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Help Shape Your Reading Rainbow

Have your say in VIRL's Future

It’s not just for kids

Remember that butterfly in the sky? Just take a look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow?

Libraries can take you anywhere.

They are super important for folks who like to read. They also help people who have trouble accessing the internet. And they’re an imagination playground for kids.

Now, the Vancouver Island Regional Library system is looking for a refresh.

They’re figuring out where to go over the next four years. And they need your help to do it.

“The strategic plan will build on past work while seeking to re-frame and refocus our vision, mission, values and strategic priorities,” says the VIRL website.

Sure, strategic plans sound boring for folks who don’t spend their lives in a library. But they help keep libraries on track. And if there’s something you need that you don’t find at the library, now is the time to speak up.

Could you use help learning a new skill? Tell the library. Want to hear a local artist or writer talk about their work? Tell the library. Want to try out 3D printing? Tell the library.

They’re inviting folks to join in on community workshops or fill out their online survey. They’re looking for input on literacy, access to the internet, the cost of living, and creating new partnerships in town.

Each community workshop will be about two hours long. They want to hear from as many people as possible about the future of the library system.

They’ll also host virtual focus group sessions that will be 90 minutes long. Folks will have deep talks about topics like partnerships between galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM), new ideas for branch services, and libraries as safe spaces.

Focus groups, surveys, and workshops will take place all across VanIsle, so check out the list to see what’s happening in your area.

Help create the the future of your local library and community.

You can fly twice as high!