2011

For immediate release        December 15, 2011

Friends Donate $22,000 to Richmond Public Library

In yet another display of outstanding generosity, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library (RPL) recently donated $22,000 to the library from the proceeds of their book sales. The money will be used to purchase several special items on the library’s “wish list.”

“Our Friends of the Library are very impressive in their commitment and dedication to books, learning and literacy, and we’re extremely 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 all of Richmond. Next year the Friends will celebrate their 40th anniversary,” added Buss.

At the library board meeting on November 30th the Friends’ recently elected chairperson Debby Newton handed over a cheque for $22,000 to Board Chair Pat Watson. In addition to making a $5,000 donation to the Richmond Public Library endowment fund in the Richmond Community Foundation, the Friends will be sponsoring these “wish list” items: • MP3 CD books for adults • Educational toys for all ages • Joy of Learning DVDs on a wide range of topics such as history, philosophy, fine arts, music and more • French Immersion collections for kids at all RPL branches • Book Club Favourites – a collection of popular and award winning novels • Adult books for the teen collection that appeal to boys.

“These items will undoubtedly be in high demand, and we’re delighted to have this extra boost to our collections,” added Buss. Each year the library puts together a “wish list” of items they need and then the Friends of the Library decide which items to sponsor. “They’ve been incredibly generous over the years, and we really appreciate their dedication to helping our community thrive.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 21, 2011

eBook Basics: Taking the Confusion out of e-Reading

Did you get an eReader for Christmas and don’t know what to do with it? Or are you thinking of getting one but you’re not sure where to start? Fear not. Richmond Public Library is holding free “eBook Basics” classes to introduce you to the different kinds of eBooks and eReaders available. The classes take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate and at the Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Hwy. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Dates and times of classes: Program #212 Fri. Jan. 6th 2:30-4 p.m. Brighouse Program #213 Tue. Jan. 10th 2-3:30 p.m. Ironwood Program #214 Fri. Jan. 20th 2:30-4 p.m. Brighouse Program #215 Tue. Jan. 24th 2-3:30 p.m. Ironwood

“You’ll also learn how to borrow eBooks from the library using our Library to Go downloadable eBook service,” said Kat Lucas, head of Ironwood branch. “E-Books are definitely one of the most exciting new trends happening in reading right now,” added Lucas. The class is in English and geared to all ages. Free.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas 604-231-6473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        December 13, 2011

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

Santa’s eagerly waiting to get your letter so he’ll know what to bring you this Christmas, so start writing! Kids of all ages are invited to visit the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library between December 15 and January 6 to write a letter or draw a picture for Santa. The library will provide the paper & pencils. Canada Post will have their Guinness World Records’ certified “World’s Largest Mailbox” in front of the library for mailing the letters. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“You can’t miss this mailbox – it’s red and it’s 5.43 meters tall and 2.64 meters wide,” said head of kids’ place, Virginia McCreedy.” This is part of Canada Post’s annual Santa Letter Writing Program, which helps promote literacy across Canada. “It’s a really great way to encourage kids to practice their writing skills and it’s also lots of fun for them,” said McCreedy. Don’t miss your chance to write to Santa!

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 13, 2011

Come Celebrate Christmas in the Library

The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library is holding a free, drop-in Christmas in the Library celebration on December 20 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. This fun family event is for all ages. Make an ornament to hang on the library’s Christmas tree, sing Christmas carols, enjoy a puppet show and share your favourite cookie recipes. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 1, 2011

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 December 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “The link between the Protestant reformation and the development of capitalism, and why Protestant countries are the most developed.” Guest speaker is Rev. Boris Bychkov. 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        November 30, 2011

Library Receives Generous Donation of Chinese Language Books

Richmond Public Library recently received a generous donation of 500 Chinese language books from the Association of Chinese Cultural Promotion – Canada. It includes books for adults and children on a wide range of topics on Chinese culture.

“This significant donation will enrich our existing Chinese language collection and we’re extremely grateful to the Association of Chinese Cultural Promotion – Canada for their commitment to learning and literacy,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It is by working together with community groups and organizations that we can continue to build our collection and provide excellent services to our community,” added Civkin.

Richmond Public Library’s collection of Chinese language books contains over 63,000 items for adults and children. The library also offers a range of programs in Cantonese and Mandarin, in partnership with a number of community organizations.

The Association of Chinese Cultural Promotion – Canada was formed in 2007 as a non-profit organization, and promotes the Chinese heritage and culture through special events and community gatherings.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 15, 2011

Choosing the Perfect eReader

With all the different options out there, it can be tough to choose the right eReader for that special someone – even if that special someone is you! That’s why librarians at Richmond Public Library are holding a free program called “How to Choose and eReader” (program #818) on December 1st from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is open to all ages but registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“This program will introduce you to some of the most popular eReaders available today, and give you some practical advice on choosing the one that’s best for you,” said Kat Lucas, Head of Ironwood branch. “We’re pretty sure that lots of people will be giving and getting eReaders for Christmas, so we thought we’d get a jump on things and arm people with the information they need to make an informed choice,” added Lucas. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas 604-231-6473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 16, 2011

Richmond – City of Readers. Library’s Annual Report to City Council: More Than Just Books

Richmond, City of Readers. That says it all. Or does it? At the recent City Council meeting, Richmond Public Library presented its Annual Report to Council and discussed the challenges it faces in the future, specifically, the ever-changing digital future. And the future is now.

Library Board Chair Pat Watson presented the Mayor and City Councillors with an overview of the library’s activities, thanked them for their enthusiastic and ongoing support and gave them a bird’s eye view of how the library’s role is evolving. “With the explosion of digital content, the world of information is expanding beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings,” said Watson. “And that’s where the library’s central role comes in. Not only does the library provide free access to books, DVDs and other material we’ve always been known for, but we also provide new digital content, free access to computers and instruction in how to use today’s information tools,” added Watson. The library recently celebrated 35 years of service to the community.

“Reading and learning take many different forms, and the library is in the unique position to offer a variety of formats and settings so that people of every age and background can achieve their potential,” said Watson. Using online tools and social media to engage with customers, the library recently introduced a live chat service that’s available whenever the library is open. “Reaching out to customers this way is just part of the new and essential paradigm for 21st century libraries, and it’s reshaping how we acquire and deliver information.”

The library’s report to Council indicated that another way it reaches out to the community is through educational and informational programs, many of which are done in collaboration with community groups and organizations. “People learn in different ways – some by reading, some by using digital media, and some by attending programs,” added Watson. “Community programming is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, in 2010 the number of people who attended Richmond Public Library programs would have filled BC Place Stadium to capacity three times!

“Whether it’s the generosity of Richmond residents who give back to the community by sharing their time and expertise through library programs, or it’s our wonderful Friends of Library group whose annual book sales draw thousands of people, ours is a community that engages and participates,” said Watson.

Internationally recognized for its innovations and commitment to excellent library service, Richmond Public Library is by far one of the busiest libraries in Canada. According to Watson, it has the highest borrowing per capita, the highest number of visits per capita, and the greatest program attendance per capita amongst large urban libraries. And it does all this with the lowest cost per library use in Canada.

Watson noted that significant donations also play an integral role in the library’s success. A recent $5,000 donation from the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation is going towards the purchase of new DVDs and books for the Dayson Judaica collection. The library also recently received a $10,000 donation from Kronier & Sparrow Limited to the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation. And the Scotiabank’s donation of $7,600 to match funds from the community for a total of $15,200 enabled the library to create a special Filipiniana collection.

In the category of major donations, the library recently received over 45,000 Chinese language books valued at nearly $1.2 million, from Dr. and Mrs. Kwok-Chu Lee. The professional book appraiser who evaluated the collection described it as a “national treasure” and “one of the most important Canadian cultural and literary legacies that I am aware of.” Over the next year, the Library will be working with the community to support this collection.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 9, 2011

Richmond’s Filipiniana Collection a Big Hit With Community

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Scotiabankers and Scotiabank, Richmond Public Library (RPL) has one of the best Filipiniana’s collections around. Based at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, the growing collection now has over 1,600 items for adults and children, including fiction and non-fiction books, DVDS, and CD music available for borrowing.

“It all started a couple of years ago when 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. “So far they have raised over $12,000 which the library used to purchase 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. The original gift was comprised of a $6,100 donation from the Filipino Scotiabankers, and matched by a $6,100 donation from Scotiabank,” added Jang. Richmond Public Library also purchased several hundred items for this collection.

Dulce Cuenca, a Board member at RPL, was instrumental in establishing the Filipiniana collection and has now started a Filipiniana Collection Review Club based on this collection. The reviews from the club will be published in the Philippine Asian News Today and anyone interested in joining the club can contact Cuenca directly at dulceambacuenca@gmail.com.

At their recent Board meeting, the Richmond Public Library was presented with a generous $3,070 cheque from the Ateneo Alumni Association and Scotiabank, in support of the Filipiniana Collection. The Ateneo Alumni Association raised 50% of the donation and the other half was matched by funding from Scotiabank. This will go towards the purchase of more books, DVDs and CDs for the Filipiniana collection. “It’s great to have this 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 the collection,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 8, 2011

eBook Basics: Taking the Confusion out of e-Reading

eBooks offer an exciting new way to read, but with all the options out there and the speed of change, it can be pretty confusing. That’s why Richmond Public Library is holding a free “eBook Basics” class to introduce the different kinds of eBooks and eReaders available. The class (#817) takes place on November 24th from 2:30-4 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 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.

“You’ll also learn how to borrow eBooks from the library using our Library to Go downloadable eBook service,” said Kat Lucas, head of Ironwood branch. “E-Books are definitely one of the most exciting new trends happening in reading right now,” added Lucas. The class is in English and geared to all ages.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas 604-231-6473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 26, 2011

Is There a Link Between Ethical Behaviour and Health?

The ancient Chinese believed there was a strong link between a person’s ethical behaviour and their health. In an effort to promote intercultural understanding and understanding of the Chinese culture, Professor Paul Crowe will talk about “Links between health and ethics in early Chinese culture” at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch on November 9th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“The ancient Chinese belief that there is a strong link between a person’s moral conduct and their health dates back at least as far as 400 BCE, and transcends divisions between what later became thought of as separate ‘schools’, now known as Daoism and Confucianism,” said Professor Crowe. “Indeed the notion that physical health, emotions, and ethical conduct were linked was a pan Chinese cultural phenomenon that continues to exert influence today. We will examine these ideas by looking at texts dating from the 4th century BCE through the 2nd century CE. These texts span areas of Confucian and Daoist thought and early Chinese medical theory,” added Crowe.

Dr. Paul Crowe is the Director of the David Lam Centre at SFU and Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities & Asia-Canada Program. He has a Ph.D.; MA Asian Studies; MA Religious Studies; and a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Crowe’s teaching and research focus is on Chinese religion and intellectual history and on cultivation of intercultural understanding. Current research projects include translation and analysis of a thirteenth-century Daoist meditation or inner alchemy (neidan) text. He is also compiling research for a book on a small network of Daoist organizations in Kowloon, Hong Kong Central and Vancouver describing their institutional and religious practices and origins in southern China and Hong Kong. Outside the academy he has had a longstanding personal interest in Chinese culture as a practitioner of Taiji quan (i.e. Tai Chi) and Daoist meditation for almost thirty years.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 25, 2011

Lest We Forget – A Day of Remembrance at Richmond Library

The Richmond Public Library (RPL) will hold a Remembrance Day event on Sat. Nov. 5th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, to remember and honour those who fought and gave their lives for our country.

“Lest We Forget” is a free, drop-in program for all ages and the Mayor and City Councillors, local MP and MLAs will attend the opening ceremony at 11:15 a.m. “People will be able to meet war veterans and find out what life was really like during the war,” said multilingual services coordinator, Wendy Jang. “We’ll also have displays of war memorabilia and books and DVDs on Canada’s military history, for borrowing,” added Jang. Other activities of the day include:

• Film: “Heroes Remember” from 12-1 p.m. • Poetry reading by winners of the Lest We Forget poetry competition from 1-1:30 p.m. • Presentation: “Deltans in the Great War” by historian Peter Broznitsky from 1:30-2:30 p.m. • Presentation: “One Hundred Years of Canadian War Brides” by family historian Annette Fulford from 2:30-3:30 p.m. • Have your picture taken with a real war backdrop.

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to pick up a Poetry Contest entry form at any Richmond Public Library branch and write an original poem on the theme of “Lest We Forget”. The deadline to return the forms to any RPL branch is November 1st. The best entries will be chosen and read at our Remembrance Day event on November 5th at 1 p.m.

“During our Lest We Forget event you can even help create a peace quilt,” said Jang. Everyone is welcome to attend this community event. It’s a chance to learn more about Canada’s military history and acknowledge the important contributions of our Canadian veterans.” For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 3, 2011

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 November 17th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “The fate of wives and children of the Russian Revolutionaries of 1825.” Guest speaker is Julia Iosilevsky. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 25, 2011

Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed - Retirement Income Planning

If you’re self-employed and want to learn about retirement income planning then come to a free seminar called “Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The seminar will be held on November 8th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Everyone wants to avoid costly mistakes when starting and managing their own business or practice. In this session you will learn retirement income and estate planning solutions every business owner should know. Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel said participants will learn:

• How to structure long term savings plans including RRSP’s and TFSA’s as a business owner • Retirement income and tax planning strategies for business owners • Succession planning: o How to exit and maximize the value of your business.

“We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which participants can learn valuable financial life skills. There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran, and Dat Huynh, a Certified General Accountant and the Managing Director of VeryOwnCFO™. The Financial Literacy Counsel began as a university student club in 1999 and today teaches over 2000 people a year by delivering programs for health authorities, universities and not for profit organizations.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 18, 2011

Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed - Tax and Legal Planning

If you’re self-employed and want to learn how to read financial statements properly then come to a free seminar called “Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The seminar will be held on November 1st from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Everyone wants to avoid costly mistakes when starting and managing their own business or practice. Our presentation is designed to teach you legal and tax strategies to ensure you maximize every dollar you earn and protect your assets if you get sued. Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel said participants will learn: • The difference between accounting and taxes • Tax and legal structures for businesses o Sole proprietor o Partnership o Incorporated • Tax filing dates and penalties • When and if you should incorporate.

“We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which participants can learn valuable financial life skills. There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran, and Dat Huynh, a Certified General Accountant and the Managing Director of VeryOwnCFO™. The Financial Literacy Counsel began as a university student club in 1999 and today teaches over 2000 people a year by delivering programs for health authorities, universities and not for profit organizations.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 14, 2011

Love it or Heave it : Decluttering

Are you constantly struggling to get a handle on your household clutter? Feel like you’re battling your stuff and the stuff is winning? Join clutter coach Anna Camporese for tips, insights and inspiration to get your started decluttering. The free workshop “Love it or Heave it : Decluttering” takes place on October 27th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

Anna Camporese is a self-confessed recovering clutterholic. Her passion for old and quirky things, her creative eye that sees someone else’s trash as her potential treasure, and her waste-not-want-not credo has lead to a life-long battle with clutter. As a trained museum technologist who has worked in museums in Montreal and Ottawa, Anna understands the importance of historically significant artifacts and the need to maintain them in a professional manner. On the other hand, she has seen what damage is done when individuals hang onto things that are better tossed in the garbage, sent to recycling or passed on to charitable organizations.

In an effort to curb her own clutter tendencies Anna has researched the topic for many years. She has never stopped learning how to curb her clutter tendencies. In 2004 Anna single-handedly disposed of her mother’s estate. A year later she repeated the process for her father’s estate. After those two events, Anna resolved that she will not burden her own children with the task of going through her things and asking themselves “Why did she save this?”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 12, 2011

Free ESL Tutoring for Young Adults and Adults

Richmond Public Library is partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer “ESL Tutoring: Read, Speak, Succeed” sessions for young adult and adult immigrants who want to improve their English language skills. These free, drop-in sessions will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

The sessions will take place on the following dates and times: • Tuesdays, Oct. 25 – Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Wednesdays, Oct. 26 – Dec. 14 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Fridays, Oct. 28 – Dec. 16 from 3 - 7 p.m.

“ESL learners can get the help they need from trained peer-tutors to improve their English language skills,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “Everyone is welcome to join the ESL Conversation Circle in the last hour of each session to practice their speaking and listening skills,” added Jang. The sessions are funded by Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 12, 2011

Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed - How to Make Money and Read Financial Statements

If you’re self-employed and want to learn how to read financial statements properly then come to a free seminar called “Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The seminar will be held on October 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Everyone wants to avoid costly mistakes when starting and managing their own business or practice. Our presentation is designed to teach you the critical principles you’ll need to run a successful and profitable business. Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel said participants will learn how to: • Implement a framework to balance your financial responsibilities at home and in business • Ensure that your business is profitable by correctly pricing your services • Understand the basic financial statements every entrepreneur should know • Understand the meaning behind the numbers • Uncover red flags on your financial statements.

“We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which participants can learn valuable financial life skills. There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran; Dat Huynh, a Certified General Accountant and the Managing Director of VeryOwnCFO™; and Felicia Lee, a Business Coach/Advisor and founder of Candeo Communications Inc, a firm specializing in Business Development and Sales Systems for entrepreneurs and professionals. The Financial Literacy Counsel began as a university student club in 1999 and today teaches over 2000 people a year by delivering programs for health authorities, universities and not for profit organizations.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 11, 2011

Cover Letters – Your Introduction to a Job

A cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself to an employer. On October 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon certified career practitioner Julie McMahon will present a free workshop on “How to Write a Cover Letter” in the second floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

According to McMahon, a good cover letter is an important part of the résumé package and should be included each time you apply for a job. A good cover letter will demonstrate your knowledge of the company you are applying to and how your skills and personal traits relate to the available position. “A cover letter allows you to highlight your skills and accomplishments so that you can gain the employer’s interest and prompt then to read your résumé. It also gives prospective employers an idea of the individual and the personality behind the résumé through the way you express yourself in the cover letter,” added McMahon. Come and learn how to write a persuasive cover letter, one that is sure to capture the employer’s attention.

McMahon currently works as a job coach at Vancouver Coastal Health. She has also been a contractor at The Personnel Department, Grafton Recruitment, and Simon Fraser University.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 12, 2011

Discover the Science Bash at Brighouse Library

Come celebrate Science and Technology Week and the Year of Science in BC, at the fifth annual Brighouse Science Bash on Friday, October 21st from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. For more information call 604-231-6413. "Everyone is welcome to attend this free, fun learning event," said coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “There will be lots of 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 Jang. This event is meant to encourage kids to take up careers in science later in life.

"There's no school that day so students can come and enjoy all sorts of activities. Kids can: o Learn about the solar system and the mysteries of the universe o Witness “hair-raising” science experiments o Make candy DNA models o Learn about bugs including the dreaded pine beetle o Learn about birds, how they fly, and how they make their nests o Enjoy the Beaver Tales Theatre Company production at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“Quizzes and games are just a few of the things participants can expect to see. This year kids will be able to make 3D masks, learn about birds, mountains and lots 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,” added Jang.

The organizations involved in this event include: Genome BC; National Research Council – Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics; Science World; Parks Canada; BC Hydro; SFU School of Interactive Arts; SFU Science in Action; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC; Natural Resources Canada; SFU Faculty of Applied Sciences; MS Infinity; Work BC; SFU Biological Sciences; Science Fair Foundation of BC; Royal Canadian Mint; Beaver Tales Theatre Company, and more. This event is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and various Federal Science Departments.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 7, 2011

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 October 20th from 7-9 p.m. in the second floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “A discussion on Catholic priest Edward Flannery, who devoted much of his life to the reconciliation of Christians and Jews and fighting anti-Semitism.” Guest speaker is Dr. Ari Belenkiy. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 11, 2011

Join in Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch Library on Oct. 23rd 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        October 5, 2011

World Food Day Celebrations at Richmond Cultural Center

The Richmond Food Security Society, Richmond Public Library, and Richmond Cultural Center are pleased to host the 7th annual World Food Day Celebration on Saturday, October 15th starting at 11 a.m. Members of the public are invited to visit the various booths on the main floor of the library, try out food samples, and attend the free Film Festival in the performance hall of the Cultural Center, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

World Food Day is celebrated internationally and was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1979. For the last 7 years, the Richmond Food Security Society has hosted the World Food Day Festival at the Richmond Cultural Center with the support of Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Public Library.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will be officially launching the event at 11 a.m. The first documentary film, Food Security – It’s in Your Hands will be screened shortly thereafter, hosted by Oxfam BC-Yukon. Chef Ian Lai will be serving samples of harvest vegetable soup at noon. At 1pm, the award-winning documentary, Dirt! will be screened by the Wilderness Committee, and at 3 p.m. the final film The Garden, will be screened.

In addition to these documentaries, winners of the Food Security Society’s Hand to Mouth short film competition will get a chance to premier their creations as part of the Richmond Museum’s Sustainability display. A flat screen television has been set up just inside the entrance of the Museum with limited seating.

A number of local organizations help to make Richmond food secure. These include the Richmond Food Bank, Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, South Arm United Church’s community garden, Kairos, Oxfam, World in A Garden, Amnesty International, and the Richmond Food Security Society.

Contact:

  • Arzeena Hamir 604-727-9728
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 21, 2011

Technology and Early Childhood Development: A Free Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Technology and Early Childhood Development: A Free Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Richmond, BC – Today’s children age 3-5 spend four hours a day using different forms of technology. Infants watch TV on average for two hours per day.

Occupational therapist Cris Rowan says this is too much.

On Thursday, October 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Rowan is giving a free workshop for parents and caregivers at the South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road on the impact of technology on a child’s development, behaviour, and ability to learn. “As children increasingly connect to technology, they are at risk for delays in achieving developmental milestones needed for school entry,” says Rowan. A pediatric rehabilitation specialist with the Sunshine Coast school district for the past 15 years, Rowan will talk about the critical factors and strategies for healthy early childhood development and raise the question: are we losing our human connection in this age of technology obsession?

Rowan’s free workshop, “Disconnect to Connect: Mixed Signals: Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Early Childhood Development”, is funded by Richmond Children First. Child minding is available, but must be requested at the time of registration. There are three ways to register:

PARENTING WORKSHOP- DISCONNECT TO CONNECT- ADULTS (# 217901) Thursday, October 6th 6:30pm to 8:30pm FREE Internet: www.richmond.ca/register Phone registration call centre: Mon. - Fri. 8:30am-5:30pm (604) 276-4300 In person: at South Arm Community Centre during - facility hours: Mon. - Fri. 6:00am – 10:00pm Sat. / Sun.7:30am – 9:00pm

Cris Rowan is a frequent guest on CBC, and the recent author of Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.

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Media contacts: Marie Thom, Early Learning Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District at 604-668-6000 ext. 3270 or MThom@sd38.bc.ca

Contact:

  • Marie Thom, Early Learning Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District at 604-668-6000 ext. 3270 or MThom@sd38.bc.ca
  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 29, 2011

How to Live Well With Diabetes

Richmond Public Library is offering a free workshop called “What you need to know about diabetes and how to live well.” It takes place on October 13th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

Find out who’s at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes, what the warning signs and risk factors are, and how small lifestyle changes can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Learn what can make the difference between just living versus living well with diabetes. Discover how you can improve your quality of life with diabetes. Guest speaker is Benedict Fan, an active volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association. Fan has delivered numerous presentations about diabetes to a variety of community groups in both English and Cantonese.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 28, 2011

Résumé Writing – Your Ticket to Work

A good résumé will go a long way towards getting you that dream job. So come in with an employment goal and leave with a top-notch résumé. On October 12th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. certified career practitioner Julie McMahon will present a free workshop on “Résumé Writing” in the second floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

According to McMahon, your résumé is a selling tool that outlines your skills and experiences so that an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to their workplace. “Focus your writing efforts. Get clear on what the employer is looking for and what you have to offer, before you begin your résumé. Come to this workshop and learn how to write a SMART résumé, one that’s sure to capture the attention of a prospective employer,” said McMahon. Participants will learn the important elements to include in a résumé and common mistakes to avoid.

McMahon currently works as a job coach at Vancouver Coastal Health. She has also been a contractor at The Personnel Department, Grafton Recruitment, and Simon Fraser University.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 21, 2011

Richmond Library Turns 35 - Celebrations Include Culture Days Activities

They say you’re only as old as you feel, and Richmond Public Library doesn’t feel anywhere near its 35 years! In honour of the big day, the library invites the community to help celebrate its milestone birthday with fun events for the whole family on Sat. October 1st from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“We’ll be offering fun activities like a birthday themed puppet show at 1:30 p.m. as well as birthday treats and a sing-a-long at 4 p.m.,” said chief librarian Greg Buss. “Other free events during the day will include hands-on activities that everyone in the family can enjoy,” added Buss.

Family fun will focus on the theme of “librarian for a day”, where young and old alike can participate in a book sorting contest, answer fun reference questions, and see the robot inside the library’s huge DVD dispenser. There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour so people can get an insider’s look at how thousands of books a day are sorted on the library’s new automated sorting machine. A large screen TV on the main floor will show pictures of the library over its 35 year history. “So if you’re a longtime Richmond resident or even a newcomer, you’ll enjoy seeing how the library has changed so dramatically over the years,” added Buss.

Since the birthday bash coincides with national Culture Days, the library will also have displays of books on writing, art, jewelry making, acting and other forms of creativity. So join the fun, bring the whole family, and come to the library’s 35th birthday celebration.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 21, 2011

Writing and the Creative Process - Enjoy the Freedom of Expression When You Play With Words

In celebration of national Culture Days, Richmond Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop for all ages on September 30th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program Room at the Brighouse Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, email Silvana Goldemberg, the workshop leader at w4writing@gmail.com and specify the number and age of participants. Space is limited so register now.

Silvana Goldemberg, an author and educator, is facilitating this hands-on workshop called “Writing and the Creative Process.” According to Goldemberg, this interactive program is designed for those who love stories and want to unlock their creative potential. She will share her own experiences as a writer and offer participants valuable writing tips.

Goldemberg says that the writing workshop involves three steps: 1. Playing with words to break the ice during introductions 2. A teacher-led brainstorming activity to learn the creative process of writing and tips for writing 3. Exercises to create different forms of writing in new and exciting ways.

Goldemberg is an award winning Argentine-Canadian author of books and magazines published throughout Latin America and Canada.

Contact:

  • Silvana Goldemberg 604-275-2324
  • Dace Starr, Senior Librarian, 604-231-6439, dace.starr@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 20, 2011

Healthy Body Image and Food: Helping Your Child Make Healthy Food Choices

If you’re trying to promote a healthy body image and empower your child to have a healthy relationship with food, then you’ll want to attend a free presentation by the Richmond Eating Disorder Team. “Healthy Body Image and Food: Helping Your Child Make Healthy Choices” takes place on October 4th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

The presentation offers information on how to support your child to have a positive self-image and make healthy choices when it comes to eating, exercise and general lifestyle. The presentation will be facilitated by two clinical counselors and a dietitian from the Richmond Eating Disorders program.

The Richmond Eating Disorders program is part of the Vancouver Coastal Services and funded jointly with the Ministry of Children & Families. The program offers education to the community on topics related to food and body image. The program also offers consultation to professionals and treatment of eating disorders.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 19, 2011

Setting Up Your Home Bookkeeping System for Mompreneurs

If you’re a woman who has a home-based business, you won’t want to miss a workshop called “Setting Up Your Home Bookkeeping System”. This free program takes place on September 20th from 7-8:15 p.m. in the second floor program room at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

Guest speaker Anne Cabrera points out that many “mompreneurs” struggle to balance the needs of husbands, children and their businesses, which can easily lead to high stress levels. Cabrera will teach the audience a simple, easy-to-implement system that can help “mompreneurs” organize and manage their documents, saving them time and money in administration costs and giving them more balance in their already busy lives. Participants will learn what the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) looks for in a company’s filing system; how to sort your box of documents and receipts effectively; and how you can organize your filing cabinet to reduce misfiling and problems.

Cabrera says: “In addition to making sure their businesses are generating revenue, “mompreneurs” also have to deal with the fact that the CRA requires that all documents (invoices, contracts, letters of employment, payroll, etc.) be kept in an easily accessible format and location.”

Anne Cabrera is an accountant with over ten years of business training and over three years of hands-on field accounting experience working directly with a number of different organizations. She has worked for WorkSafeBC, Mercedes Benz Canada, and Cowell Motors Ltd. Cabrera is the founder and principal of Sowing Seeds Accounting Services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 19, 2011

Richmond Library Holds Chinese Health Expo

If you’re Chinese speaking and you want to get some reliable, up-to-date health information, you won’t want to miss this health expo. Richmond Public Library, The Canadian Diabetes Association, and The Canadian Health Awareness Society are hosting a free Chinese Health Expo for Cantonese and Mandarin speakers on October 2nd from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Drop in.

“The opening ceremony is at 12:45 p.m. in the performance hall,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “There will free tests and screenings as well as all sorts of booths and displays,” added Jang. The tests and screenings include:

• Blood glucose • Blood pressure • Nutrition counseling • Waist circumference measurement • Dental screening / oral cancer screening • Lung function screening • Chinese herbalist to take your pulse • Foot screening • Sleep test

A variety of health organizations and medical technology companies will set up display booths to provide the newest information, resources and samples to the public.

There will also be free mini seminars on a variety of topics in Cantonese (in the performance hall) and Mandarin (in the 2nd floor Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program Room). These include:

Time Cantonese Mandarin 10:15-11:00 am ????????? Diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease ????? Dr. Raymond Dong ????????? Diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease ???? Dr. Jian Ye 11:00-11:45 am ??????? Updates on diabetes ????? Dr. C. P. Lau ??????? Updates on diabetes ???? Dr. Jen Yu 11:45 am -12:30 pm ?????? Diagnosing early kidney disease ????? Dr. George Lam ???????? Kidney stone prevention and treatment ????? Dr. Brian Yang 12:45-1:15 pm Remarks from representatives of organizers 1:30-2:15 pm ???????? (???) Managing dementia ????? Dr. Roger Wong ???????? (???) Managing dementia ????? Dr. Janet Kow 2:15-3:00 pm ????????????? Updates on cancer prevention, screening and treatment ????? Dr. Stephen Lam ????????????? Updates on cancer prevention, screening and treatment ???? Dr. Milton Po 3:00-3:45 pm ?????? What you need to know about women’s health ????? Dr. Peter Yeung ??????????? Diagnosis and treatment of arthritis ????? ????? Dr. Ian Tsang Dr. Simon Huang 3:45-4:30 pm ??????????? Diagnosis and treatment of arthritis ????? ????? Dr. Ian Tsang Dr. Simon Huang ????? Eat Healthy ???????? Amy Yiu, R.D.

For more information please call 604-231-6413 or 604-231-6462.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 10, 2011

Join in Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch Library on Oct. 23rd 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 8, 2011

Learn How to Manage Your Chronic Disease

Suffering from a chronic disease can be debilitating, so why not learn how to manage your health and improve your quality of life? In partnership with the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging, Richmond Public Library will be offering two free series on Chronic Disease Self-Management at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Each session in the series is 2 ½ hours long and is free. Participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions in order to receive the Certificate of Participation. Registration is required and caregivers are welcome to attend but also need to register. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Deadline for registration is September 17th.

The first series is in Cantonese (program #525) and takes place on these dates: Thu Sep 22 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room Thu Sep 29 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room Thu Oct 6 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room Thu Oct 13 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room Thu Oct 20 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room Thu Oct 27 9:30 AM Brighouse 2nd Floor Program Room

The second series is in Mandarin (program #526) and takes place on these dates: Sat Sep 24 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room Sat Oct 1 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room Sat Oct 8 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room Sat Oct 15 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room Sat Oct 22 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room Sat Oct 29 10:00 AM Brighouse Board Room

“Participants will learn about the symptoms common to various chronic conditions and they’ll also learn about the skills needed to improve their own health,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “They’ll learn how to set goals, take action, solve specific problems and communicate with health professionals to effectively manage their health and improve their quality of life,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 1, 2011

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 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “Construction and transportation mega-projects that will shape Vancouver's future.” Guest speaker is architect 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:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2011

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 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “Construction and transportation mega-projects that will shape Vancouver's future.” Guest speaker is architect 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        August 30, 2011

Making Sense of Adolescence

For parents who want to better understand what their children are going through as they mature into adolescence, come to a free workshop called “Making Sense of Adolescence”. It takes place at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library on September 13th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

The guest speaker Dr. Deborah MacNamara, is a clinical counselor in private practice, and is a faculty member in the Neufeld Institute as well as being on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Department of Educational Studies. She says: “Adolescence is lasting longer than ever, and isn’t ending with the teenage years. The time period is extended. Nature’s purpose and design is about how development is meant to unfold during the adolescent years, and what development looks like when things are going well, and when it isn’t.” MacNamara’s talk is meant to help parents understand the maturing dynamics occurring for the adolescent and how to help them through that journey.

Dr. MacNamara is a counsellor and educator in private practice with over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in mental health and educational settings. She has been published in parenting magazines and newsletters across Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 26, 2011

Optimum Health & Wellness: The Blood Sugar Connection

Want to learn about nutrition and its effects on your body? Then come to a program called “Optimum Health & Wellness: The Blood Sugar Connection” on September 8th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The session is free but registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

Guest speaker Orsha Magyar, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, will discuss what blood sugar is, how it’s related to cravings, weight gain and other health problems, and how you can get off the blood sugar rollercoaster. Participants will learn: what the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar are; why it’s important to keep blood sugar at a healthy level; why people think carbohydrates are all bad; how good carbohydrates are the best for healthy blood sugar; why low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is not good for your health; how long-term hypoglycemia is related to weight gain and diabetes; and the key to losing weight and preventing diabetes.

Orsha Magyar received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Psychology and her Master of Science in Neuroscience from U.B.C. She completed her education by becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is currently an instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and teaches the chemistry and biochemistry, cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, preventative nutrition, and mental illness courses in the Registered Holistic Nutrition program. She has her own nutritional consulting firm, NeuroTrition, where she works with clients to create individualized diet, supplement and lifestyle programs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 1, 2011

Heads Up Job Seekers – Richmond to Host 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 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Admission is free. Drop in. The opening ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. The fair will feature employers from a wide range of sectors including food, retail, hospitality, health, technology and more. The fair will offer employment opportunities at different levels to meet the needs of all job seekers. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Employers will be on hand to share facts and information about specific 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. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their résumé and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Computers are available in the library for job seekers to make last minute changes to their résumés.

Some of the companies and employers represented at the job fair include: City of Richmond – Fire & Rescue; City of Richmond; Sears; Adecco; Starbucks; Aerotek; Banana Republic; Commissionaires; Concord Security; Donald’s Fine Foods; FedEx Ground; Garden Protein International; HMS Host; Pizza Hut Restaurants; Professional Warehouse Demonstration; Safeway; University Canada West; UPS Canada; We Care Home Health; WorkSafe BC, and more.

Contact:

  • Cecil Joseph, Employer Relations Specialist, Richmond Career Centre 604-233-7031 ext. 1307 AND Linda Hudson, Resource Career Case Manager, Richmond Employment Resource Centre 604-244-9262
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 23, 2011

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. The one-on-one sessions are free, but each person is limited to one ½ hour session only. They will be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. All sessions will take place from 2-5 p.m. in the large seminar room in the silent study room at the Brighouse Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

The sessions will take place on the following dates: Wed. Sept. 21 – English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed. Oct. 19 – English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed. Nov. 16 – English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed. Dec. 14 – English/Cantonese/Mandarin

“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.

“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. Job seekers who need extra help will be referred back to the Connections Youth Resource Centre to get further assistance,” added Jang. 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        August 19, 2011

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 are held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room in the silent study room and are offered in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. There is a limit of ½ hour per session and one session per person. Registration is necessary. The employment counselors are from the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society.

The sessions will take place on the following dates: Wed. Sept. 14 Wed. Sept. 28 Wed. Oct. 12 Wed. Oct. 26 Wed. Nov. 9 Wed. Nov. 23 Wed. Dec. 7 Wed. Dec. 21.

“Richmond Public Library and employment counselors from the Richmond Career Centre of Immigrant Services Society are working together to offer these useful 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 job seekers to assess their job search techniques and advise them on how and 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 to get further assistance,” added Jang. 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        August 18, 2011

JobOptions BC Employment Training Program – Are You eligible?

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Connections Youth Resource Centre, is offering free training courses for those who are unemployed and haven’t received Employment Insurance for the past three years. Come and talk to an employment counselor about your eligibility for these courses. The sessions take place from 2-5 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions are ½ hour and there is a limit of one session per person. They take place on Wednesdays September 7, October 5, November 2 and 30 and December 28. Registration is necessary. To register call 604-231-6413 or visit the Ask Me desk at the Brighouse Branch. The sessions are in English.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 13, 2011

KIN’S FARM MARKET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Do we have great community partners or what? On Saturday, July 23rd as a thank you to the local community for its support over the years, Kin’s Farm Market at Blundell Centre will be hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Richmond Public Library. Kin’s is located at 8180 No. 2 Road, Richmond. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With a minimum donation of either $5.00 or one new or used children’s book for the Richmond Public Library, Kin’s customers will receive 10% off their entire purchase of regular priced items. “The money raised will go towards the purchase of more children’s books for the library, so the whole community will benefit,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Some of the donated books from Kin’s customers may go to the Friends of the Richmond Public Library book sale, with proceeds coming back to the library. Kin’s recognizes the importance of reading and lifelong learning and we’re thrilled that they want to support the community in this way,” added Civkin.

Make sure to join Kin’s Farm Market and Cobs Bread at their booth on July 23rd for some free samples, and meet the QMFM community crew to see what goodies they will be bringing to the event!

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 8, 2011

Chinese Book Fair – A Weekend of Bargains

Looking to buy some new Chinese books for the whole family? Richmond Public Library is partnering with Xinhua Bookstore to hold its first ever Book Fair and there will be bargains galore. The fair, which takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program room, is a free, drop-in event. It runs from 2 p.m. on July 21st until 9:30 p.m. on July 25th. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“This book fair gives people the opportunity to buy the newest, most popular books from China, in simplified Chinese,” said multilingual services coordinator Wendy Jang. “It promises to be a popular event and we’ve invited Mayor Brodie and City Council, as well as the Deputy Consul General Li Wenci from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver to the opening ceremony at 2 p.m. on July 21,” added Jang.

“A representative from the Xinhua Bookstore went to Beijing and selected over 10,000 of the newest and most in-demand books from China in simplified Chinese characters for this book fair. With a huge variety of books to choose from on all sorts of subjects for adults and children, it’s a great opportunity to buy new books at great prices,” added Jang. Subjects will cover everything from novels to picture books, cookbooks, parenting, technology, history, biography, sports, business, health, travel, language, culture, philosophy, self help, science, art, literature and more. There will also be Chinese stationery for sale. Xinhua bookstore owns the largest chain of bookstores in China, with over 14,000 stores. There are also branches in Hong Kong, Macao, New York, San Diego, London and Surrey, BC. This event is open to the community, and libraries and schools are welcome.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 23, 2011

Using Social Media to Get a Job

Finding a job takes a lot of time but learning how to use social media in your job search can make all the difference. Richmond Public Library has invited certified career practitioner Julie McMahon to share her expertise on how to use various social media sites in your search to find work. This free program takes place on July 7th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) branch, 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 #438 when registering.

McMahon currently works as a job coach at Vancouver Coastal Health. She has also been a contractor at The Personnel Department, Grafton Recruitment, and Simon Fraser University.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 22, 2011

Watch it! Film Appreciation Month Coming to Richmond Library

As part of Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival, Richmond Public Library is hosting a series of five seminars on film appreciation and film trends in Canada, China and India. The seminars are free and open to the public. They will take place in the 2nd floor administration room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The series is sponsored by Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Richmond Public Library and takes place on the following dates and times:

Seminar 1 – Bollywood on Edge - July 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. (English). Program #439

Seminar 2 – From the Mine to the Mall: Daily Life in Contemporary Chinese Cinema - July 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. (English). Program #440

Seminar 3 – What Makes a Film Canadian? – July 10 from 2-4 p.m. (English) Program #441

Seminar 4 – Demystifying Film: What Makes a Film ‘Good”/“Bad”/“Inspiring”/ “Boring”? – July 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. (English). Program #442

Seminar 5 – Blockbuster and Star System: An Insider’s Look at Chinese Film Now – July 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. (Mandarin). Program #443

“All participants will receive discount coupons for tickets to the Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival. Plus two Festival passes for all screenings and performances will be awarded during the prize draws at each seminar,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

“There will also be a Film Review Contest judged by Jessica Bradford, award winning writer and director. Just write a review of your favourite film shown at Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival and send it to filmreviews@yourlibraryca. Deadline for submission is August 8th and the winner will be announced on August 15th. All film reviews will be posted on the Richmond Public Library and Cinevolution Media Arts Society’s web sites.

Bollywood on Edge focuses on the edginess of the recent remakes of Bollywood romantic blockbusters. Young filmmakers reinvent these classic stories in ways that are intended to provoke and disturb. Guest speaker is Ken Bryant, an Associate professor, Department of Asian Studies at UBC. He teaches two courses in Hindi film.

From the Mine to the Mall: Daily Life in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. The speaker will address these topics: What can recent cinema tell us about daily life in China? How have contemporary directors depicted, documented, and commented on the human impact of modern China’s dramatic social and economic transformations? This seminar will offer a guided tour through some of the most outstanding Chinese-language feature films of the past two decades to be intensely concerned with daily life. Come join UBC professor Christopher Rea for a lecture (with film clips) followed by discussion about how daily life has been represented in Chinese cinema through both realistic and non-realistic modes. Examples will include Zhang Yimou’s epic melodrama To Live (1994), Li Yang’s socio-industrial exposé Blind Shaft (2003), Feng Xiaogang’s comedies Big Shot’s Funeral (2001) and If You Are the One (2008), and Jia Zhangke’s fictionalized documentary 24 City (2008).

What Makes a Film Canadian? delves into what makes a film specifically Canadian. Is it the story? The actors? The location? Or the dollars that fund it? Guest speaker Jessica Bradford is an award winning writer and director based in Vancouver.

Demystifying Film: What Makes a Film ‘Good” / “Bad” / “Inspiring” / “Boring”? will use a workshop setting to view short films and clips from movies and then the guest speaker will discuss the techniques filmmakers use to tell their stories. Looking at script, direction, camera work, acting, lighting, sound, art direction and special effects, guest speaker Jessica Bradford will analyze how the use of these techniques affects our emotional reaction to films.

Blockbuster and Star System: An Insider’s Look at Chinese Film Now tackles a number of questions, such as: Beyond the low-budget independent films often seen at the international film festivals, what is actually happening now in the mainstream Chinese film industry? How it is shaped by and is shaping the culture in the country? What kind of impact it will have on the world cinema in general? And, in particular, what's the situation of the Chinese Canadian co-production? The seminar will disclose the hidden reality of the giant industry in China. Guest speakers are Shuyu Kong, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Asia-Canada program at SFU; and Shan Tam, who is on the Board of Directors of BC Film and is an award winning producer based in both Vancouver and China. This seminar is in Mandarin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 22, 2011

Enjoy Book Talk Programs and Discover New Authors

Adults and older teens who enjoy discovering new books and talking about the ones they’ve read are invited to attend free, drop in weekly Book Talk programs at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The programs will take place in the Brighouse living room and are part of the Adult Summer Reading Club which runs from June 22 – August 17.

“These informal, drop in programs will be hosted by librarians who talk about their favourite books, and then invite participants to share thoughts about their favourites, sort of like an informal book club,” said communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “The best part is that participants don’t need to prepare or read anything to attend these programs,” added Civkin. Each program is 45 minutes and a different genre will be featured each week. The programs will take place in the Brighouse living room on these dates and times:

Tues. June 28 from 11:00 a.m. – Mysteries Fri. July 8 from 11:00 a.m. – Contemporary Fiction Wed. July 13 from 2:00 p.m. – Non-fiction Thurs. July 21 from 2:00 p.m. – Romance Fiction Wed. July 27 from 2:00 p.m. – British Fiction Tues. Aug. 2 from 11:00 a.m. – Canadian Fiction Wed. Aug. 10 from 2:00 p.m. – Chinese books Tues. Aug. 16 from 2:00 p.m. – Fantasy and Science Fiction

Adult and teen readers can register for the Adult Summer Reading Club in person at any RPL branch or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/adultsrc. For more information please call Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 15, 2011

Celebrate Canada Fair at Richmond Library

Come and celebrate Canada’s birthday and Canadian Multiculturalism Day at Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate Canada Fair. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Sunday June 26th 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.

A wide variety of activities will take place inside the library 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. • 1:00-1:30 p.m. – Canadian Songs Workshop led by Flight Sergeant Brendan Keogh • 1:30 - 3:30 - Online Citizenship Competition (Computer Centre) • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – Canadian Cooking Demonstration outside the library in the courtyard, by Vince Gogolek, award winning “BBQ guy”.

“There will also be a Friends of the Library book sale, plus fun games and crafts including face painting, fishing, hockey, basketball and more throughout the library. There will also be performances by Beaver Tales Theatre Company from 3-3:20 p.m.; Chinese folk songs with Yemina Chung; and Iranian voice artist Avamana Dihkani with her Performance Art of Iranian Poetry and Voice Acting. 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 at 2:55 for the finals. Please 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 our forests, and find out about other cultures. And don’t forget to pick up a free blue spruce tree seedling sponsored by BC Hydro and Tree Canada before you leave the library.

Booths include representatives from: Richmond Arts Centre, Parks Canada, CUPE 3966, Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Chinese Canadian Military Museum (veterans), Cinevolution Media Arts Society; Association of BC Forest Professionals; High School Green Team Members from A.R. MacNeill Secondary School and J.N. Burnett Secondary School; Friends of Richmond Public Library; Richmond Chinese Parents Association; S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Women’s Group. Sponsors for the event include: Fairchild TV, Canadian Heritage, CUPE 3966, BC Hydro, Tree Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 22, 2011

Got Money? Get Smart! – Financial Literacy 101 for Women

Want to learn how to make solid financial choices that can help you live a comfortable life, reduce your debt and taxes, and protect your retirement? Then come to a free seminar called “Financial Literacy for Women” conducted by the Financial Literacy Counsel. The seminar will be held on July 5th 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 session is free but pre-registration is necessary. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 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 about RRSPs, TFSAs and how much money they’ll need to retire in Canada,” 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. There is strictly NO promotion of financial institutions in this course,” stressed Guilaran.

The guest speaker will be Alphil Guilaran who is the Executive Director of the Financial Literacy Counsel. The Financial Literacy Counsel began as a university student club in 1999 and today teaches over 2000 people a year by delivering programs for health authorities, universities and not for profit organizations.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 14, 2011

Savour Each Word with Library’s Summer Reading Club for Kids

Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club at all Richmond Public Library branches starting June 22. 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 22. Kids can read any books they like 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.

“Savour Each Word” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party on Saturday, June 25 will feature FREE 45-minute magic shows by Norden the Magician at the following times and locations: Brighouse (Main) Branch program room at 11:00 a.m.; Cambie Branch at 12:30 p.m. ; Ironwood Branch at 2:00 p.m. and Steveston Branch at 3:30 p.m. The magic show is a free, drop-in event. Fun weekly activities like Science Challenges, Learn Magic Tricks, How to Build Your Own Country Program, Treasure Hunt, Lego Contest and sing-a-longs will also take place 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,” added McCreedy.

“This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 21st 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.

“The library will also feature different contests for kids. Enter our bookmark contest and draw something on the theme “Feast on Books” for a chance to win a Chapter’s gift certificate. Or write a poem to win a magnetic poetry kit,” added McCreedy.

“Our hope is to inspire kids to develop a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said McCreedy. Last year over 6,000 kids joined the summer reading club at Richmond Public Library.

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 14, 2011

Why Should Kids Have All The Fun? - Richmond Library Launches Adult Summer Reading Club

In celebration of Richmond Public Library’s 35th anniversary, the Library will hold its first Adult Summer Reading club from June 22 to August 17, 2011. Book programs and prize draws will take place weekly. Adult and teen readers can register for this free summer reading club in person at any RPL branch or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/adultsrc.

Participants can read or listen to whatever they want including books, e-books or audiobooks. “Lots of people like to read new books, and that’s where library staff comes in. Each week staff will feature different genres and booklists with recommended authors,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin.

The Adult Summer Reading Club will feature weekly prize draws and every registrant is automatically entered. “Participants can also write and enter book reviews in our online catalogue, and this qualifies them to be entered into an additional weekly prize draw. We’ll also have weekly book talk programs at the Brighouse Branch hosted by librarians who talk about their favourite books, and invite library customers to talk about theirs. Participants don’t need to prepare or read anything to attend these programs,” said Civkin. Each program is 45 minutes and a different genre will be featured each week. The programs will take place in the Brighouse living room on:

Tues. June 28 at 11:00 a.m. – Mysteries Fri. July 8 at 11:00 a.m. – Contemporary Fiction Wed. July 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Non-fiction Thurs. July 21 at 2:00 p.m. – Romance Fiction Wed. July 27 at 2:00 p.m. – British Fiction Tues. Aug. 2 at 11:00 a.m. – Canadian Fiction Wed. Aug. 10 at 2:00 p.m. – Chinese books Tues. Aug. 16 at 2:00 p.m. – Fantasy and Science Fiction “Reading is not only entertaining, it’s also a great way to model the reading habit for your kids,” added Civkin. “So what are you waiting for? Join the club!”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 9, 2011

Blood – It’s in You to Give©

According to Canadian Blood Services, approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. That’s why they’re encouraging people to donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services Bloodmobile that’s coming to the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre on August 23rd. The Bloodmobile will be open from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. and people are asked to book their appointment in advance. To register to donate blood or to find out if you’re eligible call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) anytime.

“The Bloodmobile is still relatively new in our community and we hope to expose more blood donors to this type of blood donation clinic,” said Nancy Bryan, Community Development Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services. “It’s basically a blood donor clinic on wheels that makes it easy for people to donate at a location that is easy and comfortable for them.”

There are a few basic requirements for blood donation: • You must be at least 17 years old • You must weigh at least 110 lbs. • You must be in generally good health and feeling well. • ID is required.

“People can donate blood every two months and you must hydrate well the day before you donate and the day of donation. Blood donors should also expect to rest and not exert themselves for the remainder of the day,” said Bryan. Other quick tips on donating include: • Be sure you have eaten well at least two hours before donating. • If you have a history of low iron, here are a few food options that can help you: beef, lamb, dark chicken or turkey meat, enriched Cream of Wheat, Instant Oatmeal, enriched cold cereal, roasted pumpkin seeds, bagels, pasta, asparagus, avocado and leafy greens. • It takes a little over an hour to donate blood but if it’s your first time, it may take longer, as the clinic staff will spend more time explaining each step to you.

Bloodmobile staff encourage you to make an appointment to donate and call to cancel if you can no longer make the appointment. This frees up the slot for another donor. According to Canadian Blood Services one blood donation can save up to three lives. A recent poll showed that 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. “Giving blood is the ultimate altruistic act, and can literally save lives,” added Bryan.

Some interesting statistics: • A unit of blood is equivalent to about two cups. • Nearly half a litre of blood is taken from each blood donor and an average adult has between 4-6 litres of blood in their body. • 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood but only 1 in 60 actually does. • There is no substitute for blood. • Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood per week during treatment. • Liver transplants can use up to 100 units of blood during surgery. • Car accident/trauma victims can use up to 50 units of blood during recovery.

For more information please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 9, 2011

Richmond Library Celebrates Kronier Family Donation

The Board and staff of the Richmond Public Library recently celebrated a generous donation of $10,000 from Kronier & Sparrow Ltd. 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.

Thanks to the Kronier family as well as the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, the capital contributed to the Richmond Public Library Permanent Agency Endowment Fund with the Richmond Community Foundation has grown to $37,862.25.

“The Kronier Family’s generosity is a wonderful example for others to follow, and has inspired our Friends of the Library group to make another $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 Greg Buss, chief librarian at 604-231-6418 or the Richmond Community Foundation at (604) 270-4483.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 6, 2011

A Look at Richmond’s Jewish Heritage

The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia recently installed an exhibit of Richmond’s Jewish heritage, in the Ben and Esther Dayson Reading Lounge located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. On display from June 5 to December 23, 2011 admission is free. Hours are Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Richmond, the exhibit includes photographs from the Nemetz Jewish Community Archives and artifacts from the Jewish Historical Society of BC. The exhibit details the history of early Jewish settlement in Richmond, the establishment of the Richmond Country Club and Richmond Jewish community life today. The exhibit is made possible by the Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation.

By the 1890s, there were three Jewish storekeepers servicing the Steveston area: Simon Petersky, Israel Rubinowitz and Henry Sisson. Simon Petersky, a Russian immigrant, had homesteaded in 1884 at a first Jewish farm colony in Saskatchewan, called New Jerusalem. When the colony failed, he took a train out to Vancouver, where he established S. Petersky & Co. The Steveston outlet, named the Vancouver General Store, was the largest in the village, stocking groceries and provisions, tobaccos and cigars, temperance beer and gents’ furnishings.

By 1971, citing a need for suitable Jewish education for their children, 60 families met to organize a Hebrew school and formed the Richmond/Delta Jewish Community Association. Today, the City of Richmond boasts a kosher bakery, a kosher butcher, four Synagogues and the Richmond Jewish Day School. At this time approximately 5,000 Jewish people reside in the Richmond area. For more information, contact the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC at info@jewishmuseum.ca or call (604) 257-5199.

The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, as governed by the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, is the preeminent and authoritative body for the collection and sharing of community memory of Jewish life in British Columbia.

Contact:

  • Molly Winston, Education Coordinator, Jewish Museum & Archives of BC 604-257-5199
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 20, 2011

eBook Basics: Discover a New Way to Read

Nothing changes faster than technology and with all the options out there for eBooks and eReaders, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Richmond Public Library is holding two free “eBook Basics” classes at their Brighouse (Main) Branch in June. The first class (#306) on June 3rd runs from 7-8:30 p.m. and the second class (#307) on June 7th runs from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate and the programs take place in the 2nd floor program room. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“eBooks are definitely one of the most exciting new trends happening in reading right now,” said librarian Kat Lucas. “Our classes, which are in English and geared to all ages, will introduce you to the various kinds of eBooks and eReaders available right now. We’ll also teach you how to borrow eBooks for free from our Library to Go downloadable eBook service,” added Lucas.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas 604-278-9811 ext. 473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 2, 2011

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 16th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “How Pollution and Overfishing Threaten Mankind.” 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        May 3, 2011

Richmond Chinese School Foundation – Library Champions

What would you say if someone offered to give you over $100,000 to support learning and culture? You’d say yes, of course! And that’s exactly what happened to Richmond Public Library.

When the Richmond Chinese School Foundation wound down its operations in fall 2010, they offered to donate their outstanding funds of $105,972 to the Richmond Public Library. In turn, the library agreed to carry on the Foundation’s vision of promoting the learning of the Chinese language and culture by expanding their existing popular collection. The unveiling of this enhanced collection and a naming ceremony for the new “Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program Room” will take place on May 18th at 7 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

The expanded collection will include books in Chinese and English for adults and children on language learning, art, culture, literature, history, philosophy and famous people. The library will also be developing programs to promote Chinese language and culture. “In acknowledgement of their outstanding donation, the Library will be naming the 2nd floor program room in honor of the Richmond Chinese School Foundation,” said chief librarian Greg Buss.

“Our partnership with the Richmond Chinese School Foundation has been strong for many years and we’re extremely lucky to be the recipient of the Foundation’s generosity,” added Buss. The Foundation believes that the greatest number of people will benefit from the funds this way, since the library is an organization known for its leadership in providing Chinese language collections, programs and services. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 22, 2011

Get Savvy About Safety

Richmond Public Library and Richmond School District #38 Settlement Workers in Schools are partnering to present a free Safety Awareness Series. The sessions take place in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library from 9:30-11 a.m. on May 5, 12, 26 and June 2. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The sessions will be in English with Mandarin interpretation and include:

• Program #321 – May 5th – “Street Smart – Safety Alert” presented by Touchstone Family Association. Learn about the risks for youth on the street and how parents can help their children stay safe. • Program #322 – May 12th – “Social Networks and Their Impact on Youth” presented by Richmond School District. Learn about popular social media sites and help your kids be aware of the dangers online. Learn about online security. • Program #323 – May 26th – “How to Keep Your Home a Safe Place” presented by RCMP. Learn how to be safe inside and outside your home; when to call emergency and non-emergency numbers; and what you should know about your neighbourhood. • Program #324 – June 2nd – “Emergency Preparedness” presented by Canadian Red Cross. Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster and/or possible evacuation and loss of essential services. Learn how to survive during a disaster and reunite with loved ones; what to do after the disaster to stay safe; and home hazards to be aware of.

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

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 20, 2011

Food for Fines @Yourlibrary - Popular Community Event Launches Library’s 35th Anniversary

Why not do something good and catch a break at the same time? In celebration of Richmond Public Library’s 35th Anniversary, the library is launching the return of their popular Food for Fines community supported event that will run from April 27 to May 8 at all branches of Richmond Public Library.

“We want to celebrate this milestone of library service in Richmond by giving back to our community,” said Food for Fines coordinator and librarian Lee Anne Smith. “For each non-perishable food item you bring in, the Library will waive $2.00 in late charges on your library account, up a total of $10 per library card. In turn, your food donations will be given to the Richmond Food Bank, an essential resource that helps feed the hungry in our community. It’s a win-win situation,” added Smith. The Food for Fines event helps remove obstacles that prevent people from using the library. Suggested donations include unopened, non-perishable and non-expired food items like:

• Canned meat and fish • Canned soup and stew • Beans in tomato sauce • Peanut butter • Dry pasta and pasta sauce • Baby items such as baby food and formula.

“Before library items become overdue, we encourage library customers to take advantage of online renewal for their library materials. They can do this by going to www.yourlibrary.ca and clicking on My Library Account. However, if they have books or other materials that are long overdue, or they find library books they thought were lost, now is the time to return them, no questions asked,” said Smith. “If customers return these items during this period, we’ll remove any late charges from your library account,” added Smith. For more information about the Food for Fines program at Richmond Public Library please call Lee Anne Smith at 604-273-2223.

As part of the library’s partnership with the Food Bank, and in addition to the Food for Fines program, the library sends staff each month to give out library cards and lend books to folks using the food bank.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 4, 2011

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 16th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “How Pollution and Overfishing Threaten Mankind.” 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        May 26, 2011

Problem Gambling – How Much is Too Much?

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Richmond Addiction Services will be holding a free, drop-in program called “Gambling Awareness” on June 9th from 7-8:15 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. No registration required.

The guest speaker is Kiana Abedi, a Problem Gambling Prevention Worker with Richmond Addiction Services. She’ll cover the following information: • The difference between responsible and problem gambling. • Four signs of problem gambling and the impacts problem gambling can have. • The risks involved with online gambling. • Services available to help problem gamblers, their family and friends.

For more information contact Kiana Abedi at Richmond Addiction Services at 604-270-9220 ext. 109. Everyone is welcome to attend this free, drop-in program.

Contact:

  • Kiana Abedi - Richmond Addiction Services at 604-270-9220 ext. 109.
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 1, 2011

What Do I Plant Next? Keeping your Food Garden Going Through Fall and Winter

The bounty of your summer garden doesn’t need to end with the cool weather. Join local agrologist, Arzeena Hamir, as she explains how summer food garden planting can extend your garden well into the fall and winter, so that you can eat what you grow 12 months of the year. This free program – “What Do I Plant Next?” – takes place on June 15th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Library, 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 #320 when registering.

Topics to be covered will include: selecting cool hardy vegetables, season extension techniques, and storage of winter foods. “This is a really practical program for people who want to eat healthy, homegrown food year round and want to learn how to do it themselves,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. There will be time after the program for questions. For more information please call 604-231-6413. Arzeena is the coordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society.

Contact:

  • Arzeena Hamir, Coordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society (604) 727-9728
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 16, 2011

Substance Abuse, Addictions & Gambling – Get the Straight Goods

Are you or someone you know misusing substances or experiencing problem gambling? Richmond Public Library is partnering with Richmond Addiction Services to offer a series of free “Addiction Education” programs. The seven programs will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Drop in – no registration necessary. The sessions will cover issues related to substance use and misuse, addictions and gambling. The programs take place on Wednesdays June 1, 8, 22, 29, and July 6, 13, 20.

Topics include: • June 1 - The Development of Substance Dependence • June 8 - Chemicals and the Body • June 22 - The Recovery Process • June 29 - The Family Context • July 6 - Problem Gambling • July 13 – Helping Others • July 20 - Drugs in Our Society

Speakers include: Richard Dubras, Executive Director of Richmond Addiction Services; Deborah English, Youth Outreach Addictions Counsellor; and Clarence Chan, Canadian Problem Gambling Counsellor. These programs are free and open to all members of the community as well as all helping professionals. For more information please contact Richmond Addiction Services at 604-270-9220.

Contact:

  • Richard Dubras, Executive Director of Richmond Addiction Services 604-270-9220
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 5, 2011

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 19th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. It will be an open discussion. 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 27, 2011

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 counselling 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 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the large seminar room at the Brighouse Branch. Limit of one session per person. Session dates are:

May 11 Cantonese/Mandarin/English May 25 Cantonese/Mandarin/English June 8 Cantonese/Mandarin/English June 22 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 that 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        April 13, 2011

Richmond Public Library Scores Three Awards

At the recent BC Library Association (BCLA) Conference in Victoria over the weekend, Richmond Public Library walked away with not one, not two, but three prestigious awards!

The library won the BCLA Merit Award for Programs and Services for their unique creation of the International Living Room at the O Zone during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The library’s transformation into an exciting, living room-like space for international and local visitors captured the imagination of thousands of people during the 17-day Olympics. From hockey fans watching team Canada win the gold medal games to kids playing in the COACH Exhibit, there was something to engage every age.

Richmond Library also won the first ever BCLA Merit Award for Advocacy or Marketing for their Weekly Book Review Column in the Richmond Review. “It’s the first time this marketing award has been presented and we’re thrilled that our library won for Shelley Civkin’s weekly book review column. It’s a great marketing tool for the library and her readers have been enjoying her reviews for over 13 years now,” said Chief Librarian Greg Buss.

The final award went to former Richmond Public Library board chair Arlene Yoshikawa, who won the BC Library Trustees’ Association BCLTA Super Trustee Award. Yoshikawa served on the Richmond Public Library Board from 2004-2010 and has been a Director of the BCLTA since 2006.

“It’s been a banner year for us so far, and it’s only April!” quipped Buss.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 6, 2011

eBooks: Discover a New Way to Read Your Favourite Books

Got an eBook reader or other mobile device and don’t know how to download eBooks? Then come to a free demo session on the main floor of the Brighouse branch of Richmond Public library on April 19th from 11 a.m. – 12 noon or 3:30-5 p.m. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Ebooks are definitely one of the most exciting new trends happening in reading right now,” said librarian Kat Lucas. “Our Library to Go downloadable eBook service has lots of current, bestselling eBooks that you can borrow and download for free. So drop into one of our demo sessions and we’ll help you get started,” added Lucas. “Feel free to bring your questions and your eReader devices.” These free, drop-in demos are open to all ages.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas 604-231-6473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 30, 2011

BC Book Prize Finalists to Read at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with BC Book Prizes will be hosting a joint author reading by Susin Nielsen and Sylvia Olsen on April 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. These readings are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Adult author Meredith Quartermain (Recipes from the Red Planet) is a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and will be reading from her work. Sylvia Olsen, author of Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater is a finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and will also be reading from her work. “Come and meet two of the best writers that BC has to offer,” said the library’s communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Meredith Quartermain is the author of several books of poetry including Matter, Nightmarker (finalist for the Vancouver Book Award) and Vancouver Walking (winner of a BC Book Award). She runs Nomados Literary Publishers with husband Peter Quartermain.

Award-winning author, knitter, and Cowichan-sweater expert Sylvia Olsen is a writer and public speaker living on Vancouver Island. She is the author of several picture books, a number of first readers and novels for young adults and one non fiction book.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven prizes, plus The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala in April. The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 30, 2011

Calling All Teen Poets!

Celebrate Poetry Month in April by entering Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) 4th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. If you’re between the ages of 13-18 submit your poem online from April 1st – 30th to teens@yourlibrary.ca or at any RPL branch for a chance to win great prizes and have your poem published in the Richmond News.

Contest Rules: • All entries must be an original work by the contestant. • Poems must be no longer than one single-spaced typed page. • Only one entry per person. • All entries must include: Entrant’s name, age, address, phone number and library card number. • Contest deadline is April 30th. • Entries may be dropped off at Richmond Public Library branch or emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to teens@yourlibrary.ca. • Entries will become the property of Richmond Public Library and will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy of your poem.

Six winning poems in two age categories (three winners age 13-15 and three winners age 16-18) will receive great prizes and be published in the Richmond News. For more information and full contest rules, visit any RPL branch or call teen librarian Cindy Kloos at 604-278-9811 ext. 675. The contest is open to all teens in the Lower Mainland ages 13-18.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 10, 2011

Richmond Library Hosts Chinese Book Launch and Exhibition

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with The Society for Chinese Canadian Literature Studies (SCCLS), World Chinese Weekly Publishing Co., World Chinese Writers’ Association of Exchange Inc., and North American Multi-cultural Foundation are hosting the 2011 SCCLS Chinese Book Launch and Book Exhibition on March 20th from 12:30 - 4 p.m. in the performance hall and the Brighouse (Main) Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in event is open to all. It is for Mandarin speakers.

The program, which takes place in the performance hall will include: • A talk by SCCLS chair Ya Hsien on the possibility that the Chinese literary circle will become the largest literary circle in the world • Talks by representatives of Chinese literary groups • Poet Luo Fu will read from his works • Performances by The Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir; Chen Ling Academy of Dance; and singer Gu Ying and Zhong Shaohong • Formal donation of exhibition books to the Library.

The book exhibition will take place inside the library and “Seven new Chinese books will be launched, including: Random Thoughts on Poetry at Jihake Village by Ya Hsien; Migrating Birds: Contemporary Chinese Canadian Women’s Writings edited by Lin Tingting and Liu Huiqin (both traditional and simplified Chinese editions); Times on the Other Side by Lin Nan; Dream Seeker and the Forgotten Corner by A. Mu; and the Chinese translation by Liu Huiqin of Dr. Bethune, a play by Canadian writer Ted Allen,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services Wendy Jang. “In addition, there will be an exhibit of books written by Chinese writers in Canada and the U.S. during the past ten years.” Any Chinese authors who want to submit their works for the exhibition can email liusccls@gmail.com. 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        March 4, 2011

Free Income Tax Clinics at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library is offering free Income Tax Clinics to help low income people fill in their income tax returns. If you’re a single person with a maximum income of $25,000, or a couple with a maximum income of $30,000 plus $2,000 per child, then you qualify for this free service.

The clinics take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate in the 2nd Floor administration room on Saturdays March 12, 19 and 26 (English only) from 1-4:30 p.m. and on Mondays March 14 and 21 and April 4 and 11 (English and Tagalog) from 7-8:30 p.m. Seating is limited. To register call Brighouse Branch at 604-231-6413.

The clinics will also be offered at the Cambie Branch library, located at the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie on March 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. (English); March 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. (English); and March 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Chinese). Seating is limited. To register call Cambie Branch at 604-273-2223.

“Trained volunteers will help low income people fill in their income tax returns free of charge,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “I’m sure this will help a lot of people who have trouble doing it on their own. And of course the information will be kept confidential and will be destroyed after the tax return is filed,” added Jang. People are asked to bring all relevant documents like T4 and T5 slips, etc.

These free income tax clinics are sponsored by Richmond Public Library, Family Christian Fellowship, and Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 1, 2011

Learn How to Live Life to the Full

Having trouble dealing with everyday life challenges and want to learn better self-management skills? Then come to a free six-week course called “Living Life to the Full” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. The course takes place in the 2nd floor administration room and is open to people 19 years and older. It takes place on Tuesdays starting March 15 – April 19 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Participants must attend all six sessions. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #221. This course is co-sponsored by the library and the Canadian Mental Health Association and is in Cantonese.

According to the Living Life to the Full website, this is a course that has been designed to help adults tackle the everyday problems that everyone faces from time to time. It teaches key life skills that will help you feel better, happier and more in control of your life. It’s also useful if you are caring for someone who is depressed or unhappy. The course was originally designed by Dr. Chris Williams, a psychiatrist and expert in cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s a course that uses a group format and is a light, interactive, fun approach to learning about how to manage one’s low mood. The course is geared to adults age 19 and older.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 23, 2011

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 Mar 9 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Mar 23 English Wed Apr 6 English/Cantonese/Mandarin Wed Apr 20 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 24, 2011

Menopause – A Naturopathic Perspective

Troubled by the symptoms of menopause and want to learn how to manage them better? Then come to a free seminar on April 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #220.

Guest speaker Dr. Neetu Dhiman, a naturopath, will discuss the following: • The role that estrogen and progesterone play in the body. • Signs and symptoms that hormones may be out of balance. • Pros and cons of synthetic and bio-identical hormones. • The effects of hormonal imbalance. • How food sensitivities can affect hormones. • Myths about soy and hormone health. • How diet and stress affect hormones.

In addition to 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. She then enrolled in the four-year medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She has been practicing since 2003. Dr. Dhiman writes 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        February 24, 2011

First Time Home Buyers’ Workshop

Looking to buy your first home but don’t know where to start? Then come to a free seminar for First Time Home Buyers at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on March 9th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary. Quote program #219.

“We’re going to have a financial advisor, real estate agent, mortgage specialist and home inspector talk to the audience about preparing for the home buying process even if they don’t have a down payment yet,” said communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Participants will learn how to save for a down payment, find out what they need to know before their get started the buying process, and gain lots of other valuable information from these experts.”

Speakers include Charlayne Mallare, a financial advisor from World Financial Group; Geraldine Santiago, a licensed real estate agent and author of Complete Home Buyer’s Guide for Canadians; Francis Tan, a mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust; and Glenn Duxbury, a certified home inspector and owner of Glenn Duxbury & Associates-Building Inspection and Consulting.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 23, 2011

Seed Starting for Beginners

Learn how to start seeds that will grow into vegetables, herbs and flowers at a free workshop on March 8th from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #218.

Richmond Food Security Society coordinator Arzeena Hamir will explain the simple science of seed germination and how to start seeds using equipment that’s commonly found around the house. Hamir says that seed starting is an easy way of reducing the cost of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. She’ll discuss some of the common problems associated with seed starting and how to control pests and diseases naturally. For more information please call Arzeena Hamir at (604) 727-9728.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 16, 2011

Tax Strategies for Canadians – Preparing Your Tax Return

Want to save money and reduce your taxes? If so, then come to a free program called “Tax Strategies for Canadians – Preparing Your Tax Return” on March 1st from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the performance hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Seating is limited so register soon by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

According to guest speaker Alphil Guilaran, executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel, the goals of the program are to: • Help Canadians file taxes correctly • Maximize tax deductions and credits to reduce the taxes you pay • Provide a safe place for individuals and families to ask questions.

Participants can expect to learn proven tax strategies including: understanding your tax return; deductions vs. credits; incorporation and dividends; commonly missed or misunderstood tax slips.

“We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial life skills,” said Guilaran. In addition to being the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Literacy Counsel, Guilaran 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        February 9, 2011

CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOM TO READ

Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week, which takes place from Feb. 20-26, 2011. The Richmond Public Library is celebrating the event with displays of books that have been challenged or banned from libraries, schools or bookstores nationwide.

"The Richmond Public Library supports intellectual freedom which guarantees all people freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression," said library board chair, Pat Watson. Book displays will be located in the Brighouse (Main) Branch and at the other branches as well. They highlight the broad range of books that have been challenged around the world. “What one person finds offensive might be completely acceptable to someone else. It’s the Library’s responsibility to make sure that people have the right to choose what they read, listen to and view. We are here to provide the community with free access to a wide range of material in all kinds of formats,” added Watson. And librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate material when parents or caregivers seek help.

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

The Library’s web page www.yourlibrary.ca will have a Freedom to Read link at www.freedomtoread.ca, and information about freedom of expression and censorship in Canada can be found there. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects people of all ages and backgrounds,” added Watson.

Contact:

  • Pat Watson, Library Board Chair Phone: 604-562-0582
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 3, 2011

Olympic Fever Returns - John Furlong Book Signing Event at Brighouse Library

If there’s one name that everyone remembers from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s John Furlong, the man who made it all happen. Furlong’s behind-the-scenes story of this nation-changing event is brought to life in his new book Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country. He will be signing copies and reading from his new book at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the performance hall on February 14th at 7:30 p.m. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This event is free and Furlong’s book will be available for purchase at the library.

Furlong, who was the CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Winter Games became a household name when Vancouver hosted the Olympics. According to publisher Douglas & McIntyre, Furlong’s book is “an extraordinary story of visionary leadership, love of country and the ability to dream boldly. Furlong and his organizing team, including 25,000 volunteers and many partners, orchestrated a remarkable Winter Games. Patriot Hearts is the story of how they did it.”

Hear Furlong’s firsthand account of the highs and lows of the Games and how it ultimately became a defining moment for Canada and Canadians. Patriot Hearts will be published on the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Games opening ceremonies. Meet the man who made the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games a resounding success around the world. Furlong will donate part of his book royalties to the Own the Podium program. For more information please call Emiko Morita, marketing director at Douglas & McIntyre at 604-254-7191 ext. 211.

Contact:

  • Emiko Morita Phone: 604-254-7191 ext. 211
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 2, 2011

PR: Richmond Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year at Richmond Public Library (RPL)! Bring the entire family and enjoy fun, free activities for all ages. The celebration takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, on Sunday, February 13th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the library and performance hall. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the celebration. For more information call 604-231-6462 (Chinese) or 604-231-6413 (English).

Crafts, games, exhibits and demonstrations will start at 11:00 a.m. in the library and the performances will start at 12:30 p.m. in the performance hall. Performances will include lion dance; martial arts; guzheng music performance; Chinese folk dance; dancing; Chinese New Year songs; and raffle draws. Celina Luk from AM 1470 Fairchild Radio will be the Master of Ceremonies. People are encouraged to wear traditional Chinese outfits.

Starting at 11 a.m. there will be arts, crafts, displays and demonstrations in the library. Activities include: Chinese painting and calligraphy; riddles; making rabbit medallions, paper lanterns, dancing dragons, lucky money envelopes and more. Play Chinese New Year Bingo; Run Rabbit Run Obstacle Course; Dim Sum and Chopsticks; Zodiac Memory Game; Chinese Chess and Checkers; and Chinese New Year Word Searches. You can even find out your fortune for the Year of the Rabbit. And there’s also a raffle prize draw, so come and join the fun.

At 12:30 p.m. performances will begin in the performance hall, including: • Lion dance and martial arts by the Shao Lin Hung Gar Kung Fu Association • Peacock dance called Little Peacocks, a traditional Dai Dance performed by Ivy Qin, Sharon Zhao and Teresa Wang • Guzheng music by Sincere Lam Guzheng Ensemble • Chinese folk dance by Richmond Chinese Folk Dance Society • Cooking demonstration by Bernice Taam, a well known chef and author of Chinese cookbooks • Cantonese opera arias by students of Monica Bai Studio.

Richmond Public Library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors: RPL Classical Chinese Reading Club; RPL’s Reading Buddies; Canadian Health Awareness Society; Richmond Orchid Culture Club; Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club; Women's Group of SUCCESS; and Scotiabank.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 2, 2011

PR: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Learn about Wills and Power of Attorney at a free program (#118) on February 15th from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and the People’s Law School. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary and seating is limited, so reserve your seat now.

The guest speaker, David Watts has been practicing as a Notary Public since May of 2006. Watts will discuss and define Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Wills and Representation Agreements. In particular, Watts will focus on what each of these documents are; when they are appropriate; who should do them; why they would be beneficial or not; and how to do them. Watts will also discuss personal qualities that are important to consider when choosing an Executor, Beneficiary, Guardians, Attorneys and Personal Representatives. There will be lots of time for questions.

Watts is the owner of David Watts Notary Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors of the People’s Law School and is a member of the Business Development Committee of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 2, 2011

Richmond City Council Appoints New Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting on January 26, the Richmond Public Library Board elected Pat Watson as Board Chair. Watson has a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. She is currently the vice president global human resources with Sierra Wireless Inc. in Richmond and has a broad array of experience in the field of human resource management and business. Watson has served on the Library Board since 2007. Returning Board members include newly elected Vice-Chair Peter Kafka, Dulce Cuenca, Mark Bostwick, Sanjiv Khangura and Simon Tang. Councillor Linda Barnes will serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

New to the Board are Susan Koch and Diane Cousar, both appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Ms. Koch is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant with an extensive background in finance, plus she is a former member of the Richmond Public Library Board. Ms. Cousar recently finished serving on the Board of Directors of the Gateway Theatre Society for eight years, and was the owner of the Academy of Real Estate Seminars. She is currently retired.

As the Library Board Chair, one of Watson’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. We appreciate the support of City Council, the Friends of the Library and our community in making the library accessible to everyone. Libraries are free sources of knowledge and entertainment and a benefit to everyone in our community. 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 ever-changing needs of our growing and diverse community is a challenge, but our Board members and library staff are working hard to make sure that happens."

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:

  • Pat Watson 604-562-0582
  • Greg Buss, Chief Librarian, 604-231-6418, greg.buss@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 21, 2011

Borrow Free E-Books at Richmond Library

If you’re one of the thousands of people who got an eReader, iPad or smartphone for Christmas you’re probably going to want to download eBooks. Did you know that there’s a province-wide Library-to-Go program that lets you download free eBooks and audiobooks from libraries?

Richmond Public Library (RPL) has gone one step further and purchased new and additional copies of popular eBooks and audiobooks with the Overdrive Advantage Program, and these are only accessible to RPL cardholders. This way RPL can reduce the waiting lists for their users for in-demand titles.

“The popularity of eBooks is definitely on the rise, so we want to be proactive and responsive to this reading trend and of course to our customers’ changing needs,” said librarian Virginia McCreedy. “We always want people to be excited about reading and if this new digital/electronic format is what does it, we want to be able to provide people with a quality collection that’s substantial,” added McCreedy.

Richmond Public Library customers can take advantage of the additional eBook and audiobook titles by visiting the Library-to-Go site at www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks and logging on first thing with their Richmond Library card number. The login is found at the top right corner. That way they’ll be able to borrow these extra copies or titles.

“For those people who are worried that the library is going to stop buying print books, there’s no need to worry. The library’s eBook collection is simply an addition to our print collection, so that we can provide options for those customers who prefer to read using their eReader, iPad or cellphone. We don’t really care how people read, just as long as they keep reading,” added McCreedy.

Some of the additional eBook titles the library purchased include: Alex Cross’ Trial; The Confession; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series; The Help; Twilight; and The 4-Hour Body. New additional audiobooks include: Fall of Giants; Room; and The Hunger Games series.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 11, 2011

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Stories & Games at the Library

Kids and families are invited to enjoy free storytelling, fun activities and games at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public library on January 23rd from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Kids’ Place Program Room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This drop in program is for all ages.

“Family Literacy Day is a nation-wide literacy program that takes place each year to celebrate parents and children reading and learning together,” said librarian Kate Adams. “The theme this year is “Play for Literacy” so we’ll be offering a special storytime featuring Robert Munsch stories, followed by games, puzzles and other fun activities for the whole family,” added Adams.

Adams emphasizes the importance of parents reading to and with their children, and says that reading to young children helps build the foundation for future success in life.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 26, 2011

What a Pain in the Back! How to Have a Healthy Back

If you suffer from back pain and want to learn how to have a healthy back, then come to a free seminar on February 8th from 7-8 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main Branch) of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary.

Physiotherapist Vivian Lau will talk about types of back pain, the do’s and don’ts, proper posture and body mechanics, self-help techniques, and exercises for a healthy back.

Lau is a physiotherapist who has worked in the orthopedic area for 20 years. She has worked at CBI Health (formerly known as the Canadian Back Institute) for 16 years. Her training includes McKenzie Level A, B, and C, Mulligan Technique, Level 2 Orthopedic, as well as training with Dr. Hamilton Hall – The Back Doctor. She has experience treating people with acute and chronic back pain, work related injuries, and injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 20, 2011

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

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “The Six Mistakes Baby Boomers Make with their Finances” and how to avoid them, at a presentation on February 2nd from 7-8:30 p.m. The talk will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Registration is necessary.

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

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

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information, and provides a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial life skills,” added Civkin. There will be a prize draw at the end of the presentation. Pullem is a Certified Financial Planner with expertise in investments, taxes, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. She is an Associate with ZLC Financial Group.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 5, 2011

How Can We Support Families of People Living With Serious Mental Illnesses?

Families face lots of difficulties when a family member develops schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illnesses. Susan Inman, the author of the book After Her Brain Broke, Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity, will be speaking about her experiences and discussing the issue on January 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the performance hall. 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 #115 when registering.

Inman will describe common problems that emerge for families, and suggest ways that the mental health system can better respond to the needs of families coping with these challenging situations. “Ms. Inman will share her own personal experiences in response to her daughter’s catastrophic schizoaffective disorder,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. This program is in partnership with the BC Schizophrenia Society and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Ms. Inman’s book has been recommended both by NAMI and EUFAMI, which are the largest advocacy groups in the world for families of people living with serious mental illnesses. Ms. Inman is past president of the Vancouver/Richmond branch of the BC Schizophrenia Society and past vice-chair of the Family Advisory Committee of Vancouver Coastal Mental Health Services. For more information about Inman’s book visit http://www.bridgeross.com/brainbroke.html. Inman has taught drama and English for over 20 years at Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver.

Contact:

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