Southern Gulf Islands Community Libraries

Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna, Piers


Upcoming Events

Event Calendar 

Kids’ Summer Reading Club – all Libraries
Jun 29 – Aug 31 all-day










Get ready kids! The Library’s Summer Reading Club “Motion Commotion!” will start Friday June 29, 2018.

Come by the Library to sign-up and get your own free notebook to keep track of all the books you read in July & August. Collect fun stickersbookmarks, and proudly receive your very own Reading Medal at the end of the summer.

Regular reading throughout the summer helps kids maintain or improve reading skills while school is out. Kids are encouraged to read lots of books, and to listen to someone read to them. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Library this summer.

For fun activities online, visit the: Summer Reading Club website

Join the Motion Commotion! with the Summer Reading Club 2018!

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Mayne Island Reads – 2018-2019
Jul 4 2018 – Jun 21 2019 all-day

Mayne Island Reads 2018-2019

The Mayne Island Reads title for 2018-2019 is In This Together:  Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation.

The 15 essays written by indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians grapple with Canada’s colonial past and present, and explore ways to move forward with reconciliation and healing. Ten copies of the book were handed out at the National Indigenous Peoples’ Day event at the Mayne Is. School on June 21st, and will begin to make their way through the community.

Anyone hoping to read a copy can leave their name on the wait-list at the Mayne Island Library. This year the reading challenge will run right through until the National Indigenous Peoples’ Day event next June 21st, 2019.

Library Survey – Pender Is. Library
Jul 15 – Aug 29 all-day

Pender Island Public Library

Strategic Planning Survey

July 15-August 31, 2018

Click on image below to start this short survey. Thank you!

“Stowaway” book launch – Mayne Is. Library
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Book Launch – Mayne Island Library

Mayne Island author, Pam Withers, launches her 18th young adult novel, STOWAWAY, at the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, August 19 from 2-3:30 pm. Come for homemade cookies, readings, and autographed books.

Inspired by Horton Bay, Mayne Island (which the novel identifies as Horton Island), Stowaway puts and adventurous twist on the topic of people smuggling.

Owen is a bored West Coast Canadian teen who decides to stow away on a visiting yacht just for fun. Imagine his shock to find it holds six Guatemalan teens whose parents have paid the captain and his first mate – a captive former street kid – to leave violent Guatemala and usher them illegally into Canada.

To survive, the characters of Stowaway must redefine trust, friendship, and family.

Free event, all welcome.


Summer Story Time – Galiano Is. Library
Aug 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Summer Story Time – Galiano Is. Library

For kids of all ages…

Every Tuesday in July & August, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring and join their children or grandchildren while enjoying stories read by lively volunteers.

Children will also be able to take out their personal book choices.

Explore the Library Website – Piers Is. Library
Aug 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Exploring the Library Website with Carmen Oleskevich, Library Manager, Southern Gulf Islands Community Libraries

Wednesday, August 22, 10:30-11:30 am

There’s all sorts of neat things on the Library website — join Carmen at the Piers Island Library/Fire Hall for a presentation touring the Library website, including the library’s eBook and e-Audiobook collection, and online resources such as Language Lessons, Art & Music Lessons, World Foods, and Educational Materials for youth. Questions during and after the presentation are welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what is available for Piers Library patrons, young and old.


Summer Pages: Writing for Kids – Mayne Is. Library
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Summer Pages: Writing for Kids – Mayne Island Library

If you are between 9 and 12 and like to write, join me at the Mayne Island Library for fresh ideas and quality writing time.

We”ll meet from 10 until noon, on Thursdays in August: August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Call Amber at 250-539-5436 for more information.

Free event, all welcome.

Summer Story Time – Mayne Is. Library
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Summer Story Time – Mayne Island Library

Come to story time at the Library this summer!

Every Friday morning at 10 am.

July 6th to August 31st, 2018

Great stories! Great fun!

Kids Book Launch – Mayne Is. Library
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Book Launch at the Mayne Island Library

Sunday Aug. 26, at 2 pm.

Join Governor-General Award-winning author Sarah Ellis for the launch of her latest Ben book, Ben and the Scaredy-Dog.

The dog in the story was inspired by Mayne Island’s own SallyDog (Judi and Libbie’s gentle black lab). If she is brave enough Sally may join us out on the patio.

There will be copies of the book available for sale and the author will sign them. Sally might too.

Refreshments and dog biscuits will be served. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Summer Story Time – Galiano Is. Library
Aug 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Summer Story Time – Galiano Is. Library

For kids of all ages…

Every Tuesday in July & August, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring and join their children or grandchildren while enjoying stories read by lively volunteers.

Children will also be able to take out their personal book choices.

Quick Links

Borrow from other BC libraries

Inter-Library Loans: borrow items not available at your home library

Search the BC provincial directory “Outlook Online” and request items (max. 3 active requests/person)



A to Z World Food:

World cuisine & free recipes








ArtistWorks: art & music lesson

Take free lessons in Art, Voice, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Percussion, Jazz and more!





Online Magazines: +200 titles of new magazines free from Zinio/RBdigital






Online movies: InstantFlix delivers 7,000+ free high-quality features, docs, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries.



Download free textbooks: 150+ school textbooks.




Quick Links

E-Books and Audiobooks from Library2Go:

*Download the new “Libby” App from OverDrive for improved access to E-Books and Audiobooks


Libby loves the library!



Download E-Books and Audiobooks

Info on using e-Books and Audiobooks


Rocket Languages: language lessons


Get started learning a new language online: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Ingles, and Sign Language. Lots of interactive instruction, speech comparison, & self-testing, games.


World Book: online encyclopedia






Visit us! Pender Island Library

Visit us! Mayne Is. Library

Visit us! Galiano Is. Library


Library Hours

Pender Island Public Library

  • Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat: 10am – 4pm


Mayne Island Community Library

  • Wed, Fri, Sat: 11am – 3pm


Galiano Island Community Library

  • Wed – Sun: 11am – 2pm
  • extended hours Thur: 2pm-5pm


Saturna Island Community Library

  • Wed & Sat: 10:30am – 3pm


Piers Island Community Library

  • Library key is available at all times from the lock-box
  • contact Lynn or Pauline for code


Pender Island Public Library
4407 Bedwell Harbour Road, Box 12
Pender Island, BC V0N 2M0
Phone: 250-629-3722

Mayne Island Community Library
411 Naylor Road
Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J2
Phone: 250-539-2597

Galiano Island Community Library
#2 – 1290 Sturdies Bay Road
Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0
Phone: 250-539-2141

Saturna Island Community Library
140 East Point Road
Saturna Island, BC V0N 2Y0
Phone: 250-539-5312

Piers Island Community Library
c/o Box 2223
Sidney, BC V8L 3S8

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