Library campaign going by the book

The Greater Victoria Public Library is asking residents to stay home and read a book Friday.

The Greater Victoria Public Library is asking residents to stay home and read a book Friday.

On Friday, the library wants everyone to stay home, curl up with a good book, and donate the money they would have spent on a night out to support the library.  Funds raised will be used to purchase more materials to enhance GVPL’s collections ranging from e-books to magazines to children’s kits with puppets and toys.

“This is a great chance for Greater Victoria to enjoy a good book while at the same time, showing support for the library as the cornerstone of our community,” said Kathy Santini, vice-chair of the GVPL development committee.

Every year, cardholders borrow more than six million books, magazines, DVDs and other items that inform and entertain. But support from the community is needed to help keep up with the growing demand for print and digital collections.

GVPL is one of the busiest libraries in the country with the highest circulation per capita in Canada. There is no limit to what you can do with your library card. All gifts are appreciated, from $25 to add the latest and greatest music to $100 to purchase a thought-provoking Canadian documentary and support local talent to $250 to spark the love of reading in small children with 10 new picture books on the library’s shelves.

“We will have spaces online and in-branch for  individuals to share how they intend to celebrate Oct. 2, while they stay home, read a book and make a pledge to support their library,” said CEO Maureen Sawa.

For more information and to make your pledge, visit any branch or gvpl.ca/stayathome.