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2009

For immediate release        December 23, 2009

Richmond Library Receives $12,200 Donation for Filipino Collection

At a recent ceremony held in the 34th floor Boardroom of Scotiabank in Vancouver, David Poole, Scotiabank Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon Region, presented a cheque for $12,200 to the Richmond Public Library for the new Scotiabank Filipiniana Collection. The gift was comprised of a $6,100 donation from the Filipino Scotiabankers, who fundraised in the community, and matched by a $6,100 donation from Scotiabank. This gift will enable the Library to purchase more books, DVDs and CDs by Filipino authors in Tagalog, as well as books in English about Filipino history and culture. The Scotiabank Filipiniana Collection is located at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

The new Filipiniana collection at the Library contains over 870 items for adults and children, on a variety of subjects. “It’s a fantastic addition to our multilingual collection and it’s already getting a lot of use,” said the coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

On hand to witness the donation ceremony were Winnie Leong, Scotiabank District Vice President, and members of the Filipino Scotiabankers, including Mari LaRosa, Lorina Serafico, Marvie Jayme, Ray Elum, David Young, Arie De Vera and others. The Filipino Scotiabankers made a commitment to continue fundraising for the Library’s Scotiabank Filipiniana Collection. Representatives from Richmond Public Library included Library Board Chair, Lyn Greenhill; Chief Librarian, Greg Buss; and the library’s Coordinator of Multilingual Services, Wendy Jang. Several Filipino media were also present. “While the official launch of the Scotiabank Filipiniana Collection will take place in May 2010 during Asian Heritage Month, the existing collection can be borrowed now,” added Jang. “We’re extremely grateful to the Filipino Scotiabankers and Scotiabank for this generous donation.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 21, 2009

Free Computer Classes for Cantonese Speaking Seniors

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Group and Community Services) are offering free computer classes for Cantonese speaking seniors 55 years and older. The classes will be held at the Ironwood Branch library, located in the Ironwood Plaza, on the corner of No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. Pre-registration is necessary. Introduction to Computers (program #103) is a prerequisite for all of the classes in this series.

These 2 hour classes will be held on the following dates:

103 Introduction to Computers January 7, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 104 Introduction to MS Windows January 14, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 105 Getting Started on the Internet January 21, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 106 Email Basics January 28, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6468, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. “These classes are for Chinese seniors who have never used a computer before,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will provide the instructor and class assistants.

Introduction to Computers will teach you about basic computer components, powering up and shutting down, how to use the mouse and keyboard and what to look for when buying a computer. Introduction to MS Windows will teach you how to use the calculator, play games, use different programs, save, print and delete files, maximize and minimize the screen, and close programs. Getting Started on the Internet will cover web browsers, basic search techniques, and how to watch movies and listen to the radio on the computer. Email Basics will teach you how to set up an email account, send, open and delete emails, and use and open attachments. For more information please call the library at 604-231-6468 or call S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at 604-408-7260.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 8, 2009

LiveWires Design Presents Animation Workshop for Kids

LiveWires Design, the creators of the COACH Exhibition that’s coming to Richmond Public Library in January, is holding a free Animation Workshop (program # 926) for kids ages 9-12 on December 19th from 3-4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6412 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“If you’re interested in the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games and you like animation, then you’ll definitely want to register for this fun program,” said Kids’ Place librarian Kate Adams. The animation team from LiveWires Design will deliver a hands-on workshop and show kids how to draw athletes, make flip-books and create their own computer animation.

Kids participating in this workshop will create their own drawings and flip-books and all materials will be provided. “There will be several stations set up and the participants will go between the stations and learn about different stages of the animation process,” added Adams. For more information please call the library at 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        November 27, 2009

Come & Compete at Richmond Library’s Wiilympics Tournament

Get into the spirit of the Olympics by competing at the Wiilympics Tournament at Richmond Public Library (RPL). This free Wii-based program for kids ages 9-14 is by registration only. Pick up registration forms at any RPL branch. Space is limited so register early.

The programs take place at the following branches and times: Brighouse (Main) Branch – December 3 & 17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ironwood Branch – December 4 & 18 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Cambie Branch – December 2 & 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Steveston Branch – December 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“The kids will be able to choose their Wii sporting event and compete against others in this fun program,” said children’s librarian Cindy Kloos. The Wii sporting events will include alpine skiing, figure skating, skeleton, speed skating, bobsleigh, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, speed skating and ski jumping. “This is a great tie-in with the upcoming Winter Olympic Games and we’re expecting a lot of kids to come out for this.” For more information please call the library at 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Cindy Kloos, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6427, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 28, 2009

Richmond Library Launches Filipiniana Collection

Richmond Public Library has just launched a brand new Filipiniana collection at the Brighouse (Main) Branch. There are 878 new items, including books, DVD movies and CD music. The collection contains items for adults and children in Tagalog, as well as in English, on a variety of subjects. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“This is a great addition to our multilingual collection and we think that it’ll get a lot of use,” said the coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “This new collection will hopefully result in a heightened awareness of the library by the local Filipino community, and broaden cross cultural understanding,” added Jang. The collection will contain fiction and non-fiction by Filipino authors as well as books in English about Filipino history and culture.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 10, 2009

Book Donation Ceremony Honours Friendship City, Xiamen

A donation ceremony taking place on November 16th at 2:45 p.m. in the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library will honour a recent donation of 126 Chinese books from Richmond’s Friendship City, Xiamen, Fujian Province. The ceremony, co-hosted by the Library and the Sister City Committee, is open to everyone and refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

VIPs from the City of Richmond, the Library, the Sister City Committee and the Xiamen delegation will be at the ceremony. “The Xiamen Municipal Government has been very generous in donating Chinese books to the Library. I’m sure that these books on art, culture, history, literature, language, and geography about Fujian Province and Xiamen City will be popular with our library customers,” said library board chair, Lyn Greenhill. The ceremony will take place in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room on the Library’s main floor.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 22, 2009

Interested in Warehouse Work? Check out the Genco Hiring Fair at Richmond Library

Times are tough and jobs are hard to find. But if you’re a job seeker interested in warehouse work, then you’re in luck. Richmond Public Library, Richmond Employment Resource Centre and Richmond Career Centre will be holding the GENCO Hiring Fair on November 4th and November 5th from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. It will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the 2nd floor Silent Study Room and Dayson Reading Lounge, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This is a free, drop-in event and job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes, since GENCO will be doing on the spot interviews.

GENCO has job openings for a variety of warehouse positions for two start-up facilities in Richmond and Delta, including these clerical jobs: quality control; inventory control; shipping, receiving and payroll; wave planner; and these warehouse jobs: forklift operator; warehouse worker; and janitor. There are also positions available for a Supervisor (inventory) and a Supervisor (warehouse). For information call 604-231-6413 (RPL); 604-244-9262 (Richmond Employment Resource Centre – Linda); or 604-233-7031 (Richmond Career Centre – Cecil).

For more than 100 years, GENCO has been providing distribution, fulfillment, transportation and reverse logistics solutions to many of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers. GENCO currently employs more than 7000 teammates, manages over 47 million square feet of facility space and processes billions of dollars worth of product annually. GENCO offers rewarding career opportunities throughout the United States and Canada and is dedicated to the development and advancement of their teammates.

‘We’re holding this fair so that job seekers and the employer, GENCO, can have direct contact with each other,” said the Library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “It’s a tough economy and if we can help bring workers and employers together, then everyone wins.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 16, 2009

Curious About Science? Check Out the Library’s New Science Kits

Thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, there are now 70 new Curious About Science Kits for elementary school students to borrow. Each kit contains books on a specific science topic, as well as a DVD and an educational toy. The new kits will be launched during the Science Bash at the Brighouse (Main) Branch on October 23rd but will be available for borrowing at all Richmond Public Library branches after that date.

“The goal of this collection is to nurture kids’ curiosity about the world around them and to encourage play,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. Science themes include: the human body, animals, rocks and minerals, weather, space and lots more.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 15, 2009

Richmond Library Launches Russian Language Collection

Thanks to generous Russian speaking donors in our community, Richmond Public Library has just launched a Russian language book collection. The books are shelved along with the library’s other multilingual books in the 2nd floor Ben and Esther Dayson reading room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“The book collection is a nice complement to our monthly Philosophers’ Cafes in Russian,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Anyone who would like to donate Russian books in good condition can bring them to any branch of the Richmond Public Library,” added Civkin. “We’re very grateful for the donations and I’m sure they’ll be popular with Russian speakers throughout the lower mainland.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 14, 2009

Meet Richmond Olympian and Snowboard Champion Alexa Loo

Have you ever met an Olympian? Well, here’s your chance. Richmond resident and snowboarding champion Alexa Loo will be competing in the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games and she’s coming to the Richmond Public Library on October 24th from 2-3 p.m. She’ll be talking about her snowboarding career, teamwork, problem-solving and what it takes to become an Olympian. She’ll also be showing video clips. The event takes place in the Kids’ Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. This free, drop-in event is for all ages. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

Alexa Loo is currently ranked 1st in Canada and 9th in the world for snowboard racing, and she was the Canadian National Champion for Parallel Giant Slalom in 2005 and 2006. She has been on the Canadian National Snowboard team since 1998. “Alexa Loo is such an inspiration to young people, and it will be really exciting for them to meet her in person,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 10, 2009

Hey Kids - Join the Science Bash at Brighouse Branch!

Come celebrate National Science and Technology Week at the Brighouse Science Bash on October 23rd from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The opening ceremony and cake cutting is at 10 a.m. For more information call 604-231-6413. "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 Exploration and Discovery: Past, Present and Future. "There's no school that day so students can come and enjoy all sorts of activities," added Civkin. Learn about hydrogen fuel cell cars; find out about the Ms Infinity program (math + science = infinite options) and its mentoring program that connects girls with female scientists as role models and other opportunities to help girls explore careers in science and technology; learn about wildlife and lots more. “Quizzes and games 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,” 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.” The organizations involved in this event include: NRCan – Geological Survey of Canada; UBC – Structured Surface Physics Lab; Genome BC / LTS; National Research Council – Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics; National Research Council – Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation; BCIT; Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Parks Canada; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC; NEPTUNE Canada Project; VENUS Project; SFU – School of Interactive Arts and Technology; Science Fair Foundation of BC / BC Innovation Council; Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Young Naturalist Club; Stanley Park Ecological Society; MS Infinity and others.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 8, 2009

Calling All Lego Lovers! Enter Free Library Lego Contest!

Want to show off your building talents using Lego? Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch is holding a free contest for 8-12 year old Lego lovers on Saturday Nov. 14th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Bring your own Lego and build your favourite character or structure from a book. Pick up a registration form at any Richmond Public Library (RPL) branch and return it to any RPL branch by October 31st. The Brighouse Library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

“This is going to be a super fun event and the kids will have a chance to tell the audience about their Lego project,” said children’s librarian, Melanie Au. “All you have to do is build something from your favourite book using Lego,” added Au. There will be cool prizes for the best projects. “You’re welcome to invite your friends and family to come and watch the contest,” added Au. This program is part of Children’s Book Week.

Contact:

  • Melanie Au 604-278-9811 ext. 605
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 7, 2009

Estate Planning Tips from a Tax Perspective

Chartered accountant Diana Mau will share her expertise on Estate Planning from a Tax Perspective at Richmond Public Library in October. English speakers can enjoy this free seminar (program #836) on October 19th and Cantonese speakers can enjoy it (program #837) on October 20th. Both seminars take place from 6-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=202 or in person at any Richmond Public Library branch. Admission is by registration receipt. No phone registrations.

Ms. Mau will teach the audience how to protect their estates. The sessions will cover: • Tax planning ideas prior to death, such as income splitting, trusts and estate freeze. • How to incorporate testamentary trusts in your will planning. • How to minimize tax on death.

“This practical seminar offers the most comprehensive view of all financial matters concerning estate planning from a tax perspective,” said the Library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. For more information call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 6, 2009

Books – The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

Are you tired of trying to find the perfect gift for your friends, your spouse or your kids? Then why not give a gift that benefits lots of people instead of just one. Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate with Books campaign invites you to support the library with a cash donation in honour or in memory of a special person or occasion. The library will buy books with your donation and you get a tax receipt. To donate online go to http://www.yourlibrary.ca/findall/books/donation.cfm, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, or contact Shelley Civkin, library communications officer at 604-231-6416 or shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca. “Celebrate with Books is the perfect gift for the person who has everything,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s a high impact gift that supports literacy and benefits the whole community,” added Civkin. “Lots of people donate in honour of a special occasion, and also in memory of relatives or friends who have passed away. It’s a really thoughtful way to keep someone’s memory alive,” said Civkin.

“Every year, dozens of library users make the worry-free choice to donate to the library instead of spending countless hours in the mall, trying to find just the right gift,” added Civkin. “The Library is very grateful to those people in our community who donate books and money anonymously as well,” said Civkin. “We know that the many 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        August 27, 2009

Richmond Hosts Job Fair

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Employment Resource Centre and the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society of BC will be hosting a Job Fair (for job seekers and employers) on Thursday, September 24th from 2-6 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. Admission is free. Drop-in. The opening ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. and Mayor Brodie will officiate. The fair will feature employers from a wide range of sectors including food, retail, hospitality, technology and more. The fair will offer positions and employment opportunities at various levels to meet the needs of all job seekers.

Employers will be on hand to share employment facts and information about individual job opportunities, provide information on career choices and the qualifications needed, and to guide interested candidates in the application process. “It’s a terrific opportunity for job seekers to meet prospective employers,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

Some employers will also do on-site interviews, so job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Computers are available in the library for job seekers to make last minute changes to their resumes.

Some of the companies and employers attending this job fair include: City of Richmond – Fire & Rescue; City of Richmond – Parks and Recreation, BC Ferries; Coast Hotels; Mr. Lube; Cobbs Bread; Starbucks; HMS Host; PWD Professional Warehouse Demonstration; Zellers/The Bay; SDV Logistics; JW Research; Pizza Hut; Adecco; Aerotek; UPS and more.

Also, from now until September 23rd the library is offering free employment counseling for immigrants and employment counseling for youth sessions on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m – 12 noon. Employment counseling for immigrants (in English, Cantonese or Mandarin) will take place on September 2nd and 16th while employment counseling for youth ages 15-30 (in English) will take place on September 9th and 23rd. The sessions will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room at the Brighouse library. Each session is 30 minutes and there is a limit of one session per person. Please pre-register at the 2nd floor information desk or call 604-231-6413. The employment counselors are from the Richmond Career Centre and the Connections Youth Resource Centre.

“This employment counseling will provide job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills. Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on what they need to do to look for a job. Job seekers who need extra help will be referred back to either the Richmond Career Centre or the Connections Youth Resource Centre for further assistance,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 3, 2009

Play Wii for Free at the Library

And you thought the library only had books?! Teens age 12-18 are invited to play free Wii video games and meet new friends at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library on Friday September 18th and Friday October 16th from 4-5 p.m. in the program room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The library has a great new collection of video games and we’re inviting teens to drop in and join us for a fun-filled hour of Wii game playing,” says Kids’ Place librarian Cindy Kloos. “For those kids who think the library only has books, this is a fun way to introduce them to the different kinds of things the library has to offer,” adds Kloos.

For more information please call Cindy Kloos at 604-278-9811 ext. 675.

Contact:

  • Cindy Kloos ext. 675
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        December 5, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on December 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, second floor program room, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “Who was Ilia Erenburg? Propagandist writer? Philosopher? Radical?.” Guest speaker is Polina Gladstein. 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        November 8, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on November 19th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, second floor program room, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. It will be a free, drop-in discussion 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 5, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on October 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, second floor program room, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “The Marriage of Philosophy and Practices in Architecture and Construction.” Guest speaker is Alexander Elchinko. 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, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on September 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, second floor program room, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “Boris Pasternak: his love and poetry.” 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        August 13, 2009

Tell the Province You Don’t Want Cuts to Libraries

If you’re a library user, Richmond Public Library (RPL) wants your help. Potential cuts to public library funding are looming, and RPL needs you to let the provincial government know how much you value library service.

The Library recently posted information about the potential funding cuts for its customers to view on its website at www.yourlibrary.ca. It explains the issues and where library funding is spent, and encourages library customers to tell the government how important the library is to them and their families.

“We created a short survey asking customers what library services they value. We also have information about how to contact your MLA and the Minister responsible for Libraries, to let them know you don’t want library cuts,” said chief librarian, Greg Buss. “There’s even space for customers to share their personal stories about how the library has benefitted them.”

“We know that our library customers really value things like Summer Reading Club, free computer stations, the ESL collection, and access to other BC library collections. But knowing this isn’t enough. The provincial government needs to hear about it straight from the mouths of users,” said Buss. “Our survey, in addition to messages sent directly to government decision makers will let them know that libraries are the lifeblood of the community, for young and old alike.”

“We’ve been told that public libraries can expect to hear about their 2009 funding grants sometime this month. A new provincial budget is expected early in September and at that time public libraries in BC will know more about their funding for next year,” added Buss.

Richmond Public Library is encouraging all its users to fill out the online survey on its website at www.yourlibrary.ca. For more information, people are welcome to call the chief librarian at 604-231-6418.

Contact:

  • Greg Buss, Chief Librarian, 604-231-6418, greg.buss@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 11, 2009

Rock On at Teen Rock Band Tournament Finals - Battle of the Bands Lower Mainland Championship

Enjoy the music of Teen Rock Bands from across the Lower Mainland as they compete in the Teen Rock Band championship finals on August 19th. Cheer on Chocolate Thunder, the champions from Richmond, as they take on bands from other local library systems to establish city-wide dominance. This free drop-in event takes place from 1-6 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library, in the Alice McKay Room, located at 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver.

“Everyone is welcome to join the fun and see their local Rock Bands competing for bragging rights in this final championship,” said Kate Adams, teen librarian at Richmond Public Library. “It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon of music and cheering for your favorite Teen Rock Band. Gaming will be open to everyone after the tournament.”

This program is sponsored by Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey Public Libraries as well as the North Vancouver City Library. For more information contact teen librarian Kate Adams at kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca or 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        June 30, 2009

Richmond E-Venti Marathon Donates Proceeds to the Library to Support Children's Reading

Thanks to their ongoing generosity, the organizers of the third annual Richmond E-Venti Marathon donated a whopping $8,500 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 Summer Reading Club at the Library.

A cheque was presented to the Library Board by E-Venti race director JJ Hill and E-Venti coordinators Michelle Laporte and Linda Hilts at the recent library board meeting on June 24th.

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

The organizers of the marathon promote Richmond not only as a healthy community, but also as a community that supports early childhood literacy. Since 2006, the Richmond E-Venti Marathon and the Starbucks Make Your Mark Volunteer Program have donated $33,000 to Richmond Public Library. E-Venti sponsors include Richmond Subaru, Starbucks Coffee, Rackets & Runners, Brooks Canada, Konica Minolta, Niemi LaPorte & Dowle Appraisals Ltd., the Richmond Marriott, Ritchie Brothers, Sierra Wireless, Back-In-Motion, Precision Health, Western Tank & Lining, Popeyes Richmond, the Richmond Review, South Arm Community Association, Steve Nash Sports Club, G2 Creations, GU Engery Gel, and Big K Brand Clothing. The E-Venti organizers are also grateful for the ongoing support of the Steveston Athletic Association.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 8, 2009

Want to be the Next Hot Teen Rock Band? Strut your Stuff at the Teen Rock Band Tournament

Got sound? Show off your musical talent at Richmond Public Library’s Teen Rock Band Tournament happening on August 6th. Competitions take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch, lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Band members must be between the ages of 12-18 and there is a maximum of four people per band. You can register your band for this free event by contacting teen librarian Kate Adams at kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca or 604-278-9811 ext. 634.

The top two winning bands from the Richmond tournament will compete against other winners in the Lower Mainland. The city-wide Teen Rock Band Tournament takes place on August 19th from 12-8 p.m. at Vancouver Public Library.

Contestants from around the Lower Mainland have a chance to win cool prizes like an MP3 player, iTunes gift cards, and Best Buy gift certificates. “The participating library systems will each hold a competition and send their top two bands to compete in the city-wide tournament,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. “Of course, all bands are welcome to come and watch and cheer on their favourite band,” added Adams.

For rules and more details call the Richmond Public Library kids’ place desk at 604-231-6412. This event is sponsored by Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, Burnaby Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, Surrey Public Library and Coquitlam Public Library.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams 604-278-9811 ext. 634 & Cindy Kloos 604-278-9811 ext. 675
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 25, 2009

Read All About it

Starting on June 15th until September 2nd Richmond Public Library (RPL) will be offering a Teen Summer Reading Club for youth ages 12-19. This free, web-based library program encourages teens to read throughout the summer, and offers them a chance to connect with other teens across Canada, sharing their opinions through book reviews and discussion forums. To register visit www.teenrc.ca. There will be weekly prizes to be won throughout the summer.

The theme of this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club is “Read All About It”. For more information please call Kate Adams, teen librarian at 604-278-9811 ext. 634. This program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library along with the British Columbia Library Association and Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education.

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        July 16, 2009

Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease for Caregivers

If you’re a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia you face a multitude of daily challenges. But Richmond Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Society of BC are here to help. There will be a free program (#710) called “Introduction to Alzheimer Disease for Caregivers” on July 30th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Library meeting room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is for English speaking adults.

“Our guest speaker, Laura Feldman, will discuss the progression of dementia – the various stages and what happens in each stage. She’ll also talk about planning for the future and legal issues such as Wills, Power of Attorney, facility planning and more,” said multilingual services coordinator, Wendy Jang.

Laura Feldman is the Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 10, 2009

Insight into Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Richmond Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Society of BC are partnering up to offer a free program on July 26th called “What is Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia?” The program will be offered in Cantonese (program #708) from 10-11 a.m. and in Mandarin (program #709) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is for Chinese speaking adults.

“Our guest speaker will discuss the differences between Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. She’ll also talk about the progression of dementia and what the various stages are, plus what happens in each stage,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

The guest speaker is Elaine Chow, Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC (Chinese Program). She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She lives in Vancouver but maintains an appointment as neurologist and Associate Professor in Taiwan.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 17, 2009

Practice Your English at Richmond Library

Hey teens -- want to improve your English skills? Teens ages 12–18 can practice their English and meet new friends at a new ESL Conversation Circle for Teens during the summer at Richmond Public Library. The program takes place on Tuesdays July 14, 21, 28 and August 11, 18, 25 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch meeting room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

To register for the July sessions (program #719) and/or the August sessions (program #720) visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary. Each session lasts four weeks and teens can register for one session only.

“The Conversation Circle lets teens practice their English in a casual setting while making new friends, so it’s a really relaxing way to improve their language skills,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. A librarian and teen volunteer will facilitate each session. For more information call Kate Adams 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        July 27, 2009

Learn the History of Chinese Calligraphy at Richmond Library

Mr. Yim Tse will share his expertise on Chinese Calligraphy at a free seminar (#722) on Sunday August 9th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The seminar will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the lecture hall. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is for English speaking adults.

“We’re trying to promote cross-cultural understanding while giving people a chance to learn about and appreciate the intricacies of Chinese calligraphy,” said the Library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. Mr. Tse, who is a highly respected calligrapher, will discuss the historical development of the characteristics of the different calligraphy scripts and character construction and composition. He will also demonstrate the four different Chinese calligraphy scripts,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 16, 2009

Celebrate Canada at Richmond Library Fair

Come and celebrate Canada’s birthday at Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate Canada Fair. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Saturday, June 27 from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese).

“The Celebrate Canada Fair is a fun, family event where people can learn about Canadian culture, history, art, science and more,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. The theme of this year’s event is multiculturalism and it’s being hosted in partnership with the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Volunteer Group.

The events start off with the Parade of Nations at 10:30 a.m. outside the library, followed by an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Other activities take place inside the library and lecture hall after 11 a.m., and include games and crafts, a Canadian songs workshop, multicultural performances, an Online Citizenship Competition, and a photo board. Refreshments and balloons will be available while quantities last. Check the schedule of events inside the library for times and locations of all activities.

Test your knowledge of Canada and practice for the Canadian Citizenship Test at the Online Citizenship Competition, which starts off with preliminary rounds at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. The final competition is at 3 p.m. with prizes for the top winners. You can preregister online for the preliminaries.

Interactive booths and displays will feature a variety of contests, games, quizzes, crafts and prizes. Learn about Canada’s national parks and historic sites; discover Chinese Canadian history; learn about recycling and ways to protect the environment, meet war veterans, learn about aboriginal art and astronomy, and find out about other cultures. There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale as well as a puppet show for families at 10:30 a.m.

Sponsors for this event include: Canadian Heritage, CUPE 3966, Tim Horton’s, Cobs Bread, Dan-D-Pak, and Maxim’s Bakery.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 29, 2009

Meet the Vancouver Canadians Mascot at Richmond Library’s Summer Reading Hour

Join the fun at Richmond Public Library’s summer reading hour and meet the Vancouver Canadians mascot, Bob Brown Bear. On Thursday, July 16th from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch program room, kids of all ages can take part in the library’s summer reading hour and find out if they’re the lucky winners of Vancouver Canadians baseball tickets.

“The Canadians mascot Bob Brown Bear will be our special guest on July 16th,” said coordinator of children’s services, Virginia McCreedy. “He’ll present the winners with a prize of two tickets each to a baseball game, and he’ll be reading to all the kids, so it should be lots of fun.”

“Every Thursday, starting from July 9 until August 20 each Richmond Library branch will have a free weekly drop-in summer reading hour for children of all ages. Kids can come and enjoy games, stories and reading with a teen buddy,” said McCreedy.

Kids who are registered in the Summer Reading Club can enter their name in a draw for a chance to win Vancouver Canadians baseball tickets, starting June 24th at all RPL branches. There is a limit of one entry per child. The winners will be announced on July 16th.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 11, 2009

Read All About it -- Richmond Library’s Summer Reading Club for Teens

Starting on June 15th until September 2nd Richmond Public Library (RPL) will be offering a Teen Summer Reading Club for youth ages 12-19. This free, web-based library program encourages teens to read throughout the summer, and offers them a chance to connect with other teens across Canada, sharing their opinions through book reviews and discussion forums. To register visit www.teenrc.ca. There will be weekly prizes to be won throughout the summer.

The theme of this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club is “Read All About It”. For more information please call Kate Adams, teen librarian at 604-278-9811 ext. 634. This program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library along with the British Columbia Library Association and Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 9, 2009

Food for Fines @Yourlibrary

Like the rest of Canada, our community is facing tough economic times. The Richmond Public Library wants to help by removing obstacles that prevent people from using the library, because no other public institution offers so much for free at a time when people need it most. So from June 16 to 22 all branches of Richmond Public Library will excuse library fines and overdue charges in exchange for food donations for the Richmond Food Bank.

“For each non-perishable food item you bring in, the Library will waive $2.00 in fines or overdue charges on your library account, up a total of $10 per library card. In turn, your food donations will help feed the hungry in our community,” said head of branches, Susan Walters. “It’s a win-win situation. During this period, we also encourage library customers to return any lost or long-overdue library items, and your entire fine for those items will be taken off your library account,” added Walters.

“We want to remove obstacles that prevent people from using the library, and this is a good way to do that,” said Walters. “This helps us reach out to customers who may not be using the Library because of fines on their account.” Richmond Public Library will donate the collected food items to the Richmond Food Bank.

Donations to the Food Bank are often lower in the summer months, and the Library’s Food for Fines program could result in a significant contribution to a resource that many people in our community rely on to feed their families. Suggested donations include non-perishable food items like:

• Granola bars • Raisin packs • Fruit cups • Fruit leather • Juice boxes • Meals in a tin – chunky soup, beans, chili, etc. • Macaroni and cheese • Tinned fruit, fish, meat and vegetables • Juices • Tinned milk

“Before items become overdue, we encourage library customers to take advantage of online renewal for their library materials. They can do this by going to www.yourlibrary.ca and clicking on “My Library Account.” However, if they have books or other materials that are long past their due date, or they’ve found library books they thought were lost, now is the time to return them, no questions asked,” said Walters.

For more information about the Food for Fines program at Richmond Public Library please call Susan Walters, head of branches at 604-231-6466.

“The Library offers the best value around, during these difficult financial times. With our wealth of free services, the Library is an excellent alternative to expensive information and high priced entertainment,” added Walters. “It really is a place for people to stretch their budgets as well as their minds.”

Contact:

  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431

For immediate release        May 26, 2009

Richmond Library to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event - Experience Free Audiobook and eBook Download Service

Richmond Public Library (RPL) will host the Digital Bookmobile, an interactive download experience inside a 74-foot, high-tech tractor-trailer, on June 9 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. outside the Brighouse (Main) Library near the fountain. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Readers of all ages are invited to experience digital downloading through interactive demonstrations, and experience RPL’s audiobook and eBook download service at this free event. Library cardholders can also check out and download digital titles any time, anywhere by visiting http://www.yourlibrary.ca/librarytogo.

“Digital services offer a level of convenience that a lot of busy people enjoy,” said Library Director, Greg Buss. BC’s “Library to Go” service offers a dynamic collection of audiobooks and eBooks that can be downloaded using free software,” added Buss. Library to Go is a “British Columbia Libraries: Your Library Without Walls!” initiative.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore RPL’s download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported portable devices, and sample eBooks and audiobooks.

Customers can take advantage of the download service 24/7 when they visit the RPL’s website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to a portable device. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items. Operated by OverDrive, Inc., the Digital Bookmobile is part of a larger Lower Mainland event, and will also be visiting Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Surrey, and Fraser Valley libraries that week. The bookmobile visits are organized by Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 29, 2009

Learn How to Protect Your Brain

Learn how to protect your brain at a free program called “Healthy Brain” on June 11th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor program room. The program will be offered in Cantonese from 10-11 a.m., and in Mandarin from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The programs are for Chinese speaking adults. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“We’re offering this free program in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The guest speaker is Elaine Chow, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC. She will be teaching people ways to protect their brain and keep it healthy,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 11, 2009

Follow the Reader with Library’s Summer Reading Club

Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club (SRC) at all Richmond Public Library branches starting June 24. 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 your reading booklet on or after June 24. 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/kids.

“Follow the Reader” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off on Saturday, July 4 will feature FREE 45-minute magic shows by Norden the Magician 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. The magic show is a free, drop-in event. Fun weekly activities, puppet shows, sing-a-longs and storytimes will also be offered at the library during Summer Reading Club.

“During these tough economic times, it’s good to know that there’s a place where kids can participate in all sorts of free summer activities,” said head of kids’ place, Virginia McCreedy. To get the official Summer Reading Club booklet, kids are asked to bring their own library card. This is an ideal time for kids to get a free, round Ralphy library card.

“This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 19th year and going strong. Kids love to discover new books and get fun stickers just for reading,” added 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.

“There’s also a bookmark contest for 6-8-year-olds and 9-12-year-olds and the winners will receive a Chapter’s gift certificate. Thirty bookmarks will be printed up for each winner to keep.

“Our hope is to inspire kids to have a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said McCreedy. Last year Richmond Public Library had over 4,800 kids join their summer reading club.

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, Royal Bank of Canada and the Richmond News.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 23, 2009

Mammograms Save Lives - Screening Mammography Mobile Service Comes to Richmond Library Get Tested for FREE!

To help more BC women gain access to a lifesaving service and reduce deaths from breast cancer, the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography mobile service is coming to the Richmond Public Library from July 22-25, 2009. Women ages 40-79 who want to get tested for free can call 1-800-663-9203 to book an appointment.

According to the BC Cancer Agency, regular screening mammograms are one of the best ways to monitor breast health. Early cancer detection allows for more treatment options and a better chance for recovery. The Screening Mammography Program of BC (SMP) offers free regular screening mammograms to women ages 40-79 without a doctor’s referral. Outside this age group, women are accepted with a doctor’s referral.

The screening mammogram only takes about 15 minutes. It’s a known fact that age is the highest risk factor for breast cancer, which is why it’s so important for women 40 and older to get a regular screening mammogram.

There are many benefits to the Screening Mammography Program. You receive reminders in the mail when it’s time to screen again, and the results are sent to both you and your doctor. You can go to any SMP facility and your previous SMP mammograms are available for comparison. And most importantly, regular screening mammograms can find most types of breast cancer, usually before it has spread. Visit www.smpbc.ca for more information and to see a short presentation on how a mammogram is given.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 8, 2009

Library Offers One-on-One Employment Counselling for Youth

Young adults between the ages of 15-30 who are looking for summer jobs or part or full-time work can get free one-on-one employment counseling at Richmond Public Library. Employment counselors from Connections Youth Resource Centre will offer half hour sessions in English on May 13 and 27 and June 10 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the large seminar room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is necessary. Register in the library at the 2nd floor information desk or call 604-231-6413. There is a limit of one session per person.

Library multilingual services coordinator Wendy Jang said that they’re doing this to provide job seekers with job search knowledge and skills. “Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with youth job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to the Connections Youth Resource Centre,” said Jang. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 8, 2009

Free One-on-One Employment Counselling for Immigrants

Immigrant job seekers who speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin can get free one-on-one employment counseling at Richmond Public Library. Employment counselors from the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society will offer half hour sessions on May 20 and June 3 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the large seminar room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is necessary. Register in the library at the 2nd floor information desk or call 604-231-6413. There is a limit of one session per person.

Library multilingual services coordinator Wendy Jang said that they’re doing this to provide job seekers with job search knowledge and skills. “Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with immigrant job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to the Richmond Career Centre,” said Jang. For more information call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 20, 2009

Get Your Mini Health Check-up at Cambie Library

Want to find out just how healthy you really are? Then come to the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on June 9 any time between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. for three short health tests, including a blood pressure check, a Body Mass Index, and a Waist to Hip Girth Ratio. Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie. This free, drop-in program is for adults.

This program is sponsored by the Cambie Library and the Cambie Community Centre. Jacqui Hill, fitness coordinator from the Cambie Community Centre, and Fitness Centre staff will conduct the tests and give participants the results.

“The library has a good variety of health and fitness related books and DVDs for borrowing, and of course it’s all free,” said Cambie Branch head, Lee Anne Smith. “Our largest collection of health material is at the Brighouse (Main) Library, and people are welcome to use the collections at all of our branches. But if it’s inconvenient to get to the other branches, we can always reserve items for you and have them sent to the branch closest to you,” added Smith.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 27, 2009

Prescription for Good Health is @ Richmond Library

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. So when Richmond Public Library and Richmond Health Services launch their Health Literacy Project on Friday April 3rd, they’ll be helping people make informed decisions and good choices about their health. The launch will take place at 11 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“The goal of this unique collaboration between the Library and local health practitioners is to empower people who are facing health issues,” said librarian Dace Starr. “We’re working closely with the Richmond Health Services to develop and promote the Library as an excellent source for medical and health information for Richmond residents,” added Starr. The Library has books, DVDs and online information from reputable health sites on topics like: • Disorders and diseases • Mental wellness • Medications • Addictions • Special diet cookbooks • Staying healthy – nutrition, fitness, etc. Nearly 1,000 new items have been purchased for the Library with more to come.

Special “Prescription” pads will be distributed to local doctors and other health practitioners so they can write down titles of recommended books or the name of a medical condition. Then patients can bring that “Prescription” to the Library and find the information they need with the help of a librarian. “This way the Library can continue to expand its health collection over time with recommendations from professionals,” added Starr. Since the Library is open 7 days a week and every weekday evening it’s convenient for people to get the information they need. The collection and resources will be available at all Richmond Public Library branches and on the Library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca/health.

In order for people to take an active role in their health, they need to know where they can get reliable medical and health information at a time that’s convenient for them, and they need to know that it’s coming from reliable, accurate sources. “Patients with knowledge are ultimately healthier and happier than those who take a passive role in their own health care.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 21, 2009

Richmond Library’s Director Wins Prestigious Award

Greg Buss, chief librarian of the Richmond Public Library recently received the BC Library Association’s most prestigious award – the Helen Gordon Stewart Award. The award was presented at the BC Library Association’s annual conference on April 17, 2009.

According to the BC Library Association, “This award is given infrequently to recognize an outstanding career in librarianship involving a visible or readily identifiable achievement that brings honour to the entire profession.” The award consists of a plaque and honorary life membership in the BC Library Association.

“Greg Buss has been the visionary force behind the unique and innovative library services of the Richmond Public Library (RPL) for over 20 years,” says library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “As the chief librarian of an award-winning library recognized internationally for its customer service focus, innovative building design, multilingual services, advanced technology and cost effectiveness, Greg’s conduct is guided not by what is, but by what can be,” says Civkin.

With the opening of the Ironwood (Library of the Future) Branch in 1998 through the opening of the Cambie Branch in 2004 and the newly renovated Brighouse (Main) Branch in 2006, Buss’s confident leadership has enabled him to carry out the innovative vision of RPL’s new service model.

Civkin reports that under Buss’s leadership, the implementation of face-forward merchandizing of books, focus on customer service and bookstore-like atmosphere was a radical departure from traditional library service, and one that drew the attention of librarians, administrators, and architects from around the world. It contributed to setting a new standard for public libraries worldwide.

Unique information technology and digital innovations at RPL have thrived under Buss’s vision, and include the introduction of North America’s first DVD Dispenser for popular movies in English and Chinese; as well as their unique online Canadian Citizenship Practice Test (http://www.yourlibrary.ca/citizenship/), and online B.C. Practice Driving Test (http://www.yourlibrary.ca/driving/).

“With a commitment to customer driven service, Greg has always believed in listening to customers and finding a way to best meet their needs,” adds Civkin. Since Greg Buss’s arrival at RPL, the Library has grown from a small community library to an award- winning library system modeled by libraries around the world. By melding the best practices from librarianship and the retail world Buss has been able to recreate and redefine library service.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 14, 2009

Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Are you ready to buy your first home but don’t know where to start? Then come to a free seminar called “First Time Home Buyers” on May 28th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 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 seminar will cover topics like qualifying for a mortgage, the home buying process, down payments, how to get a pre-approval, making the offer, conditions required in an offer, real estate market trends, how to find a good home inspector, why you need a home inspector, leaky condos, common problems in homes, what the lawyer’s role is, the closing process and closing costs, important dates in a transaction, first time home buyers benefits and types of ownership.

“People can expect to learn how to get a mortgage, find a home and make an offer, obtain a home inspection and learn about all the legal aspects of purchasing a home,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. The guest speakers will be John Santos-Ocampo, a mortgage broker with over 20 years experience; Doug Williams, a realtor at REMAX; Glenn Duxburry, a home inspector; and Carolyn Maguire, a notary public. According to Santos-Ocampo, house prices are very attractive right now and so are mortgage interest rates. “Our job is to give people the information they need so that they can make the best purchase when the time arrives,” said Santos-Ocampo.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 12, 2009

Book Clubs – The Best Free Entertainment Around

Got ten friends who love reading? Then why not start a book club? Richmond Public Library (RPL) lends out free sets of 10 books to groups that want to read and discuss books together. To use this service, just fill out the registration form online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=26&lev2=367 or come into any RPL branch and fill it out in person. Once it’s completed and returned to the Library you can borrow any set that’s available.

“We currently have 158 titles to choose from and the sets can be borrowed for six weeks,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s a great way to spend some quality time with friends and the best part is it doesn’t cost anything! When you think about it, there are very few services that are free these days, but this is one of them,” added Civkin.

In order to give all the book clubs equal access, book club titles can’t be renewed or reserved ahead of time, and only one set per club can be checked out at one time. It’s strictly first come, first served.

“Over the years, book clubs have really become popular, and RPL now has about 60 independent book clubs. They like to meet at each others’ homes over a cup of coffee and talk about the books they’ve just read,” said Civkin. “Not only are book clubs intellectually stimulating, but they’re a great way of socializing.” To find out more about book clubs, call Marion at 604-231-6406 or Shelley at 604-231-6416.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 28, 2009

Learn How to Protect Your Brain

Learn how to protect your brain at a free program called “Healthy Brain” on June 11th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor program room. The program will be offered in Cantonese from 10-11 a.m., and in Mandarin from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The programs are for Chinese speaking adults. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“We’re offering this free program in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The guest speaker is Elaine Chow, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC. She will be teaching people ways to protect their brain and keep it healthy,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 28, 2009

What’s New in Cancer Care?

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department, will host a free information session on “What’s New in Cancer Care” for patients and their families. Guest speaker is Dr. John Yun, an oncologist at the Richmond Hospital. It takes place on June 9th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the lecture hall. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available. Registration is necessary.

“Our goal is to support cancer patients, caregivers and family members through education and discussion,” said Dr. Yun. For more information contact Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 29, 2009

Job Search Skills for Teens

If you’re between the ages of 15-20 and you’re starting to look for a summer job, make sure to register for “Job Search skills for Teens,” a free program being offered at Richmond Public Library. The Library, in partnership with Connections Youth Resource Centre, will host four different workshops as part of this program to help teens with their job search. The workshops will take place at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the lecture hall on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. Workshop dates are May 13, 20, 27 and June 3. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Workshop topics will include: • Transferable Job Skills – May 13 (program #640) • Resume Development – May 20 (program #641) • Cover Letters – May 27 (program #642) • Strategies and Techniques for a Winning Interview – June 3 (program #643).

“You can sign up for all four workshops or just one if you want,” says teen librarian, Kate Adams. The guest speaker is Carol Lefevre, an employment counselor and case manager at Connections Youth Resource Centre. For more information please call Kate Adams at 604-278-9811 ext. 634.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2009

Richmond Hosts CAREER SMART Job Fair

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Employment Resource Centre and the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society of BC will be hosting a free multi-sector Career Smart Job Fair (for job seekers and employers) on Wednesday, April 15th from 2-7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, 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, technology and more. The fair is designed to meet the needs of all job seekers, from entry level positions to management level. There will also be representatives from educational institutions present, who will provide information about career options.

Employers will be on hand to share employment facts and information about individual job opportunities, provide information on career choices and the qualifications needed, and to guide interested candidates in the application process. Some employers will also do on-site interviews, so job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and be prepared for on-the-spot 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. Over 40 companies will be present at the job fair, including: City of Richmond, City of Richmond – Fire & Rescue; City of Richmond – Parks and Recreation, Work Safe B.C., BC Ferries, Canada Safeway, Sun Life Financial, Mr. Lube, Kin’s Farm Market, Cobbs Bread, Compass Group, HMS Host, TSI Terminal, Loca Financial, Miles Employment Group, Morgan Grandview Group, PWD Professional Warehouse Demonstration, UPS, Viva Pharmaceuticals, Starbucks Coffee, Zellers, Bell Canada, JW Research, CARA Airline Solutions, Edgewater Casino, Real Canadian Superstore, Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan, and more.

The following educational institutions, professional associations, and agencies will also be there to share information about career development and employment opportunities: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College : Library and Information Technology Program; University of the Fraser Valley : Library and Information Technology Program; Academy of Learning, Eminata Group / University Canada West, CGA, Theo BC, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Connections Youth Resource Centre (RYSA), Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, CHIMO Crisis Services, and others.

Contact:

  • Linda Hudson, Resource Career Case Manager, Richmond Employment Resource Centre, Phone: 604-244-9262
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 20, 2009

Richmond Library Offers Free One-on-One Employment Counselling

Richmond Public Library is teaming up with the Richmond 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 coming to 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 Branch every half hour from 10 a.m. - noon and will be offered on April 1st and 29th in English; and on March 25th and April 8th and 22nd 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 to either the Employment Resource Centre and/or the Richmond Career Centre for further assistance.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 31, 2009

Life After Cancer: What Does Surviving Really Mean?

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department, will host a free information and discussion session on “Life After Cancer: What Does Surviving Really Mean?” for patients and their families. It takes place on April 21st from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the second floor program room. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available. Registration is necessary.

Brenda Goossen, an oncology social worker at the Richmond Hospital, along with some Richmond Cancer survivors will discuss what it really means to survive cancer. They’ll cover topics such as follow-up care, fear of recurrence, late and long-term effects of cancer treatment, and defining healthy living. For more information contact Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 23, 2009

Protecting your investments during the global economic downturn

Learn how to protect your investments during the global economic downturn, at a free seminar on April 9th from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm or by calling 604-231-6412. The program is sponsored by the library and RBC Dominion Securities, and will be in English with Cantonese interpretation available.

“Guest speaker Bing Chan, who is a portfolio manager and investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, will be speaking for about half an hour and will answer questions after that,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. Chan will discuss the following: ? How the economy and markets got to where they are now ? Protecting your investments and risk management ? Prudent investment principles that everyone should know ? Signs to look for to determine a potential turn in the economy and markets

The session is free, but pre-registration is necessary. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

Bing Chan is a portfolio manager and investment advisor with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 14 years with RBC. She has also taught investment courses through the Richmond School Board. Chan has an MBA, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 25, 2009

Celebrate Vaisakhi with Family Fun at Cambie Library

Celebrate Vaisakhi and enjoy dancing, musical mats, a lucky draw and refreshments on April 5th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Cambie Library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie. This free, drop-in program is for all ages.

Vaisakhi is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar, commemorating the establishment of the Khalsa in 1699. The festival is celebrated around the world as the beginning of the New Year. Vaisakhi festivities will include dance by Damon and Dancers as well as Paul Binning and Dancers. The program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library in partnership with SUCCESS. For more information please call 604-273-2223 .

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 17, 2009

Managing Uncertainty in Times of Change

Ted Kuntz, a psychotherapist with 27 years of clinical experience will present a lecture called “Managing Uncertainty” on May 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the group study room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend this free program. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“We’re living in times of tremendous change, yet so many people resist change. Fighting against change causes distress that leads to fear and anxiety, even illness,” says Ted Kuntz. “Resistance can also sabotage our efforts to move forward to meet the demands of a changing world. Managing Uncertainty is an opportunity to identify perspectives and strategies that will enable us to handle change in more constructive and creative ways,” adds Kuntz.

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

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 18, 2009

Free Tax Advice Seminar at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library will be holding a free program in partnership with H&R Block called “Free Tax Advice Seminar” on April 7th from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the lecture hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. 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.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2009

Get Help With Your Fitness Goals at Cambie Library

Join Jacqui Hill, fitness coordinator for Cambie Community Centre and learn how to stick to your fitness goals at this interactive program on April 7th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This is a free program for adults.

“We all want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it’s easy to lose sight of our goals,” says head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith. “That’s why we’ve invited Jacqui Hill to come and share some common mistakes people make and show you how to develop fitness goals you can stick to,” adds Smith. For more information please call 604-273-2223. The library has lots of material on health and fitness that free for borrowing.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 18, 2009

Enjoy Multicultural Storytelling Festival at Cambie Library

Come and celebrate our multicultural community while enjoying stories from the Philippines, India, Zimbabwe, Iran, Germany and more on March 29th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library. This is a free, drop in program for all ages. The Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie.

“Community members will be telling stories from their home countries,” says head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith. Storytellers include: Norma Amba, a retired teacher from the Philippines; Rekah Naik telling stories from India and Zimbabwe; Hamid Delfi telling stories from Iran; Andrea Mehler telling a German fairy tale, Genny Trigo-Gonzalez telling a story from Argentina, and other storytellers as well.

Smith reminds us that storytelling has existed as long as mankind has had language. Every culture shares its stories as a means of entertainment, learning and to preserve their heritage. This storytelling festival allows the community to learn about the uniqueness of other cultures while seeing the similarities we all share. All Richmond Public Library branches have collections of folk and fairy tales from around the world that customers are welcome to borrow.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 12, 2009

Fitness Fun for Families at Cambie Library

The Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library and the Cambie Community Centre are offering a free interactive program called “Fitness Fun for Families” on March 24th from 3:30-4:15 p.m. at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie. Space is limited. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

This free program for families with children will be presented by Jacqui Hill, the fitness coordinator for Cambie Community Centre. “Our goal here is to encourage families to participate in physical activities together, for fun and good health, as well as introduce them to library materials that can help them with their fitness goals,” said head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith. “We have books, DVDs and magazines on fitness and they’re all free to borrow,” added Smith. Participants at the program will learn tips on how to create fitness activities that are fun for the whole family.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 11, 2009

Public Speaking for the Terrified

Do you break out in a sweat when you have to speak in public? Are you hesitant to promote yourself or your business because you’re afraid of public speaking? If you answered yes, then sign up for a free seminar called Public Speaking for the Terrified on March 31 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited so register now by visiting any branch of Richmond public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Speaker Sylvia McLaren-Tishler has been transforming terrified speakers into terrific speakers for the past two decades. She says that public speaking is an essential 21st century business and social skill. Her seminar will teach you easy, step-by-step ways to:

? Prepare introductions and thank you speeches ? Write dynamic, entertaining, informative and persuasive speeches ? Organize and express your ideas clearly ? Write a 30-second presentation promoting your business or yourself ? Overcome fear of public speaking.

McLaren-Tishler includes interactive exercises in her seminar so that the audience can practice what they learn. At her Frameworks Finishing Academy for Professionals, McLaren-Tishler offers courses on business protocol and etiquette, public speaking and customer service. She is also the author of Public Speaking for the Terrified; Pocket Manners; Pocket Manners for Men; and a children’s book called Finn the Fireman.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 3, 2009

Play Wii for Free at the Library

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2009

Play Wii for Free at the Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – And you thought the library only had books! Teens age 12-18 are invited to meet new friends and play free Wii video games at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library on March 12th and April 9th from 4-5 p.m. in the program room. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The library has a brand new collection of video games and we’re encouraging teens to drop in and join us for a fun-filled hour of Wii game playing,” says teen librarian Kate Adams. “For those kids who think that the library only has books, this is a great way to introduce them to the different kinds of things the library has to offer,” adds Adams.

For more information please call Kate Adams at 604-278-9811 ext. 634.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 12, 2009

CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOM TO READ

Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week, which takes place from Feb. 22 – 28, 2009. 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 always available to offer advice on age-appropriate material when 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:

  • Lyn Greenhill, Library Board Chair Phone: 604-275-2740
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 9, 2009

Buy or Borrow? A No-Brainer in Tough Economic Times

If you’re a newcomer to Canada and you want to learn English you could always buy ESL books or pay to take ESL classes. Or you could save your money and come to Richmond Public Library instead and borrow brand new ESL books, CDs, and CD-ROMs for free.

The library recently bought more than 2,700 new items for English-as-a-Second-Language learners in these categories: listening and speaking, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, idioms, textbooks, vocabulary, readers and dictionaries. A selection of DVDs will also be added in the near future.

The adult ESL material is located in the Brighouse (Main) Branch on the second floor beside the Ask Me desk, and the children’s ESL material is located in the first floor Kids’ Place area. There are smaller collections of adult ESL material available at the other Richmond Library branches.

People wanting to learn or practice English or other languages can also use the TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre on the second floor of the Brighouse Branch, for free. Language learning software includes Greenwood ESL that teaches English pronunciation, conversation and grammar; and Mango Languages that features 12 different languages. There is also a Cantonese Talking e-Dictionary on CD-ROM; and a CD-ROM called Learning Cantonese. These are for language learners of all ages and levels and they’re free to use. You just need a Richmond Public Library card, which is also, you guessed it, FREE!

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 6, 2009

CIBC and CanWest Raise-a-Reader Help Young Readers

Richmond Public Library received a $2,500 CIBC Public Library Grant through the Vancouver Sun/CanWest Raise-a-Reader campaign and as a result, 564 kids age 7-12 have been able to enjoy book clubs at the Library. The goal of the Raise-a-Reader campaign is to enhance children's literacy programs.

“This generous grant has enabled the Library to purchase 240 books for book club sets. Now kids of various ages can participate in book clubs at all Richmond Library branches,” says head of kids’ place, Virginia McCreedy. “In total, 47 book club meetings have taken place for kids age seven to twelve since we started this program,” adds McCreedy. “It’s a great way for kids to meet other kids who enjoy reading, and in the process they get to play fun games based on the book of the month.”

McCreedy stresses the importance of reading skills in helping kids achieve success, not only in school, but in life. "We’re very grateful to have received this grant and it’s benefitting a lot of children in our community," adds McCreedy. The book club titles include fiction, one graphic novel, and one non-fiction title, and all books have the Raise-a-Reader sticker on them.

CIBC is a proud supporter of the Raise-a-Reader program. The CanWest Raise-a-Reader campaign raises money for family literary programs across Canada. Since its inception in 2002, CanWest and its partner newspapers across Canada have raised more than $10 million.

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 29, 2009

Richmond City Council Appoints New Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting on January 28, the Richmond Public Library Board re-elected Lyn Greenhill as Board Chair. Greenhill, a longtime Richmond resident, has served on the Library Board since 2002 and is a retired Richmond City Councillor. Returning Board members include re-elected Vice-Chair Arlene Yoshikawa, Pat Watson, Dulce Cuenca, Mark Bostwick, Albert Beh, and Leslie Wilson. Councillor Linda Barnes will serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

New to the Board is Peter Kafka, appointed by Richmond City Council for a one-year term. Kafka comes to the Board with a broad range of human resources and management experience. He is currently the chief executive officer of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital, The Weinberg Residence in Vancouver.

As the Library Board Chair, one of Greenhill’s main focuses is to promote and encourage literacy in our community. She says, "Offering a broad range of resources and programs, we can help people with the practical issues they face in their daily lives. Libraries are free sources of entertainment and knowledge, a benefit to our community especially in the current economic downturn. We provide traditional books as well as new technologies, and invite everyone to explore our libraries and our website when they want recreational reading, reference material, 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 1.9 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 21, 2009

Richmond Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

Bring the entire family and 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 Sunday, February 1st from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the library and lecture hall. 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 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 music performance; Chinese folk dance; violin and piano music; dancing; Chinese New Year songs and sing-a-long; raffle draws, and some Chinese New Year snacks. Celina Luk will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Demonstrations in the library will include: Chinese painting and calligraphy, an orchid market, Chinese riddles and couplets, 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, TD Canada Trust, Richmond Orchid Culture Club, Richmond Public Library’s Classical Chinese Reading Club, and Irene Ho. The Richmond Public Library is pleased to showcase the following performers, groups and individuals: Kin Fung Athletic Group, Sincere S.Y. Lam Guzheng Ensemble, Richmond Chinese Folk Dance Society, Sharon Li, Sara Kim, Yifan Yin, Greg Jens from Fraser River Fiddlers, Richmond Public Library’s Reading Buddies, Minoru Seniors Dancers, Sincere S.Y. Lam Guzheng Ensemble, Shao Lin Hung Gar Kung Fu Association, and Richmond Orchid Culture Club.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 26, 2009

Screenwriting for Teens

Teens, do you want to learn about screenwriting and the movie industry? If the answer is yes, then come to the Richmond Public Library for a free course called Screenwriting for Teens, on March 10 from 4-6 p.m. in the group study room of 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.

“If you’re between the ages of 12-18 and you want learn about crafting a feature-length screenplay, from characterization to structure and surprise endings, then this is the course for you,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. The instructor is Jana Williams, who conducts WORDSMYTHE seminars throughout the Pacific Northwest and currently teaches screenwriting at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Space is limited so register early. For more information call Kate Adams 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        February 25, 2009

Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Used Car

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free program on How to Buy a Used Car on March 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Guest speakers will be Tara Evans, who is a Consumer Services Officer at the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of BC, and an inspector from the BC Automobile Association. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Evans’s presentation will cover all the steps in how to purchase a used vehicle, including where you can research different vehicle reports and consumer guides, what a dealership is responsible for disclosing when selling a vehicle, what to look at when test driving a vehicle, important information regarding contracts, and some general terms used in the Motor Vehicle industry that consumers may not be aware of. The BCAA inspector will go into further detail about inspecting a used vehicle.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 16, 2009

Effective & Authentic Conversations – Your Ticket to Success

According to psychotherapist and author Ted Kuntz, how we communicate with others is one of the most important skills to achieving success. Kuntz will share the skills needed to engage in conversations that are effective and authentic at a free seminar on April 1st from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register for “Effective and Authentic Conversations” by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or via the Internet at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Kuntz says: “Communication is core to effective problem solving, the development of healthy relationships, and the realization of our goals. Many individuals fail in their quest for excellence due to their inability to communicate effectively.”

In Effective and Authentic Conversations, Kuntz will teach the difference between authentic and inauthentic conversations. He emphasizes that authentic conversations require courage, heart, and skill. And when done well they have the power to transform a life. Now who can afford not to come to this talk?

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 5, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on June 18th 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 philosophy of sophism and sophistic poets of the 17th and 18th centuries. The guest speaker is Margarita Tarsina. 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        May 8, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on May 21st from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, second floor program room, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “A look at Vancouver, the Capital of the 2010 Olympic Games: Its Past and Present.” The guest speaker is Victoria Grigorenko. 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        April 10, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on April 23rd 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 Philosophy and medical uses of yoga. Guest speaker is Dr. Adolf Zilberstein. 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        March 6, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on March 19th from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Lecture Hall, at Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is Joseph Brodsky – His life and poetry. Guest speaker is Raissa 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        February 13, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on February 26 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 life of famous Russian poet Alexander Block. Guest speaker is Dr. 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 16, 2009

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on January 29th 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 means to an end : Should a deserving goal be attained by any means?” Guest speaker is Polina Gladstein. 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 29, 2009

Out of the Blue : Clinical Depression & How to Treat it

Dr. Randy Paterson, the Clinical Director of Changeways Clinic, will talk about “Depression and how to Treat it” on February 10th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Space is limited so register early by visiting any branch of Richmond public Library, calling 604-231-6412 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Dr. Paterson will discuss effective strategies that patients can put into practice themselves,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “He’ll also talk about the myths and realities of clinical depression and its treatment.” The topics to be covered include: • Types of depression • The symptoms of depression • The causes of depression • Effective self-care strategies • Why medication is seldom a complete treatment • Therapy approaches that work.

Dr. Paterson is the author of Your Depression Map and The Assertiveness Workbook. He has trained over 2,000 mental health professionals across Canada and internationally in the treatment of depression. He was the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association Distinguished Practitioner Award.

This program is in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond branch).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 8, 2009

The Six Mistakes Baby Boomers Make with their Finances and How to Avoid Them

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “The Six Mistakes Baby Boomers Make with their Finances” and how to avoid them, at a presentation on January 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. The talk will take place 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. Registration is necessary.

Pullem describes her seminar as being for investors over age 50, who are planning to retire or have already retired and who want to avoid costly mistakes. “Ms. Pullem is regarded as an expert in helping baby boomers increase and preserve their assets, maximize their incomes, and reduce the income taxes they pay,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

The seminar will cover the following financial mistakes and how to avoid them: • Not understanding or covering your risks • Failing to understand the stock market • Paying excessive taxes • Having the wrong time horizon • Choosing the wrong retirement income strategy • Not taking care of your family.

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information,” added Civkin. There will be a prize draw at the end of the presentation. Pullem is a Certified Financial Planner with expertise in investments, taxes, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. She is an Associate with ZLC Financial Group.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 6, 2009

Learn About Palliative Care and Who Can Benefit From it

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Hospital Oncology Department, will host a free information and discussion session on “Understanding Palliative Care,” for patients and their families, friends and colleagues. It takes place on February 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, in the lecture hall. To register call Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 local 4193. The session will be in English with Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation available. Registration is necessary.

Palliative care is an approach to caring for people with life limiting illnesses and their families, that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. The speakers will discuss what palliative care is, who can benefit from it, how it fits with cancer care, what palliative care services are available in Richmond, and what government resources are available to clients receiving palliative care. The guest speakers will be Linda Dueck Plett, a Clinical Social Worker with the Integrated Hospice Palliative Care Program at the Richmond Hospital, and Linda Yearwood, a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Integrated Hospice Palliative Care Program at the Richmond Hospital. Everyone is welcome to attend this session which is part of the Cancer Journey Series. For more information contact Brenda Goossen at 604-278-9711 ext. 4193.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 20, 2009

Protect Your Investments and Credit in an Uncertain Economy

Learn how to protect your investments and credit in an uncertain economy, at a free seminar on February 6th from 12 noon – 2 p.m. at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at Cambie and No. 5 Road. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6412, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is sponsored by the library and the Royal Bank of Canada, and will be in English with Cantonese and Russian interpretation. A free lunch will be served.

“We know that personal investors and small business owners are looking for practical strategies for investing and maintaining credit access in an uncertain economy. So we’ve invited Bing Chan, a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and Zhenya Nesterova, a Senior Account Manager (business and personal) with Royal Bank of Canada to come and share their financial expertise,” said Lee Anne Smith, head of Cambie Branch Library.

The session is free, but pre-registration is necessary. For more information please call Lee Anne Smith at 604-273-2223.

Contact:

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