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“Transformational” learning: GVPL partners with Victoria Butterfly Gardens

October 3, 2018

Victoria, BC – Libraries are life changing. To celebrate BC Library Month, the Greater Victoria Public Library is announcing a new partnership program that embodies the magic of transformation: the Victoria Butterfly Gardens e-pass. Starting October 3, Greater Victoria Public Library cardholders can explore the Gardens for free by borrowing one of twenty e-passes.

The e-pass provides free general admission to the Gardens for up to five people: up to two adults and up to a combination of three children (5 to 12 years) or students (13 to 17 years); children under five are free. The e-passes are valid for seven days and can be redeemed for a single visit.

“Libraries are transformational,” said Maureen Sawa, CEO, Greater Victoria Public Library. “A good metaphor for learning is the lifecycle of a butterfly, from caterpillar through chrysalis. We learn in different phases, and grow through experience. I’m proud that Greater Victoria residents can expand their minds through this innovative program.”

“Victoria Butterfly Gardens is looking forward to the new partnership with GVPL to welcome local families to our tropical jungle,” said Ronalea Rischmiller, general manager of Victoria Butterfly Gardens. “Guests of all ages can get up close with nature as they stroll through the rainforest amongst the free-flying birds and butterflies.”

GVPL’s Culture and Recreation Pass program currently includes partnerships with Craigdarroch Castle, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Royal BC Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Robert Bateman Centre and Saanich Recreation Centres. Passes to these venues have been checked out 18,000 times since the program launched in 2011.

“I look forward to the new ways GVPL is creating opportunities to share fun, educational experiences with my family,” said GVPL patron Jennifer Matautia. “We can easily download the electronic pass, visit Victoria Butterfly Gardens, then borrow a book from the library on a related topic – like The Very Hungry Caterpillar – to read together at home.”

The Butterfly Gardens pass is the second electronic pass in the GVPL Culture and Recreation Pass Program; the other e-pass partner is Craigdarroch Castle. The e-pass is borrowed the same way an ebook is checked out from the library—on a patron’s mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad, using the CloudLibrary app. The library patron will take their mobile device to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and show their e-pass at the admissions desk.

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Media Contacts
Jessica Woollard, Communications Officer, Greater Victoria Public Library
Office: 250-940-4875 ext. 346   Mobile: 778-679-7228 or [email protected]

About Greater Victoria Public Library
Greater Victoria Public Library builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise. GVPL provides services and collections in 12 libraries and online at to more than 315,000 residents in 10 municipalities. The library is your place to connect, discover and imagine.


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