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September through December 2019

Library programs & events

for kids, teens and adults


Kids Please note: The Saanich Centennial Branch is closed until further notice due to a flood at the facility. Check gvpl.ca for updates.

Baby Time For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in. September 10 to November 29 Tuesdays, 10:30–11:00 am Juan de Fuca Branch Oak Bay Branch Tuesdays, 11:30 am–12:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Wednesdays, 10:30–11:00 am Central Branch Fridays, 11:30 am–12:00 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch Esquimalt Branch

Tuesdays, 2:00–2:30 pm Central Branch

Community Connections for Parents: Child Care Resource & Referral Counsellor Join us after Baby Time to learn about what’s happening in your community and find out about helpful child care resources. Drop-in. October 9, 11:00–11:30 am Central Branch – Community Room October 15, 11:00–11:30 am Oak Bay Branch October 22, 12:00–12:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Program registration begins September 3 at 10:00 am. 2


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. September 9 to November 30 Mondays, 10:30–11:00 am (no program October 14 and November 11) Langford Heritage Branch Tuesdays, 10:30–11:00 am Emily Carr Branch (previously scheduled at Saanich Centennial Branch) Wednesdays, 10:30–11:00 am Central Saanich Branch – Room A Esquimalt Branch Goudy Branch (October 2 to 30 only) Nellie McClung Branch sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch Thursdays, 10:30–11:00 am Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room Central Branch – Community Room Esquimalt Branch Juan de Fuca Branch Fridays, 10:30–11:00 am Central Branch – Community Room Juan de Fuca Branch Oak Bay Branch Saturdays, 11:15–11:45 am Nellie McClung Branch

Stay and Play For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy social time and free play following Family Storytime. Drop-in. September 9 to November 30 Mondays, 11:00–11:30 am (no program October 14 and November 11) Langford Heritage Branch Wednesdays, 11:00–11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch Thursdays, 11:00–11:30 am Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room Juan de Fuca Branch Friday, 11:00–11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch Oak Bay Branch Saturdays, 11:45–12:15 am Nellie McClung Branch

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

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Traditional Indigenous Storytime for Families For children and their families. Join Surrounded by Cedar Children and Family Services for a monthly storytelling group for families featuring traditional storytellers, art and songs, held on the second Saturday of the month. To register, email counselling@sccfs.com. September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, 10:30 am–11:30 am Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room

Esquimalt Story Festival Everyone welcome. Stories, songs, drama, a StoryWalk® and more. The Esquimalt Story Festival promotes storytelling as a way to inspire children to use their imaginations, dream big and express themselves. Be part of the action as stories come to life. Presented in partnership with Esquimalt Parks and Recreation. Drop-in. September 21, 10:30 am–1:00 pm Memorial Park, 1230 Esquimalt Rd

Indigenous Stories for Families with Miss Vancouver Island Join Katelynne Herchak for stories and myths from the North. Katelynne is an Indigenous education leader and was both the 2015 Miss Vancouver Island and the 2019 National Canadian Miss Coastal British Columbia. Kate is Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Que., and has been a visitor on Lekwungen territory for 23 years. Registered. October 5, 10:30–11:30 am October 12, 2:30–3:30 pm October 19, 10:30–11:30 am October 26, 2:30–3:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

Living Opera: Il Trittico For ages 8-12. Join singing storytellers for a fun and engaging introduction to opera. Presented in partnership with Pacific Opera Victoria. Registered. October 5, 10:30–11:15 am Central Branch – children’s program area

Tsawout First Nation Stories and Crafts For children and families. Join a Tsawout First Nation Cultural Elder in Residence for an afternoon of Indigenous storytelling and traditional crafts. Learn words and phrases in SENĆOŦEN, the language of the Saanich people. Registered. October 5, 2:30–3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

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Victoria Festival of Authors: My First Story Writing Workshop For ages 6-8 and accompanying adult. Join us for an interactive workshop where parents will learn how to support their children's storytelling by creating a storybook with their child. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors and Story Studio. Registered. October 5, 2:30–3:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

Victoria Festival of Authors: Monique Gray Smith For ages 5-8; parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Join us for a dual language (English/Cree) presentation of My Heart Fills With Happiness / Ni Sâkaskineh Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih and You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna by author Monique Gray Smith. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors. Registered. October 5, 3:45–4:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

Victoria Festival of Authors: Writing Thrillers Workshop For ages 9-12. Young writers will learn how to create a page-turning tale with local author Sean Rodman. Find out how to use characters, plot and details to create an exciting thriller of your own. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors and Story Studio. Registered. October 6, 1:30–2:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

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

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Victoria Festival of Authors: Richard Van Camp For ages 0-4 and parent or caregiver. Join Richard Van Camp, awardwinning author of May We Have Enough to Share, a book that focuses on gratitude, strength of connections, nature that provides for us and love that is endless. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors. Registered. October 6, 2:45–3:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

Victoria Festival of Authors: Sara Cassidy For ages 9-12. Join author Sara Cassidy for a presentation about Nevers, a magical story filled with eccentric characters, set in France in 1799. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors. Registered. October 6, 3:45–4:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George

M.S.M. Community Room

Farsi Language Classes For children and their families. Join the Victoria Iranian-Persian Cultural Society for an eight-week series of Farsi language classes, suitable for beginner and intermediate students. Registered. October 12 to November 30 Saturdays, 2:00–3:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

Monster Mash Family Dance Party For children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Get ready to jump, glide and let your backbone slide at this Halloween-themed dance party. Costumes enthusiastically welcome. Registered. October 25, 1:30–2:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

Pro-D Day: Marshmallow STEM Challenge For ages 6-9. How many marshmallows can you stack? Explore how gravity impacts balance by building a marshmallow wobble device. Presented by Science Venture. Registered. October 25, 2:00–3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch (previously scheduled at Saanich Centennial Branch) November 22, 2:00–3:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

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Pro-D Day: Reach for the Stars For ages 10-12. Build a custom moon lander that will ensure your space cadets land safely on the moon and learn about the importance of weight distribution in aircraft design. Presented by Engineering for Kids. Registered. October 25, 2:00–3:00 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room

Pro-D Day: Science Exploration of Harry Potter's World For ages 5-9. Learn wizarding skills: make water disappear, explore a secret map, play with a magic wand and experiment with amazing potions. Presented by Mad Science. Registered. October 25, 2:00–3:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Pro-D Day: Fall Forest For ages 6-12. Join art teacher Sandi Henrich for a hands-on art workshop using drawing, painting and collage to create your own unique artwork inspired by autumn trees. Registered. October 25, 2:00–3:00 pm Oak Bay Branch – meeting room

Pro-D Day: Grossology For ages 6-9. Get gross! Learn about things that are slippery, green and smelly and take home something gross. Registered. October 25, 2:30–3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

Pro-D Day: Jan Thomas’s Silly Stories For ages 3-5. If your little one loves giggling along to silly stories, join us for a Jan Thomas storytime and craft. Registered. November 22, 10:30–11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch – community room

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

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Pro-D Day: Harry Potter 3D Printed Glasses For ages 10-12. Learn how to use the 3Doodler Start pen and create your own Harry Potter glasses. Presented by Engineering for Kids. Registered. November 22, 2:00–3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

Pro-D Day: Detective Science For ages 6-10. Discover how science is used to solve real crimes, watch how a room is transformed into a crime lab for exploring fundamental forensics, and take home a hands-on activity. Presented by Mad Science. Registered. November 22, 2:00–3:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room (previously scheduled at Saanich Centennial Branch)

Pro-D Day: Up, Up and Away For ages 5-12. This spellbinding show introduces the principles of air and pressure. You’ll see how pressure affects the world around you by watching demonstrations—a pop bottle getting crushed, the transformation of a dry-cleaning bag into a hot air balloon—and learn how a parachute and the Bernoulli Principle work. Presented by Mad Science. Registered. November 22, 2:00–3:00 pm Esquimalt Branch – meeting room

Pro-D Day: Little Lego at the Library For ages 4-6; parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Listen to stories and have fun with the library’s Lego. Registered. November 22, 3:30–4:30 pm Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room

Holiday 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. Registered. December 4, 10:30–11:30 am Central Saanich Branch – Room A December 5, 10:30–11:30 am Bruce Hutchison Branch – Arbutus Room December 9, 10:30–11:30 am Langford Heritage Branch – public space December 10, 10:30–11:30 am Esquimalt Branch – meeting room December 18, 10:30–11:30 am Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

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Wonderful Wintry Weather For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Celebrate wintry weather with tales of snow and forest friends. Enjoy songs, rhymes and a craft. Registered. December 4, 10:30–11:00 am sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room December 5, 11:00–12:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room December 6, 10:30–11:00 am Central Branch – Community Room December 18, 10:30–11:30 am Nellie McClung Branch – community room

Sankt Nikolaus Traditions Storytime For children and their families. Start the festive season with a Sankt Nikolaus Day celebration including traditional stories, songs and crafts. Learn simple songs and phrases in German. Registered. December 7, 2:30–3:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

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. Come in for a treat and a chat! Drop-in. Saturday, December 7, 2:00-4:00 pm All branches * Check for Saanich Centennial Branch info at gvpl.ca

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

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Teens Please note: The Saanich Centennial Branch is closed until further notice due to a flood at the facility. Check gvpl.ca for updates.

DigiLab Advisory Group For ages 13-18. Recommend new equipment for the DigiLab and start planning a program, all while logging volunteer hours and developing leadership skills. The DigiLab Advisory Group meets once a month from September to June. Registered. September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, 4:00–5:30 pm Esquimalt Branch – meeting room

Tiny Stories Writing Contest For ages 13 and up. Can you pack vivid descriptions, original characters and surprising plot twists into a narrative of only 420 characters? We want your tiny stories! Contest runs from September 16 until 3:00 pm on October 28. Submit your entry at gvpl.ca/contests.

DigiLab: Gamers Unite! For ages 13-18. Gather ‘round an old-fashioned board game, or play computer games among friends. This program is by teens, for teens. Registered. September 20, 4:00–5:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

DigiLab: Tech Time For ages 13-18. Create and innovate with DigiLab’s tech toolkit, including Alienware laptops and Spheros. This program is by teens, for teens. Registered. September 27, 4:00–5:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Victoria Festival of Authors: Kari Jones For ages 9-12; parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. Join Kari Jones, author of Ours to Share: Co-Existing in a Crowded World, for a presentation about population growth and some of the inequities that happen between people when natural and social resources are stressed. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Festival of Authors. Registered. October 5, 3:45–4:30 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

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DigiLab: Sew What?! For ages 13-18. Combine simple hand sewing with technology to make gloves you can use with a smartphone. This program is by teens, for teens. Supplies will be provided and beginners are welcome. Registered. October 18, 4:00–5:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch

DigiLab VR Poetry Lounge For ages 13-18. Get creative with DigiLab teen volunteers for an inspiring session combining poetry with virtual reality using our HTC Vive VR headset. This program is by teens, for teens. Registered. October 26, 4:00–5:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

DigiLab: Green Screen For ages 13-18. Calling all future film producers, serious actors and stand-up comedians: the DigiLab green screen is ready for your closeup. Plan and produce a video with a green screen and choose almost any setting as your backdrop with the click of a few buttons. This program is by teens, for teens. Registered. November 15, 4:00–6:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

DigiLab: Build Your Own Website For ages 13-18. Learn to build your own website using Visual Studio Code, a free web development tool. This program is by teens, for teens. Registered. November 23, 3:00–5:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Tiny Stories Contest Reception Everyone welcome. Join us to celebrate writers who participated in the Tiny Stories contest. Winners will read aloud from their works, receive their prizes and be celebrated. Registered. December 3, 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

TeenBookCloud

gvpl.ca/teenbookcloud

Instantly stream ebooks, graphic novels and videos for teens and middle schoolers.

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

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Adults One-on-One: Getting Started with Computers & Devices 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 branches; dates and times vary. We also offer sessions in Mandarin at the Central Branch. Register at gvpl.ca/ one-on-one.

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 in the second floor meeting room. Drop-in. September 3 to December 17 Tuesdays, 5:45–8:45 pm Central Branch – second floor meeting room

Community Connections: Settlement and Integration for Newcomers Join staff from the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society to learn about the BC Settlement and Integration Services Program. Topics include housing, employment, social services and English-language training. Funded by the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Drop-in. Wednesdays, September 4 to December 11 1:00–3:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch Mondays, September 9 to December 9 (no program October 14 and November 11) 1:00–3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – Meeting Room Fridays, September 6, 20, October 4, 18, November 1, 15, December 6, 9:30-11:30 am Central Branch

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Please note: The Saanich Centennial Branch is closed until further notice due to a flood at the facility. Check gvpl.ca for updates.

Victoria Chess Club at the Library Enjoy competitive games of chess with players from the Victoria Chess Club. Drop-in. September 4 to December 18 Wednesdays, 6:00–8:45 pm Central Branch

Victoria Writers' Society Meeting Join the Victoria Writers’ Society for their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. Drop-in. September 4, October 2, November 6, December 3, 7:00–8:45 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Sketchy Thursdays Everyone welcome. Bring your sketchbook and pencils and join Nate Davis for an evening of sketching. Open to all ages, skill levels and abilities. Drop-in. September 5 to December 12 Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm Central Branch

English as a Second Language Classes Newcomers to Canada will learn English in weekly ESL classes, part of BC Settlement and Integration Services. For more information on program eligibility and to register, call 250-361-9433. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. Funded by the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Registered. Thursdays, September 5 to September 26 1:00–3:00 pm OR 3:00–5:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch Fridays, September 6 and September 13 1:00 pm–3:00 pm OR 3:30–5:30 pm OR 6:00–8:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch

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

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Mondays, September 9 to September 30 10:00 am–12:00 pm OR 12:30–2:30 pm OR 3:00–5:00 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room Fridays, September 27 to November 29 1:00–3:00 pm OR 3:30–5:30 pm OR 6:00–8:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room Thursdays, October 3 to December 12 (no program October 31) 3:00–5:00 pm Esquimalt Branch – meeting room

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 continuingstudies.uvic.ca for lecture topics and schedules. Register online or call UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies at 250-472-4747. September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18; November 1, 15, 29, 12:30–1:45 pm Central Branch – Community Room

SafeTalk Suicide Prevention Workshop Join the Canadian Mental Health Association for training on suicide alertness. Participants will learn to identify those who may have thoughts of suicide and how to talk to them and link them to supports in the community. Registered. September 9, 1:00–4:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

Oil paintings by Sally Chupick Central Branch

Local Art Exhibits Look for local art displays on library branch art walls, presented in partnership with Victoria Arts Council and other local arts groups.

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Conversations for a One Planet Region Join a group of community members for a presentation and discussion that explores the environmental, social and economic issues related to the concept of a One Planet Region, an initiative to make sustainable living a reality. Drop-in. September 12, October 17, November 14, December 12, 5:00–7:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Repair Café Have an alarm clock that won't buzz or pants that need mending? Don't toss it! Bring it to the Repair Café where you can get help fixing household items. Drop-in. September 14, November 16, 9:30 am–12:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Tiny Stories Writing Contest For ages 13 and up. Can you pack vivid descriptions, original characters and surprising plot twists into a narrative of only 420 characters? We want your tiny stories! Contest runs from September 16 until 3:00 pm on October 28. Submit your entry at gvpl.ca/contests.

Diabetes Self-Management Program Join us for a six-week workshop that gives people with diabetes the confidence and motivation to better manage symptoms and the challenges of living with diabetes. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. Presented by the University of Victoria and Self-Management BC. Register online at selfmanagementbc.ca or contact selfmgmt@uvic.ca or 1-866-902-3767. Mondays, September 16 to October 28, 1:00–3:30 pm (no program October 14) Oak Bay Branch – meeting room

Indigenous Stories Book Club Join Carmen Rodriguez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous Peoples. Explore Indigenous history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through Indigenous writings. Reading will be emailed in advance of the program. Registered. September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, 1:30–2:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

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

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Oak Bay’s Sealand of the Pacific... More Than Just the Whales Oak Bay Marina was the home of an oceanarium from 1969 until 1992, and many movies, documentaries and books have explored the stories of the orcas who resided there. Join former Sealand animal trainer Cathy Denny to learn about Sealand’s role in research, rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals. Registered. Oak Bay Branch September 18, 2:00–3:30 pm

Book Club Startup: Oak Bay Join a new book club and attend monthly meetings with other book lovers. Members will choose their own book titles and will moderate their own discussion, with a little help from library staff to get started. Registered. September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, 2:00–3:30 pm Oak Bay Branch – meeting room

2019 Chess Active Tournament Do you consider yourself a good chess player, or perhaps you just enjoy the game? Measure yourself against other local players in this completely free, five round, Active, Swiss chess tournament. To register, email VCCactives@mail.com. September 21, 9:30 am–5:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Beginner ESL Conversation Class Join us for an eight-week beginner ESL conversation class. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. Registered. Tuesdays, September 24 to November 26 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Seniors' Resource Information Session Connect with other seniors in this session to learn about resources, programs and services to support quality of life and reduce isolation. Participants will receive a resource package. Presented by Silver Threads and James Bay New Horizons. Registered. September 25, 1:00–2:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room September 26, 1:00–2:30 pm Oak Bay Branch – meeting room October 9, 1:00–2:30 pm Esquimalt Branch – meeting room

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Wednesday Book Club 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. September 25: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan October 30: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles November 27: Becoming by Michelle Obama 2:00–3:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Westshore Writers' Group Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to meet and discuss the craft of writing. Drop-in. September 25, October 30, November 27, 7:00–8:30 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

Victorian Book Club Enjoy reading and discussing classic Victorian novels by authors such as the Brontës, Charles Dickens and others with Caroline Duncan, archivist. Registrants will be contacted ahead of time about book titles for discussion. Registered. September 26, October 31, November 28, 6:30–7:30 pm Oak Bay Branch – meeting room

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day is recognized across Canada on September 30 in commemoration of Phyllis Webstad’s experience on her first day attending St. Joseph Mission Residential School. Join residential school survivor Eddy Charlie and his friend Kristin Spray for a conversation about the legacy of residential schools and their impact on generations of Indigenous families and communities with an aim to create a space for healing and reconciliation. Registered. September 28, 1:00–3:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

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Culture Days: Klee Wyck Journal In celebration of Culture Days 2019, we invite you to join Lou McKee and her husband David as they take you on a journey through images, stories and videos of the people and adventures involved in building a cozy cabin in the remote west coast wilderness. Be inspired to start your own illustrated journal with the supplies provided. Registered. September 28, 2:30–4:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Booksmack Get Booksmacked! Come out for an evening of great book, music, audiobook and film recommendations with GVPL’s finest. A team of library staff members will speed review as many titles as they can throughout the evening. Bring your library card to sign out material on the spot. Drop-in. September 30, 7:00–9:00 pm Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave November 20, 7:00–8:30 pm Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, 470 Belleville St

Discover Canada: ESL Conversation Club Practice your English skills in a fun and casual setting. Learn about Canada and make new friends at this weekly session suitable for intermediate levels and up. Presented in partnership with the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria. Registered. Thursdays, October 3 to November 28 7:00–8:30 pm Nellie McClung Branch – community room

Seed Library Member Orientation Learn how to borrow seeds from the Victoria Seed Library and how to dry seeds for return at the end of the season. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with other seed savers and share resources, tips and techniques for backyard growing. This orientation is required to participate in Seed Swaps. Registered. October 5, 10:00–11:30 am Central Branch – Community Room

Local Indigenous Perspectives Celebrate Indigenous writers who live on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, welcomed by City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton. Tea and cookies will be served. Drop-in. October 10, 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

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Author Barbara Smith: Famous Five In honour of Person's Day and International Indie Author Day, Barbara Smith will present her newest book, Famous Five: Canada's Crusaders for Women's Rights. Barbara is the author of more than 35 books including The Valiant Nellie McClung. Registered. October 12, 2:00–3:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Laughing Out Loud – Laughter Therapy for Newcomers Settling in a new country is not always easy. This eight-week series will get people laughing and help with stress and interpersonal relationships. Presented in partnership with Victoria Iranian-Persian Cultural Society. Registered. Saturdays, October 12 to November 30 3:00–4:00 pm Nellie McClung Branch – public space

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a peer-led, patienteducation program offered over six weeks. The program uses group facilitation to provide information and teach practical skills on managing chronic pain issues. Register by email at selfmgmt@uvic.ca or call toll free: 1-866-902-3767. Presented by the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health and Self-Management BC. Sundays, October 13 to November 17 1:30–4:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Pop-up Library Look for GVPL at community events around town. We'll have books, buttons and friendly staff spreading love for learning. For the full calendar of our appearances, visit gvpl.ca

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Huntington Society Community Education Forum Join us for a half day forum on the topic of Huntington Disease to learn about the latest research, wellness information and location resources and make connections with other community members. Presented by the South Island chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada. Registered. October 19, 1:00–4:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Health Coach Training Join the University of Victoria's Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health for a two-day training session and learn how to provide weekly telephone encouragement, guidance, self-management program support and education within Greater Victoria. For more information or to register, contact Suzanne at 1-866-902-3767 or email VADAC@uvic.ca. October 21 and 22, 10:00 am–4:00 pm November 25 and 26, 10:00 am–4:00 pm sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch — Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room

Seeking Local Authors If you’ve self-published a book in the last ten years or published a book with a small or independent press, we’d love to showcase it in GVPL’s Emerging Local Authors Collection. Stop by our info table to chat with staff about this unique collection and find out more about the application process. We’ll be accepting applications for the next collection starting October 1, 2019 through to January 12, 2020. Visit gvpl.ca/emerging for more information. Drop-in. October 23, 1:00–3:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch October 26, 11:00 am–1:00 pm Central Branch

SELF-e for Authors Connecting indie books with libraries and readers Upload your ebook to SELF-e to get it into the hands of library users across Canada and the U.S. Free with your GVPL library card. Learn more at gvpl.ca/self-e

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The Gift of the Famine – The Thompsons and Flanagans of Oak Bay Using personal archives, John Flanagan presents a talk on his family’s journey from Ireland to Oak Bay in the late 1800s and the opportunities that came with the Great Hunger. Registered. Oak Bay Branch October 24, 2:00–3:30 pm

Artist Workshop: Relaxation Through Line Drawing Jessie Beauvilliers is a local artist known for her pen and ink works depicting sea life. Join Jessie to learn line drawing and shading techniques that are both relaxing and beautiful. Registered. October 26, 2:30–4:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

National Novel Writing Month Kickoff Join the Victoria chapter of NaNoWriMo to learn about National Novel Writing Month, a month-long challenge that encourages creativity, literacy and friendship. Tea and cookies will be served. Registered. November 2, 10:00 am–12:00 pm Central Branch – Community Room

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National Novel Writing Month: Write-In at GVPL Join the community of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) writers who are raring to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Join us for word count games, writing prompts and inspiration. Drop-in. Sundays in November, 1:00–3:00 pm Central Branch – Study Room #4

Mexico's Day of the Dead Join Rosa Stewart, a professor from the University of Victoria Speakers Bureau, for a fun and informative presentation about Mexico's Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is a colourful, life-affirming celebration. Registered. November 7, 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

The Photographs of Frank Burrell: Images from an Oak Bay Family's Album Historian Jean Sparks will take you back in time through Frank Burrell’s photographs, part of the Oak Bay Archives collection, which document life in Oak Bay in the early 1900s and include rare images that will be seen for the first time during this talk. Registered Oak Bay Branch November 14, 2:00–3:30 pm

Table Tennis Game at Summerdyne by Frank Burrell, 1912 Photo: Oak Bay Archives, image 2010-010-132

Artist Workshop: The Artful Card Illustrator April Caverhill will be your guide as you create enchanting fold-out accordion cards by combining collage, cutting and an exciting assortment of mixed media. Registered. November 16, 2:30–4:00 pm Juan de Fuca Branch – meeting room

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Author Linda Bailey: Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein Join Linda Bailey to learn about her award-winning career as a children’s author. Linda will focus on her newest children’s non-fiction book about Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Presented in partnership with Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable. Registered. November 20, 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room (previously scheduled at Saanich Centennial Branch)

Tiny Stories Contest Reception Everyone welcome. Join us to celebrate writers who participated in the Tiny Stories Contest. Winners will read aloud from their works, receive their prizes and be celebrated. Registered. December 3, 7:00–8:30 pm Central Branch – Community Room

Choirs in the Courtyard Enjoy a seasonal sampling of choirs from Greater Victoria in the Central Branch courtyard, one of the city’s sweetest acoustic spots. Performances take place between 12:00 and 2:00 pm; check the calendar at gvpl.ca for exact times and the list of choirs. Drop-in. December 1 to 12, 12:00-2:00 pm Central Branch, courtyard

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

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Branches and Hours 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 Sunday (beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm

Central Branch 735 Broughton St Monday, Friday, Saturday.............................................................................9:00 am-6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.............................................................9:00 am-9:00 pm Sunday.(beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 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 Sunday.(beginning October).............................................................................. 1:00-5:00 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 Sunday.(beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm

Esquimalt Branch 1231 Esquimalt Rd Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.....................................10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, Friday...............................................................................................10:00 am-9:00 pm Sunday.(beginning October).............................................................................. 1:00-5:00 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 Sunday.(beginning October).............................................................................. 1:00-5:00 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 Sunday.(beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm Library vending machine …..................................................................................... always open

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 Sunday.(beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm

Oak Bay Branch 1442 Monterey Ave at Monterey Rec. Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday..................................... 10:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, Friday............................................................................................... 10:00 am-9:00 pm Sunday.(beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm

Saanich Centennial Branch 3110 Tillicum Rd at Pearkes Arena Please note: The Saanich Centennial Branch is closed until further notice due to a flood at the facility. Check gvpl.ca for updates.

sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch 385 Menzies Street Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday................................................................................................ 10:00 am-6:00 pm Wednesday......................................................................................................... 10:00 am-9:00 pm Sunday (beginning October)...............................................................................1:00-5:00 pm

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GVPL September through December Program Guide 2019  

GVPL September through December Program Guide 2019