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Upcoming Events


Tech Tutoring with Jim Watkins
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mary Hughes
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mary Hughes new book Imagining Violet Married, Part Two of “The Violet Trilogy”. The author of two volumes of non-fiction, Frank Welsman, Canadian Conductor, and The Life and Times of the Floathouse “Zastrozzi”, she published 90 feature articles in Canadian trade magazines. Recent publications include stories in The Muskokan, Cottage Life, More of Our Canada, Seniors Lifestyle Magazine and Page&Spine.  Her first novel, Imagining Violet, historical fiction and epistolary in format, was published in November of last year. Imagining Violet Married is Part Two of this trilogy. Born and educated in Toronto, Mary Hughes has called Salt Spring Island home since 2002. The event will comprise a reading and a brief musical performance on a Keyboard followed by tea and cookies.

Community Safety
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Elementary Bridge Coaching
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am

StoryTime is a great way to build early literacy skills, read new books and old favourites, and have fun with games, crafts, and more!

Everyone welcome, aimed towards ages 3-6

Family Movie Matinee
Nov 22 @ 2:30 pm
Games Night
Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm

Our weekly drop-in games night is a great chance to  meet up with friends over a board game.  Play an old favourite or try your hand at a new game!


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Patrick Taylor
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Patrick Taylor launches An Irish Country Family: An Irish Country Novel. An Irish Country Family is a charming entry in Patrick Taylor’s beloved internationally bestselling Irish Country series. Before Doctor Barry Laverty joined Doctor Fingal O’Reilly’s practice in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was an intern, working long hours, practicing new medical techniques, falling in love, and learning what is most important in the medical field for a family physician – the bonds of family, friendships, and human kindness. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Salt Spring Island.

Arleen Pare
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm

Arleen Pare (Brick Books), delving into the work and lives of influential Toronto sculptors, Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Paré takes a a poetic tour of the women’s lives, work, and their decades-long romance. Using their work as a lens, Paré weaves in discussions of gender, history, and changing trends in art. C0-sponsored by DAISSI and a part of the Queer Reading Series.


Spanish Conversation Meetup
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This free event is a chance to chat with other Spanish speakers or learners in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Those who want can join in learning and singing a Spanish language song or two. Refreshments and treats provided! There’s an online group for the meetup at that includes a calendar where you can see upcoming meetup dates, If you register on that site you can join the group and participate in conversations. ¡Hasta pronto!


New and Noteworthy

Our Library in Poetic Life – Call for Poems

This competition is to encourage Salt Spring Island poets to create a poem using the Salt Spring Island Public Library as a theme.  Entry deadline: November 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. A Short List of 12 poets will be showcased at the Poetry Open Mic in the Library Program Room for the Library’s 60th Anniversary on Thursday, February 6th, 2020.

Employment Opportunity

The Salt Spring Island Public Library has an exciting opportunity for a full time Librarian at our award-winning 12,500 square foot library.

Annual Giving Campaign

Please support the Library with a special tax-deductible donation so that we may continue to serve the needs of our wonderful island community.

Museum Passes

The library is offering free one-week passes to the Craigdarroch Castle, Robert Bateman Centre, Royal BC Museum and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Booking of Program Room

The library has a 86-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 Community Program Room 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.   CRDcleanairbylaw2015   phone email
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