2008

For immediate release        December 11, 2008

Richmond Library Offers Free One-on-One Employment Counselling

Richmond Public Library is teaming up with the Employment Resource Centre and the Richmond Career Centre to offer free One-on-One Employment Counselling at the library. Job seekers of any age can register for one half hour session by calling 604-231-6413 or in person at the information desk on the second floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. There is a limit of one session per person.

Sessions will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room at Brighouse. Sessions will take place every half hour from 10-11:30 a.m. and will be offered on Jan. 7th in English; Jan. 14th in Cantonese or Mandarin; Jan. 21st in English; Jan. 28th in Cantonese or Mandarin; Feb. 4th in English; Feb. 11th in Cantonese or Mandarin; Feb. 18th in English; and Feb. 25th in Cantonese or Mandarin. When registering, please specify which language you want. “This employment counseling will provide job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills,” said the library’s coordinator of multicultural services, Wendy Jang. Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to either the Employment Resource Centre and/or the Richmond Career Centre to get further assistance.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 29, 2008

RBC Supports Community Literacy

Thanks to their generosity and commitment to supporting their community, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has donated $500 to the Richmond Public Library. A cheque was presented to the library board by Nancy He, Manager of Client Care at the No. 3 and Ackroyd Road Branch, at a recent library board meeting on November 26th. The donation will be used to purchase books.

“We’re delighted that RBC has chosen the library as the community resource most worthy of their support,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. “Their generosity is very much appreciated and their gift will benefit so many people. We can’t emphasize enough the positive impact that books and reading have on the lives of individuals of all ages,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 26, 2008

A Gift for the Person who has Everything

Need to find that perfect gift for your sister, your child’s teacher or that friend who has everything? Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate With Books campaign has just the answer. Celebrate a special occasion or honour a loved one by sponsoring the purchase of a book for the Library. What better way to say you care about people than to share the gift of reading and learning with them? And, you get a tax receipt! To donate, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, donate online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/findall/books/donation.cfm or contact Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416 or shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca. “Celebrate With Books offers the perfect gift,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s inspired giving because it benefits the whole community by supporting literacy,” added Civkin. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone. After all, does your sister really need another pair of slippers?”

“The Library is very grateful to 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 valuable community resource.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 5, 2008

Share Your Views at the Community Conversation on Literacy

Do you have ideas you’d like to share about what Richmond needs to be a literate and thriving community? The Richmond Literacy Now Committee will be hosting a community conversation for Richmond residents and those interested in literacy, to express their views on how to improve literacy for the community of Richmond. This will take place on November 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 2nd floor group study room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Refreshments will be provided.

“By providing this opportunity for community conversation, we hope that you’ll bring your ideas and offer your input on the important issue of literacy,” said senior librarian Dace Starr. If you have any questions or want more information please contact Natasha Raey at 778-552-4538 or email her at natasha@raeyconsulting.com.

Contact:

  • Natasha Raey 778-552-4538
  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 19, 2008

Learn Valuable Strategies for Worry-Free Retirement

Are you retired or nearing retirement, and worried about your financial security? If so, then come a free seminar called How to Retire Worry-Free, at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the lecture hall. The program will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin on three different days. Space is limited so register early by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The English seminar (#535) will take place on December 6 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.; the Cantonese seminar (#536) will take place on December 8 from 6-9 p.m.; and the Mandarin seminar (#537) will take place on December 10 from 6-9 p.m. The guest speakers are Diana Mau, a Chartered Accountant, and Winston Wong, a financial advisor.

“It’s so important, in these uncertain economic times, to learn how to safeguard your money. These seminars will offer comprehensive and practical information on all financial matters concerning retirement,” said Wendy Jang, the library’s coordinator of multilingual services.

The sessions will cover: • The sources of retirement income provided by government, such as Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and Canada Pension Plan, and who will be eligible, how benefits are calculated, how benefits are penalized or enhanced, and how to maximize the benefits; • How you can maximize the use of tax deductions and tax credits; • How to take advantage of some investment products to maximize government retirement income, minimize income taxes, and most importantly, provide security. • Investment products that guarantee investment capital plus some upside market potential.

For more information phone 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese message).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 3, 2008

Learn a New Language at Richmond Library’s Revamped Language Learning Centre

Richmond Public Library recently revamped its TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre at the Brighouse (Main) Branch. New language learning software includes Greenwood ESL (on CD-ROM) that teaches English pronunciation, conversation and grammar; Mango Languages (online audio and written lessons) which features 12 languages; Cantonese Talking e-Dictionary (on CD-ROM); and Learning Cantonese (on CD-ROM).

“Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from TD Canada Trust, the library provides a unique and user friendly facility for language learners of all ages and levels,” said Head of Adult Services Ping He. “Mango Languages can be used remotely from home or office, but the others are all CD-based and only available for use in the Language Learning Centre. It’s all free to use. You just need a Richmond Public Library card,” added He. The TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre is open during regular hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre benefits students and new immigrants who are learning new languages, those who want to practice and improve their existing language skills and travelers who want to learn foreign languages. “Being such a multicultural community and so integrated into the global economy, Richmond residents and people from across the Lower Mainland will definitely find this Language Learning software useful,” added He.

The Language Learning Centre is located on the second floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch. It contains seven computers individually equipped with headphones and microphones, and there are lots of languages to choose from at the different levels.

The language learning software is interactive and easy to use, and the languages available include: English, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Greek and Russian.

Anyone with a valid library card can use the TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre for two hours a day. The Greenwood ESL software is only available for use at the Brighouse library on a first come, first served basis and you can just logon using your library card. However, you can access the Mango Language software at the library or remotely from home 24 x 7 via the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=190&lev2=398. All you have to do is login using your library card and phone number.

“TD Canada Trust is a strong supporter of literacy and the Richmond Public Library, and they’re investing in the community by helping people pursue lifelong learning,” added He. “There are different kinds of literacy, but language acquisition is one of the most important tools a person can have in order to function successfully in the global economy and global community. The ability to speak, listen and write well increases your chances of contributing to the community in positive and valuable ways.”

Contact:

  • Ping He 604-231-6430
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 4, 2008

Olympic Mascots Celebrate BC’s 150th Birthday at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library will celebrate British Columbia’s 150th birthday with some special guests on Saturday Nov. 15th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. And we mean really special guests! Quatchi, Sumi, and Miga, the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics will visit the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond, from 12-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. Library celebrations will include a puppet show, storytime, games, face-painting, book displays, and prizes.

“Everybody likes a birthday party, so come and celebrate B.C.’s big one! Children and families are invited to enjoy this free event and meet the Olympic mascots. And of course all the events will be about British Columbia,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. Schedule of events include: games at 10 a.m., storytime at 10:30 a.m., puppet show at 11:15 a.m., a mascot visit from 12-12:30 p.m., games at 12:30 p.m., another mascot visit from 1-1:30 p.m., and more games at 1:30 p.m. For more information please call Virginia at 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        October 30, 2008

Celebrate Diwali at Brighouse Library

Richmond Public Library and the Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society are sponsoring a Diwali Celebration on November 5 from 4-7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Everyone is welcome to attend this free, drop-in community event.

Diwali is an important Indian festival, and this celebration will feature a variety of fun activities, including henna, rangoli, a sari tying demonstration, bhanghra and gidda dancing, traditional foods, Indian crafts and much more. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 15, 2008

Run for Reading

It might seem a bit early, but 85 people area already registered to run in the 4th Annual Richmond Subaru E-Venti Marathon on March 1, 2009. So if you want to be one of the lucky 156 participants running this 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon, sign up now at http://www.e-venti.ca. Proceeds from the E-Venti Marathon will be donated to the Richmond Public Library to buy books in support of children’s literacy.

This non-timed marathon is open to everyone and costs $55.00 before Dec. 31, 2008 and $65.00 from Jan. 1, 2009 to race day. Start time is 7:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in Steveston, at 4011 Bayview Street in Richmond.

“This will be the fourth year in a row that the E-Venti organizers have donated money to the Library, and so far they’ve raised $17,500. The Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program has donated an additional $7,000 for a total donation of $24,500” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “We’re incredibly grateful to them for their enthusiastic support of children’s literacy in our community. It’s such an important issue, and their donations benefit a lot of kids by giving them the opportunity to develop a love of books and reading.” added Civkin.

Proceeds from the 2009 E-Venti Marathon will once again go towards the purchase of children’s books for the Richmond Public Library. E-Venti Marathon director JJ Hill and coordinators Michelle Laporte and Linda Hilts describe the marathon as a unique, fun marathon where the winner is determined not by their running time, but by the best poker hand. Runners collect seven randomly drawn playing cards from each of the seven Starbucks on the marathon course. Each finishing runner then makes his/her best five-card poker hand from these cards at the post-race banquet. “This way, everyone has an equal opportunity to win a marathon. And there is no gambling involved in this at all, just so people are clear about that,” said JJ Hill. There are also prizes to be won and a trophy for the winner.

The Richmond E-Venti Marathon has registered runners from San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Kamloops, Vernon, Sechelt and is even getting inquiries from as far away as Germany, Bermuda and Kenya. Hill emphasizes that this marathon is “very much a community event that promotes health, fitness, literacy and inclusion. We have runners from ages 22 – 72 and lots of volunteers that are committed to ensuring a safe, fun and enjoyable experience.”

E-Venti sponsors include Richmond Subaru, Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., Marriott Vancouver Airport, 95 Crave FM, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, Sierra Wireless, Back In Motion, Precision Health, Welco Lumber, Western Tank & Lining, Fountain Tire (Kingsway), Popeye’s Richmond, Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken (Ackroyd Road), The Richmond Review, Cardio-Core Bootcamp, GU Energy Gel, and 3 Vets.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 14, 2008

Kids - Come Enjoy the Science Bash at Brighouse Branch!

Come celebrate National Science and Technology Week at the free Brighouse Science Bash on October 24th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. "Everyone is welcome to attend this free, fun learning event," said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “There will be about 20 booths throughout the library with interactive displays, fun experiments and other kid-friendly activities. The idea is to take the mystery out of science and technology by creating an environment where kids can interact with science and technology professionals in different fields,” added Civkin. This year’s theme is the International Year of Planet Earth. "There's no school that day so students can come and enjoy all sorts of activities," added Civkin. Learn to build DNA models out of candy, see a live view of the ocean floor, learn about hydrogen fuel cell cars, engineering and robotics, see the ultimate HDTV, learn about living with coyotes and lots more. Check it all out at the Science Bash! “Quizzes, games and a checklist of exhibits are just a few of the things participants can expect to see. While quantities last, there will be National Science and Technology Week loot bags, tattoos and other giveaways. There will be cake to help celebrate, too,” added Civkin. National Science and Technology Week is a celebration of innovation, invention and imagination. “We want to raise awareness among young people about science activities and careers in science and technology.”

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 3, 2008

Library Hosts Program on Nutrition and Cancer

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Cancer Support Group and the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department will host a free information and discussion session on “Nutrition and Cancer” for cancer patients, their caregivers, families, friends and colleagues. It takes place on October 15th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the lecture hall. Registration is necessary. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available.

The guest speaker is Barbara Zak, a registered dietitian at the Richmond Hospital. She’ll discuss the basics of nutrition and cancer and take questions from the audience. Zak has worked in the areas of Oncology, palliative care and medicine. Anyone touched by cancer is welcome to attend this program, which is part of the Cancer Journey Series. For more information contact Lennie Tan at 604-278-9711 ext. 4343 or Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 1, 2008

Library Hosts Program on Nutrition and Cancer

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Cancer Support Group and the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department will host a free information and discussion session on “Nutrition and Cancer” for cancer patients, their caregivers, families, friends and colleagues. It takes place on October 15th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the lecture hall. Registration is necessary. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available.

The guest speaker is Barbara Zak, a registered dietitian at the Richmond Hospital. She’ll discuss the basics of nutrition and cancer and take questions from the audience. Zak has worked in the areas of Oncology, palliative care and medicine. Anyone touched by cancer is welcome to attend this program, which is part of the Cancer Journey Series. For more information contact Lennie Tan at 604-278-9711 ext. 4343 or Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

  • For more information contact Barbara Zak at 604-278-9711 ext. 4111 or email Barbara.Zak@vch.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 25, 2008

Richmond Hosts CAREER SMART Job Fair

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with ISS Richmond Career Centre and Richmond Employment Resource Centre, will be hosting a multi-sector Career Smart Job Fair (for job seekers and employers) on Wednesday, October 8 from 2-7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. Admission is free.

The fair will feature employers from a wide range of sectors including financial, public and the service industries, including food, retail, hospitality, health care, technology and more. The fair is designed to meet the needs of all job seekers, from entry level positions to management level. Employers will be on hand to share employment facts and information about individual job opportunities, to guide interested candidates in the application process, and some employers will do on-site interviews. Computers are available in the library for job seekers to make last minute changes to their resumes.

The opening ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. and Mayor Brodie will be there. Job seekers are welcome to drop in anytime between 2-7 p.m. There will also be door prizes.

Over 50 companies will be present at the job fair, including: City of Richmond, WorkSafe BC, Bell Canada, BC Hydro, Safeway, CGA of BC, Sun Life Financial, Cara Airline Solutions, 818 Channel, Future Shop, Starbucks, The Bay, Zellers, Classic Caregivers, C.S.T. Consultants Inc., JW Research, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, and the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 19, 2008

A Gift for the Person who has Everything

Need to find that perfect gift for your sister-in law, your child’s teacher or maybe your neighbour? Or for that person who has everything? 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 books with your donation and you get a tax receipt. To donate, visit 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 is a perfect gift for the person who has everything,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It benefits the whole community, it’s a great way to support literacy and it’s a unique approach to gift giving,” added Civkin. “Lots of people donate in honor of a loved one’s birthday or anniversary and also in memory of someone special who has passed away. The Library appreciates the extra support and it’s a win-win situation for the community,” added Civkin.

“The Library is very grateful to 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 valuable community resource.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 16, 2008

Run for Reading

It might seem a bit early, but 85 people area already registered to run in the 4th Annual Richmond Subaru E-Venti Marathon on March 1, 2009. So if you want to be one of the lucky 156 participants running this 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon, sign up now at http://www.e-venti.ca. Proceeds from the E-Venti Marathon will be donated to the Richmond Public Library to buy books in support of children’s literacy.

This non-timed marathon is open to everyone and costs $55.00 before Dec. 31, 2008 and $65.00 from Jan. 1, 2009 to race day. Start time is 7:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in Steveston, at 4011 Bayview Street in Richmond.

“This will be the fourth year in a row that the E-Venti organizers have donated money to the Library, and so far they’ve raised $17,500. The Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program has donated an additional $7,000 for a total donation of $24,500” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “We’re incredibly grateful to them for their enthusiastic support of children’s literacy in our community. It’s such an important issue, and their donations benefit a lot of kids by giving them the opportunity to develop a love of books and reading.” added Civkin.

Proceeds from the 2009 E-Venti Marathon will once again go towards the purchase of children’s books for the Richmond Public Library. E-Venti Marathon director JJ Hill and coordinators Michelle Laporte and Linda Hilts describe the marathon as a unique, fun marathon where the winner is determined not by their running time, but by the best poker hand. Runners collect seven randomly drawn playing cards from each of the seven Starbucks on the marathon course. Each finishing runner then makes his/her best five-card poker hand from these cards at the post-race banquet. “This way, everyone has an equal opportunity to win a marathon. And there is no gambling involved in this at all, just so people are clear about that,” said JJ Hill. There are also prizes to be won and a trophy for the winner.

The Richmond E-Venti Marathon has registered runners from San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Kamloops, Vernon, Sechelt and is even getting inquiries from as far away as Germany, Bermuda and Kenya. Hill emphasizes that this marathon is “very much a community event that promotes health, fitness, literacy and inclusion. We have runners from ages 22 – 72 and lots of volunteers that are committed to ensuring a safe, fun and enjoyable experience.”

E-Venti sponsors include Richmond Subaru, Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., Marriott Vancouver Airport, 95 Crave FM, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, Sierra Wireless, Back In Motion, Precision Health, Welco Lumber, Western Tank & Lining, Fountain Tire (Kingsway), Popeye’s Richmond, Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken (Ackroyd Road), The Richmond Review, Cardio-Core Bootcamp, GU Energy Gel, and 3 Vets.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 19, 2008

How to Work a Job Fair

Richmond Public Library is holding free sessions on “How to Work at Job Fair” to help prepare job seekers for the upcoming Job Fair on October 8 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch. Session #435 (in English) will take place on October 1 from 10-11 a.m. and session #437 (in English) will take place on October 2 from 7-8 p.m. Session #436 (in Mandarin) will take place on October 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and session #438 (in Mandarin) will take place on October 2 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. All sessions will take place in the Brighouse Library, 2nd floor meeting room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

These sessions are offered in partnership with the Employment Resource Centre and the Richmond Career Centre. “These sessions will provide job seekers with the techniques to effectively navigate a job fair and leave a good impression on employers,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. Session topics include: why attend a job fair; dress code; researching a company; things to bring to a job fair; how to identify and approach employers that you would want to work for; and what to do after the job fair.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 4, 2008

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on December 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “Historical Parallels: How Events have Influenced Human History at Different Periods in Time.” Guest speaker is Dr. Leonid Maizel. 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        October 30, 2008

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on November 13 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “The Truth and Rumors About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.” Speaker is Dr. Adolf Silberstein. 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        October 2, 2008

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, presents a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on October 16 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “What Preceded the Rise of Human Civilizations? The History and migration of Homo Sapiens.” Guest speaker is Dr. Arslan Illiasov. 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 15, 2008

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 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is The Tragedy of the Great Russian poet Anna Achmatova and her son Lev Gumilyev. Guest speaker is Raissa Volkonitskaya. 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 5, 2008

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Do you struggle with a chronic or recurrent health condition? If so, then plan to attend a free six-week workshop called “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This series of workshops takes place on Thursdays from September 25 – October 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the library meeting room. To register call Karen Hannah at 604-940-3568 or email khannah@dccnet.com. This program is for adults of all ages, as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity to learn practical strategies to help you cope with the day-to-day physical and emotional challenges that you experience as a result of chronic conditions,” said program coordinator, Karen Hannah. The program is free and funded by Vancouver Coastal Health. “Participants should plan to attend all six sessions since this is an ongoing program,” added Hannah.

Hannah describes “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” as a fun and practical course that can help people overcome the daily challenges and maintain an active, fulfilling life. Participants will learn about healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health, and feel more positive about their lives. Course instructors provide participants with information, strategies and techniques so that people will have the tools they need to help themselves. Course participants will learn how to: • Manage symptoms • Get started with healthy eating and exercise • Communicate effectively with their doctor and health care team • Manage their fear, anger and frustration • Make daily tasks easier • Get more out of life.

For more information visit http://www.coag.uvic.ca.cdsmp.

Contact:

  • Karen Hannah 604-940-3568 or email khannah@dccnet.com
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 23, 2008

Who Will it Go to When You Die? It’s all about Will Power

Richmond Public Library (RPL), in partnership with the People’s Law School is presenting a free program on “How to Write a Will” on November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The guest speaker is Richard Lee, a lawyer since 1974.

People attending this program can expect to learn what happens if you die without a will, and what information you need to have and what and decisions you need to make so that you can properly instruct the lawyer who is writing up your will. Lee says that people need to consider their choices for executors and beneficiaries, who they want as guardians for their children, plus they need to have a list of gifts and/or legacies, and they need to know how to properly execute their will. The audience will have a chance to ask questions after the presentation.

“This is one of those issues that people don’t like to face, but knowing that your family and your assets are taken care of after your death can be both a relief and a comfort,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “The library has lots of books about wills and estates that can be borrowed for free, but there’s nothing like listening to an expert share his knowledge in person,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 4, 2008

Volunteer Rewards – The Benefits of Volunteering

Richmond Public Library will host a free program on “The Benefits of Volunteering” with guest speakers from Volunteer Richmond Information Services, on September 17 from 7-8 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch library meeting room, 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.

Jacklyn Samonte, the program coordinator for Volunteer Richmond Information Services, will give an interactive presentation about the various opportunities available for people who want to volunteer, and she’ll share her personal experiences with volunteering. People attending this program will learn how to find volunteer opportunities in the community, and they’ll learn about the benefits, expectations and rewards of volunteering.

This program is for people of all ages, from kids to seniors and new immigrants. “Volunteering provides the perfect opportunity to help others, give back to your community and do something really meaningful,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 10, 2008

Chinese Versus Western Culture: Differences in Thought

Interested in learning about the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western Cultures? If so, then plan on attending a free program called “Chinese Versus Western Culture: Differences in Thought.” The program takes place on September 21 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program will be in English.

“It’s so vital in our diverse community today to have cross-cultural knowledge,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “It’s the foundation on which to build understanding in a changing environment.”

The speakers are father and daughter – Dr. Tai P. Ng and Wah-Won Ng – and co-authors of a book called Chinese Culture, Western Culture : How Cross-cultural Views of History, Philosophy and Human Relationships Will Change Modern Global Society. They wrote the book in order to promote intercultural understanding. Their conclusion is that in this age of globalization and rapid technological advancements, we must learn from each other in order to achieve a dynamic balance. They stress that cross-cultural knowledge is necessary for successful communication and international ventures.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 28, 2008

New Immigrant Parents’ Support Series Offers Inside look at the Canadian Education System

Want to be more actively involved in your children’s education? Parents of students and other adults, especially new immigrants, can get free information from professionals about the Canadian education system, aspects of learning and local resources, at Richmond Public Library’s Parents’ Support Series. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Sessions will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the group study room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Some of the seminars will be in English with Mandarin interpretation and some will be in Mandarin with English interpretation.

“This series will provide new immigrant parents with opportunities to meet other parents and community professionals as well as get the support and help they need to successfully integrate into the community,” said the library’s coordinator of multicultural services, Wendy Jang.

Sessions will include the following topics: Program 422 Sept. 16 The Hidden Purpose of Learning Program 423 Sept. 23 The Other Learning Experience Program 424 Sept. 30 How Strangers Become Neighbours Program 425 Oct. 7 Healthy Eating, Healthy Action Program 426 Oct. 14 Library Services for Students and Parents Program 427 Oct. 21 Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Program 428 Oct. 28 Richmond City Tour

This series is organized in partnership with the Richmond Chinese Parents’ Association, City of Richmond, Richmond School Board, Richmond District Parents’ Association, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 28, 2008

Teach “Special” Chefs How to Cook Using Pictures-Only Recipes

Joyce Dassonville realized five years ago that the only way she was going to be able to teach her low-functioning, non-verbal, autistic daughter to cook was if she created a simple, safe, pictures-only recipe book herself. Which is exactly what she did. The result is the The Picture Cookbook: No-Cook Recipes for the Special Chef. Dassonville will be sharing tips and teaching techniques for parents, caregivers, teachers and health care providers at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch on September 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. in lecture hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is free but registration is necessary. To register call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“The workshop is intended to teach the parent/caregiver/therapist how to make cooking safe for those who have little or no cooking experience and a limited ability to recognize and compensate for dangers in the kitchen,” said Dassonville.

“My workshop demonstrates how to use detailed recipes containing step-by-step instructions to help young children and people with special needs develop independence in the kitchen,” added Dassonville.

While her pictures-only cookbook was intended to help her autistic daughter, Dassonville says it would also be useful for young children, people with limited English reading skills, seniors who suddenly find themselves alone and have no cooking experience, as well as people with developmental disorders and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, memory disorders, and reading comprehension problems.

“Teaching special needs individuals daily functional kitchen skills empowers them and helps them gain higher self-esteem,” said Dassonville. “One of the reasons I wrote a picture cookbook was to assist other families and help them to help their children achieve their full potential.”

Dassonville’s varied background makes her well-suited to advocacy for the disabled as well as creative, unique problem-solving. A litigation lawyer for eleven years, Dassonville also worked as a registered nurse, and a quasi-judicial adjudicator. She spent five years of intensive advocacy on behalf of her own daughter and other families with special needs children. Dassonville has set up and managed an extensive functional daily-living skills program for her daughter Dominique. To learn more about Dassonville and her pictures-only cookbook go to http://www.picturecookbook.com/.

Contact:

  • Joyce Daysonville at 778-896-8214 or joyce.dassonville@telus.net
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 21, 2008

Richmond Library Offers Free One-on-One Employment Counselling

Richmond Public Library (RPL) is teaming up with the Employment Resource Centre and the Richmond Career Centre to offer free One-on-One Employment Counselling at the library. Job seekers of any age can register for a half hour session by calling 604-231-6413 or in person at the information desk on the second floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. There is a limit of one session per person. Sessions will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room at Brighouse. Sessions will take place on September 2, 9, 16 and 23 every half hour from 10-11:30 a.m. and are offered in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Vietnamese. When registering, please specify which language you want.

“This employment counseling will provide job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills,” said the library’s coordinator of multicultural services, Wendy Jang. “It will also prepare them for the upcoming job fair that’s being held on October 8 at the Brighouse Branch,” she added.

Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to either the Employment Resource Centre and/or the Richmond Career Centre to get further assistance.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 16, 2008

Kindergarten Theme Bags Give Kids the Reading Advantage

Richmond Public Library (RPL) recently launched its new collection of Kindergarten Readiness Theme Bags for children age three to five, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The library now has 550 theme bags, and each bag contains six books. The bags can be borrowed for free for four weeks at any RPL branch. Families can borrow up to two theme bags at a time.

Each bag has a theme, such as the alphabet, counting, colours, the first day of school, rhymes, seasons, friendship, and other themes that will help prepare children for the kind of things they’ll learn in kindergarten. Minister of State for Childcare, Linda Reid, attended the launch of the Kindergarten Theme Bags on August 12 at the Brighouse Branch. There were approximately 140 kids and parents at the launch, which took place at the same time as the Summer Reading Club puppet show.

Children’s librarian Helen Moore said: “A child’s early experiences with language contribute to healthy brain development and lay the foundation for learning to read when a child enters school. Reading aloud to your preschool child is a really important way to help them get ready to read.”

Moore added that reading aloud to your child for five to ten minutes every day is an excellent way to: • Familiarize your child with how words sound even before they can read • Increase your child’s speaking and listening skills while having fun • Increase understanding and word knowledge • Create an emotional bond with your child • Make reading a lifelong habit.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 29, 2008

Learn About Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Richmond Public Library is offering a free seminar for Cantonese speaking adults called “Diabetes and Kidney Disease” on August 10 from 2:30-4:15 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register call 604-231-6412, visit any Richmond Library branch or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Guest speaker Dr. Victor Chan, a nephrologist, will discuss the importance of understanding diabetes and how to prevent it. The seminar will cover general management of diabetes, how the kidneys work, diabetes as the most common cause of End Stage Renal Disease, and prevention of diabetic nephropathy. “Chinese people are one of the high risk groups for diabetes, so it’s essential that people be informed about the disease,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

This seminar is part of the Richmond Public Library series called “What You Need to Know About Diabetes” and is sponsored in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association. For information call RPL’s Chinese information line at 604-231-6462 or the Chinese hotline at the Canadian Diabetes Association at 604-732-8187.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 23, 2008

Running for Reading

Thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from the organizers of the Third Annual Richmond Subaru E-Venti Marathon, the Richmond Public Library has purchased 1,243 new books for kids and teens to support and encourage literacy.

The organizers of the E-Venti Marathon, director JJ Hill and coordinators Michelle Laporte and Linda Hilts, attended the unveiling of the new books at the library. “The kids were so excited when we showed them the new books, because it happened to coincide with the launch of Summer Reading Club and tons of kids were in the library to borrow books,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. “The books were so popular that every single one of them was borrowed that day,” added McCreedy.

This is the third year in a row that Hill and the others have organized the 26.2 mile E-Venti Marathon to raise money for the Richmond Public Library. Their goal is to promote not only a healthy community, but also community literacy. Their donations will benefit a lot of young readers in Richmond.

Since the E-Venti Marathon started in 2006 they have raised $17,500 for the library, and the Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program has raised an additional $7,000 for the library, for a total of $24,500. “This generous donation has a direct impact on the children and teens of Richmond, because it provides them with so many new books and encourages reading for fun,” added McCreedy.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 17, 2008

Enjoy a Houdini-like Magic Show Featuring “The Escape Guy”

Richmond Public Library is holding a Houdini-inspired magic show for teens ages 12-19, featuring the “Escape Guy.” This free, drop-in program takes place on July 29 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Library, lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

The “Escape Guy,” Paul Albertson, has been described as an escape artist, illusionist and comic all rolled into one. The Richmond Public Library is having him perform at the Brighouse Branch to help celebrate the Teen Summer Reading Club. All teens are welcome to attend this free program.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 7, 2008

Spirituality in Cancer Care

Richmond Public Library will host a free information and discussion session on “Spirituality in Cancer Care” for cancer patients, their caregivers, families, friends and colleagues. It takes place on August 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the meeting room. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available.

The guest speaker is John Unrau, the Chaplain at the Richmond Hospital. He says: “A cancer diagnosis confronts our controlled, secure and predictable world with a crisis, a crisis that is associated with change. It can change the way we look at life and can either bring about spiritual growth or emotional scarring. We begin to look at what’s important to us and ask questions like “Why is this happening to me?”

“Sometimes a cancer diagnosis invites us to test our religious or spiritual beliefs. People pray who never prayed before. People pray for a miracle and for healing. Surprisingly, spirituality may not give us answers to our questions but it will help us to live with questions as we journey together,” added Unrau.

This program is offered in partnership with the Richmond Cancer Support Group and the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department. Other upcoming sessions will include Nutrition and Cancer (October 15) and Coping with Cancer (December 16).

Anyone touched by cancer is welcome to attend. These sessions are part of the Cancer Journey Series. For more information contact Lennie Tan at 604-278-9711 ext. 4343 or Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

  • Brenda Goossen 604-278-9711 ext. 4193
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 24, 2008

Richmond Library Wins Prestigious John Cotton Dana Award

Richmond Public Library was awarded the prestigious John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award at the recent American Library Association conference in Anaheim, California. The award recognizes Richmond Public Library’s unique Ralphy Library Card Campaign. Leslie Wilson, board member and former Chair of the Richmond Public Library Board accepted the $5,000 prize on behalf of the library.

The highlight of the Ralphy Campaign is the round Ralphy library card for kids, believed to be the world’s first round library card. It was launched on March 17, 2007 and to date over 8,000 people have a Ralphy card. The card was designed by local Richmond author/illustrator Trevor Lai, and the Ralphy character comes from his children’s book series called Ralphy the Rhino. The slogan of the Ralphy card campaign is: “Go Anywhere. Learn Anything. Read Every Day©“.

Trevor Lai attended the award ceremony in Anaheim as well, and spoke to the audience about how important the library is to him. As an ESL student growing up in Richmond, Lai used the library a lot, for homework help and to find information. He says that he’s “a product of the library” and that his success as a writer is a result of using the library regularly.

“The Ralphy card campaign succeeded in raising awareness of the library and its resources, particularly for kids,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “The Ralphy card is so unique and whimsical, and kids just love it!” added Civkin. “If you don’t already have a free Ralphy card, stop in at any Richmond Public Library branch and get one. Or if you want to trade in your old library card for a Ralphy Card you can do that, too!”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 17, 2008

Brighouse Library Hosts Celebrate Canada Fair

Come celebrate Canada’s birthday at Richmond Public Library’s “Celebrate Canada Fair”. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Sunday, June 29 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 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 including 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 winners; a Canadian songs workshop; videos on Canada; and a Canada Day storytime. Refreshments will be available. Check the schedule of events inside the library for times and locations of all activities.

Interactive booths and displays will feature all kinds of contests, games, quizzes, crafts and prizes. Learn about Canada’s forests and historic sites; discover Chinese Canadian history; learn about recycling and ways to protect the environment; find out how to prepare for getting a summer job; and meet war veterans and hear the stories behind their medals. There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale of books about Canada or by Canadian authors. Events will take place on both floors of the Brighouse Branch.

Richmond Public Library is holding this event in partnership with the Richmond Chinese Community Society, and it is co-sponsored by Canadian Heritage, CUPE 3966, and Sunrise Soya Foods. “Celebrating Canada lets people express their pride in our beautiful country while enjoying local talent, learning about Canada and having fun,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 25, 2008

Introducing Free ESL Conversation Circle for Teens

If you are a teen ESL learner between the ages of 12-18 and you want to practice your English and meet new friends, then register for the free ESL Conversation Circle for Teens at Richmond Public Library. The July program (#102) takes place on Tuesdays from July 8–29 and the August program (#103) takes place on Tuesdays from August 5-26. All sessions are held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Brighouse Branch meeting room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Each session lasts four weeks. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams 604-278-9811 ext. 634
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 17, 2008

“I Liked the Books Better” -- Join the Online Teen Summer Reading Club

If you’re between the ages of 12-19 and you like to read, then join the free online Teen Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “I Liked the Books Better” and the reading club runs from June 16 – September 2. Register online at www.teensrc.ca, or come into any branch of Richmond Public Library for more information. Participants read books and submit reviews online, and each review submitted gives you a chance to win cool prizes like gift certificates, BC Lions tickets, free laser tag games, books and more.

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

Contact:

  • Kate Adams 604-278-9811 ext. 634
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 12, 2008

Read All Over the Map with Library’s Summer Reading Club

Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club (SRC) at Richmond Public Library starting June 25. Each child gets a cool reading booklet to keep track of the books they read, plus weekly stickers, the chance to win book prizes, and a medal at the end. Visit any Richmond Library branch to pick up the reading booklet on or after June 25. Kids can read books at home, in the library, at the beach or anywhere else throughout the summer. For more SRC details please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Read All Over the Map” is the theme of this year’s SRC. The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off on Saturday, July 5 will feature FREE 45-minute magic shows by magician Steve Webb at the following times and locations: Brighouse (Main) Branch lecture hall at 10:30 a.m.; Steveston Branch at 12:00 noon; Ironwood Branch at 2:00 p.m. and Cambie Branch at 3:30 p.m. No registration is needed for the magic show. Fun weekly activities, puppet shows, sing-a-longs and storytimes will also be offered at the library.

To get the official Summer Reading Club booklet, kids are asked to bring their own library card. This is an ideal time for children to get a free, round Ralphy library card. “This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 18th year and going strong. Kids love to discover new books and get fun stickers just for reading,” said head of kids’ place, Virginia McCreedy. “Writing book reviews for a chance to be published in the Richmond News and on the library’s website is another popular part of Summer Reading Club,” added McCreedy.

“Our hope is to inspire children to have a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said McCreedy. Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and Richmond Public Library, with the assistance of the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education. Other sponsors include the White Spot and Royal Bank of Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 30, 2008

Support for Cancer Patients, Caregivers and Families

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Cancer Support Group and the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department will host a “Cancer Journey Series” of free information and discussion sessions for cancer patients, their caregivers, families, friends and colleagues. The first session – “What is Cancer?” – is on June 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the meeting room. Registration is necessary. To register call Brenda Goossen, Oncology Social Worker at the Richmond Hospital, at 604-278-9711, local 4193. All sessions will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available.

The guest speaker is Dr. John Yun, an oncologist at Richmond Hospital. He’ll discuss how cancer can best be diagnosed, treated and managed. “Our goal is to support cancer patients, caregivers and family members through education and discussion,” said Lennie Tan of the Richmond Cancer Support Group. Other upcoming sessions will include Coping with Cancer (August 19); Nutrition and Cancer (October 15); Spirituality in Cancer Care (December 16) and more.

Anyone touched by cancer is welcome to attend. For more information contact Lennie Tan at 604-278-9711 ext. 4343 or Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

  • Lennie Tan 604-278-9711 ext. 4343 or Brenda Goossen 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 27, 2008

Richmond Library Wins Award for DVD Dispenser

Richmond Public Library (RPL) was awarded the Canadian Library Association/Innovation Today Award for Innovative Technology at the recent Canadian Library Association conference held in Vancouver. The award recognizes Richmond Public Library’s unique DVD Dispenser. A plaque and $500 award was presented to Lyn Greenhill, chair of the Richmond Public Library Board, at a ceremony on May 24, 2008.

The Richmond library has two DVD dispensers – one for English language movies and one for Chinese language movies. “Our customers borrow a lot of DVD movies and this is a great way to see all the newest releases for free,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Each DVD dispenser houses approximately 1,000 popular DVDs. The dispensers securely and compactly store this fragile media, reduce staff handling and substantially reduce processing costs. Customers with a valid library card can borrow up to two DVDs at a time for three days. Approximately 9,000 – 11,000 items are borrowed from the library’s DVD dispensers each month. The dispensers are located in the Brighouse (Main) Branch.

“RPL was unique in North America for introducing the Media Bank DVD dispenser technology to library customers in 2005. Our goal was to offer a service that would be faster, less labor intensive and more cost effective. By introducing this new technology, we improved customer service enormously,” commented Civkin. This is the fourth time Richmond Public Library has won the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology. Award Committee Chair Dean Frey commented, “Public libraries across Canada and around the world know they should pay attention to what is happening in Richmond.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 29, 2008

Explore your Local Adoption Options

Considering local adoption? If so, then come to a free program at the Richmond Public Library called “Adoption Option” (program #231) presented by Adoptive Families Association of B.C. (AFABC) The program will take place on June 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

According to the Adoptive Families Association of B.C. this presentation is for families considering adopting children in the care of the Ministry of Child and Family Development. People attending this program will learn what they need to know before they start the adoption process. The guest speaker is Michelle McBratney, Vancouver/Coastal Adoption Support Coordinator.

Here’s some of what you will learn at the presentation: • Adoption definition • Who can process adoptions in B.C. • Adoption statistics in B.C. • Why children come into care • Who are the children

For more information contact AFABC at 604-320-7330.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 16, 2008

Author/illustrator Mélanie Watt Receives Award at Richmond Library

Children’s author and illustrator Mélanie Watt will be presented with the 2008 Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on May 29 at 11 a.m. She’ll do a short reading from her award winning book Chester, for 60 grade one students from McNeely School. The Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at Cambie and No. 5 Road.

The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s award is given to an outstanding illustrator of a children's book published in Canada during the previous calendar year. Chester was published by Kids Can Press. Watt is the first illustrator to win the Amelia Award two years in a row. Her popular book Scaredy Squirrel won the 2007 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. Chester is a hilarious tale of a self-centered, sarcastic and artistic cat named Chester. Award committee members called the book “inventive and fresh, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoroughly enjoyable.” The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award is presented by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, a section of the Canadian Association of Public Libraries. For more information please contact Lee Anne Smith at 604-273-2223.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 8, 2008

Literacy Runs in Their Blood

Thanks to their ongoing commitment and generosity, the organizers of the third annual Richmond Subaru E-Venti Marathon donated a whopping $10,000 to the Richmond Public Library in support of children’s literacy. Proceeds from the marathon will go towards the purchase of children’s books for the Library.

A cheque was presented to the Library Board by E-Venti race director JJ Hill, E-Venti coordinators Michelle Laporte and Linda Hilts, and Richmond Starbucks store manager Tom Merriman, at the recent library board meeting on April 30.

“This is the third year in a row that this group has organized the 26.2 mile marathon to raise money for the Richmond Public Library. They’re ardent supporters of children’s literacy in our community and their donations will benefit a lot of young readers,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. “We really appreciate their generosity,” added Civkin.

The organizers of the marathon are promoting Richmond not only as a healthy community, but also as a community that supports literacy. Last year, the E-Venti Marathon raised $5,000 for the Steveston Branch library. E-Venti sponsors include Richmond Subaru, Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., the Richmond Marriott, 95Crave, Ritchie Brothers, Sierra Wireless, Back-In-Motion, Precision Health, Welco Lumber, Western Tank & Lining, Fountain Tire (Kingsway), Popeyes Richmond, Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken (Ackroyd Road), the Richmond Review, Cardio-Core Bootcamp, and 3 Vets.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 24, 2008

Richmond Library Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

Enjoy the rich diversity of Korean, Filipino and Indian cultures at Richmond Public Library’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May.

The library is partnering with the Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society to present a program on Korean Culture (program #226) on May 2 from 7-9 p.m.; a program on Filipino Culture (program #227) on May 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; and a program on Indian Culture (program #230) on May 27 from 7-9 p.m.

These free events will 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. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Everyone is invited to come and learn about the abundantly rich diversity of Asian cultures, customs and traditions with stories, music, dance, crafts and foods,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services at Richmond Public Library. People of all ages are welcome to attend these free events, but registration is necessary.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 24, 2008

Richmond Library Hosts Thai Culture Event in Honor of Asian Heritage Month

Come and enjoy the richness of Thai culture at a free program featuring dance, crafts, food, games and more. Richmond Public Library is partnering with the Royal Thai Consulate General in Vancouver to present Thai Culture (program #225) on May 4th from 3-5 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is suitable for families and will be in English.

“This program is being held to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, and people can enjoy watching fruit crafting, a Thai food demonstration, Thai dancing, games and a DVD presentation,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services. “It will be a lot of fun and people will have the chance to learn more about the Thai culture,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 22, 2008

Richmond Library Wins Merit Award

Last weekend at the annual conference of the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA), Richmond Public Library received the prestigious BCLA Merit Award for their Ralphy Card Campaign. The highlight of the library card and awareness campaign is the round Ralphy library card for kids. It’s believed to be the world’s first round library card.

“It’s very rewarding to receive this kind of province-wide recognition. The Ralphy card was designed by a very talented local author and illustrator named Trevor Lai, and is named after the character in his Ralphy the Rhino children’s book series,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “The Ralphy card is so unique and playful that it really makes kids want to use the library and read more,” added Civkin.

Since it was launched just over a year ago, nearly 8,000 kids and adults have registered for a Ralphy card. The campaign was aimed at raising awareness about what the library has to offer, and encouraging kids to read. Anyone can get a free Ralphy card at any Richmond Public Library branch.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 16, 2008

Library Wins Cultural Diversecity Award

Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) commitment to diversity has earned them a 2008 Cultural Diversecity Award for Business, in the public institutions category. The award was received at a recent banquet hosted by the Diversecity Community Resources Society. It recognizes RPL’s outstanding contributions in the area of multicultural services and resources, and its commitment to diversity in the workplace.

“We’re thrilled to be acknowledged by our colleagues and our community for the work we do in serving our diverse population here in Richmond. It’s a challenge and an honor to help empower new immigrants, provide learning opportunities for young children, and offer practical information that helps ease people’s transition into their new country,” said Library Board Chair, Lyn Greenhill.

The library offers programs in Chinese for new immigrants, celebrations of multicultural holidays, collections of books in ten languages and lots more. “Richmond Public Library is a meeting place where young people, families, seniors, new immigrants and others can feel welcome and included,” added Greenhill.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 10, 2008

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        April 4, 2008

BC Book Prize Finalists to Speak at Richmond Library

BC Book Prize finalists Shaena Lambert and Gillian Wigmore will be speaking on April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. The event will take place in the living room on the first floor.

Lambert was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her novel Radiance, which is set in 1952, and is the story of eighteen-year-old Hiroshima survivor Keiko Kitigawa. The scarred survivor is in New York City for surgery to repair her face, but her scripted story goes awry, and she is far from being “The Hiroshima Maiden” that was expected.

Wigmore was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, for her poetry collection Soft Geography. This stunning collection offers detailed poetic insight into life in Northern BC, and cleverly and honestly expresses the region’s landscape, flora and fauna, climate and mindset.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event and meet the authors.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 18, 2008

The Doctor Who Was Followed by Ghosts

Enjoy a free presentation and slide show about the real life story of Dr. Li Qunying, a Chinese doctor who both participated in, and questioned Communist rule. The presentation (program #200) will be held on May 1 from 7-8 p.m. in the meeting room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Based on the book The Doctor Who Was Followed by Ghosts, this presentation recounts the political, economic and cultural turmoil that existed in twentieth-century China. “This intriguing memoir is retold by her son, Louis Han. It’s an evocative mix of eyewitness history, folklore, superstition and haunting stories that will appeal to those who are interested in the history and culture of China,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

According to the book, Dr. Li Qunying was born in 1926 in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. She joined the Communist army in 1945 and became a medic during the Civil War and the Korean War. After leaving the army she worked as a doctor in various hospitals throughout Shandong Province for many years. After her husband was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution, she followed him to the countryside where she became a barefoot doctor. This is her eye-opening story, as retold by her youngest son. “This powerful, personal story and slide show will certainly captivate audiences,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 28, 2008

An Evening of Romance at Richmond Library

If you love reading romance novels or are interested in writing one, join award winning, multi-published romance authors Nancy Warren and Kate Austin to learn everything you always wanted to know about writing and selling romance novels. Richmond Public Library is holding a free “Evening of Romance” on April 9 from 7-9 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate Richmond. To register call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. “Nancy Warren and Kate Austen will talk about what it’s really like to write best-selling love stories and how they do it,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Romance is one of the most popular fiction genres and I’m sure there are lots of people who would love to know how they’re written,” added Civkin. “This is a great opportunity to hear published authors talk about the process.”

Contact:

  • Nancy Warren at nancywarren@telus.net and Kate Austin at kathieaustin@yahoo.com
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 21, 2008

Discover New Titles in Dayson Collection

Richmond Public Library recently added some new titles to their Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection thanks to generous donations from the community.

“Ben Dayson, who established the special collection at the Brighouse Branch, passed away last October, and many of his friends made donations to the library to purchase books in his memory,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Nearly $1,000 in donations has enabled us to purchase new and classic books for this collection,” added Civkin.

Some of the new titles include: The Wedding Jester by Steve Stern, Feathers by Haim Be'er, A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev, Her Body Knows by David Grossman, Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews by Poopa Dweck, Rome And Jerusalem by Martin Goodman, All Whom I Have Loved by Aharon Appelfeld, The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer, Mistress Of The Art Of Death by Ariana Franklin, Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, and Classic Yiddish Stories of S.Y. Abramovitch, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz by Ken Frieden.

“Everyone is invited to visit this collection and borrow books,” added Civkin. The Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 26, 2008

Enjoy Spring Break Family Concert with Charlotte Diamond

Richmond Public Library is sponsoring a special spring break family concert featuring award-winning children’s musician Charlotte Diamond on Wednesday March 19 from 2-3 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond. Tickets are $2.00 each and can be purchased at the Kids’ Place desk at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library.

“Music plays a large part in early language development, so not only will your kids get a chance to enjoy Charlotte Diamond’s music and singing, but you’ll be helping to improve their literacy skills, too,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. “And what a fun way to spend a spring break afternoon with the whole family,” added McCreedy. “A lot of kids will recognize her signature songs “I am a Pizza", "Octopus (Slippery Fish)", and "May There Always be Sunshine”. For more information, please call Kids’ Place at 604-231-6412.

B.C.'s own Charlotte Diamond is a Richmond-based musician and performer for children and families, but is internationally-recognized, having presented concerts throughout North America, and even Central America and Europe.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 7, 2008

Win $500 in the Power of Reading Contest

Share your true story about how literacy has changed your life or the lives of your family or friends and have a chance to win $500 in the Power of Reading Contest. Richmond residents are eligible to win by entering their original story on DVD or CD film (maximum of 8 minutes). Contest deadline is March 30, 2008 and entries can be dropped off at any Richmond Public Library branch. Only one entry per person is allowed, and all entries become the property of the sponsor, the Literacy Now committee. Winners will be announced on April 12, 2008 at the Richmond City Hall during the Literacy Launch.

“Your film can be a memory of learning how to read as a child, as an adult or as an immigrant,” said librarian Dace Starr. “You might want to share a story about how difficult life can be when you can’t read well,” added Starr.

This contest is part of Richmond’s Literacy Now legacy plan. It’s a provincial initiative designed to increase the literacy levels of children, teens and adults by identifying and sharing the literacy programs available in our community, as well as identifying any gaps that need to be addressed. For more information about Literacy Now check out http://www.2010legaciesnow.com/literacy_now_communities.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 3, 2008

New Library Collections Coming Thanks to Friends’ Generosity

Richmond Public Library is delighted to announce that their Friends of the Library group has presented them with a cheque for $20,500 to sponsor the purchase of items from the library’s wish list. The library will be buying ten Daisy CD players for their vision impaired customers to borrow, more books for preschool children, homework help books for kids, school-recommended novels for teens, easy science books for kids in kindergarten to grade two, display cabinets for the Hamilton Library service point, and some wheelchairs for the Brighouse Branch.

“The Friends of the Richmond Public Library have also generously donated $5,000 to the Vancouver Foundation Endowment Fund,” said chief librarian, Greg Buss. “The library and the Board are extremely grateful for the ongoing support and dedication of all the members of the Friends of the Richmond Public Library,” added Buss.

“Each year the Library puts together a wish list of items they need, and then the Friends of the Library decides which items they would like to support. They’ve been incredibly generous over the years, and we’re very grateful for their commitment to the library and to literacy,” added Buss.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 15, 2008

The E-Venti Marathon is Not About the Prize

The third annual Richmond E-Venti Marathon is not just about winning and running to stay healthy. It’s 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 Richmond Public Library, in an effort to support children’s literacy. The marathon takes place on Sunday, March 2nd at 7:30 a.m. starting at the Starbucks in Steveston, located at 4010 Bayview Street. The marathon is limited to 104 participants and it’s fully registered already. The new title sponsor is Richmond Subaru.

The organizers want to promote Richmond not only as a healthy community, but also as a community that supports literacy. Proceeds from the marathon will go towards the purchase of children’s books for Richmond Public Library, to encourage strong reading habits. “What better way to promote literacy than to put books into the hands of children, so that a love of reading starts early and becomes a fun activity,” said E-Venti Marathon director, JJ Hill. Last year, the E-Venti Marathon raised $5,000 for the Steveston Branch library. “The marathon is not about speed or winning the race; it’s about helping to advance literacy in our community of Richmond,” added Hill.

E-Venti sponsors include Richmond Subaru, Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., the Richmond Marriott, 95Crave, Ritchie Brothers, Sierra Wireless, Back-In-Motion, Precision Health, Welco Lumber, Western Tank & Lining, and Fountain Tire (Kingsway). The marathon will incorporate the eight Starbucks throughout Richmond. “Brenda Tam, Richmond district manager for Starbucks Coffee Canada, and Starbucks manager Tom Merriman have been instrumental in facilitating this E-Venti Marathon, and we’re very grateful to them, as well as the other sponsors,” said Hill.

The runners will cover 26.2 miles (approximately 42 kilometers) on a route that takes them to seven different Starbucks where they will collect a randomly drawn playing card from each Starbucks. The winner of the marathon will then be decided by the best poker hand at the post race banquet.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 9, 2008

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. 24 – March 1, 2008. The Richmond Public Library is celebrating the event with displays of books that have been challenged or banned from libraries, schools or bookstores nationwide.

"The Richmond Public Library supports intellectual freedom, which guarantees all people freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression," said library board chair, Lyn Greenhill. 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 around the world. “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. We are here to provide the community with free access to a wide range of material in all kinds of formats,” added Greenhill. And librarians are available to offer advice on age-appropriate material should parents or caregivers seek help.

Every year in various schools and libraries throughout Canada and the United States, classics such as The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and even the Bible are challenged, and even banned, but not at Richmond Public Library. Even the Harry Potter books – one of the most popular series ever to be published – have been challenged in other libraries and schools around the world.

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. “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 Greenhill.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 1, 2008

Richmond City Council Appoints New Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting on January 30th, the Richmond Public Library (RPL) Board elected Lyn Greenhill as Board Chair. A longtime Richmond resident, she has served on the Library Board since 2002 and is a retired Richmond City Councillor. Arlene Yoshikawa, a longstanding member of the Richmond community, was elected Vice-Chair. Councillor Bill McNulty will once again serve as City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board. Returning Board members include Dulce Cuenca, Pat Watson, and past Chair, Leslie Wilson.

Richmond City Council has appointed three new Library Board members for two-year terms. They include Mark Bostwick, Susan Koch and Albert Beh. Bostwick is a retired Social Planner for the District of North Vancouver who has a broad array of experience in the areas of Social Services, cooperative housing, teaching and writing. He has been involved in volunteer work for a variety of causes. Koch is an accredited accounting and finance professional bringing 23 years of experience from a wide range of businesses. She is the Chief Financial Officer of Cellex Power Products Incorporated. Beh is a lifelong Richmond resident with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Asian studies. He is a Manager of Financial Services for TD Canada Trust. Beh comes to the library with a solid background in volunteering for the Richmond Chinese Community Society, Variety – The Children’s Charity and United Way.

As the elected Library Board Chair, one of Greenhill's main focuses is "to promote and encourage literacy in our community." She adds, "Using a broad range of resources and programs, we can help people with the practical issues they face in their daily lives. We offer traditional formats as well as new technologies, so we invite everyone to explore our libraries and our web site when they want recreational reading, reference sources, or literacy resources. Providing for the basic needs of our growing and diverse community is a challenge, but our Board members and library staff are working hard to do just that." 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:

  • Lyn Greenhill, Library Board Chair
  • Greg Buss, Chief Librarian, 604-231-6418, greg.buss@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 25, 2008

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 Sat. February 9 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 1:30 p.m. in the lecture hall. Performances and crafts will include lion dance; martial arts; a skit; guzheng (Chinese musical instruments) performance; Chinese and Filipino folk dance; music and singing; raffles with prizes; Chinese New Year snacks and more. Kimberley Cheung from Fairchild Radio AM1470 will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Demonstrations in the library will include: Chinese painting and 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 in Vancouver, Richmond Public Library’s Classical Chinese Reading Club, TD Canada Trust, Reading Buddies, 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), Dan Propp, Kapamilya Multicultural society, 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:

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

For immediate release        January 12, 2008

New Schedule for Children’s Storytime at Richmond Public Library Branches

Take note, moms, dads and caregivers! The schedule for free Family Storytime, Babytime and After-school Storytime at all Richmond Public Library branches has changed. Check out the new schedule online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm and select Children’s Programs. For more information please call 604-231-6412. These are all free, drop-in programs for children, parents and caregivers to attend.

“Research shows that reading aloud to children has a direct and positive impact on a child’s academic, emotional and social development,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Not only does it stimulate a child’s imagination, but it also teaches them about sound, rhythm, language and concepts such as shapes, colors, and numbers,” added Civkin.

Storytime for all ages takes place on the following days and times (1/2 hour):

Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10:30 am Brighouse Branch Thu 7:00 pm Brighouse Branch Sun 2:00 pm Brighouse Branch Sun-Fri 10:30 am Ironwood Branch Sat 2:00 pm Ironwood Branch Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:30 am Steveston Branch Sun 1:30 pm Steveston Branch Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 10:30 am Cambie Branch Sun 2:00 pm Cambie Branch Fri 7:00 pm Cambie Branch Sat 11:30 am Hamilton Branch

Babytime takes place on the following days and times (1/2 hour). Babies can enjoy songs, rhymes and action plays with parents and caregivers in a safe, stimulating environment.

Wed 10:30 am Brighouse Branch Wed 10:30 am Steveston Branch Thu 10:30 am Brighouse Branch Fri 2:00 pm Steveston Branch Fri 11:30 am Cambie Branch

After-school Storytime for children ages 5-7 takes place on the following days and times (1/2 hour): Wed 3:30 pm Brighouse Branch Wed 3:30 pm Steveston Branch Thu 3:30 pm Ironwood Branch

For more information about these programs, please call the library’s Kids’ Place at 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        January 9, 2008

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 homework. Registration deadline is January 19, 2008 and a training workshop will be provided for teens. For more information and to register, go to www.yourlibrary.ca and select “Community”, then “Teens.” Le Club Français takes place every Thursday from January 31 to March 13 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. “It offers an excellent opportunity for younger students to practice their French skills and it’s a great way for teens to get involved in their community.” Space is limited, so register now.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 4, 2008

Kids – Join a Book Club at Richmond Library!

Kids ages 9-12 who love books can join a free book club at any Richmond Public Library branch. For each separate book club, kids will read the same book and meet to discuss it. They’ll also play fun games based on that book of the month. It’s a great way to meet other kids who enjoy reading. Each book club meeting is one hour long. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Please register for one session only. Once you register, pick up your book at the library and read it before your book club meets. The book clubs take place at:

Brighouse Branch: Program 100 on Jan 25 at 3:30 pm

Steveston Branch: Program 102 on Jan 21 at 4:00 pm

Ironwood Branch: Program 103 on Jan 22 at 4:00 pm Cambie Branch: Program 101 on Jan 23 at 4:00 pm

The book clubs will take place once a month. For more information call Kids’ Place at 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 7, 2008

Learn Self-Management Strategies for Bipolar Disorder

Learn strategies for living well with bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depression) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on February 20 from 7 – 8 pm in the lecture hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The program “Self-Management Strategies for Bipolar Disorder” will feature guest speaker Dr. Erin Michalak, an expert on depression. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Attendees will learn about a range of psychological self-management and coping strategies that can be used to improve outcome in bipolar disorder,” said Dr. Michalak.

Dr. Michalak, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Mood Disorders Centre in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She is an internationally recognized expert in psychological issues in bipolar disorder.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 8, 2008

Learn to Live a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions

Do you struggle with a chronic or recurrent health condition? If so, then plan to attend a free six-week workshop called “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This series of workshops takes place on Thursdays from March 6 – April 10 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the library meeting room. To register call Karen Hannah at 604-940-3568 or email khannah@dccnet.com. This program is for adults of all ages, as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity to learn practical strategies to help you cope with the day-to-day physical and emotional challenges that you experience as a result of chronic conditions,” said program coordinator, Karen Hannah. The program is free and funded by Vancouver Coastal Health. “Participants should plan to attend all six sessions since this is an ongoing program,” added Hannah.

Hannah describes “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” as a fun and practical course that can help people overcome the daily challenges and maintain an active, fulfilling life. Participants will learn about healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health, and feel more positive about their lives. Course instructors provide participants with information, strategies and techniques, so that people will have the tools they need to help themselves. Course participants will learn how to: · Manage symptoms · Get started with healthy eating and exercise · Communicate effectively with their doctor and health care team · Manage their fear, anger and frustration · Make daily tasks easier · Get more out of life.

For more information visit http://www.coag.uvic.ca.cdsmp.

Contact:

  • Karen Hannah, Program Co-ordinator, Chronic Disease Self-management Program at 604-940-3568 or email khannah@dccnet.com
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 31, 2008

Library Offers New Home Buyers’ Workshop

Are you ready to buy a home and don’t know where to begin? Then come to a free program called “New Home Buyers’ Workshop” (program #119) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on Feb. 13 from 7-9 p.m. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate and the program will take place in the Lecture Hall. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Workshop participants will learn how to buy the best home at the lowest cost; how to get information about the best deals before other buyers do; how to get the lowest interest rate; how to buy even if you have no down payment; and how to avoid hidden closing costs. Whether you’re buying a house, townhouse or condo, you’ll learn all the steps involved in buying a home, from the pre-approval process, to shopping for a home, to the negotiation and purchasing process, to the final closing,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “The speakers, Allan Seltzer, a licensed mortgage consultant, and Eddie Ganeff, a realtor, will teach you everything you need to know about the entire home buying process, from beginning to end,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 24, 2008

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 6 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “A Road Ten Thousand Kilometers Long: The Life and Tragic Fate of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia’s Great Poets.” Guest speaker is Larissa Volkonitskaya. 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        January 10, 2008

Richmond Library Invites Skilled Immigrants to Seminar on Launching Canadian Careers

Richmond Public Library and Career Edge Organization invite recent skilled immigrants to come to a free information session on employment in Canada. The guest speaker will provide information and tips to local immigrants on how to break into the Canadian job market. The program “Launching Canadian Careers for Skilled New Immigrants” takes place on January 23 from 7-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Internationally-qualified immigrants should be encouraged by the abundance of opportunities in the current labour market,” said B.C. Regional Director of Career Edge Organization, Lesley Wood Bernbaum. “The greatest challenge is breaking into the workforce and gaining Canadian experience,” added Wood Bernbaum.

Participants will gain information on how to overcome the common ‘no Canadian experience, no job; no job, no Canadian experience’ cycle, as well as tips on resumes and interviews, the benefits of internship, and Canadian employment markets.

Career Edge Organization specializes in finding paid internships for internationally-qualified professionals in their fields of expertise. These internships are managed through the organization’s Career Bridge program. The program looks for skilled and professional landed immigrants who have been in the country no more than three years and have a minimum of three years work experience. Internship positions are available across a wide array of unregulated professions. The presentation is free and open to the entire community.

Contact:

  • Julie Coghlan, Porter Novelli Vancouver, Phone: 604-602-6401, Email: Julie.coghlan@porternovelli.com
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 4, 2008

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 17 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “Carriage Carts to Immortality: Marina Tsvetaeva and Emily Dickinson, two genius poets divided by time and space but connected by their philosophy and words.” Guest speaker is Emily Obukhova. 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        January 17, 2008

The Luck Factor: Finding the Work You Love

Call it luck, chance, or coincidence... how critical is that lucky break when looking for work or exploring a career path? On Jan. 30 from 2-3 p.m. Joy Moon will present a free program called “The Luck Factor: Finding The Work You Love” at the Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6468 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm

Joy Moon, instructor of the Career Choices & Life Success program at Kwantlen University College says, “Recent research indicates luck isn’t something that just happens. It’s possible to increase the frequency of lucky events and there are simple steps scientifically shown to improve luck in people’s daily lives.”

The free class will explore how factors such as expectations, awareness of one’s surroundings, and being open to surprise can increase good luck when looking for work and/or setting career goals.

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien 604-231-6468
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca