Thursday, June 6, 2019

Just in time - stock up for Summer reading!

The proceeds from our book sales support library programs and services.  You can also visit our Friendshop at the Central Branch for great books and bargains all year round.  Hope to see you soon!

PS  We have an earlier start time on Saturday!

Booksale poster June 22 and 23, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friends' March 2019 Book Sale Summary

What do 82 dedicated, skilled volunteers, 234 plastic tote bins and 700 boxes of books have in common? All were vital factors in contributing to the Friends’ uber successful book sale, held March 23-24 at the Nellie McClung Library. Preliminary estimates in March were that $5,341 was raised in the most successful non-Pearkes sale in three years. For those who like statistics: that’s $624 an hour, or $10.40 a minute.
One young man, volunteering for the first time, said, “I’ve decided that you have to support the things you love; that’s why I’m here.” A retired primary school teacher, who comes to each sale to collect books for 1000x5 said, “Kids who haven’t been exposed to books before they get to school are under a big disadvantage and it takes a real effort from teachers and support workers to help them overcome it. This sale helps get those kids reading and saves problems down the road.”
Despite competing good weather, but perhaps because it was spring break, Victoria book lovers showed up in droves. At the end of the sale, books were taken away for other community groups: 1000x5 (who serve 2,500 preschoolers), Our Place, Wilkinson Road Correctional Centre, neighborhood “little libraries,” and a local West shore church, among others.

by Kathy Santini

Introducing our new GVPL Board Liaison: Kathy Santini

This January Kathy Santini was appointed the GVPL’s board liaison to the Friends. Kathy was first appointed as a City of Victoria citizen rep in January 2014 and is very proud of the services provided by GVPL’s hard working and innovative staff.

She credits her Mom Pat with jumpstarting her love of books and reading. When she was six, on a train trip from Calgary to Vancouver, her Mom challenged her to finish the book Black Beauty before they were picked up by her grandparents at the train station. Kathy lost the bet, but a love affair with books began.

Kathy is a voracious reader who only reads fiction on beach vacations, preferring biographies, autobiographies and travel books. She loves to travel and no, she isn’t looking for a 12-step program for people who travel too much, because how can you travel too much? She spent the majority of her career as a journalist and p.r. professional, working in Afghanistan, California, Arizona, Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria.  And while others would say she’s retired, she herself doesn’t like the term, because who wants to claim an identity with the word, “tired,” in it? She prefers the term jubilado; Spanish for retired.

Kathy really enjoyed participating in her first book sale and working with the Friends’ dedicated volunteers. She commented that it ran like a well-oiled machine and she is looking forward to the next sale in June.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Spring 2019 Book Sale

Our Spring book sale will be March 23rd and 24th at the Nellie McClung branch.  Watch this space and our Facebook page for more details closer to the date!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year from the Friendshop!

We're located in the GVPL Central Branch and our shelves are full and waiting for you!

Shop hours are:
Monday to Friday, 10:00-4:00 
Saturday Noon - 2:30
Sunday 1:30-4:00

See you soon!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Our biggest book sale of 2018

Finally!  Here are the details for our largest book sale of the year.  We'll have lots (!) of books and the  wide aisles at Pearkes Arena for easy access.  We expect to have a large number of books for kids and also a good selection of Large Print books!

Any of the wonderful Little Free Libraries in your neighbourhood?  If the owners agree, please feel free to print and post this image - thanks!

Booksale poster Nov 17/18, 2018