Welcome to new Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on January 26, 2015

Congratulations to Yvonne Blomer, Victoria’s new Poet Laureate & Zoé Duhaime, the new Youth Poet Laureate! Read more >>

Financial Literacy for Youth

Posted on January 24, 2015

Get started with making sense of debt, savings and investments in a special program series for youth (13-25) >>  

Discover rare words with your kids during GVPL’s Family Literacy Week

Posted on January 18, 2015

Victoria, BC – GVPL’s Family Literacy Week (January 24-31, 2015) is a great time to discover “rare words” with your children. Rare words are words that are not commonly used in spoken language but often appear in print. Even books that do not have a great deal of text such as children’s picture books and board books contain rare words.

Reading aloud to your child is a great way to introduce them to rare words. For example, Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel at Night includes words like hazard, molasses, horoscope and preparedness. You probably wouldn’t consider these words rare, but your child would. When you read this book aloud, you introduce children to these words and they become part of their growing vocabulary. Keep a dictionary handy to make it easy to define rare words.

“We know that a child’s vocabulary is an indicator of whether he or she will be a good reader so it is important to expose kids to lots of different words at an early age,” says Tracy Kendrick, Children’s and Teen Services Coordinator.“Two great ways to bring more rare words into your child’s life are to read a picture book together or attend a storytime at the library.”

You can also celebrate Family Literacy Week by attending a program at the library including:

  • Literacy-based craft programs such as make your own story cube, felt story or ABC collage book. Various branches, dates and times at gvpl.ca
  • Storytime & Booksmack at Mayfair Mall. Drop by the Book Nook for fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes, puppets and book recommendations from GVPL Children’s Librarians. January 27, 11:30 am, Mayfair Shopping Centre’s Courtyard.
  • The Westshore Literacy Connections Family Learning Tour has Storytime on the Trolley at Goudy Branch (January 24 at 10:00 am & 11:30 am) or you can take the Pete the Cat StoryWalk as a self-guided, interactive, nature activity starting behind the Juan de Fuca Branch (January 24, 10 am – 2 pm.)
  • Dr. Orla Colgate discusses how children learn to read, how parents can assist and how to create a home environment that encourages learning. January 29, 7 pm, Oak Bay Branch. Register at gvpl.ca
  • A special nutritional storytime featuring a reading of The Watermelon Seed along with a short craft and a healthy snack and nutrition tips delivered by Island Health. January 31, 10:15 am, Central Branch. Register at gvpl.ca
  • Drop-in baby and family storytimes. Various branches, times and dates throughout the year. Details at gvpl.ca About Greater Victoria Public Library

Greater Victoria Public Library aims to inspire literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. GVPL provides services and collections in 10 libraries and online at www.gvpl.ca to more than 300,000 residents in 10 municipalities.

Media Contact: Alyssa Polinsky 250-893-1311 or [email protected]

GVPL Family Literacy Week: January 24-31

Posted on January 16, 2015

National Family Literacy Day is January 27 but we’ve got fun programs all week including storytime on the Langford Trolley, parent & child arts and crafts programs, storytime and more >>

Beginner ESL Class

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Join us for a 6-week beginners’ ESL class at Central using Mango Languages. Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm, starting February 5th. Read more and sign up>>


Story Buddies

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This Spring Break GVPL is launching Story Buddies, a new literacy program for children aged 4 – 6. Make your own original book even if you can’t read or write yet!  Story Buddies pairs young children with volunteer tweens for

New eResource: Career Cruising

Posted on January 15, 2015

Career Cruising is a matchmaker tool that finds careers that match your interests. Search for up-to-date job postings, find sample resumes, get interview tips and advice on how to handle job offers and much more. Login with your library card