Friday, November 3, 2017

Join us on November 25th and 26th at Pearkes Recreation Center for our Book Sale!

Donating Books

Donating books
Friends of the Library would be delighted to receive your book donations for our sale.

Books may be donated at any GVPL branch during opening hours ( 1- 2 boxes only, please).  Or on Friday, November 24, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, June 25, 8 am to 1 pm at the sale location, Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum Road (any amount).

We can also arrange to pick up larger donations – email or

See the Newsletter for more details.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

AGM 2017

The Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library
Annual General Meeting
Thursday June 8th 2017
Central Library Meeting Room
at 7pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Newsletter

Check out our Newsletter page for our Spring Newsletter


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

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.