New coastal stories to share with the children

imageLooking for a good book or two for the children in your life?

If so, be sure to check out Hakai Magazine for my fall review round-up. West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet is one of nearly a dozen books you’ll want to hear about.

And while you’re there, have a look around at this top-notch new magazine that celebrates science and societies in coastal ecosystems. You’ll be impressed.



Scary Haloween at Trent Street

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Word-and- Picture Sandwiches

Meet Author Troy Wilson 

Monday, Sept. 21st, 7:30 pm

@ Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library

3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Word-and-Picture Sandwiches

Troy has crafted the words for a wide variety of word-and-picture sandwiches, including picture books, illustrated magazine stories, comics, and greeting cards. He’ll take you into the kitchen for a peek at the different ways these sandwiches were put together (with the preparation method for his most recent book, The Duck Says, being the most surprising of them all).

Doors open at 7pm: Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies before the presentation begins at 7:30 pm.

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $5 drop-in; $4 student. For more information, call 250-940-4875 x869.

(VCLR memberships are good for 12 months and can be purchased for $25 at VCLR events)



Literacy is an issue all year long

Literacy Day

Thanks to Grammerly for the infographic. You are welcome to share but please attribute this infographic to

The Buzz on a new Book about Bees

There’s a buzz going around and it’s coming from Orca Book Publishers…

Version 2I was out walking my dog last night, trying to push up my daily kilometer count in a little friendly competition with my Fitbit buddy, when an old friend stopped me to gush about a new kid’s book on bees by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox. Now this friend is an entomologist (someone who studies insects, not to be confused with an etymologist which is someone who studies the origin of words) so he’s always stoked about anything related to insects. But, I’m pretty excited too, cuz gardening is one of the things I really enjoy doing with my granddaughter.  She totally loved planting and harvesting tomatoes, strawberries, and peas.  As garden pollinators, a book about bees will be right up our alley. And with more interest in locally grown and organic foods, I hope it’s right up your alley too. If you’re in the neighborhood on September 20th, check out the author’s free program, but if not, be sure to look for her book.

Come celebrate with us!

Celebrating Jessie’s Island today with Sheena Lott. 23 years in print! We’ll be at the Victoria Art Gallery from 3-4pm today. Hope to see you there.


Writing Contest for grades 8-12

Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest

WHAT’S YOUR STORY? Grab a pen and get writing!

If we like what we read, you could win a cash prize and have your work published in a magazine that showcases aspiring young writers.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in poetry and in fiction:

1st Prize in Each Category: $300
2nd Prize in Each Category: $200
Prize Winners’ works will be published in The Claremont Review and on the Festival website at


The contest is open to all young writers enrolled in Grades 8-12 in British Columbia
Entries must consist of previously unpublished work, and may be either poetry (any style) or creative short fiction
Poetry entries must be maximum 500 words. Creative short fiction maximum 1,500 words
Entries will be judged blind. Please do not include your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded, or in the file name.
For each story or poem you submit, there is a $5 entry fee, payable online through PayPal.
We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
Winners will be selected by a panel of publishing and writing professionals.
Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5:00 pm Sunday, October 25, 2015.

QUESTIONS? Call us at 604-681-6330 ext. 0

The 2015 Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest is supported by the Hamber Foundation and the Chris Spencer Foundation.

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