Southern Gulf Islands Community Libraries

Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna, Piers


Upcoming Events

Event Calendar 

French Classes – Galiano Is. Library
Mar 6 – Apr 25 all-day

Learn a Language at the Galiano Library – Spring 2018

French Classes

Improve your French, make new friends and explore French culture with instructor Sylvie Beauregard. All classes take place at the Galiano Library meeting room.

For those who are new, terms run for 8 weeks and it costs $75 to register. You can pay on the first day of class. Click on poster for class dates and times.

Should you decide to drop out after 2 weeks, the money will be reimbursed to you. This gives you time to evaluate if you want to continue with the classes. Sylvie provides all material which she will send to you by email before each class.

The Intro to French level is for those who have had very little or no exposure to French. Beginners is for those who have some prior knowledge of French. The Intermediate level focuses on conversation so there is less material forwarded but Sylvie will send instructions if needed. I usually show one French or Québécois movie per month, I introduce francophone artists, singers, actors, writers etc.

To register, contact Sylvie at 250.539.3077 or

The Old Man and the Vultures – Pender Is. Library
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday Afternoon at the Pender Island Library presents: David Manning

The Old Man and the Vultures

Sunday April 29, 2018, 2- 4 pm.

Pender Island’s own Dave Manning is a senior who became hooked on vultures when he stumbled upon a white fuzz ball of a chick peeking from its nest cave. His program includes the three Vultures of North America, and follows one Turkey Vulture nest from mating to migration.

His recently published Turkey Vulture book, same title as his program, will be available for purchase and signing.

Seating is limited, come early! Free admission, refreshments by donation.


Author readings (Wild Fierce Life & Elemental)- Galiano Is. Library
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Author readings at the Galiano Island Community Library

Featuring: Joanna Streetly and Kate Braid


Wild Fierce Life – Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast

by Joanna Streetly

A   B C   B E S T S E L L E R

Wild Fierce Life is a heart-stopping collection of true stories from the Pacific Coast that build a vivid portrait of life on the continental edge and one woman’s evolving place within it.

Author Joanna Streetly arrived on the west coast of Vancouver Island when she was nineteen, and soon adapted to the challenges of working on boats of all sorts, guiding multi-day wilderness kayak trips along the BC coast, and living in remote situations often without electricity or running water.

From a near-death experience while swimming at night to an enigmatic encounter with a cougar, these stories capture the joys and dangers of living in a wild environment. Streetly’s vivid storytelling evokes a sincere respect for nature, both its fragility and its power.

Full of unflinching self-examination and a fidelity to the landscape of Vancouver Island’s outer coast, these stories reveal the interplay between inner and outer landscapes—the evolution of a woman uncovering the pleasures and dangers of the wild life.



by Kate Braid

Usually, we take for granted or plain ignore the Earth we walk on, the Sky above, the Water we drink and bathe in or that falls as rain, the Fire we assume for heat, and the Wood that makes up our landscape and building materials. But over fifteen years as a construction carpenter, Kate Braid began to pay more attention to the materials she worked with and depended upon. Out of these she has crafted an intimate picture of what it is like to be wholly engaged with the elemental materials of earth, sky, water, fire and wood that we depend upon every day.

Elemental is a poignant, intelligent collection that asks us to look more closely at ourselves and the details that construct our rich and delicate world.

BC & Global Migration Patterns – Galiano Is. Library
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

The Galiano Library presents: Speaker Series…learning with locals

May 20, 2018, 3:00-4:45 pm.

How is B.C., and Galiano, being changed by global migration patterns?

Metro Vancouver is one of the most diverse, ‘cosmopolitan’ cities in the world, with 45 per cent of the population born outside the country. Across the rest of B.C. foreign-born residents account for about one in six. We’ll explore how migration influences education, housing, neighbourhoods, economics, values, language, land use, sovereignty, taxation and politics.

Douglas Todd writes on religion and migration mainly for The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia News. He has received 34 national and international journalism prizes. His blog garners more than two million page views a year. He is the author of two books and editor of Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia – Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

Changemakers book launch- Galiano Is. Library
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Galiano Library presents:

Changemakers: Embracing hope, taking action, and transforming the world

A book launch with a difference: meet the authors Fay Weller and Mary Wilson

Sunday June 17, 2:00 pm.

Changemakers is a guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of transformative change — what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning. The second section explores powerful new stories of everyday people who have challenged traditional understandings of food, shelter, energy, transportation, waste, and economics, and transformed aspects of their lives, their communities, and wider society.

Drawing from tools in their book, Mary and Fay will engage the audience in exploring how we all have the power to be change makers.
Fay Weller is a community organizer, homesteader, researcher, and artist with a PhD focused on social transformation. She and her partner live on Gabriola Island, BC with two sheep and numerous chickens.

Mary Wilson is a facilitator, researcher, instructional designer and activist with a Ph.D. in education. She and her partner live on Gabriola Island, BC where they are restoring a home, developing a permaculture food forest, and building an engineless catamaran.

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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!





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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.



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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






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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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