL’s digital collections. Weekly sessions are offered at most of our branches; dates and times vary. We also offer sessions in Mandarin at Central Branch. Check the program calendar at gvpl.ca

Victoria Chess Club at the Library Enjoy competitive games of chess with players from the Victoria Chess Club every Wednesday evening on the first floor. Drop-in. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:45 pm Central Branch

Scrabble at the Library How do you spell fun? S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E! Enjoy three competitive games of Scrabble with players from the Victoria Scrabble Club every Tuesday evening. Drop-in. Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45 pm Central Branch, second floor meeting room

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Pop-Up Library Look for GVPL popping up at community events and markets throughout the summer. We’ll have books, buttons and friendly staff spreading love for learning. For the full calendar of our summer appearances, visit gvpl.ca.

Brentwood Days Festival June 3, 9:00 am-1:00 pm Pioneer Park, 7130 West Saanich Rd

*Please note that the Central Saanich Branch’s parking lot may be inaccessible.

Oak Bay Tea Party June 3, 10:00 am-5:00 pm Willows Park, 2253 Beach Dr

Car Free Day Sunday, June 18, 11:00 am-6:00 pm Douglas St, downtown Victoria

Canada Day July 1, 12:00-5:00 pm Inner Harbour, downtown Victoria

Oak Bay Night Market June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, 4:00-8:00 pm Oak Bay Ave, Oak Bay Village

Saanich Peninsula Market July 8, 9:00 am-1:00 pm Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's Cross Rd

Victoria Pride Festival July 9, 1:00-5:00 pm MacDonald Park, 212 Niagara St

Coming Soon!

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Branches and Hours Central Branch 735 Broughton St Monday, Friday, Saturday.........................................................9:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.........................................9:00 am-9:00 pm

Bruce Hutchison Branch 4636 Elk Lake Dr at Saanich Commonwealth Place Monday, Friday, Saturday...................................................... 10:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.......................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Central Saanich Branch 1209 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay Monday, Tuesday, Thursday................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday............................................10:00 am-6:00 pm

Emily Carr Branch 101-3521 Blanshard St at Uptown Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday............................................................................10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday.............................................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Esquimalt Branch 1231 Esquimalt Rd Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.................10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, Friday...........................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Goudy Branch 119-755 Goldstream Ave Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.....................9:30 am-5:30 pm Thursday, Friday.............................................................................. 9:30 am-6:00 pm Sunday (year round).....................................................................1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Juan de Fuca Branch 1759 Island Hwy Monday, Friday, Saturday...................................................... 10:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday......................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Langford Heritage Branch 102-1314 Lakepoint Way Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday............................................................................ 10:00 am-6:00 pm Wednesday......................................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm Library vending machine …............................................ 24/7, 365 days a year

Nellie McClung Branch 3950 Cedar Hill Rd Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday................. 10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, Friday............................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Oak Bay Branch 1442 Monterey Ave at Monterey Recreation Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday................. 10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, Friday............................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Saanich Centennial Branch 3110 Tillicum Rd at Pearkes Arena Monday, Friday, Saturday...................................................... 10:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.......................................10:00 am-9:00 pm GVPL branches are open Sundays in fall and winter only. Our Goudy Branch is open Sundays year round. Our virtual branch is always open: gvpl.ca

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GVPL Program Guide | Summer 2017  

Browse Greater Victoria Public Library's offerings of free programs for kids, teens and adults. Program period: June through August 2017. GV...

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