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2013

For immediate release        December 31, 2013

Library Offers Family Literacy Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free and unique family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting January 15th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting January 17th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/progs. Space is limited. In this 7-week program parents and children ages 3-5 will use the alphabet, numbers, stories and play to learn literacy skills and help develop a love of reading.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 19, 2013

Richmond Residents Reap Benefits from Improved Wireless Service Funding

Thanks to $73,409 funding from the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) and matching funds from Richmond Public Library, access to the library’s wireless digital services has now improved significantly. The funding allowed the library to improve the wireless broadband service within all four library branches, and expand it to include the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Minoru Place Activity Centre, Minoru Aquatic Centre, Minoru Arenas and Steveston Community Centre. A formal announcement of this funding will take place on Thurs. December 19th at 10 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“I am proud to see the Richmond Public Library benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond. “This investment helped create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of the community for years to come.”

“Our community benefits by having engaged citizens,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “These new library services will promote community engagement by providing more access to information for all of our residents, encouraging literacy and building new connections within the community. The City is pleased to have supported the Richmond Public Library and the Government of Canada in expanding the range and accessibility of the library’s e-services.”

Library board chair Peter Kafka said that with improved access to the library's free wireless service at a host of other Richmond facilities, the public now has even more opportunities to connect to educational and recreational resources. “Enhanced access to government websites, Richmond Public Library's online resources, and the full range of social media, are just a few of the advantages,” added Kafka. “The library’s introduction of seven new digital services, including eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMusic, eVideo and Online Language Learning, makes access to the information people need just a click away. The Richmond Public Library Board wishes to thank the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, as well as the City of Richmond for providing this increased access.”

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through Western Economic Diversification, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, Western Economic Diversification is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 6, 2013

Learn How to Apply for Canadian Temporary Resident Visa or Super Visa

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on how to apply for a Canadian temporary resident visa or a Super Visa on December 20th at 2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 981.

Contact:

  • Ying Zhang, Librarian, 604-231-6478, ying.zhang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 29, 2013

Hanukkah Celebration at Richmond Library a Glowing Success

Talk about lighting up the night! The Hanukkah celebration and Menorah lighting sponsored by the Richmond Public Library, the Bayit, and Vancouver Kollel on November 27th at the Brighouse Branch library was a glowing success. Over 400 individuals and families celebrated the first night of this eight-day Jewish Festival of Light with Hanukkah crafts, songs and traditional snacks.

“This special program brought the whole community together to learn about Hanukkah and the meaning of the Jewish holiday traditions,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “There were tons of kids enjoying the Hanukkah candle-making and everyone loved the potato latkes and doughnuts. There was live music by David Akselrod, and a group of kids from Richmond Jewish Day School sang traditional Hanukkah songs,” added Civkin. “The highlight of the evening though, was the lighting of the first candles on the 25-foot Menorah by Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Rabbi Mendel Friedman of the Bayit, and Cyndi and Max Mintzberg.”

The beautiful giant Menorah designed by the late Arthur Erikson and fabricated by Ebco Industries Ltd. will stay on the plaza in front of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre until December 4th. The lighting of the rest of the Menorah candles will take place at 6 p.m. from Saturday, Nov. 30 until December 4th. Thanks go out to the Ebco Group of Companies for their support.

Civkin added that the library has kids’ books and DVDs about Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays, as well as lots of Jewish cookbooks for adults. For a broader selection of books about Jewish life, culture, religion and history check out the Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 25, 2013

New Voices II Wows the Crowd!

Eleven ESL writers from nine different countries shared their short fiction and memoir writing with family, friends and community on November 20th at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, to rave reviews.

“Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence, Nancy Lee, introduced each writer and then they each bravely read from their work to an audience of 37 excited listeners,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “This open reading from their chapbook New Voices II was probably the first time some of these writers had read their work in public. It takes a lot of guts to do that, and they did a great job!” added Civkin.

Civkin said that the ESL writers raved about Nancy Lee and had only wonderful things to say about her. Her encouraging nature, positive outlook and creative skills were very much appreciated by this writers group who had spent four, three-hour sessions with Nancy honing their skills during the Writer-in-Residence program in October.

The City of Richmond’s second Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “It was a delight to have Nancy here sharing her writing expertise with novice and experienced writers in our community,” added Civkin. “We hope to continue the Writer-in-Residence program again next year.”

Nancy works as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. Her collection of short stories, Dead Girls, is available for borrowing at the Richmond Public Library, and her novel, The Age, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 22, 2013

Build Your Child's Future

RICHMOND, B.C. – Financial Consultant Raman Gill from Desjardins Financial Independent Network will be hosting a free RESP workshop called Build Your Child’s Future on December 5th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 980.

Contact:

  • Ying Zhang, Librarian, 604-231-6478, ying.zhang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 21, 2013

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Watch free movies and TV shows with eVideo

Richmond Public Library is proud to offer Richmond residents its latest digital service – eVideo @yourlibrary. Starting November 25, library cardholders will have free access to a variety of online movies and television shows.

“We currently have a collection of over 5,000 movies and TV shows for adults and children, and new content is added regularly,” said coordinator of eServices, Kat Lucas. “You’ll find all your favorite genres like dramas, documentaries, action adventures, and comedies, along with educational, do-it-yourself, health videos, classics, cartoons, and much more,” added Lucas.

Richmond Public Library’s eVideo is accessible in the library or anywhere when using the internet. Richmond library cardholders can borrow up to eight items a month, which includes any combination of movies and TV episodes, and all for free. “Members can stream their videos on their computer right through their internet browser, or download them to an Apple or Android device using the Hoopla App. eVideo is very convenient and easy to use,” added Lucas. “The videos are always available, so you never have to deal with holds or waitlists, and if you’re on your computer you can watch them online with no downloading or extra software necessary.”

The library will be featuring an eVideo booth at the Brighouse Branch from November 25 – December 1, and at the Ironwood, Cambie, and Steveston branches from December 2 - 8. “Come on in and learn about the new service, or let us help you get started with eVideo right here,” said Lucas. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/hoopla.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 13, 2013

A Career As A Financial Advisor

RICHMOND, B.C. – Ann Mac from Sun Life Financial will be hosting a free workshop called A Career as a Financial Advisor on November 28th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 977.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Student Resources Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 18, 2013

Light Up the Night – Family Hanukkah Party at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library, the Bayit, and Vancouver Kollel will offer a free Family Hanukkah Party on Wednesday, Nov. 27th from 6-7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Space is limited, so register early for program #979.

“This year Hanukkah starts on November 27th and ends on December 5th. This special Hanukkah party at the library will feature a Hanukkah craft, music, traditional Hanukkah snacks, Menorah kits, dreidels, gelt, and the lighting of the giant Menorah on the plaza,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “To end the party the Hanukkah menorah -- the nine-branched candelabrum -- will be lit by Mayor Malcolm Brodie, celebrating the first night of this eight-day Jewish Festival of Light,” added Civkin. For those who just want to attend the Menorah lighting, it will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the Minoru Plaza outside the Brighouse (Main) Library.

Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and spirituality over materiality. It is also known as the Feast of Dedication, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

The festival is observed by lighting the nine-branched Menorah. The tradition is to light one additional candle on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight Hanukkah candles on the final night. The ninth candle is the “helper” candle and is used to light all the other candles.

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        November 12, 2013

Hepatitis B: Myths vs. Facts

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free program “Hepatitis B: Myths vs. Facts” on November 20 from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English.

This program is being sponsored by the Canadian Liver Foundation and will give you the facts about how Hepatitis B can affect you and how you can take control of your liver health. The speaker is hepatologist Dr. Edward Tam, Medical Director at the LAIR Centre in Vancouver and Regional Board Member of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

"Hepatitis B affects 400,000 Canadians and 60,000 British Columbians. It is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, but these outcomes may be preventable with treatment. However, many people are unaware that they may be chronically infected.” said Dr. Tam. Come and find out if you should be tested for Hepatitis B.

Contact:

  • Dinise Sizer, Librarian, 604-231-6468, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 6, 2013

Williams & Lomness Families Donate Terracotta Warrior to Richmond Library

Terracotta Warrior “Wu Chang” has a new home. The unique sculpture created and named by artist Tiana Kaczor now lives in front of the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library thanks to the Williams and Lomness families. Despite the rain on Saturday, Nov. 2nd the sculpture was unveiled and a reception was held for the families in honour of their donation.

“Sisters Julie Williams and Susan Lomness generously donated this beautiful Terracotta Warrior to the library in memory of their parents Yvette and Walter Beswick, who were longtime library users,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s particularly fitting that the sculpture be situated outside the library so that the whole community can enjoy this remarkable piece of art,” added Civkin.

This particular Terracotta Warrior was previously on display outside the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre as part of the Easter Seals Terracotta Warrior Public Art Project during 2012. “We really appreciate this unique donation and it serves as a reminder of the connection between books and art,” said Civkin. The library has an extensive collection of Chinese art books in the Dr. Lee collection, as well as English books on Chinese art in the general collection.

According to the BC Lions Society Terracotta Warriors Project, the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, is one of the most spectacular finds in world archaeology. It was discovered by chance in the spring of 1974 by local farmers. Buried 2,200 years ago to protect the First Emperor’s afterlife, over 7,000 life-sized terracotta warriors, horses, and chariots stand in formation in the pits. Stunning in their individual detail, the figures are of varying ages, with different hairstyles and facial expressions and seemingly representing every racial group in China, most of them have been restored to their former grandeur. These Warriors stand testament to the power of the First Emperor and are often referenced as the eighth wonder of the world.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 6, 2013

Get Help Choosing a Financial Planner

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Choosing a Financial Planner will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19th from 7 to 9 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 968, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Choosing a Financial Planner is an important step in your financial journey,” said librarian Rebecca Ferrie. In this workshop personal financial planner Dokin Chow and certified financial planner Connie Fok will present the key areas to look at when choosing a financial planner. “It goes beyond just numbers and certifications – learn to make the most of the relationship,” added Ferrie. This workshop is presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 6, 2013

Brush Up on Your Networking Skills

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “The Hidden Job Market” takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 1 to 3 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 969, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Participants will learn how to network effectively, present themselves positively, and match their job search to how employers hire. This workshop is presented by an employment counselor at Avia Employment Services and is part of the library’s “Help Wanted” series.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 6, 2013

ESL Writers Give Public Reading of their Works

Nancy Lee, Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence for 2013, has been teaching ESL Writers’ Workshops at the Richmond Public Library and now her students will have the chance to read their works in public. Come to a free public reading on Wednesday, Nov. 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public library in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Drop in. “A sample of fiction and memoir writing by the students of the ESL Writers’ Workshop has been published in a chapbook edited by Nancy Lee. Family, friends and the community are welcome to attend this special public event and hear the writers read from their works,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

The City of Richmond’s second Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “We’re just thrilled that Nancy Lee was here with us in Richmond sharing her expertise and interacting with writers in the community,” added Civkin.

Nancy Lee’s collection of short stories, Dead Girls, was named a best book of 2002 by the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun, and Book of the Year by NOW Magazine. Winner of the 2003 VanCity Book Prize, and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Pearson Reader’s Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award, Dead Girls has been published in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Spain, and has been optioned extensively for film.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gabriel Award for Radio and a National Magazine Award. She was selected as the first Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious University of East Anglia Writing Program in the UK, and served as Writer-in-Residence for the city of Vincennes, France in 2011. Nancy works as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. Her novel, The Age, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 5, 2013

New Socially Conscious Book Club Starting

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a new book club “Food for Thought.” This book club will be facilitated by Richmond Food Security Society and will meet the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm. The first meeting will be November 13 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at ww.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English.

“If you love reading books on topics that matter and you want to strengthen your understanding of issues that deal with topics such as food security this may be the book club for you. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited to 10 people,” said Richmond Food Security Society board member, William Dunn. “Books will be provided during the first meeting on November 13. Each meeting will be facilitated by a representative from the Richmond Food Security Society and everyone will be given the opportunity to contribute” added Dunn.

The first two books to be discussed will be “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan and “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” by Michael Moss.

Contact:

  • Dinise Sizer, Librarian, 604-231-6468, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 1, 2013

Financial Strategies for those with a Disability

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Canadian federal government implemented the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) in 2008 for those with long term disabilities. Many people are unaware of this program or do not know where to begin. Andrew Hu, a consultant for Investors Group and volunteer at Richmond Centre for Disability will discuss the RDSP program and other financial strategies for those with a long term disability. The free workshop will be held on Saturday November 16th from 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #961.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Student Resources Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 29, 2013

Kids' Book Clubs

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering Kids’ Book Club meetings at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. There are two separate clubs, one for ages 7-8 on Tuesday November 26th from 4-4:45pm, and the other for children ages 9-12 on Tuesday December 3rd from 4-4:45pm.

Book clubs allow participants to “meet other kids who are excited about books, share their thoughts and play fun games based on the book of the month,” says Kate Adams, Kids’ Place Librarian.

The clubs are free, but space is limited so registration is required. Books will be provided. For more information, and to register for the clubs, call 604-231-6412 or visit our website, www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 28, 2013

Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime

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Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting a Remembrance Day program Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime on Thursday, November 7th, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. The program will be held in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, on the main floor of the library. This is a free, drop-in program and everyone is welcome to come and listen to people whose lives were affected by war.

You will hear stories, funny and sad, of growing up during the war in occupied Holland; of a sailor returning from the war to a daughter he had never seen; and of celebrating Christmas in wartime England. “These are stories that need to be told”, said Lynn Shane, librarian at Richmond Public Library. “We must never forget that war affects all of us, those who engage in battle and those who stay at home.”

You can also browse through Richmond Public Library’s new collection of Nostalgia Kits. The kits contain music, film, books and photos from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. They also feature the memories of Richmond residents, including stories, anecdotes and artifacts gathered by senior volunteers who visited residents of care homes and other facilities. Please go to www.yourlibrary.ca, and search ‘nostalgia kits’ for a complete list of topics. This Remembrance Day, take home and share Nostalgia Kits: The War Years with your family.

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Contact: Lynn Shane, Librarian Phone: 604-231-6455 Email: lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Lynn Shane, Librarian, 604-231-6468, lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 22, 2013

Building on Strengths in Multicultural Families

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting the program “Building on Strengths in Multicultural Families” on November 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English. It is supplemented with translations in Chinese, Korean and other languages.

Program presenter Tina Lee, is a Mental Health and Addictions Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health. This presentation will look at how to create positive parent-child relationships and raise successful children in Canada. “We will look at the distance and conflicts that can arise between immigrant parents and their children and explain how families can bridge this distance to create greater understanding and relationships,” said Lee.

Sponsored by Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and/or Addictions, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Richmond Addiction Services Society, Chimo Community Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Branch, Touchstone Family Association, The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Safer Relationships-Safer Children.

Contact:

  • Dinise Sizer, Librarian, 604-231-6468, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 18, 2013

Williams & Lomness Families Honors Parents with Terracotta Warrior Donation to Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library recently received a unique donation of a Terracotta Warrior sculpture from the families of Julie and Brian Williams and Susan and Ian Lomness in memory of their parents Yvette and Walter Beswick, The donated sculpture will be situated on the Minoru Plaza in front of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre at 7700 Minoru Gate. A formal unveiling of the sculpture will take place on Sat. Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m. on the Minoru Plaza.

According to Julie Williams, their mother was an avid and long-time library user, so it was particularly fitting that the sculpture be situated outside the library. “Thanks to the Williams and Lomness families, the Terracotta Warrior will be strategically placed for the whole community to enjoy,” said library board chair Peter Kafka. The sculpture was created by artist Tiana Kaczor and is titled “Wu Chang”. It was previously on display outside the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre as part of the Easter Seals Terracotta Warrior Public Art Project during 2012. “We really appreciate this unique donation and it will serve as a reminder of the connection between books and art,” added Kafka. The library has an extensive collection of Chinese art books in the Dr. Lee collection, as well as English books on Chinese art in the general collection.

The sculpture, modeled after the terracotta statues discovered in Xi’an, China, has an interesting history. The story goes that the Qin Emperor wanted to ensure his safety in the afterlife, so he commissioned thousands of artists and asked them to create a life after death that would consist of a multitude of creatures, including an army of warriors, from Generals to foot soldiers. Now known as the Terracotta Army, these sculptures were positioned underground surrounding the Qin Emperor’s tomb. By doing this, the Emperor was able to create an afterlife for himself, and also provide protection against marauders trying to get to his tomb and his jewels. The Terracotta Army was discovered by accident in 1974 by five men digging for water in Xi’an, China.

A formal unveiling of the Terracotta Warrior sculpture will take place on Sat. November 2nd at 1 p.m. on the Minoru Plaza in front of the Richmond Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 20, 2013

Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

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Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch Library on Sunday November 3rd from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Cambie branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free family event. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an annual festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The library event will feature a puppet show, interactive storytelling and Diwali songs and dance. Come and enjoy this family event to celebrate Diwali with your community.

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Contact: Mary Grewal Library Technician- Multilingual Phone: 604-273-2223 Email: mary.grewal@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Mary Grewal, Cambie Library, 604-273-2223
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 10, 2013

Take Your Job Search Online

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “LinkedIn and the Job Search” takes place on Thursday, October 24th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 963, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Participants will learn how to make an online profile on LinkedIn, one of the world’s largest occupational networking sites, and use it for every part of their job search. This workshop presented by Gilbert Siu, an Employment Counsellor at Skills Connect for Immigrants, is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series to help new immigrants navigate the Canadian job market.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 11, 2013

7th Annual Science Bash

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2013

Discover the Science Bash at Brighouse Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Come celebrate Science and Technology Week at Richmond Public Library’s seventh annual Science Bash on Friday, October 25th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, call 604-231-6412.

"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.

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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; Science in Action; Cinemazoo; AAFC Agriculture Food Canada; Science Fair Foundation of BC; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC; The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and more. The event is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and various federal government science departments.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 8, 2013

Learn About Tax Efficient Investment

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering a free workshop on Tax Efficient Investment on November 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Highway. To register please visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #964. Guest speaker is local certified financial planner and financial educator Heidi Pullem,

Pullem will teach the audience how to defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains, rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax, and help maximize government entitlements. “Pullem’s financial advice is always timely and easy to understand,” said library technician Virginia Guthrie. Pullem says “It’s no secret - your investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings.”

Contact:

  • Virginia Guthrie (604-231-6468)
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 8, 2013

Making Sense of Anxiety in Children

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting the program “Making Sense of Anxiety in Children” on October 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs This program is free and offered in English. It is a program specifically for adults it is not suitable for children.

Program presenter Dr. Deborah MacNamara, is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute and has a private practice offering counselling and educational services. According to MacNamara, as many as 20% of children qualify for an anxiety disorder diagnosis, making it the most common mental health issue. Anxiety can take many forms including obsessions, compulsions and phobias, as well as other unusual behaviours. “We can’t treat something we don’t understand so making sense of anxiety is fundamental in making headway,” said MacNamara. “This presentation will bring a promising perspective to one of our most troubling human problems.”

This program is sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and/or Addictions, Richmond Addiction Services Society, CHIMO Crisis Services, Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond Branch), Touchstone, The FORCE , and Safer Relationships-Safer Children.

Contact:

  • Dinise Sizer, Librarian, 604-231-6468, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 8, 2013

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Cantonese called “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” takes place at Richmond Public Library on Thursdays starting October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21 from 9:30am -12pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required by October 21, 2013. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Presented by the University of Victoria – Centre on Aging.

Contact: Ping He, Head of Information Services Phone: 604-231-6430 Email: ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

  • Ping He, Head, Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 8, 2013

Diabetes Self-Management Program

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2013

Diabetes Self-Management Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Mandarin Chinese called “Diabetes Self-Management Program” takes place at Richmond Public Library on Sundays starting October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 from 1:30-4pm in the Brighouse (Main) 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required by October 10, 2013.To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Presented by the University of Victoria – Centre on Aging.

Contact: Ping He, Head of Information Services Phone: 604-231-6430 Email: ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

  • Ping He, Head, Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 7, 2013

Healthy Aging: Learn How to Age Well at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health and Richmond Public Library are partnering to offer a six-part series of programs that will help you learn how your body changes, and what you can do to ensure a better quality of life as you age. The programs will take place on Thursdays starting October 17th from 10 am - 12 noon in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for these free programs, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

Sessions include: Oct. 17 Introduction to Healthy Aging (program #950) Oct. 24 Managing Medication (program #951) Oct. 31 Physical Activity and the Fountain of Youth (program #952) Nov. 7 Aging and Healthy Eating (program #543) Nov. 14 Aging and Mental Wellness (program #544) Nov. 21 Managing Stress. (program #545)

“This is an excellent opportunity to get health advice from experts in the field,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “We’ve partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health on similar programs and the feedback from the community has been extremely positive. You can register for one session or all six,” added Sizer.

Contact:

  • Dinise Sizer, Librarian, 604-231-6468, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 24, 2013

Home Buyer's Workshop

Buying a home can be scary and overwhelming – especially for a first time home buyer. So Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Verico Complete Mortgage Services and Sutton West Coast Realty, will hold a free workshop on purchasing and financing a home on October 10th from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #830.

Allan Seltzer, a Mortgage Broker from Verico Complete Mortgage Services, will cover the process of how to get a mortgage – from the initial pre-approval stage to the final purchase of the home. Seltzer will also discuss how lenders figure out how large the mortgage can be, as well as the different products available. Arnold Shuchat, Real Estate Agent at Sutton West Coast Realty, will discuss the process of looking for a home, negotiating the offer, and coming to a complete purchase of your new home.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Student Resources Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 21, 2013

How to Buy Your First Home and Avoid Costly Mistakes

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering a free seminar on How to Buy Your First Home and Avoid Costly Mistakes. This free drop-in seminar will take place in the Living Room at the Ironwood Branch, 8200 – 11688 Steveston Highway, on Tuesday, October 8th from 7:00-8:30pm and at the Cambie Branch, 150 – 11590 Cambie Road, on Monday, October 21st, also from 7:00-8:30pm.

This seminar is in partnership with well-known local realtor and published author Geraldine Santiago. Seminar participants will gain insight into the many steps of the home buying process as well as gain tips on buying in today’s market.

There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. For more information, please visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Ms. Santiago’s goal is to empower, educate and enlighten home buyers before they buy their first home” said Library Technician Virginia Guthrie.

Contact:

  • Virginia Guthrie (231-6468)
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 13, 2013

Public Service Announcement: Resilient Partenting

Resilient Parenting: Tips and strategies on How to Become a More Effective Parent.

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with F.O.R.C.E. (Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality), is offering a free parenting Workshop held on Wednesday, September 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Kids’ Place Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

This is an opportunity for parents to come together and review different parenting techniques. The presenters will focus on parent self-care and the importance of providing both love and clear boundaries for our children. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 and quote program number 924, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 13, 2013

Richmond Public Library Hosts Talk by Chinese Writer Pai Hsien-yung

RICHMOND, BC – Richmond Public Library is partnering with the Asian Studies department of UBC to present a free seminar (#907) in Mandarin by Chinese writer and educator Professor Pai Hsien-yung on his new work,« ?????»(Father and the Republic). The talk takes place on September 29 from 2:30 – 4:00 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/progs. You will need your registration receipt to get in.

This seminar is part of the series “The Joy of Reading: Understanding Chinese History” and will be held in the 2nd floor Community Place. According to historians, Professor Pai Hsien-yung’s father, General Pai Ch’ung-hsi, was a brilliant military strategist, and well-loved by the Chinese people during the war. He led his army to defeat the Japanese Army, wipe out their elite units and destroy Lin Biao’s communist army. He fought the Chinese communists until the last minute before withdrawing to Taiwan. His brilliance aroused the resentment of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, who kept him under constant surveillance.

“Professor Pai Hsien-yung, one of the most important writers of modern Chinese fiction, will talk about his new photo-biography of his father, General Pai, and will sign books. This new work will help fill the void of knowledge about China during the most chaotic and tumultuous time of the Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War in the 20th century,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Pai is recognized as the “melancholy pioneer” in Chinese fiction. He spent his childhood in Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong during the war years and moved to Taiwan with his family during the retreat. After his graduation from the National Taiwan University, he undertook graduate studies at the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1965 and taught there until his retirement in 1994.

Pai’s contributions to Chinese literature include the founding of the literary journal ???? (Modern Literature) and several dozen novels, books of short stories, screenplays and critical essays. His fictional works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. Several of his stories have been adapted into feature films, television series and plays. After his retirement, he dedicated himself to the revival of the Kunqu opera. His production of the opera, The Peony Pavilion, has been performed over two hundred times worldwide and won high critical acclaim. My Father and Republic China is his most recent project. This book was simultaneously published in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2012.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 11, 2013

The Art of Networking

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting a workshop on “The Art of Networking” on Wednesday, September 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs The program is free and offered in English.

Program presenter Cho Lim, founder of E-Nation, will talk about the benefits of developing a good business and personal network. Cho says that having a great network benefits your business and personal success. Networking is more than just exchanging business cards; it’s about creating relationships. This workshop will focus on building the confidence to network with people in your community.

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Contact: Dinise Sizer, Reference Librarian Phone: 604-231-6432 Email: dinise.sizer@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 10, 2013

Learn About Quickbooks

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering free classes this fall on the popular accounting software, Quickbooks. The classes will be held at Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Introduction to Quickbooks Program # 812, Sunday October 6th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm Program # 813, Saturday November 2nd from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Quickbooks for Small Business Owners Program # 814, Saturday October 26th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm Program # 815, Sunday November 24th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

“Introduction to Quickbooks” will teach you basic accounting terms and give you an overview of the computer software. No prior accounting knowledge or skills required. For entrepreneurs, “Quickbooks for Small Business Owners”, will teach you how to use Quickbooks to set up your company, track revenue & expenses, payroll, and bank reconciliation & reports. The presenter, Alex Young of ATY Consulting, has a MBA degree from the University of Ottawa and has been running her own practice for over 7 years.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 10, 2013

Legacy Planning & Living Successfully in Retirement

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Edward Jones, is offering a free workshop on “Legacy Planning and Living Successfully in Retirement” on Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 807, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Discover simple ways to minimize taxes in your estate, protect yourself in the event of care needs in retirement, and preserve your hard-earned legacy for those you love most. The workshop is presented by Rhona Konnelly, a Senior Insurance Specialist at Edwards Jones. Konnelly has 36 years of diverse insurance, financial, and estate planning experience.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 4, 2013

Introduction to Stock Charting Techniques

RICHMOND, B.C. –

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with TD Direct Investing, is offering a free workshop on Technical Analysis (stock charting techniques). Participants will be introduced to the concept and techniques used for interpreting stock charts and identifying trading trends.

This free workshop is available in both English and Cantonese and will take place in the Computer Centre on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch. The Cantonese session will be on Tuesday September 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. The English session will be on Thursday September 12 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

This program is suitable for anybody who is interested in stock charting techniques, with some basic computer skills and a little trading knowledge.

Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 4, 2013

Fired Up For Life! with Greg Gerrie

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2012

FIRED UP FOR LIFE!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to present the program Fired Up For Life – How to Get & Stay Motivated. The program will take place on Wednesday, September 18th, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, 2nd floor Community Place. The program is presented by Greg Gerrie, President of Trinity Healthy Living and Training Director for Global Legacy Builders, and he is passionate about educating people about the Global Wellness Revolution that he feels is before us. “We can all be healthy and live the abundant life”, says Greg. ”The knowledge is here, we simply have to decide.”

“This is an interesting and timely topic”, said Lynn Shane, RPL librarian. “Many Richmond residents are interested in learning how to live a healthy and stress-free life.”

To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online: www.yourlibrary.ca.

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Contact: Lynn Shane Librarian Phone: 604-231-6455 Email: lynnshane@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Lynn Shane 604-231-6455; Greg Gerrie www.greggerrie.com
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 29, 2013

Interview Skills Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Interview Skills Workshop held on Thursday, September 19th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will learn how to effectively network, present oneself to employers, and match one’s job search to how employers usually hire. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 806, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 29, 2013

Focus on Older Adults

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2013

Focus on Older Adults

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting 3 workshops for older adults and/or their caregivers on September 15th, 22nd, and 29th, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, at the Brighouse (Main) Library, 2nd floor Community Place. This is a free, drop-in program.

The workshops are conducted by COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute, an organization that provides practical and useful information on topics of interest to older adults.

• Sunday September 15th: Memory and Aging. How memory functions and how it changes as we age. We’ll give you tips for maintaining and improving memory, and give advice about when to seek professional help. • Sunday September 22nd: Chronic Diseases. Describes the warning signs of four of the diseases that are most likely to affect the health of older adults: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Lung Disease. Early recognition is emphasized. • Sunday September 29th: Advocacy for Caregivers. Advice for people who feel that they need to advocate for friends or family members, or for people they are employed to assist.

“Older adults make up a significant proportion of people in Richmond, and we need to inform ourselves of the many resources available for living a happy and healthy lifestyle.” said Lynn Shane, librarian. “COSCO always presents an engaging and informative program geared to issues of interest to older adults and their caregivers.

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Contact:

Lynn Shane, Librarian, 604-231-6455; lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • COSCO: Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of BC 604-684-9720
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 29, 2013

Calling All Orchid Lovers

RICHMOND, B.C – If you love orchids and want to learn how to care for them, then come to a free, drop-in seminar at the Richmond Public Library, called “The Care and Keeping of Orchids: Dealing with Pests and Diseases”. The seminar takes place on September 15th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. It will be presented by the Richmond Orchid Club.

According to Elizabeth Marcus, Orchid Club president, people aren’t the only ones who love orchids – fungus, bacteria and pests also love these beautiful plants. “These invaders can wreak havoc with your orchid collection if left unchecked,” said Marcus. Seminar participants will find out how to treat existing problems, as well as how to prevent future infestations. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca, or call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

  • Elizabeth Markus, Orchid Club President, www.richmondorchidclub.com
  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 25, 2013

Writer-in-Residence Nancy Lee Leads ESL Writers’ Workshops

If you like creative story writing but English is not your first language and you’re unsure of your language skills, then the ESL Writers’ Workshop is for you. These free, three hour workshops take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate on October 9, 16 and 23 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 15 participants. Registration opens on September 28th. To register, please call 604-276-4300 or register online at richmond.ca/register and quote program #382059. Instructor is author Nancy Lee.

“The workshop will be an exciting and supportive exploration of writing fiction and memoir in English. The workshop will provide an encouraging environment where concerns about language ability will be secondary to the writing process,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Nancy has extensive experience mentoring emerging writers of all ages, particularly teens. As well, she is passionate about fostering a multicultural community and is herself a long-time Richmond resident of Chinese-East Indian heritage,” added Civkin. A sample of participants’ writing will be published in a chapbook edited by Nancy, and participants will be invited to read their work in front of family and friends at a special public event at the Brighouse Library’s Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room on Wednesday, November 20th from 7-9 p.m.

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

Nancy Lee’s collection of short stories, Dead Girls, was named a best book of 2002 by the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun, and Book of the Year by NOW Magazine. Winner of the 2003 VanCity Book Prize, and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Pearson Reader’s Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award, Dead Girls has been published in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Spain, and has been optioned extensively for film.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gabriel Award for Radio and a National Magazine Award. She was selected as the first Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious University of East Anglia Writing Program in the UK, and served as Writer-in-Residence for the city of Vincennes, France in 2011. Nancy works as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. Her novel, The Age, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 10, 2013

Enjoy Culture Days @yourlibrary – September 27 & 28

As part of the National Culture Days campaign Richmond Public Library is offering fun, free programs to entice people into the world of books. Culture Days @yourlibrary runs from Fri. Sept. 27 – Sat. Sept. 28 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Culture Days allows us to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our community. It’s a grass roots movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of communities across Canada,” said Shelley Civkin, coordinator of this year’s Culture Days program at the library. “In particular, it’s an opportunity for the library to link its collections to the writing, reading and listening programs we’ll be offering that weekend,” added Civkin.

The programs are aimed at adults and teens, and take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place:

Fri September 27:

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Stories From Near & Far & Now & Then – Storytelling for Adults

12:30-2:00 p.m. Write & Publish Your Family Memoir

2:30-4:30 pm From Memoir to Novel – a Writing Workshop

Sat. September 28:

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Crime Fiction Writing Workshop: Tips & Tricks From Criminal Minds

1:00-2:00 p.m. How to Start & Run a Book Club

2:30-4:30 p.m. Is it Always Happily Ever After? A Storytelling Workshop

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Local Authors’ Book Sale and Signing

Check out the Culture Days website for other programs taking place around Richmond at http://bc.culturedays.ca/en.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 4, 2013

Danny Unrau Reads from his New Novel at Richmond Library

Author Danny Unrau will read from his new family mystery novel You Are The Boy on Wed. September 18th from 7-8 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Unrau describes the story this way: “The results of a DNA test jangle Ben’s self-identity. On a crooked trail back through his family history, Ben uncovers a Jewish infant mysteriously left on a Mennonite doorstep in the violent Ukraine nearly eighty years before he was born. From Canada to Russian to Jerusalem, Ben searches and finds more than just his identity.”

Danny Unrau is the author of the short vignettes Saints, Sinners & Angels and Rogues, Rascals & Rare Gems. You Are the Boy is his first novel. Unrau has a BA in sociology, English and religious studies, an MA in Jewish studies, and a Doctorate.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 28, 2013

Author Peter Brock Reads From Odd Man Out at Richmond Library

Author Peter Brock will read from his first novel Odd Man Out: a Hawaii/California Catch-22. on Wed. September 11th from 2-3 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Brock describes the story this way: “The story line follows the recovery of a policeman wounded in Afghanistan, who goes to Hawaii for treatment. Almost all the characters in Odd Man Out feel excluded from something. A background theme in the book is the development of a new Western military strategy in the Pacific. The structure of the novel is a patchwork of mostly humorous dialogue scenes – similar to the novel Catch-22.” Peter Brock has taught at universities in Canada, Poland, China and Singapore.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 14, 2013

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 Monday, September 9th. 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:

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

For immediate release        August 6, 2013

Re: Children’s Author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb to Read at Cambie Library

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2013

Children’s Author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb to Read at Cambie Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Saudi Arabian children’s author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb, will read from her picture books at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on August 17th from 2-3:00 p.m. The library is located at 150-11590 Cambie Road in Richmond. This drop-in event is for families with kids ages 5-12. The program will be in Arabic and English. For more information phone us at 604-273-2223, or visit us online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/kids_prog.cfm Iman Fouad Alkhateeb is the author of more than 25 picture books. She will be reading from Ken Ken – the hedgehog, an Arabic book from the series The Farm Friends. A mother of seven and grandmother of four, Iman lives in Saudi Arabia and is visiting Vancouver. -30-

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

Contact:

  • Vandy Advani, 604-273-2223
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 30, 2013

Resume Writing Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Resume Writing Workshop held on Thursday, August 22nd from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will learn about different types of resumes and how to build an effective resume that focuses on the employer’s needs. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 562, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 16, 2013

Free Workshop on PR Card Renewal and Canadian Citizenship Application

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on permanent card renewal and Canadian citizenship application. The workshop takes place on July 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Attorney George Lee will explain the application process. Topics include documents required and fees, processing time and procedures plus special case study and Q&A. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 4, 2013

Introduction to Quickbooks

Richmond Public Library is offering a free class on the popular accounting software Quickbooks. The class will be on Sunday, July 28 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program # 560), or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. No prior accounting knowledge or skills required! Get an overview of Quickbooks, improve your chances of landing a job in this tough market, and for the small business owner, save time by doing your bookkeeping efficiently. The presenter Alex Young of ATY Consulting has a MBA degree from the University of Ottawa and has been running her own practice for over 7 years.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 25, 2013

Up Up and Away! Join Richmond Summer Reading Club for Kids

RICHMOND, B.C. – Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club at all Richmond Public Library branches. Visit any Richmond Library branch to register and pick up your reading booklet on or after June 24.

The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party on Saturday, July 6 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 p.m.; Ironwood Branch at 2 p.m. and Cambie Branch at 3:45 p.m. The magic show is a free, drop-in event. For more Summer Reading Club details please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/kids.

“Up, Up and Away!” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. Kids can read any books they like at home, in the library, at the beach or anywhere else throughout the summer. 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,” said acting head of Kids’ Place, Melanie Au.

“This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 22nd 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.

“Our hope is to inspire kids to develop a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said Au. Last year nearly 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 Eliska Liska. Other sponsors include the White Spot, Royal Bank of Canada and the Richmond News. -30-

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca
  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441

For immediate release        June 19, 2013

Employability 101 Series: Industry Event - Financial Literacy

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free financial literacy talk on Thursday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Learn about micro-loans for foreign credential evaluation, continuing education/professional development, and starting a small business. Learn how to access this assistance, find out about eligibility requirements, and make more informed financial decisions for your unique situation. Presented by RBC Royal Bank, Vancity and A J Insurance. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 479, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

  • •Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 19, 2013

Dr. Francis Vala Talks about the Science of Personal Transformation

Join Dr. Francis Vala as he launches his new book The Third Vision: the Science of Personal Transformation, on July 3rd from 7-8 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Dr. Vala is a physician, social entrepreneur and UBC instructor. “According to Dr. Vala, his book explores some of the most complex mysteries and dilemmas of our world. He presents a simple, yet comprehensive approach to understanding different aspects of humanity based on science and evidence,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Born in Iran and having grown up in Greece, Dr. Vala now resides in Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 19, 2013

Community Education Series on Addictions

Richmond Public Library and Richmond Addiction Services are teaming up to offer a free, drop-in 7-week education series on various addiction-related topics. The sessions take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Wednesdays from July 3 – August 14th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions are in English. For more information please call 604-270-9220.

Addiction-related topics include: • July 3 – The Development of Substance Dependence • July 10 – Chemicals and the Body • July 17 – The Recovery Process • July 24 – The Family Context • July 31 – Problem Gambling • August 7 – Helping Others • August 14 – Drugs in Our Society

Participants can attend whichever sessions they like; they don’t have to attend all seven sessions. The sessions will be facilitated by Addiction Specialists who offer community prevention programming. This series of education programs is open to the public and no registration is required. They will take place in the library’s 2nd floor program room.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 14, 2013

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Program presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold, Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

  • Theresa de Sousa, Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 13, 2013

Red Tails and Dragon Tales

Red Tails and Dragon Tales

RICHMOND, B.C. –

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Chinese Military Museum, is offering a free workshop on two groups of World War II veterans that face discrimination: the Tuskegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadian soldiers. Veterans from these two groups will talk about how they overcame prejudice to serve their countries with courage and distinction.

This free drop-in workshop will take place in the Community Place on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch on Sunday June 30th from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

"This program is suitable for anybody who is interested in Canadian history," said Head of Information Services Ping He. "It’s the first time for the veterans from Tuskegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadian soldiers to meet and share their stories with the public."

Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 6, 2013

Meet Author P.W. Bridgman – Fiction and the Creative Process

Author P.W. Bridgman will read from his new collection of short stories, Standing at an Angle to My Age, on June 21st from 7-8 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is part of the library’s Authors in Our Midst series. For more information call 604-231-6413.

“Mr. Bridgman’s stories capture and explore the universal themes of forgiveness and redemption, love and loss, hope and hopelessness, darkness and light. He sets his stories mainly in Canada, Ireland and England, and his fiction cuts across broad expanses of time, space, culture and circumstance,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

“This reading will be slightly different than the others in our Authors in Our Midst series, since Mr. Bridgman has invited fellow author David Morton to share in the discussion of the creative process. They will also read from Morton’s work-in-progress, The Song of Oswald, which is a plot-driven historical fiction piece set in medieval England that revolves around monasteries and monks,” added Civkin.

Bridgman’s short stories and flash fiction pieces have appeared in various literary publications and have won prizes or been finalists in several competitions, both in Canada and abroad. His work has been included in anthologies published in Ireland, England and Scotland. This program is aimed at writers, aspiring writers and the general public. For more about P.W. Bridgman visit http://pwbridgman.ca/.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 6, 2013

Employability 101 – Basic Business Language

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC, is offering a free Basic Business English class on June 20th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program # 478), or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Open to English language learners who want to improve their language skills for business situations, including telephone conversations, meetings, negotiations, and more.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie 604-231-6433
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 30, 2013

Employability 101 Workshop - The Self-Marketer in You: Using ‘Soft Skills’

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC, is offering a free employment workshop held on Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. A leading “soft skills” trainer will give tips on developing communication and social skills for job search and workplace success. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 477, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

  • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca & • Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 22, 2013

Focus on Older Adults

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013

Focus on Older Adults

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is partnering with COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute to present 3 workshops for older adults and/or their caregivers on June 4th, 11th and 18th at the Brighouse (main) Library’s 2nd floor Program Room. All are on Tuesdays, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

On June 4th we present Housing Options for Older Adults. We examine various care requirements and review the procedures to consider when looking for solutions to your housing needs.

On June 8th we‘ll take a look at BC’s Mature Driver Assessment Procedures. This program describes the BC assessment process in detail, and participants are advised how to do their best in the various testing situations they may face.

The final workshop, on Personal Planning, will explain the role of Representation Agreements and other legal documents in considering the possibility that you might need someone to speak for you regarding personal care, end of life care, and certain financial matters.

“Older adults make up a significant proportion of people in Richmond, and we need to explore all the wonderful options for aging that we enjoy in our community” said Lynn Shane, librarian. “COSCO always presents an engaging and informative program geared to issues of interest to older adults and their caregivers.

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Contact:

Lynn Shane, Librarian, 604-231-6455; lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • COSCO: http://coscobc.ca/contact/
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 29, 2013

Employability 101 - Resume Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Resume Workshop held on Thursday, June 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will get tips and one-on-one help from an ISS of BC employment counsellor in this interactive workshop. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 476, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact: • Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191) • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        May 27, 2013

Welcome Ramadan and Eid Season at the Library

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2013

Welcome Ramadan and Eid Season at the Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, Richmond Family Place and Settlement workers are hosting a free, drop-in Ramadan celebration on June 9th from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Cambie branch of Richmond Public Library, and June 16th from 12 noon-4:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) branch. Everyone is welcome to attend these fun, family events. For more information please call 604-273-2223. Cambie branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road and Brighouse branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“The events will feature traditional songs, hands-on ethnic crafts, face painting, Middle Eastern treats and more,” said library staff person Vandy Advani. Join us in celebrating the holy season of fasting and feasting in the Islamic community. This event is made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors: Richmond school district, SWIS, Richmond Family Place, Touchstone Family Association., Iman School (Richmond), Richmond Addiction Services and British Columbia Muslim Association (BCMA).

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

Contact:

  • Vandy Advani, 604-273-2223
  • Kate Adams, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6441, kate.adams@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417

For immediate release        May 23, 2013

Literacy FIRST!

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013

Literacy FIRST!

RICHMOND, B.C. – A new series focusing on adult literacy, Literacy FIRST! takes place in Community Place on the second floor at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The 11 session series runs from:

Fri Jun 14 – Aug 23 Brighouse Community place (second floor) 6:30-8:30 pm Sat Jun 15- Aug 24 Brighouse Community place (second floor) 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

This series is registered. Space is limited to ten participants and attendance at all 11 sessions is required for the best results. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is free and offered in English.

“Many adults in Richmond will benefit from upgrading their reading, writing, number and computer skills through the Literacy FIRST program.” says Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator of Learning Place Services. “Whether people wish to learn new skills or improve existing reading and writing skills to gain more employment success this program will assist them. Participants will be working through a personalized learning format with tutors to build on the learners’ current literacy level and achieve greater success moving to the next level.”

Instructors in this unique program are from FIRST Society and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The program is funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program by the Province of British Columbia.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Coordinator, Learning Place Services 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        May 18, 2013

Food, Allergies & Children

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2013

Healthy Families Series – Food, Allergies & Children

RICHMOND, B.C. – The last program, in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series, Food, Allergies & Children, takes place on Thursday, June 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Community Place on the second floor at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is free and offered in English. “Parents of young children will learn the latest information on allergy prevention and management of food allergies in babies and young children. We know this is a concern for many Richmond families and encourage everyone with allergy questions or children with allergies to attend”, says Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator of Learning Place Services.

The presenter, Linda Kirst is a registered dietician with Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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 Coordinator, Learning Place Services 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        May 9, 2013

Employability 101: Business English

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Business English class held on Thursday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Open to anyone wanting to improve their language skills necessary in business situations including telephoning, meetings, negotiations, and more. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 474, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact: Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191) or Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-3433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 9, 2013

Employability 101 Industry Event: Your First Canadian Work Experience

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Employment Industry Event held on Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Learn from other new immigrants who were able to unlock their own potential and successfully enter the workforce. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 475, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact: • Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191) • Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-3433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 8, 2013

Free Workshop on Customs Rules and Regulations

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on what you should know when you arrive at port of entry of Canada. The workshop will be held on May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Shervin Madani, a former Canada Border Services Agency Officer, will be briefing on customs and immigration rules and regulations for Canadian residents or visitors of foreign nationals. The workshop will be offered in English with Mandarin interpretation. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 6, 2013

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2013

RICHMOND, B.C. – Want to learn more about the customs, traditions, art and food of various Asian cultures? If so, then come to the Richmond Public Library and help celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May. The following free, drop in programs are open to all and are held on the main floor of Brighouse (Main) Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Unless otherwise stated, the programs are in English. For more information, phone 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

May 11th celebrates Indian culture with an Indian Cooking Demonstration from 1:00-2:00 pm. Richmond’s Falguni Kothari will demonstrate how to make delicious and nutritious Indian vegetable rice, lentils and yogurt.

May 25th celebrates Philippine Culture with a Philippine Interactive Art Exhibit from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come and view the artwork of artist Danvic Briones, learn about the Philippines’ traditional modes of transportation and participate in a collaborative community art piece.

May 26th celebrates Chinese culture with a Chinese Art Tutorial from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Students and self-learners of Chinese calligraphy and painting can get free advice and tips from the artists of Haipai Painting and Calligraphy Society of Canada. This program is conducted in English and Mandarin.

“Richmond’s diverse multicultural community has a lot to offer and we want to provide the opportunity for people to learn about other cultures,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services. “Promoting cross-cultural understanding is one of the most important things we can do for our community,” added Jang.

The library is working in partnership with the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee to offer these programs.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 2, 2013

Sensory Processing and the Sensitive Child

RICHMOND, B.C. –This presentation will focus on explaining Sensory Processing, recognizing where a child may be having difficulties and discussing ways of meeting these needs in a school setting. This program will be held on May 15th from 7-9:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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 program is free and offered in English. Program presenters include Megan Eastwood an Occupational Therapist and Mona Cantwell, a teacher from the Richmond School District. Sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and Addictions.

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Contact: Dinise Sizer Reference Librarian Phone: 604-231-6432 Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 26, 2013

The Dynamic Presenter: A Workshop for Writers and Public Speakers

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library is hosting a free public speaking workshop to help people develop strategies to break through their anxiety, engage their listeners, and improve the power of their voice and delivery. Led by local writer and educator Ben Nuttall-Smith, this one-session workshop will be held on May 4th from 2-4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate on the second floor. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

While the idea of presenting to the public might fill you with dread, avoiding public speaking can keep you from achieving your personal and professional potential. To help you overcome your fears and increase your effectiveness, this workshop will focus on posture, breathing, and voice projection exercises, and provide strategies to calm your nerves and target your message to your audience. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water as everyone will have the opportunity to practice their skills during the workshop. Handouts will be provided.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Coordinator, Learning Place Services 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        April 25, 2013

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Richmond Public Library is once again partnering with the University of Victoria to offer a six-session free workshop on diabetes for adults to learn how to manage the disease and the related symptoms.

This free workshop will take place in the Community Place on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch on Thursdays May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and June 6th from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Space is limited to 15 people. . To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in Mandarin Chinese.

"Participants will learn and practice a range of strategies and tools for more effective day-to-day management of diabetes and related symptoms," said Head of Information Services Ping He. "The workshop will help participants gain increasing confidence to prevent fluctuation of blood glucose and to delay complications."

Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Ping He, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 25, 2013

Free Resume Workshop at Richmond Library

Are you entering or re-entering the job market? Does your resume have the professional look you need in today’s job market? Richmond Public Library is hosting a free Resume Workshop on Thursday, May 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“You can have your resume reviewed by qualified and experienced facilitators from Immigrant Services Society of BC,” said librarian Lynn Shane. This program is in partnership with Immigrant Services Society and the workshop will be led by employment professionals to help target your job search.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 18, 2013

Take a Vocation

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2013

Take a Vocation!

RICHMOND, B.C. –Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are once again partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a unique five-week course for parents 19 years and older who want to improve their work prospects. The Take a Vocation! courses take place in two locations:

# 412 Fridays May 3 – May 31 from 1-3 pm at Brighouse Branch Community Place # 411 Thursdays May 9 – June 6 from 1-3 pm at Cambie Branch Dream Room. Space is limited to eight people at each course. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. Childminding is provided for parents with children ages 3 years and older.

“Vocational tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University will work with parents over a five-week period to help them determine their workplace interests, assess their readiness to move in new career directions, and assist with the tools and skills needed to make the change,” said coordinator of learning place services, Lee Anne Smith.

“Participants who attend the course will be better able to reach out to employers, know what to say at interviews, learn how to practice networking and gain a better understanding of their job prospects here in Canada,” added Smith. Thanks to the Community Adult Literacy Program grant from the province, childminding is available for those attending the program,” said Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Coordinator, Learning Place Services Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 10, 2013

The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan

Nobel Prize Winner Mo Yan Highlighted at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a program in Mandarin on “The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan” on April 23 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Guest speakers will be Professor Christopher Rea, Rachel Fan and Aiying Li, and the moderator will be Professor Emeritus Kee Y. Lam. To register for this program (#215), call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.

“We are pleased to offer a panel presentation on Chinese author Mo Yan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Professor Rea, a specialist in modern Chinese literature, will give an analysis of Mo Yan’s works and explain the reasons he won the Nobel Prize. Ms. Fan will talk about the movies that are based on Mo Yan’s works and explain why so many of his novels have been made into movies. Author Li, who came from the same area in China as Mo Yan, will talk about her impressions of him and the influence his home village has on his writings,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Rea is an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Department of UBC. One of his areas of specialization is modern Chinese literature and drama. Fan has a master degree in mass communication from the University of Leicester in England. She has worked as a film critic, script writer and done media work for over twenty years. Aiying Li is a teacher, writer and reporter from China. She was born and grew up in Shandong where Mo Yan lives. She immigrated to Vancouver in 2007. Professor Lam retired from UBC’s Department of Mathematics in 2005. He has a strong interest in contemporary Chinese literature and is currently studying the works of Mo Yan. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 11, 2013

New Writing Group Hosts Open Mic Night at Richmond Library

Richmond Writes Out Loud!, a newly formed writers’ group, will be hosting its second open mic night on April 25th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Drop-in.

The Richmond Writes Out Loud! group is for novice, emerging and experienced creative writers, with an emphasis on sharing creative works via the spoken word. “The group is a creative sharing circle for people who love words: poetry, short story, long story, novels, creative non-fiction or song lyrics. For any creative writer, reading their work out loud is a necessary part of promoting their work, so a venue like this is a great place to practice and potentially find new fans,” said organizer Avalon Doyle.

The organization plans to host similar events each month to nurture the art of writing in the Richmond area. The open mic night is the second meeting for the Richmond Writes Out Loud! writers’ group. For more information please contact Avalon Doyle by email at richmondwritesoutloud@gmail.com.

Contact:

  • Avalon Doyle 778-308-9542
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 12, 2013

A Celebration of Greek Poetry

Greek-Canadian poet and author, Manolis Aligizakis, will read poetry from his new poetry book Nostros and Algos, and will also read from the Collected Poems of Nobel Prize winner George Seferis on Fri. April 26th from 7-8 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 30, 2013

BC-Based Mystery Writers Read From Novels at Richmond Library

Mystery writers E.R. Brown and Robin Spano will read from their new novels on June 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is part of the library’s Authors in Our Midst series. For more information call 604-231-6413.

“E.R. Brown’s BC-based crime thriller, Almost Criminal, is a suspense story whose plot is driven by the local pot business. Spano’s new novel, Death’s Last Run, is part of the Clare Vengel Undercover series, and is set in Whistler Mountain,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Both books have the illicit drug business in common and are set in BC, so people coming to the reading will get the extra thrill of recognizing the stories’ backdrops,” added Civkin. For more information about the authors go to http://www.erbrown.com/ and http://www.robinspano.com/.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 15, 2013

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 Friday, June 7th at 7700 Minoru Gate. 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:

  • Stephanie Scott, Canadian Blood Services 604-707-3502
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 23, 2013

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Live Demonstrations!

Learn how to download free eBooks, magazines, and music to your computer, smartphone, or tablet at one of Richmond Public Library’s free, drop-in demonstrations. Sessions take place in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Computer Zone, 7700 Minoru Gate on the following dates:

Magazines Tuesday, May 7 7 – 8 pm

eBooks Tuesday, May 14 7 – 8 pm

Music Tuesday, May 28 7 – 7:30 pm

“The Library’s free digital services are incredibly convenient. They allow Richmond residents to download the media they want, when and where they want it,” said coordinator of eServices Kat Lucas. “During our demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using the free services, answers your questions, and helps you get set up on your own device.”

As well as eBooks, magazines, and music, Richmond’s digital line-up offers great online newspapers and language learning programs. For more information call 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 5, 2013

Strong and Beautiful: Sports Literature Talk

RICHMOND, B.C. – Writer Grant Hsu will be giving a talk in Mandarin on “Strong and Beautiful : Sports Literature” on April 19 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#212), call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.

“Hsu will discuss the history and development of sports literature, the difference between sports literature and sports analysis, and the approach he took in writing his Chinese book, Jeremy Lin and the NBA,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Born in Taiwan, Hsu is a writer, poet and basketball enthusiast. Not only does he play basketball, he has many years of experience reporting on professional basketball in the NBA and other leagues around the world. He has written three Chinese books on basketball, including Jeremy Lin and the NBA, which has been chosen by China Times Weekly as one of the best books of 2012. Besides his books on basketball, Hsu has published poetry and essay collections and is an award winning poet. He now works as a reporter for a local Chinese newspaper.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 5, 2013

Richmond Library Hosts Poetry Reading with Ben Nuttall-Smith

Poet and novelist Ben Nuttall-Smith will read from his new poetry books Postcards, and A Moment in Eternity on Fri. April 19th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 4, 2013

EMPLOYABILITY 101 JOB SEARCH SERIES

Jobseekers can get free, expert help towards becoming more employable at a series of interactive workshops presented by Richmond Public Library in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC. All jobseekers are welcome to sign up for the 90-minute sessions, taking place Thursdays at 2:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, call (604) 231-6413 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm

“We’re calling this workshop series ‘Employability101’,” says Librarian Haidee O’Brien. “Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts from ISSofBC and get tips on enhancing the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.”

The April 11 workshop, The Self-Marketer in U!, features a leading “soft skills” trainer on developing communication and social graces to position yourself in the workplace. Business Language Essentials, on April 18, focuses on language skills for situations such as telephoning, meetings, negotiating and more. On April 25, at Industry Talk, Canadian Western Bank and Scotia Bank will talk about their recruitment and hiring process. “For more than 40 years, the ISSofBC has assisted newcomers with settlement and employment services throughout BC,” says O’Brien. “We’re delighted to combine their expertise with the expertise of Library staff, who will be sharing at each workshop print and electronic employment resources available through RPL or online.”

Contact:

  • Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619, haidee.obrien@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 2, 2013

Novel Vs the Film

Richmond Library Presents Talk on the Novel vs. the Film

RICHMOND, B.C. – Film critic Rachel Fan will be giving a talk in Mandarin on “The Subtle relationship Between the Novel and the Film” on April 16 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#211), call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.

“Rachel Fan will discuss the trend of Chinese novels becoming more ‘visual’ and what is gained or lost in the movie script. She will also review some Chinese movies that are based on well-known novels, including Raise the Red Lantern by Su Tong; Red Sorghum by Mo Yan; Xiu Xiu: the Sent Down Girl by Yan Geling; Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang; and Yu Qing Sao by Bai Xianyong,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services.

Fan grew up in Taiwan and received a master degree in mass communication from the University of Leicester in England. She has worked as a film critic, script writer and done media work for over twenty years, with more than ten years of experience in Vancouver. Her current projects include developing educational programs for promoting an interest in Chinese culture among overseas Chinese children, publishing Chinese storybooks for children and writing a column on films.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 28, 2013

Poetry Recital by Luo Fu

RICHMOND, B.C. – Poet Luo Fu will give a talk in Mandarin on “How to Experience the Beauty of Chinese Poetry” on April 12th from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#210), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. This program is part of the series The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature appreciation.

“We are fortunate to have one of the best contemporary Chinese poets coming to do this program for us. Professor Luo Fu will recite several of his poems and explain the creative process, connotations and artistic conception of each poem,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese language services at Richmond Public Library.

An internationally renowned poet, Fu was born in China in 1928. He moved to Taiwan in 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1996. Often referred to as the “Magic Poet”, he is considered one of the top Chinese poets of our time. He has won many literary awards from Taiwan and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for his 3,000 line poem “Drift Wood”. His works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Swedish. Besides writing poems, he also taught Chinese literature in universities in China and Taiwan, and wrote Chinese calligraphy, essays, literary criticisms and translations. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 28, 2013

Minfdulness-Based Stress Reduction

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2013

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how to reduce stress and live life more fully in the program Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The program takes place on Tuesday, April 9 from 7-9:00 p.m. in the program room number 2 on the second floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and offered in English.

Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In this interactive, practical, and experiential presentation presenter Deborah Prieur will share some key ideas and benefits of this approach to stress reduction and introduce two mindfulness meditation practices.

Deborah Prieur BSW, MA is a longtime meditator and has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses and Workshops since 1999. Deborah also teaches courses in Mindful Eating and the SMART in Education Program to Vancouver School Board teachers.

Only 25 spaces are available and registration is required. This program will fill up quickly so register in advance. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

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 Coordinator, Learning Place Services 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        March 28, 2013

Breast Health 101

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon, will be offering a free workshop on breast health. The Breast Health 101 workshop provides information on breast cancer, its risk factors, mammogram screening and breast health recommendations.

There will be two sessions on the topic, one in Cantonese and one in Mandarin. The Cantonese session is on April 6 at 2:30 and the Mandarin session is on April 13 at 2:30. They will be held in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2013

Join in Vaisakhi Celebrations at Cambie Library

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2013

Join in Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi celebration at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on April 7th 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.

“The event will feature dazzling dance performances of Bhangra and Bollywood tunes, interactive storytelling, and traditional Punjabi songs,” said library staff person Vandy Advani. Kids aged 8-12 are invited to pick up a Bollywood dance performance entry-form or a public speaking entry form at any Richmond Public Library branch. The topic of the public speaking contest is: “Vaisakhi means to me...” The deadline to return the forms is March 31st. This event is made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors: SUCCESS, RBC, Tandoori Kona restaurant, Fruiticana, Subway, Mr. Jaswant Singh Grewal, Mr. Amarjit Sandhu and Ms. Paramjit Dhariwal. -30-

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

Contact:

  • Vandy Advani, 604-273-2223
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Susan Walters, Deputy Chief Librarian, 604-231-6466

For immediate release        March 25, 2013

Free Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, will host a free Resume and Cover Letter Writing workshop (program #333) on April 4 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Participants can have their resumes reviewed by qualified and experienced facilitators from Immigrant Services Society of BC, and design a job-specific cover letter. Space is limited. To register, call (604) 231-6413 or go online www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

  • Mary Tecson, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
  • Haidee O'Brien, Librarian, 604-278-9811, local 619, haidee.obrien@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 26, 2013

Citizenship Application and the New Language Requirements

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S, will be offering a free workshop on citizenship application. The speaker will talk about the new language requirements, applicant’s eligibility and required documents for the application. The workshop takes place on April 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 22, 2013

Taiwanese-Canadian Book Launch at RPL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2013

Richmond Library Launches First Taiwanese-Canadian Book

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, will launch Miah, the first Taiwanese-Canadian story collection on April 9th from 7 – 9 pm in the 2nd Floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is in English. Drop-in. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

“Come and meet author Julia Lin and hear her read from her new book Miah, which is the Taiwanese expression for fate. The stories in this collection portray the lives of simple folks during the Japanese occupation, the “White Terror” from 1949-1987 and in modern day Taiwan and Canada,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang. This is an opportunity to get an autographed copy of this book.

Lin was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada when she was 10 years old. She holds a Master of Science degree in Immunology from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate degree in computing education from the University of B.C. She has taught high school math, science and computing science in B.C. She lives in Vancouver.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2013

Beyond Advocacy: Building Stronger Learning Communities Through Authentic Parent Engagement

RICHMOND, B.C. – The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health (Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality) will continue to hold monthly networking and parent information sessions at Richmond Public Library in April. The format for this In the Know Series will be webinars, and the next one will look at how student learning is changing in BC and how this will influence the traditional relationship between parents and the school. This program will be held on April 10 from 6:30–9:00pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in.

According to presenter and principal Jeff Stewart the shift will be towards partnerships that more meaningfully involve parents in the learning process. They will examine what this might look like and feel like for parents as we move towards a new conception of learning, as expressed in the BC Education Plan.

The presenters are Jeff Stewart, Co-Chair of the BC School Based Mental Health Coalition and District Principal of Distributed Learning for School District 71, and Colleen Clark, a parent in residence with F.O.R.C.E. and a Chairperson of the Parent Advisory Committee at her children’s school.

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Contact: Dinise Sizer Reference Librarian Phone: 604-231-6432 Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 14, 2013

How Fairy Tales are Changing with the Times

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2013

How Fairy Tales are Changing With the Times

RICHMOND, BC – A Nong will give a free seminar (#209) on How Fairy Tales are Changing with the Times on March 26th from 2 – 4 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation. For more information, phone 604-231-6413. “Some outdated fairy tales have been rewritten to reflect current values and trends. A Nong will compare the old with the new versions of some children’s fairy tales to show the effect that changing times have had on them,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang. A Nong is an award winning young adult writer and retired educator. He taught school for 39 years in Hong Kong before retiring and moving to Canada. Chosen by students as their favorite author five times, he has published over 100 books, including many bestselling prose collections and fiction. He continues to write articles for local newspapers and magazines and publishes one book each year. He contributes a great deal of his time to community services. In 2009 A Nong was named academician of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 13, 2013

Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature

RICHMOND, BC – William Chan will give a free seminar (#208) about overseas Chinese literature and overseas Chinese literary communities on March 22th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. The seminar, entitled “A Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation. “As an increasing number of Chinese people are moving to other countries, the overseas Chinese literary communities are growing and flourishing. Many outstanding authors and publications have emerged. In this seminar, Mr. Chan will give an overview of the Chinese literary communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and South-East Asia,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang. Chan worked as a reporter, editor and publisher for newspapers and magazines, and was also a TV script writer prior to coming to Canada. Since arriving in Canada he has been actively involved in the local Chinese literary community for many years, as a member and former Chair of the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association, Vice Chair of the Federation of Overseas Chinese-Language Literature and President of Wah Hon Publishing Co. and W & Y Cultural Products Co. He has also served as a judge in literary competitions. His publications, which number over 30, include poetry collections, novels and prose. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 12, 2013

Free Workshop on Family Sponsorship

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on how to sponsor family members to immigrate to Canada successfully. The workshop takes place on March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 8, 2013

Publishing Workshop: From First Draft to Publication

Are you a writer hoping to get published but unsure where to start? Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop to demystify the publishing process. Led by local poet and author Ben Nuttall-Smith together with George Opacic, author and President of the BC Federation of Writers, this one-session workshop will be held on March 16th from 2-4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

From initial book proposals to query letters to issues specific to digital publishing, the workshop will help you understand how to get your manuscript out of your desk drawer and into the hands of readers. If you have already written queries or proposals, you are welcome to bring these materials for feedback. Writers who are just beginning to consider publishing their work are also encouraged to attend.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 22, 2013

You’re Not the Boss of Me!

Author Alma Lightbody will read from her newest book, You’re Not the Boss of Me!, on Fri. April 5th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. The book aims to help people better understand themselves and take more control over their lives.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 20, 2013

Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar (#203) on Tues. March 5th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar, given in Cantonese, entitled “Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrant”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation. “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,” said Chinese services librarian Wendy Jang. “She will cover the literary and cultural activities of Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” added 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 called 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.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 4, 2013

The History of Diayutai Islands and the Relationships between China, Japan, U.S. & Taiwan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2013

Richmond Library Hosts About the Diaoyutai Islands

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Hailin Zheng will talk about the history of the Diaoyutai Islands and the reasons for the current political situation between China, Japan, the United States and Taiwan at a free seminar (#224) in Mandarin on March 11th from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar will be held in the 2nd floor Learning Place. Admission requires your registration receipt. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

“We know that there is much tension between China and Japan over the Diaoyutai Islands. People want to have a better understanding of the reasons for this tension. So we’re very fortunate to have Professor Hailin Zheng, an expert on the Diaoyutai Islands, come to talk about the history of these little islands near Taiwan, and why they have caused so much controversy and generated so much political interest from China, Japan, the United States and Taiwan,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Zheng is the director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 1988, he has taught contemporary history at universities in China, Japan and Hong Kong, and at the University of B.C. His area of specialization is the history of Sino-Japanese relations and contemporary Chinese history. He has published many books on Sino-Japanese relations, the political situation between China and Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands. He immigrated to Vancouver in 1995.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 6, 2013

The World of Play: Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013

Christopher Rea Talks about Chinese Humor at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Professor Christopher Rea will give a talk on “The World of Play : Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century” on March 15th from 7 – 9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#206), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. This program is in Mandarin.

“Professor Rea has done extensive research in Chinese humor. He found that the period around the Revolution of 1911 was a very playful time. Books and magazines were full of jokes and funny stories. Many people, including writers and comedians, focused their efforts on humor. However, the term “youmo” (humor) did not exist until 1924 when Lin Yutang first used it,” says Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services.

Rea is an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Department of UBC. His areas of specialization are modern Chinese literature and drama since the late 19th century; print culture in late Qing and the Republican era; theories and culture of comedy and laughter; cinema, cartoons, and visual culture; translation; and Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 5, 2013

Cooking With Kids 101

Want your kids to learn about healthy eating? Chef Ian Lai will teach parents and kids how to make better choices at the supermarket and how to cook nutritious meals and snacks at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on March 9th from 12-1pm. This free, drop-in cooking demonstration will take place on the main floor of the library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“In support of National Nutrition Month, Chef Lai will inspire your kids to eat healthy by giving a cooking demo that’s easy enough for your kids to do at home,” said the library’s learning place coordinator Lee Anne Smith.

Ian Lai is a chef educator and is also the founder and program director for the Richmond Schoolyard Society (www.kidsinthegarden.org). Ian contracts to the City of Richmond for environmental services and works with community groups to build capacity in relation to sustainability and food production. He also teaches classes in food security and lives in Richmond with his wife and daughter. Lai describes himself as a “chef, environmentalist, fermenter, weaver, urban farmer, teacher, beekeeper, climber, and dad.”

Ian has been in the hospitality industry since 1979 and has worked for the Four Seasons Hotel, the Sheraton Hotel, Cara Flight Kitchen and he was the Resident Chef for the Consulate General of the United States of America.

Current projects include work with the David Suzuki Foundation Sea Choice Program, Farm to School Program with the Public Health Administration of BC and Fresh Choice Kitchens with the Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Contact:

  • Shaneena Rahman 604-231-6476
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 5, 2013

Passover @ Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library and PJ Library® will be offering a special spring break program at the Brighouse (Main) Branch to celebrate cultural diversity on March 18th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids ages 3-6 and their parents or caregivers are welcome to attend this free Passover program featuring stories, crafts, songs and games. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #223.

PJ Library® is an innovative program connecting young families with Jewish books and music in over 175 communities across North America. Sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in conjunction with local funders and the Jewish Community Foundation, the mandate of PJ Library® is to engage young Jewish families through books, music and programming. For more information, and to sign up your children or grandchildren to receive free books, please see jewishvancouver.com/pjlibrary.

Contact:

  • Lissa Weinberger 604-257-5111 ext. 306 or ajsi@jccgv.bc.ca
  • Cindy Kloos, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6427, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        March 27, 2013

Inside Your Dog’s Mind - Have a Howling Good Time With Dog Expert Stanley Coren

Local dog expert, psychologist and fetching speaker Stanley Coren will be give a talk on man’s best friend on Wednesday April 10th at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor Learning Place 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. This program is free.

“Coren is the perfect combination of canine authority and captivating entertainer. His relaxed style and dry humor will have the audience eating out of his hand,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Coren will answer those burning questions like: “Do dogs dream? Do dogs understand human speech? How intelligent are dogs? Do dogs learn the same way people do? Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they're seeing on TV? Dog expert Stanley Coren will provide a peek into the inner life of our canine companions.

Coren is the author of a number bestselling books about dogs, as well as two other books. He is also a well-respected scientist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Best known for his books on dogs, he is also an award winning behavioral researcher. His books on dog behavior and human-canine interactions have been international bestsellers and have received awards. Coren has been featured on numerous TV programs including Oprah, Larry King, and many more. He was the host of the nationally broadcast TV show Good Dog! and more recently he can be heard broadcasting a radio column on CBC or seen regularly on Pet Central on the Pet Network.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 15, 2013

A Search for Love, Family and Forgiveness

Author May Q. Wong will read from her book A Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada, the true story of a couple married for over half a century, but forced to live apart for 25 years because of Canada’s exclusionary immigration laws. Fri. March 1st from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 27, 2013

The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song

Author Robert Friedland will read from his newest novel The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song, on Fri. March 8th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. The story chronicles the tension between Chinese tradition and modern life in Canada, as experienced by a special Chinese woman in Richmond, BC. This program is in English, but Ms. Willa Chen will read a short excerpt in Mandarin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 8, 2013

Uncover The Mayan Mysteries with Novelist Sharon MacGougan

– Author Sharon MacGougan will read from her new novel The Mayan Mysteries, on Fri. March 22nd from 7-8 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. The story is about the convergence of inner transformation, adventure, and the mystery of the disappearance of the ancient Maya.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 4, 2013

Local Author, Ben Nuttall-Smith, Gives Reading at Richmond Library

Novelist and poet Ben Nuttall-Smith will read from his historical novel Blood, Feathers & Holy Men, and his autobiographical novel, Secrets Kept / Secrets Told on Fri. March 15th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. Nuttall-Smith will discuss why and how he wrote the books.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 4, 2013

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Live Demonstrations!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how to download free eBooks, magazines, and music to your computer, smartphone, or tablet at one of Richmond Public Library’s free, drop-in demonstrations. Sessions take place in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Learning Place, 7700 Minoru Gate on the following dates:

Magazines @yourlibrary Wednesday, March 20 2 – 3 pm Tuesday, April 16 7 – 8 pm

Music @yourlibrary Tuesday, March 26 11 – 11:30 am Friday, April 26 11 – 11:30 am

eBooks @yourlibrary Wednesday, April 10 2 – 3 pm Tuesday, April 30 11 am – 12 pm

“The Library’s free digital services are incredibly convenient. They allow Richmond residents to download the media they want, when and where they want it,” said coordinator of eServices Kat Lucas. “During our demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using the free services, answers your questions, and helps you get set up on your own device.”

As well as eBooks, magazines, and music, Richmond’s digital line-up offers great online newspapers and language learning programs. For more information call 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca.

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 26, 2013

Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2013

Fred Wah Talks about Racial Hybridity in Poetry at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Professor Emeritus Fred Wah will give a talk entitled “Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry” on March 12th from 7 – 9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#205), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. The program is in English.

“We are honored to have Professor Wah give a talk on the topic of racial hybridity in Canadian poetry as part of our new program series, The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature Appreciation. He will read and discuss his award winning book Diamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian restaurant, and will also talk about the writings of Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan and other Chinese-Canadian poets. He will situate this writing in the recent historical context in North America of ‘writing through races’,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang. This seminar is presented in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Chinese Canadian Stories at UBC.

Even though he studied music in university and played jazz, Wah ended up writing poetry for over 50 years and taught English and Creative Writing. His teaching career started in 1967 at Selkirk College and David Thompson University, then he moved to the University of Calgary in 1989 and was there until his retirement in 2003. Wah is a strong supporter of small, grass-roots magazines and presses and an active volunteer in community service, such as organizing readings, teaching workshops, serving as writer-in-residence, etc.

He has published more than twenty books of poetry and won writing awards in three genres. His poetry won the Governor General’s Award (Waiting in Saskatchewan), Alberta’s Stephanson Award (So far) and the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry (is a door). His biofiction, Diamond Grill, won Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction; and his essay collection, Faking it: Poetics and Hybridtiy, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada. On December 20, 2011, he was appointed as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, the fifth poet to hold this office. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 22, 2013

Richmond Library Offers Free Income Tax Clinics

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Preparation and Filing clinics to help low income people file 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 on Saturdays March 9, 16, and 23, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27 between 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (English and Mandarin). Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each. 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 librarian Haidee O’Brien. “I’m sure this will help a lot of people who have trouble doing it on their own. The information will be kept confidential and will be destroyed right after the tax return is filed,” added O’Brien. People are asked to bring all relevant documents like T4 and T5 slips, etc.

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        February 22, 2013

Richmond Library Hosts Teen Debate on Censorship

In celebration of Freedom to Read week, a group of teens from R.C. Palmer Secondary School in Richmond will be debating whether censorship in Canadian school libraries is a good thing or a bad thing. The debate will take place on March 2nd at 2 p.m. in the Kids’ Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend. Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 20, 2013

Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar (#203) on Tues. March 5th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar, given in Cantonese, entitled “Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrant”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation. “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,” said Chinese services librarian Wendy Jang. “She will cover the literary and cultural activities of Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” added 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 called 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.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 20, 2013

Anti-Bullying Workshop: Richmond in 3D (Diversity Dialogue Drama)

RICHMOND, B.C. – As a part of this year’s Anti-Bullying Day on February 27, the Richmond in 3D troupe is holding an interactive workshop to explore how youth can help to make their school life safer and happier. This program will be held on February 27th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Kids' Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is aimed at kids ages 10-14. To register for this free program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Richmond in 3D (Dialogue, Diversity and Drama) – The Legacy project” is a youth troupe that uses drama, dialogue and storytelling to interact with and engage youth, in hopes of inspiring young people to take an active stance against bullying within the Richmond community. Richmond in 3D aims to create a safe and accepting space in which youth can openly discuss topics such as diversity, anti-racism, multiculturalism and bullying, while modeling leadership and compassionate communication skills.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 20, 2013

Free Retirement and Estate Planning Seminars!

RICHMOND, B.C. – If you’re retired or nearing retirement be sure to attend a free seminar on Retirement and Estate Planning at Richmond Public Library. Guest speaker and chartered accountant, Diana Mau, will offer free, practical seminars on financial matters concerning retirement, including benefits, taxes, investment and estate planning. The sessions will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor learning place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Sessions take place on the following dates:

#131 March 6 – Cantonese #132 March 8 – Mandarin #133 March 13 – English

“Ms. Mau will examine sources of governmental pensions, how they’re calculated and how to maximize benefits; income tax deductions and credits; and how to take advantage of investment products to maximize retirement income, minimize income taxes and provide security,” said Chinese services librarian, Wendy Jang. “The seminar will also look at ways to transfer assets to the next generation in a tax effective manner. These seminars are a must for those who’ve just retired and those who are planning to retire soon,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 28, 2013

Enjoy Chinese New Year Games & Crafts at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C – On Sunday, Feb. 10th from 2-4 p.m. Richmond Public Library will be offering Chinese New Year games and crafts for kids to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The event will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Kids’ Place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. “Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Library where loads of fun activities will help kids learn the important symbols of Chinese New Year,” said librarian Wendy Jang. “And don’t forget to enter the Lantern Riddles Contest!” For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2013

Chinese Literature Appreciation Series Part II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2013

Richmond Library Offers Chinese Literature Appreciation Series

RICHMOND, B.C – This spring, Richmond Public Library offers a series of programs on Chinese literature appreciation to promote interest in Chinese literature and the literature books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Programs in The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature Appreciation series include free activities for adults and kids in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages. They run from April 9 – 24, 2013. Registration is required for all programs except the book launch. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. All programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Quote the appropriate program numbers. The book launch, presented in English, features Julia Lin, author of Miah and takes place on April 9 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd floor Program Room. This program is presented in partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. Drop in. ? #210 Experience the Beauty of Chinese Poetry on April 12 from 7-9 pm with award winning poet Luo Fu in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin. ? #211 The Subtle Relationship between the Movie and the Novel on April 16 from 7-9 pm with film critic Rachel Fan in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin. ? #212 Strong and Beautiful: A Talk on Sports Literature on April 19 from 7-9 pm with author and reporter Grant Hsu in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Mandarin. ? #213 The Advancement of Overseas Chinese Literature on April 26 from 7-9 pm with John Hsu in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Mandarin. ? 215 The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan: a Panel Presentation on April 23 from 7-9 pm with Professor Christopher Rea, Professor Alison Bailey and Ms. Aiying Li, and moderated by Professor Emeritus Kee Lam in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In English and Mandarin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 18, 2013

Chinese Literature Appreciation Series Part I

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2013

Richmond Library Offers Chinese Literature Appreciation Series

RICHMOND, B.C – Richmond Public Library is offering a series of programs on Chinese literature appreciation to promote interest in the literature books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Programs in The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation series include free activities for adults and kids in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages. They run from February 28 to March 26. Registration is required for all programs. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. All programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Quote the appropriate program numbers. For kids: ? # 214 Learn to Draw the Monkey King with local Chinese artist and illustrator Coral Chen on March 18 from 1:30 – 3 pm in the Kids Place Program Room. In English and Mandarin.

? #216 The Tang Poems: Stories and Poetry Reading on March 27 from 3:30 – 4 pm with Mr. Deming Shi in the Kids Place Program Room. In Mandarin. For adults: ? #202 The Art of Recitation: Chinese Poetry Recital on February 28 from 7-9 pm with award winning poet Mr. Ya Hsien; Mr. Hsu-Hui Chang; and the Vancouver Ocarina Family, in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. In Mandarin. ? #203 Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrants on Tue, Mar 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Cantonese. ? #204 World Poetry Presents: Chinese Voices from the Past, Present and Future on March 9 from 2-4 pm with members of the World Poetry Reading Series Society and other poets, in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. In English and Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Nepalese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Minnan. ? #205 Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry on March 12 from 7-9 pm with the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Professor Emeritus Fred Wah, in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. This program is presented in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and The Chinese Canadian Stories at UBC. Books by Fred Wah and the newest issue of Rice Paper will be available for purchase. In English. ? #206 The World of Play: Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century on March 15 from 7-9 pm with Professor Christopher Rea in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin. ? #207 The Anglophone Aileen Chang on March 19 from 7-9 pm with Professor Chris Lee in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In English ? #208 A Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature on March 22 from 7-9 pm with Mr. William Chan in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Cantonese. ? #209 How Fairytales are Changing with the Times on March 26 from 2-4 pm with author and retired educator A Nong in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Cantonese.

For information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 15, 2013

Poetry Recital at Richmond Library

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2013 RICHMOND, B.C. – Ya Hsien will give a talk on The Art of Recitation and give a recital of Chinese poetry and essays against a background of ocarina music on February 28th from 7 – 9 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#202), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. The program is in Mandarin. “It’s wonderful to open our new program series, The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation, with a talk about recitation and a recital of beautiful Chinese poetry and music. We are very fortunate to have Ya Hsien, one of the most important contemporary poets of Taiwan, come and talk about the history and development of recitation in China and Taiwan, and the techniques of recitation. The second part of the evening will be a recital. The Vancouver Ocarina Family, led by Hsu-Hui Chang, will play ocarina music to accompany Ya Hsien’s recital of Chinese poetry and essays. This promises to be an enjoyable and relaxing evening for the audience,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. “Richmond Public Library would like to thank the Vancouver Ocarina Family for sponsoring this event, and Grant Hsu for helping to make this program a reality.” Ya Hsien is a multi-talented and respected leader of the Chinese literary community. He gained famed in Taiwan as a modern poet during the 1960s and left a lasting impact on the poetry community. “His poetry style is surrealistic with lively language and musical rhythm. He uses poems to express compassion, explore the dilemmas of life, and chase the dreams of his youth,” added Jang.

Trained as a professional actor, he was known for his portrayal of Sun Yat-sen, the main character in the play “The Biography of Sun Yat-sen”, which was a big hit with over 70 performances in Taiwan and abroad. He won awards for his stage performances. Gifted with a deep, rich voice, he has received critical acclaim for his poetry recitals. Ya Hsien worked as a newspaper editor for over 20 years before his retirement and immigration to Vancouver. The Vancouver Ocarina Family calls itself a large, open and happy family. Started in 2006 as the ocarina learning workshop by Hsu-Hui Chang, the group became the Vancouver Ocarina Family that same year when it started giving performances. They have given over 200 performances and presentations so far. “The library’s collection of Chinese books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee has a very extensive literature section, since this was one of his favourite subjects,” added Jang. “While we are still in the process of cataloguing some of these items, many of the literature books are already on the shelves and available for borrowing.” For information: phone 604-231-6413. Media contact: Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Language Services Phone: 604-231-6409 Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 20, 2013

Transitioning from HST to GST/PST & Retirement & Estate Planning

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 19, 2013

Better Together BC: Reconnecting Food and Fun

As part of the Eating Together Campaign 2013, this program will help families and community leaders learn how to make eating times a positive experience. This program will be held on February 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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 program is free and offered in English. Program presenters include a registered dietician. In partnership with Touchstone Family Association and BC Dairy Association -30-

Contact: Dinise Sizer Reference Librarian Phone: 604-231-6432 Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 18, 2013

Help Wanted! March 2013

Help Wanted! – Finding Work in Canada

RICHMOND, B.C – New to Canada and trying to figure out the job market? Want to look for work but don’t know where? Finally got your foot in the door but worried about your interview? Starting a new job in Canada but have no idea how things are done in the workplace here? Richmond Public Library and our community partners, Avia and Skills Connect BC, invite you to the continuing programme series, Help Wanted. The March sessions will be on Friday afternoons from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library in the Learning Place on the second floor. The programmes are free of charge, however; registration is requested.

Librarian, Cassidy Taylor encourages those that are seeking help with any aspect of their job search to come and join us for these practical and informative programmes. “If you are looking for solid professional advice on getting a job and working in Canada; the library is a great place to start.”

March 1 Interview Skills

March 15 Hidden Job Market

March 29 Canadian Workplace Culture

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The complete list of the Help Wanted workshops and seminars for March are also available online.

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

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 16, 2013

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2013

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole: Carving Connections with Jaalen Edenshaw

RICHMOND, B.C. – Carver Jaalen Edenshaw demonstrates the interconnections between Land, Sea and People in Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in a presentation about the carving of the Legacy Pole. This visual presentation takes place on March 2 from 3-4:00 p.m in the Kwok- Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and offered in English. Drop-in.

The story of Gwaii Haanas, one of Canada’s Gifts to the Earth, is being carved into an ancient red cedar to help celebrate a unique relationship between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. On August 15, 2013, the 42-foot monumental work of art will be the first pole raised in the remote protected area in over 130 years and will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement.

“The library is thrilled to have this opportunity to offer the community an inside look into the creation of an art work and this landmark event. Anyone interested in BC First Nations art and culture will really enjoy this presentation,” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services.

Jaalen Edenshaw was born in Masset, BC in 1980. At age 16, he moved from the islands for schooling, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria in 2003. He then returned home to Haida Gwaii with his wife Amanda where they now live with their two young daughters and son. Edenshaw has apprenticed under renowned Haida carvers Guujaaw and Jim Hart and has worked on several totem poles, including the Two Brothers Pole, raised in Jasper in 2010.

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: Heather Ramsay Public Relations, Gwaii Haanas for more info, to arrange an interview or for images heather.ramsay@pc.gc.ca Telephone | Téléphone: 250-559-6344

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Lee Anne Smith Coordinator, Learning Place Services 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        February 14, 2013

Law School & Beyond

RICHMOND, B.C. – Misconceptions about law school and lawyers abound. Two graduate lawyers will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession at a free, drop-in session on Sat. Feb. 23rd from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor learning place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6413.

“This session will be useful for high school or university students thinking about pursuing a career in law,” said Olena Gavrilova, a graduate from Queen’s University Law Faculty. “We hope that by sharing our experiences students will have the added benefit of gaining different perspectives,” added Susanna Chow, who completed her Juris Doctor at the University of New Brunswick.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 14, 2013

Transitioning to University – Get the Inside Scoop

RICHMOND, B.C. – If you’re about to graduate from high school or you’re returning to university after a time away, you’ll want the inside scoop on what life is like as a post-secondary student. Richmond Public Library is holding a three-part series at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on February 26th (#134 – Life of a Post-Secondary Student); March 5th (#135 – Academic Research); and March 12th (#136 – Citing Sources & Academic Honesty). The library is 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.

“Whether coming from high school or returning to university after being in the workplace, becoming a post-secondary student can be a little overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be,” said public services librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and guest speaker, Lisa Hubick. “During these sessions we hope to give you some tips, advice and head-start information so your transition to university is successful and stress free.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 12, 2013

CELEBRATING FREEDOM TO READ

American judge Potter Stewart once said: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.” These words sum up the essence of Freedom to Read Week in Canada, which will be celebrated across the country from February 24 - March 2, 2013. Richmond Public Library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week.

“Emphasizing the library’s commitment to intellectual freedom, we strongly believe that the freedom each individual has to choose what they read, does not include the freedom to choose for others,” said library board chair, Peter Kafka. The library provides the community with free access to a wide range of material in a variety of formats, and their librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate materials and resources. “We believe that the library has an obligation to allow each individual to decide for themselves what they wish to read,” added Kafka.

The Library’s web page www.yourlibrary.ca will have a Freedom to Read link where people can learn more about freedom of expression and censorship in Canada. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects everyone,” added Kafka. Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

Contact:

  • Peter Kafka, Library Board Chair Phone: 604-880-3834
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 4, 2013

Richmond City Council Re-Appoints Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting on January 30, the Richmond Public Library Board elected Peter Kafka as Board Chair. Kafka currently works as a Human Resource and Management consultant, and is the former CEO of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital. Simon Tang was elected Vice-Chair, and returning Board members include: Dulce Cuenca, Mark Bostwick, Sanjiv Khangura, Diane Cousar, Susan Koch, and former Board Chair Pat Watson. Councillor Linda Barnes will once again serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

As the Library Board Chair, one of Kafka’s main focuses is the upcoming community consultation, and strategic and long range plan for the library. "We are looking forward to hearing what our community really wants from the library, what their changing needs are, and how we can transform over the next 5-10 years to best meet those emerging needs. Our community, the Friends of the Library, and City Council are very supportive, and we thank them for helping us make the library accessible to everyone. As a free source of knowledge, entertainment and learning the library benefits everyone in our community,” said Kafka.

Acknowledging their continuing importance, but going beyond just providing conventional books, the library offers free access to a whole array of digital services. “We invite everyone to explore our libraries, get involved in our services and shape the future of our library in the 21st century. We welcome community engagement from all members of our community,” added Kafka.

“Our focus in meeting the needs of Richmond residents centers on reading and literacy, English language learning, school and studying, and community building. As our community and society change, so will library services, and the Board and staff look forward to meeting those challenges directly,” added Kafka.

Richmond Public Library is an award-winning library system and the most heavily used community facility in Richmond. It is committed to the goals of education, lifelong learning and free access to information.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 31, 2013

Help Wanted Labour Market Trends

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2013

Help Wanted Series - Labour Market Trends

RICHMOND, B.C. – In this seminar learn how to access information about the current labour market and employment trends Labour Market Trends. The seminar will be offered on Friday, February 8 from 2:30-4:30 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 seminar 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.

“This seminar will help people find out more about jobs currently in demand as well as jobs that may be in high demand in the future” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Knowing about labour trends can really help job seekers be more targeted in upgrading their skills and finding secure employment.”

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.

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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        January 30, 2013

Connect With Your Kids at the Family Games Zone

RICHMOND, B.C – Looking for something fun to do with your kids after school? Join us at the Richmond Public Library for a FREE drop-in Family Games Zone program, which runs every Monday from 4-5 p.m. in the kids’ place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, until the end of March. Activities and games will be provided. Best for kids age seven and up. “Playing games in not only a lot of fun but it’s also a great way to connect with your child, and can teach kids important skills including cooperation, teamwork and problem solving,” said kids’ place librarian Kate Adams. “Try out one of the fun hands-on activities in our new Family Games Zone - Put together the human body x-ray puzzle, or use your imagination to tell a story using pictures. We also have classic board games like Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4,” said Adams. For more information about this and other fun programs for kids and families, check out the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca, or call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 29, 2013

Charlotte Diamond Performance a Gem!

On Thursday, Jan. 24th children’s singing sensation Charlotte Diamond, delighted nearly 250 kids from Cook and Anderson Elementary schools with a sing-along, as part of National Family Literacy Week at Richmond Public Library.

“She charmed the kids with some new songs as well as her famous “I am a Pizza” and “Octopus” songs,” said librarian Cindy Kloos. “The kids are always thrilled to see Ms. Diamond perform and they loved the sing-along part of it,” added Kloos. “It’s great to have such a celebrity living right here in our community.”

Family Literacy Week is held every year across Canada to celebrate the importance and fun of reading together as a family.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 29, 2013

Dayson Judaica Collection Expands

Thanks to the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation, the Richmond Public Library’s Dayson Judaica Collection has grown by over 100 DVDs and books. The Dayson Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. For more information please call library communications officer, Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416.

“The Dayson family has been extremely generous to Richmond Public Library and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Civkin. “Their donation has enabled us to purchase a really good selection of Israeli/Jewish-themed DVDs, plus books for adults and kids,” added Civkin. “And of course anyone can borrow them for free from the Richmond Library.”

Some of the new DVD titles include: The Secrets; Bee Season; Close to Home; Live and Become; The Infidel; Alex in Love; Azit: Canine Paratrooper; Nymphs in the Mist; Out of Sight; The Shelter; Walk on Water; Yana’s Friends; Four Seasons Lodge; Havana Nagila: The Jews in Cuba; The Last Refuge: The Story of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai; Jewish Vendetta, and many more.

Some of the new books include: Jewish Meditation Practices for everyday life; Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Confessions of a Kitchen Rebbetzin; Fearless: The 7 Principles of Peace of Mind; My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner; Arriving at your own door: 108 lessons in mindfulness; The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers; Everyday Holiness: The Path of Mussar; Parenting Jewish Teens; The Little Bride; Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery & Detective Fiction; The Lost Wife and more.

Ben and Esther Dayson donated most of their personal Judaica book collection to Library in 2004, as well as giving $50,000 to the Richmond Public Library Endowment fund in the Vancouver Foundation. “Their goal was simple but meaningful: to encourage education and learning and also promote cross-cultural understanding,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 24, 2013

Freeing Your child from anxiety and depression

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2013

Healthy Families Series – Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Depression

RICHMOND, B.C. – The 4th program in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series: Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Depression takes place on February 7th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. “Parents of children under 10 will learn about childhood anxiety and depression from a Neuroscience perspective,” said Child & Family Therapist, Rosamond Chan.

“Parents will also get tips on effective ways to help their young children manage difficult emotions while nurturing a strong parent-child connection, “said programming librarian Lee Anne Smith.

The presenter, Rosamond Chan, MC, RCC is a Child & Family Therapist from Richmond Public Health. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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        January 24, 2013

Learn How to Download Free Library eBooks

Learn how to download free eBooks to your tablet, smartphone, or eReader at one of Richmond Public Library’s free, drop in demonstrations. Sessions take place in the Brighouse (Main) branch 2nd floor Learning Place, 7700 Minoru Gate, on Tuesdays, Jan 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Feb 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and Feb 26 from 2 to 3 pm; or on Wednesday, Feb 20 from 2 to 3 pm.

“Portability is one of the main advantages of eBooks, so they’re perfect for winter getaways or just using around town,” said he library’s Acting Coordinator of eServices, Kat Lucas. “During our demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using our free eBooks @yourlibrary downloadable service, and answers your questions about using eBooks on your specific device.”

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

Contact:

  • Kat Lucas, Coordinator, eServices, 604-231-6473, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 24, 2013

Whitecaps Valentine Wows Kids During Family Literacy Week

On Tuesday Jan. 22nd soccer star Carl Valentine from the Vancouver Whitecaps read to 60 excited grade 3 and 4 kids from Brighouse Elementary School as part of Richmond Public Library’s National Family Literacy event.

“Family Literacy Week is held every year across Canada to celebrate the importance and fun of reading together as a family, and the library has put together a new collection of some of the best books you can share with your kids,” said librarian Cindy Kloos. “We also have lots of fun activities happening so bring your whole family to the library!”

On Friday Jan. 25th the library will offer a free, drop-in sign language storytime from 10:30-11 a.m. “Children and their caregivers can learn to sign words useful for daily communications, as well as learn the sign language for some well-known children’s stories and songs,” added Kloos. On Saturday Jan. 26th at 11 a.m. author Sundari Francis-Bala will talk about her experiences in India and read from her book Olly Jolly Says Count Your Blessings. Both programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the kids’ place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 12, 2013

Healthy fmailies series - Love our bodies love ourselves

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2013

Healthy Families Series – Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves

RICHMOND, B.C. – The third program in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series: Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves takes place on February 5th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. “Parents of older children and teens will find out the best ways to support their children to have a positive body image and make healthy choices when it comes to eating, exercise and general lifestyle,” said program presenter and registered clinical counselor, Colleen Wittig.

The program is part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which takes place from February 3rd – 9th. “The library is pleased to host a program that opens up community dialog about this challenging issue, and the myths and misperceptions of eating disorders,” said programming librarian, Lee Anne Smith.

The program presenters are Jessica Begg, a registered dietitian, and Colleen Wittig, a registered clinical counselor, who are both affiliated with the Youth and Adults, Richmond Eating Disorders Program, Vancouver Coastal Health – 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        January 17, 2013

Learn About Tax Efficient Investing

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “Tax Efficient Investing” on January 26th from 1-3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor Learning Place. The library is 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. Quote program #126.

Pullem says “It’s no secret that investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings. Learn more about professionally managed, diversified portfolios that defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains. Learn how you can rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax.”

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information, and provides a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial skills,” said library communications officer, Shelley 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:

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

For immediate release        January 15, 2013

Tax Efficient Investing

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “Tax Efficient Investing” on January 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor Learning Place. The library is 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. Quote program #125.

Pullem says “It’s no secret that investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings. Learn more about professionally managed, diversified portfolios that defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains. Learn how you can rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax.”

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information, and provides a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial skills,” said library communications officer, Shelley 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:

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

For immediate release        January 10, 2013

Friends Donate $20,000 to Richmond Public Library

In yet another display of outstanding generosity, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library (RPL) recently donated $20,000 to the library from the proceeds of their book sales. The money will be used for several special items on the library’s “wish list.”

At the library’s last board meeting the Friends’ chairperson Debby Newton handed over a cheque for $20,000 to Board Chair Pat Watson. In addition to making a $5,000 donation to the Richmond Public Library endowment fund in the Richmond Community Foundation, the Friends will be sponsoring these “wish list” items to enhance collections and services: • Books and materials for the Hamilton library service • Books for a core teen fiction collection • Nostalgia kits for seniors • Innovative programming.

“Our Friends of the Library are very impressive in their commitment and dedication to books, learning and literacy, and we’re extremely grateful for their generosity,” said chief librarian Greg Buss. “They’ve been contributing to the library for years and their annual book sales are one of the most popular community events in Richmond,” added Buss.

“These sponsored items will undoubtedly be in high demand, and we’re delighted to have this extra boost to our collections and services,” added Buss. Each year the library puts together a “wish list” of items they need and then the Friends of the Library choose which items to sponsor. “The Friends continue to be incredibly generous and we admire and appreciate their dedication to help our community thrive.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 7, 2013

Making Sense of Math

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2013

Making Sense of Math for Adults

RICHMOND, B.C. – How well do you remember your math from school days? Retired UBC math professor, Dr. Colin Clark, is coming to Richmond Public Library to talk about his new book, Math Overboard! (Basic Math for Adults). The program will take place on January 16 from 7:30–8:15 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. A review of school math from kindergarten to Grade 12, Math Overboard! is designed to help people re-learn and improve their basic math skills. Quote program #119 when registering. -30-

Contact: Dinise Sizer, Reference Librarian Phone: 604-231-6432 Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 3, 2013

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH GATEWAY THEATRE

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2012

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH GATEWAY THEATRE

RICHMOND, B.C. –Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy will be hosting the next Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 17 from 7-8 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The evening’s chat will feature the upcoming production of Sisters. The play is set in China, 1939, where two Russian sisters live in a massive house in a garrison town where their deceased father used to train Nationalist Chinese troops. As they struggle to make ends meet and maintain the illusion of their former privileged lives, their Chinese sister in-law takes over the house, one room at a time. Sisters is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s famous play Three Sisters.

“The library is thrilled to offer the public a chance to learn more about theatre in Richmond and the next production at Gateway,” says Lee Anne Smith, Programming Librarian. “This production will be of particular interest to Chinese, Russian and English communities,” she added.

The program is free and drop in but space is limited.

For more information on Gateway Theatre's upcoming productions, and more, go to: www.gatewaytheatre.com

In partnership with Gateway Theatre. The program is 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        January 15, 2013

Talking with Your Doctor & Other Health Care Providers

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 15, 2013

Talking with your Doctor and Other Health Care Providers

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer Talking with your Doctor and other Health Care Providers, an interactive workshop to support older adults in becoming active participants in their health care and improving communication with health care providers.

The 90 minute program takes place on January 29, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. The program is free but space is limited and registration is required.

“Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, some people have difficulty communicating with their doctor and other health care providers. Evidence shows that patients who take a more active role in their health care are more satisfied with the care they receive, pursue treatment more actively and get better faster”, says Justin Harder of Patient Voices Network.

“The library is committed to Health Literacy and this partnership with the Patient Voices Network and Division of Health Care Communication at UBC is one of the many programs we offer to provide quality information about a wide range of health topics to the Richmond community,” says Lee Anne Smith, Programming Librarian.

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: 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        January 3, 2013

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 Friday, January 11th. The Bloodmobile will be open from 9 a.m. – 3:15 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:

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

For immediate release        January 3, 2013

Fireside Chat with Jovannie Sy from Gateway Theatre

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2012

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH JOVANNI SY

RICHMOND, B.C. –Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy will be hosting the next Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 17 from 7-8 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The evening’s chat will feature the upcoming production of Sisters. The play is set in China, 1939, where two Russian sisters live in a massive house in a garrison town where their deceased father used to train Nationalist Chinese troops. As they struggle to make ends meet and maintain the illusion of their former privileged lives, their Chinese sister in-law takes over the house, one room at a time. Sisters is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s famous play Three Sisters.

“The library is thrilled to offer the public a chance to learn more about theatre in Richmond and the next production at Gateway,” says Lee Anne Smith, Programming Librarian. “This production will be of particular interest to Chinese, Russian and English communities,” she added.

The program is free and drop in but space is limited.

For more information on Gateway Theatre's upcoming productions, and more, go to: www.gatewaytheatre.com

In partnership with Gateway Theatre. The program is 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        January 22, 2013

Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2013

Healthy Families Series – Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves

RICHMOND, B.C. – The third program in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series: Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves takes place on February 5th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. “Parents of older children and teens will find out the best ways to support their children to have a positive body image and make healthy choices when it comes to eating, exercise and general lifestyle,” said program presenter and registered clinical counselor, Colleen Wittig.

The program is part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which takes place from February 3rd – 9th. “The library is pleased to host a program that opens up community dialog about this challenging issue, and the myths and misperceptions of eating disorders,” said programming librarian, Lee Anne Smith.

The program presenters are Jessica Begg, a registered dietitian, and Colleen Wittig, a registered clinical counselor, who are both affiliated with the Youth and Adults, Richmond Eating Disorders Program, Vancouver Coastal Health – 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        January 30, 2013

Meet Authors in our Midst - Mauro Azzano and Robin Percival Smith

Richmond Public Library’s Authors in our Midst Series will host local writers Mauro Azzano and Robin Percival Smith on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch living room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This is a free, drop-in program. The authors will be reading from their new novels and answering questions.

Mauro Azzano’s new mystery novel is called The Dead Don’t Dream and it’s the first in the Ian McBriar Murder Mystery Series. “The book is an easy, enjoyable mystery with an engaging plotline that draws you in and keeps you guessing right up to the end,” said library communications officer and mystery lover, Shelley Civkin. This is Azzano’s first novel, but he contributes to the Running Room Magazine since becoming addicted to distance running.

Robin Percival Smith’s book Strange Possession at Viner Sound takes place on the west coast of B.C. This is a story of spiritual possession and reincarnation based on the traditional culture of the Kwakiutl aboriginals on the British Columbia west coast. The spirit of Jojo, a young Kwakiutl boy, possesses Matti, a single-handing sailor on board his sailing vessel, Windsong, to tell of his captivity at a secret Japanese radio base on the west coast during WWII. Matti consults his Shaman, Caring-well, at the village of Gwayasdums, who unravels the meaning of his possessions.

Azzano grew up in Italy, Australia, and Toronto, and finally moved to Richmond over 20 years ago. He has worked as a skydiver pilot, pizza delivery driver, electronics instructor, and construction worker. Currently he works in the IT sector, troubleshooting networks. Percival Smith is a retired doctor, educated in England. He came to Canada in 1958 and was appointed staff physician at the UBC Student Health Service in 1971. In 1981 he was appointed Director of Student Health at UBC and retired in 1989. Since retiring, he has written three books.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 22, 2013

Authors in Our Midst - Spotlight on Local Talent

Richmond Public Library’s second program in their “Authors in Our Midst” series features local writer Nadine (Asante) Jones. She will read from her new book, The Four Great ‘F” Words: Fur, Feathers, Fish and Fun on February 5th at 2 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main)Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This is a free, drop-in program. The book chronicles her life in northern BC, and the quirky and loveable animals who shared her life. For further information about other Richmond Public Library programs go to: www.yourlibrary.ca/programs. “Richmond has a rich and vibrant literary community which the library will showcase in a series of author visits and book signings,” said librarian Lynn Shane. Jones was a long-time columnist with the Vancouver Sun, and more recently she contributes to B.C. Seniors Magazine. She has also written A History of Terrace, B.C. which was published in recognition of the Terrace Centennial in 1971. Signed copies of her new book will be available for purchase for $20.00 at the reading on February 5th.

Contact:

  • Lynn Shane 604-231-6468
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca