2012

For immediate release        December 7, 2012

Origin & Development of Cantonese Opera

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2012 Richmond Library Presents Talk on Cantonese Opera RICHMOND, BC – Master Toa Wong will introduce the origins and development of Cantonese opera at a free seminar (#111) in Cantonese on Sat. January 5th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. The seminar will be held in the performance hall. “Cantonese opera is very popular in the local Chinese community. Master Toa Wong, who has performed and taught Cantonese opera music and singing for over 80 years, is undeniably the most knowledgeable Cantonese opera artist in Vancouver. Richmond Public Library is delighted to have Master Wong conduct a background talk about Cantonese opera. In addition to the talk, there will be demonstrations of opera music and singing techniques, and he will offer tips to beginners on how to learn to sing,” said Chinese services librarian, Wendy Jang. Master Toa Wong, who will be 99 years old in early 2013, is an internationally recognized Chinese musician and teacher, and a highly respected elder in the Cantonese opera circle. His students, which number over 200, include many famous Cantonese opera performers and professors. Since he came to Canada in 1961 as the lead erhu player in the Jin Wah Sing Chinese Orchestra in Vancouver, he has dedicated himself to teaching, preserving Cantonese opera, raising the caliber of Chinese-Canadian arts, and promoting appreciation of Chinese opera in Canada. He has performed and lectured at universities and music institutions around the world, and frequently publishes booklets on Cantonese opera and other topics for distribution to his friends and students. This year, he won several awards, including the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award. -30- Contact: Wendy Jang, Chinese Services Librarian Phone: 604-231-6409 Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 7, 2012

Christmas Fun at the Library!

The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, is holding a free, drop-in Christmas in the Library celebration on December 13th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This fun-filled family event is for all ages. Sing Christmas carols, make Christmas crafts and mail letters to Santa in the giant mailbox. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Christmas at the Ironwood, Cambie and Steveston branches will include caroling, holiday stories and crafts. These free, drop-in programs will be held on: Tues. Dec. 18th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Ironwood Wed. Dec. 19th from 4-5 p.m. at Cambie Thurs. Dec. 20th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Steveston.

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        December 7, 2012

Delicious Ideas for Homemade Gifts

Didn’t make it to the mall in time? Staff at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library will demonstrate some delicious ideas for homemade gifts and how to package them on Thurs. Dec. 20th at 4 p.m. on the main floor. Free. Drop in. 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 7, 2012

The Secret to Making Christmas Cake Pops

Learn to make Christmas cake pops at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library on Thurs. Dec. 13th at 4 p.m. on the main floor. Staff will demonstrate how to make these irresistible sweets on a stick and dress them up for Christmas. Free. Drop in. 7700 Minoru Gate.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 1, 2012

Holiday Movies to Warm the Heart

Start your holidays with Richmond Public Library by bringing the entire family to Kid's Place, Brighouse Main Branch, for our Holiday Movies to Warm the Heart programme.

The library will be showing the Dr. Seuss classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Muppets: A Christmas Carol"; a laugh-filled take on the beloved Dickens novel. Both movies will be shown on Saturday December 22nd.

"This is a great opportunity to take a short break from that last minute holiday rush. Come to the library and watch a great holiday film with the family for free and also check out some books, movies, video games and more to take home", says librarian Cassidy Taylor.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be shown from 11:45AM-11:45AM following the morning storytime; and "The Muppets: A Christmas Carol" will be shown in the afternoon from 2PM-4PM.

The movies are FREE and drop-in.

For more information, please visit our website www.yourlibrary.ca or call 604 231 6413.

Contact:

  • Cassidy Taylor, cassidy.taylor@yourlibrary.ca, 604 805 6230
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 20, 2012

Free Workshops on Choosing an eReader

RICHMOND, B.C - Just in time for the holidays, Richmond Public Library is offering free workshops on choosing an eReader. Sessions take place on Friday, November 30 and Friday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m., and on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:30pm. All sessions take place in the 2nd floor Learning Place of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. To register for these free classes, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“These sessions introduce you to the different types of eBooks and eReaders available today, and help you choose the best eReader for you or someone on your gift list,” said Kat Lucas, acting head of eServices. “As well as criteria for purchasing an eReader, we’ll discuss how to download free library eBooks and audiobooks from our eBooks @yourlibrary service.”

“Richmond Public Library has nearly 4,000 downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, with multiple copies of all popular titles and new titles being added regularly,” added Lucas. “So far in 2012, Richmond customers have borrowed 36,645 eBooks.” The free eBooks @yourlibrary service (www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks) is available to residents who are Richmond Public Library cardholders. -30-

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca
  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619

For immediate release        November 22, 2012

Mayor Brodie Celebrates National Reading Campaign with Schools

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie sure knows how to work a crowd of school aged kids! On Tues. November 20th the Mayor read to 85 students in grades 3-5 to launch The National Reading Campaign. Appropriately, he chose notable Canadian books Mortimer by Robert Munsch and Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland to share with the kids.

“Mayor Brodie engaged the students really well and had them enthusiastically chanting the refrains from Mortimer. It was very sweet to watch,” said acting head of Kids’ Place, Melanie Au. Students from Cook Elementary School and the BC Muslim School enjoyed interacting with the Mayor as he read to them. “After reading to the kids for about 15 minutes, Mayor Brodie reminded them about the importance of reading in their lives, both for their education and for pleasure,” added Au. When he finished, they presented him the Mayor two oversized thank you cards.

The National Reading Campaign is a Canada-wide event and an unprecedented coalition of librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers, readers and writers, whose goal is to make reading a national priority. Reading is a source of pleasure, an activity that enriches our lives and allows us to communicate and to engage with our society. Reading enables us to do better in all aspects of life: academically, professionally, and emotionally. It’s the foundation of future learning, and encourages critical thinking skills.

Over the next few months, Richmond Public Library is planning more fun events to celebrate The National Reading Campaign. These include having kids write letters and recommend books to the library “monster”; inviting individuals and families to create “My Favourite Shelf” where they take over a library display shelf for a week to showcase their favorite books; and creating a photo gallery of customers “caught reading” in the library. Other events are planned as well.

Contact:

  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425

For immediate release        November 16, 2012

Enjoy Philippine Cultural Celebration at Richmond Library

In the mood for a pagdiriwang? A local Filipino group is partnering with Richmond Public Library, the Gateway Theatre, and the Philippine Consulate General to host a Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond on Saturday Dec. 1st from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This is a free, drop in event. The Philippine Consul General Jose A.P. Ampeso and other local VIPs will be present to mark this cultural event.

The celebration's theme is "Heroes of Culture (Within and Among Us)". The event coincides with Andres Bonifacio Day, a Philippine holiday. It honours the ascent and engagement of the Filipino Community within Canada's multicultural mosaic. The Philippine Consul General will also be making a donation presentation of Filipino DVDs to the library.

This family-friendly event features a book and author presentation featuring writer Miguel Syjuco, hosted by Joe Planta of The Commentary and Marieton Pacheco of The Filipino Channel; a music performance by Rosario Strings; a dance performance by Philippine Cultural Arts Society of BC; an essay contest and presentation of prizes to contest winners; and children’s activities. There will also be a preview of a stage reading of Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Filipino as an Artist by ACAT (Anyone Can Act Theatre); arts and crafts and games; and volunteers dressed in traditional costumes.

Additional activities include: • Art exhibit by the Dimasalang III International Artist Group in the library entrance and living room • Cultural video presentation about the Philippines in the living room from 1-2 p.m.

The age categories for the essay contest on the topic: “Heroes of Culture” [Within and Among us] are ages 9-12, ages 13-19, and ages 20 and older. Original entries must be 250 words or less. Entrants need to discuss the following in their essay: “How can each of us represent our culture in the Canadian multi-cultural mosaic in our everyday lives? Who do you consider as a champion of any culture in your community?" Contest entries can be sent to heroesofcultureessaycontest@gmail.com and include name, age and contact information. The deadline for entries is November 23, 2012. The major prize for the contest prizes will be a painting from the Dimasalang III International Artist Group (http://dimasalang.org/).

Miguel Syjuco’s novel Ilustrado has recently been voted in to the preliminary round of Canada Reads (see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/canada-reads-top-10-quebec.html), and is one of ten books in Quebec being voted on now. If it gets enough votes, it could be one of the five books readers across Canada, and the CBC, will be reading, discussing, and voting on. Syjuco will be discussing his novel at the library’s Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond on December 1st.

As part of the Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond, there will be a stage reading at the Gateway Theatre Studio B, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond on December 4 at 7 p.m. Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Filipino as an Artist will be performed by ACAT (Anyone Can Act Theatre) and directed by Mel Tobias. Tickets are $30 each and seating is limited. Tickets will be available from November 15th at the Richmond Gateway Theatre box office (604-270-1812) or online through tickets.gatewaytheatre.com and Again (Nostalgia Boutique) at 1868 West Broadway in Vancouver (604-730-0222).

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 16, 2012

RICHMOND LIBRARIES SUPPORT THE ‘WHAT DID YOU READ TODAY?’ CAMPAIGN

Richmond Public Library urges you to join them in supporting the National Reading Campaign and its ‘What did you read today?’ campaign. Be a part of this important initiative that has the potential to affect every aspect of Canadian society!

The National Reading Campaign, an unprecedented coalition of librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers, readers and writers, is launching its campaign to bring the joy of reading to Canadians. The goal is to make reading a national priority, because when Canada reads, Canada grows. . On Tues. November 20th at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Malcolm Brodie will be reading to children at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library to support the National Reading Campaign.

“What did you read today?” is a public awareness campaign created to help make reading a national priority. Over the months to come, we’ll be asking that question to Canadians through promotions and events, and especially via a dynamic website where readers can drop in to talk, share and build our reading society. Visit www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca to learn more.

On Wednesday, November 14th libraries launched “What did you read today?” with a fun contest for the general public ages 19 and older. The contest runs until December 31, 2012 and is open to Canadian residents only. For contest rules visit nationalreadingcampaign.ca/contest. To enter the contest, tweet what you’re reading to @readingcampaign with #whatdidyoureadtoday? for a chance to win one of ten Kobo™ eReaders pre-loaded with a selection of great eBooks! Entrants can share a title, author or even the type of reading material that they’re reading, like a magazine or graphic novel, because all reading matters. As an added bonus, Kobo will donate $1 to the National Reading Campaign for every contest entry tweet that is received up to $10,000 to help grow reading in Canada.

Why is reading so important? To be literate is necessary, but it is not enough. Reading is a source of pleasure at every stage of life, an imagination-building, personally fulfilling activity that enriches our lives and allows us to communicate, to understand each other, and to engage with our society. Reading is at the very heart of responsible citizenship as informed, reading helps active citizens think critically, participate actively in their communities and in their nation, and thrive throughout their lives.

Reading allows us to do better in all aspects of life: academically, professionally, and emotionally. It’s the foundation of future learning, encouraging the critical thinking skills of every individual.

However, new technologies and media choices, lifestyle changes, unprecedented competition for our leisure time and much more have changed Canadians’ reading habits, and not necessarily for the better. Most disturbing of all, less children are reporting that they enjoy reading. Curiosity, imagination, and all the other vital things that reading sparks—and our future needs—are at risk. Reading grows Canada. But we have to grow reading.

What is the National Reading Campaign? Since 2008, the National Reading Campaign has brought together people from every region of Canada who are concerned about Canada’s changing reading habits. We represent public and school librarians, parents, readers, educators, writers, students, book and magazine publishers, booksellers, reading promoters, and everyone involved in reading in Canada. Through summits, the development of a National Reading Plan, a public awareness campaign and many other efforts, we aim to make reading a national priority.

Our ultimate goal is to promote reading amongst all Canadians, reflecting the value of reading as a tool for democracy and civic engagement, as a means to equalize the playing field for all Canadians, as a way for Canadians to learn about themselves, and as a vehicle for joy. In 2012, The National Reading Campaign was incorporated as a not-for profit organization.

Contact:

  • Virginia McCreedy, Coordinator of Children's Services, 604-231-6431, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425

For immediate release        November 14, 2012

Interview Skills

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November14, 2012

INTERVIEW SKILLS

RICHMOND, B.C. – Job interviews are tough. Learn how to be more successful by attending the interview Skills program at Richmond Public Library. Interview Skills will be offered on Friday, November 23 from 1 – 4 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free but space is limited. Registration is required. The first part of the Interview Skills program will cover common interview questions, how managers hire and suggestions for salary negotiations. Open to first job seekers, skilled immigrants and anyone looking for new employment.

“The Interview Skills program offers practical tips that can help participants achieve their best at interviews. The program will include time for hands on practice interviews and questions” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Magdalena Mot is an experienced career development practitioner who works as an employment counselor providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. In partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. This seminar is offered in English.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 14, 2012

Improving Your Employment Techniques: The Importance of Networking and Volunteering

RICHMOND, B.C. - Richmond Public Library, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S Employment Services, is hosting a free employment workshop in Mandarin on November 22 from 7-9 p.m. It takes place in the 2nd floor Program Room of the Brighouse (Main) branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. Guest speaker Leo Kiu from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services discusses the importance of networking and volunteering from an employment perspective to help you secure a job that you like. This free program is offered in Mandarin. To register, come in person to any branch of Richmond Public Library; call 604-231-6413 (Richmond Public Library) or 604-231-3344 ext. 109 (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.). You can also register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm - Program #801.

Media Contact: Ying Zhang, Librarian, 604-231-6478, ying.zhang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619, haidee.obrien@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 6, 2012

Learning Together

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November2, 2012

Learning Together!

RICHMOND, B.C. –Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a unique program for parents wanting to gain workplace skills. Learning Together is a program that combines family reading readiness with adult workplace literacy into a seamless, all in one program. This weekly program runs on Fridays from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Kids Place Program Room at Brighouse branch beginning on November 16, 2012.

“This new program builds on our successful Let’s Read Together program at Cambie branch. In the new two hour program at Brighouse branch parents and their children will enjoy a 30 minute storytime and 30 minutes of fun, family literacy activities. In the last four weeks parents or caregivers will also have the opportunity to attend an hour long small group tutoring session to get ready for a new job or to improve their skills at their current job” says Programming Librarian, Lee Anne Smith. “Child minding is available for those attending the program”, she added.

This program is free and drop-in, although to be most effective it is suggested that participants attend regularly. In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Literacy Richmond.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 5, 2012

Discover the Sisters of Heaven -- Chinese Women Pilots of WWII

RICHMOND, BC – Come and hear the fascinating true-life story of three Chinese women pilots who barnstormed North America during World War II to win support for their motherland. This free presentation called “Sisters of Heaven: the Lives and Contributions of Three Chinese Women Aviatrixes During WWII” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21st from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program (#819) featuring author Patti Gully is in English. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. “In 1939, as the world slid inexorably towards World War II, China had already fallen under attack and faced the spectre of national enslavement. At its darkest hour, three Chinese women – wealthy, well-educated, aristocratic and beautiful – stepped forward to offer their services to their homeland. At a time when many women’s feet were bound, these three women were air pilots. To aid China’s millions of orphans and wounded, they devised a brilliant scheme: to barnstorm North and South America to win friends and funds for China. Their story was one of triumph and tragedy, and one with an indelible Vancouver connection,” said librarian of Chinese Services at Richmond Public Library, Wendy Jang. Patti Gully is an amateur pilot and aviation history scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of British Columbia. Besides her book Sisters of Heaven, which has been translated into Chinese, she has written a biography of Chinese American aviator Art Lym and co-authored a Chinese book on Chinese immigrants and aviation in China. She is currently working on the biography of Russian aviator Alexander Kouzminsky, nephew of Leo Tolstoy. For information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 1, 2012

Current Substance Use Trends in Teens

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2012

Current Substance Use Trends in Teens

RICHMOND, B.C – Teen substance use continues to be a problem at home and school. Come to a free lunch hour program about this important topic on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 12:00- 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Life today can be complex and highly stressed and it isn’t always easy for youth to deal with the stresses. Many youth turn to substances as a way to cope.” said Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith. “Parents and professionals working with youth can listen to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre panel via conference call technology as panel experts discuss substance use trends and their connection to mental health,” she adds.

Panelists are Dr. Carol Ann Saari, Psychiatrist, Concurrent Disorders Program, BC Children’s Hospital and Kelly Melsness, Youth Worker from SACY, Vancouver School Board Substance Use Prevention Initiative.

Free. In English. In partnership with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

If preferred the public can also join the session from home: DIAL IN 1.877.291.3022 CODE 4611577#

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. -30- Contact: Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator 604-231-6417 leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 1, 2012

F.O.R.C.E. - 'in the know' series - Suicide Prevention and Awareness: Opening One More Door

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1 2012

'in the know' series presented by The F.O.R.C.E.Society for Kids' Mental Health

RICHMOND, B.C. – The next programme in the "in the know' series will take place on November 14, 2012 from 6:30pm-9:00pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop- in.

“Youth depression and suicide are a concern for far too many Richmond families.” said Cassidy Taylor, librarian with Richmond Public Library. “In this program parents, caregivers and teachers will be able to network with each other as well as be introduced to information and resources focused on youth suicide prevention and awareness.” she added.

The presenter for the program is James Musgrave M.Ed. Mr. Musgrave is a Team Leader at Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health. The program is offered in English.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm,call 604-231-6413 or email Barbara at F.O.R.C.E. barbara@forcesociety.com

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Contact: Cassidy Taylor Librarian I Phone: 604-278-9811 ext.1606 Email: cassidy.taylor@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 26, 2012

Lest We Forget – A Day of Remembrance at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will hold a Remembrance Day event on Saturday Nov. 10th from 11 a.m. – 3 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.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie and other VIPs, including war veterans, will attend the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. “It’s an opportunity for us to express our appreciation for the many sacrifices that our veterans made, and pay tribute to those who served our country proudly over the years,” said kids’ place librarian Cindy Kloos.

“People will be able to meet war veterans and find out what life was really like during the war,” added Kloos . “We’ll also have displays of war memorabilia and books and DVDs on Canada’s military history, for borrowing. Plus, you can have your picture taken with a real war backdrop,” added Kloos. Other activities of the day include:

• 11:30 a.m. – War time movies • 1 p.m. – Presentation on behalf of the Canadian Army by Corporal Steven Liu • 2 p.m. – Poetry reading by winners of the Lest We Forget poetry contest.

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 10th at 2 p.m. at the Brighouse Library.

“During our Lest We Forget event you can even help create a peace quilt, send a postcard to our Canadian soldiers, create an origami peace crane, create poppies and look at authentic soldier files from the First and Second World Wars,” added Kloos. Everyone is welcome to attend this free 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:

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

For immediate release        October 25, 2012

Accessing the Hidden Job Market

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 25, 2012

Accessing the Hidden Job Market

RICHMOND, B.C. – Have you been looking for work but have run out of places to apply? Come to the seminar Accessing the Hidden Job Market to explore new possibilities for job searching. Accessing the Hidden Job Market will be offered on Thursday, November 8 from 10 am – 12:00 noon in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free but space is limited. Registration is required.

“A good source for potential employers can be found on free online job boards and other online posting sites but many people don’t know how to use online employment sites effectively” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Aman Dhesi is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past two years as an employment counselor, providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“Participants at this program will learn about the huge variety of online job postings and how to best to use these resources to maximize their chances of finding full employment,” added Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 5, 2012

Reconstructing the Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

NEWS RELEASE October 5, 2012 Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the findings of her research on the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar (#761) on Saturday, Oct 20th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Cantonese and on November 8th from 7 – 9 p.m. in English (#762) 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 http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. “There is a lack of understanding about the Chinese community in Canada in the 20th century. Stereotypes of Chinese bachelors as gamblers, opium smokers, and powerful martial artists abound. Professor Leung has done extensive research to reconstruct the much neglected literary contributions of the immigrants from Guangdong province in China to the body of Chinese Canadian literature. In this talk, she will cover the literary and cultural activities of the Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” said librarian of Chinese Services at Richmond Public Library Wendy Jang. Professor Leung taught Chinese literature, language, and calligraphy at the University of Alberta. Her publications include many books on classical Chinese poetry and post-Mao literature, and a Mandarin language textbook. Her current projects include developing the Chinese learning courseware Concise Interactive Chinese and working on a forthcoming co-authored book History of Literary Interactions between China and Canada. She is the co-founder and current Chair of the Chinese Canadian Writers Association and editor of the e-journal of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association. For more information, phone 604-231-6413. -30- Contact: Wendy Jang Phone: 604-231-6409 Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 30, 2012

Winners of the Chinese Couplets Competition Announced

RICHMOND, B.C – The winners of Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets Competition were recently announced at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony. The first line of the couplet provided by the Library was: ?????,???????

1st place winner: ?? ?????, ??????? 2nd place winner: Wang Feng Ling ??? ?????,??????? 3rd place winner: Chan Wah Ying ??? ?????,??????? Honorable mention: Yuen, Chun Kuen ?????,??????? King Wan Kong ?????,??????? Freeman Watt (Hing-Sing) ?????,??????? Chik Fong Lee ??? ?????,??????? ??? ?????, ???????

“The Library received 34 entries for the Chinese Couplets Competition, all of them very high caliber. The judges had a hard time picking the winners,” said Wendy Jang, Chinese language services librarian. “The top three winners each received a trophy and a calligraphy work of their own couplet written by Mr. Yukman Lai, a famous local painter / calligrapher whose work is collected by the Canadian Museum of Civilization,” added Jang.

The first place winner entered the competition with a pseudonym. Everyone was surprised to see Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North come to claim the prize. The five members on the adjudication committee were: Dr. Mengchun Wang ?????, Mr. Ronald Zhang ?????, Mr. Chi-Kuan Chien ????? , Mr. Tianxing Li ????? and Ms. Zonghui Cheng ????? . For For more information, phone 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 23, 2012

Richmond Public Library Honors Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be honoring longtime donor Dr. Kwok- Chu Lee for his outstanding support of the Library and his recent donation of 47,000 Chinese books at a ceremony on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee has been a steadfast supporter of Richmond Public Library since 1995. Over the years, he has donated a total of $1.53 million in cash and books to our Library. He has also conducted many successful seminars and fundraising activities for us. This ceremony is our gesture of profound appreciation for everything he has done for us,” said Chief Librarian Greg Buss. “He recently gave us an outstanding gift of 47,000 Chinese books from his personal collection. This donation, valued at $1.2 million, has been described as a “national treasure” by a professional book appraiser. This donation will elevate our Chinese collection to a semi-academic level and enable us to offer more programs and services for our growing Chinese population,” added Buss.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, MLA Linda Reid, and other special guests will attend this ceremony. A video display of the books in the donation will be shown. As part of the recognition of Dr. Lee’s donation, the library has offered a series of programs called A Celebration of Chinese Culture in Honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. One of the programs was a Chinese Couplets Competition and the top three winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony on August 29th. All the finalists will read their works.

The judges have decided on a list of 8 finalists for the Chinese Couplets Competition. The second line that they submitted to complement Richmond Public Library’s first line ?????,???????: are:

?????,??????? by Yuen, Chun Kuen ?????,??????? by Chan Wah Ying (???) ?????,??????? by King Wan Kong ?????,??????? by Freeman Watt (Hing-Sing) ?????,??????? by Wang Feng Ling (???) ?????,??????? by Chik Fong Lee (???) ?????,??????? by ?? ?????,??????? by ???

“We received many excellent entries in the Chinese Couplets Competition, which reflects the high literary standard in the Chinese community. The judging was based on four criteria: the tone pattern, word class, complementary meaning, and artistic quality,” said Wendy Jang, librarian, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. “We sincerely thank our panel of judges, Dr. Wang Mengchuan, Mr. Zhang Shifang, Mr. Chien Chi-Kuan, Mr. Li Tianxing and Ms. Cheng Zonghui, for their help in selecting the finalists, and Mr. Yukman Lai for writing the winning works in Chinese calligraphy,” added Jang.

At the awards ceremony, Professor Jan Walls will give a brief introduction to Chinese couplets to promote understanding and appreciation of this unique Chinese literary genre. There will be Chinese music performances by members of the Sincere Lam Guzheng Ensemble, and by Helen He, Eva Chuge Wang and Louise Zhang. The master of ceremonies will be Celina Luk, programmer at radio AM1470. For information, phone 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 14, 2012

Explore the Art of Chinese Seal Carving at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – William Chan will share his expertise on Chinese seal carving at a free seminar (#614) on Thu, Aug 23th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This program is for Cantonese speaking adults. “Chinese people often use seals as their official signature. Most people have a seal for their names, but many artists and scholars have a full set of seals, including their names, their private studios and some free expressions,” said Wendy Jang, librarian, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. “Mr. Chan, an accomplished seal carver, will explain the origin and history of seal carving as well as the artistic quality of this traditional art. He will also do a demonstration of seal carving,” added Jang. Chan studied Chinese calligraphy for many years while he was living in Guangzhou. After he immigrated to Vancouver in 1991, he started to study seal carving and was the last apprentice of master seal carver Chan Feng-Tzu. He is the current president of the Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club and member of the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver. He has participated in many exhibitions. This program is part of the Celebration of Chinese Culture in honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. …/2 Page 2 Dr. Lee (also known as Master Lam Chun) is a generous supporter and long-time friend of Richmond Public Library. This ongoing relationship started in 1995 when Dr. Lee donated 1,800 Chinese books to the library. Since then, he has generously donated books and money, as well as conducted many successful informational seminars and fundraising activities. Last year he donated 47,000 Chinese books to the Library, valued at $1.2 million. This gift has been described as a “national treasure.” To date, the total value of his cash and book donations exceeds $1.53 million.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 13, 2012

Explore the History of Chinese Calligraphy at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Yim Tse will share his expertise on Chinese Calligraphy at a free seminar (#619) on Sunday August 26th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This program is for English speaking adults. “Our goal is to promote cross-cultural understanding while giving people a chance to learn about and appreciate the intricacies of Chinese calligraphy,” said Wendy Jang, librarian, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. Tse, a highly respected calligrapher, will discuss the historical development of the characteristics of the various calligraphy scripts, character construction and composition. He will also demonstrate the four different Chinese calligraphy scripts,” added Jang. This program is part of the Celebration of Chinese Culture in honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Dr. Lee (also known as Master Lam Chun) is a generous supporter and long-time friend of Richmond Public Library. This ongoing relationship started in 1995 when Dr. Lee donated 1,800 Chinese books to the library. Since then, he has generously donated books and money, as well as conducted many successful informational seminars and fundraising activities. Last year he donated 47,000 Chinese books to the Library, valued at $1.2 million. This gift has been described as a “national treasure.” To date, the total value of his cash and book donations exceeds $1.53 million.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 9, 2012

Announcing Newspapers @yourlibrary: Thousands of Complete Newspapers at your Fingertips – Free!

Richmond Library customers have been going online to read their favorite newspapers for free on the library’s website. Now residents can also enjoy a new app for reading complete newspapers on their mobile devices. “Newspapers @yourlibrary” services are available free to residents with a Richmond library card.

“The digital newspapers are in full color, full page format. It’s just like reading the print version of the newspaper with articles, classifieds, comics and crosswords,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “You can read your favorite newspapers from cover-to-cover online, just as you would in print.” Newspapers @yourlibrary offers a selection of more than 2,200 newspapers and magazines, from 97 countries in 54 languages, often available before the print versions are on newsstands.

“Newspapers @yourlibrary consists of two services. Residents can enjoy free online newspapers from home or in the library using their laptop. And now they can also access the new app that enables them to read newspapers on their mobile devices. Residents can come to any branch of the library and download the current day’s newspaper free, using the library’s wireless service,” said Sizer. “The added advantage of the app is that they can read the newspaper without an Internet connection.”

The library will feature a Newspapers @yourlibrary booth at the Brighouse (Main) Branch from October 22 - November 4. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/pressdisplay.

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619, haidee.obrien@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 26, 2012

Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets Competition

RICHMOND, B.C – Calling all people who like to write Chinese couplets! You can compete with others who share your interest at Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets Competition, the kick-off event for the Celebration of Chinese Culture in Honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Complete the couplet with your second line and submit it to Richmond Public Library by 3:00 p.m. on Aug 15 for a chance to win. The winners will be announced at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony on August 29 at 3:00 p.m. “Adults (19 years and over) and youth (13-18 years) will compete in different categories. We would like to thank Dr. Mengchuan Wang for providing the first line for adults: ?? ???,???????; and to Mr. Ronald Zhang for providing the first line for youth: ?????”, says librarian Wendy Jang. “The judges will select the winners based on the established rules for Chinese couplets.” According to the rules for Chinese couplets, the two lines must have the same number of characters, each character must be from the same word class (e.g. noun to noun, verb to verb), the tone pattern of the two lines must be mirror images (inverse) of each other, and the meaning of the two lines must complement one another. The dialect spoken does not matter. The rhymes of the couplet must conform to the standards in the Dictionary of Chinese Rhymes (??). The top three winners in each category will receive a trophy and a copy of their winning works written in Chinese calligraphy by local artist and calligrapher Yukman Lai. Richmond Public Library would like to acknowledge Mr. Yukman Lai and members of the adjudication committee, Dr. Mengchuan Wang, Mr. Ronald Zhang, Mr. Chi-Kuan Chien, Ms. Zonghui Cheng and Mr. Tianxing Li, for their support of the Chinese Couplets Competition. Entry forms are available online at www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee or in person at any branch of Richmond Public Library. For more information, go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee or phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 26, 2012

Sign With us: Sign Language Storytime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 26, 2012

Sign With Us! Richmond Library’s First Ever Sign Language Storytime

RICHMOND B.C. -- Richmond Public Library is offering free, drop-in sign language storytimes called "Sign With Us!" for parents, caregivers and their children at the Brighouse Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is for all ages and takes place 10:30-11a.m. on Fridays from September 28 to November 2.

Children and their caregivers can learn to sign words useful for daily communication and routines, as well as learn the sign language for some well-known children's stories and songs. "Using sign language can benefit all families regardless of their hearing and speech abilities. It’s a wonderful tool that can help people express themselves more fully," said Marion Goriak, library staff person leading the program. "Sign language can be especially effective for communication between caregivers and young children still acquiring language skills."

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 4, 2012

Get animated!

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2012

get animated!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Do you love animated films? Then join us at the Richmond Cultural Centre for get animated! – new Canadian Animated Short Films & Animation workshop.

This mini-festival of animated films will take place on Sunday, November 4 from 1- 4:30 pm in the Kids Place Program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Screenings are as follows:

1 pm Family Program 1 2 pm Family Program 2 3 pm New release

In addition if you would like to learn how animated films are made then come to the animation workshop from 2-4:30 pm in the Media Lab of the Richmond Cultural Centre. “The National Film Board get animated! program is a family event that will delight.” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Everyone is welcome to all the screenings and the workshop during this free, drop-in event.” she added.

In partnership with Cinevolution, Reel 2 Real, and the National Film Board of Canada.

For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 18, 2012

Childhood Asthma

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2012

Healthy Families Series - Childhood Asthma

RICHMOND, B.C. – The second program in the Healthy Families Series Childhood Asthma takes place on November 1, 2012 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop- in.

“Childhood asthma is a serious health issue for many Richmond families.” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “In this program parents, caregivers and teachers can find out more information on how to prevent or manage childhood asthma.” she added.

The presenter for the program is Cory Bendall, Respiratory Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health – Richmond. The program is offered in English.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 16, 2012

PR - Your Kid Can't Wait

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 9, 2012

Your Kid Can’t Wait: Three Ways to Guarantee Your Child’s Success in School and in Life

RICHMOND, B.C – Every parent wants to help their children succeed in school, reach their full potential, and follow their dreams. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Richmond Public Library hosts Your Kid Can’t Wait: Three ways to guarantee your child’s success in school and in life. To register call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. The speaker, Dr. Patricia Porter, has spent a lifetime teaching and understanding parents’ role in children’s education.

Dr. Porter has spoken at conferences around the world and is committed to helping parents support their children’s futures. “After a lifetime teaching I know you have a vital role to play in helping your child reach his or her learning potential,” said Dr. Porter. “In this workshop you will learn exactly what you can do to help your child become a better learner and get better grades in school.”

Participants will leave with a better understanding of how their child learns and exactly what they can do to provide support that meets their child’s learning needs and leads to success in school and in life.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 11, 2012

Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2012

Join in Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Richmond) are hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on Sunday Nov. 4th from 2-3:30 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. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is an annual Indian festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The library event will feature interactive storytelling, a puppet show and traditional Diwali songs and dance. Come decorate diya (the traditional Indian lamp), tap to some Indian rhythm and taste light Indian refreshments. The program also features lucky prize draws.

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Contact: Vandy Advani Reference Clerk Phone: 604-273-2223 Email: vandy.advani@yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

  • Gurpreet Faridkot, SUCCESS, 604-297-7157
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 6, 2012

Amazing Astronomy

Amazing Astronomy Program at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – If the stars in the sky are a mystery to you, then you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s astronomy program - “Amazing Astronomy” - on October 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This is a free, drop-in program for all ages and takes place at the Brighouse (Main) branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

“This fun, educational program will give people a better understanding of astronomy,” said Kids’ Place Librarian, Cindy Kloos. This program is co-sponsored by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the Richmond Public Library.

Activities include: - Telescope display - Astrophotography - Talks in English and Chinese about space - Arts and crafts - Design your own galaxy and Design your own telescope.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 5, 2012

Brighouse Science Bash

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2012

Discover the Science Bash at Brighouse Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Come celebrate Science and Technology Week at Richmond Public Library’s sixth annual Science Bash on Friday, October 19th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, call 604-231-6413.

"Everyone is welcome to attend this free, fun learning event," said Kids’ Place Librarian Cindy Kloos. “School’s out that day and there will be lots of booths throughout the library with interactive displays, fun experiments and other hands-on, child-friendly activities.” Kids can:

o Witness “hair-raising” science experiments o Make candy DNA models o Learn about bugs, plants and animals o Make slime o Take part in quizzes and games o And much more.

“Science Bash takes the mystery out of science and technology by creating an environment where kids can interact with science and technology professionals in different fields,” said Kloos. “We want to raise awareness among young people about science activities and careers in science and technology,” added Kloos.

National Science and Technology Week is a celebration of innovation, invention and imagination. Organizations involved in Science Bash include: Genome BC; Parks Canada; BC Hydro; MS Infinity; Let’s Talk Science; AAFC Agriculture Food Canada; Science Fair Foundation of BC; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC: Richmond Gem and Mineral Society and more. The event is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and various federal government science departments.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 26, 2012

Internet Gaming

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2012

Internet Gaming – Are You Concerned?

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you concerned that your child or teen is spending too much time playing Internet games on the computer? On Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7-9 pm the Richmond Public Library, in partnership with F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health will offer a free webinar called “Internet Gaming- Are You Concerned?” in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is free and drop-in.

“Internet gaming can be fun way for your child or teen to develop sophisticated computer skills,” said programming librarian Lee Anne Smith. “But parents often wonder how much time their children should spend playing Internet games.” Parents and caregivers who are concerned about Internet gaming can come to this one hour webinar to find out what they need to know about the effects of Internet gaming on both children and teens. The speaker for this program is Dr. Tyler Black, clinical head on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency (CAPE) Unit at BC Children's Hospital. He is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.

The webinar will be followed by a question and answer session led by Barbara Ohori, parent in residence from F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids` Mental Health. This webinar is part of F.O.R.C.E.’s In the Know series, a monthly parent education program that provides experts on topics of importance to parents, and includes time for parent networking and support.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 2, 2012

Remarkable People

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012

Remarkable People

RICHMOND, B.C - Every one of us has the power to make a difference and Richmond Public Library’s new Remarkable People series offers an opportunity to meet local authors who have made a difference in the lives of people in their community. The free, drop- in programs take place from 7:00 -8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 16 and Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The people we have invited to start the Remarkable People series have a passion for learning and supporting school and home communities in ways that have had a far reaching effect.” said Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith.

Remarkable People for October are: Tuesday October 16th – David Starr Elementary school principal and author David Starr will share inspiring stories from his book From Bombs to Books about refugee children and their families living in Burnaby and their achievements with their new life in Canada.

October 30th – Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone Shar Levine is an internationally award-winning, bestselling author of children's science books and science toys/kits. Leslie Johnstone is a freelance writer and head of a high school science department. They will talk why they are so passionate about bringing science and children together.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 26, 2012

Alpha Children

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2012

Alpha Children: In the Lead with Nowhere to Go

RICHMOND, B.C. – What are Alpha Children? Come to this free lecture to find out! This topic will sure to be of interest to parents, teachers, caregivers and child service professionals and is being offered on October 9 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and but you must register.

“Alpha Children is a program that is about children who have difficulties in letting themselves be parented or taught” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Participants will find out more about this disturbing trend and the ramifications for families, schools and society” she added.

“Dr. Deborah MacNamara will be the speaker for this program. She is a counselor and educator with over 20 years of experience working with children and is in high demand as a speaker. She is on faculty at the Neufield Institute. We are very fortunate to have her present this lecture at the library “Smith said. Dr. MacNamara’s lecture is offered in English.

For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 4, 2012

What to Do if You Suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Your Child

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2012

What to Do if You Suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Your Child

RICHMOND, B.C. – If your child doesn’t seem to be developing normally, and you’re wondering if he or she has autism, then come to Richmond Public Library’s free program called “What is Autism? What to do if you suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in your child?” This program will be offered in Mandarin (#760) on October 15th, and in English (#759) on October 22nd. Both programs take place from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

The speaker, Sally Yim, is a behaviour consultant who’s been working with families and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for ten years. “Yim develops child-specific programs and visits schools to help parents and school staff provide the best learning environment for children,” said librarian Ping He. “Her talk is aimed at parents with young children, new and expectant parents, and early childhood educators,” added He.

“As well as a history of autism and how it’s diagnosed, Yim will discuss parenting strategies, treatment programs, and information on government funding and school support. “What is Autism” will also include audience participation and is a great opportunity for people to have their questions answered.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 3, 2012

Top 5 Myths about Mortgages

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2012

Top 5 Myths about Mortgages

RICHMOND, B.C - Today more than ever, people hoping to buy a home wonder about affording and qualifying for a mortgage. Home buyers can gain a better understanding of the mortgage market at Richmond Public Library’s free drop-in program, Top 5 Myths about Mortgages and Credit Qualifications. The Library will be hosting two free sessions on the topic, one in English and one in Mandarin. The English session is on October 18th from 7-9 pm and the Mandarin session is on Oct 20th from 2-4 pm. They will be held in 2nd floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, call 604-231-6413.

“The guest speaker, Sylvia Ho, is a former banker and an independent mortgage broker who also writes for the Chinese Home & Realty Weekly, educating homebuyers and new immigrants about mortgage basics,” said librarian Ying Zhang. “People can learn how to build credit worthiness to apply for a mortgage and hear from a mortgage expert about getting a mortgage that works for you.”

Contact:

  • Ying Zhang, 604-231-6478
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 20, 2012

Smoking and Your Child

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2012

Smoking and Your Child

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you concerned about the long term effects of smoking on your child, or want to know what to do about your teen who’s started to smoke? Then come to a free seminar called “Smoking and Your Child” on October 4th from 7 – 9 pm in the Kids’ Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. No registration required – drop in. For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

“This program in our new Healthy Families Series presents important information on the adverse and long term effects of smoking on children, as well as information about teens starting to smoke and what parents and caregivers can do,” said programming librarian, Lee Anne Smith. “Participants will find out more about how smoking negatively affects children, especially those who are vulnerable to respiratory diseases like asthma and allergies,” added Smith.

Vancouver Coastal Health nurse Laurie Cheung will present the program with interactive activities to help parents and caregivers become more informed. The program is offered in English.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 3, 2012

Richmond Orchid Club

Calling All Orchid Lovers

RICHMOND, B.C – Do you love orchids and want to meet other people who are wild about orchids, too? Then join the Richmond Orchid Club which will meet on September 16th from 1:30-4 pm. in the Kids’ Place Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. New members are always welcome. The membership fee is $25.00 per calendar year. You can register in person at the meetings, or via the registration form on the club’s website at www.richmondorchidclub.com. The Richmond Orchid Club is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by a group of orchid enthusiasts. The main focus of the club is “to provide an informal and friendly environment where people can learn and share knowledge about orchid growing,” said club president Elizabeth Markus. Meetings take place the third Sunday of each month. The guest speaker at the September meeting is from Forestview Gardens, and will be talking about how to grow Madevallias and Miltonias.

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Contact:

  • Elizabeth Markus, President Richmond Orchid Club, elizabethmarkus@shaw.ca
  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 14, 2012

Using Social Media

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2012

Using Social Media to Get a Job

RICHMOND, B.C. – Finding a job takes a lot of time but learning how to use social media websites like Facebook and LinkedIn to get that perfect job can make all the difference. On Wednesday September 26 from 10 am – 12:00 pm the Richmond Public Library will offer a free seminar on Using Social Media for Job Search in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required.

Presenter Magdalena Mot is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past four years as an employment counsellor providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“The library is offering this program so that job seekers can learn how to effectively use social media website services to find employment,” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Program participants will learn a variety of tips on how to best use social media to increase the range of their job search,” added Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 14, 2012

Culture days

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept 14, 2012

Culture Days Get ready for a love affair with Culture @yourlibrary! Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2012

RICHMOND, B.C. – As part of Culture Days, the Canada wide celebration of arts and culture, Richmond Public Library is offering loads of unique programs to entice folks into the culture of books. Celebrating Culture Days at the library will have something for everyone to enjoy. All programs are free and drop in and will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Join in the library’s famous book sorting contest or take a behind the scenes tour of our automated check in machine. Listen to a lecture on the art of Chinese Couplets. Or if you’re feeling creative, enter our Haiku contest said Lee Anne Smith, coordinator of this year’s Culture Days program at the library. “Families can have fun at the Folding Art program and create original origami projects with paper from recycled books and magazines. You can even meet local Richmond artist Su–Pi Li who specializes in historical aviation illustration,” added Smith.

Culture Days are an entertaining and educational experience of culture in its many diverse forms. “This year we’re inviting the public to explore the culture of books from the page to the shelf,” said Smith. Enjoy these free activities:

Fri September 28 6:30-8:30 pm Beat the Clock book sorting contest – lobby

Sat September 29 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom Meet an Aviation Artist – Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room Folding Art – Kids Place program room 2:00-4:00 pm In Praise of the Moon - 2nd floor program room

Sun September 30 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom Folding Art – Kids Place program room 2:00-2:45 pm Haiku Contest Public Reading – 2nd Floor Learning Place

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-231-6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 8, 2012

Learn to Use Job Boards to Find Employment

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2012

Learn to Use Job Boards to Find Employment

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you looking for work but have run out of places to apply? A free seminar on Job Boards and How to Use Them will be offered on September 20 from 10 am – 12:00 noon in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop in - no registration required.

“A good source for potential employers can be found on free job boards but lots of job seekers don’t know how to use job boards effectively” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Aman Dhesi is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past two years as an employment counselor, providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“Participants at this program will learn about the huge variety of online job boards and how to best to use job boards to maximize their chances of finding a job they love,” added Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 7, 2012

Hypertension 101: Free Series at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Would you like to lower your risk? Is there anything you can do once you have hypertension? Join us at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) branch, for a four-part series – Hypertension 101 – in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health. This free, registered program takes place Tuesdays in October, starting October 9th, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

“Stress, diet, exercise and medication all play an important role in battling high blood pressure. This series will help those struggling with hypertension or who just want to learn more about the topic,” says librarian Theresa de Sousa.

The free series will include the following talks: #730 Hypertension and Diet (October 9th); #732 Hypertension and Stress (October 16th); #731 Hypertension and Physical Activity (October 23rd); and #733 Hypertension and Medication (October 30th). “This is a great opportunity for people to have their questions answered by experts and to get their blood pressure checked on site,” added de Sousa.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Student Resources Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca
  • Cindy Kloos, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6427, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 5, 2012

Richmond Library Launches Zinio: Free Downloadable Magazine Service for Local Residents

RICHMOND, B.C – Richmond Public Library is delighted to announce its latest digital service: free downloadable magazines! Access begins September 18th and is free to all Richmond residents with a valid Richmond Public Library card. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/zinio.

“Our newest service, called Zinio, offers online subscriptions to more than 900 magazines, including popular titles such as Canadian Living, Consumer Reports, SPIN, and House and Home,” said librarian Cassidy Taylor. “Zinio means no more waiting a month to check out the latest issues of your favourite magazines! It’s available 24/7 so you can enjoy the full content of your favourite magazines anytime,” added Taylor.

Magazines borrowed from Zinio can be read online, downloaded to a home computer, or accessed with the Zinio app on a smart phone or tablet. “Another advantage is that issues never have to be returned, so there are no overdue fines. As well, once you select a magazine, new issues will follow automatically,” said Taylor.

Zinio has magazines in all subjects the Library currently carries in print including: business and finance, cooking, fashion and style, gardening, health and fitness, news and current affairs, and lots more. There are magazines in English, French, Chinese, and Spanish, and the countries of publication include Canada, USA, France, United Kingdom, China & Hong Kong, and Taiwan. “Some magazines have added features such as video or audio clips, live web links, and social media sharing functions to enhance the user experience,” added Taylor.

Contact:

  • Cassidy Taylor, Librarian, 604-231-6417, cassidy.taylor@yourlibrary.ca
  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 10, 2012

ISS of BC Richmond Job Fair

Media Release ISSofBC JOB FAIR “Connecting Job Seekers to Employers”

ISSofBC is proud to be hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. This multi-sector fair is presented in collaboration with the Richmond Public Library and Canadian Western Bank, and will take place at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 100 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Admission is Free. The fair will feature employers from a diverse range of sectors. It is designed to meet the needs of all job seekers, from entry-level positions to management, and from administration to skilled trades. Employers will share industry facts and information about individual opportunities; guide interested candidates in the application process, and some will do on-site interviews. This event will provide an opportunity for employers to raise their profile with the many diverse cultural communities living in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, as well as connecting them with skilled and qualified candidates from employment backgrounds suited to their particular needs. Employers include Vision Critical, MParity Solutions, Fortinet Technologies, Yellow Pages Group, Eminata Group, City of Richmond, United Parcel Service Canada, Dahong Pilipino Directory, Nurse Next Door, Paul Alexander Talent Management, and Vancity Savings Credit Union.

Media Contact: Lois Armerding, Manager, Skills Connect for Immigrants program, ISSofBC Tel: (604) 684-2561 ext 2121 Email: lois.armerding@issbc.org

Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator, Richmond Public Library Tel: 604-231-6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 21, 2012

Culture Days

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2012

Culture Days

RICHMOND, B.C. – As part of the national Culture Days campaign Richmond Public Library is offering loads of fun programs to entice folks into the culture of books. Running from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30 Culture Days has something for everyone to enjoy.

“Join in the library’s famous book sorting contest or take a behind the scenes tour of our automated check in machine. Or if you’re feeling creative, come and participate in the Haiku workshop and enter our Haiku contest,” said Lee Anne Smith, coordinator of this year’s Culture Days program at the library. “Families can have fun at the Folding Art program and create original origami projects with paper from recycled books and magazines. You can even meet local Richmond artist Su–Pi Li who specializes in historical aviation illustration,” added Smith.

Culture Days are an entertaining and educational experience of culture in its many diverse forms. “This year we’re inviting the public to explore the culture of books from the page to the shelf,” said Smith.

All programs are free and drop in and will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Fri September 28 6:30-8:30 pm Beat the Clock book sorting contest – lobby

Sat September 29 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom Meet an Aviation Artist – Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room Folding Art – Kids Place program room

Sun September 30 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom Folding Art – Kids Place program room 2:00-2:45 pm Haiku Contest Public Reading – 2nd Floor Learning Place

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: 604-231-6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 26, 2012

Blood mobile

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 26, 2012

Give the Gift of Life at Your Library

RICHMOND, B.C – 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 Friday, August 3rd. 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 relatively new in our community and we hope to expose more blood donors to this type of blood donation clinic,” said Stephanie Scott, Bloodmobile Partnership Specialist 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 Scott. 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. -Page two Bloodmobile-

Bloodmobile staff encourages 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 percent 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 Scott.

Some interesting statistics: • A unit of blood is equivalent to two cups. • Nearly half a litre of blood is taken from each blood donor and an average adult has been between 4-6 litres of blood in their body. • 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood but only 1 in 60 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).

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Media contact: Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator Phone: c604-231-6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 31, 2012

Bright Ideas: Library Offers Video-Discussion series

RICHMOND, B.C - Great ideas make for great conversation, and Richmond Public Library’s new Bright Ideas video discussion program offers both. The free, drop-in programs take place from 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The short videos screened at our Bright Ideas sessions feature talks by some of the world’s most fascinating people – standouts in the fields of business, technology, entertainment and more,” said Librarian Haidee O’Brien. “The talks are guaranteed to stimulate curiosity, so an open discussion will follow each video,” added O’Brien.

This month’s videos include: September 13th -- “The Happy Secret to Better Work” where psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. September 27th – “The Great Firewall of China” where Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a blogger from China, discusses the growing power of the Internet.

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619

For immediate release        August 30, 2012

Celebrate Math-A-Mazing Day at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Come and celebrate Math-A-Mazing Day at the Richmond Public Library. This free, drop-in math fair takes place on Tuesday Sept. 11th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 604-231-6412 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese).

“The Math-A-Mazing program is a fun family event for both math lovers and math-haters alike. The idea is to get parents and students to think about math as an easy, enjoyable and approachable subject,” said library Youth Services clerk Vandy Advani.

A wide variety of activities will take place in the library, including head-scratching puzzles, logic problems, and math-based board games. “Come and discover a wide variety of math apps, online resources, and other cool things to do with Math. Try dice and coin games, our versions of Sudoku, discover Ken Kens and solve mathematical riddles,” added Advani.

Contact:

  • Vandy Advani Youth Services Clerk Phone: 604-273-2223 ext. 223 Email: vandy.advani@yourlibrary.ca
  • Cindy Kloos, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6427, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 21, 2012

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Download Free Music with Freegal!

RICHMOND, B.C - Freegal Music is the latest digital service Richmond Public Library is proud to offer Richmond residents. Starting on August 21st, Richmond residents – with a Richmond Public Library card – will be able to download three songs per week free to their home computer or MP3 player. Music can also be loaded into iTunes. The best part is the music downloaded is yours to keep! “Freegal gives you the peace of mind to download music without the hassle!” says librarian Theresa de Sousa. No more worrying about scratched CDs, paying for songs, or worrying about the legalities of downloading music off the internet. Customers will have access to the newest and hottest artists of today and the greatest hits from the past. Best of all, Freegal is available online 24/7, so you can download music anytime of the day. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/freegal. -30-

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Librarian (604) 231-6423 theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca; Kat Lucas, Acting Coordinator of eServices 604-231-6473 kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca;
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 19, 2012

Get Inspired @ Your Library: Bright Ideas Video-Discussion Series Shines Light on Talks by Innovators

Videos of cute kittens may get more views, but talks by some of the world’s most remarkable people are also going viral thanks to TED, the twice-yearly conferences that bring together leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, Design and more. Beginning August 2, Richmond Public Library will host Bright Ideas, a series of free, drop-in screenings of TED’s inspiring, thought-provoking videos followed by group discussions. Bright Ideas will take place every second Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 100-7700 Minoru Gate.

“The 18-minute long TED videos, described as ‘jaw-dropping’ and ‘riveting’, feature speakers such as Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, director James Cameron, and star chef/ food activist Jamie Oliver,” says Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith. “Drop in to the library’s free Bright Ideas video-discussion sessions and be reminded of the power of ideas to captivate, energize, and transform.” The schedule for August is:

August 2 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius - The Eat, Pray, Love author shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. Funny, personal and moving. August 16 James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy - In this personal talk, the director reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from science fiction to deep-sea diving – led to hits such as “Titanic”. August 30 Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food - Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

“People who enjoy ideas and conversation will want to join the global discussion generated by these fascinating talks,” says Smith, a dance producer and community animator. Bright Ideas group discussions will be led by Smith and fellow librarian Haidee O’Brien, a former CBC Radio journalist currently instructing library technology classes.

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The TED video collection is at www.ted.com. -30-

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator 604-231-6417 leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 19, 2012

Going Live with Livemocha: Library Offers Online Portal for Practicing Language Skills with Native Speakers

Whether you’re an ESL student, traveler, job seeker, or hobbyist, just about everybody wants to learn a new language. Beginning July 31, Richmond Public Library cardholders will gain special access to Livemocha, an online community that makes language learning a fun and social experience. Known as the “Facebook” of language learning, Livemocha offers free courses in 38 different languages, including English, blending traditional instruction with online practice and the opportunity to connect with native speakers worldwide.

“Imagine a café where you can practice the language of your choice with the people who speak it, and help others practice your native language with you. That’s the idea behind Livemocha,” says librarian Ying Zhang. “Watch a video of a conversation you’d hear in real life, do fun grammar and vocabulary activities, then practice your skills by interacting with native speakers online. It’s a great way to build fluency and learn about different cultures.”

Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish are a few examples of the 38 languages available. Best of all, Livemocha is available online 24/7, so you can do the lessons and connect with other learners at your own time and pace. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/livemocha.

Based in Seattle, Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community. By special arrangement, RPL cardholders will enjoy greater access to free courses than the general public, as well as full “Gold Key” access to all of the expanded intermediate and advanced Active Courses.

Contact:

  • Ying Zhang, Librarian 604-231-6478 ying.zhang@yourlibrary.ca; Kat Lucas, Acting Coordinator of eServices 604-231-6473 kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 6, 2012

RESP: The Best Way To Save For Your Child’s Post-Secondary Education

RICHMOND, B.C - With the price of tuition going up all the time, it’s important to start saving for your child's education now. This month, Richmond Public Library’s Cambie Branch is offering two free, drop-in workshops on the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) on Tuesday July 17th from 11:30am to 12:30pm and Monday July 30th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Learn what you need to know about RESPs, including choosing an RESP, potential tax advantages, and government grants available to increase your education savings. The free workshops are presented in partnership with World Financial Group.

For information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Cambie Branch is located at Unit 150 - 11590 Cambie Road and No. 5 Road.

Contact:

  • Geneviève Valleau, Acting Head of Cambie (604) 273-2223
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 25, 2012

Writing Workshop: Pushing Your Story Forward

Attention all writers! Following up on the highly successful Who Done It? library program local author Robin Spano brings her experience as an established author to show you the tools to get your story started or moving along. Participants will get hands on experience with practical exercises to accomplish this goal. Feel free to bring some examples of your work to share and discuss. The program takes place on Monday, July 9 2012 from 10.00 am -12:00 pm in the Boardroom at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/watson.cfm. Quote program # 549. “We know there are many writers with talent in the Richmond community. The library is offering this program to encourage everyone who would like to take their story writing skills to a higher level” says Ann Rees, coordinator of the program. Robin Spano is the author of two mystery novels featuring the protagonist Clare Vengel, a novice undercover detective. Imagine Lizbeth Salander meets Charlie’s Angels. Her latest novel, Death Plays Poker, is set in Richmond, in and around the River Rock Casino. Robin was recently dubbed one of Canada’s Hot New Crime Writers by Crime Fiction Lover. Learn more about Robin at www.robinspano.com.

Contact:

  • Ann Rees, Library Technician 604-231-6428
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 13, 2012

eBooks @ Your Library: Live Demos

RICHMOND, B.C - Planning to escape with a book this summer? Now’s a great time to learn how to download free eBooks to your tablet, smartphone, or eReader. The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library is offering free, drop in demonstrations on Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 am, on June 19, July 10 and July 24 and from 3:30 to 4:00 pm on June 26, July 17 and July 31. “Portability is one of the main advantages of eBooks, so they’re perfect for summer travels”, says Kat Lucas, the library’s Acting Coordinator of eServices. “During our Tuesday demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using our free eBooks @ Your Library downloadable service, and answers your questions about using eBooks on your specific device.” The free, drop in sessions take place in the new Test Drive Centre located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse branch. Everyone is welcome to visit the Centre anytime the library is open, and try out the eReader devices installed there:

• Apple iPad • iPod Touch • Sony Wi-fi • Blackberry Playbook • Toshiba Thrive • Kobo Vox • Kobo Touch

Richmond’s own eBooks @ Your Library collection has a great selection of eBooks with new titles every week. Check it out at www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks or download the free Overdrive app on your mobile device.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Acting Coordinator of eServices, 604-231-6473
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 13, 2012

Computer Skills Training @ Your Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering its free computer classes at the Brighouse (Main) Branch throughout the summer months.

“Beginners can learn basic computer skills, as well as introductory Internet and introductory email, in small, friendly classes,” says librarian Haidee O’Brien. “All sessions include easy–to-follow demonstrations, hands-on practice, and one-on-one help.”

New this summer, the Introduction to Computers class has been expanded to two sessions. “People often learn best by doing,” says O’Brien. “So now there’s additional practice time, with a Part 1 and an optional Part 2, to help with mastering the basic skills.” Participants are welcome to repeat the classes if desired.

For information and to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. A selection of classes is offered several times weekly.

As well as registered classes, drop in practice time is available at Ask Us Computer Help sessions. Ask Us Help begins with short demonstrations of popular computer programs. People are invited to bring their eBook questions or practice computer skills, using either the library’s computers or their own laptops or digital devices. This session is for both new and experienced computer users, and people can drop in for part the program or stay the full hour.

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian (604) 278-9811 ext. 1659
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 20, 2012

Get Free One-On-One Financial Advice

Confused about how best to manage your money? Then come to “One-on-One Financial Advice: Learn Better Ways to Manage Your money” and learn about investing and savings programs like RRSP, TFSA, CPP, retirement income planning, life insurance and estate planning. These free 30-minute sessions will be offered every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon from July 5 – August 30 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Sessions will take place in seminar room #3. To register call 604-231-6413. The library is offering this program in partnership with Financial Literacy Council Inc. The sessions will be offered in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi and Tagalog.

Please specify your preferred language when registering.

July 5 and Aug. 2 English & Mandarin July 12 English & French July 19 & Aug. 9 English & Cantonese July 26 & Aug. 16 English & Punjabi Aug. 23 English & Tagalog Aug. 30 English & Cantonese

Contact:

  • Ying Zhang ext. 6478
  • Cindy Kloos, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6427, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417

For immediate release        June 6, 2012

Book Lovers Unite! - Join the Adult Summer Reading Club at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library’s second Adult Summer Reading Club –“Book Lovers Unite” – will take place from June 26 to August 14, 2012 at all Richmond library branches. Adults 18 years and older are invited to participate in this free summer reading club program, where there will be twice weekly book programs and weekly prize draws.

Participants can read or listen to whatever they want including books, eBooks or audiobooks. “We’re encouraging readers to come to our twice weekly “Book Lovers Unite” program, which will take place in the Brighouse living room on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. starting June 26th. We’re asking participants to bring their favourite books with them,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

“The Book Lovers Unite program is a fun and interactive way to share your favourite books with other enthusiastic readers and hear about books others are reading that might interest you. There’s nothing to read or prepare ahead of time – just bring one or two of your favourites and say why you like them,” added Civkin. “A staff person will compile a list of the titles discussed at each session so that participants can take it home with them.”

The Adult Summer Reading Club will also feature weekly prize draws. “Adults 18 and older just need to come into any Richmond Public Library branch, fill out a contest entry form, and that’s it!” added Civkin.

“Reading isn’t just great entertainment, it’s also a perfect way to model the reading habit for kids or grandkids,” added Civkin. So what are you waiting for?

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 1, 2012

Seeking Former Friends of the Richmond Public Library

Are you now, or were you ever a Friend of the Richmond Public Library? If so, the Friends, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, would like to invite you to a reunion and tea on July 28th from 1-3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the performance hall. Please contact Janet Clark at 604-274-5379 if you’d like to attend. The public is welcome to attend and see what the Friends do.

“The volunteer Friends of the Library group has been in existence since 1972, working hard to organize their incredibly popular “Whale of a Sale” book sales to raise money for the library. They’ve been our biggest and longest standing supporters over the years, and have donated approximately $500,000 to the library,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Their generosity includes numerous items they’ve sponsored for the library over the years, such as the Silent Study Room at Brighouse Branch, a variety of special book collections and much more. In 2010, the Friends also began supporting the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund in the Richmond Community Foundation, to which they’ve continued to donate,” added Civkin.

“The Friends’ tireless hard work and generous spirit has made them an integral part of the Richmond Public Library family. And their annual “Whale of a Sale” book sales are known far and wide – people line up for hours before the doors even open!” added Civkin. “We’re extremely grateful to our Friends and hope that they’ll continue their good word for the library for years to come.”

If you’re a current or past member of the Friends of the Library, come and help celebrate their 40th Anniversary on July 28th. Please call Janet Clark at 274-5379 if you’d like to attend.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 7, 2012

Strange…But True? Richmond 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 20. 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 20. 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/src. “Strange…But True” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party on Saturday, June 23 will feature FREE 45-minute magic shows by Norden the Magician at the following times and locations: Brighouse (Main) Branch performance hall at 10:30 a.m.; Steveston Branch at 12:30 p.m.; Ironwood Branch at 2:00 p.m. and Cambie Branch at 3:30 p.m. The magic show is a free, drop-in event. Fun weekly activities like Science Challenges, Learn Magic Tricks, How to Build Your Own Country Program, Carnival, Lego Contest and puppet shows 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 kids’ place librarian, Melanie Au. “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 Au.

“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 Au. “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 “Strange…But True ” for a chance to win a prize.

“Our hope is to inspire kids to develop a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said Au. Last year over 5,000 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 funding from the Libraries and Literacy, Ministry of Education, The Honourable George Abbott, Minister. Kids Summer Reading Club illustrations are by Mike Deas. Other sponsors include the White Spot, Royal Bank of Canada and the Richmond News.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 15, 2012

Celebrate Canada Day at Richmond Library

Come and celebrate Canada’s birthday at Richmond Public Library’s Celebrate Canada Fair. The free, drop-in festivities take place on Saturday June 30th from 11 a.m. - 3 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 Cindy Kloos, acting librarian II, programming.

A wide variety of activities will take place inside the library from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will include: • 11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony including a performance by the Youth Honour Choir • 1:30 - 2:30 - Online Citizenship Competition (Computer Centre) • Photo Board – Come and take a picture of yourself with Ralphy the Rhino.

“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. Check the schedule of events inside the library for locations of all activities,” added Kloos.

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 and 2:00 p.m. The final competition is at 2:30 p.m. with prizes for the top winners. Please arrive a 2:15 for the finals.

Interactive booths and displays will feature a variety of contests, games, quizzes, and crafts. Learn about Canada’s national parks and historic sites; discover Chinese Canadian history; meet war veterans, learn about our forests, and find out about other cultures.

Booths include representatives from: Parks Canada, CUPE 3966, Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Chinese Canadian Military Museum (veterans), Scouts Canada, Cinemazoo and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Women’s Group. Sponsors for the event include: CUPE 3966.

Contact:

  • Cimdy Kloos ext. 6427
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 30, 2012

Check Out Movies Produced by Richmond Students

How about a free night out at the movies? Drop by and watch films produced by Richmond students from the Gulf Islands Film and Television School on June 7th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The 11 short films will be shown on the 2nd floor of the library. This free, drop-in program is open to everyone but aimed especially at teens.

This program is hosted by the Richmond Public Library and sponsored by the Gulf Islands Film and Television School (G.I.F.T.S.). Come and learn about current media and technology trends, education and training. For more information on G.I.F.T.S. visit their website at http://www.giftsfilms.com/.

Contact:

  • Cindy Kloos ext. 6427
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 7, 2012

Plan for a Secure and Successful Retirement - Financial Fitness 101

Are you a Boomer who’s getting ready to retire in 5-10 years? If you’re looking for help to identify, plan and realize your retirement goals, then come to these seminars: “Your Future by Design – Planning for Retirement” (program #442) on June 21st and “Transitioning into Retirement” (program #443) on July 5th. Both seminars take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 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 guest speakers will be Todd Sanderson, personal financial planner; Louise Yeoh, certified financial planner; Lillian Liu, personal financial planner; and Dianne Vanditmars, certified financial planner. “There is absolutely no solicitation or sales during these seminars – people will simply have the opportunity to listen to and speak with financial professionals about retirement planning,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

According to Sanderson, the seminars help people create a blueprint for a successful financial and lifestyle plan for retirement based on their goals, challenges and hopes for key areas in their life, including family health, home, lifestyle, work, mind and spirit, business and legacy. Participants will have a chance to explore questions such as: • How will my life change? • How will my financial life change? • What decisions should I consider? • What will the next 20, 30 or more years be like? • Will I have enough money in retirement? • How can I better prepare for unexpected changes?

“Being prepared for retirement is the best way to ensure you can achieve the lifestyle you want,” said Sanderson. “The key is taking a look at your priorities today and how they may change in the future. We’ll help you define your dreams and help you visualize and design the future you want,” added Sanderson.

Anyone who is interested in transitioning into retirement comfortably with a solid financial plan will benefit from these seminars. For more information please call Todd Sanderson at 604-782-9508.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 6, 2012

Breakthrough Therapy for Your Autistic Child

Richmond Public Library is hosting a presentation by Dr. Michael Levykh on a new breakthrough therapy for autistic children called “Affective Speech Remediation” on June 19th from 7-8 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this mini workshop visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

According to Dr. Levykh, Affective Speech Remediation (ASR) is a special type of therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disorders. Affective Speech Remediation uses the child’s singing voice to assess, address and facilitate their mental wellbeing. Dr. Levykh says that ASR improves:

• Language comprehension, acquisition and production • Memory, learning and academic literacy • Lung related and stress-related issues • Socially appropriate behaviour • Social emotional literacy.

Affective Speech Remediation was developed by Dr. Levykh based on his experience as the father of a child diagnosed with Autism. This was the natural result of Dr. Levykh’s extensive European and North American education, experience, expertise and, most importantly, his steadfast desire to help his son and children like him. Dr. Levykh is an Educational Psychologist and has been working successfully as a therapist under the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Extended Autism Intervention program. In addition to teaching at both UBC and SFU for several years, he has also worked as a professional voice teacher, vocal coach and dialect coach, and has presented numerous workshops on the Preservation and Rejuvenation of the Professional Voice. Dr. Levykh has an earned Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 11, 2012

Richmond Library Launches Test Drive Centre for Ebooks

Do you ever wish you could test drive an eBook Reader or Tablet before investing a lot of money to buy one? Well, now you can! Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch just launched its new Test Drive Centre and everyone is welcome to visit and try out the various eReader devices. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“There are lots of people who’ve either received an eReader as a present and don’t know how to use it, or are thinking of buying one, but want to try it out first,” said Kat Lucas, the library’s Acting Coordinator of eServices. “That’s why we decided to launch our new Test Drive Centre. We’ve got seven different devices (two of each) including:

• Apple iPad • iPod Touch • Sony Wi-fi • Blackberry Playbook • Toshiba Thrive • Kobo Vox • Kobo Touch

“We also want to promote Richmond’s own eBooks @ Your Library collection. It’s exclusive to Richmond residents, so it provides better and faster access to those high demand titles. We’ve got a great selection of eBooks plus we’re adding new titles every week. And since we have multiple copies of titles, it means shorter wait times,” added Lucas.

“Even though there are basic instructions for each device on the countertop, staff are available to help you practice downloading eBooks from the library’s eBook catalogue,” added Lucas. “We invite everyone to come in and try them out!” The Test Drive Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Branch.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 5, 2012

Who Done it? A Mystery Evening to Die For

On June 19th from 7-9 p.m. mystery authors Robin Spano, Hilary Davidson, Ian Hamilton, and Deryn Collier will team up for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the writing process, called “A Mystery Evening to Die For.” The program takes place in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 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 #433.

The authors are calling it The Crime Tour: Three Hip Chicks & One Old Guy - a chance for Richmond mystery lovers to talk crime fiction with four up and coming Canadian authors. “All four are fresh faces on the crime fiction scene, with eight books published between them in the last two years,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Author Robin Spano says: “We are all writers who rage on the page. But we’re really friendly in real life. Whether you're an aspiring writer looking for inspiration or you love books and are intrigued by what goes into their creation, we hope you'll come away having learned something.” Books will be available for sale at the program from Dead Write Books.

The Authors: Robin Spano’s undercover protagonist Clare Vengel has been described as a “slightly slutty grown up Nancy Drew.” Spano has been dubbed one of Canada’s Hot New Crime Writers by Crime Fiction Lover. She has fast developed a loyal following with her smart, stylish and sharp writing in Dead Politician Society and Death Plays Poker. Learn more at www.robinspano.com.

Hilary Davidson’s debut, The Damage Done, won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. It also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for an Arthur Ellis and a Macavity award. The sequel, The Next One to Fall, was released in early 2012. Says the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Her voice is a fresh and welcome addition to the noir landscape.” For more on Davidson see www.hilarydavidson.com.

Ian Hamilton’s first novel in the Ava Lee series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was chosen by Quill and Quire as one of the top five novels of 2011 and was nominated for a CBC bookie award for best crime/mystery of the year. It is currently in the running for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. The fourth book in the series, The Red Pole of Macau, will be published this fall. Says the Toronto Star: “Ava Lee is unbeatable at just about everything…She’s perfect. She’s fast.” For more on Hamilton visit www.ianhamiltonbooks.com.

Deryn Collier is the newcomer in this group. Her just-released first novel, Confined Space, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis award for best unpublished crime novel. Set in rural BC, Confined Space has been called “superbly written, densely layered, and marvelously suspenseful” by New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming. Learn more at www.deryncollier.com.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 15, 2012

Get Help for Social Anxiety Disorder

The Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free program called “Social Anxiety Disorder in Adults” on May 29th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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. Quote program # 434.

“The guest speakers are Dr. Lynda Murdoch and Dr. Sandra Yuk Shuen Wong, both registered psychologists,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “They’ll be discussing: What is Social Anxiety Disorder? What are the symptoms? What effective treatments are available? and much more,” added Civkin.

“Our guest speakers will be followed by Arto Tienaho, executive director of Anxiety BC, and Jessica Bruhn, a Youth in Residence peer support worker at BC Children’s Hospital, who will be sharing their personal perspective on what it’s like to experience Social Anxiety Disorder firsthand. There will be time after the presentation for questions from the audience,” added Civkin.

This joint partnership between Richmond Public Library, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond Branch), AnxietyBC, Richmond Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness, and BC Psychological Association is free and open to everyone. Registration is required.

Dr. Murdoch completed her Ph.D in clinical Psychology in 2002 and works with youth, adults and families with mental health needs, in her private practice at the Living Health Clinic in Steveston. Her practice includes a balance of psychological assessment, treatment, consultation and case planning. Dr. Wong received her Doctoral degree from UBC and has been in private practice offering psychological services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Taiwanese for immigrants with physical, cognitive, relational and emotional difficulties. She work with children, teenagers and adults.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 30, 2012

eBook and eReader Questions? Get Help @ Your Library

Wondering what eBooks are all about? Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch are making it easier for people to learn about different types of eBooks and eReaders available, and find out which one is best for them.

“The library is offering new classes to meet a wide range of needs,” says Acting Coordinator of eServices, Kat Lucas. All classes are free but registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate and classes will take place in the computer centre.

“People curious about digital books can attend classes on eBooks @ Your Library, Richmond Public Library’s very own eBook service,” says Lucas. “We’re offering classes on how to choose an eReader, download free eBooks to your tablet or smartphone, or download to your dedicated eReader (such as Kobo Touch).”

Intro to eBooks & eReaders

Program #429 Tues. May 15th - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Program #430 Mon. June 4th - 2:30-3:30 p.m.

eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Dedicated eReaders

Program #431 Fri. May 25th - 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Tablets & Smartphones

Program #432 Tues. May 29th - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Acting Coordinator of eServices (604) 231-6473
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 30, 2012

Computer Questions? Get Help @ Your Library

Almost everyone could use a little help with technology from time to time, so Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch is making it easier for people to learn new computer skills.

“The library is offering free computer classes to meet a wide range of needs,” says librarian Haidee O’Brien. Some are registered and some are drop in. For more information or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate and most classes will be in the Language Lab. Beginners can learn basic computer skills, introductory Internet and introductory email in new, smaller classes. All sessions include easy–to-follow demonstrations and hands-on practice. One-on-one assistance will be available.

Basic Introduction to Computers – Registration required. One hour. The week of May 14th classes are: Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Internet – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers The week of May 28th classes are: Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Email – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers The week of June 4th classes are: Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Ask Us Computer Help - Drop in or stay the full hour. Bring your questions or practice your skills. Use the library’s computers or bring your own laptop or digital device. First come, first served. The week of May 22nd classes are: Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the computer centre.

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien 604-278-9811 ext. 1659
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 4, 2012

eBook and eReader Questions? Get Help @ Your Library

Wondering what eBooks are all about? Beginning in April, Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch is making it easier for people to learn about different types of eBooks and eReaders available, and find out which one is best for them.

“The library is offering new classes to meet a wide range of needs,” says Head of Ironwood Branch, Kat Lucas. All classes are free but registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway.

“People curious about digital books can attend classes on eBooks @ Your Library, Richmond Public Library’s very own eBook service,” says Lucas. “We’re offering classes on how to choose an eReader, download free eBooks to your tablet or smartphone, or download to your dedicated eReader (such as Kobo Touch).”

Intro to eBooks & eReaders

Program # 341 Mon. April 16 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Brighouse Program # 342 Tues. April 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Brighouse Program # 403 Sat. May 5 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Ironwood

eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Dedicated eReaders

Program # 343 Tues. April 17 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Brighouse Program # 344 Mon. April 30 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Brighouse Program # 404 Sat.May 12 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Ironwood

eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Tablets & Smartphones

Program # 345 Sat. April 21 from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. Ironwood Program# 346 Mon. April 23 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Brighouse Program# 405 Tues. May 1 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Brighouse

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 3, 2012

Computer Questions? Get Help @ Your Library

Almost everyone could use a little help with technology from time to time. Beginning in April, Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch is making it easier for people to learn new computer skills.

“The library is offering free computer classes to meet a wide range of needs,” says librarian Haidee O’Brien. Some are drop in and some are registered. For more information or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Beginners can learn basic computer skills, introductory Internet and introductory email in new, smaller classes. All sessions include easy–to-follow demonstrations and hands-on practice. One-on-one assistance will be available.

Basic Introduction to Computers – Registration required. One hour. Starting the week of April 16th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Internet – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers Starting the week of April 23rd classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Email – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers Starting the week of April 30th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Ask Us Computer Help - Drop in or stay the full hour. Bring your questions or practice your skills. Use the library’s computers or bring your own laptop or digital device. First come, first served. On Friday April 27th there is one class at 2:30 p.m. Starting May 7th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

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Media Contacts: Haidee O’Brien, Librarian (604) 278-9811 ext. 1659

Contact:

  • Haidee O'Brien 604-278-9811 ext. 1659
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 3, 2012

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

The Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library is holding a free, drop-in program called “Let’s Read Together” for parents, caregivers and pre-school age children who want to learn English. Immigrant women who are caring for children ages 3-5 can come to the library once a week and learn English by listening to simple stories and reading to each other. The program takes place from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Fridays from April 13th – June 29th in the Cambie library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie.

“This is a chance for immigrants to improve their English, learn what resources the library has for families, and make new friends,” said head of Cambie Branch, Genevieve Valleau. The program will include a 30-minute storytime, fun activities for adults and children, child minding and light snacks. It will be coordinated by Carolyn Hart, Facilitator, Let's Read Together - Immigrant Women and Tots Reading Program, in English.

Let's Read Together - Immigrant Women and Tots Reading Program is supported by Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Province of B.C., and is sponsored by the Library and the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Contact:

  • Genevieve Valleau 603-273-2223
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 5, 2012

New Voices from ESL Writers

The City of Richmond’s first Writer-in-Residence program, featuring author Caroline Adderson, finished with a bang as ESL Writers read from their newly published chapbook called New Voices: Fiction and Memoir in a Second Language at the Brighouse (Main) Library on March 29th.

“Reading to a crowd of family, friends and the public, the ten ESL writers – many of whom were reading in English for the first time – did a spectacular job of sharing their literary talents,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Having attended three, 3-hour writing workshops with Caroline Adderson as part of the Writer-in-Residence program, the ESL writers, ranging in age from twenty-something to senior, overcame their fears of public speaking and impressed the audience with their stories,” added Civkin.

The ESL Writers came from five different countries: China, Peru, Hong Kong, France and the Philippines, and their stories reflected their different cultural experiences. The stories will be available on the library’s website by middle of April and the chapbook will be available for borrowing from the library.

Councillor Chak Au, who attended the public reading, brought a congratulatory letter from Mayor Brodie for each of the ESL writers, plus he gave a special gift to Caroline Adderson. “This was definitely a highlight for the writers,” added Civkin. “Ms. Adderson did an amazing job of connecting with new and emerging writers. There’s no question that her two month residency here has brought a fresh and unique cultural experience to Richmond.”

Richmond’s first ever Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the City of Richmond, Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. “This was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the arts and foster a new appreciation for Canadian writers,” said Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 5, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day at Richmond Library

With all the controversial news about our changing earth and threats to our food supply, why not find out how we can protect our earth? Learn about issues surrounding food security and food choices, climate change and green initiatives at “Celebrate Earth Day” on Saturday April 21st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“This fun, free, family event for all ages will inspire and amaze you with information about local community projects like rooftop gardens, community gardening, and composting,” said Lee Anne Smith, the library’s acting facilities coordinator. “You can even participate in an earth friendly ECO-Contest. Find out how you fit into the environment and discover your ECOtype.”

The program is co-sponsored by Richmond Food Security Society; with booths from the Richmond Fruit Sharing Project, Amnesty International and the City of Richmond Green Can Program. Families can also enjoy lunch out on the Canadian Western Bank rooftopgarden on the top of the Cultural Centre or stay inside and make giant bookmarks out of recycled materials.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 20, 2012

Celebrate Vaisakhi with Family Fun at Cambie Library

Celebrate Vaisakhi, an ancient Indian harvest festival, and enjoy Bhangra performance, storytelling, musical mats, a lucky draw and refreshments on Sunday April 1 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. This free, drop-in program is for all ages. It will take place in English with Punjabi translation.

Vaisakhi celebrates the beginning of the New Year for the Sikh community and is also a time to celebrate the harvest season. The library wants to share this special occasion with the Punjabi community and everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. The program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library in partnership with SUCCESS. For more information please call Vandy Advani, multilingual reference clerk at 604-273-2223 or Gurpreet Faridkot, settlement program officer with SUCCESS at 604-279-7157.)

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

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 16, 2012

Richmond Library Launches New eBook Collection

On Tuesday, Feb. 21st Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) new stand-alone eBook collection – eBooks @ Your Library – will go live. Powered by OverDrive, it functions like the province’s Library to Go collection, but is uniquely Richmond Library’s. To use the new collection go to www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks.

What you need to know: • eBooks @ Your Library is only accessible to Richmond residents. This is due to the library’s licensing agreement with OverDrive, passed down from book publishers. • Richmond residents who have holds for eBooks or audiobooks in Library to Go will automatically have their holds transferred to Richmond’s new eBooks @ Your Library collection.

“The eBooks @ Your Library collection functions similarly to the Library to Go collection, but we’ve tried to simplify things and make it easier to use,” said the library’s manager of customer services, Susan Walters. “What’s great is that Richmond residents will now have access to the new eBooks @ Your Library collection and the Library to Go collection, and they can even have holds in two places. Our goal is to build our own collection to meet local demand so that it’s one-stop borrowing,” added Walters. Richmond Public Library will try to buy all popular titles and customer suggestions, but there are publisher restrictions on what is made available to libraries in eBook and audiobook format.

Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and the Fraser Valley are also starting their own eBook collections so customers from those cities can use those own library systems to access eBooks and audiobooks. Customers from West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Squamish, etc. will continue to use the Library to Go downloadable eBook service and will have to use their home libraries for access to eBooks and audiobooks. Access to eBooks and audiobooks for customers from other parts of BC will depend on their home library collections.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 23, 2012

Ask Us Tech Support – Get Answers at Richmond Library

Got computer questions? Need help with the internet, email, popular online programs, or social media? What about your new e-Reader or eBooks? If you’re digitally challenged, the librarians at Richmond Public Library can help. Come to a free, drop in session and get the tech support you need. Sessions take place at the Brighouse (Main) and Ironwood branches:

Fri. March 9 2:30 – 3:30 Brighouse Tues. March 13 2:30 – 3:30 Ironwood Fri. March 23 2:30 – 3:30 Brighouse Tues. March 27 2:30 – 3:30 Ironwood

The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, and the Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. Space is limited and it’s first come, first served. Each session will start with a 15-minute talk or demonstration. The topic for March will be “What is Skype?”

“As the digital world gets more complex and the need for computer skills increases, there are lots of people who could use some tech support,” said head of Kids’ Place, Virginia McCreedy. “So drop in and bring your questions or practice your technology skills with one-on-one help from library staff,” added McCreedy. “You can use the library computers or bring in your own laptop or digital device. Just make sure it’s fully charged first.”

The library will feature a new 15-minute starter talk or demonstration each month, including subjects like popular online programs and services, and basic computer tips and tricks. Participants are free to drop in at any time or stay for the whole hour.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 23, 2012

Understanding Dementia and Brain Health

Richmond Public Library and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be co-sponsoring a free program called “Understanding Dementia and Brain Health” on March 8th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The guest speaker is Anthony Kupferschmidt.

“Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it’s essential to remember to care for the health of your brain as well,” said Kupferschmidt. “This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as strategies for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit,” added Kupferschmidt. This event is open to the public.

Kupferschmidt is the Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for the Richmond, South Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen areas. He coordinates support groups for caregivers, as well as support groups for people with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

For more information contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre at 604-238-7390.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 21, 2012

Substance Use, 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 community 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, gambling, and understanding what addiction is. The programs take place on Wednesdays April 4. 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 16, 23. For more information please contact Richmond Addiction Services at 604-270-9220.

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

The guest speakers from Richmond Addiction Services will be Jaclyn Chang, a Prevention Worker and Danny Taylor, an Addiction Specialist. Jaclyn has been involved in group facilitation and youth engagement for several years, and Danny has worked in prevention since moving to the Lower Mainland from Edmonton where he worked with youth for several years. These programs are free and open to all members of the community as well as all helping professionals.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 17, 2012

Richmond Library Offers Free Income Tax Clinics

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 $35,000 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 TD Canada Trust Language Learning Centre on Saturdays March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (English and Mandarin). Sessions are ½ hour per person and couples must sign up for two consecutive slots. Seating is limited. To register call Brighouse Branch at 604-231-6413.

“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 and the Family Christian Fellowship.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 8, 2012

Explore the Links Between Health and Ethics in Early Chinese Culture

The ancient Chinese believed there was a strong link between a person’s ethical behaviour and their health. In an effort to promote understanding of the Chinese culture, Associate Professor Paul Crowe will talk about “Links Between Health and Ethics in Early Chinese Culture” at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch on February 22nd 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. Quote program #211

“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 Associate 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 history of Canadian Daoist organizations including work on their origins, principally 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. Taichi) and Daoist meditation for more than 25 years.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 12, 2012

Library Offers Executorship and Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar

Nobody wants to think about dying, but responsible planning will give you and those you love, peace of mind. Tanya Lyn Werk and Kevin Holte will discuss “Executorship and Funeral Pre-Planning” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on April 26th from 7-8:15 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. Quote program #318.

People attending this seminar can expect to learn: • How to save your executor time and money in estate settlement • What is probate? • Dangers of joint ownership • Overview of capital gains tax • Cremation and burial pre-planning.

“The speakers will provide a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable information,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “If you have appointed an executor for your estate, or are named as an executor for someone else’s estate, you should consider attending this free seminar.”

Tanya Lyn Werk is an Elder Planning Counselor, with over a decade of financial planning experience, and works for Assurant Life of Canada to help prevent families from overspending at a deeply emotional time. Kevin Holte is the British Columbia representative for Peacehold, the pioneer in estate documentation services, and the District manager for Assurant Life of Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 7, 2012

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 Tues. June 21st from 7-9 p.m. in the performance hall at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. There will be a free 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        May 1, 2012

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 Tues. May 15th 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. The topic is: “The birth of Protestantism and the reasons that led to the revolt against medieval Roman Catholic doctrines.” 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        April 5, 2012

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on April 19th 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: “Different hypotheses concerning the origin of life on earth.” Guest speaker is Dr. Neilli Shvariov. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 1, 2012

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on March 15th 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. The topic is: “How faith impacts human behaviour from a psychotherapist’s point of view.” Guest speaker is Dr. Adolf Zilberstein. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 20, 2012

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 April 3rd from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall 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 -- please quote program #319.

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        March 15, 2012

ESL Writers Give Public Reading of their Works

Caroline Adderson, Richmond’s first Writer-in-Residence, has been doing ESL Writers’ Workshops with the community and now her students will have the chance to read their works in public. Come to a free public reading on Thursday March 29th from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. “A sample of writing by the students of the ESL Writers’ Workshop has been published in a chapbook edited by Caroline, and everyone is invited to come and hear them read from their works. Family, friends and everyone in the community is welcome to attend this special public event in the Library’s Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

The City of Richmond’s first ever Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. “We’re just thrilled that award winning author Caroline Adderson was here with us in Richmond, sharing her expertise and interacting with writers in the community,” added Civkin.

Adderson’s work has received numerous prize nominations including the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes. A two-time BC Book Prize winner (Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize) and three-time CBC Literary Award winner, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Find out more at www.carolineadderson.com.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 13, 2012

Free Introduction to Self-Publishing

The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free talk on “Introduction to Self-Publishing” on March 27th 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 and quote program #316 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

According to guest speaker M. A. Demers, the phenomenal growth of self-publishing has taken the industry by surprise. Whether as an end in itself, an avenue to traditional representation, or a means to republish out-of-print titles, self-publishing provides new opportunities for writers. Join M. A. Demers to learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the skills you will need, and available resources.

In March 2011, M. A. Demers self-published her first mystery novel, Baby Jane, to Amazon’s Kindle, followed in May with the print-on-demand trade paperback. In November 2011 she published The Global Indie Author: How anyone can self-publish in the U.S. and worldwide markets, which will be available for purchase at a special event rate at her talk. Cash only, please.

Demers is a freelance writer, editor, and fine art photographer based near Vancouver. Prior to publishing her first novel, Baby Jane, Demers wrote almost exclusively for the film industry, including the ghostwriting of production notes for over 30 major motion pictures. To learn more about M.A. Demers visit her website at

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 7, 2012

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 March 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 Stephanie Scott, Bloodmobile Partnership Specialist 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 Scott. 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 Scott.

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:

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

For immediate release        February 21, 2012

Unleash Your Inner Writer

Do you love stories and want to unlock your creative potential? Then come to a workshop hosted by Richmond Public Library, called “Writing and the Creative Process” on March 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, hands-on workshop is open to all ages. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #208. This workshop will be led by author and educator Silvana Goldemberg Faifman.

Silvana invites people of all ages to come and enjoy the freedom of self-expression you get when you play with words. The workshop has three components: 1. Introductory games with rhymes and puns to break the ice 2. Teacher-led brainstorming activity to learn about the creative process of writing and tips for writing 3. Exercises to create different forms of writing in new and exciting ways.

Silvana is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian educator and author of more than 20 books and magazines published throughout Latin America and Canada. She will share her experiences as a writer and offer participants valuable writing tips. Seating is limited so register early.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 14, 2012

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 February 28th 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. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 217.

According to Alphil Guilaran, Executive Director 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; when you should incorporate; estate taxes; commonly missed or misunderstood tax slips. Guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran and Jason Nakano.

“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 of the Financial Literacy Counsel, Guilaran and his team of legal, accounting, and financial specialists implement solutions for managing, preserving and transferring inter-generational wealth for institutions, corporations and families. Nakano has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years and completed the CICA Advanced Tax Course that qualifies him to be an in-depth tax specialist. He is a Partner at a Chartered Accountancy firm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 1, 2012

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 February 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. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 216.

According to Alphil Guilaran, Executive Director 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; when you should incorporate; estate taxes; commonly missed or misunderstood tax slips. Guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran and Jason Nakano.

“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 of the Financial Literacy Counsel, Guilaran and his team of legal, accounting, and financial specialists implement solutions for managing, preserving and transferring inter-generational wealth for institutions, corporations and families. Nakano has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years and completed the CICA Advanced Tax Course that qualifies him to be an in-depth tax specialist. He is a Partner at a Chartered Accountancy firm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 6, 2012

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 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall. 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        February 2, 2012

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 Tues. Feb. 14th 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. The topic is: “The impact of the satirical novel Master and Margarita and how it foreshadowed the tragedy of its author, Michael Bulgakov.” 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        January 25, 2012

Ask Us Tech Support – Get Answers at Richmond Library

Got computer questions? Need help with the internet, email, popular online programs, or social media? What about your new e-Reader or eBooks? If you’re digitally challenged, the librarians at Richmond Public Library can help. Come to a free, drop in session and get the tech support you need. Sessions take place at the Brighouse (Main) and Ironwood branches:

Fri. February 3 2:30 – 3:30pm Brighouse Tues. February 7 2:30 – 3:30pm Ironwood Fri. February 24 2:30 – 3:30 Brighouse Tues. February 28 2:30 – 3:30 Ironwood

The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, and the Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. Space is limited and it’s first come, first served. Each session will start with a 15-minute talk or demonstration. The topic for February will be: “What is a Blog?”

“As the digital world gets more complex and the need for computer skills increases, there are lots of people who could use some tech support,” said head of Ironwood Branch, Kat Lucas. “So drop in and bring your questions or practice your technology skills with one-on-one help from library staff,” added Lucas. “You can use the library computers or bring in your own laptop or digital device. Just make sure it’s fully charged first.”

The library will feature a new 15-minute starter talk or demonstration each month, including subjects like popular online programs and services, and basic computer tips and tricks. Participants are free to drop in at any time or stay for the whole hour.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 16, 2012

Library to Go for Tablets and Smartphones – a How-To Session

Got a new Tablet (think iPad, Android or Kobo Vox), or a Smartphone (think iPhone, Blackberry or Android), and you want to learn how to get free eBooks? Richmond Public Library is offering “eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Tablets & Smartphones” where you can learn how to use their eBooks @ Your Library downloadable eBook service on your mobile device. Sessions take place on March 2nd from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (program #305) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch; and at Ironwood Branch and on March 20th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (program #306). To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate and the Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway.

“We’ll be teaching people who have different kinds of tablets and smartphones how to download free eBooks, so bring your iPad, Kobo Vox or other tablet or smartphone to the sessions,” said Virginia McCreedy, Head of Kids' Place. These sessions are free for all ages. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 7, 2012

Library to Go for Dedicated eReaders – a How-To Session

If you’re like thousands of other people, you might have gotten a dedicated eReader like a Kobo Touch for Christmas. Not sure what to do with it? Come to a free session on “eBooks @ Your Library: eBooks for Dedicated eReaders” and learn how to use Richmond Public Library’s eBooks @ Your Library downloadable eBook service. Sessions take place on February 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (program #221) at the Ironwood Branch and on March 16th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (program #304) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“We’ll be demonstrating how to use Library to Go, including how to set up your computer; how to find, check out and download eBooks; and how to transfer them to your eReader,” said Virginia McCreedy, Head of Kids' Place. These sessions are free for all ages. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 2, 2012

The Mysteries of eBooks and eReaders Solved

If you’re wondering what eBooks and eReaders are all about, then come to a free seminar on “Introduction to eBooks and eReaders” at Richmond Public Library. The first seminar is on February 17th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (program #220 ) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate; the second seminar is on March 6th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (program # 302) at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Plaza at the corner of No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway; and the final seminar is on March 30th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (program # 303) at the Brighouse Branch. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“These sessions will introduce you to the different types of eBooks and eReaders available today, and important criteria to consider if you’re thinking of buying an eReader device,” said Kat Walker, Head of Ironwood Branch. These sessions are free for all ages. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 20, 2012

Chinese Consulate Donates DVDs to Richmond Library

The Chinese Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver has generously donated dozens of DVD sets of well-known Chinese TV series, non-fiction DVDs and movies to the Richmond Public Library.

“This donation is a great asset to our collection and I’m sure these DVDs will be popular with our large Chinese community,” said the coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang. “The donation consists of 70 DVD sets, including some DVDs on ancient Chinese crafts, as well as some movies,” added Jang. “The collection is currently being catalogued and processed so that customers can borrow them within the next month or so.”

The donation is part of the library’s Chinese New Year celebration on January 28th, and Madam Liu Fei, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, will be a guest at the celebration. Everyone is invited to attend the event, which starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The Chinese Consulate has also provided the library with a beautiful Chinese New Year at the Library: Picture Exhibit consisting of 22 colorful Chinese New Year photos and videos that show how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout different regions of China.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 18, 2012

Library Hosts Chinese New Year Picture Exhibit

Richmond Public Library will be hosting the Chinese New Year at the Library: Picture Exhibit at the Brighouse (Main) Branch from January 19 – February 6 courtesy of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver. The exhibit of 22 colorful Chinese New Year photos and videos shows how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout different regions of China. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 19, 2012

Richmond Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dragon at Richmond Public Library (RPL) on Saturday, January 28th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring the entire family and enjoy fun, free activities for all ages. The celebration takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the celebration. For more information call 604-231-6462 (Chinese) or 604-231-6413 (English). The opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and Mayor Brodie and Madam Liu Fei, the new Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, will attend. People are encouraged to wear traditional Chinese outfits.

Families can enjoy crafts, games, a tea ceremony, performances, dragon crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy and painting, riddles, and lucky money envelopes. Plus, the Richmond Orchid Culture Club will hold a mini orchid sale and exhibit. Find out your fortune for the Year of the Dragon, and enter the raffle draw. Celina Luk from AM 1470 Fairchild Radio will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Performances will include: • Lion dance and martial arts – Shao Lin Hung Gar Kung Fu Association • Peacock dance – by grade one students Ivy Qin, Sharon Zhao and Teresa Wang • Guzheng music – Sincere Lam Guzheng Ensemble • Chinese cooking demonstration – Mrs. Bernice Taam • Chinese opera arias and Chinese New Year songs – Yemina Chung.

“The highlight of our celebration this year is the Chinese New Year Picture Exhibit, containing 22 colorful Chinese New Year pictures and videos that demonstrate how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout different regions of China. These are on loan from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China,” said the library’s coordinator of multilingual services, Wendy Jang.

Richmond Public Library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors: the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, RPL’s Reading Buddies, Richmond Orchid Culture Club, and Scotiabank. 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        January 17, 2012

LEGO Team Presents Robot Rover

The winners of the First LEGO League Regionals – ‘Team Prime’ – will present their high-tech LEGO robot at a free event for children of all ages on Sunday, January 29th from 12-1 p.m. The program takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the Kids’ Place program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Team captain Kevin Shi, along with Jerry Jiao, George Yang, Sun Chang and Connie Kang will present their high-tech LEGO robot rover. It was built using advanced LEGO pieces and is designed to detect and remove harmful bugs from growing plants and promote sustainable food harvesting.

“This program is a great opportunity for us to connect LEGO lovers with science and technology lovers,” said librarian Karl Thang. “We also have a great collection of books and DVDs on LEGO that kids can borrow,” added Thang. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 5, 2012

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on January 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. Dr. Anatoly Mezheritsky shares his impressions about Canadian politics, education and business after his immigration from Russia in the 1980’s. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 4, 2012

Ask Us Tech Support – Get Answers at Richmond Library

Got computer questions? Need help with the internet, email, popular online programs, or social media? What about your new e-Reader or eBooks? If you’re digitally challenged, the librarians at Richmond Public Library can help. Come to a free, drop in session and get the tech support you need. Sessions will be offered on January 13 and 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch computer lab, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, and on January 17 and 31 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Branch, located in the Ironwood Plaza at No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. Space is limited, so first come, first served.

“As the digital world gets more complex and the need for computer skills increases, there are lots of people who could use some tech support,” said head of Ironwood Branch, Kat Lucas. “That’s why we’re offering these free sessions. You can drop in and bring your questions or practice your technology skills with one-on-one help from library staff,” added Lucas. “You can use the library computers or bring in your own laptop or digital device. Just make sure it’s fully charged first.”

Each session will start with a 15-minute talk or demonstration. The topic for January will be: “What is Social Media?” The library will feature a new topic each month, including subjects like popular online programs and services, and basic computer tips and tricks. Participants are free to drop in at any time or stay for the whole hour.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 23, 2012

Writer-in-Residence Caroline Adderson Leads ESL Writers’ Workshop

What do the writers Joseph Conrad, Vladmir Nabokov, Ha Jin and Rawi Hage have in common? They all write – or wrote – in a second language: English. If you love to write creatively but English is not your mother tongue, if you write stories in another language but want to try English, or if you are longing to write fiction but unsure of your language skills, the ESL Writers’ Workshop is for you. These free, three hour workshops takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate on February 6, 13 and 20 from 6-9 p.m. Participants should have upper intermediate to advanced English language skills and be 18 years of age or older. Participants should attend all three sessions. Maximum 12 participants. Registration opens on February 3rd. To register, please call 604-276-4300 or register online at richmond.ca/register and quote program #225401.

“Drawing on over a dozen years of experience teaching English as a Second Language and a decade of teaching creative writing, Writer-in-Residence Caroline Adderson will guide a group of ESL writers into fiction,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Participants will study examples of work from writers of diverse cultural backgrounds writing in English then use their own life stories, from childhood to the present, to move from memoir to fiction,” added Civkin. The workshop will provide a supportive environment where concerns about language ability will be secondary to the writing process. A sample of your writing will be published in a chapbook edited by Caroline, and you will be invited to read your work in front of family and friends at a special public event at the Brighouse Library’s Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room on Thursday, March 29 from 7-9 p.m.

The City of Richmond’s first ever Writer-in-Residence program will be hosted by the Richmond Arts Centre, the Richmond Public Library, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “We’re just thrilled to have acclaimed author Caroline Adderson here with us and we know the public will benefit from her knowledge and skills,” added Civkin.

Adderson’s work has received numerous prize nominations including the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes. A two-time BC Book Prize winner (Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize) and three-time CBC Literary Award winner, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Find out more at www.carolineadderson.com.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 16, 2012

Understanding Gluten Intolerance & a Gluten-free Diet

Do you have a gluten allergy or intolerance and want to learn how it affects your body? Then come to a program called “Understanding Gluten Intolerance & a Gluten-free Diet” (program #207) on January 30th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the performance hall 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.

Guest speaker Orsha Magyar, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, will discuss the sources of gluten; celiac disease; gluten intolerance; and what a gluten-free diet looks like. She’ll also offer valuable tips for eating a balanced, nutritious, gluten-free diet.

“The topic of gluten and health is very prominent in the media these days, which raises the question: “What’s the deal with gluten?” I’m going to dispel the myths and help people understand what gluten is and how it can affect your health,” said Magyar.

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 in Vancouver and Calgary, 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 in both Vancouver and Calgary to create individualized diet, supplement and lifestyle programs.

Contact:

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