January 2021

Top 10 of 2020

The results are in!

Find out the top 10 titles checked out last year. Or, if you’re particular to audiobooks or videogames, find your top 10 list below (and maybe your next great read/watch/listen/play).

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Who Says Reading Clubs are Just for Kids? 

Hey grown-ups! Grab a book, audiobook, eBook, a good cup of whatever, and join your library in the Adult Winter Reading Club!

Every read is an entry to win prizes, including a Kobo eReader and $40 gift certificates!

Pick up your reading record at any VIRL branch and read away the dark winter days.

Join the club!

Q & A on the Indian Act with Bob Joseph 

Join us for a live virtual conversation and Q&A with Bob Joseph, Indigenous relations expert and bestselling author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act.

This thought-provoking and informative session takes place on Thursday, January 28, starting at 2pm.

Space is limited so be sure to register soon. You don’t want to miss this!

Register here

Still Waters Online Book Launch

Join us on Thursday, February 4 at 11am for the online launch of Still Waters, a poetic memoir of the sorrows and stress of a loving daughter watching her mother deteriorate in the throes of the dreaded “disease of the decades”, Alzheimer’s Disease. It is a poignant and emotional look at the deep cuts and lacerations Alzheimer’s inflicts on the loved ones of the afflicted.

This event will be broadcast on Zoom.

Learn more here


A Pocket Full of Poems  

Calling all poets! Help us celebrate National Poetry Month in April by submitting your poems to our first VIRL Poem in Your Pocket contest!

Whether you’re a new poet, emerging, or established, we welcome submissions from everyone. Selected poems will be printed in our pocket-sized booklet and distributed to VIRL branches across our service area.

The submission deadline is March 5.

Submit your poem

A Partership in Bloom

What started off as a brainstorming session for a program that would engage hard-to-reach teens in Nanaimo, has now blossomed into a five-year strong community partnership that continues to help children across our service area today.

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Solaro: A Bright Light for Scholastic Success!

Parents and students, we are excited to announce that our newest database is specifically designed to help BC students from grades 3 – 12 get the most of their schooling with study materials, practice tests, and more! It’s called Solaro, and we agree that it’s a bright light for our students.

Oh, and while you’re here, have you seen these other great educational resources on our Home Learning page?

Explore Solaro now

Five-Finger Rule!

If you have a child in your household that can’t wait to get their hands on books, especially with all the extra time at home right now, check out the 5 Finger Reading Rule! It’s a suggested guide for early readers to build up their reading comprehension (i.e. how well they understand the words that they are reading).

Here’s how it works:

Open up a page of a book you want to read. Using the fingers on one of your hands, count out how many words you don’t recognize.

  • 0-1 words: the book might be too easy.
  • 1-2 words: this looks like a perfect fit!
  • 3-4 words: give this book a try, but swap to something else if you aren’t feeling comfortable.
  • 5+ words: this book is likely too challenging. This might be a great book to read with someone else or try later after building confidence with other stories.

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Hey Book Lover, What's Your Sign?

Capricorns, have we goat some great titles for you! Read well, all you bleating hearts out there…


Indigenous Collection

Sgaawaay K'uuna = Edge of the knife, DVD directed by Helen Haig-Brown and Gwaai Edenshaw, in the Haida language with English subtitles

Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.

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