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Library SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2016

PROGRAMS VETERANS’ WEEK TEACH AND LEARN WITH TECH BUDDIES FRIENDS BOOK SALE COOKIES AND CRAFTS OPEN HOUSE


Did You Know ... ... your gently used books can help fund literacy programs for kids? Support the Friends of the Library by donating books, DVDs and video games to your local GVPL branch. • All items must be in excellent condition

• Your gently used material will be offered for sale by Friends of the Library volunteers

• Funds raised will be used to support community programs such as the Summer Reading Club We regret we cannot accept any magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or video tapes. Email: info@gvplfriends.ca

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Contents Message from the CEO

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2016

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Business, Law & Finance

17

Borrowing 5

Crafts & Hobbies

17-18

Programs for Young Children

Health & Wellness

18-19

History & Genealogy

19-20

Programs for School-Age Children & Tweens

6-8 9-12

Interests & Lifelong Learning 20-21

Parenting Programs

11

Welcome Newcomers

Story Buddies

12

Writers & Readers

Reading Buddies

12

Contest Corner

23

Programs for Teens

13-15

Victoria Seed Library

24

Programs for Adults

16-25

Computers & Technology

Arts & Culture

16

Book Clubs

17

Locations & Hours

21 22-23

25-26 28

Program registration starts Tuesday, September 6. Registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Go to gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

CONTACT US Customer Service: 250-940-GVPL (4875) or gvpl.ca/customerservice Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Message from the CEO For many in our community, fall signals the unofficial start of a new year. It is time for children to go back to school, for post-secondary students to commence their studies and with the passing of Labour Day, the end of summer vacations (and stay-cations) for residents of all ages. It is a season filled with anticipation, new beginnings and opportunities to learn and create. There is no better place to cultivate your curiosity than the Greater Victoria Public Library. In the pages that follow, you will find a veritable cornucopia (to stay with the fall theme) of freely available programs, events and activities. Did you know your library has more than 100 active community partnerships to support lifelong learning in Greater Victoria? Together we create opportunities for all residents to thrive. This is perhaps the greatest strength of our public library system: we meet the needs and interests of individuals, collectively contributing to the success and well-being of the community as a whole. In the months that follow, I hope this Program Guide will be a source of inspiration to start your own learning journey. Computer training? We’ve got it (see page 25). Arts and culture? Look no further than page 16. Is writing your passion? We have programs just for you on page 22. The opportunities are endless. This season, I encourage you to explore and discover what our 11 branch libraries have to offer. Our virtual branch is always open for convenient ebook reading, e-audiobook listening and movie watching. Where could a library card take you this fall? Follow your curiosity, and find out! GVPL and CUPE 410 staff celebrate the wrap-up of an outstanding workplace campaign with the United Way of Greater Victoria.

Maureen Sawa, Chief Executive Officer P.S. The dedicated staff members of GVPL shine in so many ways. As I have mentioned, we work closely with our partners across Greater Victoria to support a caring and compassionate society. We show this support in word and in deed. I am very proud that GVPL and CUPE 410 staff were recently honoured by the United Way of Greater Victoria for our exemplary workplace campaign. Now that’s the spirit!

About our cover OLiVe (GVPL’s Outreach Library Vehicle) on a community visit to Our Place in Victoria. Our library vehicle offers wifi for public use – and while at events, a bike rack for visitors who bring their own wheels! Thank you to our partners, Victoria Foundation and Friends of the Library, for extending the reach of our services and enhancing literacy support in Greater Victoria.

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


• Driver’s License/BC ID card • BC Care Card or BC Services card • Birth Certificate • Passport • Métis/Native/Songhees Status card • Military ID • Any other government-issued identification

In the event that the above identification does not include a current address, the following will be accepted in addition to the personal identification:

• Current Hydro, telephone, cable, water, Property Tax bill, or Assessment notice • Current bank/credit card statement • Vehicle insurance • Government cheque • Rental Agreement • Personalized cheques

If you do not have proof of residency, you can get a free Transition card to use library computers and to borrow two items at a time. Personal identification is required.

DAILY LATE CHARGE

You can get your free library card at any GVPL branch. You will need to bring identification showing your legal name and current address. We accept:

GVPL regularly reviews fines and loan periods. Please visit gvpl.ca for the most current information.

RENEWALS

Library cards are free if you live or attend school in the GVPL service area, including Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal as well as Beecher Bay, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout and Esquimalt reserve lands.

When late return charges reach $20 or more, you won’t be able to borrow materials until your balance is paid. Unpaid accounts of $25 or more are sent to a collection agency.

LIMIT PER CARD

Getting a Library Card

Late Return Charges

LOAN PERIOD

Borrowing at GVPL

Books & CDs

21 days

60

Book Club sets

6 weeks

2

0 $1.50

Climate Action kits

21 days

1

2

$1.50

DVDs/Blu-rays

7 days

60

2

$1.50

ADULT MATERIALS

2

30¢

e-readers

21 days

1

2

$1.50

Fastplays*

7 days

6

0

$1.50

Fastreads*

7 days

2

0

$1.50

Fastviews*

3 days

6

0

$1.50

Items with holds

14 days

60

0

30¢

Magazines

14 days

60

0

30¢

Special passes

7 days

1

0

$1.50

Staff Picks to Go

6 weeks

2

0

$1.50

Tablets

21 days

1

2

$5.00

Video games

7 days

6

2

$1.50

Sign up for email notifications and you’ll receive notice when you have items on hold that are ready for pickup. You’ll also receive courtesy notices when your borrowed items are about to become due (with the exception of Fastviews and Fastplays).

KIDS/TEEN MATERIALS

LOAN PERIOD

LIMIT PER CARD

RENEWALS

DAILY LATE CHARGE

Notifications

Books & CDs

21 days

60

2

10¢

Contact your local branch or go to gvpl.ca.

DVDs/Blu-rays

7 days

60

2

30¢

Fastplays*

7 days

6

0

$1.50

Renewals

Fastreads*

14 days

2

0

10¢

Fastviews*

3 days

6

0

$1.50

Items with holds

14 days

60

0

10¢

You can renew materials at gvpl.ca, via the mobile app or in person at your local branch. You can renew 21-day loan materials twice if no one has them on hold.

Overdue Materials The library’s collection belongs to everyone. Please return borrowed materials promptly so others may enjoy them. If you forget to return an item by the due date, a daily fine will be charged to your account up to a maximum amount.

Magazines To Go kits Video games

14 days

60

0

10¢

21 days

1

2

$1.50

7 days

6

2

$1.50

*Our Fastreads, Fastviews and Fastplays are copies of bestseller and high demand books, films and video games that may be borrowed for 7 days with no renewals. These items cannot be placed on hold.

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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For Young Children Baby Time

Baby Chat

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited.

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Stay after select Baby Times to learn about baby care and other child development topics from Island Health practitioners. Drop-in; space is limited.

Mondays, September 12November 28, 10:30-11:00 am Central Branch Note: No program October 10 Mondays, September 12November 28, 10:30-11:00 am Juan de Fuca Branch Note: No program October 10 Mondays, September 12November 28, 10:30-11:00 am Oak Bay Branch Note: No program October 10 Wednesdays, September 14November 30, 11:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch Thursdays, September 15December 1, 11:30 am-12:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch Fridays, September 16December 2, 11:30 am-12:00 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch Note: No program November 11 Fridays, September 16December 2, 10:30-11:00 am Esquimalt Branch Note: No program November 11 Wednesdays, October 26November 16, 11:00-11:30 am Goudy Branch

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September 26, November 7, 11:00-11:30 am Central Branch September 26, October 31, November 28, 11:00-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch September 29, October 27, November 24, 12:00-12:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch October 28, 12:00-12:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Check the calendar at gvpl.ca for more Baby Chat times and dates.

Family Storytime For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Mondays, September 12November 28, 10:30-11:00 am Nellie McClung Branch Note: No program October 10 Tuesdays, September 13November 29, 10:30-11:00 am Oak Bay Branch Tuesdays, September 13November 29, 10:30-11:00 am Saanich Centennial Branch Wednesdays, September 14November 30, 10:30-11:00 am Central Saanich Branch Wednesdays, September 14November 30, 10:30-11:00 am Esquimalt Branch Thursdays, September 15December 1, 10:30-11:00 am Bruce Hutchison Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Little Lego at the Library

Thursdays, September 15December 1, 10:30-11:00 am Juan de Fuca Branch Fridays, September 16December 2, 10:30-11:00 am Central Branch Note: No program November 11

Science Literacy Week: Science Storytime for Preschoolers

For ages 4-6; parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Listen to stories and have fun with the library’s Lego. Drop-in; space is limited.

Fridays, September 16December 2, 10:30-11:00 am Juan de Fuca Branch Note: No program November 11

For ages 3-5. Listen to stories and participate in fun activities that teach the scientific concepts behind the stories. Registered.

October 7, 3:30-4:30 pm November 18, 3:30-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Fridays, September 16-December 2, 10:30-11:00 am Oak Bay Branch Note: No program November 11

September 20, 10:30-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch

Saturdays, September 17December 3, 11:00-11:30 am Saanich Centennial Branch Thursdays, October 6-October 27, 9:30-10:00 am Emily Carr Branch Note: This program occurs before regular opening hours.

September 21, 10:30-11:30 am Central Branch September 22, 10:30-11:30 am Esquimalt Branch September 23, 10:30-11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch

Giggles and Wiggles For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Little listeners with extra energy will enjoy action-filled stories, songs and rhymes. Drop-in; space is limited. Wednesdays, September 28, October 26, November 30, 10:30-11:15 am Juan de Fuca Branch

Curious George at the Library Toddler Time For toddlers 16-35 months and parent or caregiver. Toddlerapproved stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited.

For ages 3-5. Celebrate all things Curious George with stories, songs, rhymes and a paper craft. Registered.

Monster Stomp For ages 5-8. Come to the library for a monster-stomping good time. Enjoy ghoulish stories, activities, a craft and a treat. Registered. October 12, 3:30-4:30 pm Goudy Branch October 21, 2:30-3:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

Mandarin Seeds For ages 3-5. Enjoy a fun and interactive storytime and craft in Mandarin. Registered. October 15, 10:30-11:30 am Bruce Hutchison Branch

October 5, 10:30-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch

Thursdays, September 15December 1, 10:30-11:00 am Central Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Batwings and Broomsticks

English Language Learner Storytime

Wonderful Wintry Weather

For ages 3-5. Get goosebumps at this Halloween storytime filled with not-so-scary stories, songs, an easy craft and a not-toospooky short film. Registered.

For young children and accompanying adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for young English language learners and their families. Drop-in; space is limited.

For ages 3-5. Celebrate wintry weather with tales of snow and forest friends. Enjoy songs, rhymes and a paper craft. Registered.

October 25, 10:30-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch October 26, 10:30-11:30 am Oak Bay Branch October 29, 2:30-3:30 pm Central Branch

Wednesdays, November 9November 30, 10:30-11:00 am Saanich Centennial Branch

Christmas Storytime For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Ho, Ho, Ho! Enjoy a festive storytime, a craft and a tasty holiday treat in anticipation of Christmas Day. Drop-in; space is limited. December 7, 10:30-11:30 am Central Saanich Branch December 8, 10:30-11:30 am Bruce Hutchison Branch

Sensory Storytime: Pete the Cat For ages 3-5; maximum two children per accompanying adult. Discover sensory-rich stories, movement and songs. This fun program is appropriate for preschoolers with autism or sensory processing issues or preschoolers who thrive on routine. Parent and caregiver participation is required. Registered.

December 8, 10:30-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch December 9, 10:30-11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch December 9, 10:30-11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch

December 13, 10:30-11:30 am Oak Bay Branch December 15, 10:30-11:30 am Esquimalt Branch December 17, 10:30-11:30 am Central Branch

Esquimalt Story Festival Join Esquimalt Recreation Centre and the Esquimalt Branch for a festival in the plaza. Storytellers will delight and entertain children of all ages. Drop-in. October 1, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

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December 10, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

October 29, 10:30-11:15 am Nellie McClung Branch November 8, 10:30-11:15 am Goudy Branch

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


For School-Age Children & Tweens Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program for English Language Learners Science Literacy Week: For the Love of Bugs Everyone welcome. Celebrate Science Literacy Week at the Oak Bay Branch with a visit from the Victoria Bug Zoo Crew and many buggy friends. Drop by to have your questions answered, and take advantage of photo ops with the bugs (bring your own camera). Drop-in; space is limited.

For ages 8-12. Develop leadership and communication skills through practical experience and entertaining exercises with a Distinguished Toastmaster and other community speakers. Registered. Saturdays, October 1-November 5, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Central Branch

October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm Central Branch

Elephant, Piggie and Friends

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

September 19, 2:30-4:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch November 25, 1:30-3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

For ages 6-9. Celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday at this program featuring Canadian animals. Explore animal specimens from the Royal BC Museum collection, listen to stories and create a loon collage. Presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum. Registered. October 21, 2:30-3:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

September 19, 1:00-3:00 pm Oak Bay Branch

For ages 5-8; parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Enjoy stories, decorate a recipe book and enjoy a fruit and veggie snack. An Island Health nutritionist will provide food tips for your family. Registered.

Let’s Get Loony

Movement Magic with PISE For ages 5-8. Let’s move it! Interactive stories, active play and fun games with hula hoops, jumping ropes and other cool equipment provided by Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). Registered. October 21, 2:30-3:30 pm Central Branch

For ages 5-8. Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books will enjoy this celebration jam-packed with stories, a craft and a puppet play. Drop-in; space is limited. October 21, 2:30-3:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch continued

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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November 16, 3:30-4:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Lego at the Library

November 17, 3:30-4:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

For ages 7-10. Listen to stories and have fun with the library’s Lego. Drop-in; space is limited.

November 18, 10:30-11:30 am Saanich Centennial Branch November 21, 3:30-4:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

May the Force Be With You For ages 5-12. Join us in a galaxy not so far away for Star Warsinspired stories, activities and crafts. Drop-in; space is limited. October 21, 2:30-3:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

Superheroes and Villains Workshop For ages 9-12. Join veteran animator, character designer and award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator Gareth Gaudin for a workshop. Whether your creations are funny, fearsome or frightening, this workshop will help your characters fly off the page. Registered. October 21, 2:00-3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Firefighter Storytime For ages 5-12. Join a real-life firefighter from the City of Colwood Fire Department for a short storytime and craft, followed by a photo op (bring your own camera). Drop-in; space is limited. October 21, 1:30-2:15 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

French Storytime For ages 5-8 and parents or caregivers. Enjoy a French language storytime with Canadian Parents for French (CPF), and learn about GVPL’s French resources to support emergent readers. Perfect for French Immersion families. Coffee and cookies provided. Registered.

November 25, 3:30-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Creative Collage For ages 10-12. Love crafts? Have fun while learning a new craft or building your skills. We’ll provide the art supplies and instructions; you provide the inspiration. Registered. November 4, 3:30-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

October 21, 10:15-11:00 am Bruce Hutchison Branch November 5, 10:30-11:15 am Esquimalt Branch November 14, 10:30-11:15 am Central Saanich Branch November 18, 3:30-4:15 pm Oak Bay Branch

Story Club For ages 5-8. Listen to stories, talk about your favourite books, and enjoy fun activities. Snacks included. Registered. Thursdays, October 27, November 24, December 15, 3:30-4:30 pm Central Branch

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October 28, 3:30-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Coding for Kids For ages 7-9. Join kids’ coding enthusiast Valérie Losier to learn the basics of programming with Scratch, a programming language designed for children. Participants will use their imaginations to build a simple animated game or video. Registered. November 5, 10:00 am-1:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Art Meets Science

Family Christmas Felting

For ages 7-12. Explore your favourite arts and sciences in a whole new way with Science Venture. Discover the science of music, investigate the art of biology and more. Registered.

For ages 5-12 and accompanying adult. Enjoy a fuzzy felting experience with Renée Sala from Crafty School of Art, and create your own felt Christmas crafts to take home. Registered.

November 18, 10:00-11:00 am Bruce Hutchison Branch November 18, 2:00-3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Books and Ballerinas For ages 5-8. This storytime will make your heart dance! Join ballerinas from the Victoria Academy of Ballet for a storytime and craft, followed by a photo op (bring your own camera). Registered.

November 26, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Christmas Crafts Everyone welcome; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. ‘Tis the season of sparkle and trim. Make holiday-themed crafts and spread your Christmas spirit. Supplies provided. Drop-in; space is limited. December 16, 10:30-11:30 am Esquimalt Branch

November 18, 1:30-2:15 pm Nellie McClung Branch

PARENTING PROGRAMS Help Your Child with Reading Dr. Orla Colgate has spent more than ten years studying and researching family engagement in literacy in Australia and Canada. Dr. Colgate will discuss how children learn to read, the critical role parents play in building a strong literacy foundation, and how parents can help their children develop a love of reading. Registered. September 21, 7:00-8:00 pm • Saanich Centennial Branch

The Island’s first library vending machine is available to you 24/7 at the Langford Heritage Branch. Visit us day or night for books and DVDs for kids and adults. Langford Heritage Branch 102-1314 Lakepoint Way

Bringing Montessori Concepts Home A critical part of your child’s education happens in the home. Learn to prepare and organize your home to enrich your child’s development with Soraya Tohidi, Montessori consultant. Registered. October 5, 7:00-7:45 pm • Bruce Hutchison Branch

Introduction to Physical Literacy Physical literacy is more than just running and jumping. Join Chris Wright, physical literacy coordinator at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), to learn to boost your child’s confidence, motivation to be active and physical competence through age-appropriate games and play-based activities. Registered. October 20, 7:00-8:30 pm • Juan de Fuca Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Story Buddies Stories have power - they connect, teach and inspire. In Story Buddies, young children are paired with volunteer tweens to write and illustrate an original storybook. Together, Little Buddies and Big Buddies will use their imaginations and produce a keepsake that will become part of their life’s story.

Little Buddies For ages 4-6. Registered. September 19, 2:30-3:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch November 18, 2:30-3:30 pm Central Branch

Please notify us in advance if you are unable to attend a session, either as a Little Buddy or as a volunteer. For more information see: gvpl.ca/reading-buddies or gvpl.ca/story-buddies

Reading Buddies Reading Buddies matches students in Grades 1-4 with a volunteer teen Big Buddy for an eight-week program of reading practice and fun, literacy-based activities. Available in English and French.

English Little Buddies For Grades 1-4. Registered. Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 2:00-3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 2:00-3:00 pm OR 3:30-4:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Story Buddies: Tween Volunteers For ages 10-12. We provide Big Buddy training and, upon completion, a certificate for volunteering. First-time volunteers, please complete the Tween Volunteer Referral Form, available at gvpl.ca/tweenvolunteers. Registered. September 19, 2:00-3:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch November 18, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

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Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 2:00-3:00 pm OR 3:30-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

French Little Buddies For Grades 1-4. Registered. Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 3:30-4:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


For Teens Teen Volunteer Opportunities For ages 13-18. GVPL’s teen volunteer programs are a great way to use your unique skills and abilities to give back to the community. Meet like-minded teens and help others in a fun environment where you can explore your interests and ideas. We provide training, support, a letter recording your volunteer hours and sometimes snacks. More information: gvpl.ca/teenvolunteers

DigiLab Volunteer Training Session Learn to lead a DigiLab program – earn volunteer hours and use your creativity and tech skills to inspire your peers. To lead a DigiLab program, you must attend the training session and complete a Teen Volunteer Referral Form available at gvpl.ca/ teenvolunteers. Registered. September 16, 3:30-5:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Teen Council Work on special library projects, represent the library, meet other teens and earn volunteer hours. Registered. Saturdays, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, 3:00-5:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Reading Buddies: Teen Volunteers If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are fluent in English or French, and want to help emerging readers, we need you. We provide training and, upon completion, a reference letter outlining your volunteer hours. Registered. First-time Volunteers: please complete the Teen Volunteer Referral Form, available at gvpl.ca/teenvolunteers, and register for a Reading Buddies Training Session: the training session is required for first-time Reading Buddies volunteers. Please bring your completed Teen Volunteer Referral Form to training. Note: Don’t forget to register for your volunteer sessions, too. Volunteer Training for First-time Volunteers October 15, 10:00-11:15 am Nellie McClung Branch October 15, 1:00-2:15 pm Juan de Fuca Branch October 15, 4:00-5:15 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

English Big Buddies Saturdays, October 22December 10, 1:45-3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch Saturdays, October 22-December 10, 1:45-3:00 pm OR 3:15-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

French Big Buddies Saturdays, October 22December 10, 3:15-4:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Volunteer Button Making and Face Painting Earn volunteer hours by running our easy-to-use button making machine at GVPL events. Registered. Esquimalt Story Festival October 1, 11:00-12:00 pm or 12:00-1:00 pm or 1:00-2:00 pm Plaza in front of Esquimalt Branch

Check the calendar at gvpl.ca for more volunteer button making dates and times.

Learn and create using trendy tech tools and craft supplies. Meet others interested in art and technology, just like you, and have fun exploring and innovating together. We’ll provide the supplies and instruction; you’ll focus on learning through play. Teen volunteer leaders receive a reference letter outlining volunteer hours.

First-time volunteers, please complete the Teen Volunteer Referral Form available at gvpl. ca/teenvolunteers, register for a Teen Tech Buddy Training Session, and register for your volunteer sessions.

Tech Night For ages 13-18. Create and innovate with DigiLab’s tech toolkit, including filmmaking equipment and Makey Makey kits. Registered. September 23, 7:00-8:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

Volunteer Training for First-time Volunteers October 7, 1:45-3:15 pm Esquimalt Branch

Tech Buddies October 14, 21, 28, 1:45-3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Let me show you how!

If you’d like to volunteer to lead a session, see page 13.

Green Screen

Tech Buddies: Teen Volunteers Use your skills with computers and other new technologies to help someone in your community and earn volunteer hours. Registered.

Volunteer Training Session

Spheros For ages 13-18. Learn to code with DigiLab’s new 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.

For ages 13-18. Calling all future film producers, serious actors and stand-up comedians: the DigiLab green screen is ready for your close-up. Plan and produce your own green screen video, and choose almost any setting as your backdrop with the click of a few buttons. Registered. October 13, 4:00-7:00 pm Central Branch

Fandomthemed Perler Beading For ages 13-18. Ziggy Stardust, R2-D2 and Deadpool – create these iconic characters and more with DigiLab’s perler beads. Supplies provided. Registered. November 9, 3:30-5:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

October 6, 3:30-5:00 pm Oak Bay Branch

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Youth Poet Laureate in Residence Digital Art For ages 13-18. Bring your tablet or iPad and explore free art creation apps. Participants can also make virtual art with DigiLab’s Tilt Brush, which lets you paint a 3D space using virtual reality. Don’t have a tablet? GVPL has Nexus 7s for loan. Registered. November 18, 7:00-8:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

Rainbow Loom For ages 10-18. Build a bookmark using multicolour loom bands and decorative duct tape. Registered. November 25, 4:00-5:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Felted Gnomes For ages 13-18. Gnomatter who you are, you’ll enjoy creating a needle-felted gnome to give as a gift or take home. We’ll provide the supplies – and leave the jokes to you. Registered. December 8, 3:30-5:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Latin Course for Teens For ages 13-18. Learn to read Latin in this rigorous course for teens taught by Gregory Rowe, Angelica Pass and Lauren Mayes (University of Victoria). By year’s end, you will be able to read poems by Catullus, the script on the medieval Bayeux Tapestry and the Latin translation of Harry Potter. The course is free but a text book is required; contact teens@gvpl.ca for information about purchase, second-hand or borrowing options. The course runs for eight months; please register for the September– December term, and you will be automatically registered for the January–April term. Registered. Thursdays, September 22December 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Miss Peregrine’s Loop Day For ages 12-15. Come dressed as your “peculiar” alter-ego and enjoy Loop Day trivia, a game and activities. It wouldn’t be a proper Loop Day without a slice of Loop Day cake, too! Registered. September 28, 3:30-4:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

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For ages 13-18. Book a meeting with current Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas to discuss your application for Youth Poet Laureate 2017, or to discuss poetry and writing. Registered. October 15, 1:00-1:30 pm, 1:30-2:00 pm, 2:00-2:30 pm or 2:30-3:00 pm Central Branch

Knit Wits for Teens: Neckwarmers For ages 13-18. Learn the basics of knitting and create a simple neckwarmer. We supply the instructions, yarn and knitting needles. Registered. Saturdays, November 5 and 12, 3:00-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Knit Wits for Teens: Basic Hats For ages 13-18. Take your knitting to the next level and knit a basic hat. We supply the instructions, yarn and knitting needles. Registered. Saturdays, November 26 and December 3, 3:00-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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For Adults ARTS & CULTURE Victoria Symphony: The Upcoming Season Join Victoria Symphony bass trombonist Bob Fraser as he talks about the Symphony’s upcoming season including Scheherazade, Beethoven’s Fifth and Simon & Garfunkel. Drop-in; space is limited. September 22, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Oriental Watercolour Miniatures and Greeting Cards Join professional wildlife artist Richard Wong in this fun workshop. Richard will guide you in painting watercolour miniatures that will tuck into your very own greeting card. No experience necessary. Supplies provided. Registered. September 24, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

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Victoria Symphony: The Holidays Behind-the-Scenes Library Tour Ever wondered how all those library books magically return to order? Celebrate Culture Days by joining us for a behind-thescenes tour of a GVPL branch. Meet our amazing staff and get an up-close look at how the magic happens. Registered.

Join Victoria Symphony bass trombonist Bob Fraser as he talks about the Symphony’s holiday season including Handel’s Messiah, A Viennese New Year and more. Drop-in; space is limited. November 17, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

September 30, 11:00-11:30 am Langford Heritage Branch September 30, 3:00-3:30 pm, 4:00-4:30 pm Emily Carr Branch September 30, 4:00-4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Open Rehearsal with Your Music Victoria

Choirs in the Courtyard

Join local classical musicians from the Your Music Victoria collective and get a behind-thescenes look at how a chamber music group works together to prepare for a performance. Check the calendar at gvpl.ca for list of musicians. Registered.

Treat yourself to a seasonal sampling of Victoria’s choirs in the Central Branch courtyard, one of the city’s sweetest acoustic spots. Performances take place between 12:00-2:00 pm; please check the calendar at gvpl.ca for exact times and the list of choirs. Drop-in.

October 1, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

December 1-12 Central Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Cookies and Crafts Open House To celebrate the holidays and to thank you for supporting your library, each branch will have free, festive refreshments for all and crafts for kids. Drop by for a treat and a chat. December 10, 2:00-4:00 pm All branches

BOOK CLUBS Third Thursday Book Club of Oak Bay The Oak Bay Branch’s book club meets on the third Thursday of the month for lively discussion. Some of the books discussed are chosen collectively by the group; others are left up to the individual members. Information will be sent in advance of the first meeting. Registered. Thursdays, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, 2:00-3:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

Fourth Monday Book Club at Central Branch Join us for a monthly book discussion group featuring titles chosen from different genres and available in multiple formats: ebook, e-audiobook, books on CD and print. Read or listen to a pre-selected book at home, discuss it at the monthly meeting, and hear about other titles to enjoy. Registered. Thursdays, September 26, October 24, November 28, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

BUSINESS, LAW and FINANCE Fraud Prevention Saanich Police Financial Crimes and Crime Prevention sections will offer tips to help you and your loved ones avoid falling victim to fraud over the phone, on the Internet or in person. Registered. September 28, 7:00-8:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Homebuying 101 Join a local realtor and mortgage broker to learn more about the mortgage process, managing real estate debt, shopping for a home, and legal concerns related to buying a home. Registered. October 20, 7:30-8:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

CRAFTS and HOBBIES

Christmas Cards Grab the glitter and corral your cardstock – get a jump on Christmas cards and join Melissa for a crafty afternoon of card-making fun. Supplies provided. Registered. November 3, 2:00-4:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Floral Art for the Holidays Learn to design contemporary floral arrangements for the winter season. Andrea Posno-Walker of Poppies Floral Art will demonstrate ten different designs to recreate for your holiday season. Drop-in; space is limited. November 3, 7:00-8:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

Repair Café Have an alarm clock that won’t buzz or a wheelbarrow that won’t wheel? Don’t toss it! Bring it to the Repair Café where you can get help fixing household items. Drop-in; space is limited. September 17, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Central Branch November 19, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Central Branch

Holiday Wreath Transform old books into a one-ofa-kind, upcycled holiday wreath. Material and embellishments provided, but feel free to bring your own glue gun. Registered. November 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Christmas Ornament Replace your macaroni Christmas ball from 1992 with an adorable country craft ornament. Join Melissa for an afternoon of festive craftiness, and take home a DIY ornament to hang on your tree. Registered. November 24, 1:30-3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Trashy Books Join artist Cathy Lee and learn to use recycled materials to create handmade stationery items – a journal, an origami envelope, and a folding star. Keep your piece of art, give it as a gift, or decorate your home for the holidays. Materials provided. Registered. December 1, 7:00-8:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

HEALTH and WELLNESS Cancer: Thriving and Surviving This six-week course is for individuals who have completed their cancer treatments and wish to learn more about selfmanagement. Topics include fatigue, pain, communication strategies and healthy living. Adult family members may also wish to attend. Presented by the Institute for Aging and Lifelong Health. Register online at selfmanagementbc.ca, email selfmgmt@uvic.ca, or call 1-866-902-3767. Thursdays, September 29November 3, 6:00-8:30 pm Central Saanich Branch Sundays, October 23-November 27, 1:30-4:00 pm Central Branch

Essential Oils 101 Learn about these precious oils and how they can be used for everything from cleaning your home and assisting with general health and well-being. Registered.

Upcycled WreathMaking Workshop Get crafty and festive with Renée Sala – she’ll help you create a Christmas wreath from materials you can find around the house. Tools and an assortment of materials, from wallpaper to silk flowers, provided. Registered.

October 1, 2:00-3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Spine Health 101 Join Alison Haynes, certified athletic therapist and exercise physiologist, as she explores the basics of spinal anatomy, health, posture and dysfunction. Whether you sit too much at work or experience pain due to an activity, she will offer strategies that can reduce the risk of injury and the amount of pain you experience. Registered. October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Diabetes: A Whole Person Approach Join naturopathic physician Dr. Andrea Whelan as she discusses diabetes from a whole person perspective, including the importance of nutrition, mindfulness and other lifestyle factors that contribute to the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Registered. October 19, 7:00-8:00 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch

Herbal Medicine: Our Traditional Healing Roots Join medical herbalist Krista Dawn Poulton as she discusses the healing benefits of common herbs from your kitchen. Learn home herbal basics for colds/ flus, cuts, scrapes, burns and more, and leave knowing how to treat minor illnesses and injuries. Registered. October 25, 7:00-8:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

December 3, 2:00-4:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Health and Wellness: Craving a Healthy Relationship with Food? Struggling with what, when and how much to eat? Join Joyce Schnetzler, a registered dietitian, to discover how knowing why we eat opens doors for positive and permanent changes to the way we eat. Registered. October 29, 11:00 am-12:15 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

We Are Here We Are Here is a photography and storyboard exhibit featuring the stories of local people who are HIV positive. The library will host the display (at select branches) in honour of AIDS Awareness Week. Presented in partnership with AIDS Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society. November 28-December 10 Check gvpl.ca for details.

HISTORY and GENEALOGY Genealogy Research in Action: Case Studies Whether you have a trunk full of historical documents or you can’t remember the names of your great-grandparents, case studies can show you how to get started. Join us for an exploration of genealogy research, presented in conjunction with Victoria Genealogical Society. Drop-in; space is limited. October 15, 2:00-3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Canadian Prisoners of War: Little-known Stories Join Yvonne Van Ruskenveld for an afternoon of little-known stories of the capture of more than 3,800 Canadians and their experiences in prisoner of war camps during the First World War. Presented in partnership with Saanich Archives. Drop-in; space is limited.

visit gvpl.ca/canada150 and use the online form to submit your 500-word tale. Then, throughout November, see the stories displayed for all to read at GVPL’s Central Branch. Open to everyone. Display: November 1-30 Central Branch

How to Research World War I Veterans Join Steve Clifford to learn how to access World War I military service records of the more than 640,000 Canadians who served. He will also provide an overview on how to use sources to gain insight into their experiences and the impacts on their families and communities. Presented in conjunction with Saanich Archives. Drop-in; space is limited. November 2, 2:00-3:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

October 21, 2:00-3:30 pm Saanich Centennial Library

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week In recognition of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, GVPL presents an exploration of HIV in today’s world, featuring HIV positive speakers, Elders, art and activities. Presented in partnership with AIDS Vancouver Island. Drop-in; space is limited. December 2, 4:00-5:30 pm Central Branch

Canada 150: Our Stories – Call for Submissions

Beyond Genealogical Facts: Telling Your Family Story

Canada will celebrate its sesquicentennial – its 150th year – in 2017, and we’re getting in the spirit. We want to hear your quintessentially Canadian stories and your reflections of what Canada means to you. Between September 6 and October 14,

Genealogy is more than a list of names with birth, marriage and death dates. Bring the experiences of your ancestors to life by collecting and preserving their stories. Registered. November 3, 1:30-3:00 pm Central Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Veterans’ Week: Documentary Screening: Canada’s Sites of the First World War Join us for a screening of the first part of the documentary series War Memories Across Canada. Part one explores sites in Canada that have a link to the First World War. Presented by Geoffrey Bird, associate professor and head of Royal Roads University’s War Heritage Research Initiative, and librarian and researcher Karen Charlebois. Registered. November 3, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Women in WWI The First World War marked a turning point in the role of women in society. Join Kate Humble to discover the unique stories of local women whose lives were changed – and who changed the lives of others – through the tumult of the First World War. Presented in conjunction with Saanich Archives. Registered. November 6, 2:00-3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Veterans’ Week: Get Poemed Join us for a special Veterans’ Week edition of Wendy Morton’s Get Poemed program during the centenary of the First World War.

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Bring a wartime photograph, memento or story for inspiration, and Wendy will compose an original poem for you. Drop-in; space is limited. November 10, 11:00 am-1:00 pm Langford Heritage Branch November 12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm Central Branch November 12, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Introduction to Online Genealogy Use GVPL’s website as a starting point to learn about online genealogical research tools, such as Ancestry Library Edition, FamilySearch.org and the Canadian Genealogy Centre. Suggested prerequisite: Internet Basics 1 or equivalent training or experience. Registered. November 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Out on a Limb on My Family Tree Geared to the beginner and intermediate genealogist, this talk features the five Ws of genealogical research: Who? Where? When? What? Why? Learn how to expand your family tree using traditional research methods coupled with online resources. Drop-in; space is limited. November 19, 1:30-3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

Online Searching for First World War Military Records This workshop, led by Steve Clifford, provides a hands-on opportunity to develop your online research skills by accessing and working with First World War records from a variety of sources. Each participant will research a soldier from the Saanich WWI Honour Roll and learn techniques to apply to their own research. Suggested prerequisite: Internet Basics 1 or equivalent training or experience. Presented in conjunction with Saanich Archives. Registered. November 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

INTERESTS and LIFELONG LEARNING Chess at the Library Need a chess mate to put in checkmate? Drop-in for weekly chess games in the library. Chess sets are available to borrow from the Information Desk. Drop-in; space is limited. Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am Central Branch

Canadian Council of the Blind Get Together with Technology This program helps the visually impaired explore low-vision and blindness-related technology,

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


from Zoomtext and JAWS, as well as online sites like Facebook and Twitter. Participants learn from other assistive technology users and others familiar with the technology. First Wednesday afternoon of each month. Drop-in; space is limited. Wednesdays, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, 1:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

Electoral Reform: What Does it Mean?

Deans’ Lecture Series Research shapes the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties of the University of Victoria and learn about their research interests. Check the calendar at gvpl.ca for lecture topics. To register, call UVic’s Continuing Studies Department at 250-472-4747. Fridays, September 9-December 16, 12:30-1:45 pm • Central Branch Note: No program on October 21 & 28, November 18 & 25

Rhododendron Gardens of Vancouver Island Join author Ian Efford for a visual presentation about the history of public rhododendron gardens on Vancouver Island. Registered. Have you ever wondered how a political party can form a majority government in Canada with less than 40% of the popular vote? Are there other systems that would result in a more accurate representation in the House of Commons? Join panelists Bruce Hallsor (Conservative party), David Merner (Liberal party) and Victoria MP Murray Rankin (NDP) as they speak about the pros and cons of different electoral systems including Canada’s and field your questions. Drop-in; space is limited. September 10, 1:00-2:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Meet Charlie, St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Learn about St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Visitation Program, a service that certifies therapy dogs to visit those in the community who would benefit from contact with a caring animal. Join Charlie and his handler and owner, Jordan Lapier, for a talk on the process of certifying your dog. Registered. November 19, 1:00-2:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

September 24, 2:00-4:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

An Evening with David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress, and Shelagh Rogers, Chancellor, UVic GVPL and the University of Victoria Libraries are pleased to co-host the 2016 University Librarian’s Annual Lecture event at the Belfry Theatre. Join us for an evening with David Mao, acting Librarian of Congress, Washington D.C., and Shelagh Rogers, UVic Chancellor and host and producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. Please check gvpl.ca for details.

WELCOME NEWCOMERS Beginner ESL Conversation Class Join us for a six-week beginner English as a Second Language conversation class. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. Registered. Wednesdays, September 21October 26, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

November 14, 7:00 pm Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave.

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Booksmacks

WRITERS and READERS Victoria Writers’ Society Meeting Join the Victoria Writers’ Society for their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. Drop-in; space is limited. Wednesdays, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, 7:00-8:45 pm Central Branch

Get Your Poetry Published Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer will provide an introduction to writing, editing and submitting poems to publications and on compiling a collection of poems for a book. Bring 5-10 of your original poems to examine for thematic links, order and other improvements. Registered. September 17, 2:00-4:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

An Evening with the Victoria Butler Book Prize Shortlisted Authors Join moderator and prizewinning author Julie Paul for an evening with five local authors shortlisted for the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Presented in partnership with Victoria Festival of Authors. Drop-in; space is limited. Wednesday, September, 21, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

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Get Booksmacked! Come out for an evening of book and film recommendations with GVPL’s finest. A team of five library staff members speed-reviews as many books and films as they can throughout the evening. Bring your library card to sign out material on the spot. Drop-in; space is limited. September 26, 7:30-9:00 pm Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave October 19, 7:00-8:00 pm Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville Street

Westshore Writers’ Group Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to meet and discuss the craft of writing. Drop-in; space is limited. Wednesdays, September 28, October 26, November 30, 7:00-8:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

Indie Author Day Book Launch Join us for GVPL’s first Indie Author Day book launch celebrating new fiction, poetry and memoir by local authors Joy Huebert, Gisela Ruebsaat and Inge Israel. Drop-in; space is limited. October 8, 1:30-3:30 pm Central Branch

The Art of Letter Writing Revive the art of letter writing: learn tips for writing a meaningful letter and discover ways to keep letter writing alive. Exchange stationery with participants, then compose a letter to someone dear. Pens and stationery provided. To participate in the stationery exchange, please bring extra sheets of paper and envelopes. Drop-in; space is limited. October 20, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Emerging Local Author Days

Poet-in-Residence: Yvonne Blomer

Drop by your local branch and meet some of the local authors featured in our Emerging Local Authors Collection, on display at Central Branch. Call 250-9404875 or check gvpl.ca for details.

Aspiring and established poets are invited to meet with Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer for sharing, inspiration and encouragement. Come to chat or bring your work to consult with Yvonne. Registered.

Saturdays in October

October 22, 10:00 am-1:00 pm Emily Carr Branch

Each spring, GVPL launches a new collection of books by emerging local authors. Starting October 1, 2016, we will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 Collection. Eligibility criteria and application form can be found at gvpl.ca/emerging.

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Author Martine Reid: Bill Reid Collected Bill Reid is one of Canada’s most renowned Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. As a kick-off to Read Local BC Week, author Martine J. Reid will give a visual presentation of Bill Reid Collected, her new, beautifully photographed, small format book that is the largest chronological collection of the artist’s works to date and uses a new system of classifying his work. Drop-in; space is limited. October 27, 7:00-8:30 pm Oak Bay Branch

NaNoWriMo

‘Tis the Season

November is National Novel Writing Month. Join the community of NaNoWriMo writers who welcome the challenge of writing a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. Find more information online at gvpl.ca.

Join us for a lovely evening as we read some of our favourite Christmas stories and poems and sing beloved carols. Enjoy a mug of hot apple cider and a cookie, too. This is a family celebration with stories for all. Drop-in; space is limited.

Saturday afternoons throughout November at Central Branch

December 15, 7:00-8:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

CONTEST CORNER Guess the 2016 Book Prize Winners GVPL invites you to guess the winners of the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. Review the shortlists online and make your pick. One winner for each book prize will receive a copy of the shortlisted books. Enter at gvpl.ca/contests September 14-October 12

Author Gwen Curry: Tod Inlet: A Healing Place As part of Read Local BC Week, join Gwen Curry as she presents a visual and narrative account of the natural, industrial and First Nations history of beautiful Tod Inlet. Registered. October 30, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Saanich Branch

420 Characters Tiny Story Contest Can you pack vivid descriptions, original characters and surprising plot twists into a narrative short enough to fit in a status update? We want to hear your tiny stories! Enter at gvpl.ca/contests. The 420 Characters Tiny Story Contest originated at the Powell River Public Library with the support of the IslandLink Library Federation. September 19-October 24

420 Characters Contest Winners’ Reception Join us to celebrate writers who participated in the 420 Characters Tiny Story Contest. Winners will read aloud from their works, receive their prizes and be celebrated as writers. Everyone welcome. Registered. November 24, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

Read Local BC Online Contest All ages. Celebrate BC books. Tell us about your favourite BC book for a chance to win a stack of local reads. Contest is open to GVPL cardholders. Enter at gvpl.ca/contests October 28-November 7

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Victoria Seed Library The Seed Library allows hobby and beginner gardeners to share seeds and resources and connect with other seed savers. Developed by LifeCycles and GVPL, the program promotes local food security and stewards our region’s biodiversity. As a member of the Victoria Seed Library, you can borrow seeds provided by other members and then learn how to dry your own – next spring, you’ll replenish the Seed Library stock with dried seeds from your healthiest and tastiest crops. In order to participate, you must become a member of the Victoria Seed Library (membership is free) and attend a member orientation.

gvpl.ca/seedlibrary

Drop-in to borrow seeds

Growing and Cleaning Seeds

September 10, 10:00 am-1:00 pm October 6, 5:30-8:30 pm October 22, 1:00-4:00 pm Central Branch

Have you saved something for seed in your garden or community plot this year? This workshop will empower you to get to the final steps of growing, harvesting and cleaning seeds. Participants will leave with detailed resources and hands-on experience. Registered.

November 5, 10:30 am-1:30 pm Esquimalt Branch

Member Orientation Become a member of the Victoria Seed Library to start saving and sharing seeds. In this session, you’ll learn how to check out and return seeds and have the chance to chat with other members and get tips for backyard growing. Registered. September 10, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch

Master Gardeners at the Library Questions about plants or pests? Drop by the rotunda of the Central Branch to speak with Master Gardeners from the Victoria Master Gardener Association. Kindly bring your specimens in a sealed bag. Drop-in; space is limited.

September 29, 7:00-8:30 pm Central Branch

September 10, 10:00 am-1:00 pm October 22, 1:00-4:00 pm Central Branch

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Computers & Technology GETTING STARTED 1-on-1: Getting Started with Computers and E-Readers Sign up for a 30-minute session for help getting started with your computer or e-reader. Topics we can cover in these sessions include: Mouse and keyboard basics

Mouse Basics Learn the basic mouse and keyboard skills required for our hands-on computer classes. NOTE: Unless you have already “tamed� your mouse, this session or equivalent training or experience is a prerequisite for all other computer classes. Registered. September 20, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Computer basics

September 27, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch

Setting up an email account and email basics

Computer Basics 1

Internet basics and beyond Microsoft Word basics Using the GVPL website and catalogue Using GVPL e-resources Getting started with Digital Collections on your own e-reader or device Weekly sessions are offered at Bruce Hutchison, Central, Esquimalt, Juan de Fuca, Nellie McClung, Oak Bay and Saanich Centennial branches. Other times available at Central Saanich and Emily Carr branches, as well as sessions conducted in Mandarin at Central Branch. Dates and times vary. Check the program calendar at gvpl.ca.

October 13, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch October 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Tech Buddies: Adults Bring your tech questions and gadgets and our teenaged Tech Buddy volunteers will help you. Registered. Fridays, October 14, 21 and 28, 2:00-3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch

This hands-on session is designed to introduce beginners of all ages to the workings of the computer. Suggested prerequisite: Mouse Basics or equivalent training or experience. Registered. October 4, 10:30 am-12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch October 6, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch

Computer Basics 2 Building on the skills you learned in Computer Basics 1, you will learn how to create, manipulate and store information. Prerequisite: Computer Basics 1. Registered.

Internet Basics 1 Learn the basics of searching the Internet. Suggested prerequisite: Computer Basics 1 and 2 or equivalent training or experience. Registered. October 27, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch October 31, 2:30-4:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

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Internet Basics 2 Building on the skills you learned in Internet Basics 1, you will learn some tips and tricks for effective searching, and you will use browsers, search engines and directories in more depth. Suggested prerequisite: Internet Basics 1 or equivalent training or experience. Registered. November 3, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch November 21, 2:30-4:00 pm Saanich Centennial Branch

Introduction to the Library Catalogue and Website

SOCIAL MEDIA Introduction to Facebook Join us for a demonstration of this popular social networking site. Registered. November 18, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch

Introduction to Twitter Join us for a demonstration of this popular social networking site. Registered. November 25, 10:00-11:30 am Central Branch

Friend Requests Accepted! Connect with GVPL:

Learn how to use the catalogue and discover how you can read, watch, listen and learn with digital content at gvpl.ca. Registered. October 19, 2:00-3:30 pm Central Branch

SPECIAL INTEREST

Friends of the Library

Book Sale

Introduction to Used.ca Victoria

November 26 & 27

Join us for a demonstration of Used.ca Victoria’s online classified site: how to find deals, sign up for an account and post ads while staying safe and avoiding online scams. Presented by Used.ca Victoria. Suggested prerequisite: Computer Basics 1 or equivalent training or experience. Registered.

Sunday 9:00 am-1:00 pm | Free admission, prices as marked 1:15-3:15 pm | $10 admission, books free

October 1, 11:00 am-12:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch

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Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm | Earlybird $5 admission fee

Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road Proceeds support GVPL programs and services. Visit the Friendshop at Central Branch for great books and bargains all year round. Join the Friends at gvplfriends.ca Email: info@gvplfriends.ca

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Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.


Everyone has their own library story Many give because they have fond childhood memories of taking home stacks of books from the library. Others donate because they believe the entire community benefits from a public library. Your donation helps the library inspire literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment for all.

Donating online is simple, go to gvpl.ca/donate Our charitable number is 11894 6979 RR0001 For more information call 250-940-4875 x 345 or email donate@gvpl.ca Greater Victoria Public Library 735 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3H2

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Fall/Winter Hours Beginning October 2, all branches will be open Sundays from 1:00-5:00 pm. Goudy Branch is open Sundays, year round. Our virtual branch is always open: gvpl.ca. Central Branch

Goudy Branch

Oak Bay Branch

Monday, Friday, Saturday......................... 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday..........................9:30 am-5:30 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.......................10:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday........................ 9:00 am-9:00 pm

Thursday, Friday....... 9:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday, Friday.....10:00 am-9:00 pm

Bruce Hutchison Branch Monday, Friday, Saturday........................10:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.......................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Central Saanich Branch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.......................10:00 am-9:00 pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday........................10:00 am-6:00 pm

Emily Carr Branch

Sunday (year round).1:00 pm-5:00 pm

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

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday...... 10:00 am-6:00 pm Wednesday............... 10:00 am-9:00 pm Did you know our newest branch has a 24-hour vending machine that dispenses DVDs and books?

Thursday.......................10:00 am-9:00 pm

Nellie McClung Branch

Esquimalt Branch

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

Thursday, Friday......10:00 am-9:00 pm

Customer Service: 250-940-GVPL (4875) or gvpl.ca/customerservice

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

Langford Heritage Branch

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.......10:00 am-6:00 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday........................10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saanich Centennial Branch

Holiday Hours 2016 We are closed: Monday, September 5 • Labour Day Monday, October 10 • Thanksgiving Friday, November 11 • Remembrance Day Saturday, December 24 • Christmas Eve – all locations will close at 1:00 pm Sunday, December 25 • Christmas Day Monday, December 26 • Boxing Day Saturday, December 31 • New Year’s Eve – all locations will close at 5:00 pm Sunday, January 1, 2017 • New Year’s Day

Program registration is required unless noted as drop-in. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-4875.

GVPL Program Guide | Fall 2016  

Explore GVPL's fall 2016 program guide and discover free programs, events and activities at our 11 branches in Greater Victoria. Where coul...

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