2018 was a year of love for the Gabriola Library!

Amy Dawley, Customer Services Librarian II

Gabriola Island Branch, Vancouver Island Regional Library

Wednesday, January 16 2019

Wow, Gabriola. You love your library and you love to read. Those of us who work at the Gabriola Island Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library see the materials go in and out, your smiling faces coming through the door, and experience the buzz of what’s going on in your local library branch on a daily basis. We know it is a vibrant, bustling place, and the numbers tell that story. Here are some interesting facts about your local library in 2018:

Over 3,089 people on Gabriola Island are library card holders. (Editor’s note: Gabriola’s permanent population in the 2016 census was 4,033)

70,103 people came through our doors in 2018 and we answered 4,587 of your questions.

At the end of the year, there were 14,908 items in the Gabriola Island branch available for you to borrow.

You borrowed a total of 86,440 items from your library, including electronic resources like eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, music, and streaming video. 

5,377 of you attended one of the 278 free programs we offered to the lovely folks of Gabriola Island, including author talks, book launches, storytimes, conversation circles, fibre arts groups, movie nights, death cafés, financial literacy presentations, and more.

Our librarian Amy Dawley read 78 picture books during 39 family storytimes to 314 babies and young children. These youngsters and their parents and caregivers come regularly to the branch to sing silly songs, play together, and learn those basic building blocks of literacy.

Other fun facts you might not know:

We have a seed library. Feel free to come browse and find some goodies to plant in your garden this year. Yes, it’s free. Gardening beginner? We have a book for that.

You can sit beside one of our two light therapy lamps to help alleviate some winter doldrums as we wait for the light to return.

Into energy savings? Borrow one of our devices to help make your home as energy efficient as possible. We have Kill A Watt meters, a moisture pen, and a thermal imaging camera available to borrow free with your library card. 

The Vancouver Island Regional Library launched a brand new, redesigned website, making it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and to discover what’s going on at your local branch. Visit www.virl.bc.ca to get started.

Haven’t visited the branch in a while? Come on in and say hello. We have so much to keep you busy in 2019. 

Happy New Year!