Music to my Ears

Updated 2015/01/20

In the past few weeks we’ve told you about some great new databases that give you access to ebooks, audio books and digital magazines. This week find out about a third new service that you can use to download DRM free music, free of charge.

Freegal Music

A free music service from the library. Freegal offers access to about 8 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is available exclusively to library card holders. You can download music at home or at the library.

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Toddler Time – Now on Tuesdays

ToddlerTime at the Salt Spring Library has moved to Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm. ToddlerTime is a well-established tradition at the Library, ever since the Library’s move into the new building at the end of 2012. Once a week, parents and tots are invited to join an enthusiastic Library volunteer for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and simple activities best suited for children 3 and under.

ToddlerTime, like its companion program, StoryTime, is a great way to nurture literacy in young children. Even before children learn to speak, exposure to narrative patterns like rhyme, rhythm and repetition help them form the cognitive pathways that lead to literacy.

ToddlerTime provides a free, welcoming environment, open to drop-ins and without registration. Salt Spring residents and visitors alike are welcome on the rainbow carpet in the children’s area of the Library.

Years of Living Dangerously

Transition Salt Spring’s showing of the Emmy Award Winning series Years of Living Dangerously continues this Thursday.

In the series Hollywood stars and respected journalists explore the issues of climate change. The presentation on Thursday begins with a showing of an episode from the series at 7pm followed by a discussion of issues raised.

Book Club (Thursday 13:00 – 15:00)

This month’s Book Club is discussing “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce.

“A cause for celebration . . . [Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, she’s cleared space where miracles are still possible.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Come along for an open, and structured, conversation with other book lovers. For more information, phone 250-537-4666, or email us at either, or

For more information about these and other upcoming events see our online calendar.