"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 Try

Among 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! So many wonderful programs that would never come to our tiny communities are now available to us. Here are a few being offered by the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) that may interest you. 

Climate Reality: Finding Local Solutions
April 19, 6:30 pm
Presented in partnership with North Island Climate Hub
Join people from every VIRL location to understand how climate change is affecting us right now – and learn practical, achievable steps your community can take to reduce that impact. 

To get the Zoom link, go to virl.bc.ca/calendar, scroll to April 19, then choose show all > register.

VIRL Virtual Gardening Series
Next program: April 24, 1-2:30 pm, Rhododendrons: More than Just a Big Green Shrub
Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners
This virtual program focuses on specific gardening issues, with tips specifically tailored for Island gardeners. The series has been very popular and very useful. Future programs include How to Grow Squash & Pumpkins (May 1), A Primer on Roses: Varieties, Planting and Care (June 5), Winter Vegetables (July 3), and Native Plants for the Urban Landscape (Aug 14).

To get the Zoom link, go to virl.bc.ca/calendar, scroll to April 24, then choose show all > register.

Eden Robinson: Reading and Conversation
April 23, 2-3:00 pm
Attend an exclusive event with Eden Robinson, an internationally acclaimed Haisla and Heiltsuk author. Eden will read from and talk about her latest book, Return of the Trickster, the third and final installment in her Trickster trilogy. Eden’s work has won multiple awards in Canada and beyond. In 2018 she received an honorary doctoral degree from UBC for her literary works. Space is limited, so register early. 

Go to virl.bc.ca/calendar, scroll to April 23, then choose show all > “CLICK HERE for our registration page”.

To participate in any of these opportunities, and many more, all you need is an internet connection and a device (phone, tablet, or computer). 

If you haven’t used Zoom yet, or if you’ve used it but still feel unsure, stop by your favourite library branch. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process. No need to be embarrassed. None of us were born knowing these skills! 

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