The downtown Greater Victoria Public Library branch. (Black Press File Photo)

The downtown Greater Victoria Public Library branch. (Black Press File Photo)

Greater Victoria Public Library offers online spring break programs

The lineup of virtual programs are meant to engage kids and get them reading

The Greater Victoria Public Library wants to get local children to spring into some reading while they’re on their two-week holiday.

The library’s branches usually host events during spring break, but have instead released a lineup of virtual programs meant to engage kids and get them reading.

“With in-person events restricted due to COVID-19 preventative measures, we’ve shifted some of our programs online,” said Maureen Sawa, the Greater Victoria Public Library’s CEO.

READ: Write On! Greater Victoria Public Library releases 2021 local authors collection

Sawa hopes the virtual programs will not only give people a distraction, but also let them experience the library in a whole new way.

One of those programs is an online tutorial that encourages children to stretch their imagination by combining cutting-edge virtual reality and reading.

The Ideas to Go series launched late last year to encourage people to learn a new skill or discover a new hobby. The library says episodes already available through the series include how to use the children computer-coding program called Scratch and exploring the animals that live in the Salish Sea. A spring break episode features a GVPL branch librarian as she uses virtual reality to travel back in time to roam a castle and visit other locations.

The library will also be giving away bags with DIY-inspired projects through its Take and Make program. There will be two different sets of bags provided over spring break. The first bag has a craft project that uses food and the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to teach children about good nutrition. The second bag highlights the art of paper folding and was developed by local origami enthusiast Stephen Tran.

The library is also partnering with local organizations — Mad Science, Victoria’s Compost Education Centre, and animation filmmaker, illustrator, and arts educator Jody Kramer — to offer virtual programs between March 15 and 26.

GVPL encourages local residents to borrow books, DVDs, video games and a scavenger hunt, that gets families to explore their neighbourhood, from their branches during the spring break holiday.

The online programs and more information can be found on the library’s website.


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Greater Victoria Public Library

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Demonstrators at the legislature on April 14 called on the province to decriminalize drug possession and provide widespread access to regulated safe supply across B.C. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Rally calls for decriminalization, safe supply as overdose emergency turns 5

From 2016 to the end of February, 7,072 British Columbians died due to overdose

The Latoria South section of the Royal Bay development in Colwood could include a new long-term care facility. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood’s Royal Bay could be home to new long-term care facilities

Capital Regional Hospital District board approves $8M land purchase for purpose

(Black Press Media file photo)
Youth gets combative with police at Victoria hospital

VicPD officer injured, youth kept in care under Mental Health Act

A man with a history of sexual offences was arrested after he followed and aggressively tried to talk to two young woman on the weekend. Black Press File Photo
Man convicted of sexual offences arrested after teens followed in Victoria

Women hid in a Quadra Village convenience store as man aggressively tried to get in

A few dozen students and parents gathered outside Lansdowne Middle School April 14 to protest proposed budget cuts to SD61 music programs. From left to right: Lyra Gaudin, Cleo Bateman, Abby Farish, Brigitte Peters, Enid Gaudin, Des Farish. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
SD61’s proposed $7 million cuts threaten equity and inclusion, say parents, teachers

Music classes, inclusion services, reading programs on the line

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you have a plan in place in the event of a tsunami?

Tsunamis have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people between 1998… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 13

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 1, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps to 1,168 Wednesday, nearly 400 in hospital

Now 120 coronavirus patients in intensive care, six more deaths

Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. blockades aimed at protecting old-growth forests reveal First Nation split

Two Pacheedaht chiefs say they’re ‘concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities’ in the territory

One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)
Hometown Heroes Lottery features seaside home in Sooke

A stunning seaside home in Sooke could be yours for the price… Continue reading

City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)
Hul’q’umi’num street signs installed in downtown Duncan

Partnership with Cowichan Tribes sees English street names twinned with Indigenous language

A still from the video taken of a violent arrest on May 30, 2020 in downtown Kelowna. (File)
Kelowna Mountie charged with assault for caught-on-camera violent arrest

Const. Siggy Pietrzak was filmed punching a suspected impaired driver at least 10 times during an arrest

Most Read