Tuesday, January 24, 2017

RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist

Last year, Rosemary Sullivan won the RBC Taylor Prize for her acclaimed book, Stalin's Daughter. This year's shortlist of exceptional Canadian non-fiction titles features biographies about Claude Monet and Guglielmo Marconi, a memoir about falling in love with a prison inmate serving a life sentence, and personal narratives about surviving Auschwitz, and combat in Lebanon. The winner will be announced March 6th. All books are available for borrowing at gvpl.ca.  http://www.cbc.ca/books/mobile/touch/2017/01/5-books-make-the-rbc-taylor-prize-shortlist.html

Family Literacy Week

Family Literacy Week Programs at GVPL

Create Storytelling DiscsFor young children and accompanying adult. Decorate a set of storytelling discs, then use them as inspiration to invent stories to share with the group.
January 24, 10:30-11:30 am
Esquimalt Branch
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January 28, 10:30-11:30
Bruce Hutchison Branch
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Fun with ABCsFor young children and accompanying adult. A is for apple, alligator and astronaut – how awesome! Practice your ABCs with alphabet stories, then create an ABC-inspired collage.
January 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Central Branch
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January 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Oak Bay Branch
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Make a Story Cube
For young children and accompanying adult. Enjoy a farm-themed storytime, and make an Old MacDonald story cube.
January 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Saanich Centennial Branch
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January 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Nellie McClung Branch
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StoryWalk® Collection Launch – Drop-in Program
Everyone welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Join us for the launch of GVPL’s StoryWalk® collection. Individual pages of a storybook, mounted on sign posts, are placed outdoors in a circuit. Children follow the narrative by visiting each sign post in sequence. After the StoryWalk®, join us at the branch for nature-inspired activities. Rain or shine; please dress appropriately. The collection was made possible thanks to a Times Colonist Raise-a-Reader grant.
This program is run in collaboration with West Shore Parks and Recreation and is part of Your Literacy Connection Westshore’s Family Learning Tour.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
January 28, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Juan de Fuca Branch
Westshore Family Learning Tour – Drop-in Program
Everyone welcome. Celebrate Family Literacy Week with activities at the library and storytime on the Langford Trolley. This program is part of Your Literacy Connection Westshore’s Family Learning Tour.
January 28, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Langford Heritage Branch
Goudy Branch
Watch librarian Leah Pearse share information about Family Literacy Week activities in the West Shore.

Robbie Burns Day

Tomorrow is Robbie Burns day, a day which celebrates Scotland's most famous poet.  But do you know who Jean Armour is? In Melanie Murray's new book, Should Auld Acquaintance: The Woman Behind Robert Burns, she discusses how Jean Armour (Burns' wife) influenced and played a role in his writings. You can listen to an interview with Murray http://ow.ly/6Ail308jgQ6 , then check out the book at: http://ow.ly/EzYm308jgTb


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book donations

Do you have books that need a new home? Want to donate books?

Here’s how!

Please pack books in boxes or in bags we can keep.
Good quality items only, please, no mouldy, yellowed, or underlined material.

We cannot accept the following material:
Encyclopedias, textbooks, medical books, outdated reference works, or Reader’s Digest condensed books.
Magazines or National Geographics. Cassettes or videos. CDs, DVDs or video games copied from originals.
Materials downloaded from the Internet.

Donation times - Friday June 24, 8am to 5pm and Saturday June 25, 8am to 1pm at the Nellie McClung Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Road.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Book sale total...

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our book sale at the Pearkes Arena, November 26th and 27th,  and purchased some books.

We are pleased to announce that with your help we were able to raise $10,975.95.

Please stay tuned for information on our next book sale.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Booksale April 2 and 3

The next sale will be at:

NELLIE MCCLUNG BRANCH LIBRARY

Saturday, April 2
5:00 – 8:00 pm ($3 earlybird admission)

Sunday, April 3
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Free admission, book prices as marked)
1:15 – 3:15 pm ($10 admission, books free)

All proceeds support library programs and services.

Monday, February 15, 2016

What’s all this hoopla?

Have you heard about hoopla? The newest innovation at the GVPL? Thousands of movies, television shows, audiobooks and music albums are now available to borrow and instantly stream on a tablet, smartphone or computer. GVPL cardholders are allowed 12 checkouts per month for use in their primary residences only. Get started at www.hoopladigital.com or get the app – visit the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android.

Volunteer at the Friendshop

You love books. You’re pleasant and patient with customers.

We have the job for you! Volunteering at The Friendshop can be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your love of books! Full training and ongoing support is provided. In addition to pleasantly assisting customers with their purchases, volunteers price books, refill the book display areas, tidy up, and generally make the Friendshop a place that you would want to spend some time browsing – and buying in.  No worries, our cash register is very simple to operate! 

The Shop is located right inside the entrance of the downtown Central Branch, open Monday to Friday, 10 to 4, Saturdays 12 to 3, Sundays (late Fall to early Spring) 1:15 to 4. The regular weekday shifts are three hours each (10-1pm,1-4pm).

For more information, please email Elaine at friendshop@gvplfriends.ca