(From left) Deborah Begoray (GVPL board chair), Irwin Henderson (President) and Maureen Sawa (GVPL CEO). (Jessica Woollard submission)

Digital enhancements big focus of $45,000 Victoria library donation

Ebooks and audibooks stock, new Esquimalt creative tech space to get cash boost

The Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library will give the library $45,000.

Of the donation, $23,000 is earmarked for digital literacy, with $10,000 to be used in enhancing digital ebooks and audiobook collections. $13,000 will help fund a new creative technology space planned for the Esquimalt Branch, which is due to move to the Esquimalt Town Square development, in 2020.

ALSO READ: Central Saanich calls on province to cover library costs

“The new Esquimalt tech space will let ordinary members of the public convert their photos, documents, slides, VHS, vinyl records or audio cassettes into digital formats. This will help them preserve vital information as well as tell their stories in creative ways,” said Irwin Henderson, president of the Friends of GVPL. “We hope that the Friends’ contribution will be matched by other donors in the community who see what a boon this will be to individuals, families, social groups and small businesses.”

Maureen Sawa, GVPL CEO reacted to the news by saying, “This generous donation from the Friends will help GVPL strengthen the lifelong learning opportunities the library offers.”

“As technologies evolve, so too must our programs and services. This new creative technology space will ensure we are keeping up with advancements, bridging the digital divide, and helping people access tools to develop rapidly changing 21st century skills.”

In addition to funding for digital literacy, the Friends donated a further $22,000 to GVPL. $5,000 will be used to enhance the GVPL’s collection of Indigenous materials, including a set of books by Dawn Dumont called Glass Beads.

ALSO READ: Sidney’s library opens new chapter after $2M refit

The rest of the money – $17,000 – will be go towards the BC Summer Reading Club, a program to encourage childre, aged 12 and under, to read every day over the summer.

“The Friends’ volunteer efforts provide funding that helps GVPL enhance its collections, programs and services for the enjoyment and education of our community members,” said GVPL board chair Deborah Begoray. “These volunteers are exceptional supporters of the library.”

The volunteer group has contributed more than $878,000 to the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) since 1999.

For more information on the GVPL visit gvpl.ca. To learn more about the Friends of GVPL visit gvpl.ca/howdoi/friends-of-the-library



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Periods of rain ahead for Friday

Plus a look at this weekend’s forecast

Sailings cancelled between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay

Due to a mechanical issue with the MV Klitsa

Rent-to-own project welcomes first tenants in Langford

Crossing at Belmont is part of a rent-to-own program subsidized by the City of Langford

Mount Douglas Secondary hit with sanctions over Rams football recruitment

Fine handed down over recruitment claim will hit school, not the coach or players

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

Campbell River homicide suspects arrested in Vancouver

Two men remain in custody, but have not been charged

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Elizabeth May confirms plan to eliminate fish farming in open ocean pens

Green Party leader stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

Most Read