October 2020

We’re celebrating staff this October Library Month –

October is Library Month, and this year we’re celebrating the staff who keep our libraries thriving.

With Libraries opening up in communities large and small, we know you’re excited to see all of our friendly faces again.

From billboards to buttons, and programs happening for staff all month long, we’re celebrating as loud as we can that we are stronger than ever.

Get To Know Us!

Get Hooked On a New Book Club!

When we asked our librarian moderators what the essential allure of a virtual book club was, they shared enthusiastically: 

  • Feeling connected to others through this group activity while unable to safely connect in person.
  • Thought-provoking prompts taking reading enjoyment to another level.
  • Great source of unexpected book recommendations. We feature a range of voices, styles, and content, which can introduce book club members to materials they may never have considered reading otherwise!
  • New titles featured every month, but read at your own pace!
  • A chance to share the enjoyment of a book with people beyond your own community library.
  • Never know when an author might 'Visit'
  • There’s something wonderful about being able to participate in a book club from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re snuggled up in your pyjamas or riding the bus home from work.

What we are reading now:

Meet the Readers of VIRL!

The Reader of the Week initiative is a collection of short video interviews, highlighting our library community, our entire library community!

Each week our team will feature an interview with a Reader of the Week selected from one of our 39-branch communities, as well as our Creativity Commons.

The interview includes how that family or individual uses their library, some of their favourite books and maybe a few surprise tidbits along the way!

This week we spoke with artist and author Roy Henry Vickers about how the library has affected his life and work.

Follow us on YouTube

Writers wanted!

"National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November." Join author Vanessa Grant with VIRL librarians Casey and Arija in our Virtual Workshops to help light your writing spark!

It's your turn to write.


Think-It, Make-It!

3D Printing Service Now Available for all VIRL Branches

At the Creativity Commons we’ve had some great 3D prints being made for customers and now we’re opening this service to all 39 VIRL branches! Simply click below for all the details on how you can get started today.

3D Printing at VIRL

October Indigenous Read

Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

"The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around, and it is central to their livelihood and very way of being."

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Book Lover, what's your sign?

Hey Libras, don’t let your next reading adventure hang in the balance. We’ve weighed in with some titles that’ll move the proverbial scales.


VIRL Squirrel would love to hear your stories! 

Any ideas for our monthly Newsletter? We want to hear stories from YOUR community, and we'd love to answer questions that you have about what we offer! Want to suggest a topic, tell us about an interesting author or illustrator you know? Someone in your town making a difference in literacy?

 I have an idea!

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