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"at your library" in the north island eagle: more favourite e-resources, always free with your library card

More Favourite E-Resources, Always FREE With Your Library CardThe Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) offers so many “e-resources,” it can be difficult to remember them all! That’s why I’m always reminding you about the treasures hidden in your library card. Everyone with a VIRL library card has access to all these digital resources, and they are always free of charge. If you don’t have a computer, come to one of our branches and use ours. If you don’t have internet access at home, come use...
Tags: Travel, Music, ACORN, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, What I'm Watching, My Writing, VIRL, Kanopy Kanopy, At Your Library" Column, CardThe Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music


"at your library" in the north island eagle: three reasons to give virl virtual programming a try

Three Reasons to Give VIRL Virtual Programming a TryAmong the many victims of the covid pandemic have been library programs. Large libraries down-island – and in towns and cities all over the world – have moved their programs online. Many programs are offered live, through Zoom (or similar video-conferencing programs), and also recorded for future watching. This has been disappointing to many people, but for people in the North Island and other remote regions, it’s a very positive development! S...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Eden, North Island, UBC, Native Plants, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Eden Robinson, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, Haisla


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: we could use a laugh

As I mentioned here, I'm posting three of these columns each week until I'm caught up.Booklists: We Could Use a LaughI have one last booklist for you before I write about other things for a while. As the pandemic enters its second year, we could all use more humour in our lives, so here’s a list of funny books. Of course humour comes in many different flavours. A book that makes you laugh 'til you’re gasping for air may leave your friend totally cold – or worse, may offend them. Use this list wi...
Tags: Travel, New Orleans, Terry Pratchett, John Kennedy, Moran, What I'm Reading, Sedaris, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Brosh, At Your Library" Column, David SedarisA, Tina FeyEssays, Allie BroshA, Neil GaimanTwo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of historical fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of Historical FictionHere’s a booklist you may want to save: historical fiction. This genre brings history to life, by letting readers view it through the eyes of ordinary people. Sometimes there’s a romance or mystery set against a backdrop of an earlier time. Often there’s a mix of historical figures and fictional characters. Beyond the very popular titles, such as Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (both terrific reads!) here are 10 title...
Tags: Travel, Boston, New York City, Toronto, Barcelona, United States, Vancouver, Margaret Atwood, Sarah, Tulsa, RCMP, Louis Riel, Calcutta, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of FictionHere’s a list of 10 so-called literary novels. These are great reads that will move you, make you think, and maybe make you sad when they end. Here are ten novels that could be called hidden gems.Title: White TeethAuthor: Zadie SmithA big mix of characters of many generations, ages, and backgrounds, all living in northwest London. Friendship, love, war, and just about everything else. One of the most talked-about debut novels ever, written when Smith was only 25....
Tags: Travel, Texas, London, China, New York City, Brooklyn, Smith, San Antonio, Central Park, Atlantic Ocean, Liu, Underground Railroad, McLain, Beryl Markham, What I'm Reading, Laura K


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: meet amazing people through reading

As I mentioned here, I'm posting three of these columns each week until I'm caught up.Booklists: Meet Amazing People Through ReadingIn my last column, I suggested ten travelogues that might tempt you. Today I’m highlighting ten memoirs – great writing by fascinating people with a unique view of the world.Title: Just KidsWho’ll you’ll meet: Patti Smith, poet, musician, storied pioneer of punk rockWhat you’ll find: The art and music scene in 1970s New York City; a warm and loving portrait of frien...
Tags: Travel, Bruce Springsteen, New York City, Paris, Alan Cumming, Patti Smith, Ishmael Beah, Jenny Lawson, Alison Bechdel, Sherman Alexie, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Alicia Elliott, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: holidays in the time of covid: let your library help (yes, that's how long it's been)

Oh dear, I'm way behind on posting the biweekly columns I write for the local free newspaper. I don't imagine wmtc readers need to read these, but I like to preserve them on this blog.To avoid a barrage, I'll post a few columns each week until I'm caught up.* * * *Holidays in the Time of Covid – Let Your Library Help“Give Library” is back! The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) stocking stuffer for you. They’re good for everyone on your list, they look great -- and best of all, they’re fre...
Tags: Travel, Port, McNeill, Port Hardy, Laura K, My Writing, Bella Coola, VIRL, Masset, Life In A Small Town, At Your Library" Column, Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, Sooke Tofino


"at your library" in the north island eagle: book lists: travel the world by book

Book Lists: Travel the World by BookIn my last column, I promised you lists of books on various topics. I’ll highlight ten books in each column. You might want to clip and save them!TraveloguesThe pandemic put all our travel plans on hold, but we can always travel through reading. In the books on this list, talented writers tell amazing stories about the places they visit, and they invite you to come along.Title: My 25 Years in ProvenceAuthor: Peter Mayle, a British writer who lived in FranceWhe...
Tags: Travel, London, Scotland, Pacific, Sam Heughan, Wise, Vancouver Island, Stephen Fabes, William Atkins, Peter Mayle, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Europe North Africa, Bruce Kirkby, My Writing


"at your library" in the north island eagle: happy new year and happy book lists

Happy New Year and Happy Book Lists2020 was such a difficult year. Most of us were not sorry to see it go! Your library is here for you, dreaming of a time when we can open our doors wide and welcome everyone back inside.Do you ever wonder what to read next?Do you ever want to learn about a specific topic but you don’t know where to start?Librarians have lots of tips and tricks to help you find what you’re looking for. For my next few columns, I’ll be sharing lists of books on various topics and...
Tags: Travel, Netflix, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Amazon At Goodreads, Better Than Food To


"at your library" in the north island eagle: homeschooling? your library can help

Homeschooling? Your Library Can HelpOne of the many ways COVID has changed our lives is an increased interest in homeschooling. Of course no parents want their children to be exposed to the virus. But many families face health challenges that make the possibility of exposure much more dangerous. Parents may have many reasons for preferring homeschooling, and the pandemic has brought them front of mind.If you're a homeschool family, you already know that the public library is an invaluable resour...
Tags: Travel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, CreativeBug VIRL


"at your library" in the north island eagle: an antidote to covid boredom: virtual book clubs

An Antidote to COVID Boredom: Virtual Book ClubsAs winter settles in on the North Island, and we continue social distancing to lessen the risks of contracting COVID-19, life can sometimes get a little monotonous. Boredom is bad for our mental health. Plus, it’s boring! If reading is one of your pleasures, perhaps now is the time to try reading with a group – a book club. The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is offering three virtual (online) book clubs with three different themes. Like a...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Jack, Ada Lovelace, North Island, Rosie, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Graeme Simsion, Laura K, Ren Suma, My Writing, Jen Malone, Anne Ursu, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: homeschooling? your library can help

Homeschooling? Your Library Can HelpOne of the many ways COVID has changed our lives is an increased interest in homeschooling. Of course no parents want their children to be exposed to the virus. But many families face health challenges that make the possibility of exposure much more dangerous. Parents may have many reasons for preferring homeschooling, and the pandemic has brought them front of mind.If you’re a homeschool family, you already know that the public library is an invaluable resour...
Tags: Travel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, CreativeBug VIRL


"at your library" in the north island eagle: new e-resources and new hours at the port hardy library

New E-Resources – and New Holl different areas – language learning, music, crafts, local history and culture, auto repair – and so much more. And like everything in your library, iursThe Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has added some terrific new e-resources to our catalogue.The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has added some terrific new e-resources to our catalogue.If you read this column, you’ve read a lot about e-resources. VIRL gives you access to digital tools that focus o...
Tags: Travel, Know Your Rights, Port Hardy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Clicklaw, My Writing, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Clicklaw Clicklaw


"at your library" in the north island eagle: september is literacy month

 Catching up on my "At Your Library" column in one of our free local newspapers.September Is Literacy MonthWhen you hear the word “literacy”, you might think of reading and writing. That is the traditional definition of literacy, but did you know there are many different kinds of literacy?Numerical literacy is the ability to do the basic math that is needed in every day life – to make change, add up a budget, or read a graph.Digital literacy means having basic computer skills, being able to use ...
Tags: Travel, Digital, Media Literacy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: kids bogo at the library

Kids BOGO At the Library September is Literacy Month in BC, and your library will be celebrating in a big way. During the month of September, we are offering "Kids BOGO". BOGO usually means "Buy One, Get [Another] One", but this BOGO is "Borrow One, Get One". When you borrow a children's book, your child will receive another book – to keep. Both books are free!The Vancouver Island Regional Library, the Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society, and The Book Nook, Port Hardy's bookstore, have teame...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Children's Books, RCMP, BOGO, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, At Your Library" Column, Mt Waddington Family Literacy Society, Literacy Society, Port Alice Port Hardy Port, McNeill Sointula, PacificCARE Family Enrichment Society PacificCARE, PacificCARE


"at your library" in the north island eagle: make screen time count with library e-resources for kids and teens

At Your Library: Make Screen Time Count with Library E-Resources for Kids and TeensYou know I’m always going on about the great e-resources you can access through your library. “E-resources” means e-books, digital magazines, streaming music and movies, plus ways to learn new skills, expand your small business, and so much more. But did you know that Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has e-resources just for kids and teens?My favourite e-resource for kids is TumbleBookLibrary. It offers pi...
Tags: Travel, British Columbia, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Knowledge Network, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: columns published since re-opening, part 1: library takeout

Since the lockdown ended, I've been writing my column in the free local newspaper again. These columns seem very specific and not of wide interest, but since I started collecting the columns on this blog, I want the record to be complete. At Your Library: Your Library Is Coming Back… One Step at a TimeWelcome back! I’m so very happy to welcome you back to your local branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL). I hope you weathered the lockdown in relative comfort and safety, and that ...
Tags: Travel, North Island, Greenwood, Port Hardy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, GALIANO, My Writing, Michael Christie, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, COVID, Ancestry Library, Port Alice Port McNeill Sointula


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: two columns suddenly without relevance, part 2

This ran after the library was closed... and it's about a resource that can only be accessed in our branches!Ancestry Library: Your Library Can Help You Discover Your RootsMany Canadians are interested in learning about their family background. After all, unless you’re an Indigenous person, your ancestors were once newcomers to this land. Where did they come from, and what was life like there? Why did they decide to leave their original country, travel to a strange place, often on the other side...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Laura K, Canadian Culture, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, Ancestry Library, Ancestry Library Happy


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: two columns suddenly without relevance, part 1

This ran shortly before the library closed.Reading to your children is one of the best and most important things you can do to help them succeed in school – and in life. Storytimes – coming to the library so someone else reads to your children – are another important tool to build literacy and reading readiness.In the small Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches here in the North Island, we are fortunate to work with the Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society, who hire and train peopl...
Tags: Travel, North Island, McNeill, Mother Goose, Laura K, My Writing, Woss, Port Alice, Life In A Small Town, Sointula, Port Hardy Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, Mt Waddington Family Literacy Society, Literacy Society


"at your library" in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new – part 2

Is your reading stuck in a rut? Do you read the same authors all the time? Do you ever search for something new (to you) and different to read? I’m suggesting a little reading challenge for readers of this column: this year, read three books that take you out of your comfort zone. In my last column, I was singing the praises of graphic novels – books for adults that look like comic books. Graphic novels bring a whole other dimension to reading by using images to convey plot and emotions.Another ...
Tags: Travel, Bruce Springsteen, Cheryl Strayed, Los Angeles, Willie Nelson, Jon Krakauer, Central Library, Chris McCandless, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Susan Orlean, My Writing, Erik Larsen, Orlean, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: be "smart": your library can help you keep your new year's resolutions

January is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But our best intentions can come back to bite us. How many of us have made grand plans in January, only to see them disappear by February? Change is hard – and personal habits are the hardest to change of all.A trick that I've found helpful is to create "SMART" goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely. SMART goals are:Specific: What do you want to accomplish? "I want to eat healt...
Tags: Travel, Mental Health, Lynda, Lin, Laura K, My Writing, VIRL, At Your Library" Column, VIRL Lynda, Consumer Health Complete, Adult Winter Reading Club, VIRL Reading


"at your library" in the north island eagle: you can now borrow video games from your library

I am very pleased to announce that all Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches now offer video games! You can request and borrow games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.Video games are a great fit for the public library. You -- our customers -- want media. Whether you borrow DVDs, stream Kanopy, or listen to downloadable audiobooks, we want to help you access media. We believe our library services should reflect what our customers are interested in.Video games are for pl...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Nintendo, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, ESRB, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: 'tis (almost) the season: your library can help

This holiday season, give a gift that entertains, educates, and informs – all for free. I am happy to announce – back by popular demand – another season of "Give Library". Your favourite library branch has beautifully packaged library cards ready for you to pick up. Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) cards are good at all 39 branches, from Sooke to Masset, from Tofino to Quadra Island. The card gives you access to millions of books, eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, digital music, vide...
Tags: Travel, Mental Health, Tofino, Laura K, My Writing, Sooke, Masset, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Allan, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: be "smart": your library can help you keep your new year's resolutions

January is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But our best intentions can come back to bite us. How many of us have made grand plans in January, only to see them disappear by February? Change is hard – and personal habits are the hardest to change of all.A trick that I've found helpful is to create "SMART" goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely. SMART goals are:Specific: What do you want to accomplish? "I want to eat healt...
Tags: Travel, Mental Health, Allan, Lynda, Lin, My Writing, VIRL, At Your Library" Column, VIRL Lynda, Consumer Health Complete, Adult Winter Reading Club, VIRL Reading


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It’s been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don’t. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo




"at your library" in the north island eagle: 'tis (almost) the season: your library can help

This holiday season, give a gift that entertains, educates, and informs – all for free. I am happy to announce – back by popular demand – another season of "Give Library". Your favourite library branch has beautifully packaged library cards ready for you to pick up. Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) cards are good at all 39 branches, from Sooke to Masset, from Tofino to Quadra Island. The card gives you access to millions of books, eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, digital music, vide...
Tags: Travel, Mental Health, Tofino, Laura K, My Writing, Sooke, Masset, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


"at your library" in the north island eagle: you can now borrow video games from your library

I am very pleased to announce that all Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches now offer video games! You can request and borrow games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.Video games are a great fit for the public library. You -- our customers -- want media. Whether you borrow DVDs, stream Kanopy, or listen to downloadable audiobooks, we want to help you access media. We believe our library services should reflect what our customers are interested in.Video games are for pl...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Nintendo, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, ESRB, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column



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