December 2020

Give Library this year!

‘Tis the season to give local, to give often, and to give for your friends and family!

Give the gift this year that educates, informs, and entertains, all for your local library. This holiday season, Vancouver Island Regional Library invites you to “Give Library” by giving beautifully packaged library cards for those you love – and they’re free. Stop by any participating business to grab your card, or visit your local branch for a beautiful Give Library bookmark.

The perfect stocking stuffer, a library card can be used at any of our 39 branches.

It's not too late!

Trust the Magic - NaNoWriMo 2020

Dana Collette has warm memories of her pre-school days when she would sit in a cozy attic at the feet of a neighbourhood grandma, modelling the woman’s letter writing. Although Dana had not yet learned how to write, she remembers the passion of putting pen to pepper — a passion that, many years later, would blossom into a successfully completed novel during the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Dana shared her creative process with us, click below to learn about the surprising things she learned on her writing journey!

How did she do it?

Keeping things clear!

Foggy glasses from your mask? We have a solution for you! Try a handy anti-fog nose clip that attaches to 99.9% of all masks, 3D printed from the Creativity Commons. Printing is just $0.10/gram and we ship to all 39 VIRL branches! Simply email us with your order and we will send directly to your home branch!

Order yours now!


Indigenous Collection 

This month, our featured author is Kent Monkman, His all-encompassing project, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, takes viewers on a journey through Canada’s history, starting in the present and going back to before Canadian confederation.

More details here...

A Tale of Two Horses

A few months ago we asked our  Facebook followers to share the title of a childhood book that inspired them. When Robin Bellows responded with her story of an author- signed copy of The Black Stallion, we knew we had to learn more!

The rest of the tale...

Holiday Cozy Mysteries

OverDrive is our most popular eBook and eAudiobook platform. All you need to get started is your library card and an internet connection. Download the Libby App for a simple and easy experience downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks for free. As of December 17, 2020, OverDrive also includes over 30,000 audiobooks from the RBdigital collection, formerly accessed through RBdigital.

Here they are!

Safe Online Search- Part 2!

I think most of us acknowledge that the internet can sometimes feel like a wilderness. There is no question that there is a ton of great information out there; YouTube instructional videos alone have empowered millions of us to try and fix our own broken appliances, usually voiding their warranties in the process. But there are dangers lurking out there in the corners of the internet. In the early days of the internet, the dangers seemed a lot less dire. Sure you might get spammed and the endless pop-ups were irritating but a quick reboot or disk defrag usually did the trick. These days the consequences seem direr, probably because we have become so dependent on it.

Librarian Hack - Keep reading

Book Lover, what's your sign?

Sagittarius, don't fret on the past, just build momentum moving forward! You have all the power to get organized and make the best decisions for your life in 2021. Have a look at some of the perfect picks for you this month!


Who has a tale? Any ideas for our monthly eNewsletter? 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?

I have an idea!

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