Take home a Tinker Tote

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Press Release

Thursday, February 28 2019

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s brand new Tinker Totes are now available for customers to borrow and take home to experience the five aspects of STEAM learning, where S is for Science, T is for Technology, E is for Engineering, A is for Art, and M is for Mathematics.

Released by the VIRL system on February 15, the Tinker Totes arrived at the Gabriola branch and are now available for borrowing. 

“STEAM learning can help young people build foundational skills to prepare them for the future,” says VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning, Melissa Legacy. 

“Our new Tinker Totes, as well as being a lot of fun for the whole family, could help to spark new passions and interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in kids from Sooke to Sointula.”

There are five Tinker Totes available for loan:

• Sensory Playtime – helps kids explore and learn through sound

• Code-a-Pillar – teaches kids about coding and computational thinking

• KEVA Connect Planks – sets the foundation for imaginative building

• Handbells – Introduces music and composition 

• Magna-Tiles – Perfect for the aspiring builder

The Tinker Totes can be checked out from any VIRL branch for three weeks. Simply search Tinker Tote in the VIRL catalogue to reserve one.  

Just like all other children’s materials, there are no late fees for the Totes. More information about the Tinker Totes is available on VIRL’s website.


Gabriola Librarian Amy Dawley with the Sensory Playtime tinker-tote. All five of the tinker totes are available for borrowing through the Gabriola branch. Derek Kilbourn photo.