Salt Spring Island Public Library

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Library Users Survey

Help us find out more about the community’s needs so we may serve you better! Fill out the 10 minute survey, return it to the library by October 15, and have a chance to win a Robert Bateman Art Book.

Job Posting: IslandLink Library Federation Manager (part-time)

The IslandLink Library Federation (ILLF) has an exciting opportunity for a self-directed, skilled leader who can work effectively with member libraries to advocate for and develop public library services in the communities they serve.

Teen Tiny Story Contest

Write a complete story in 420 characters or less.  The Grand Prize is $100, with additional prizes for honorable mentions.  Submission deadline is October 30.

Poetry Open Mic Chapbook Contest

A chapbook of poetry and visual art. Submission deadline is Dec. 1, 2016

Booking of Program Room

The library has a 50-seat program room which is available for the public to use. Please contact or 250-537-4666 for more information or to book a room. Download the Program Room Rentals Policy and Application.

Booking of 8-seat Meeting Rooms

The library has two 8-seat meeting rooms which are available for the public to use. Please contact or 250-537-4666 for more information or to book a room.


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Talking picture books available online!



Upcoming Events


Elementary Bridge Coaching
Sep 30 @ 10:00 – 12:00
StoryTime with Kyo Maclear
Sep 30 @ 10:30


The library is excited to announce a visit from children’s author and illustrator Kyo Maclear.  Kyo has written many excellent picture books including The Specific Ocean, The Good Little Book, and Spork.  Not your typical story time, this event includes a multimedia presentation and a chance to meet a famous children’s author.   No  pre-registration required.

For more information on StoryTime, please contact Librarian Nikky McCarvill at, or by phone at 250-537-4666 ex. 225.

Games Night
Sep 30 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Bring your friends, your snacks, and your twenty-sided dice to the library for games night every Friday night.  Facilitator Bryan Dubien shares his vast collection of board games, or you can bring your own.  Everyone welcome.

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Read to Seniors Day
Oct 1 @ 13:00

In honor of National Seniors Day, the Library and Salt Spring Literacy present our first ever Read to Seniors Day.  Teen volunteers are needed to read to older people who may be unable to read to themselves.  A great time to get involved, connect with seniors, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.  Looks great on resumes and scholarship applications! To volunteer, sign up at the library info desk or email


Tech Tutoring with Conrad
Oct 3 @ 12:00 – 15:00

iPad, Tablet and eReader Tutoring with Conrad Koke.
Sign-up sheets are found in the Info Desk Programs binder.
Sessions are available every Monday.

Conrad Koke

Art Event: SSI Painters Guild Printmakers
Oct 4 @ 16:00 – 18:00

Opening reception for “First Impressions”, works by SSI Painters Guild Printmakers that are on exhibit from October 1-29, in the library program room when otherwise not in use.


Bridge Club
Oct 5 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Every Wednesday afternoon in the program room from 1 pm – 2 pm.

Tech Cafe: Getting Social with WordPress
Oct 5 @ 19:00

Learn how you can make your WordPress site work better with social media. You’ll be taken step by step through the process of setting up plugins to make your site stand out on Twitter and Facebook. Find out how to switch on and use WordPress’ Publicize feature to automatically post notifications to your social networks. Discover how you can use social media to find writing prompts for your pages and posts.

There will be time at the end of the session to ask general questions about WordPress and to talk about topics and formats for future meetups.

Space is limited. Free registration is via the Salt Spring Island WordPress Meetup Group.

Poetry Open Mic
Oct 6 @ 19:00

Reader sign-up at 6:45. One poem per reader.

With intoxicating fervour, Karen Schlanka’s new poetry collection, Ceremony of Touching, winds its way through time and place to bring you the stories of everyday people. From her real-life experience as a doctor trying her best to heal patients, to war-era Japan, and the devastation of Hiroshima, Schlanka’s poems beg us to witness and explore our own humanity: how we interact with one another, carry on in everyday life, love, grieve. Poems such as “Witness”, “Ceremonies for Despair”, and “One by One” are incredible examples of how Schlanka’s poems, while varied in both style and perspective, retain a powerful, captivating voice that creates a common thread, guiding the reader through the collection.

Call for Submissions:  Poetry Open Mic Chapbook


Elementary Bridge Coaching
Oct 7 @ 10:00 – 12:00


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  • Sun closed

Salt Spring Island Public Library

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