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2007

For immediate release        November 28, 2007

Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

Considering buying your first home and don’t know where to start? The Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road., is offering a free program for first-time homebuyers (program #922) on December 4 from 7-9 p.m. To register, come into any branch of RPL, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“First-time homebuyers will learn about the various costs and steps involved in buying a home, getting a mortgage, legal aspects, home inspections, money saving tips and a lot more,” said Susan Walters, acting head of Ironwood Branch.

Presenters include Geraldine Santiago, a realtor with RE/MAX and author of Complete Home Buyer’s Guide for Canadians; mortgage broker John Santos-Ocampo; and home inspector Glenn Duxbury. “If you’re thinking about entering the real estate market, this is the place to get practical, up-to-date information,” added Walters.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        November 24, 2007

Celebrate With Ralphy at Richmond Library

Attention kids! Join author, illustrator and Ralphy library card creator Trevor Lai for free drawing workshops on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, Lecture Hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required.

Lai, author of the new book Ralphy to the Rescue – Collector’s Companion, will give an exclusive multimedia presentation and hold two drawing workshops. He’ll also announce the winners of the recent Rescue the World With Ralphy contest. Schedule of events include:

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Program #201 – Drawing workshop for 10-12 year olds 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Multimedia Show and Prize Draws 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Program #202 – Drawing workshop for 7-9 year olds (Parents must attend with children) 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Meet the Author and Book Signing

To register for these programs visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“At this final Ralphy event for kids we’ll be launching Trevor Lai’s new book and giving out great prizes,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Just remember, your Ralphy card lets you Go Anywhere, Learn Anything, Read Every Day©.”

Contact:

  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        November 24, 2007

Celebrate With Ralphy at Richmond Library

Attention kids! Join author, illustrator and Ralphy library card creator Trevor Lai for free drawing workshops on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, Lecture Hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required.

Lai, author of the new book Ralphy to the Rescue – Collector’s Companion, will give an exclusive multimedia presentation and hold two drawing workshops. He’ll also announce the winners of the recent Rescue the World With Ralphy contest. Schedule of events include:

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Program #201 – Drawing workshop for 10-12 year olds 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Multimedia Show and Prize Draws 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Program #202 – Drawing workshop for 7-9 year olds (Parents must attend with children) 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Meet the Author and Book Signing

To register for these programs visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“At this final Ralphy event for kids we’ll be launching Trevor Lai’s new book and giving out great prizes,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Just remember, your Ralphy card lets you Go Anywhere, Learn Anything, Read Every Day©.”

Contact:

  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 21, 2007

Discover The Joy of Stress

Ted Kuntz, a psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience will present a lecture called “The Joy of Stress” on Dec. 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend this free program (#920). To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Kuntz promises to inform you about ways of thinking that feed our negativity, strategies to increase our peace, joy and happiness; the difference between stress and distress; and how to create peace within oneself.

Kuntz is internationally recognized for his work in helping individuals, families, organizations and corporations manage the challenges and stresses of life more joyfully and effectively. He is the author or Peace Begins With Me, which summarizes his own personal journey of making peace with his disabled son. “People who’ve heard Kuntz’s inspirational talks say that it’s helped them move beyond anger and pain, to make peace with life,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

This program is part of the library’s Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Series and is held in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond) and the Richmond Food Bank. “To help promote healthy bodies and healthy minds, we ask that you please bring a donation of canned food items for the Richmond Food Bank,” added Civkin. Representatives from the Food Bank will be on hand to accept your donations.

Contact:

  • Ted Kuntz can be reached at 604-942-7134 or tjkuntz@axion.net
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 7, 2007

So You Want to be a Writer?

Richmond Public Library is offering a free writing workshop (program #610) for teens age 13-19 called “So You Want to be a Writer.” It takes place on November 14th from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Computer Centre, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Up and coming journalist Steve Smysnuik, will provide teens with tips and tools to help improve their writing skills, and provide insight into what it’s like to be a writer. Teens will participate in activities and discussions about the writing process. Smysnuik has written cover stories for the Georgia Straight.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams ext. 634
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 7, 2007

Library Offers Free Program on ICBC & Personal Injury Claims

Learn about ICBC & Personal Injury Claims at a free program (#919) on November 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Guest speaker, Conrad A. Margolis, a lawyer for 21 years, will discuss what happens when you have an automobile accident and are injured. He’ll cover such things as: what happens to your car, what to do for money if you can’t work, who pays the bills for the ambulance, medications and physiotherapy, how best to deal with the issue of fault for the accident, and more. Mr. Margolis says that the answers to these questions lie in an understanding of your rights - what you’re entitled to immediately and what you’re entitled to later on. He will discuss two types of recovery - “No Fault Benefits” and “Damages against the at-fault driver.”

Conrad A. Margolis graduated from UBC Law School in 1985 and articled in the WCB's Legal Department before entering private practice. Mr. Margolis specializes in ICBC injury claims, employment law and WCB cases. He has extensive experience in all aspects of ICBC cases, having successfully represented hundreds of seriously injured accident victims. This program is part of the library’s Knowledge Series and is offered in partnership with People’s Law School.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 13, 2007

Celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” at Cambie Library

The Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library is hosting a free, drop-in program for families, called “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on October 27th at 4 p.m. Come and enjoy an important Mexican cultural tradition with storytelling by well-known Argentinean children’s author, Silvana Goldemberg. Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at Cambie and No. 5 Road. The program is in English with some Spanish.

“Mexican families and those interested in Spanish culture will find this program especially fun, and everyone is welcome to attend,” said head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith. Dia de los Muertos is a festive Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd families in Mexico dress up and spend the night in graveyards eating, playing games and remembering their loved ones who have passed away.

“The library wants to promote the rich cultural diversity in East Richmond with our Mexican “Dia de los Muertos” program,” added Smith. “The Cambie Library also has a selection of Spanish books for adults and children, so families can come and enjoy the program and borrow books.” For more information call 604-273-2223.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 10, 2007

Let Richmond Library Make Shopping Easy For You!

Need to find that perfect gift for your loved one, your child’s teacher or maybe your neighbour? Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate With Books campaign invites you to support the library with a cash donation in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion. The library buys a book with your donation and you get a tax receipt. To donate, come to any branch of Richmond Public Library, donate online at www.yourlibrary.ca/celebrate/ or contact Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416 or shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca. “Celebrate With Books benefits the whole community,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s a great way to support literacy and a very thoughtful approach to gift giving,” added Civkin. “Finding the right gift has never been easier.”

“The Library appreciates all those people in our community who donate books and money anonymously as well,” said Civkin. “We know that the many smaller donations we receive on a regular basis are what help make the library such a fantastic community resource.”

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 5, 2007

Join the Party at Richmond Public Library

Come celebrate National Science and Technology Week at the Brighouse Science Party. It's on October 19th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library's Main Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. "Interactive, intergalactic, inTERRIFIC best describes what's in store for those who come to this free and fun learning event," said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. There will be approximately 15 booths throughout the library with interactive displays crazy experiments and other kid-friendly activities. "Everyone's invited. There's no school that day so I think students in particular will really enjoy this Science Party the most," added Civkin. "Aside from learning lots, they'll be amazed and entertained by what they see." Learn about fuel cell vehicles, make models of DNA out of candy and see exciting new applications for microstructures. Electronic paper? New types of computer displays? Illuminating buildings with sunlight? Check it out at the Science Party! There will be quizzes and games plus a special souvenir badge for kids to fill with stickers. While quantities last, we'll have National Science and Technology Week pencils, tattoos and highlighters, too. No party is complete without cake so bring your sweet tooth. National Science and Technology Week is a celebration of innovation, invention and imagination, led by Natural Resources Canada for the Government of Canada. This year, booths featured include those representing Genome BC, Natural Resources Canada, Meteorological Service, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Industry Canada, National Research Council Canada, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Canada, Parks Canada and others. The Science Bash promotes knowledge of science and technology as well as the work of the federal government in these areas.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        October 5, 2007

Rescue the World With Ralphy Contest

According to author Trevor Lai, the future of the earth is in your hands, kids! Lai, creator of the Ralphy the Rhino kids’ books, is writing a new book called Ralphy to the Rescue: Collector’s Preview Kit, and he wants YOUR ideas on how to save the earth.

Richmond Public Library (RPL) is sponsoring the “Rescue the World With Ralphy Contest” and it’s easy to enter. Just sign up for a free Ralphy library card (if you don’t already have one) at any Richmond Public Library, then enter the contest online at www.yourlibrary.ca or fill out an entry form at any RPL branch. Ralphy wants your suggestions on what YOU could do to save the environment. Entries should be a maximum of two sentences. Only one entry per person. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2007.

Attend the book launch of Ralphy to the Rescue: Collector’s Preview Kit on December 8th and find out if your idea has been chosen. You could be one of 50 lucky cardholders whose entry gets published in the new Ralphy adventure. Other great prizes include autographed Ralphy T-shirts, posters and books. See your school for more details about the contest.

“We’re in the final stage of the Ralphy Card Campaign and over 6,100 kids have registered for a Ralphy Card in just seven months!” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “We’re delighted that the Ralphy Card is encouraging kids to read more and visit the library,” added Civkin. “Having their own library card gives kids a sense of independence and empowerment, and that’s great.” For more information, call the library at 604-231-6416.

Contact:

  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        October 2, 2007

Library Offers Free Program on Separation & Divorce

Learn about Separation & Divorce at a free program (#843) on October 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is part of the library’s Knowledge Series and is offered in partnership with People’s Law School.

Speaker Garth Edwards, is a lawyer with Cohen Buchan Edwards and is an arbitrator, mediator and founding member of the Richmond Collaborative Family Law Group, which strives to achieve solutions for families without going to court.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 7, 2007

Caregiving: An Emotional Journey

More and more family caregivers are looking after sick, elderly and disabled loved ones than ever before. And even the most resilient, healthy caregiver can become stressed and overwhelmed with the enormous challenges of caregiving.

Richmond Public Library is offering a free program called “Caregiving: Staying Healthy as you Care for Others” (#842) for family caregivers on September 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, lecture hall. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Guest speaker Jan Spilman is a Registered Nurse, health educator and Registered Clinical Counsellor. Spilman warns that if you are a family caregiver of a child, teen or adult, the emotional impact of constant care can be huge. She encourages all family caregivers to learn how to take care of their own emotional wellness so that they can stay healthy as they care for others. For more information please call 604-231-6412 or visit http://www.caregiverwellness.ca/index.html. This program is offered in partnership with the Caregiver Wellness Program.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 6, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on September 20 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “What is nanotechnology and what do we expect from it?” This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 20, 2007

Library Offers Free Program on Power of Attorney

Learn about Power of Attorney and other options at a free program (#826) on October 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is part of the library’s Knowledge Series and is offered in partnership with People’s Law School. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Speaker Jack Micner, a lawyer for over 23 years, will discuss the legal remedies available for managing a person’s financial affairs as well as his or her person. According to Micner, any individual who is mentally competent can make a Power of Attorney and/or Representation Agreement, and he will discuss when such documents can be made, why they should be made, and how they operate. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 28, 2007

Dr. Ruth Wingerin Discusses Autism at Richmond Library

If your child has Autism, and you want to learn more about the cause, diagnosis and management of the disorder, then come to a free talk by Dr. Ruth Wingerin on September 11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The program (#825) takes place in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is part of the library’s Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Series.

Dr. Wingerin will be talking about Autism spectrum disorders, what doctors do and don’t know about autism, how to diagnose it and what to be concerned about as a parent if your child is not developing normally. Wingerin will address concerns regarding vaccinations and their relationship to autism, as well as treatment facts and myths. This informal talk will include lots of time for questions and answers.

Dr. Wingerin is a developmental pediatrician with special interests in Autism and ADHD. She works at Oakridge Pediatrics as well as at the Provincial Autism Resource Centre Assessment Clinic at Sunny Hill Hospital in Vancouver. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Wingerin has trained in New York and Toronto, and she moved to Vancouver in 1997. She is currently on staff at the BC Children’s Hospital in the Division of General Pediatrics.

Contact:

  • Dr. Ruth Wingerin 604-266-1874
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 28, 2007

Library Looking for French-Speaking Teens

Richmond Public Library is looking for French-speaking teens to join Le Club Français and help younger French Immersion students with their reading and writing skills. Registration deadline is September 10, 2007 and a training workshop will be provided for teens. For more information and to register, go to the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca and select “Community”, then “Teens.” Le Club Français takes place on Thursdays, from September 27 – November 15 from 4-5 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“This program is for teens in grade 8-12 who are fluent in French and looking for a chance to help others and work with younger kids,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. “As a teen helper, you’ll be paired up with a French Immersion student in grade 1-6 to help them with their reading and homework. It’s only a commitment of one hour per week, and you’ll gain really valuable experience,” said Adams. Space is limited, so register now.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams ext. 634
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 17, 2007

The Queen Has a Ralphy Card – Do You?

Her Majesty, the Queen (a.k.a. Carolyn Sadowska) has a Ralphy Library Card from Richmond Public Library. Do you? To register for your free, one-of-a-kind round Ralphy card, just come into any Richmond Public Library branch.

The Ralphy card is your ticket to a world of fun! Borrow books, movies, music, manga, comics and more with your library card. As the Ralphy creator says: “Your library is the portal to infinite possibilities.” And hey, if the Queen has a Ralphy card, so should you! To see the card visit http://www.yourlibrary.ca/community_sub.cfm?lev1=2&lev2=13. And remember, it’s only available in Richmond.

Designed by Trevor Lai, author and illustrator of the Ralphy the Rhino children’s book series, the Ralphy card is a huge success. “In just five months since it made its debut on March 17th over 5,590 kids and adults have registered for the Ralphy card,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “We thought it would appeal mainly to kids, but we have lots of adults coming in and asking if they can get a Ralphy card, too, “ added Civkin.

“The Queen (better known as Carolyn Sadowska) happened to be in Vancouver for an event at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and she very graciously agreed to get a Ralphy card and have her photo taken,” said Civkin. Bearing a striking resemblance to Queen Elizabeth, Sadowska works as a Queen look-a-like and comic. Find out more about her at www.queencomedy.com. And get your Ralphy card today!

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 1, 2007

What You Need to Know About Diabetes: Gum Disease

Richmond Public Library (RPL), in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association, is hosting a free program called “Diabetes and Gum Disease” for Mandarin speaking adults. The program (#840) takes place on October 14 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Dr. Frank S. Pan is the guest speaker. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. For more information call RPL’s Chinese information line at 604-231-6419 or the Canadian Diabetes Association Chinese information line at 604-732-8187.

“We’re trying to help raise awareness and understanding of gum disease and its relationship to diabetes. You’ll learn about the cause and symptoms of gum disease, how to prevent and treat it, and things that diabetics should know when visiting the dentist,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. There will be a raffle draw for a gift basket, and a pharmacist will be present for individual consultation at the end of the program.

Dr. Pan has a Bachelor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Taipei Medical University, a Master of Dentistry Prosthodontics degree and a PH.D in Laser Dentistry. He was also a registered Prosthodontist in South Africa.

Contact:

  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 27, 2007

What You Need to Know About Diabetes: Gum Disease

Richmond Public Library (RPL), in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association, is hosting a free program called “Diabetes and Gum Disease” for Cantonese speaking adults. The program (#___) takes place on September 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Dr. Ho C. Ma is the guest speaker. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. For more information call RPL’s Chinese information line at 604-231-6419 or the Canadian Diabetes Association Chinese information line at 604-732-8187.

“We’re trying to help raise awareness and understanding of gum disease and its relationship to diabetes. You’ll learn about the cause and symptoms of gum disease, how to prevent and treat it, and things that diabetics should know when visiting the dentist,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

Speaker Dr. Ma has a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science, Diploma in Periodontology from Ohio State University. A Safeway pharmacist will be also present for consultation at the program, and all participants will receive a new glucose monitor free of charge.

Contact:

  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 18, 2007

Celebrate Salmon Festival at the Steveston Library

Escape the crowds and summer heat by coming to the Steveston Branch of Richmond Public Library on Canada Day, July 1st between 1-4:30 p.m. Check out some books for a chance to reel in a book prize! The contest is open to both children and adults. There will be a special storytime for children of all ages at 3 p.m. in the Steveston Library. Children who visit the Library’s booth in the park can make a bookmark to take home. Come and have fun with the whole family at the Steveston Library on Canada Day! Located at 4111 Moncton Street in the Steveston Community Centre.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        June 18, 2007

Celebrate Canada at Brighouse Library Fair

Come and celebrate Canada’s 140th birthday at Richmond Public Library’s first ever “Celebrate Canada Fair”. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Saturday, June 30 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL), located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. Everyone is welcome.

“The Celebrate Canada Fair is a fun, family event where people can learn about different aspects of Canada, such as history, art, culture, sports, industries, the contributions of immigrants and more,” said the coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. Activities include a citizenship test competition with preliminary rounds at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. and the final competition at 3 p.m. with prizes for the top three winners; a Canadian songs workshop with Dan Propp; and videos on Canada. Refreshments will be available.

There will also be interactive booths and displays with all kinds of contests, games, quizzes, crafts and prizes. Learn about Canada’s national parks and historic sites, Chinese Canadian history, learn about recycling and other ways to protect the environment, find out about the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, get your picture taken with the Richmond RCMP, and meet war veterans and hear the stories behind their medals. Don’t forget to bring your Ralphy card and enter a draw to win a prize.

“There will be something here for everyone to enjoy,” added Jang. This is the final event in the Celebrate Canada series that runs from June 25 – 30 at all Richmond Public Library branches. During this week, the library will have displays on Canada and Canadian authors and a Public Education Workshop (program #420 – registration required) in English with Mandarin interpretation on the topic of “Vacationing in BC National Parks” on Wednesday June 27 from 10 a.m. – noon in the Lecture Hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch.

The Celebrate Canada Fair is sponsored by CUPE 3966, Starbucks and Canada Safeway, in partnership with Richmond Public Library. “Celebrating Canada lets people express their pride in our beautiful country while enjoying local talent, learning about Canada and having fun,” said Jang. Free, drop-in.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        June 23, 2007

E-Venti Marathoners & Starbucks Help Kids Read

Thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 from the organizers of the Richmond E-Venti Marathon and a $3,000 donation from Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program, the Steveston Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) has purchased 550 new books for children.

New items include books for babies, picture books, children’s fiction and non-fiction, mysteries, CD book sets, and lots of new series books, including some favourites like Geronimo Stilton and the Daisy Meadow fairy books.

The new books will be unveiled right before the Summer Reading Club launch on Saturday, July 7 at 12:15 p.m. The launch will take place in the Seiner Room on the 3rd floor of the Steveston Community Centre, which is located at 4111 Moncton Street. “Then the kids can borrow all these great new books afterwards,” said head of Steveston Branch, Susan Walters.

“In addition to helping the library purchase even more kids’ books, the Starbucks donation will help fund a really cool Book Club program for children in the fall, at all RPL branches,” added Walters. “Participants will be able to read a different book every month and then talk about it with other kids at the library.”

Representatives from E-Venti and Starbucks will be present at the event. “We want to thank E-Venti and Starbucks for their ongoing support of literacy in our community,” said Walters. “We’re very grateful for their commitment to books and learning, and their donations will certainly benefit lots of young readers in our community.”

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        June 8, 2007

Book Yourself A Trip With the Online Teen Summer Reading Club!

If you’re between the ages of 13-19 and you like to read, then join the free online Teen Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “Book Yourself a Trip” and the reading club runs from June 15 – September 2, 2007. Register online at www.teensrc.ca, or come into any branch of Richmond Public Library for more information. Participants read books and submit reviews, and each review submitted gives you a chance to win cool prizes, including books, iPods and more.

“The Teen Summer Reading Club is a perfect way to encourage teens to read for fun over the summer,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. This web-based program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library, the BC Library Association, Public Library Services Branch, and Public Library InterLINK. For information on this and other library programs visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm or call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams, Teen Librarian 604-278-9811 ext. 634
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431

For immediate release        June 8, 2007

Richmond Library Expands Dayson Judaica Collection

The Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection at Richmond Public Library has expanded to include 35 new Jewish fiction titles for adults.

“There’s a little bit of everything, from modern Jewish fiction by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow to Jewish Chick Lit, romance and everything in between. A sample of the titles includes: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, Awake in the Dark by Shira Nayman, Town House by Tish Cohen, Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender, I take This Man by Valerie Frankel, Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson, The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Disobedience by Naomi Alderman, and The Violin Lover by Susan Glickman.

“Everyone’s welcome to borrow these books, so come and visit the Dayson Collection at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. The Brighouse (Main) Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. For more information call Civkin at 604-231-6416 or visit the library’s web site at www.yourlibrary.ca.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 13, 2007

Learn to Breath Freely Again

Why suffer from asthma, allergies, sleep apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or snoring when you can learn to breathe freely again? Christine Byrne-Ralfs, a Certified Buteyko Breathing Practitioner, will give a free seminar on the natural way to eliminate symptoms, improve health and regain energy, at the Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library on Tuesday, June 26th from 7-8 p.m. All adults are welcome to drop-in and attend this free program. Christine Byrne-Ralfs is the author of Stop Asthma Naturally.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        May 29, 2007

Author Joanne Arnott Offers Free Writing Workshop at Richmond Public Library

Author Joanne Arnott will offer a free Writers’ Workshop Program called “Writing in the Community” on Tuesday June 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch meeting room at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This is a free workshop for people age 18 and older, but space is limited so register now to guarantee your placement. Contact Kyle Greenwood at the Writers’ Trust of Canada at (416) 504-8222 ext. 243 or email him at kgreenwood@writerstrust.com to register. Participants are invited to attend this all-genre workshop and are asked to submit samples of their own works in progress (no more than 10 pages please) for discussion, review and inspiration.

Richmond is a place of great change, undergoing dramatic shifts in demographics over relatively short historical periods. The land has been settled since time out of mind, yet the question, "by whom?" brings forth answers that vary depending on the speaker or writer's perspective, revealing a medley of historical pressures and societal transformations that are truly universal.

The Writers' Workshop Program contributes towards the development and maintenance of an active creative writing community in Canada. The program encourages both new and experienced writers to engage and explore new ideas and perspectives on the art of writing.

JOANNE ARNOTT is a Metis/mixed blood writer, born in Winnipeg. She has lived in the Lower Mainland of BC, as well as in other communities in Manitoba and Ontario. Mother to six children ranging in age from three to twenty years, Joanne has been a literary performer and publishing poet since the late 1980's. She incorporates social justice perspectives and peer counselling approaches in her work. Wiles of Girlhood won the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Award (1992) for best first book of poetry. She has since published five additional books, including My Grass Cradle, Ma MacDonald, Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing and Steepy Mountain: love poetry. Her most recent work, Mother Time: Poems New & Selected, is her sixth book and will be published by Ronsdale Press in 2007.

Contact:

  • Kyle Greenwood, Program Manager, Writers' Trust of Canada email: kgreenwood@writerstrust.com
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 29, 2007

Author Joanne Arnott Offers Free Writing Workshop at Richmond Public Library

Author Joanne Arnott will offer a free Writers’ Workshop Program called “Writing in the Community” on Tuesday June 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch meeting room at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This is a free workshop for people age 18 and older, but space is limited so register now to guarantee your placement. Contact Kyle Greenwood at the Writers’ Trust of Canada at (416) 504-8222 ext. 243 or email him at kgreenwood@writerstrust.com to register. Participants are invited to attend this all-genre workshop and are asked to submit samples of their own works in progress (no more than 10 pages please) for discussion, review and inspiration.

Richmond is a place of great change, undergoing dramatic shifts in demographics over relatively short historical periods. The land has been settled since time out of mind, yet the question, "by whom?" brings forth answers that vary depending on the speaker or writer's perspective, revealing a medley of historical pressures and societal transformations that are truly universal.

The Writers' Workshop Program contributes towards the development and maintenance of an active creative writing community in Canada. The program encourages both new and experienced writers to engage and explore new ideas and perspectives on the art of writing.

JOANNE ARNOTT is a Metis/mixed blood writer, born in Winnipeg. She has lived in the Lower Mainland of BC, as well as in other communities in Manitoba and Ontario. Mother to six children ranging in age from three to twenty years, Joanne has been a literary performer and publishing poet since the late 1980's. She incorporates social justice perspectives and peer counselling approaches in her work. Wiles of Girlhood won the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Award (1992) for best first book of poetry. She has since published five additional books, including My Grass Cradle, Ma MacDonald, Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing and Steepy Mountain: love poetry. Her most recent work, Mother Time: Poems New & Selected, is her sixth book and will be published by Ronsdale Press in 2007.

Contact:

  • Kyle Greenwood, Program Manager
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 30, 2007

Try “Library To Go” – Richmond Public Library’s New Online Service

Download and listen to best selling and classic audio books 24/7 on your PC, laptop, PDA or MP3 player at home, in the office or anywhere in the world, with “Library to Go.” Your library without walls is always open!

Richmond Public Library is offering a link to these audio books from their website at “Find Books > E-Audio” (http://www.yourlibrary.ca/findbooks_sub.cfm?lev1=15). You can even use a quick guided tour on the website that walks you through the basics. Using “Library to Go” is easy to use and even the newest user can enjoy a downloaded title in just a few minutes. With “Library to Go” you can browse and search a dynamic collection of audio books and download them to your computer, then transfer them to a portable device, or burn select titles onto a CD to enjoy when you want, where you want. These audio books can only be downloaded outside the library to computers running Windows.

“We’d like to acknowledge the Province of BC, specifically the Ministry of Education, for their support of this project. This was truly a partnership, with the Province of BC helping with start-up/infrastructure costs and libraries providing funding for collections,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. "Library to Go" is presented by British Columbia Libraries: Your Library Without Walls.

Contact:

  • Sara Lee, Information Specialist, Richmond Public Library 604-278-9811 ext. 434
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 29, 2007

Starbucks Makes Their Mark on Literacy in Richmond

The Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program recently gave a $3,000 grant to the Richmond Public Library to help support literacy in the community. The money will go towards the purchase of children’s books for the Steveston Branch, to encourage childhood reading.

“We’re very grateful to Denise Sadgrove, the Richmond district manager of Starbucks Coffee Canada, as well as Richmond Starbucks managers Tom Merriman and Karen Copple and their teams of community-spirited Starbucks employees, who generously volunteered 568 hours on behalf of the library,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. Their volunteer efforts were part of the second annual Richmond E-Venti Marathon Fundraiser, which raised $5,000 for the library to help promote literacy and support strong reading habits in children.

“The library really admires and appreciates Starbucks’ commitment to literacy and their community involvement. And the best part is that this grant will directly benefit the children in our community,” added Civkin. “We’re proud that the library plays such a key role in helping improve peoples’ lives every single day, and partners like Starbucks enable us do that,” added Civkin.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        June 20, 2007

Library Services Come to Hamilton Area

Thanks to nearly $100,000 in funding from the City of Richmond, people in the Hamilton area will have access to weekly Richmond Public Library (RPL) services in their neighbourhood. Services will include programs for kids, library card registration, book borrowing and returns, and advice on choosing books. The small collection will contain mostly kids’ and teens’ books but also adult books on parenting and light summer reads.

Starting June 28 until August 30 library services will available on Thursdays from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Community Centre, located at 5140 Smith Drive (corner of Gilley and Smith Drive). Come and enjoy a special kick-off event and light refreshments on June 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Kids from birth to age six and their families can enjoy weekly storytimes on Thursdays from 11:30 am – 12 p.m. A Summer Reading Club for kids ages 6-12 will take place from 3-3:45 p.m. from June 28 to August 23 and will include contests, book reviews and other fun activities. There will also be an online Teen Summer Reading Club.

Hamilton is a small community located just off Westminster Highway and northwest of the Alex Fraser Bridge. “The closest RPL branches are Cambie and Ironwood which are about 20-30 minutes away by car, so I’m certain that library services in the Hamilton area will be well-used and much appreciated,” said Lee Anne Smith, head of Cambie Branch. Library services will be carried out in partnership with the Hamilton Community Centre, the Hamilton Community Association and Richmond Family Place.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        May 9, 2007

Award-winning Author Neil McKinnon Reads from Novel “Tuckahoe Slidebottle”

It’s quite an honour to be shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and author Neil McKinnon holds that honour proudly. McKinnon will read from his newest book of humorous short stories, Tuckahoe Slidebottle, on Wed. May 23rd from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. This free, drop-in reading is open to all.

Set in rural Saskatchewan, the stories in Tuckahoe Slidebottle feature ordinary prairie folks and the eccentricities inherent in small town life. “With an insider’s view to the curious mix of simplicity and tempestuousness that’s part of rural existence, McKinnon pokes good fun at everyone. He explores the ordinary themes of everyday life with perceptiveness and authenticity,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Raised in Saskatchewan, McKinnon has been a businessman, archaeologist, university lecturer and freelance writer for the Toronto Star and the Calgary Herald newspapers. He’s worked in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. In 1999 he won first prize in an International Writing Competition sponsored by the Canadian Author’s Association in Toronto. His book Tuckahoe Slidebottle was recently shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor and was nominated for an Alberta Book Award. McKinnon is proud to say that in July 2001 he ran the Calgary Marathon and collected his first pension cheque.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 8, 2007

SUCCESS Richmond Youth Launch Public Education Campaign

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Youth, in partnership with Richmond Public Library (RPL), is about to launch “My Library, Your Library, Everybody’s Library,” a public education and awareness campaign promoting the proper use of the library. The community and the media are invited to attend the launch on Sat. May 19th at 11:00 a.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. It will include a PowerPoint presentation, video, displays, pamphlets, comics and more.

Fueled by a desire to educate the community in a positive and interactive way, and stop the misuse of library materials and inappropriate behaviour in the library, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Youth have come up with a creative program of activities.

“The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Youth are remarkable role models for the community,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services at RPL. “They are totally committed to protecting the resources in our libraries so that everyone can fully enjoy them. Their goal is to promote the benefits and importance of respecting library materials and property, as well as the rights of all library users,” added Jang.

Problematic issues include damage to books, magazines and newspapers, abuse of computer privileges, leaving young children unattended, excessively noisy customers, and more. “All libraries face similar problems. This is not something unique to RPL. But we hope that by raising awareness of it and by educating and engaging the public, we can turn it around, ” said Jang. “The more people understand the issue, the more likely they’ll be to respect library materials and their fellow users.”

With an eye to generating public interest and involvement, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Youth have developed a plan that will engage the public on an interactive, community-wide level. Jang says their approach is very unique and will include the use of multimedia, original comics and pamphlets, skits, bookmark contests, board game competitions, puppet shows, and displays. “The campaign is a two-year educational process that uses positive and creative techniques to change people’s attitudes and behavior,” added Jang.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        May 15, 2007

Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Considering buying your first home and don’t know where to start? The Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) wants to help. They’re offering a free program (#410) on Tuesday, May 29th from 7-9 p.m. in the Ironwood Branch, Living Room, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. To register, come into any branch of RPL, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Presenters include Geraldine Santiago, a realtor with RE/MAX and author of Complete Home Buyer’s Guide for Canadians; John Santos-Ocampo, a mortgage broker; as well as a lawyer and a home inspector. “If you’re thinking about entering the real estate market, this is the place to get practical, up-to-date information,” said Dace Beggs, head of Ironwood Branch.

Contact:

  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 3, 2007

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at Richmond Public Library

Enjoy the rich diversity of East Indian and Vietnamese cultures at Richmond Public Library’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy free Indian story-dancing, henna painting, a sari tying demonstration and a Gujarati food presentation on May 10th from 7-9 p.m. There is also a free, drop-in event celebrating Vietnamese culture, music and crafts on May 17th from 7-9 p.m. Both events take place in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. Programs are suitable for families and will be in English. Come and appreciate the abundantly rich diversity of Asian cultures with stories, music, dance, crafts and foods.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Hsiu-Mei Liao, Multilingual Services Librarian, 604-278-9811 ext. 659

For immediate release        April 20, 2007

Library Hosts 30 Days of Sustainability Café on Sustainable Homes

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with 30 Days of Sustainability, is hosting a discussion on “Sustainable Homes” on May 2nd from from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The purpose of this free, drop-in program is to raise awareness of topics related to sustainability in our community. The moderator will be a speaker from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. To learn more about 30 Days of Sustainability visit www.30daysofsustainability.com.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 14, 2007

Kids Rediscover the Library With Ralphy Card

It seems that just about everyone wants a Ralphy card. Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) new, round library card for kids, featuring Ralphy the Rhino, is so popular that over 2,400 people have registered for Ralphy cards in the four weeks since it was launched.

The verdict is in, and the highlight of the Rediscover Your Library: Go Anywhere, Learn Anything, Read Every Day© campaign is definitely the Ralphy card. Focusing on kids from birth to age 13, the library is giving out the specially designed Ralphy cards to get kids excited about reading again.

“All kids love new things, whether it’s a new book, a new toy or a cool, round library card that they can show off to their friends,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “The Ralphy card is creating a whole new buzz about reading and libraries. And it has kids wanting to visit the library more often, which is great news!” Available exclusively at Richmond Public Library branches, the Ralphy card is free.

Over 1,600 kids and adults crowded into the Brighouse (Main) branch on March 17th when the Ralphy card was launched, to get their new card and meet author/illustrator Trevor Lai, designer of the Ralphy card. The first 550 kids also got a free copy of the new Ralphy the Rhino book, generously donated by the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club and Vancity.

Aimed at promoting literacy and getting library cards into the hands of all children, the Ralphy card campaign continues to the end of the year. “I’m sure that kids will be flocking to the library with their Ralphy card during Summer Reading Club,” added Civkin. “Of course, kids can also use their Ralphy card to borrow DVDs, videos, manga, magazines and other library materials too.” Get your Ralphy card today at any branch of RPL – they’re open seven days a week.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 16, 2007

Have Fun & Learn at KidsCARE Health Fair

Attention kids, parents, caregivers and teachers! Richmond Public Library will be hosting a KidsCARE Health Fair on Sunday, April 29 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, in partnership with SUCCESS Richmond Youth and medical students from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

The goal of this free, drop-in and interactive health fair is to teach young children and their parents and caregivers about healthy lifestyle choices, including the importance of physical activity, healthy eating and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

“It’s important to learn about preventative strategies that can help your children maintain good health,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services.

Kids can visit five different stations in the library – “Mission Nutrition,” “Don’t Weight on it!” “Brush it Off,” “Make a Move,” and “Do Bugs Need Drugs?” – to learn about making the right food choices, getting regular exercise, and taking good care of their teeth. “There will be fun activities, interactive displays, measuring stations, health tests and demonstrations, and kids will even receive a free toothbrush,” added Jang. For more information email KidsCareHealthFair@gmail.com or phone the library at 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 4, 2007

Richmond E-Venti Marathon & Starbucks Support Literacy

Thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 from the organizers of the Richmond E-Venti Marathon and sponsorship from Starbucks Coffee Canada, the Steveston Branch of Richmond Public Library will be increasing its collection of children’s books to help encourage childhood reading.

At the library’s most recent board meeting, JJ Hill, Michelle LaPorte, Linda Hilts and a representative from Starbucks presented a cheque for $5,000 to library board chair Leslie Wilson. Hill said that their 26.2 km Richmond E-Venti Marathon attracted 82 runners not only from around the Lower Mainland, but also internationally. Participants ranged in age from eight to seventy-two, and there were 50 volunteers helping out. And all this to raise money and awareness in support of children’s literacy.

“The money will be spent to buy kids books and other materials that can be used for Summer Reading Club and throughout the year,” said head of Steveston Branch, Susan Walters. “The importance of reading can’t be emphasized enough. It’s the basis for children’s success in everything they do in life,” added Walters. “It’s fantastic that the E-Venti Marathon organizers and Starbucks feel so passionately about supporting childhood literacy. We’re very grateful for their commitment, and their donation will benefit the community for years to come.”

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 30, 2007

Richmond E-Venti Marathon & Starbucks Support Literacy

Thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 from the organizers of the Richmond E-Venti Marathon and sponsorship from Starbucks Coffee Canada, the Steveston Branch of Richmond Public Library will be increasing its collection of children’s books to help encourage childhood reading.

At the library’s most recent board meeting, JJ Hill, Michelle LaPorte, Linda Hilts and a representative from Starbucks presented a cheque for $5,000 to library board chair Leslie Wilson. Hill said that their 26.2 km Richmond E-Venti Marathon attracted 82 runners not only from around the Lower Mainland, but also internationally. Participants ranged in age from eight to seventy-two, and there were 50 volunteers helping out. And all this to raise money and awareness in support of children’s literacy.

“The money will be spent to buy kids books and other materials that can be used for Summer Reading Club and throughout the year,” said head of Steveston Branch, Susan Walters. “The importance of reading can’t be emphasized enough. It’s the basis for children’s success in everything they do in life,” added Walters. “It’s fantastic that the E-Venti Marathon organizers and Starbucks feel so passionately about supporting childhood literacy. We’re very grateful for their commitment, and their donation will benefit the community for years to come.”

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        March 19, 2007

Calling All Teen Poets!

Celebrate Poetry Month in April by entering Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) Teen Poetry Contest. If you’re between the ages of 13-18, bring your poem to any branch of RPL between April 1st – 30th for a chance to win great prizes and have your poem published in the Richmond News. Poems should be no longer than one single-spaced typed page. Only one original poem per person can be submitted. Six winners will receive prizes. For more information and full contest rules, visit any RPL branch or call Kate Adams, teen librarian at 604-278-9811 ext. 634.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams 604-278-9811 ext. 634
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 5, 2007

Spring Break Fun at Cambie Branch Library

Want something fun to do during Spring Break? Then come to the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library and learn how to play chess, make crafts or learn about healthy eating.

“Chess for Kids” (program #203) takes place on March 22nd from 3-4 p.m. and is for beginners ages eight and up. Boards and chess pieces are supplied. “Crafts for Kids ages 5-8” (program #201) takes place on March 20 at 3 p.m. and “Crafts for Kids ages 9-12” (program #202) takes place on March 20 at 4 p.m. “Rides and Slides”, an interactive floor game about making healthy food choices (program # 200) takes place on March 19th at 3 p.m.

You can register for these programs by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at Cambie and No. 5 Road.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith 604-273-2223
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 10, 2007

Cambie Library Holds Preschool Storytime at Hamilton Community Centre

Librarians from the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library are offering a free, drop-in preschool storytime for families on April 24th at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Community Centre, (multipurpose room), located at 5140 Smith Drive in Richmond. This program helps children develop early literacy skills through songs, rhymes and stories.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smithe 604-273-2223
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 13, 2007

Cambie Library Holds Preschool Storytime at Hamilton Community Centre

Librarians from the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library are offering a free, drop-in preschool storytime for families on March 27th at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Community Centre, (multipurpose room), located at 5140 Smith Drive in Richmond. This program helps children develop early literacy skills through songs, rhymes and stories.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith phone 604-273-2223
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 30, 2007

Cambie Library Offers Free Workshop on Babies & Books

Parents and caregivers who want to give their babies an advantage in life can learn tips on how to introduce books and reading to their infants at a mini-workshop called “Babies and Books.” This free, one-hour drop-in program takes place at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on April 13th at 7:45 p.m. and April 14th at 4:30 p.m. Participants only need to attend one of the programs. Babies are welcome to come, too. The Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at Cambie and No. 5 Road.

This program provides hands-on learning for parents and caregivers and teaches them how to choose books and use simple games with their babies. “Research shows that parents who read to their babies and young children significantly improve their children’s reading success when they begin school. There’s no question that early literacy skills are the foundation for a child’s success in life,” said head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith 604-273-2223
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 13, 2007

Richmond City Council Appoints New Library Board Member

At their most recent meeting on January 31st, the Richmond Public Library (RPL) Board re-elected Leslie Wilson as Board Chair. A longtime Richmond resident, she has served on the Library Board since 2001, and is a retired regional manager for the Ministry of Human Resources. Former City Councillor Lyn Greenhill was re-elected Vice-Chair. She is a longstanding member of the Richmond community. Councillor Bill McNulty will once again serve as City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board. Returning Board members include Greg Smith, Arlene Yoshikawa, Ron McLeod, Dulce Cuenca and Susan Leong.

Richmond City Council has appointed one new Library Board member, Patricia Watson, for a two-year term. Watson has a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. She is currently the vice president human resources with Sierra Wireless Inc. in Richmond. She comes to the library with a broad array of experience in the field of human resource management and business. As the re-elected Library Board Chair, one of Leslie Wilson’s main focuses is “to provide a variety of recreational and literacy-based resources and programs to help people navigate the practical issues they face in their daily lives.” “Promoting and encouraging literacy in our community is key,” added Wilson.

“Now that the Brighouse Branch renovations are complete, we are experiencing an 11% increase in library visits and an astounding 33% increase in borrowing. For several years, RPL has ranked first among similarly sized Canadian public libraries in usage, but the tremendous increases in 2006 are virtually unheard of, and beyond anything we could have anticipated,” added Wilson. She says: “It’s clear that our community loves the new library services provided at Brighouse.”

“The priority now is to focus on the basic needs of our growing and diverse community and on literacy. Providing the opportunity for people of all ages to explore traditional services as well as new technologies is what’s important,” added Wilson.

Richmond Public Library is an award-winning library system and the most heavily used community facility in Richmond. It is committed to the goals of education, lifelong learning and free access to information. The library had over 1.8 million visitors last year.

Contact:

  • Greg Buss, 604-231-6418
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 14, 2007

Learn About ADHD from Dr. Ruth Wingerin

If your child suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or someone you know does, you can learn more about it at a free talk by Dr. Ruth Wingerin on March 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program (#214) is open to everyone. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The focus will be on understanding Attention Deficit Disorder and how it impacts children at home, in school and socially. Dr. Wingerin will discuss treatment options including educational strategies, behavioural approaches and pharmacological products.

People with ADHD display certain behaviors or symptoms over an extended period of time. The most common behaviours are inattention, hyperactivity, poor impulse control, forgetfulness and distractibility.

Dr. Wingerin is a developmental pediatrician with special interests in ADHD and Autism. She works at Oakridge Pediatrics as well as at the Provincial Autism Resource Centre Assessment Clinic at Sunny Hill Hospital in Vancouver. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Wingerin has trained in New York and Toronto, and she moved to Vancouver in 1997. She is currently on staff at the BC Children’s Hospital in the Division of General Pediatrics.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 5, 2007

The E-Venti Marathon - It’s Not About the Prize

The second annual Richmond E-Venti Marathon is about more than just winning and running to stay healthy. It’s all about supporting literacy in our community. JJ Hill, Michelle LaPorte and Linda Hilts have organized the 26.2 mile marathon to raise money for the Steveston Branch of Richmond Public Library, in an effort to support literacy for children. The Richmond E-Venti Marathon takes place on Sunday, March 4th at 7:30 a.m. starting at the Starbucks in Steveston, located at 4010 Bayview Street. The entry fee is $50.00. To register, please call JJ Hill at 604-241-8444 or email info@e-venti.ca. The marathon is limited to 104 participants and they’re 75% full, so register early.

The organizers want to promote Richmond not only as a healthy community, but also as a community that’s willing to come together to support literacy. Proceeds from the marathon will go towards the purchase of children’s books for the Steveston Branch, to help promote literacy and encourage strong reading habits. “What better way to enhance literacy than to put books into the hands of children, so that their desire to read starts early and becomes a fun activity,” said E-Venti organizer, JJ Hill. Last year, the E-Venti Marathon raised $2,500 for the Ironwood Branch library.

“The E-Venti Marathon is not a timed event. The winner is decided by the best poker hand, so that anyone, regardless of their ability, has the potential to win this marathon,” said Hill. “The point is, it’s not about speed or winning the race; it’s about helping to advance literacy in our community of Richmond.”

E-Venti sponsors include Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., the Richmond Marriott, Z95, Ritchie Brothers, MapMyRun, Back-In-Motion, Precision Health, Welco Lumber, Western Tank & Lining, and Fountain Tire (Kingsway). The marathon will incorporate the eight Starbucks throughout Richmond. “Denise Sadgrove, Richmond district manager for Starbucks Coffee Canada, has been instrumental in facilitating this E-Venti Marathon, and we’re very grateful to her, as well as the other sponsors,” said Hill.

Contact:

  • J.J. Hill 604-241-8444
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 8, 2007

Richmond Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

The entire family can enjoy Chinese New Year celebrations at Richmond Public Library this year. Fun, free activities for all ages will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, on Sun. Feb. 25th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the lecture hall and library. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the celebrations. For more information call 604-231-6462 (Chinese) or 604-231-6412 (English).

Crafts, games and displays will start at 11:00 a.m. in the Brighouse library and the performances will start at 12:30 p.m. in the lecture hall. Performances and crafts will include lion dance; martial arts; a skit on the 12 animals of the zodiac; guzheng and pipa (Chinese musical instruments) performance; Fraser Fiddlers Youth Orchestra; storytelling by winners of the Children’s Chinese storytelling competition; Chinese folk dance; multicultural dances; Hapkido demonstration; feltboard story; break dancing; music and singing; raffles with prizes; Chinese New Year snacks and more. Janice Fan from Fairchild Radio AM1470 will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Demonstrations in the library will include: Chinese painting, calligraphy, orchid culture and sale, Chinese riddles, couplets and classical Chinese literature, games, crafts and more. People can enjoy Chinese New Year decorations with lanterns, kites, lucky slogans and pictures. There will be lots of excitement, so come and join the fun!

Richmond Public Library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors: Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, the Friends of the Library, Richmond Public Library’s Classical Chinese Reading Club, TD Canada Trust, Reading Buddies, Richmond Art Centre, Richmond Orchid Culture Club, Irene Ho, and Henry Wong (photographer).

The Richmond Public Library is pleased to showcase the following performers: Kin Fung Athletic Group, Sincere S.Y. Lam Guzheng Ensemble, Richmond Chinese Folk Dance Society, the Ultima Youth Group of SUCCESS (Richmond Office), Lok’s Hapkido School, Jennifer Zhang, Joffer Mercado from Breakaholic, Dan Propp, Kapamilya Multicultural society, Michelle Liu, Richmond Public Library’s Classical Chinese Reading Club, Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club, Richmond Orchid Culture Club, and the Women’s Group from SUCCESS (Richmond Office).

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        March 1, 2007

Dr. Jerilynn Prior to Speak on Perimenopause at Richmond Library

If you’re a midlife woman who’s troubled by hormonal changes, you can blame fluctuating estrogen levels for that. The result is unusual periods, such as light or heavy menstrual flow, sore breasts, night sweats, interrupted sleep, mood swings and migraines. If this describes you, then you’ll definitely want to attend a free program called “Estrogen’s Storm Season – Turning Perimenopausal Hormones on Their Head!” (program #213) on March 15th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Lecture Hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Seating is limited, so register now.

Guest speaker Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior is an internationally renowned endocrinologist with a special interest in menstrual cycles and the effects of hormones on women’s health. “Dr. Prior helps women understand the challenging symptoms and changes that they experience during perimenopause, the time that precedes menopause,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “She gives women the information they need to make healthy choices and understand this transitional time of life,” added Civkin.

Dr. Prior’s special interest in and extensive research on menstrual cycles and the effects of hormones on women’s health, led her to discover that estrogen levels increase about 30% for the average woman in perimenopause. She said that those women who are most troubled by symptoms can have estrogen levels that are triple the normal level. According to Dr. Prior, these surprising findings, which were discovered through a comprehensive integration of published studies from all over the world, are exactly the opposite of what perimenopausal women are told by their doctors, and what they read in the popular press.

These somewhat shocking revelations prompted Dr. Prior to write the book Estrogen’s Storm Season : Stories of Perimenopause, in which a fictitious but true-to-life doctor sees eight different women, each with a different major perimenopause problem. The women are from all walks of life, have varying attitudes to health, different personal situations, and make different health decisions. This book was a Finalist in the Health and Nutrition category for the Independent Book Publishers of North America in 2006.

Dr. Prior is a Professor of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, as well as the scientific director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMOS) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures and bone density, and has followed over 9,000 women and men across the country for over five years. To find out more about Dr. Prior and CeMCOR visit http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca/.

Contact:

  • Primary contact: Susan Walters, Head of Steveston Branch 604-274-2012
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 14, 2007

LIBRARY CELEBRATES FREEDOM TO READ WEEK

Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week, which takes place from Feb. 25 – March 3, 2007. The Richmond Public Library is celebrating the event with displays of books that have been challenged or banned from libraries, schools or bookstores.

"The Richmond Public Library supports intellectual freedom, which guarantees all people freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression," said library board chair, Leslie Wilson. The book displays will be located in the Brighouse (Main) Branch and at the other branches as well. They highlight the broad range of books that have been challenged over time and around the world. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects people of all ages and backgrounds,” added Wilson.

Every year, classic titles such as Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and even the Bible are challenged, and some are even banned in schools and libraries in Canada and the United States. Even the Harry Potter books – one of the most popular series ever to be published – have been challenged.

The Library’s web page www.yourlibrary.ca will have a Freedom to Read link at www.freedomtoread.ca, and information about freedom of expression and censorship in Canada can be found there. “What one person finds offensive might be completely acceptable to someone else. It’s the Library’s responsibility to make sure that people have the right to choose what they read, listen to and view, and we are here to provide the community with free access to a wide range of material in all kinds of formats,” added Wilson.

Contact:

  • Leslie Wilson, Library Board Chair, 604-277-8307
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 1, 2007

Jerrine Weigand Reads from Knowing Miss Chen

Richmond Public Library is pleased to present author Jerrine Weigand, who will read from her book Knowing Miss Chen, and discuss the experiences that led her to write about her travels in China. This free, drop-in reading will take place on February 15th from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the second floor meeting room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

In the mid 1990s, Jerrine Weigand and her husband Bill, spent a year volunteering as “foreign experts” in the People’s Republic of China, at the invitation of the government of Qinghai Province. In Knowing Miss Chen, the memoir that resulted from that trip, Weigand relates her experiences working and living with the Chinese, and tells the life story of her senior interpreter, Chen Yu Hua. The book is based on a series of letters Weigand received from Chen after returning to Canada.

Weigand admits it was a challenge building her story around Miss Chen’s notes, while also researching Chinese history and culture. She says: “It became clear to me how little I (and most Westerners) knew about Chinese life and especially the Cultural Revolution. It was my hope that my book would help to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions held by Westerners surrounding the Chinese.” For more information about the author and her memoir Knowing Miss Chen, Google Jerrine R. Weigand.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 21, 2007

Babytime for Guys & Babies at Brighouse Library

Starting on March 7th dads and male caregivers are invited to bring their newborn and pre-walking babies to a free drop-in babytime program every Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, program room, which is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“This special program gives fathers and other male caregivers the tools to bond and have fun with their babies by learning and sharing rhymes and songs together. And this program gives moms a break,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. “You’ll learn movement games like bouncing and circle songs, rhymes and other fun activities to do with your baby,” added McCreedy. “After all, dads are just as important as moms when it comes to raising children and helping your baby learn.” Librarian Bill Caskey will present the Babytime for Guys & Babies. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431

For immediate release        February 13, 2007

Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Considering buying your first home and don’t know where to start? The Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) wants to help. They’re offering a free program (#117) on February 27th from 7-9 p.m. in the Ironwood Branch, Living Room, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. To register, come into any branch of RPL, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Presenters include Geraldine Santiago, a realtor with RE/MAX and author of Complete Home Buyer’s Guide for Canadians; John Santos-Ocampo, a mortgage broker; as well as a lawyer and a home inspector. “If you’re thinking about entering the real estate market, this is the place to get practical, up-to-date information,” said Dace Beggs, head of Ironwood Branch.

Contact:

  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        January 8, 2007

Ironwood Library Wants New Book Club Members

The Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) wants you! Their afternoon book club is looking for new adults to join in lively and entertaining discussions about books. With over 140 titles in the RPL Book Club collection, there are lots of great books to borrow and discuss. For a look at the titles in this special collection, go to www.yourlibrary.ca and click on Find Books – Book Clubs.

To register and get more information, please call Lynn Shane at 604-231-6468 or email lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca. The Ironwood book club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2-3 p.m. and is free. The Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road.

“People join book clubs for all kinds of reasons: to expand their reading horizons, exchange ideas, and socialize with other book lovers,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Whatever the reason, it’s a great way to meet new people and new books!”

Contact:

  • Lynn Shane 604-231-6468
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 15, 2007

Library Offers Free Program on Wills & Estates

Learn about the topic of Wills at a free program called “Wills & Estates” (program #119) on January 30th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Lecture Hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is part of the library’s Knowledge Series and is sponsored by Richmond Public Library in partnership with People’s Law School. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Speaker Jack Micner, a lawyer for over 23 years, will discuss the major aspects of Wills, including: why someone should make a Will, who should make a Will (including mental capacity issues), what should and should not be in a Will, and what happens if no Will is made. Micner will also cover whether a Will needs to be probated and if so, what steps to take. He’ll discuss the costs of probating a Will and whether some planning ought to be done to avoid it.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 3, 2007

Be Money Smart: Learn About RRSPs & Investments at the Library

When it comes to money it’s never too early to think about your future. Learn why you should plan your retirement now rather than later by attending a free program called “Investment & Retirement Planning”. This program (#115) is part of Richmond Public Library’s Knowledge Series, and will take place on January 17th from 7-8 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The presenters, Jason Ginn, a personal financial service associate and Johnny Cheung, an investment advisor, will discuss retirement income systems in Canada and what steps you should go through to plan your retirement. People attending the program will learn about different types of investments and which ones you would benefit from most.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 7, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on June 21st from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “What is a charismatic person; what qualities do these people possess; and how do these people affect society?” For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 3, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on May 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “God, freedom, immortality: Useful fictions or dangerous illusions?.” The moderator for this event will be Dr. Will Tesler. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 5, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on April 19th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “Depression.” The moderator for this event will be Dr. Will Tesler. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 1, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on March 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “Are there any reasons to think that consciousness can extend beyond the body?” The moderator for this event will be Dr. Will Tesler. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 1, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on February 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “I came to you, Babyi Yar!” Babyi Yar is in Kyiv, Ukraine and over 200,000 Jews were sacrificed there during the Holocaust. This will be a poetry reading dedicated to these people. The moderator for this event will be Dr. Will Tesler. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 4, 2007

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on January 18th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for Russian speaking adults, and the topic will be: “What is Intelligence?” The moderator for this event will be Dr. Will Tesler. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca