Why You Need Your Library 

"A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now."- Neil Gaiman

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Books to bring to the BEACH

Ah, beach days…you want a book that’s as easy to dip in and out of as the water, one that’s hard to put down, that carries you away on a warm summer breeze and brings a smile to your face. We polled a few of our splendid librarians and they provided us with this wonderfully eclectic list.                 

Beachy Reads

Inspiration for all! How to be a great illustrator.

This year young readers were invited to Imagine the Possibilities during Summer Reading Club with artist Jami Gigot’s incredibly whimsical illustrations. We caught up with Jami to talk about her artistic inspirations and to offer some advice for budding artists.

Our chat with Jami Gigot

If We Had A Magic Wand! Your wishes here.

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Increasingly, you also can’t judge a library’s value to its community by simply its books. We asked what You would like to see more of in your library and you gave us some fabulous answers and we have a few favours to ask of you.

Read all the responses!

Your Library Card: A Hidden Treasure

Your library card is a treasure trove of resources and information. You know about the books, of course – millions of books for every age and nearly every interest. You can borrow books and DVDs from all 39 branches, from Haida Gwaii to Sooke to Tofino and back again.

The rest of the story...

Hey Book Lover, what's your sign?

Every month we share book picks based on your Horoscope! This August, it's time to let that inner Lion roar! How lucky are you feeling right now Leo? Here are a few perfect picks for you!


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