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Indigenous Reads coming to GVPL

Permanent Indigenous Reads displays coming to GVPL thanks to funding from Friends of the Library

July 11, 2018

Victoria, BC – All 12 branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library will soon have dedicated Indigenous Reads sections, thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library. The announcement was made at the grand opening of the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch, May 26, 2018.

“Permanent, dedicated displays of Indigenous Reads will help library users discover books by Indigenous authors,” said Irwin Henderson, president of the volunteer-run, non-profit Friends of GVPL. “Through literature, library cardholders will be encouraged to contemplate the importance of Truth and Reconciliation and reflect on what it means for individuals, families and community.”

In addition, the Friends donated a further $30,000 to GVPL:

  • $10,000 to boost digital collections like ebooks and e-audiobooks, which show the greatest percentage of overall growth in materials at GVPL;
  • $15,000 to support the BC Summer Reading Club, a program that uses incentives like stickers and gift certificates to encourage kids 12 and under to read every day over the summer; and
  • $5,000 to support existing GVPL programs that help bridge the digital divide.

“The Friends of the Library are passionate library members and strong supporters of reading and lifelong learning in our community,” said GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa. “Through their book sales and their store, the Friendshop at Central Branch, the Friends volunteer their time to help the library enhance its collections, programs and services, all for the enjoyment and information of our library users.”

The Friends have a membership of approximately 300 people and hold book sales throughout the year to raise funds. In the past 15 years, they have raised more than $600,000 for GVPL.


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Office: 250-940-4875 ext. 346   Mobile: 778-679-7228 or [email protected]

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