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Join us outdoors or online for programming that inspires and informs.

Children’s Programs

Outdoor Family Storytime

Tuesday, September 14 – October 5, 10:30 – 11:00 am
Gorge Waterway Park (
355 Gorge Rd. W, close to the playground)

Wednesday, September 15 – October 6, 10:30 – 11:00 am
Cochrane’s Common (2167 Oak Bay Avenue behind Oak Bay Municipal Hall) 

Thursday, September 16 – October 7, 10:30 – 11:00 am
Irving Park, James Bay (250 Menzies Street)
(note: There will no storytime on September 30 as all GVPL branches will be closed in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

Friday, September 17 – October 8, 10:30 – 11:00 am
Memorial Park, Esquimalt (1200 Esquimalt Road)

Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for young children and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

Once Upon a StoryWalk®

Monday, September 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Garry Oak Loop Trail, Juan de Fuca Branch

Saturday, October 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Courtyard, Central Branch

Join us for a StoryWalk®, where individual pages of a storybook, mounted on sign posts, are placed outdoors in a circuit. Children follow the narrative by visiting each sign post in sequence. Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is presented rain or shine so please dress appropriately.

Drop in. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

2021 BC Summer Reading Club Programs


A YouTube playlist of our online programs from the 2021 BC Summer Reading Club. There is a ‘Crack the Case’ magic show with Leif David, a drawing class with illustrator Zoe Si, two presentations from the Royal BC Museum and two workshops from the Compost Education Centre.

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Adult Programs

BC Settlement and Integration Services (BC SIS) Program

The BC SIS supports the social and economic integration of newcomers to the province. The program targets newcomers who are not eligible for federal settlement services, specifically, temporary foreign workers, provincial nominees who are awaiting their permanent residency approval, post-secondary international students, refugee claimants, and naturalized citizens. For more information or to register, email [email protected] or call 250-361-9433.

English at Work
Wednesday, April 14 – December 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Language Proficiency Test Info Session for Skilled Immigrants
Tuesday, April 13 – December 14, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Functional English for Daily Life
Monday, April 12 – December 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Law Clinic
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Trivia Nights
Thursday, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, December 2 and 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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GVPL Indigenous Medicines with Sarah Underdown (Redwood)


For centuries, Indigenous Peoples found all of the medicine they needed on the land, using plants to treat a variety of ailments and conditions. Those medicines are the focus of a guided discussion by Sarah Underdown (Redwood) who explains how Indigenous Peoples have traditionally used plant medicine.

Sarah is honoured to share teachings she has been privileged to learn from many teachers and mentors. Sarah lives on Lekwungen territory and has been a visitor to these lands for over 30 years.

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Deans’ Lecture Series, 2021

Research shapes that way that we live and think. The University of Victoria’s popular Deans’ Lecture Series has moved online. Hear distinguished members of the faculties of UVic through pre-recorded talks and learn about their research interests.

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Poetry Readings by City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton

Listen to John Barton and local poets and writers read from their work.

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