Victoria & Saanich Events


Learn about Literacy! (Central)

Date and time

Saturday, January 21, 1-3 pm (Drop In)

Central Branch (735 Broughton Street)

Stop by the atrium of GVPL’s Central Branch and learn all about organisations and resources in our area that support literacy! Whether you are seeking support for your learning, or want to explore new volunteer opportunities, stop by and chat with members of the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy, and award-winning charity Story Studio.


Learn about Literacy! (Juan de Fuca)

Date and time

Saturday, January 21, 1-3 pm (Drop In)

Juan de Fuca Branch (1759 Island Hwy)

Chat with members of the Sooke Region Literacy Project and learn all about organisations and resources in the Westshore and Sooke that support literacy! Whether you are seeking support for your learning, or want to explore new volunteer opportunities, drop in between 1 and 3 to learn more about what’s happening in literacy in our region


Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters (IPALS)

Free English learning for families with children from 2 – 5.5 years old

Date and time

Tuesdays at 10am or Thursdays at 1pm, starting Jan 24/26th, 2023
830-A10 Pembroke St., Victoria

Learn, play, and read together! Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Victoria Literacy Connection for our free IPALS program where we offer free English learning support for immigrant families and parents!


Meet an Author: Mark Leiren-Young (Online)

Date and time

Tue, January 24, 6:00 pm

Online (Email sean.rodman@storystudio.ca to RSVP and receive a Zoom link)

Mark Leiren-Young is a Canadian playwright, documentary filmmaker, author, journalist, and humorist. His work spans genres and forms, from screenplays to children’s books. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Writers Guild of Canada’s Screenwriting Award and the Leo Award for Best Screenwriting in a Documentary. He is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and continues to write and direct documentaries and plays. More information can be found at https://leiren-young.com/


Once upon a StoryWalk

Date and time

Wed, January 25, 2023
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Outdoors at Brodick Park in Saanich

Join us for a StoryWalk, where individual pages of a storybook, mounted on signposts, are placed outdoors in a circuit. Children follow the narrative by visiting each signpost in sequence. Rain or shine; please dress appropriately.

Drop-in anytime and meet at the park, accessible via Hollyridge Place or Brodick Crescent)! Everyone welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicylce & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


Learn about Literacy! (sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay)

Date and time

Saturday, January 28, 1-3 pm (Drop In)

sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch (385 Menzies St)

Stop by the Seniemtem Community Room and learn all about organisations and resources in our area that support literacy! Whether you are seeking support for your learning, or want to explore new volunteer opportunities, stop by and chat with members of the award-winning charity Story Studio. 


Storytimes in Victoria

Daily readings hosted by the Greater Victoria Library

Baby Time with Stay & Play

Fun-filled songs, rhymes, and fingerplays to use with your baby every day followed by 30 minutes of social time and free play. Drop-in. For babies 0-15 months and their parent or caregiver.

Wednesday, January 25, 11:30 am – 12: 30 pmCentral Branch (735 Broughton Street)
Thursday, January 26, 11:30 am – 12: 30 pmSaanich Centennial Branch (3110 Tillicum Road)
Friday, January 27, 11:30 am – 12: 30 pmBruce Hutchison Branch (4636 Elk Lake Road)

Family Storytime with Stay & Play

Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for young children and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in.

Tuesday, January 24, 10:30 am – 11:30 amCentral Branch (735 Broughton Street)
Tuesday, January 24, 10:30 am – 11:30 amSaanich Centennial Branch (3110 Tillicum Road)
Wednesday, January 25, 10:30 am – 11:30 amJuan de Fuca Branch (1759 Island Highway)
Wednesday, January 25, 10:30 am – 11:30 amOak Bay Branch (1442 Monterey Avenue)
Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 amBruce Hutchison Branch (4636 Elk Lake Road)
Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 amNellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill Road)
Friday, January 27, 10:30 am – 11:30 amEsquimalt Branch (101-503 Park Place)