Spend spring break at the library

Art, nature and Emily Carr will be celebrated during spring break at the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), in partnership with Victoria’s Royal BC Museum.

Art, nature and Emily Carr will be celebrated during spring break at the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), in partnership with Victoria’s Royal BC Museum.

The Campbell River branch library is offering two free art programs for children on Thursday, March 24 that encourage imagination, creativity and the visual arts.

Fingerprint Fun for children ages 3 to 7 will happen from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  This program is inspired by the thumbprint art of illustrator Ed Emberley.  There will be stories and songs followed by the opportunity to stick your fingers on the ink pads and make fabulous art.

Art and Inspiration is scheduled from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for kids 8 to 12 years old.  They’ll look at where Emily Carr and other artists found their inspiration and then make beautiful “stained glass” paintings. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required for both of these programs.  Register early at the library at 1240 Shoppers Row or phone 287-3655.

Each VIRL branch will also be doing an Emily Carr scavenger hunt for children ages 12 and younger.  Children must find the Emily Carr pictures hidden around the library and write down where they found the pictures on a contest entry form.  A winner will be drawn at random at each branch library and will receive a children’s art book prize.

The Spring Break celebration marks the museum’s opening of The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr, an exhibit of one of Canada’s greatest woman artists and explores the artist’s life before her emergence onto the national art scene.

There will also be a system-wide photography contest for three different age categories:  children, youth, and adults.  Winners will be entered in draws for prizes provided by the Royal BC Museum in the form of admission tickets to the exhibit, and coffee table books on the artist’s work.

For information about these and other events, please visit your local library branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library or the website at www.virl.bc.ca.