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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: 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: 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: 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" 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: 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" in the north island eagle: columns published since re-opening, parts 2 and 3

Ancestry Library: Your Library Can Help You Discover Your RootsAs the lockdown began, I posted some "At Your Library" columns that were suddenly irrelevant, among them a column about Ancestry Library, then only available from a library branch -- and the branches were all closed.Shortly after that, Ancestry was made available from all computers -- but the newspaper wasn't publishing. As it turns out, that column didn't run before the lockdown. I submitted with some changes in July, and I was able...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Ancestry, Kim Jones, Jonas Jonasson, Summer Reading Club, Port Hardy, Laura K, Kenneth Oppel, Port McNeill, VIRL, COVID-19, Ancestry Library, Gilly Segal, Storytime Corner Facebook Group, Babytimes


"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" 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: 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" 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: awil'gola open house: celebrate first nations communities at the library

On Thursday, October 24, the Port Hardy Library will host Awil'gola Open House, a celebration of local Indigenous cultures. Awil'gola is a Kwak'wala word loosely translated as "in celebration", "being with one another", or "all being together". We will be celebrating beautiful new Cultural Literacy Kits focusing on the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Kwak'wala-speaking peoples. At the Awil'gola Open House, we'll unveil and launch these new kits. Members of the Kwakiutl Nation will demonstrate button-blanket ...
Tags: Travel, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Potlatch, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Canadian Culture, Robert Munsch, Kwak, VIRL, Port Hardy Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Kwakiutl Nation, Gwa sala Nakwaxda dw School, Kwak wala Cultural Literacy Kits


"at your library" in the north island eagle: awil’gola open house: celebrate first nations communities at the library

On Thursday, October 24, the Port Hardy Library will host Awil’gola Open House, a celebration of local Indigenous cultures. Awil’gola is a Kwak’wala word loosely translated as “in celebration”, “being with one another,” or “all being together”. We will be celebrating beautiful new Cultural Literacy Kits focusing on the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. At the Awil’gola Open House, we’ll unveil and launch these new kits. Members of the Kwakiutl Nation will demonstrate button-blanket ...
Tags: Travel, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Potlatch, GWA, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Canadian Culture, Robert Munsch, VIRL, Port Hardy Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Kwakiutl Nation, Barbara Cranmer, Nakwaxda 'd w School


"at your library" in the north island eagle: computer help in port alice, woss... and everywhere

These days, basic computer skills are as essential as knowing how to boil water. Whether it’s sending an email, using Skype to chat with a grandchild, or taking care of banking, computers have great potential to make our lives easier. Sometimes, computer use is a necessity. When the residents of Port Alice learned that their bank branch was closing, many people realized they should learn how to bank online.But how are we expected to acquire these skills? Despite what you may hear, no one is born...
Tags: Travel, Skype, Lynda, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Woss, Community Centre, Port Alice, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Village of Port Alice the Library, Health Network, Port Alice Library, Community Hall Ask


"at your library" in the north island eagle: dreaming of streaming... at the library

If you have internet access at home, you are in for a treat. The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has several high-quality streaming services. You can listen to audiobooks, watch movies and documentaries, learn skills – and learn about the world – by streaming or downloading on your own devices. And since you access these services through the library, they are all free. Kanopy This is the premiere Canadian streaming service. Kanopy offers an enormous variety of independent films, forei...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Cannes, Amazon Fire, Murdoch, ACORN, Indieflix, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Kanopy, Sundance Tribeca, VIRL, RB Digital, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Acorn TV IndieFlix IndieFlix


"at your library" in the north island eagle: your library card: hidden treasure

I'm writing a library column for the local newspaper! I'm really excited about it. Everyone reads this free paper, so a column is an amazing opportunity to promote our services. It's also a fun writing challenge, to strip away the library jargon, appeal to a wide audience, and quickly write 500-ish words.I've decided to post the columns here, too. Here's the first one.* * * *At Your Library: Your Library Card: Hidden TreasureThis is the first column highlighting what's happening at your local br...
Tags: Travel, North Island, Lynda, Haida Gwaii, Tofino, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Sooke, Vancouver Island Regional Library, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Port Alice Port Hardy Port McNeill Sointula, Kathy O Reilly


my first island off the island: a brief stop in sointula

This week I drove down to Port McNeill -- about 30 minutes away, and the home of one of my libraries -- and took the ferry to Malcolm Island, to visit another of my libraries, in the town of Sointula. I traveled with a co-worker who does programming and support work in our zone's libraries and communities. She's a great person and an awesome library worker, and we're doing all my first site visits together.We stepped off the ferry and into Coho Joe, a local haunt. No sooner did we walk through t...
Tags: Travel, New York, Alaska, New Jersey, Vancouver, North Island, Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, Salish Sea, Nanaimo, Gulf Islands, Strait of Georgia, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Port McNeill, Haida


first day of work braindump

I've just finished my first day of training and orientation at Vancouver Island Regional Library. I have a lot to report on! Much of this may be of interest only to library workers, especially my union buddies. I took notes all day, and I'm getting it all down here -- in no order, with no attempt to weave it together. All questions are FAQs I've been getting since announcing my move.1. Who had this position before you and why did they leave?It is a newly created position; I am the first person t...
Tags: Travel, Island, Coo, Ndp, North Island, Ontario, Charlotte, Vancouver Island, CSL, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Vancouver Public Library, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, CUPE, Vancouver Island Regional Library


in which i say goodbye to cupe 1989 and mississauga library

Many friends and co-workers have said they'll check this blog for updates on our drive west, our new town, my new work. Welcome and a disclaimer: when I travel, wmtc becomes a travel journal, full of details that I want to remember but are probably super boring to anyone else. You've been warned.For the past few weeks, every night that I wasn't working, I've been out with friends. Not exactly my usual schedule! But hey, I'll have more than enough time to do nothing on the road trip. It was wonde...
Tags: Travel, London, Toronto, Personal, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Working Life, VIRL, Mississauga Library


in which we take a big gamble and are rewarded, or, we are moving to port hardy

I got a job! We are moving to Port Hardy, BC! Port what now?Yes, we are moving to a tiny, remote town in the "north island" -- the northern end of Vancouver Island -- a town of 5,000 people. Nearby Port McNeill counts 2,600 residents, and the third town in the region, Port Alice, is a village of less than 1,000. And we are thanking whatever it is we atheists thank, because we're actually already paying rent there!As my friend Detective Monk used to say, here's what happened.As I've mentioned, fi...
Tags: Travel, Personal, British Columbia, McNeill, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, Laura K, Port Hardy BC Port, Port Alice, VIRL



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