Protection Island Beacon Library
is a community lending library staffed by island volunteers
with a great collection of donated adult and children/youth books and dvds.
Library card registration is free for island residents.
FOR MEMBERSHIP OR OTHER QUESTIONS, EMAIL: PIBeaconLibrary@gmail.com
There is also a free book exchange, reading area and children's space,
as well as self-serve beverages and washroom facilities.
Open Sundays from 1-3 pm with lots of lively discussion
and the children's fun storytime is Monday starting at 10:30 am.
There are author readings and events throughout the year as well as the ever-popular book sale.
Come and check it out!!! 208 Colvilleton Trail (lower level of Beacon House community hall)
Starting March 2020,
the library is closed
due to covid rules.
A new online library
catalogue has been
created. PI Treasure
(themed) Book Bags
and hold requests
are being delivered.
Books are quarantined before being placed back in circulation.
Storytime continues on
Zoom, or outside in family bubbles and physically distanced. Monthly themed
storytime book bags are also in circulation.
Protection Island Museum and Archives
Operated by the Protection Island Cultural Historical Society (PICHS)
The Protection Island Museum and Archives had to close temporarily
because of the Pandemic, but we’re still here and looking forward to when we can re-open. Stay tuned for news in that regard.
About the Museum and Archives
Situated in the original lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, the Museum and Archives sits on Gallows Point, the southernmost spot on the island. It presents a permanent display of mining and social history, artifacts,
photographs and maps as well as a comprehensive archive, which includes hundreds of documents related to Protection Island history. The cultural part of our title refers to our commitment to reflect and illuminate the
talented inhabitants of our island by presenting their art, wisdom and various collections. Our past programs
have included lectures on native plants of Protection Island, Coast Salish weaving, bottle collecting, nature and beach walks, exhibits of crafts and antiques, book launches and musical happenings.
Our gift shop features cards, paintings, sculptures, posters, placemats, and other crafts created by Protection Islanders, as well as our best-selling cookbook The Island Cooks, and a selection of books written by
Our Disrupted Plans
Musical Curiosities and Marine Ecosystems of Protection Island.
Nature walks, native plants in the garden, all about bats, building a bat house.
Unfortunately, our main fundraiser, The Annual PI Garden Tour had
to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We look forward to a stunning garden
tour in 2022, considering how many people have transformed their
gardens during the pandemic. Many gardeners are planting native
species, drought-tolerant plants, raised beds, and bee and bird friendly
plantings. If you’d like to open your garden or volunteer for our next
tour, please call Heather Cooling, Wendy Chandler
or Brenda Henderson.
Behind the scenes, we continue to work.
We were successful in getting a $1000.00 grant from the Federal
Museum Assistance Program to continue development of our archives.
We’ve been working on the basement, painting, adding shelving,
lighting and climate control so we have a safe place for archival
As well, Tauno Tuominen has designed and built seven beautiful
multi-purpose display panels, corkboards and shelving. In addition,
e are collecting artifacts to document the Island’s experience with
covid 19. Please let us know if you have something to share.
We welcome your input. If you have an idea for an exhibit, a collection
you would like to share, or if you would like to volunteer in future,
Please call Heather Cooling at 753-8162 or Rick Scott 740-0047.
Memberships in PICHS are $10 for individuals/ $15 for a family and are
The PICHS Directors: Heather Cooling (president), Mike Gillespie (Vice-
President and Secretary), Wendy Chandler (gift shop coordinator),
Brenda Henderson (Treasurer), Rick Scott (Curator), Jean Compton,
Cathy Tuominen and Tauno Tuominen.