Active Mind

Keeping your mind active is as important as other forms of recreation and social activity.  Making time each day for reading, writing or doing puzzles is a great way to relax while still exercising your mind.  Libraries are a great resource for books and magazines, either in paper or electronic form, and have many services to make reading more accessible.

Ten Ways to Exercise Your Brain

  1. Read a book either straight off the shelf or with the help of new technologies.  Libraries are a great source for regular print, large print, e-books or audio books.
  2. Play cards alone or with others.  Solitaire keeps your mind and body moving.
  3. Do a crossword puzzle.  Crossword puzzles of all levels are an ideal way to keep the “little grey cells” active. 
  4. Listen to music, anything from classical to singing along with the “oldies.”
  5. Sudoko, word puzzles and brain teasers are all excellent ways to challenge your brain and can be found in the newspaper, online or in books. 
  6. Write about memories, gather inspiration from old photographs and family memorabilia.
  7. Use an atlas to look up places featured in the radio or television news. 
  8. Keep a puzzle set up to be worked on at any time. Puzzles exercise spatial recognition and tune-up hand-eye coordination. 
  9. Find a new interest or learn more about current interests.  Switch to non-fiction to learn more about a topic or hobby, or borrow a book in your second language from the library. 
  10. Write a note or card to a friend or relative. 

Library Services

Whether borrowing a book, movies, or using the internet to stay connected, the library provides a great source of entertainment for free.  Many libraries also accommodate people who are visually impaired or house-bound due to an illness or disability. Audio and large print books are commonly available as well as delivery services for those who cannot leave home. The “Books by Mail” program is also available for remote communities. 

Greater Victoria Public Library

Central
735 Broughton St.
Victoria, BC  V8W 3H2
250-382-7241
Bruce Hutchison (Saanich Commonwealth Place)
4636 Elk Lake Dr.
Victoria, BC  V8Z 7K2
250-727-0104
Central Saanich
1209 Clarke Road.
Brentwood Bay, BC  V8M 1P8
250-652-2013
Emily Carr (near Save on Foods)
3500 Blanshard St.
Victoria, BC  V8X 1W3
250-475-6100
Esquimalt (at City Hall)
1231 Esquimalt Rd.
Victoria, BC  V9A 3P1
250-414-7198
Goudy
119-755 Goldstream Ave.
Victoria, BC  V9B 0H9
250-391-5702
Juan de Fuca (near Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre)
1759 Island Highway
Victoria, BC  V9B 1J1
250-391-0653
Nellie McClung
3950 Cedar Hill Road
Victoria, BC  V8P 3Z9
250-477-7111
Oak Bay (at the Monterey Centre)
1442 Monterey Ave.
Victoria, BC  V8S 4W1
250-592-2489
Saanich Centennial
3110 Tillicum Road
Victoria, BC  V9A 6T2
250-477-9030

Vancouver Island Regional Libraries

Sidney / North Saanich (across from SHOAL Centre)
10091 Resthaven Drive
Sidney BC  V8L 3G3
250-656-0944
Sooke
2065 Anna Marie Road
Sooke, BC  V9Z 0A4
250-642-3022

Southern Gulf Islands Libraries

Mary Hawkins Library
129 McPhillips Ave.
Salt Spring Island,  V8K 2T6
250-537-4666
Galiano Island Community Library
2540 Sturdies Bay Road
Galiano, BC V0N 1P0
250-539-2141
Eddie Reid Memorial Library (Saturna Island)
140 East Point Road
Saturna, BC V0N 2Y0
(basement of St. Christopher’s Church)
250-539-5312 
Pender Island Public Library
4407 Bedwell Harbour Road
Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1
250-629-3722
Mayne Island Public Library
411 Naylor at Miner’s Bay Park
Mayne, BC V0N 2J2
250-539-2597