Sunday, February 2, 2020

Psst! Booksale coming up!

Our next booksale is coming February 22 and 23 at Nellie McClung Branch, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. at Mackenzie. Bring your own bags or boxes.

Saturday Feb. 22,  2-7 pm. Earlybird admission $3, prices as marked
Sunday Feb. 23, 9am-1pm Free admission, prices as marked

                          1:15pm-3:15pm $10 admission, books free


Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Friendshop is back! Time to restock your TBR shelf?


If you're anything like our Friendshop volunteers, you've likely made a significant dent in your TBR shelf (or shelves ...) during our snowstorm.  

We can help you out of these dire straits.

The Friendshop will be back to regular hours as of Friday, Jan. 17.  As a reminder, our regular hours are:
  • Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4  p.m.
  • Sat Noon to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Sun 1:30-4:00 p.m.
We're looking forward to seeing you again!



Monday, January 13, 2020

Friendshop “Snow Days”

The Friendshop will be closed while icy conditions continue. 

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we hope to see you VERY soon! 


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Shopping with a purpose

If you're still looking for meaningful gifts this holiday season, check out the good-as-new books in the Friendshop at the Central Branch. Funds raised support special programs and resources in the library.

We will be open until Saturday Dec 21 for your browsing pleasure.
Hours this week: Sun 1:30-4pm, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat Noon-2:30pm   
The Friendshop will be closed from Dec 22 to Fri Jan 3.

cookbooks at Friendshop

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.