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12 Days of Give Library

Posted on: January 20, 2023

A library card is a great gift for anyone who loves to read books, watch movies, listen to music, learn languages, play games and so much more! It not only offers access to millions of items in our 39 libraries, but it also opens a world of online products and services!

Pick up one of our Give Library card packages at your local branch to give friends or family or sign up for your own library card.

12 reasons to get (and give) a library card this season:

1.We’re fine free! We are removing barriers by permanently going fine free for adult material (we already scrapped overdue fines for Young Adult and Children’s material),

2. You can borrow literacy kits for kids. The kits are a fun mix of resources, like books, CDs, DVDs and toys, vetted by librarians and ready for families to explore. There are lots of great topics and we just added a new one on Haida Gwaii.

3.You can borrow eBooks on your device or tablet using the free Libby App. Did you know you can also add library eBooks to your Kobo eReader as well? Click here to learn how.

4.Access Kanopy, our free video streaming service. Kanopy already features 26,000 movies, documentaries, indie and foreign films and in the New Year, we’ll be adding BBC. Great news for all of you who love British TV. We are also adding more than 1000 unlimited-use titles that you can watch anytime without using play credits.

Bonus tip: You can stream Kanopy on your Smart TV. Sign up through the library first and then follow these instructions.

5. You can get PressReader. Avoid paywalls and subscription costs for newspapers and magazines from around the globe, including English language publications like the Walrus, Canadian Living, Readers Digest, The Hockey News, The Times Colonist, National Post and Vancouver Sun. Get PressReader on your web browser or  iOS and Android apps.

6. Get the Give Library holiday playlist on Freegal Music! Freegal is free (and ad-free) with your library card and gives you access to 15 million songs, as well as music videos and audiobooks. You can download five songs weekly (and keep them forever) adn stream up to three hours a day. Find it on your browser or iOS and Android Apps.

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