Greater Victoria Public Library expands Chinese collection

With a $15,000 donation made by the Victoria Foundation, the library was able to expand its Chinese language collection

Susan Sun and her mother Quing Du enjoy the new selection of Chinese language books available at the Central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Susan Sun and her mother Quing Du enjoy the new selection of Chinese language books available at the Central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

The Victoria Library celebrated Chinese New Year with a fitting gift.

With a $15,000 donation made in 2011 by the Victoria Foundation, the Greater Victoria Public Library was able to expand its Chinese language collection.

“We are honoured to provide this gift to the Greater Victoria Public Library,” said Sandra Richardson, Victoria Foundation CEO.

“There is a 222-year history of Chinese in Canada and Victoria’s Chinese community is the oldest in the country. These new resources in the library system benefit not only Chinese language speakers but everyone in our community.”

The library’s Chinese collection includes several Chinese language newspapers, magazines, books, CDs and films for adults along with children’s DVDs, audiobooks and music.

“We are so pleased to provide such great materials to our Chinese community,” said GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa. “We thank the Victoria Foundation for their generous gift. Without them we would not be able to provide such a wide range of materials. We are particularly grateful to receive copies for each branch of two NFB documentaries about Chinese Canadians: From Harling Point and Unwanted Soldiers.”