2010

For immediate release        December 23, 2010

Discover the History of Yoho National Park’s Spiral Tunnels

Want to learn about an engineering feat that overcame the Rocky Mountains to connect our nation as a whole? Students and adults are invited to come to a free 45-minute interactive historical exploration of Yoho National Park’s Spiral Tunnels at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The program takes place on January 6th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #114 when registering.

The Library is partnering with Parks Canada to offer this presentation. Parks Canada interpreter Kristy Putnam will be the guest speaker and she describes the true Canadian story as having “suspense, action, romance, drama and a happy ending.” This free, fun program is for all ages and celebrates Parks Canada’s 100th Anniversary as the world’s first national parks service. For more information on Parks Canada visit www.parkscanada.ca.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 24, 2010

Are you Eligible for Paid Employment Training?

If you’re 18 or older, unemployed, haven’t received Employment Insurance for the past three years, are not currently a student, and are legally entitled to work in Canada you may be eligible to receive free training courses as part of the JobOptions BC Program. Come and talk to an employment counselor about your eligibility.

Richmond Public Library in partnership with Connections Youth Resource Centre, is offering free ½ hour counseling sessions on alternating Wednesday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. starting on January 12. These will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register go to at the 2nd floor Ask Me desk in the library or phone 604-231-6413. Each person is entitled to one ½ hour session. Employment counselors from Connections Youth Resource Centre will hold sessions at the following times and dates:

Wed Jan 12 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Jan 26 English Wed Feb 9 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Feb 23 English Wed Mar 9 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Mar 23 English Wed Apr 6 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Apr 20 English Wed May 4 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed May 18 English Wed June 1 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed June 15 English Wed Jun 29 English/Cantonese/Mandarin

According to Connections Youth Resource Centre “You must be willing and able to commit to 10 weeks of full-time job search training/work placement.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 24, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Young Adults

Are you a young adult between the ages of 15-30 who is trying to find a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session to learn better job search skills, find out about useful resources, and make a job search plan that will help you find the job you love. Please register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library or call 604-231-6413.

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from Connections Youth Resource Centre are working in partnership to offer these valuable sessions to young adults in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one ½ hour session only,” added Jang. The sessions will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, on different dates. All sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. in the large seminar room in the silent study room at the Brighouse Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate:

Wed Jan 12 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Jan 26 English Wed Feb 9 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Feb 23 English Wed Mar 9 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Mar 23 English Wed Apr 6 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Apr 20 English Wed May 4 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed May 18 English Wed June 1 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed June 15 English Wed Jun 29 English/Cantonese/Mandarin

“The sessions are aimed at providing young adult job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills,” added Jang. Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to Connections Youth Resource Centre for further assistance. Students who are looking for a summer job or part-time work are welcome to register for a session. For more information please 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        December 24, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Immigrants

Are you an immigrant who is looking for a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library to learn better job search skills and find out about useful resources. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Please register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse Branch or call 604-231-6413. The sessions take place weekly on alternating Wednesdays and are held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch.

Wed Jan 5 & 19 Cantonese, Mandarin & English Wed Feb 2 & 16 Cantonese, Mandarin & English

“Richmond Public Library is partnering with employment counselors from the (Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society (ISS)???) to offer these valuable sessions to immigrants in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one ½ hour session only,” added Jang. “It doesn’t matter when you came to Canada and you don’t need to be a recent immigrant to attend these sessions.” The sessions are for people who speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

“Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with immigrant job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to the (Richmond Career Centre of ISS)??? for further assistance. For more information please 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        December 7, 2010

Christmas Carol Sing-along at Ironwood Library

Do you love singing Christmas carols but hate standing out in the cold? Then come to the Christmas Carol Sing-along at the Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Ironwood Shopping Centre, at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. This free drop-in program for kids and families takes place on December 18th from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Ironwood living room.

Jeanette Chan, a local music teacher with 25 years experience and a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association will lead the singing. “One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the music, so this will be a great opportunity for families to gather together and sing some of their favorite Christmas carols,” said head of Ironwood branch, Kat Lucas. “Plus, the added perk is that you don’t have to stand out in the cold weather to do it!” added Lucas.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 30, 2010

Santa’s Letter Writing Party - Santa’s Waiting for Your Letter – What are You Waiting for?

Santa’s waiting to get your mail so he’ll know what to bring you this Christmas, so get writing! Kids of all ages are invited to visit the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on Dec. 7th at 3:30 p.m. for a free puppet show and then stay to write a letter or draw a picture for Santa at 4 p.m. Canada Post will provide the paper for the letters and will have their Guinness World Records’ certified “World’s Largest Mailbox” there. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“You can’t miss this mailbox – it’s red, it’s 5.43 meters tall and 2.64 meters wide and will be right in front of the library,” said head of kids’ place, Virginia McCreedy. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa and they’ll receive a letter back from him. “They’ll even get a chance to meet some of Santa’s elves,” added McCreedy.

This is part of Canada Post’s annual Santa Letter Writing Program, which helps promote literacy across Canada. “It’s really a great way to encourage kids to practice their writing skills and it’s fun for them,” said McCreedy. Don’t miss your chance to hear from Santa!

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 30, 2010

Richmond Library’s Friends in Deed

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library recently approved a $30,000 wish list of items to sponsor for the library. Now those are the kind of friends everyone would like!

“Our Friends of the Library is such a hardworking, dedicated group of people, and we’re so grateful for their generosity,” said chief librarian Greg Buss. “They’ve been contributing to the library for years and their annual book sales are one of the most popular community events in Richmond.”

At a recent library board meeting on November 24th the Friends’ chairperson Betsy Blair handed over the hefty cheque to the library. The items to be sponsored this year include: books and other resources for older adults and seniors; a mobile puppet stage; a collection for kids on global citizenship; fantasy novels for adults; Favourite Friends collection for kids and parents; classical DVDs, CD music and biographies; audio-books for kids; and a $5,000 donation to the Richmond Public Library Permanent Agency Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation. “These items will certainly be in high demand, and we’re delighted to have this extra boost to our collections,” added Buss.

Buss said that each year the Library puts together a wish list of items they need, and then the Friends of the Library decides which items they’d like to support. “They’ve been incredibly generous over the years, and we really appreciate their ongoing commitment to literacy and to helping our community thrive.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 27, 2010

Richmond Library Celebrates Kronier Family Donation

The Board and staff of the Richmond Public Library recently celebrated a generous donation of $10,000 from the Kronier family of Richmond. The donation was made as a grant to the Richmond Public Library Permanent Agency Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation.

“We appreciate this thoughtful support of the Library and look forward to growing the capital in our endowment fund, for the long term benefit of Richmond citizens,” said chief librarian, Greg Buss.

At the recent Library Board reception for the Kroniers, the family was represented by Betty Kronier, Lorraine Palmer, Linda Chrystal, Kim Streit and Carolyn Convey. Also in attendance were Sylvia Gwozd, Vice-Chair of the Richmond Community Foundation and Jim Watson, Director of Development for the Foundation.

“The Kronier Family’s generosity is a wonderful example for others to follow, and has inspired our Friends of the Library group to make a recent $5,000 donation to the Richmond Community Foundation as well,” added Buss.

Anyone interested in investing in the future of Richmond Public Library by donating to the Richmond Public Library Permanent Agency Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation can contact Shelley Civkin, communications officer at 604-231-6416 or the Richmond Community Foundation at (604) 270-4483.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 17, 2010

Got Game? Test Your Skills at Ironwood Library Games Day

If you enjoy Nintendo Wii video games, board games and chess, then you won’t want to miss Games Day at the Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library on Sun., November 28 from 2-4 p.m. This free event is for kids ages 12 and under. Ironwood branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. The games are drop-in except for the chess tournament, which you have to register for by filling in a registration form at any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“This will be a really fun event with a wide variety of games like Connect 4, Snakes & Ladders, Guess Who, chess, and Wii video games,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. “While it may just look like fun, playing games can actually teach children important skills such as cooperation, team work and problem solving. And video games in particular help in the development of hand-eye coordination and visual literacy,” added McCreedy. For more information please call 604-231-6468.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 17, 2010

Men’s Prostate Health – Problems and How to Improve Them

Did you know that 85% of all men will have some sort of problem with urination during their lifetime? Surprising, but true. Learn more about prostate issues, including loss of bladder control, erectile dysfunction, and how to improve these situations at a free seminar on November 30th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the administration room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 621 when registering.

“This is a sensitive topic for most men, but one that’s extremely important,” said Martha Jens, Nurse Continence Advisor. “I’ll be discussing the anatomy and function of the bladder and will talk about some of the problems that happen when the bladder doesn’t work the way it did when men were younger. I’ll be talking about loss of bladder control and how to improve the situation when you have the frequent urge to urinate,” added Jens The guest speaker, Martha Jens, is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Continence Advisor who works in the Continence Clinic at the Richmond Hospital. She has been a registered nurse since 1972 and has also worked at Vancouver General Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, and Peace Arch Hospital. She has a special interest in working with clients who have problems with bladder and bowel control and has taken a specialty course to become a Nurse Continence Advisor.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 4, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Youth

Are you a young adult between the ages of 15-30 who is trying to find a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session to learn better job search skills and useful resources, and make a job search plan that will help you find the job you love. Please register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library or call 604-231-6413.

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from Connections Youth Resource Centre are working together to offer these valuable sessions to young adults in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one session only,” added Jang. The sessions will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, on different days.

The sessions take place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate:

November 10 English/Cantonese, Mandarin November 24 English December 8 English/Cantonese, Mandarin December 22 English

“The sessions are aimed at providing young adult job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills,” added Jang. Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to Connections Youth Resource Centre for further assistance. Students who are looking for a summer job or part-time work are welcome to register for a session. For more information please 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        November 4, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Immigrants

Are you an immigrant who is looking for a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library to learn better job search skills and find out about useful resources. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Please register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse Branch or call 604-231-6413. The sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays until December 22nd and are held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch.

The sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch:

November 3 Cantonese/Mandarin/English November 17 Cantonese/Mandarin/English December 1 Cantonese/Mandarin/English December 15 Cantonese/Mandarin/English

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society (ISS) are working together to offer these valuable sessions to immigrants in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one session only,” added Jang. “It doesn’t matter when you came to Canada; you don’t need to be a recent immigrant to attend these sessions.” The sessions are for people who speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

“Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with immigrant job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to the Richmond Career Centre of ISS for further assistance. For more information please 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 27, 2010

Remembrance Day Celebration at Richmond Library

Celebrate Canada’s military history at Richmond Public Library’s Remembrance Day Celebration on Nov. 7th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to this free program. The opening ceremony and cake cutting start at 11 a.m.

“Our hope is that people will join the celebration and learn more about Canada’s military history and acknowledge the important contributions of Canadian veterans,” said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “There will also be games and prizes and lots of new books and DVDs on Canada’s military history,” added Jang.

The Remembrance Day Celebration will be attended by Mayor Malcolm Brodie; Honourable John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action and MLA for Richmond-Steveston and others. Jang added that people will have a chance to chat with veterans and find out what life was like for soldiers and their families during World War II. Kids can get dressed up in military uniform and have their picture taken with a real Jeep. They can also send their message of support to the Canadian Troops and make a medal and poppy. For more information on this free, drop-in program call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 21, 2010

Richmond Chinese School Foundation Donates over $105,000 to Richmond Public Library

There’s much truth to the saying: “When a door closes, a window opens.” While the Richmond Chinese School Foundation recently wound down its activities and closed its doors, Richmond Public Library’s window opened wide. And what came through it was a generous donation of $105,972 in outstanding funds from the Richmond Chinese School Foundation. A donation ceremony will be held in early 2011 to celebrate the event.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Richmond Chinese School Foundation for their enormous generosity, and we look forward to fulfilling their vision to promote the learning of the Chinese language and culture here in Richmond,” said chief librarian Greg Buss. “We will use the funds to expand collections, programs and services for adults and children, and the library will match the donated funds, dollar for dollar. The expenditure of the total amount of the donation will be spread over approximately ten years,” added Buss.

The library plans to purchase books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and kits on Chinese language and culture, in Chinese and English. In addition, they will purchase Chinese reading club book sets and Chinese language learning software. Programs will also be developed to promote the Chinese language and culture, including Chinese storytimes for children and relevant adult oriented programming. Each book purchased will have a special bookplate attached, acknowledging this generous donation.

“In order to acknowledge this very special and outstanding donation, we will be dedicating our second floor program room to the Richmond Chinese School Foundation, with a naming ceremony to take place in 2011. Richmond Public Library has a solid and longstanding relationship with the Richmond Chinese School Foundation and has benefitted from their generosity over the years,” added Buss.

“The Foundation is honored to be part of the Library’s ongoing endeavors in promoting the learning of the Chinese language and culture in Richmond. And the directors are proud to be among so many other donors who have assisted the Library in offering the local community exceptional services and reading collections,” said representatives from the Richmond Chinese School Foundation.

Contact:

  • Winnie Lo Phone: 604-250-3522
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 20, 2010

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Do you struggle with a chronic or recurrent health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or Crohn’s disease? If so, then plan to attend a free six-week workshop called “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This series of workshops takes place on Tuesdays (in Cantonese – course #615) from November 2 – December 7 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and on Thursdays (in Mandarin – course #616) from November 4 – December 16 from 9:30 a.m. - noon. There is no class on Thursday Nov. 11th. Both series take place in the library’s second floor program room. To register, call the library at 604-231-6413 or SUCCESS at 604-408-7260. This program is for adults of all ages, as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity to learn practical self-management strategies to help you cope with the day-to-day physical and emotional challenges that you experience as a result of chronic conditions,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. The program is free and funded by University of Victoria’s Center on Aging. “Participants should plan to attend all six sessions to get a certificate,” added Civkin.

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

These workshops are co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and SUCCESS. The trained staff and volunteers from SUCCESS have undergone four days of intensive training provided by the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 3, 2010

Daoism and Ecology – A Free Talk at Richmond Library

Learn about Daoism and its connection to ecology at a free lecture on November 14th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the performance hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 620 when registering. This program is for older students and adults.

The guest speaker will be Paul Crowe, Director, David Lam Centre at SFU and Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program. According to Crowe, the roots of how Daoists understand the world can be traced back to the Warring States period, roughly 475-221BCE. Crowe will examine these roots and will consider the first Daoist communities, emerging around 180-190 CE, and how they developed these ideas further, coming to see the world as a cosmic organism in which the processes of change, embraced by sky and earth, were directly affected by the activities of human beings. Thus, according to Crowe, everyone shared responsibility for the harmonious and healthy functioning of the “world-body” that sustains life.

Paul Crowe has a Ph.D., MA Asian Studies (UBC); MA Religious Studies, BA Philosophy and Religious Studies (Calgary). Crowe’s teaching and research focus is on Chinese religion and intellectual history and on developing intercultural understanding. Outside of academia he has had a longstanding personal interest in Chinese culture as a practitioner of Taiji quan (i.e. Tai chi) and Daoist meditation for more than twenty-five years.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 19, 2010

Hey Kids, Join the Science Bash at Brighouse Library!

Come celebrate National Science and Technology Week and the Year of Science in BC, at the Fourth Annual Brighouse Science Bash on October 22nd 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 hands-on, child-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 “curiosity to understanding: the past, present and future”. The event is meant to encourage kids to take up careers in science later on. "There's no school that day so students can come and enjoy all sorts of activities. The special feature this year will be the Touch Tank from the Vancouver Aquarium, which lets people actually touch live aquatic animals in ‘touch tanks’,” added Civkin. Learn about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; 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. This year kids will be able to make candy DNA models and 3D masks, learn about bugs, birds, mountains and more. 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: Geological Survey of Canada; Genome BC / LTS; National Research Council – Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics; National Research Council – Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation; Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Parks Canada; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC; Environment Canada; Science Fair Foundation of BC / BC Innovation Counsel; Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Young Naturalist Club; MS Infinity; Vancouver Aquarium; NRCan – Pacific Forestry Centre; UBC Botanical Garden; and The SFU School of Interactive Arts. This event is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and the various Federal Science Departments.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 21, 2010

Free Financial Planning and Tax Clinic

Looking for impartial information about financial, legal and tax issues? Then sign up for a free half-hour, one-on-one session with a financial planner at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Clinics take place weekly on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, from November 4 to December 16 and are for adults. There is no clinic on November 11th. There is a limit of one half-hour session per person and people must pre-register either in person at the 2nd floor Ask Me desk in the Brighouse Branch library or by calling 604-231-6413. Sessions will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room.

“The Library is working with the Financial Literacy Counsel to provide these valuable financial, legal and tax clinics,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. The sessions will be offered in several languages on different dates including:

Nov 4 & Dec 2 in English, Mandarin, Minnan Dec 9 in English and Tagalog Nov 18 & Dec 16 in English and Cantonese Nov 25 in English and Punjabi

“Our goal with these clinics is to provide a safe, non-sales driven environment to address people’s financial questions. Our vision is to increase the financial literacy rates of Richmond residents in order to reduce financial stress, build stronger families and develop financially responsible citizens,” said Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel. “There will be absolutely no promotion or sales of products or services at these clinics,” added Guilaran.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 3, 2010

Building Resilience in Children

Wondering how to equip your children for what lies ahead in life? Want your children to be able to bounce back from adversity, recover from trauma, and adapt to circumstances beyond their control? Dr. Deborah MacNamara, a clinical counselor and educator will be speaking on “Building Resilience in Children” on November 16th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register for this free talk by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #617 when registering.

“At one time or another every parent has probably wondered how to prepare their child for the unknown, how to equip them to deal with psychological injury, attachment issues or simply not getting their way,” said Dr. Deborah MacNamara. “While children have the potential for tremendous resilience, this attribute needs to be developed, and parents are key to this,” added MacNamara. “The goal of the presentation is to understand where resilience comes from and how we can create the conditions to foster this in our children and teens.”

Dr. MacNamara is in private practice helping parents, teachers, and childcare professionals make sense of children and adolescents in their care. She has over 15 years experience as a teacher and counselor in mental health and educational settings. She has been published in parenting magazines and newsletters across Canada. As well, she interned with Dr. Gordon Neufeld and is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 5, 2010

Get Started on the Internet in Punjabi

For Punjabi speakers wanting to learn how to use the Internet, Richmond Public Library is offering a free “Hands-on Internet” class in Punjabi (program #507) on October 17th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Shopping Centre, at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. To register call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Keyboard and mouse skills are prerequisites for this class.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 2, 2010

Richmond Public Library Hosts World Food Day

The Richmond Food Security Society, in conjunction with the Richmond Public Library invites the public to attend the sixth annual World Food Day celebration on Sat. October 16th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

This year’s theme is “Food Grows Community” and it celebrates the way that food brings people together. There will be an opening celebration at noon with a short speech by Mayor Malcolm Brodie. This year’s event will also feature local salmon treats provided by Chef Ian Lai. World Food Day is celebrated internationally and was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979. Food security is when all people have access to safe and healthy food at all times.

A number of agencies and organizations will have information booths at the library. The Richmond Food Security Society will highlight the work they have done in the past year, including compiling the Local Food Guide, management of the City’s community gardens, and hosting Tuesday night canning drop in programs. Richmond Family Place will offer a food related craft, and Vancouver Coastal Health will have an activity called: Make the Healthy Choice, Sugar, to educate the public on the amount of sugar in beverages.

Other agencies with information booths will include: Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Kairos, the Richmond Food Bank, Oxfam, Terra Nova Schoolyard Society, Agricultural Workers Alliance, Canadian Food Grains Bank, Richmond Poverty Response Committee, Community Meals, and the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project. There will also be a video showing of “The Root Cause: Exploring the Food Security Movement in the City of Richmond.” Film producer Devon Wong will discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.

For the last six years, the Richmond Food Security Society has hosted the World Food Day Festival at the Richmond Cultural Center with support from Vancouver Coastal Health. The Richmond Food Security Society encourages local people to purchase and consume locally grown food, supports farmers to grow more food in Richmond, and promotes community and backyard gardening. The Society also educates the general public through a variety of workshops on growing fruit and vegetables, processing them, and cooking them, using healthy techniques.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 23, 2010

Take Small Steps to Refresh Your Life - Beyond the Blues: Depression Anxiety Education and Screening Day

Discover how you can take small steps to reduce anxiety, deal with depression, and get the sleep you need. If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your life, then come to “Beyond the Blues: Depression Anxiety Education and Screening Day” on October 7th. It takes place from noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre in the performance hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free event is aimed at seniors and older adults. Light refreshments available.

Displays are open to the public from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., and guest speaker presentations take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. To register visit the Minoru Place Activity Centre or call 604-718-8450 and quote course # 86207. Space is limited so priority registration will be for ages 55+ and all others will be placed on a waitlist with confirmation 72 hours prior to the event.

Guest speakers include Dr. Susan Biali, an internationally recognized wellness expert and life coach, who danced her way out of depression and poor health and into the life of her dreams; psychologist Dr. Adrienne Wang, who will explain the steps you can take to reduce anxiety in your life; and Dr. Neetu Dhiman, a Naturopathic doctor, who will talk about improving sleep naturally.

This free community event is hosted by: Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Senior Services, Volunteer Richmond Information Services – Seniors Community Support Services, Vancouver Coastal Health.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 22, 2010

Award-winning Author Reads at Richmond Library

Come and hear Annabel Lyon discuss her award-winning novel, The Golden Mean, at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch on October 5th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #520 when registering.

Set in fourth century BCE Macedon, The Golden Mean tells the story of the philosopher Aristotle and his most famous student, the young Alexander the Great. The Golden Mean has been described like this: “Lyon offers us that rarest of treats: a book about philosophy, about the power of ideas, that chortles and sings like an earthy romance.”

Annabel Lyon is the author of four books, including Oxygen, The Best Thing for You, and All-Season Edie. The Golden Mean was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. It won the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 22, 2010

Secure Your Child’s Future with RESPs

If you want to be sure that your children and grandchildren get the education they’ll need to be successful, then you’ll want to learn more about how to save money with the RESP. Registered Education Savings Plans are commonly used by parents and other guardians to save for a child’s post secondary education. Richmond Public Library and the Financial Literacy Counsel Inc. are holding three sessions about the RESP. The sessions are free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The first RESP seminar is in Cantonese (program #522) and will be held on October 5th from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The second seminar is in English (program #523) and will be held on October 12th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The third seminar is in Mandarin (program #524) and takes place on October 26th from 7:30-9:00 p.m. All three seminars will take place in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Alphil Guilaran will be the guest speaker at this program. In addition to being the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Political Science and Economics. He completed the Insurance Council of BC Course in 1998 and is a certified Elder Planning Counselor.

There will also be a panel of representatives from three financial institutions - Royal Bank of Canada, The Toronto Dominion Bank, and Scotiabank – who will answer questions from the audience. “We want to assure people that there will be no promotion or sales of products or services during these seminars. We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable information about RESP investments,” said Guilaran.

“Participants at this seminar can expect to learn about their options and the differences between an RESP, Canadian Learning Bond, Canadian Education Savings Grant, and Registered Educations Savings Plans,” added Guilaran.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 14, 2010

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

If the stars in the sky are a mystery to you, then you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s astronomy program - “Starry Night” - on September 22nd from 5:30-9:30 p.m. This is a free, drop-in program for all ages and takes place at the Brighouse (Main) branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

“This fun, educational program will give people a better understanding of astronomy and help us celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival,” said Wendy Jang, the library’s coordinator of multilingual services. This program is co-sponsored by The Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the Richmond Public Library.

Activities include: - Telescope display - Fun science demonstration - 3D videos - Astrophotography - Talks in English and Chinese about space - Workshop on How to use your telescope, binoculars and cameras (bring your own) - Workshop on Astrophotography - Arts and crafts - Design your own galaxy and Design your own alien mask or telescope.

There will also be a raffle draw and if the weather is good, a viewing of the stars and galaxies. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 9, 2010

Still Counting Sheep? – Learn to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

Dr. Neetu Dhiman, a naturopathic doctor, will give a free talk about “Improving Sleep, Naturally” on Thursday Sept. 23 from 7-8 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #519 when registering.

“There are lots of people out there who would give just about anything for a good night’s sleep,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Many of us have sleep disorders, but Dr. Dhiman can give us tips on how to improve our sleep,” added Civkin.

Participants at this seminar will learn: • What is considered disrupted sleep • What waking up in the morning should feel like • How mood can impact sleep cycles, and sleep cycles can impact mood • Learn about the major gland involved in proper sleep • Learn how imbalanced hormones impact sleep disorders – for males and females • How and why daily food choices play such a major role in proper sleep hygiene • Which natural sleep supplements are beneficial • Learn what lifestyle changes you can make to sleep better today.

As well as being a naturopathic doctor, Neetu Dhiman is a certified advanced Bowen Therapist and co-owner of the Brio Integrative Health Centre Inc. in Richmond. She completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nutrition at the University of British Columbia. Upon graduating, she enrolled in the four-year medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She has been practicing since 2003. “I have seen what is possible when you take your health into your own hands, and become responsible for your own personal change,” said Dr. Dhiman. She is a regular writer for a monthly column in the Richmond Review, called “Healthy Habit.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 3, 2010

Brighouse 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 September 16th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “Seven Wonders of the New World – their selection and History.” Guest speaker is Dr. Arslan Illiassov. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 3, 2010

Got Money? Get Smart! – Financial Literacy for Seniors

Learn how to make wise and responsible financial decisions about retirement and estate planning. Come to a series of three seminars (program 521) called “Financial Literacy for Seniors” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The series will be held on September 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10-11:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions are free, but pre-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.

“Our course is designed to teach seniors proven principles on how to manage money, understand the different sources of savings, and reduce taxes,” said Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel. “Participants will learn how to accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth from generation to generation,” added Guilaran. “We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which seniors can learn valuable financial life skills.”

Topics to be covered include: living within your means, reducing debt and taxes, housing and healthcare options, and understanding pensions, RRSP, TFSA, RRIF and education savings programs for grandchildren. The speakers will also explore how to effectively set up a will, power of attorney, and plan your estate. “There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The speakers will be Alphil Guilaran and Jason Nakano. Guilaran, in addition to being the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel, has a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Political Science and Economics. He completed the Insurance Council of BC Course in 1998 and is a certified Elder Planning Counselor. Nakano has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years and completed the CICA Advanced Tax Course. He is a senior manager at a Chartered Accountancy firm and manages a team of tax specialists who help professionals and corporations develop effective tax planning strategies to preserve and grow wealth.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 27, 2010

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 and those interested in career information, on Thursday, September 9th from 1-5 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 1 p.m. and Mayor Brodie will officiate. The fair will feature employers from a wide range of sectors including food, retail, hospitality, health, 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; Sears; Adecco; Starbucks; Aerotek; Nurse Next Door; JW Research; Pizza Hut Restaurants; Professional Warehouse Demonstration; Safeway; HMS Host; Kin’s Farm Market; Concord Security; UPS Canada; We Care Home Health; Labour Unlimited; EV Logistics, and more.

Also, from now until the end of December, the library is offering free Employment Counseling for Immigrants and Employment Counseling for Youth sessions on alternate Wednesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. These counseling sessions are offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. There is a limit of 30 minutes per session and one session per person. Please pre-register at the 2nd floor information desk or call 604-231-6413.

Employment Counseling for Immigrants in English, Cantonese or Mandarin will take: Sept. 8 and 22 Oct. 6 and 20 Nov. 3 and 17 Dec. 1 and 15.

Employment Counseling for Youth ages 15-30 will take: Sept. 1 (English, Cantonese or Mandarin) Sept. 15 (English) Sept. 29 (English) Oct. 13 (English, Cantonese or Mandarin) Oct. 27 (English) Nov. 10 (English, Cantonese or Mandarin) Nov. 24 (English) Dec. 8 (English, Cantonese or Mandarin) Dec. 22 (English).

The sessions will take place in the large seminar room in the silent study room at the Brighouse library. 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 1, 2010

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, drop-in seminar called “First Time Home Buyers” on September 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Cambie Branch Library located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie.

The seminar will give participants the tools and resources they need to get started on the home buying process. From making the offer to house inspection to closing the deal, this seminar will help first time home buyers understand the entire process better. The speakers encourage participants to bring their questions.

The guest speakers will be Alma Pasic, a mortgage broker; Glenn Duxburry, a certified home inspector; and Richard Bell, from Bell Alliance real estate law. This seminar will give people the information they need so that they can make the best purchase when the time is right.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 12, 2010

Join in Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Richmond) are hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch Library on Oct. 24th from 3-4:30 p.m. The Cambie branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free family event.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an annual festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil; the uplifting of spiritual darkness. The library event will feature games, stories and songs about this ancient festival. Light refreshments will be served and there will also be prize draws. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 12, 2010

Let’s Read Together - An English Learning Program for Parents, Caregivers and Children

The Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library is holding a free, drop-in program – “Let’s Read Together” – for parents, caregivers and pre-school age children from the South Asian community, who want to learn English. Immigrants who are caring for children ages 3-5 can come to the library once a week and learn English, by listening to simple stories and reading to each other. The program takes place from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Fridays from September 24 – November 26 in the Cambie library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie.

“This is a chance for South Asian immigrants to improve their English, learn what the library has for families, and make new friends,” said head of Cambie Branch, Lee Anne Smith. The program will include a 30-minute storytime, fun activities for adults and children, child minding and light refreshments. It will be coordinated by facilitator Jeet Dusanj in English and Punjabi.

This project received $5,000 from the Richmond Community Literacy Grant and is sponsored by the Library and the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 29, 2010

Scotiabank Filipiniana Collection Inauguration

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2010

Richmond Library Launches Filipiniana Collection

RICHMOND, B.C. – Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Scotiabankers and Scotiabank, Richmond Public Library will hold an official launch of the new Filipiniana collection at the Brighouse (Main) Branch on Saturday, August 14th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The formal ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

“The Filipino Scotiabankers of Metro Vancouver approached the library and proposed a campaign to establish a Filipiniana collection. Their idea was to solicit donations to Richmond Public Library directly from the community, and whatever funds they raised would be matched by the Scotiabank ,” said the coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “They have raised $12,200 so far and the proceeds have gone towards the purchase of 645 Filipino books, DVDs and music CDs in Tagalog, as well as books in English about Filipino culture and history, and books in English by Filipino authors. There are books for adults as well as children and the collection now has 1,171 items for borrowing. The gift was comprised of a $6,100 donation from the Filipino Scotiabankers, and matched by a $6,100 donation from Scotiabank. Richmond Public Library also purchased 526 items for this collection. -more- Page 2

David Poole, Senior Vice President of Scotiabank for the British Columbia and Yukon Region; the Filipino Scotiabankers; Library Trustees and a representative from the Philippine Consulate General will be in attendance. Following the ceremony there will be fun and educational activities to promote the understanding of Filipino history and culture, including: • Philippine History 101 • Tinikling Dance (bamboo dance) • Tagalog storytelling for children • comics exhibit tracing the progress of Philippine comics • Sungka tournament (a traditional Filipino game using shells or rocks and a piece of wood with carved out bowls that promotes analytical thinking) • Filipiniana costume exhibit • prints from the War and Dissent Exhibit from the Presidio of San Francisco; • Village of the Balangay Exhibit.

“We’re just thrilled with the response to this campaign and it’s great to have the new Filipiniana collection. There’s definitely a heightened awareness of the library by the local Filipino community, and we hope that people will learn more about Filipino culture and history as a result of this collection,” added Jang. For more information please call Wendy Jang at 604-231-6419. -30-

Contact: Wendy Jang Coordinator of Multilingual Services Phone: 604-231-6419 Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 10, 2010

Learn About the Child Care Subsidy at Cambie Library

Parents and caregivers – do you want to learn how to reduce your child care costs? Then come to a free talk at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on September 22nd from 7-8:30 p.m. Cambie Branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie. The program is in English with Punjabi translation.

Selow Lee, Settlement Program Officer from SUCCESS will tell you how to reduce your child care costs. He will cover the following topics:

• Eligibility requirement for Child Care Subsidy • Application guide • Required supporting documents • Reason for child care • Eligibility types of care providers • Renewal process. Light refreshments will be served at the program. For more information please call Cambie Branch at 604-273-2223.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 15, 2010

Teen Video Contest at Richmond Public Library

Got what it takes to make a great video trailer for your favourite book? Then hurry up and enter the Teen Video Contest at Richmond Public Library. Richmond teens ages 12-19 can show off their artistic skills and compete against other teens in the Lower Mainland by registering for this contest now. Just visit the Teen page of the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca and download the contest entry form or ask at the information desk at any RPL branch. Contest deadline is August 15, 2010.

“We want to encourage teens to be creative and show off their artistic talents by filming a video trailer for their favourite book,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. The winning video will be posted on the Richmond Public Library website and will compete against 1st place videos from other Lower Mainland libraries in the “Battle of the Best Book Trailer.” Contest rules: • The trailer must be three minutes or less • The trailer must be posted on YouTube (see online entry form for instructions) • Trailer will be evaluated on creativity and content. For more information contact Kate Adams at kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca or 604-278-9811 ext. 634.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 2, 2010

Screening Mammography Mobile Service Comes to Richmond Library

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 Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library from July 14 – 17, 2010. Women ages 40-79 who want to get tested for free can call 604-877-6187 to book an appointment. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

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        June 30, 2010

HST Savings Tips for Consumers and Businesses

HST got your curious? Then come to a free seminar sponsored by Richmond Public Library and presented by chartered accountant, Diana Mau. The program – “HST Savings Tips for Consumers and Businesses” – will be offered in Mandarin on July 14th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Participants will get a better understanding of the GST/HST system, learn about the transitional rules from PST to HST, learn about the Housing Rebate, and get some valuable HST savings tips,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services. For more information phone 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        June 30, 2010

Mammograms Save Lives – 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 Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library from July 14 – 17, 2010. Women ages 40-79 who want to get tested for free can call 604-877-6187 to book an appointment. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

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        June 17, 2010

Learn How the HST Will Affect Your Real Estate Investment

Want to know how the HST will affect your real estate investments? Then come to a free seminar sponsored by Richmond Public Library and presented by chartered accountant, Diana Mau. The program – “Information on HST for Real Estate Investors” – will be offered in Cantonese (program #336) on June 30th from 7-9 p.m. The seminar will take place in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Admission will be by registration receipt.

“Participants will get a better understanding of the new housing rebate, transitional rules for residential real property, and Grandfathering rules,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services. 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        June 17, 2010

Got Money? Get Smart! – Financial Literacy for Women

Want to learn how to make solid financial choices that can help you live a comfortable life, reduce your debt, and protect your retirement? Then come to a series of three seminars (program #402) called “Financial Literacy for Women” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The series will be held on June 29, July 6 and July 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions are free, but pre-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.

“Our course is designed to teach women of all ages proven principles on how to manage money, grow savings and reduce taxes. Participants will also learn how to accumulate, preserve and transfer wealth from generation to generation,” said Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel. “We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which women can learn valuable financial life skills.”

Topics to be covered include: living within your means, reducing debt and taxes, and understanding pensions, RRSP, TFSA, RRIF and education savings programs. The speakers will also explore how to effectively set up a will, power of attorney, the role of an executor, and financial care of aging parents. For women who are self-employed or own their own business, the speakers will cover key topics such as: Should you incorporate? Which expenses can you write off? How to read financial statements, reduce taxes, and assess the value of your business. “There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The speakers will be Alphil Guilaran and Jason Nakano. Guilaran, in addition to being the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel, has a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Political Science and Economics. He completed the Insurance Council of BC Course in 1998 and is a certified Elder Planning Counselor. Nakano has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years and completed the CICA Advanced Tax Course. He is a senior manager at a Chartered Accountancy firm and manages a team of tax specialists who help professionals and corporations develop effective tax planning strategies to preserve and grow wealth.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 16, 2010

Celebrate Canada Fair at Richmond Library

Come and celebrate Canada’s birthday at Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate Canada Fair. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Sunday, June 27th from 11 a.m. - 4 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 the event celebrates Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

A wide variety of activities will take place inside the library and lecture hall from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will include: • 11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony followed by cake cutting and refreshments. First come, first served. Quantities limited. • 1:00-1:45- Canadian Songs Workshop (Dayson Room) led by local musician Matthew Dyck • 1:30 - 3:30 - Online Citizenship Competition (Computer Centre) • 2:00-3:30 – Canadian Cooking Demonstration (outside the main entrance in the courtyard)

“There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale, and an orchid sale, plus fun games and crafts including face painting, fishing, hockey, basketball and more. There’s even a photo board where you can take a picture of yourself with Ralphy the Rhino,” added Jang. 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. Please arrive a 2:45 for the finals. 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 astronomy, our forests, and find out about other cultures. And don’t forget to pick up a free blue spruce tree seedling from the Richmond Chinese Parents’ Association Booth before you leave the library.

Booths include representatives from: Parks Canada, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, CUPE 3966, Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Chinese Canadian Military Museum (veterans), Filipinos in Richmond Support Team Society, Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society’s South Asian Services, Association of BC Forest Professionals; Richmond Civic Engagement Network, Environmental Sustainability (City of Richmond), Richmond Orchid Culture Club, Friends of Richmond Public Library, Richmond Chinese Parents Association, SUCCESS Richmond Youth Group, and more.

Sponsors for the event include: Canadian Heritage, CUPE 3966, Safeway (Blundell Store), Richmond Orchid Culture Club, BC Hydro, Tree Canada, Irene Ho, Chocolate Lover Cakes, and Dan-D-Pak.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 10, 2010

Reading Rocks with Library’s Summer Reading Club

Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club at all Richmond Public Library branches starting June 23. 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 23rd. Kids can read books at home, in the library, at the beach or anywhere else throughout the summer. For more Summer Reading Club details please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/kids.

“Reading Rocks!” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off on Saturday, June 26th 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.

“It’s good for parents to know that there’s a place where their 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 20th 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. Each week, three book reviews will be selected for publication.

“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. Twenty-five 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 5,273 kids join the 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 9, 2010

Help is Here for Youth on the Job Hunt

Are you 15 - 30 years of age and need some help with your resume and cover letter? Then come to a free workshop at Richmond Public Library conducted by Service Canada Centres for Youth (SCCY). Youth Services Officers will offer tips and suggestions just in time for your summer job hunt. The workshops are 1 ½ hours long and participants only have to attend one workshop. Locations, times and dates are as follows:

Program #416 – June 22nd at Brighouse (Main) Branch at 4:30 p.m. Program #417 – July 5th at Ironwood Branch at 3:00 p.m. Program #418 – July 13th at Brighouse (Main) Branch at 4:00 p.m. Program #419 – July 20th at Brighouse (Main) Branch at 4:00 p.m.

The workshops will be held in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse Branch and in the living room at the Ironwood Branch. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Service Canada Centres for Youth are sponsoring these workshops in partnership with the Library.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa ext. 635
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        June 3, 2010

Richmond 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 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Myth or History?” Guest speaker is Dr. Arslan Illiasov. 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 28, 2010

Managing Your Child’s Internet Use: A Program for Parents of 8-to-12-Year-Olds

Swimming, camping, and surfing the Web. If your children will be spending time online this summer, make sure it’s time well spent. Richmond Public Library is offering a free program for parents to help their 8-to-12-year-olds stay safe online and get the most out of the Web.

Managing Your Child’s Internet Use: A Program for Parents of 8-to-12-Year-Olds takes place from 7 to 8 pm, Wednesday, June 16th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Managing Your Child’s Internet Use: A Program for Parents of 8-to-12-Year-Olds is free, but registration is required. To sign up, drop by any branch of Richmond Public Library, phone (604) 231-6413, or register online for Program # 335 at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The library will provide a free activity for children ages 8 to12 while their parents attend the class.

“The Internet has become a central part of most kids’ lives,” says Virginia McCreedy, head of Kids’ Place. “It can be beneficial, but parents need to be involve. As well as safety guidelines, parents will get tools to help children become good ‘digital citizens’ and tap into fun, educational Web resources, “ adds McCreedy. “Parents who struggle with screen time limits, feel overwhelmed with all the safety messages out there, or who want to know about websites that will enhance learning, will benefit from this practical class.” Program topics will include social media use (e.g. Facebook, MySpace), cyberbullying, what type of parental supervision is critical, and filters. Guides to web resources, including interactive safety websites, downloadable Internet rules, and top kids’ sites, will be provided.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 26, 2010

HST Got You Curious? Learn How the HST Will Affect Your Business

Want to know how the HST will affect your business? Then come to a free seminar sponsored by Richmond Public Library and presented by chartered accountant, Diana Mau. The program – “Information on HST for Businesses” – will be offered in English (program #333) on June 9th from 7-9 p.m. and in Cantonese (program #334) on June 16th from 7-9 p.m. The seminar will take place in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 404-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Participants will get a better understanding of the GST/HST system, learn about the transitional rules from PST to HST, and learn how businesses should prepare for the upcoming changes to their accounting systems,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services. For more information phone 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 28, 2010

HST Got You Curious? Learn How the HST Will Affect Your Business

Want to know how the HST will affect your business? Then come to a free seminar sponsored by Richmond Public Library and presented by chartered accountant, Diana Mau. The program – “Information on HST for Businesses” – will be offered in English (program #333) on June 9th from 7-9 p.m. and in Cantonese (program #334) on June 16th from 7-9 p.m. The seminar will take place in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 404-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Participants will get a better understanding of the GST/HST system, learn about the transitional rules from PST to HST, and learn how businesses should prepare for the upcoming changes to their accounting systems,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multilingual services. For more information phone 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        April 22, 2010

READ, SPEAK, SUCCEED at Richmond Public Library

In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Language College of the Immigrant Services Society of BC, the Richmond Public Library is hosting a series of free self study programs. ESL learners and immigrant job seekers can get help to improve their English language skills from trained peer tutors. The programs are drop in and take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd Floor Program Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Program dates are as follows:

Tuesdays May 11 – July 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays May 12 – July 21 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays May 13 – July 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Closed on July 1 for Canada Day) Fridays May 14 – July 23 from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

“These are self study programs, but a trained peer tutor will be present to answer questions about English language and help people develop their language skills. The peer tutor will also help people to find information related to their previous or desired employment goals,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “Anyone who has an extended question can make an appointment in person with the tutor during the program times,” she added. There will be informational materials from Kwantlen available for ESL learners and job seekers.

For more information about this program please call the library at 604-231-6413.

The program is modeled on the method currently used in the Learning Centre at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Young adults with English as a second language, and immigrants looking for work will find this program useful.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 5, 2010

Learn How to Detox Your Home & Preserve Our Water

If your household cleaners contain chemicals and toxins, you could be harming not only your health but also the water supply. Learn how to maintain a toxin free home at a program on May 18 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) in the 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free program (quote program #332) visit any branch of RPL, call 604-231-6413 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese voicemail) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. This program is for Mandarin speaking youth and adults.

The library is offering this program in partnership with the Fraser Basin Council and the Georgia Strait Alliance. Many household cleaners contain chemicals that are toxic and harmful to our health. These toxins are also drained into our sewer system and eventually enter the ocean through the Georgia Strait, polluting the water and harming marine life. This program will include a demonstration on how to make natural and economical cleaning solutions, and will offer facts about household toxins and our health, salmon farming, and our water cycle.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 20, 2010

Free Computer Classes for Mandarin Speaking Immigrant Seniors

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Group and Community Services) are offering free computer classes for Mandarin speaking seniors 55 years and older, who are recent immigrants. Pre-registration is necessary by calling 604-408-7260 (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.) or 604-231-6462 (RPL Chinese information line) or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson/cfm.

“You must know the English alphabet to be able to participate, and your must bring your Permanent Resident Card to the first class to prove recent immigrant status,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “Because we are offering this as a series, participants need to attend all four classes. 24 hours cancellation notice is required or you will be charged $5 per session. The classes are for Chinese speaking immigrant seniors who have not used a computer before.” S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will provide the instructor and class assistants. These 2 hour classes will be held at different locations on the following dates:

Brighouse (Main) Branch (2nd floor computer lab), located at 7700 Minoru Gate #330 May 6, 13, 20, 27 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Ironwood Branch (computer lab), located in the Ironwood Plaza, No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway #331 May 1, 8, 15, 22 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The four classes will cover: Introduction to Computers, which covers basic computer components, powering up and shutting down, using the mouse and keyboard, changing time and date, and what to look for when buying a computer. Introduction to Microsoft Windows will teach you how to use the calculator, play games, use different programs, change the wallpaper, 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.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 1, 2010

Celebrate Vaisakhi with Family Fun at Ironwood Library

Celebrate Vaisakhi and enjoy storytelling, musical mats, a lucky draw and refreshments on April 11th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. This free, drop-in program is for all ages and is geared towards the Indian community. It will take place in English and Punjabi.

Vaisakhi celebrates the beginning of the New Year for the Sikh community and is also a time to celebrate the harvest season. The library wants share this special occasion with the Punjabi community and everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. The program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library in partnership with SUCCESS. For more information please call Mary Grewal, multilingual reference clerk at 604-231-6468 or Poojanjot Kochhar, settlement program officer with SUCCESS at 604-279-7157.

Vaisakhi is celebrated all over the world, including the Lower Mainland, where there are two Nagar Kirtan parades that attract thousands of people. Surrey is known to have the largest parade in Canada.

Contact:

  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 22, 2010

Free Computer Classes for Cantonese Speaking Immigrant 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, who are recent immigrants. Pre-registration is necessary by calling 604-408-7260 (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.) or 604-231-6462 (RPL Chinese information line) or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson/cfm.

“You must know the English alphabet to be able to participate, and your must bring your Permanent Resident Card to the first class to prove recent immigrant status,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “Because we are offering this as a series, participants need to attend all four classes. 24 hours cancellation notice is required or you will be charged $5 per session. The classes are for Chinese speaking immigrant seniors who have not used a computer before.” S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will provide the instructor and class assistants. These 2 hour classes will be held at different locations on the following dates:

Brighouse (Main) Branch (2nd floor computer lab), located at 7700 Minoru Gate #217 April 8, 15, 22, 29 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Ironwood Branch (computer lab), located in the Ironwood Plaza, No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway #218 April 3, 10, 17, 24 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The four classes will cover: Introduction to Computers, which covers basic computer components, powering up and shutting down, using the mouse and keyboard, changing time and date, 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, change the wallpaper, 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.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 1, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Youth

Are you a young adult between the ages of 15-30 who is trying to finding a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session to learn better job search skills and useful resources, and make a job search plan that will help you find the job you love. Register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library or call 604-231-6413.

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from Connections Youth Resource Centre are working together to offer these valuable sessions to young adults in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one session only,” added Jang. The sessions will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, on different days.

The sessions take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate:

April 14 Cantonese, Mandarin and English April 28 English May 12 Cantonese, Mandarin and English May 26 English June 9 Cantonese, Mandarin and English June 23 English

“The sessions are aimed at providing young adult job seekers, especially those who have had trouble finding a job, with job search knowledge and skills,” added Jang. Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to Connections Youth Resource Centre for further assistance. Students who are looking for a summer job or part-time work are welcome to register for a session. For more information please 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        March 30, 2010

Learn How to Start a Food Garden

Would you like to grow a food garden but don’t know where to start? Richmond Food Security Society coordinator Arzeena Hamir will walk you through the process of assessing your garden (or containers), planning what to grow, and where to find resources. This free program – Starting a Food Garden – takes place on April 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6468, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 216 when registering.

“This is a really practical program for people who want to eat healthy, homegrown food and want to learn how to do it themselves,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “There will be time after the program for the audience to ask questions,” added Civkin. For more information please call Arzeena Hamir at (604) 727-9728.

Contact:

  • Arzeena Hamir at (604) 727-9728
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 8, 2010

Worried About Your Child’s Worrying?

Are you a parent of a child who suffers from anxiety? If so, then come to a free educational program about children and anxiety disorders. Hear from local experts about the different types of anxiety disorders and the services and resources available to you and your family. This free, drop-in program takes place on April 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Speakers include Dr. Monique Wong, an Infant and Child Psychiatrist at Richmond Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Richmond Mental Health Services; Stephen Krzyzanowski, Mental Health Clinician, Integrated Youth Outreach Team, Richmond Mental Health Services; and Arto Tienho, Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorders Association of BC. This program is sponsored by the Ministry for Children and Family Development; Vancouver Coastal Health; Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness; and Richmond Public Library. For more information please contact Barbara Fee, Public Education Program Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond) at 604-276-8834.

Contact:

  • Barbara Fee, Public Education Program Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association 604-276-8834.
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 24, 2010

Free Employment Counselling for Immigrants

Are you an immigrant who is looking for a job? If so, then register for a free ½ hour employment counseling session at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library to learn better job search skills and find out about useful resources. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register at the 2nd floor information desk at the Brighouse Branch or call 604-231-6413.

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society (ISS) are working together to offer these valuable sessions to immigrants in our community,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one session only,” added Jang. “It doesn’t matter when you came to Canada; you don’t need to be a recent immigrant to attend these sessions.” The sessions are for people who speak English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

The sessions take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch on April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19; and June 2, 16 and 30.

“Employment counselors will meet one-on-one with immigrant job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and what they need to do to look for a job. People who need extra help will be referred back to the Richmond Career Centre of ISS for further assistance. For more information please 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        March 12, 2010

Hey Teens – Want to be a Reading Buddy?

Richmond Public Library (RPL) is looking for teens in grades 9-12 to be Reading Buddies to younger kids. The Reading Buddies program takes place at all four RPL branches and is free. Register to be a teen Reading Buddy by filling out an online application on the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/teens/programs/program.cfm?prog=readingbuddies. The Spring session of this popular program is starting soon, and the registration deadline is March 22nd.

“This is a great way for teens to meet new friends and gain some experience while helping younger kids in grades one to three with their reading, once a week after school,” said teen librarian Kate Adams. “You can make a big difference in a child’s life by working with them one-on-one to improve their reading skills,” added Adams.

Teens are paired with elementary school age children, and an initial basic orientation for teens is provided by the library. Ongoing training may be given at each Reading Buddies session. “So if you have patience, enthusiasm and an encouraging attitude, then we’d love your help,” added Adams. For more information please call Kate Adams at 604-278-9811 ext. 634 or email kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 9, 2010

Get Animated at Richmond Library’s Free Animation Workshop!

Did you enjoy the Olympic Games and do you like animation? If you answered yes, then come to the free Coach Exhibition Animation Workshop (program #215) on March 21st from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Kids’ Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is for kids ages 9-12. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The Coach Exhibition is created by LiveWires Design, and their animation team will be conducting the hands-on workshop to show kids how to draw athletes, make flip books, and create their own computer animation. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 13, 2010

Creator of Ralphy the Rhino Hosts Drawing Demo at Richmond O Zone

Trevor Lai, award-winning author and illustrator of the Ralphy the Rhino children’s book series will be flying in from overseas for an exclusive afternoon drawing demonstration. The free drawing demo takes place at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library (RPL) on February 20th at 3 p.m. in the Ralphy photo corner. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this drawing demonstration.

Lai’s upcoming appearance at Brighouse Branch follows on the heels of the award-winning library campaign featuring Ralphy the Rhino on the world’s first round library card. The campaign, which helped boost children’s library membership by nearly 30%, was based on the slogan Go Anywhere, Learn Anything, Read Every Day© and encouraged kids of all ages to read.

Now, for the 2010 Winter Games, RPL is enlisting Ralphy to attract kids to the library to learn about Olympic sports and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Innovative life-size cut-outs of Ralphy performing his favourite winter sports are located at each Richmond library branch. They’re interactive and designed to let kids become part of the action. Kids can have their picture taken with Ralphy then email it to kids@yourlibrary.ca so the Library can add it to their online Ralphy photo album.

“The spirit of the Games and Ralphy is about inspiration, and we want to inspire kids to be active in both body and mind,” said Lai.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 5, 2010

Everyone Could Use Friends Like These

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library recently approved a $29,000 wish list of items to sponsor for the library. Now those are some great friends!

“Our Friends group is such a hardworking, dedicated bunch of people, and we’re so grateful for their generosity,” said chief librarian Greg Buss. “They’ve been contributing to the library for years and their annual book sales are one of the most popular community events in Richmond.”

At a recent library board meeting on Jan. 27th the Friends’ chairperson Betsy Blair handed over the large cheque to the library. Some of the items to be sponsored this year include: favourite picture books and kids’ fiction for all Richmond Library branches; information books for kids; children’s music CDs; classics of Western Civilization; a 2010 legacy collection of Canadian books; humour and non-fiction books for the library’s book club collection; and a donation towards setting up a Richmond Public Library endowment fund in the Richmond Community Foundation.

“These items will undoubtedly be in high demand, and we’re delighted to have this extra boost to our collections,” added Buss.

Buss said that each year the Library puts together a wish list of items they need, and then the Friends of the Library decides which items they’d like to support. “They’ve been incredibly generous over the years, and we really appreciate their ongoing commitment to literacy and to helping our community thrive."

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 3, 2010

Visit the International Living Room at the Richmond O Zone

Hey visitors and locals, come in and relax, socialize and catch the Olympic spirit in the comfort of your home-away-from-home, the International Living Room, at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library.

Poised to welcome the world to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Richmond O Zone celebration site will be a hub of activity from February 12th – 28th, with the Library smack in the middle of it all. Visitors wanting a break from the crowds can grab a coffee and cheer on their favorite athletes or teams while watching the Games in the Library’s large screen TV lounges. Out-of-town guests can catch up on news from home with electronic international newspapers or email family and friends at our free Internet Café.

“Kids and families will love our Canadian Cinema where we’ll be showing National Film Board movies and cartoons daily during the Olympics. And the Coach Exhibit, well you definitely don’t want to miss that!” says Chief Librarian, Greg Buss. Created locally by LiveWires Design, this hands-on game and interactive science exhibition about Olympic athletes and coaches encourages kids to shoot a hockey goal, check out body organs up close, see what it feels like to ride on a Skeleton sled, make a flip book, and play computer games based on sports and fitness. It’s a one-of-a-kind exhibit that makes learning fun.

Once the Olympics start, kids can have their photo taken with a life-size Ralphy the Rhino performing his favorite winter sports. That’s the famous Ralphy, from the round library card.

Visitors should check out Crossroads on the main floor, where they can sample BC and Canadian magazines, get a cool book bag and see the Canadian Showcase Collection that highlights the best books about Canada. “Go ahead, be a champion and create a legacy for future generations of readers by supporting the Canadian Showcase Collection online at www.yourlibrary.ca/legacy,” adds Buss. “It’s a fantastic way to participate in the Olympic excitement and show off your national pride.”

Book lovers will want to be part of BookCrossing, where they can read and release their books into the wild, then follow their travels through the world.

And for those who want to know how it all started, check out the Story of the Games, a display that chronicles the history of the Olympics as seen on the cover pages of the Vancouver Sun and Province. Canwest Global, publisher of the Sun and Province, will update the front page coverage of the 2010 Games daily so readers can keep up to speed.

As part of the O Zone, Brighouse Library hours will be changed to accommodate all the activities around them. The International Living Room will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Weekend hours are 12 noon – 9 p.m. These hours are in effect from February 12th – 28th.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show our international visitors all the unique things that make Canada the best place in the world to live. Join us in welcoming the world,” adds Buss.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 29, 2010

Richmond City Council Appoints New Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting on January 27, the Richmond Public Library Board elected Arlene Yoshikawa as Board Chair. Formerly a marketing manager for Telus, and a longtime Richmond resident, Yoshikawa has served on the Library Board since 2004. Returning Board members include newly elected Vice-Chair Pat Watson, Lyn Greenhill, Dulce Cuenca, Mark Bostwick, and Peter Kafka. Councillor Linda Barnes will serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

New to the Board are Sanjiv Khangura and Simon Tang, both appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Mr. Khangura is a lifelong Richmond resident and comes to the Board with a solid range of experience as a pharmacist, and has a strong background in volunteering. He is currently a hospital pharmacist at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

Mr. Tang brings strong and varied experience to the Board in the areas of information technology and software development, as well as project management. He is currently the Principal at Tangz Consulting, which specializes in contact center and wireless solutions. He also has strong volunteer experience in the community.

As the Library Board Chair, one of Yoshikawa’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 knowledge and entertainment, a benefit to our community especially in the current economic climate. 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."

Yoshikawa’s immediate focus though, is the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She says that the library’s International Living Room will be a unique and fun destination for visitors and regular library users – a place to relax, socialize and explore different aspects of the Games from a truly Canadian perspective.

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 2 million visitors last year.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 29, 2010

Can You Spot Olympic Talent at Richmond Public Library?

Learn to spot Olympic talent at Richmond Public Library’s Coach exhibition, created by LiveWires Design Ltd. Olympic coaches are famous for spotting talent long before an athlete begins to win races. This week the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library launched an exhibition that challenges you to spot Olympic winners before the Winter Games begin on February 12th.

Over the last six months, the Coach exhibition designers have followed Olympic coaches from Canada, the United States and Europe as they trained twenty top athletes. Ten of the athletes – including skeleton slider Jeff Pain, speed skater Clara Hughes and hockey star Hailey Wickenheiser - have Olympic experience. The other ten are new faces.

Visitors can explore the exhibits that include clothing and sports gear contributed by the athletes. Then visitors can enter a contest to assess how each of the twenty athletes will place in the final standings. The winner of the contest will receive a framed photograph of their favourite World Cup speed skater. To help visitors prepare for the contest, the exhibition has a website, www.braincells.net which includes games and interviews with the athletes and their coaches. Contest closes Thursday, February 11th. The exhibition will run until February 28th.

“Coach is a must-see exhibit for kids and families,” says Dace Starr, senior librarian. “It’s a hands-on game and interactive science exhibition about Olympic athletes and coaches that makes learning about sports and fitness fun,” adds Starr. “With Coach you can try out your hockey skills, work on the Bone puzzles computer game, see body organs up close, and even build your own flip book!”

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Coach Exhibition and have yourself some Olympic fun.The Coach Exhibition is part of the International Living Room at the Richmond O Zone, a place where visitors and locals can relax, socialize and catch the Olympic spirit in the comfort of a home-away-from-home.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 5, 2010

Brighouse 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 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Myth or History?” Guest speaker is Dr. Arslan Illiasov. 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, 2010

Brighouse 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 20th from 7-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “Philosophy and Practices of House Building.” Guest speaker is Alexander Elchinko. 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 3, 2010

Brighouse 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 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is “War and Victory: Russian Poetry of the Second World War.” 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        March 6, 2010

Ironwood 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 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road.

The topic is: “Future Human Evolution: Bare Necessity or Dreams?” The guest speaker is Will Tesler. 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 6, 2010

Ironwood Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a free Philosopher’s Café in Russian on February 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road. This will be a free discussion. This drop-in program is 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 8, 2010

Ironwood 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 21st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 5 Road.

The topic is: “Philosophical Aspects of Aging.” The 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        January 20, 2010

Free Computer Classes for Mandarin Speaking Seniors

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Group and Community Services) are offering free computer classes for Mandarin 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 with a free Richmond Public Library (RPL) card is necessary. Introduction to Computers (program #107) is a prerequisite for all of the classes in this series. To get a library card go to any RPL branch.

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

107 Introduction to Computers February 4, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 108 Introduction to MS Windows February 11, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 109 Getting Started on the Internet February 18, 2010 10:00 am – 12:00 noon 110 Email Basics February 25, 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        January 7, 2010

Learn New Languages with Richmond Library’s Mango Languages

Want to learn a new language? Then Richmond Public Library (RPL) is the place for you. The Library has recently expanded its language learning databases for the public. Located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, the TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre has 7 computers individually equipped with headphones, microphones and access to programs for studying a variety of languages, including English. It’s all free to use, you just need a Richmond Public Library card.

The Centre offers Mango Languages, an online learning system that combines audio and written lessons. The language learning software is interactive and easy to use and it now includes 22 languages and 14 ESL courses. The Mango Languages database is available online and can be used from any RPL computer. You can also access it remotely from home or office 24x7 via the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=190&lev2=398.

The 22 Mango Basic language courses include Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. The 14 ESL courses are for native speakers of Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, French, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Language Learning Centre also offers Greenwood ESL language learning software that teaches English pronunciation, conversation and grammar. Since it’s CD-based it is only available for use in the Language Learning Centre.

“The TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre benefits students and new immigrants who are learning new languages, those who want to practice and improve their existing language skills and travelers who want to learn foreign languages. Being such a multicultural community and so integrated into the global economy, people find this language learning software really useful,” said Ping He, head of reference.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 8, 2010

Food Security is Everyone’s Issue

The availability and sustainability of food and our use and access to it are huge issues that affect everyone. The Richmond Food Security Society is helping to ensure awareness of the issues by donating $2,000 to the Richmond Public Library so they can expand their collection of books and DVDs on the subject.

“We’re really grateful for the generous donation and for the opportunity to work with the Richmond Food Security Society to develop this collection,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “There are so many aspects to food security and all of them impact our daily lives enormously, from where our food is grown, to how much it costs, to future food needs, and more,” added Civkin. For more information about the Richmond Food Security Society please call their coordinator Arzeena Hamir at 604-727-9728. Check out the World Health Organization’s website at http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story028/en/ for additional information about food security.

Contact:

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