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2014

For immediate release        December 31, 2014

Library Offers Family Literacy Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting January 14th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Thursdays starting January 15th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/events. Space is limited. In this eight-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 30, 2014

Literacy for Life

“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 –8:30 pm beginning January 16 until May 15. The first 6 weeks will take place at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Weeks 7-12 will take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Learning Center, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events This program is free and offered in English.

The first 6 weeks of this program focuses on improving participants’ reading, writing and computer skills with instructors from FIRST Society (Filipinos in Richmond Support Team). The last 6 weeks participants will learn skills to improve job prospects or explore further education opportunities with tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Participants must have intermediate-level speaking and listening English skills. This program is sponsored by the Community Adult Literacy Program of the Province of British Columbia. “This program will help people upgrade their communication skills for a better career and life,” said librarian, Dinise Sizer. If participants attend all 12 sessions they will be awarded a KPU Certificate of Completion.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 31, 2014

Life After Cancer

Richmond Public Library will be hosting the free program “Life After Cancer” on Monday, January 12 from 1:00 – 2:30 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/events. This program is offered in English.

Thanks to improving treatment and care, more and more people in British Columbia are surviving after having a diagnosis of cancer. Learn what the BC Cancer Agency is doing to address cancer survivorship issues and what you can do right now as a cancer survivor or supporter. Presenter is Jill Matheson a nurse practitioner who provides care to cancer survivors.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 29, 2014

Digitizing Ourselves to Death Series

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library in partnership with Richmond Addiction Services Society is offering a free series for parents to explore problem video gaming, social media misuse, and screen usage at home and at school. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions. The workshops will take place in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Problem Video Gaming Jan 13th, 7 – 8:30 pm Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problem video gaming.

Problem Video Everything Else Jan 20th, 7 – 8:30 pm The effects that widespread use of digital media has on mental health, addictions, and other high risk behaviors prevalent in teens and young adults.

Mindful, Purposeful & Intelligent Parenting in the Age of iParenting Jan 27, 7 – 8:30 pm Concepts, principles, and strategies for developing a model to appropriately coach and support children and youth.

Battlefield: Schools Feb 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm The use of interactive technologies in educational settings and issues to be aware of in maximizing their potential to hone healthy learning skills.

The series will be presented by Benjamin Wong, a clinical counsellor with Richmond Addiction Services Society, who works with families affected by problem video gaming, media misuse, and substance abuse.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 17, 2014

Join Beginner's Chess Lessons at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and Chess2Inspire Association present free beginner’s chess lessons to children ages 5 to12 from Wednesday Jan. 7th to Wednesday Feb. 25th from 5 – 6 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register please call the Kids Place information desk at 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Ryan Lo, a national chess master and the president of Chess2Inspire, is the instructor.

The lessons cover all the basics of chess including rules, strategies and techniques required to master the game of chess. “Chess has been shown to improve analytical skills and is a great way to exercise both sides of the brain while participating in a social activity,” said Head of Kids’ Place, Melanie Au. The organization’s goal is to promote chess to the community by providing opportunities for children to learn the game in a friendly and supportive environment.

Instructor Ryan Lo says “Personally, I want to give back to the BC chess community that introduced me to a lifelong hobby. I really enjoyed volunteering for various chess camps as an instructor, so starting a beginner chess course seemed like a good way to help rekindle junior chess.” Chess2Inspire Association provides youth with volunteer opportunities and is a member of Volunteer Canada network.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 12, 2014

Practice Your English at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public library is offering a free program for adults called English Corner on Fridays from January 9th - February 27th and on Sundays from January 11th – March 1st at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Classes take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. Please register for Fridays OR Sundays only.

“This program is suitable for adults with ESL level 3 and up, or CLB level 3,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “The English Corner program gives new Canadians a chance to practice their English with others in a small group setting.” Facilitator Merrill Muttart taught English for seven years through the immersion program at Language Gateway Village in China and enjoys helping people improve their English.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 23, 2014

Saving for your Child's Education

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2014

Saving for your Child’s Education

RICHMOND, B.C. – Cambie branch of the Richmond Public Library

When – Saturday, November 29, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00pm

Come out and learn helpful tips about saving for your child’s education from two RBC Royal Bank experts. This one hour program has been designed to help parents learn about the options available for saving for their child’s education. This is a free program for adults and registration is required. For registration and to find out more please follow the link provided below. The time to start saving is now and this helpful program is designed to answer all of your questions and will include facts about RESP’s.

Registration: http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D112657211

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Contact: Christine Tutt Library Technician, Richmond Public Library Phone: 604-271-2223 Email: Christine.tutt@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Christine Tutt, Richmond Public Library, 604-271-2223
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 20, 2014

Check out Beginners Chess Tournament for Kids

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Chess2Inspire Association, is hosting a free Beginners Chess Tournament for children ages 5-12 on Sunday, Nov. 30th from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the second floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more details, visit Richmond Public Library’s events calendar at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

The Beginners Chess Tournament will give children a chance to test their skills in a fun yet competitive environment. The tournament will follow standard regulations and the top three players will receive trophies.

“Richmond Public Library has been partnering with Chess2Inspire for over a year to run free chess clubs and lessons to introduce children to the rules, techniques, and strategies needed to become a successful chess player. This local BC association started with the purpose of promoting chess to the younger generation, while also providing youth volunteering and leadership opportunities,” said Melanie Au, Head of Kids’ Place at the library.

Ryan Lo, the 17 year old president of Chess2Inspire noticed that the focus on chess events and programs was decreasing amongst his peers and a long-term solution was required to ensure that chess as a game and hobby would continue to grow in the future. He strongly believes in the benefits of chess: “There are important life lessons that can be taken away from playing chess, including learning how to accept and learn from defeat, how to persevere in an unfavorable position, and how to think critically under pressure,” said Lo. Richmond Public Library supports chess programs at the library as it helps children build their analytical and thinking skills while connecting with others in the community.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 2, 2014

Public Menorah Lighting in Richmond And Family Hanukkah Party

Richmond Public Library and Vancouver Kollel will celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, with a giant Menorah lighting on Tues. December 16th at the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. The lighting of the 25-foot Menorah takes place at 6:45 p.m. outside on the plaza, and there will be a family Hanukkah Party inside the Brighouse (Main) Branch library before that, at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free, drop-in event.

“This year Hanukkah starts on December 16th and ends on December 24th. The highlight will be the lighting of the giant Menorah – a nine-branched candelabra – to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie will light the shamash, or “helper” candle, which is used to light all the other candles. Rabbi Avraham Feigelstock from Vancouver Kollel will officiate at the lighting ceremony.

A special Hanukkah party for families and kids will take place before the Menorah lighting and will feature arts and crafts for kids, live Hanukah music, dreidel games, and traditional Hanukkah snacks,” added Civkin.

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 of Hanukkah 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 giant 25-foot high Menorah, one of the world's largest, was designed by the late architect Arthur Erickson. The Menorah was manufactured by Ebco Industries Ltd. in 1988. The Menorah, painted white, is made of tubular steel and is anchored to a solid steel base weighing 54,200 lbs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 7, 2014

Get Your Cultural Access Pass at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Starting November 15th Richmond Public Library will be a pickup location for the Cultural Access Pass (CAP), a gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship. The pass provides complimentary admission to more than 1,000 cultural attractions, galleries, museums and discovery centers across Canada. New citizens who are 18 years or older can submit their CAP application online at http://www.icc-icc.ca/en/cap/ and come to the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, to pick up their pass. For more information call 604-231-6413.

The Cultural Access Pass is a program run by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships. CAP brochures are distributed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices across Canada, reaching 100% of all new citizens at their citizenship ceremony. In joining the CAP program, Richmond Public Library is inviting new citizens to explore all that it has to offer.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 7, 2014

"Settlement Stories " - Digital Storytelling Project

RICHMOND, B.C.- Richmond Public Library has received a one-time grant to undertake a digital storytelling project with newcomers to Richmond. The project culminates in a public screening of digital stories on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Performance Hall of the Richmond Cultural Centre.

For this special project the library invited newcomers from the NewToBC Library Champions program, to work with filmmaker Brian Lye to create a unique and personal story with the theme “Arrival in Richmond”. Each 3-4 minute story shares the challenges and triumphs of being a newcomer. The Settlement Stories screening is also the launch of Multicultural Week activities in the library at Brighouse Branch.

Settlement Stories: 1:00pm Opening Ceremony 1:30pm Public screening 2:00pm Q & A with filmmaker Brian Lye and storytellers 2:30pm Reception

This is a unique opportunity to learn about immigrant experiences and gain a better understanding of Richmond’s diverse community. These stories recount extraordinary journeys to Richmond. New language, new culture, new landscapes and new climates are all part of the challenges of resettlement. The themes of immigration, cultural diversity, cultural heritage and identity are central tie-ins to Richmond Public Library’s Multicultural Week.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. For more information please contact Lee Anne Smith, Learning Place Services Coordinator, at 604-231-6417 or leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 7, 2014

Multicultural Week November 16th - 22nd 2014

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a special week of programming for Multicultural Week Nov 16 - 22, 2014. All programs are free, drop in and take place at the main Brighouse Branch, located at 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C. Visit our website at www.yourlibrary.ca/pressreleases/multiculturalweek.pdf for program and event details.

Starting with the opening ceremony on Sunday, November 16th at 1 PM in the Performance Hall at the Cultural Centre, library members are invited to attend the premiere public screening of “Settlement Stories” an exciting two-month digital storytelling project based on the theme of ‘Arrival in Richmond.’ There will be a Q & A session with the storytellers and a reception with light refreshments to follow the screening.

Other highlights for the week include: student displays from the Heritage Fair 2014, “Telling Your Story” readings by budding ESL writers from the Writer-in-Residence program with Mark Lieren-Young, author panel on writing in a multicultural community, an intercultural communication workshop and an event showing you how to knit your own multicultural doll.

The Richmond Public Library is committed to fostering inclusion and community relations within its multicultural community by making accessible a space for everyone to gather and share their knowledge to celebrate the cultural diversity of Richmond.

As Adrienne Clarkson has said in the past and the library wholeheartedly supports, “‘Canada is at once a mirror of global diversity and a beacon that may guide other nations.’ Today, and throughout the year, let us celebrate the richness that our multiculturalism provides.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 5, 2014

The Hidden Job Market

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “The Hidden Job Market” takes place on Thursday, November 20th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 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, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Participants will learn how to effectively network, present themselves, and match their job search to how employers hire. Part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. This workshop is presented by Employment Counsellors at Avia Employment Services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 10, 2014

Gear up for Chanukah with Chabad’s Olive Press Workshop at Richmond Public Library

Just in time for Chanukah, Chabad of Richmond will be holding an Olive Oil Press Workshop for kids on Sunday, Dec. 7th from 2-3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in, hands-on event shows the process that was used to produce pure olive oil more than 2,200 years ago.

“Kids can roll up their sleeves to sort and hand-press fresh olives in an old-fashioned wood and cast iron olive press,” said Rabbi Baitelman, director of Chabad Richmond. “They can then refine the oil in a centrifuge, which distills it into pure olive oil. The children can also spin wicks out of cotton which would be used to light the menorah, or nine-branch candelabra that is used for Chanukah,” added Baitelman.

“Chabad’s Chanukah programs such as the Olive Oil Workshop help kids feel more connected to their Jewish heritage, which is particularly important during the December holiday season,” added Baitelman, who organized the workshop. “We encourage kids and their families to feel a heightened sense of Jewish pride by making the holiday of Chanukah come alive through the workshop and other fun events."

Chabad’s Olive Oil Press Workshop is a travelling hands-on exhibit designed to help kids and their families prepare for Chanukah. This year, the eight-day festival of Chanukah begins on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16th. The Olive Oil Press Workshop is one of Chabad’s many Living Legacy programs, which teach about the Jewish holidays through fun and interactive workshops. “Chabad’s holiday awareness programs are extremely innovative. It is positive educational experiences like these that make kids appreciate their Jewish heritage and instills in them a desire to learn more,” added Baitelman.

Throughout the lower mainland, Chabad will be presenting scores of fun, family-oriented Chanukah events and celebrations. For more information about Chanukah and a local schedule of events visit www.ChabadRichmond.com/Chanukah. .

Contact:

  • Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman Phone: (604) 277-6427
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 4, 2014

Financial Smarts for Teens

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with The Young Investor Program Canada, will offer a free program called “Financial Smarts for Teens”. The program takes place Saturday, Nov. 15th from 1-2 pm at Ironwood Branch library, located at 11688 Steveston Highway. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

The program will offer teens an opportunity to gain financial knowledge early, in order to establish a foundation for future financial success. Akaash Bali, UBC Sauder School of Business student and one of co-founders of the Young Investor Program said “Whether it is for buying a new iPad, a car, or even a house, learning about financial literacy early will help students be smart with their money and will certainly reduce the chances of them being in debt later in life”.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 31, 2014

Let's Talk It Out: Conflict Resolution

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “Let’s Talk It Out: Conflict Resolution” on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Presented by Colleen E. Selby, litigation lawyer. Participants will learn what mediation is, how it can be used to help resolve conflict and what mediation services are available.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 28, 2014

Author Reading Features Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi at Richmond Public Library

Author Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi will read from her new book Who Knows Where Butterflies Die on Thursday, Nov. 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free program for adults is drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 8, 2014

Parenting Your Senior Parents

Richmond Public Library will host a free program on “Parenting Your Senior Parents” on Monday, Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Learn different approaches to dealing with the challenges of seniors who want to stay independent and remain at home. Information on home services and nursing homes will be provided. Presenter is Patricia Cruz, home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 8, 2014

Take Your Job Search Online

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “LinkedIn and the Job Search” takes place on Thursday, October 23rd from 1:30 pm to 3:30 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, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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 Geoff Frost, an Employment Counsellor at Avia Employment Services, is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series to help job seekers navigate the Canadian job market.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 2, 2014

PR Cards & Citizenship Sponsoring

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are partnering to offer a free program called “PR Cards & Citizenship Sponsoring” on Thursday, November 6th from 1 – 2:30 pm at Cambie Branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Rd. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is in English. Settlement practitioner Gurpreet Faridkot will give tips on how to renew permanent resident status as well as rules and regulations for sponsoring new immigrants to Canada.

Contact:

  • Steven McCreedy Library Technician II Phone: 604-273-2223 steven.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        October 2, 2014

Essential Skills for Job Success

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Community Adult Literacy and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is offering a free workshop for job seekers at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions take place in the 2nd floor Community Place room on Wednesdays from October 15 to November 19, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

During this six-week course, Kwantlen Polytechnic University tutors will help people identify their job interests and the skills needed to improve employment choices. Participants will explore Canadian industry sectors and personal career options, improve their resume, write effective cover letters, and learn professional communication tools. Participants must have intermediate-level speaking & listening English skills.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 1, 2014

World Food Day! Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Food Security Society, are pleased to host the 10th annual World Food Day celebration on Saturday, October 18th from 11 am – 4pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Members of the public are invited to visit the various booths and family fun activities on the main floor of the library, try out food samples, and meet local farmers. For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or check online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations feels the world’s attention should be on family farming when looking at eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming” and Richmond is doing its part in ensuring family farming becomes a vital part of the community. Erika Simms, from the Richmond Food Security Society states, “Richmond was built by family farms which provide many benefits for a strong healthy community.” Simms added, “We will celebrate with fun activities that teach about our local food system and farms.”

A number of local organizations will be on hand to celebrate this important event. These include the City of Richmond, Richmond Family Place, RFSS Book Club, Cinevolution, Knit N Crochet 4 Better World, Stir It Up (SIP) Youth Kitchen, farmers from the community, and the Richmond Food Security Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 1, 2014

Learn How to Identify and Respond to Elder Abuse

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Seniors Brigade Society of BC and Multicultural Helping House Society, is offering a free workshop series on elder abuse awareness, that would provide seniors added knowledge and information on ways to recognize and respond to elder abuse. The program will be held on Fridays, October 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must attend all four sessions. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Carmen Orquiola, from the Seniors Brigade Society of BC, hopes this four part workshop will provide support and empowerment to this vulnerable group, “We want to help people to know where they can go for help, who to contact for support, and what to say when dealing with difficult situations.” Marilou Yodogawa, from Multicultural Helping House Society further states, “Elder abuse happens and it needs to stop.”

The workshop is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 6, 2014

ESL Writers Give Public Reading of their Works

Mark Leiren-Young, Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence for 2014 has been teaching ESL Writers’ Workshops at the Richmond Public Library this fall and now his students will have the opportunity to read their works in public. Come to a free public reading on Tuesday, Nov. 18th 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 “Telling Your Story – ESL Writers” has been published in a chapbook edited by Mark Leiren-Young. 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 third Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “We’re thrilled that Mark Leiren-Young was here in Richmond sharing his expertise and interacting with writers in the community,” added Civkin.

Mark Leiren-Young is the celebrated author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was subsequently turned into a touring theatrical production. Mark is also a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and occasional performer in the comedy duo Local Anxiety. His news and feature writing, humour pieces, reviews and columns have appeared in a host of publications including Time, Maclean’s and The Utne Reader. As a contributor to The Georgia Straight since the mid-1980s, he has profiled dozens of celebrities including William Shatner, Salman Rushdie, Emily Blunt and Terry Gilliam. His memoir, Free Magic Secrets Revealed was published in 2013.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 4, 2014

Diverse Voices: Multicultural Authors Share Their Stories at Richmond Library

As part of Multicultural Week, Richmond Public Library will be hosting a Multicultural Author Panel on Thursday, Nov. 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free. Drop in.

“The authors will talk about how their cultural experiences shape their writing, and how their writing is inter-cultural, showing similarities rather than differences between people,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. “Our goal is to focus on people from different cultures living together in harmony, and to highlight what we all share,” added Civkin. The panel will feature the following writers:

David. H.T. Wong is the Vancouver born author of Escape to Gold Mountain: a Graphic History of the Chinese Community in North America. Mr. Wong’s family migrated to North America from China 130 years ago, inspiring him to write this acclaimed graphic novel. Wong is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, and was inducted as an Honorary Witness by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in recognition of his work with our many communities locally and internationally.

Bong Ja Ahn is a bilingual poet and essayist born in Korea. Ms. Ahn is a regular literary columnist for local Korean newspapers, literary magazines and anthologies published in Canada and Korea. She is the winner of several literary awards including: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award; Outstanding Overseas Korean Poet Award, and the Richmond Arts-Cultural Leadership Award Finalist. Ahn is the author of five poetry books and two essay collections.

Dan Propp is a musician, author and photographer. Both his parents had escaped Nazi Germany and made their way to South America before the outbreak of WWII. Born in Bolivia and speaking Spanish and German, at the age of five, Dan and his family moved to Gibson’s Landing on the Sunshine Coast. His books are set in BC and look back at what life was like in the 50s and 60s living on the West Coast.

Silvana Goldemberg is an Agentine-Canadian award winning author of numerous books and magazines for children and teens, published in Spanish and English. Her young adult novel Victoria, was a BC Book Prize Award nominee and her children’s play Zoological will be staged during December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also a kindergarten teacher.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 1, 2014

Learn How to Craft Stories for a Web Audience with Writer-in-Residence Mark Leiren-Young

Learn about new online opportunities for writers at a free three-hour workshop given by Richmond’s new Writer-in-Residence, Mark Leiren-Young on October 7th from 6-9 p.m. This workshop for adults will be held in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, please call 604-276-4300 or register online at richmond.ca/register and quote program #653908.

“Blogging, podcasting, YouTube, social media and anti-social media – all these are ways to share your stories online,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “This workshop will explore the many opportunities there are now to share stories, and Mark Leiren-Young will discuss what kinds of stories are best to tell and the various ways they can be told,” added Civkin.

The City of Richmond’s third 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 and playwright Mark Leiren-Young here with us, and we know the public will benefit from his knowledge and skills,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 30, 2014

Writer-in-Residence Mark Leiren-Young Leads ESL Writers’ Workshops

If you like creative writing but English is not your first language then Telling Your Story for ESL Adults is the program for you for you. This free series of two-hour workshops takes place in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate on October 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9 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. To register, please call 604-276-4300 or register online at richmond.ca/register and quote program #653958. Instructor is Writer-in-Residence author Mark Leiren-Young.

“By participating in this series of workshops you can explore different approaches to sharing stories, including writing, oral storytelling and visual storytelling,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Mark Leiren-Young has extensive experience mentoring emerging writers of all ages. As well, he is passionate about fostering a multicultural community,” added Civkin. A sample of participants’ writing will be published in a chapbook edited by Leiren-Young, 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 Thursday, November 20th from 7-9 p.m.

The City of Richmond’s third 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 and playwright Mark Leiren-Young here with us, and we know the public will benefit from his knowledge and skills,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 23, 2014

Career Choices for Students With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014 Career Choices for Students With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow RICHMOND, B.C. –If you’re a high school or university student thinking about pursuing a career as a professional chef or lawyer, then you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s free chat sessions with working professionals. The first session, called “How Do I Become a Chef?” takes place on Saturday, October 4 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The second session “Law School & Beyond”, takes place on Saturday, October 25 again from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information on both events call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Interested in becoming a chef? Not sure about your options? Meet an experienced French chef who teaches culinary arts in Vancouver. Chef Eric Arrouzé is a French chef living in Vancouver. He was Executive Chef in a 5 star hotel near Monte Carlo by the time he was 23. Today he teaches various courses at UBC such as French Regional Cuisine. He will also have his book “A Gourmand in Training” for sale for $15, a portion of the sales go to Books for Africa. Lawyer Susanna Chow, will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession. Susanna Chow attended UBC for a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick. She studied for a year as a Visiting Student at the law school of UVic, and spent a year working for the Attorney General in Victoria on the Tobacco Litigation Team. After articling at a boutique litigation firm in downtown Vancouver, Susanna is now a lawyer at Railtown Law in Gastown.

“Both Eric and Susanna wanted to give back to the community, to share their passions with students and help them make more informed career choices,” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services. “The library sees that by hearing about professional experiences, students will have the added benefit of gaining real-life perspective.” Please come with questions! Both events are free!

Career Choices for Students With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate.

Saturday, October 4 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. How Do I Become a Chef? Saturday, October 25 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Law School & Beyond

For more information on both events call 604-231-6417 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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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        September 12, 2014

Learn About Seed Saving

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join Mel Sylvestre and the Richmond Food Security Society for a talk on seed saving and production, including how to improve and adapt varieties to local conditions. The talk takes place on Wed. October 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 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/events. As the Perennial and Biodiversity Coordinator at UBC Farm, Mel Sylvestre teaches students how to grow, harvest and store crops cultivated for seed suitable for the local area.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 10, 2014

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties called Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor. The seminar will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. The program is presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 10, 2014

Library Offers Family Literacy Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting September 24th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting September 26th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/events. Space is limited. In this eight-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        September 3, 2014

Discover LinkedIn From Human Resources Professional

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free Introduction to LinkedIn Workshop on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Community Place 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/events.

Participants will learn how to showcase their skills, connect with others, and search for jobs using LinkedIn, a social media employment networking site. Guest presenter Wendy Hollingshead of Write Design Communications Inc. has developed and taught several LinkedIn workshops and currently manages a LinkedIn group. Hollingshead has been actively involved with the human resources community for many years and has achieved her Canadian Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 3, 2014

Mock Interview Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free “Mock Interview Workshop” to be held on Thursday, Sept. 18th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Community Place 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/events. Space is limited.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one mock interviews and receive feedback from Avia Employment Services representatives. Participants are asked to bring a job description of the position they wish to practice for as well as a copy of their resume.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2014

What's So Funny? Celebarate the End of Summer at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is celebrating the end of summer with a Funny Fest and Summer Celebration on Saturday September 6th from 1-4:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Wear your Summer Reading Club medal and join in the medal parade, add a joke to our Joke Wall, and participate in fun literacy games. Free and Drop In. For more info, 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        September 2, 2014

Writer-in-Residence Mark Leiren-Young Offers Writing Workshops in Richmond

Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence for 2014, Mark Leiren-Young, will offer free writing workshops at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library this fall. Registration opens September 27th. To register call 604-276-4300 or online at Richmond.ca/register. Pre-registration is required.

“Telling Your Story” is for ESL adult writers and it takes place on Tuesdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Brighouse Branch Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. When registering, quote program #653958. Maximum 15 participants. Registration opens September 27th. “Participants at this workshop can uncover their own authentic writing voice and explore different approaches to telling and sharing stories,” said Leiren-Young. At the end of the course Leiren-Young will compile the students’ writing and create a chapbook. Participants and guests are invited to a Chapbook Launch and Public Reading with the participating ESL writers on November 18th from 7-9 p.m. at the library. The chapbook will also be featured on the library’s Create & Learn site after the residency.

“Words Online for Adults” is a 3-hour class taking place on October 7th from 6-9 p.m. in the Community Place room at the Brighouse Branch. When registering, quote program #653908. Maximum 35 participants. Registration opens September 27th. “Participants will learn about new online opportunities and how to craft stories for a web audience,” added Leiren-Young. “Blogging, podcasting, YouTube, and social media – all these are ways to share your stories online.”

On Friday, Sept. 26th the Writer-in-Residence Public Reading Launch takes place in the Cultural Centre Performance Hall from 7-9 p.m. This is a free event for adults and older teens. Pre-registration for this event is recommended: call 604-276-4300 and quote program #653858.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2014

Share Your Story with Six Word Micro-Memoirs at Richmond Library - Combine Creative Writing with Visual Arts

As part of Culture Days, local artist Care Dyck will help people share their stories with Six Word Micro-Memoirs: A Community Mosaic at Richmond Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 1-4 p.m. This free event, which combines writing and visual art, is open to all ages. It will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

The six word micro-memoirs produced at the library will be combined with stained acrylic tiles to create a visual art installation that will be displayed at the library. “The purpose of this event is to explore the idea of personal narrative, and promote literacy by challenging the community to participate in the act of creative writing,” said artist Care Dyck. “Everyone has their own unique story, their own way of looking at the world, and this project is a way of making those stories accessible and collaborative. These stories, when viewed together in a tangible way, form an ideological mosaic of the community,” added Dyck. The stories can be written in English or Chinese and will be translated afterwards.

Participants will be taught basic tips on writing six word stories, and then guided to write their own for inclusion in the community mosaic. The six word micro-memoirs will also be made available to the community afterwards through the library’s online Create & Learn space. Care Dyck will be at the Brighouse Branch on Saturday, Sept. 20th from 3-4:30 p.m. with examples of six word memoirs for those who want more information before the event on September 27th.

“The library is pleased to offer this unique project and help foster community building amongst Richmond citizens,” said coordinator of learning place services, Lee Anne Smith.

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        September 24, 2014

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, October 24th 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:

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

For immediate release        September 25, 2014

Get the Inside Story On Ujjal Dosanjh

Local author Douglas Welbanks will read from his new book Unbreakable: The Ujjal Dosanjh Story on Thursday Oct. 9 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 program is for adults. To register call 604-231-6413, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

Get the inside story about the man who was the former premier and attorney general of BC, and the former health minister of Canada. “Unbreakable is a story about immigrants who become extraordinary Canadians. It’s a story about politics – local, provincial and federal. And it’s a story about the power of individuals to overcome adversity and make a difference in society,” said Douglas Welbanks, author of Unbreakable. “As you’ll see, this is no ordinary biography,” added Welbanks.

Welbanks includes lots of personal stories about Dosanjh, some of which are quite shocking. One particular story talks about a criminal attack meant to silence Dosanjh, an outspoken critic of sectarian violence – violence that led to the Air India bombing, the largest mass murder in Canadian history. “At the end of the day, Unbreakable

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 20, 2014

Richmond Library Introduces Chinese eBooks

Richmond Public Library recently launched its newest collection – Chinese eBooks. These eBooks are readable on Apple, Android and Windows devices using the OverDrive Media Console App. At the present time the collection contains just over 600 titles. The eBooks are mostly in simplified Chinese, with some titles available in traditional Chinese.

Richmond Library`s eBook service is available to all Richmond residents who have a library card. You can have 10 eBooks checked out at any one time, but there is no limit to the total number you can borrow each month. You can also place 10 holds at any one time.

“We`re adding new titles every week, for all ages and interests,” said Coordinator, eServices, Kat Lucas, “the library will be buying new and popular materials as well as some classical literature.” Subjects include: general fiction, romance, historical fiction, mystery, short stories, biography, business, classics, travel, humour, and more.

Since eBooks automatically expire when their loan period is up, you never get late fines. And no internet connection is required to read library eBooks – once you’ve downloaded them you can take them wherever you go!

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2014

Richmond Public Library Hosts Authors for Culture Days

As part of the National Culture Days program, Richmond Public Library is offering "Word-of-Mouth: Local Writers Read", a series of free programs for adults and older teens on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, 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.

Word-of-Mouth: Local Writers Read programs feature the following authors:

Saturday Sept. 27 11:00 am.–12:30 pm Linda Samis, author of Brass Ovaries: Grow a Pair! Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room

1:00 pm-2:30 pm Author Panel featuring: Evelyn Lazare, Al Cool,Patrick Hill, and Ashok Bhargava. Community Place

Sunday Sept. 28 11:00 am.–12:30 pm Stanley Coren will talk about The Key to Understanding Dogs. Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room

1:00 pm-2:30 pm Author Panel featuring: Daniel Kalla, A.K. White, and Angelica Poversky. Community Place

On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 1-4 p.m. the library will also be hosting Six Word Micro-Memoirs with artist Care Dyck. Everyone is invited to come in and create a micro story for our Community Mosaic. This free, drop-in event takes place on the main floor below the stairs and is open to all ages. Check out the Culture Days website for other programs taking place around Richmond at bc.culturedays.ca/en.

Culture Days kicks off on Friday, Sept. 26 with the Writer-in-Residence Public Reading Launch which takes place in the Cultural Centre Performance Hall from 7-9 p.m. This is a free, drop-in event for adults and older teens.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2014

Shofar Making Demonstration at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library and Chabad of Richmond are partnering to offer a Shofar Making Demonstration in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This free drop-in program for families and kids takes place on Sunday, Sept. 14th from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6416.

The Shofar is perhaps the oldest wind instrument known to mankind. Consisting of a simple horn taken from a ram or similar animal, and hollowed of its internal cartilage, the instrument produces a haunting, almost mystical tone. "The Shofar generates an otherworldly sound. It's very soulful, very stirring, and open to much interpretation," said Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman, director of Chabad of Richmond and presenter of the Shofar Making Demonstration. "Each individual hears something different in the Shofar's sound. Thus it’s very uplifting for the Shofar to be blown during the High Holidays, the holiest Jewish season of the year," added Baitelman. “The sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is meant to wake up our souls and stir people to better their ways, which is one of the central themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”

Participants will learn exactly what criteria an animal’s horn must meet in order to qualify as a genuine Shofar, they’ll see Rabbi Baitelman saw, drill, sand and polish the Shofar, and learn how to sound the traditional notes.

The Shofar is sounded in Jewish houses of worship on Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for several reasons, not least among them its unique sound. "It’s believed that the call of the Shofar is reminiscent of the pure voice of the soul," explained Baitelman. For more information on this event, of if you have any questions about the Jewish High Holidays Days please call Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman at 604-277-6427.

Contact:

  • Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman 604-277-6427.
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        August 5, 2014

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, August 21st from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will learn how to effectively network, present themselves to employers, and match their job search to how employers usually hire. After completing the Interview Skills Workshop participants will have to opportunity to sign up for a follow-up mock interview practice session on Thursday September 18th. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 31, 2014

Workshop for Parenting Skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2014

Workshop for Parenting Skills

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are partnering to offer a free program called “Workshop for Parenting Skills” on Thurs., August 28th from 5-6:30 pm at Cambie Branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Rd. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is in English and Punjabi.

“Kids don’t come with a manual. There are no perfect parents or perfect children. We can only do our best, and we all need help once in a while,” said Settlement Practitioner Gurpreet Faridkot, who will be presenting the program. “If you feel overwhelmed and isolated by the demands of being a parent of young children's, you're not alone. Come and share experiences and ideas about parenting children.”

Faridkot will offer tips on such parenting issues as balancing work and family, love and discipline, consequences that work, creating cooperative families, and more.

Contact:

  • Steven McCreedy, Library Technician, 604-273-2223, steven.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        July 8, 2014

Help Your Child Succeed in School

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering two free workshops designed to give parents simple tools they need to ensure their child’s reading success. Workshops take place on Tues. July 22nd and July 29th from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited so registration is required. To register, call 604-231-6412, visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Dr. Patricia Porter, child educator and researcher, will cover topics including how to develop your child’s language skills, why reading to your child is important, when to use phonics, and the whole language approach. -30-

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 30, 2014

Proper Posture, Healthy Spine

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “Proper Posture, Healthy Spine” on Wed., July 16 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. This program is offered in English.

Guest speaker Dr. Natalie Siu, a local family chiropractor, will talk about proper posture, how to be ergonomically safe during daily activities, and symptoms and causes of repetitive strain disorder. There will be an opportunity to learn and participate in simple stretches and postural exercises that can be incorporated into a daily schedule. Dr. Siu received her Bachelor of Science from UBC and went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She treats patients of all ages with a special interest in chronic conditions and wellness care.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 11, 2014

Learn About the Changes to The Family Law Act

RICHMOND, B.C. – Anukiran Klar from Klar Law Corporation will present a free workshop called The Family Law Act: How the new changes may affect you and your family on Wednesday, June 25th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The new Family Law Act brings many changes to the BC family law system. This workshop will discuss changes to making agreements, common law relationships, guardianship, parenting arrangements, protection orders, and property division. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 26, 2014

Learn About Seed Saving

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join Mel Sylvestre and the Richmond Food Security Society for a talk on seed saving and production, including how to improve and adapt varieties to local conditions. The talk takes place on Thurs. July 10th or Wed. August 13th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 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/events. As the Perennial and Biodiversity Coordinator at UBC Farm, Mel Sylvestre teaches students how to grow, harvest and store crops cultivated for seed suitable for the local area.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 21, 2014

Managing Your Personal Financial Risk

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Sunlife Financial Advisor Jeff Cai, and Certified General Accountant Mo Xia, is offering a free workshop on the different types of risks families can face when dealing with financial issues. The program will be held on February 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in 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 122, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The speakers will also discuss insurance policies and saving for retirement.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 26, 2014

Elevate Your Business Legacy

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Edward Jones financial advisor Neil Collins and senior insurance specialist Rhona Konnelly, is holding a free workshop called Elevate Your Business Legacy. The program will be held on March 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number #405, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The speakers will talk about various forms of insurance planning for different business structures, and how corporate life insurance and passive assets in a business can be utilized.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 26, 2014

Canadian Citizenship Tips

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will partner with lawyer George Li to offer a free workshop in Mandarin on how to keep your Permanent Resident status, and the qualifications for applying to be a Canadian Citizen. The program takes place on Fri. July 11th from 2-3:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Mr. Li is a lawyer who has represented clients at all levels of court and tribunals in British Columbia and Canada. He has also volunteered his time for legal aid organizations, including the Law Society of British Columbia, AM1320 Radio Station, Fairchild TV, and SUCCESS.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 30, 2014

Authors In Our Midst - Venus Tan Launches Her New Book Xi’an Wo DuXing

Venus Tan, author of Xi’an Wo Duxing, will talk about her 12 journeys to Xi’an, China to understand her cultural roots. The program will take place on Mon. July 14th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond public Library or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is in Mandarin.

Xi’an Wo Duxing is the first book Tan published in Mainland China. It combines poetry and pictures of Chinese cultural relics and historic sites, and is about life education. The book records what Tan saw, heard, thought and felt during her trip to Shanxi by herself, in search of her cultural roots.

Tan is a veteran educator and author. Born in Guiyang, Guizhou Province in 1938, she grew up in Chongqing. At age eight, she moved to Taiwan with her parents. Tan started her teaching career at age 18 and has published more than 12 literary and educational books. She has received the Golden Tripod Award and literary awards as well. In 1992 Tan immigrated to Vancouver. Tan is a member of the Chinese Literacy Society and Chinese PEN Society in Vancouver. She is also one of the founders of Mr. Luofu’ Xuelou Xiaoji Literary Society. She continues to focus on teaching. Tan trains Chinese teachers not only in Vancouver but also for the Hope Project in Shanghai, China. She is a consultant for Chinese Poetry Magazine as well as a lifelong education consultant for Care For Life Around. She has travelled to China 12 times to search for the root of Chinese civilization.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 3, 2014

Learn About Canadian Healthy Lifestyle for Women

Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are partnering to offer a free program called “Canadian Healthy Lifestyle for Women” on Thurs., July 17th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Cambie Branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Rd. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is in English. Settlement Practitioner Gurpreet Faridkot will give tips on living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, physical activity and social interaction, as well as tips on avoiding unhealthy choices.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 17, 2014

Funny Business: Join Richmond Summer Reading Club for Kids

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public (RPL)Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2014 BC Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “Funny Business.” Registration is now open at all four RPL branch locations. For more information, and to learn about other free library programs, contests and activities for kids, call 604-231-6412 or visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca

“Kids receive a special reading record to keep track of their reading. Children also receive weekly stickers, a chance to win book prizes and a medal for completing the club,” said Melanie Au, Head of Kids’ Place. “Summer Reading Club motivates kids to read, or be read to regularly, so it helps maintain or improve reading skills while school is out. It makes reading fun by allowing kids to read what they want,” added Au. “This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 23rd year and going strong. Kids love to discover new books and get fun stickers just for reading.”

Summer Reading Club reaches more than 85,000 BC kids every summer. The program is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, with financial support from Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education and the RBC Foundation.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 16, 2014

Kronier Family Donates $10,000 to Richmond Library Endowment Fund held by Richmond Community Foundation

The Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community foundation recently received a substantial donation of $10,000 from Kronier & Sparrow Ltd. of Richmond.

“We’re very grateful for this generous and ongoing support, and look forward to growing the capital in our endowment fund for the long term benefit of all Richmond residents,” said library board chair, Peter Kafka.

Thanks to the Kronier family and others, the capital contributed to the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation has grown to $88,967. “The Kronier Family’s generosity and commitment to lifelong learning is a stellar example that we hope will inspire others,” added Kafka.

“The library has decided to use the 2013 investment income from the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund – which amounts to $1,502.77 – towards the purchase of modular tables and chairs that can accommodate flexible one-to-one or group learning activities. This improvement is a result of user comments made during the library’s public consultation,” said Kafka. “The Kroniers and other donors should feel proud that they are contributing in a very practical way to the many new learning opportunities the library is offering.”

Anyone interested in investing in the future of Richmond Public Library and our community by donating to the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation, can contact chief librarian Greg Buss at 604-231-6418 or the Richmond Community Foundation at (604) 270-4483.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 13, 2014

Dayson Judaica Collection Grows

Thanks to the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation, the Richmond Public Library’s Dayson Judaica Collection is growing, with more new fiction, non-fiction and DVD movie titles recently added. The Dayson Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. For more information call library communications officer, Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416.

“The Dayson family has been very generous to Richmond Public Library over the years and we’re very grateful for their continuing support,” said Civkin. “Their annual donation enables us to purchase a really good cross section of fiction and non-fiction by Israeli and world Jewish authors,” added Civkin. “And of course anyone can borrow these items for free from the Richmond Library.”

These are just some of the new titles: An American Bride in Kabul; The Baroness; the Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild; The Blessing Cup; The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy After Heartbreak; Brotherhood of Fear; Claudia Silver to the Rescue; Co-mix: Art Spiegelman: a Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps; Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After my Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood; Days in the History of Silence; The December Project: an Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker; Don’t Ever Get Old; Exodus to Shanghai; One Hundred Philistine Foreskins; The Sisters Weiss; Stranger in My Own Country: a Jewish Family in Modern Germany; Sweet Dates in Basra; Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law; Tomorrow There will be Apricots; Eyes of Abel; The Golem and the Jinni; Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman; How the Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity; Into the Fullness of the Void: a Spiritual Autobiography; Jewish Wayfarers in Modern China: Tragedy and Splendor; Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge; The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P; Mannequin Girl; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism; The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes and lots more.

“Everyone is welcome to come and borrow books and DVDs. The library is open seven days a week, so it’s easy for people to find a convenient time to visit,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 3, 2014

Residential Tenancy Law: Rights & Responsibilities of Landlords & Tenants

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancy Act at a free information session on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place Room. The session will cover evictions, security deposits, tenancy agreements, repairs, and more. The presenter Emma Lazo is a Public Legal Education Coordinator for the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 30, 2014

Food for Thought Book Club

Interest in the topic of food security is growing, and now is a great time to sign up for the “Food for Thought” Book Club. People are invited to bring the food security book of their choice to discuss at the June meeting. Facilitated by the Richmond Food Security Society’s Book Club Coordinator, Penny Dunn, the meeting will be Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Dayson Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register or find out more, visit any branch of the Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at ww.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free.

“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 12 people,” said Richmond Food Security Society’s Vice President, William Dunn.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 30, 2014

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

People with ongoing health issues may know what they ‘should’ do for better health, but find it difficult to get started – or lose motivation when they run into problems. Richmond Public Library is hosting a free six-week “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program”, offered by the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging, Mondays from June 9 – July 21 from 1:00 - 3:30 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/events

“The program is highly interactive, and proven to increase participants’ motivation and confidence to manage symptoms and make changes that lead to improved health outcomes” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “There is no cost to attend or for the reference book that accompanies the program.” Adults of all ages with any ongoing or recurrent health issues can attend, and significant others are welcome.

To see the program evaluation report or for more information on the program go to www.selfmanagementbc.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 27, 2014

Learn Windows 8!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering free classes to introduce Microsoft’s Windows 8 Operating System on Monday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate and on Tuesday June 10th at 6:30 pm at Ironwood Branch, 11688 Steveston Hwy. Participants must bring their own Windows 8 laptop or tablet and basic computer skills are required. The presenter Louise Latremouille is the author of the best-selling “My Parents” computer book series. These books will be available for purchase at a discounted price for participants. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 27, 2014

Welcome Ramadan Celebrate Eid!

RICHMOND, BC - Richmond Public Library is hosting a free, drop-in Ramadan celebration on Sunday June 8th from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun, family event. For more information please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events .

“The events will feature traditional songs, hands-on ethnic crafts, face painting, Middle Eastern treats and more,” said librarian Kate Adams. 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, Touchstone Family Association, Iqra Islamic School, Richmond Addiction Services and the Muslim Association of Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 12, 2014

Youth Summer Job Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you a high school or college student looking for a summer job? Come to a free workshop on Tues., May 27 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Learn to identify your skills and qualities, get resume and cover letter tips, and learn how to get references even if you don’t have a lot of work experience. Presented by Larry Jung, an Employment Specialist who works for Back in Motion Rehab – Avia Employment the designated WorkBC employment assistance centre in Richmond.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 9, 2014

Don't Spend a Fortune on Home Care

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Don’t Spend a Fortune on Home Care” on May 22nd from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Guest speaker and home care manager Patricia Cruz will discuss different free home care services and government funding available to seniors who cannot afford private services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 6, 2014

Learn About Registered Disability Savings Plans

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn about Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) at a free seminar on Tuesday, May 20th from 7 – 8 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. The RDSP is a long term savings plan that benefits Canadians with disabilities, and their families, in saving for their long term financial needs in a tax-deferred environment. Presented by RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson and Louise Yeoh.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 23, 2014

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Richmond Public Library will be hosting the six-week program “Chronic Disease Self-Management ” in English on Mondays from May 5 - June 16 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. The same program will also be offered in Mandarin beginning Thursdays from May 8 - June 12 from 9:30 am - 12 pm. Both programs will take place 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/events.

This workshop is designed for people with one or more chronic conditions. It will teach you to better manage your health, discover useful tips to maintain an active lifestyle, and communicate effectively with your health care team. “This program is offered throughout BC and we are happy to be able to present sessions at Richmond Public Library,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. The program is sponsored by the University of Victoria using trained volunteers. Family members and friends are welcome to attend.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 9, 2014

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, June 30th 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, Bloodmobile Partnership Specialist 604-707-3502
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        April 23, 2014

Intergenerational Women’s Writing Workshop With Margaret Dragu

RICHMOND, B.C. – In celebration of Mother’s Day Richmond Public Library is offering an Intergenerational Writing Workshop for women, where the themes of legacy and mentorship will be explored. This workshop takes place on May 4th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. You must sign-up in multigenerational pairs (e.g. mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, teacher/student, etc.). Younger participants must be age 15 and over to attend. To sign-up, visit the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch 2nd Floor Ask Me Desk or call 604-231-6413. To learn more go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based book publication, and performance art. Among her many accolades, Dragu is a 2012 Laureate of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award for Visual Art and Media and the recipient of City of Richmond’s Most Innovative Artist Award.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 15, 2014

Law School and Beyond!

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2014

Law School & Beyond

RICHMOND, B.C. – Misconceptions about law school and lawyers abound, so if you’re a high school or university student thinking about pursuing a career in law, you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s free drop-in chat session with two practicing lawyers. The session, called “Law School & Beyond” takes place on Saturday May 3rd from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Two lawyers, Susanna Chow, who works at Railtown Law in Gastown, and Pierre Bisbicis, who runs his own law firm specializing in Indian Residential School claims and ICBC claims, will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession.

This idea started when Susanna remembered a free seminar she took at the library over a decade ago that was really useful. She wanted to give back to the community in the same way, so she is offering this free, informal chat session – something she wished was available to her when she was a student. “We hope that by sharing our experiences, students will have the added benefit of gaining a different perspective,” said Bisbicis.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 15, 2014

7th Annual Teen Poetry Contest

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2014

Calling All Teen Poets! RICHMOND, B.C. – Celebrate Poetry Month in April by entering Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) 7th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. If you’re between the ages of 12-18 submit your poem online from now until April 30th to teens@yourlibrary.ca or at any RPL branch for a chance to win great prizes and have your poem published in the Richmond News.

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

Six winning poems in two age categories (three winners age 12-15 and three winners age 16-18) will receive great prizes and be published in the Richmond News. For more information and full contest rules, visit any RPL branch or call teen librarian Cindy Kloos at 604-231-6427. The contest is open to all teens in the Lower Mainland ages 12-18.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 9, 2014

Parenting Your Parents

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Parenting Your Parents” on April 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Guest speaker and home care manager Patricia Cruz will talk about different approaches to helping adult children deal with the challenges of senior parents who want to remain independent but are unable to remain at home on their own. “There will be role-playing games, which will help people understand the benefits for the whole family when the children become the parents,” said Cruz.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 7, 2014

The Nobel Prize – Fact and Fiction

Why did Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, fail to win the Nobel Prize after being nominated 33 times? Local psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky, will delve into this question when he reads from his new novel The Stonehenge Letters on Tues. May 6th from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room at Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free program is for adults. To register call 604-231-6413 and quote program #613, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs or visit any branch of Richmond public Library.

“Dr. Karlinsky’s newly released book explores the fascinating history behind the Nobel Prizes and the nomination, evaluation and selection process, particularly as it concerns Sigmund Freud,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Inspired by Freud’s mysterious lack of a Nobel Prize, Dr. Karlinsky’s new book, The Stonehenge Letters, weaves together fact and fiction to tell the tale of a fascinating secret competition created by Alfred Nobel to solve the mystery of Stonehenge. Karlinsky’s talk will explore Freud’s candidacy for the Nobel Prize and his ultimate rejection – from both a fictional and non-fictional perspective. This program, celebrating Mental Health Week, is in partnership with Pathways Clubhouse and the Canadian Mental Health Association Richmond Branch.

Dr. Karlinsky obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba; his specialty degree in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Toronto; and his Masters in Neuroscience degree from the University of London, England. Currently he is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.

His other credentials include his role as the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival. He also writes film reviews, many of which have been published in the Canadian Psychiatric Association's Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui.

Karlinsky’s honours include Baycrest Hospital's Munk Geriatric Award; a Clinical Traineeship Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; a Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Technion University, Israel; the 2003 CPA/COPCE Award for Outstanding Continuing Medical Education Activity within Canada; the 2004 Lil Hewton Bursary Award to conduct archival research related to the history of psychiatry; the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in Continuing Medical Education Award; and the 2010 Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division's Professional Services Award. He has written and taught extensively on Alzheimer's disease, psychiatry and information technology, and the clinical and educational applications of films in mental health. Karlinsky is also the author of the novel The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, which was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 1, 2014

Starting a Business

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Starting a Business will take place on Tuesday, April 15th from 7 to 8:30 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 #215, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The presenter Elvina Chan, Business & Personal Senior Accounts Manager at RBC, will provide information on creating business plans as well as different business structures such as sole proprietorship, partnerships, and incorporation.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 28, 2014

Richmond Library Presents Life Science & Medicine in the 21st Century

RICHMOND, BC – Richmond Public Library and the TCM Practitioners & Acupuncturists Society have invited author and medical researcher Simon Dong to conduct a free seminar (#551) on “Life Science and Medicine in the 21st Century” on Sun. April 13th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register or get more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The seminar is in English and Mandarin and will be held in the Community Place on the 2nd floor. “Newton’s discovery of the causal relationship in physics has led to major advancements in modern science. His findings were recorded in his book, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. More recently, medical researcher Simon Dong published a Chinese book which established the causal relationship in life science and medicine. We are pleased that he will be coming to our library to talk about what life science and medicine will look like in the 21st century, and the key role that traditional Chinese medicine will play in their advancement,” said Chinese special services librarian, Wendy Jang. Mr. Simon Dong works as a scientist at the International Institute of Consciousness Science (IICS). The focus of his work in medical research is to develop new scientific theories. In 2012, he co-authored the Chinese book, ????????? (Philosophical Principles of Life Science), with his wife Connie Ching Yuen Chang, which established the causal relationship in life science and medicine and explained all 15 properties and 72 phenomena of peptic ulcer for the first time. He has given lectures on the causal relationship in life science and medicine and on the birth of new science in Taiwan and Canada. He received his master’s degree in medicine at Wuhan University and at the University of Ottawa. The major areas of his studies were molecular biology, molecular virology, microbiology and immunology. In May, he will continue his study in a PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Ottawa. -30-

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 2, 2014

StoryCafe Tellers to Entertain Adults & Seniors

The Steveston-based StoryCafé Tellers will entertain adults with stories about B.C. on April 24th from 1-3 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch, Kwok-Chu Lee living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is free and drop-in. For adults and seniors.

“Gael Whelan, Doreen Giesbrecht and Priscilla Jones will share three or four stories from and about B.C., and then encourage discussion and sharing of B.C. experiences,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “This is a great opportunity to come and listen to talented, entertaining storytellers, laugh and share.”

Gael Whelan explained that the StoryCafé Tellers are a local group of storytellers and delighted listeners that have been around since 2010. They meet once a month to share stories around a monthly theme. The focus of the group is to use oral storytelling to engage and entertain. They also do storytelling workshops for adults and teens. Check out their website at www.storycafetellers.wordpress.com. Anyone interested in joining the storytelling group should contact them at storycafetellers@shaw.ca.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 29, 2014

Family Passover Program at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library and The Bayit of Richmond are holding a free, interactive “Passover Exodus Program” for families and kids ages 3-11 at the Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch on Sun. April 13th from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Kids’ Place program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register please call the Bayit at 778-926-5773 or email thebayit.richmond@gmail.com. Registration required.

“Dressed as Moses, Rabbi Mendel Friedman of The Bayit of Richmond will tell the story of Passover and the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt in biblical times. This will be accompanied by a slide show that animates the story,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “For the younger kids there will also be a hands-on Passover craft activity, and a Passover sand art activity for the older kids,” added Civkin. Children’s and adult Passover books & DVDs from the Dayson Judaica Collection will be available for borrowing.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 2, 2014

Author Giles Slade to Discuss Climate Change at Richmond Library

Climate change got you worried? Then come and listen to Giles Slade, author of American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival on April 22nd from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program #553) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Mr. Slade will talk about the environmental impact of climate change and human migration right here in North America, as well as present a slideshow,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. According to Slade, his newest book, American Exodus, describes how low-lying regions like Richmond will wash away in the coming century, and those who survive will be forced to migrate.

An award-winning environmentalist, Giles Slade is also the author of The Big Disconnect: the Story of Technology and Loneliness, and Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. His books focus on the declining quality of life that awaits the younger generation, if this generation doesn’t do something about climate change, excessive consumerism, and the widespread alienation brought on by technology.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 7, 2014

Shipwrecks Along the BC Coast

Author Anthony Dalton is partnering with Richmond Public Library to offer a presentation and slideshow on “Shipwrecks Along the BC Coast” on April 23rd from 7-8 p.m. at the Richmond Library Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program #210) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Mr. Dalton will be talking about the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred along the BC coast, particularly the area known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. This presentation will be based on Anthony Dalton’s books The Graveyard of the Pacific: Shipwreck Stories From the Depths of History, and A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California.

Dalton is the author of the new novel Relentless Pursuit plus 13 non-fiction books, and the co-author of two others. He has won awards and honours in Canada for his writing and for his services to other writers. A former expedition leader working in Africa, the Middle East and the Arctic, Dalton has had his illustrated articles published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and nine languages. He now spends a few months each year travelling the world as a guest speaker for two cruise ship lines, while maintaining a busy writing and teaching schedule.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 1, 2014

Marketing & Promotion for Writers

Are you an aspiring or established writer who needs help marketing your work? Author Anthony Dalton is partnering with Richmond Public Library to offer a free workshop called “Marketing & Promotion for Writers” on April 16th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Library Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program #211) or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Mr. Dalton, the past president of the Canadian Authors Association, will share his experience and insights on the skills required for self-promotion to editors, publishers and the general public. This workshop is for new and established writers of all genres,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Dalton is the author of the new novel Relentless Pursuit plus 13 non-fiction books, and the co-author of two others. He has won awards and honours in Canada for his writing and for his services to other writers. A former expedition leader working in Africa, the Middle East and the Arctic, Dalton has had his illustrated articles published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and nine languages. He now spends a few months each year travelling the world as a guest speaker for two cruise ship lines, while maintaining a busy writing and teaching schedule.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 27, 2014

Information for Income Tax

Richmond Public Library and the Pro-Bono Immigrant Services Society will host a free program called “Information for Income Tax” on personal income tax and the calculation for overseas income tax, at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch on Mon. April 14th from 1-3 p.m. in the Community Place room, 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 #569. This program is in Mandarin. Registration is required.

The guest speaker is Linda Li, a Certified General Accountant. She will be talking about personal income tax and the calculation for overseas income tax, plus new regulations for income tax.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2014

Help Your Child Succeed in School

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering four workshops designed to give parents the tools to help their children succeed in school. Workshops take place on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, starting April 7th. The programs are free but space is limited so registration is required. To register, call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Dr. Patricia Porter, child educator and researcher, will cover topics including how children learn, how to overcome learning difficulties, and how parents can help their children reach their full potential.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 25, 2014

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties called Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2014

Understanding Your Investment Options

Richmond Public Library is partnering with RBC to offer a free seminar called “Understanding Your Investment Options” on Mon. April 7th from 1-2 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 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 seminar is in Mandarin.

“There are many investment choices and investment options available to individuals to help them reach their financial goals. Whether you are saving towards your child’s education, a down payment for your first home, building a retirement nest egg, or interested in tax efficient investments, there are many different strategies available,” said personal financial planner, Dokin Chow. “This program will help you understand what investment accounts are available to you, and how each of them can help you achieve your specific goals,” added Chow. This seminar will be presented by Certified Financial Planner, Grace Mei-Hui Wu, and Personal Financial Planner, Dokin Chow.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 23, 2014

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 April 9th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting April 11th. 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        March 10, 2014

Work Smart: Your Rights & Responsibilities in the BC Workforce

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free workshop on BC Employment Standards held on Thursday, March 20 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the 2nd floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Attendees will learn about employment standards and human rights in BC and participate in exercises. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 206, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 10, 2014

Will & Estate Planning

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Will & Estate Planning will take place on Tuesday, March 18th from 7 to 8:00 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 #205, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson and Louise Yeoh will outline what estate planning is, the key components, and why individuals should develop a plan.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 10, 2014

Calling All Orchid Lovers

RICHMOND, B.C – The Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Orchid Club, is offering a free, drop-in seminar called “Orchid Wellness” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The seminar takes place on Sunday March 16th from 2-3:30pm. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs, or call 604-231-6413.

Participants will learn how to care for their orchids and keep them in excellent condition. Topics will include hydration, nutrition, lighting and other environmental issues. Time will be allowed for assessment of individual plants. Participants are asked to bring a maximum of one plant for assessment

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 7, 2014

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, March 28th 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
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 18, 2014

Get Your Health On at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting several health programs in February and March at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. All classes are free, but registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

February 28th - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – “Repetitive Strain Injuries and How to Avoid Them.” Speaker is local Richmond chiropractor, Dr. Natalie Siu. Learn about the causes and symptoms of repetitive strain injuries and simple stretches and postural exercises to keep the spine and joints healthy. Program #302.

March 5th - 7- 9 p.m. – “Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health.” A speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. will talk about protecting your brain health. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Program #203.

March 6th - 7 - 8:30 p.m. – “Love Your Liver” Speaker is Dr. Edward Tam and registered nurse Carolyn Klassen. Learn how to keep your liver healthy. Program #204.

“Aging and Mental Health” – A three-part series. Presented by Vancouver Coastal Health. Feb. 27th - 1 - 3 p.m. “Aging and Memory Loss” - program #430. April 3rd - 1- 3 p.m. “Aging and Mood Changes” - program #415. May 1st - 1 - 3 p.m. “Coping With Stress” - program #408.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 25, 2014

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” on March 13th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Home care manager, Patricia Cruz, will talk about the challenges and benefits for seniors when faced with making a decision to move to an extended facility. Cruz said this information will be very useful for people who are seriously considering moving to a nursing home or for those who are considering moving their parents to a nursing home.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 18, 2014

Income Tax Clinic for Low Income People

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Clinic to help those with a low income file their income tax returns. The clinics take place on Saturdays March 8, 15, 22 and 29, and April 5, 12, 19, and 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

If you’re a single person with a maximum income of $30,000, a couple with a maximum income of $40,000, or an adult with one child and a maximum income of $35,000, then you qualify for this free service. Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each. To register, call 604-231-6413 or visit the Brighouse 2nd floor information desk.

“Trained volunteers will help low income people fill in their income tax returns free of charge,” said librarian Ying Zhang. “Please remember to bring all relevant documents such as T4 and T5 slips,” added Zhang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 7, 2014

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, March 28th 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
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 11, 2014

CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM TO READ

Children’s and young adult author Laurie Halse Anderson once said: “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” These words sum up the essence of Freedom to Read Week in Canada, which will be celebrated across the country from February 23 - March 1, 2014. Richmond Public Library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books at each branch and at City Hall. There will also be a Teen Debate on censorship on Feb. 22nd from 1-2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. 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 each individual’s right to choose what they read, view or listen to does not include the right 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 librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate materials and resources. The attitude of would-be censors who presume to know what’s best for everyone else, is a dangerous thing, and threatens the rights of all Canadians,” added Kafka.

The Library’s web page www.yourlibrary.ca has 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,” said 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 6, 2014

Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2014 Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will offer a free program called Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities on February 20th from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or 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 offered in English.

“Parents, teachers, caregivers or anyone interested in new research about the difficult challenges that Dyslexia brings to thousands of children and adults will want to attend this program,” said the Richmond Library’s coordinator of learning place services, Lee Anne Smith. “The library is very fortunate to partner with Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to bring Dr. Linda Siegel to Richmond. Dr. Siegel is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education at the University of British Columbia, an eminent psychologist and educator, and an internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities,” added Smith.

In preparation for Education Week Feb. 24-28 the library is offering this program to the public. Dr. Siegel will present her new book Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities and discuss how the education system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities. Dr. Siegel’s book will be on sale for $29.00 and the library will also have a limited number of copies for borrowing. “This program will offer important information for anyone supporting a person with learning disabilities,” added 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

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 5, 2014

The Power of Networking

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Skills Connect for Immigrants Program, is offering a free networking workshop on Thursday, February 20th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the 2nd floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. In this workshop, part of a monthly “Help Wanted Series”, participants will learn simple yet highly effective ways to network their way to career and life success. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 132, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 3, 2014

Feel Good about Your Investments

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how you can make a positive change in your world by choosing which companies you invest with. A free workshop on The Essentials of Socially Responsible Investing will take place on February 18th from 7 to 8:30 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 #121, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This workshop is presented by Regional Vice President of NEI Investments, Rod Castellanos, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Jake Wang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 4, 2014

Friends Donate $20,000 to Richmond Public Library

In yet another display of remarkable generosity, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library 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 Alison Cormack handed over a cheque for $20,000 to Board Chair Peter Kafka. 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: • Comfortable, new furniture for the Kids’ Place Learning Library at Brighouse Branch • Easy readers and study guides on various subjects to support the After School Drop-In program in Kids’ Place, and to facilitate early learning opportunities in areas like math, English and other subjects for children and families who use Richmond’s smaller branch libraries.

“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 ongoing generosity,” said library board chair, Peter Kafka. “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 Kafka.

“These sponsored items will definitely be in high demand, and we’re delighted to have this extra boost to our collections and this upgrade to our furnishings,” added Kafka. 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 volunteer Friends continue to be incredibly generous and we value and appreciate their dedication to help our community thrive.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 4, 2014

Reluctant Young Readers Enjoy Storytime With a Dog

A dog isn’t just man’s best friend. It can also be a child’s best friend, especially a child who has trouble reading. Richmond Public Library is partnering with Therapy Dogs International to offer Storytime With a Dog, which takes place on February 5, 12, 19, 26.

Storytime with a Dog is a special program where children practice their reading by reading aloud with a trained therapy dog. The program helps struggling or reluctant readers ages 7-12, by providing a calm, non-judgmental environment with a furry companion who won't laugh when they stumble over words or make a mistake while reading. “Reading aloud to a dog makes reading a fun, positive experience, which helps kids gain confidence and improve their reading abilities,” said head of Kids’ Place, Melanie Au. “Over the course of the 4-week program, we see the kids enjoying reading more and more,” added Au.

Each participant gets a turn reading one-on-one with a dog for 10-15 minutes and then spends time paired with a teen reading buddy for the rest of the one-hour program. “We’re so grateful to Lia Bijsterveld, a volunteer dog handler, for making this program a reality for reluctant readers in our community,” said Au. She will bring her specially trained dogs Halley, a 4-year-old border terrier, and Kinsey, an 11-year-old Labrador retriever to this program. Both are certified by Therapy Dogs International.

“Due to the special nature of this program and limited space, priority has been given to referrals from community organizations tha

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 31, 2014

Friends of the Library Mini Book Sales Coming Up

The hardworking Friends of the Richmond Public Library will be holding two mini book sales – one on Saturday, Feb. 15th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and one on Saturday, March 22nd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Both book sales will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. There will be a wide assortment of adult and children’s fiction both in hardcopy and paperback. Prices will be $1.00 for children’s books and $2.00 for adult books.

The Friends’ much larger Whale of a Book Sale will be held on Saturday, Apr. 12th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Apr. 13th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue.

“The Whale of a Book Sale promises to be filled with all sorts of great bargains on a wide variety of topics,” said Friends of the Library chair, Alison Cormack. “We will be bringing over 800 boxes of books in different categories such as cooking, travel, computers, children’s and adult fiction, Canadiana, literature and more. You name it, we’ll have it!” added Cormack. “Prices will range from 25 cents to $1.00 for children’s books, and adult fiction hardcopy and paperback books will be priced at $1.00. The adult non-fiction books will be priced differently according to genre.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 31, 2014

Richmond City Council Re-Appoints and Adds New Library Board Members

At their most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board re-elected Peter Kafka as Board Chair. Kafka currently works as a Human Resource and Management consultant. Simon Tang was re-elected Vice-Chair, and returning Board members include: Mark Bostwick, 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.

New to the Board are Kash Chahal and Robin Leung, both appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Chahal is a longtime library member and co-founder of Indiabase.ca. She is also the co-founder and vice president of marketing for Pocketguru.ca. Chahal has a varied background in marketing, tech support and customer care. She is also a cooking instructor, teaching food preparation, nutrition, food technology and the art of healthy gluten-free Indian cooking.

Leung, also a longstanding library member, is semi-retired and was a former instructor of various business courses at the Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Community College, and the Continuing Education section at UBC and SFU. He is also the owner and operator of Chinese Horizon Business Consultants. Leung has many years of experience hosting radio/TV programs and public events, and is very active in community organizations.

Library Board Chair Peter Kafka says that having finished the initial part of the community consultation, the library’s main focus is to begin implementing the strategic and long range plan for the library. "We’ve listened to what the community wants and are keenly aware of their changing needs. Now we’re looking forward to sharing the ideas and steps we will be taking to implement these changes, after months of public consultation with the community. Our next step is to transform the library over the next 1-3 years and ensure that it meets those evolving needs,” said Kafka. “City Council, our community, and our dedicated Friends of the Library continue to be very supportive, and we thank them for helping us make the library accessible and relevant to all. As a free source of information, learning and entertainment, as well as a place for community collaboration, the library benefits our entire community,” added Kafka.

“Acknowledging the importance of offering traditional collections, the library goes beyond that to offer collaborative programming opportunities, and an array of digital services like eBooks, eVideo, eMusic, eMagazines, and lots more. We invite the community to explore our libraries, and welcome you to become partners in developing and presenting programs, and shaping the future of our library,” added Kafka. “As our community and society evolve, the Board and staff looks forward to meeting those challenges directly,” added Kafka.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 22, 2014

Love Your Liver

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “Your Liver, Your Health” on January 29 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 sponsored by the Canadian Liver Foundation and will provide an overview of liver health. The speakers are hepatologist Dr. Edward Tam, Medical Director at the LAIR Centre in Vancouver and Regional Board Member of the Canadian Liver Foundation, and registered nurse Carolyn Klassen. “This is the first lecture in a series on how to take care of your liver. The lecture will be followed with a question and answer session” said librarian, Dinise Sizer.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 21, 2014

Richmond Library Celebrates National Family Literacy Week

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library will participate in National Family Literacy week from January 27th to 31st. This year the library’s focus will be digital literacy – the effective and critical use of digital resources. Activities during the week will include storytimes and buddy reading using eBooks, communicating tips and facts about digital literacy to parents, and two computer gaming workshops for preteens, done in collaboration with a local computer school, Under the GUI. For more information about library programs during literacy week, visit www.yourlibrary.ca or call 604-231-6412.

The library recently purchased over 800 new eBook titles for children and offers video and music streaming, a large collection of online magazines and newspapers and computers and iPads for the public to use in the library.

“Technology, media and information is everywhere,” said the library’s head of kids’ place, Melanie Au. “It’s crucial that parents and children not only have access to digital resources, but have the skills to use them in a way that promotes learning and critical thinking. Children’s use of technology needs to be an interactive experience where parents and children read eBooks, explore apps and browse the internet together, and this is something the library can help facilitate,” added Au.

In addition to the National Family Literacy programs, the library is offering two adult literacy programs to assist adults in improving their reading, writing and computer skills. These programs are supported by the Government of British Columbia’s Community Adult Literacy program with partners Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Filipinos in Richmond Support Team.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425

For immediate release        January 20, 2014

Test Your Knowledge at Richmond Library’s Chinese Riddles Contest

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2014

RICHMOND, BC – If you like riddles, come to the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch from January 31 – February 14 to enter the Lantern Riddles Contest. You must correctly answer at least five riddles to enter the raffle draw. Winners will be announced on February 18. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. “The Lantern Riddles Contest is a Chinese New Year activity. All the riddles for adults are in Chinese and they are posted on the main floor of Brighouse Branch. There are 8 Chinese and 8 English riddles for kids posted in the Kids’ Place Program Room,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese Language Services. For more information, phone 604-231-6412. -30-

Contact:

  • Cindy Ho, 604-231-6412
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 8, 2014

Working in Canada

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Canadian Workplace Culture will take place on January 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 117, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Participants will learn about cultural workplace differences like how to act in a general workplace situation, and different business situations. 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        January 8, 2014

Making the Most of Your RRSP

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free introductory workshop on Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) will take place at the Richmond Public Library on January 21st from 7 to 8 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 113, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Guest speakers are RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson & Louise Yeoh. They said participants will learn why RRSPs are important not only for your retirement but also for your current tax situation and first home purchase. Plus, you’ll learn how to determine your allowable RRSP contributions and maximize your contribution limits. Different investment options as well as common concerns and myths will also be explored.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 10, 2014

Learn About Skin Care at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library is partnering with the Richmond Medical Spa Club to offer a one-hour program called “Skin Care 101” on January 24th from 1-2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop-in and takes place on the main floor. This program is aimed at women ages 25 and up.

“This educational program will teach you how to take care of your skin,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “The speakers will discuss what happens to your skin in your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, what ingredients to look for in skincare products, and what foods and vitamins nourish the skin and keep it healthy. They’ll also demonstrate the steps and techniques for maintaining your skin at home, plus they’ll talk about do’s and don’ts for your skin,” added Civkin.

Presenter Linda Bui is a certified medical aesthetician with over six years’ experience in the health and beauty industry. She is an expert skin therapist and specializes in medical skin care treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, LED light stimulation and laser hair removal.

Presenter Ingrid Varela is a registered nurse specializing in nutrition and fitness. She worked as a fitness coach for two years and is currently the nutritionist/nurse at the Richmond Medical Spa Club, assisting the doctor with medical procedures and supervising the medical weight loss program.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 7, 2014

Learn about Board Game Programming!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering free workshops on Board Game Programming. Presenter Grant Castillou will be demonstrating the basics of how computer software facilitates online board games via visual aid computer programs. An understanding of chess or checkers would be helpful. The programs are happening on:

#107 January 21st at Ironwood branch, 4 – 5 p.m. for children, ages 7 and up
#108 January 23rd at Brighouse (Main) branch, Community Place, 7 - 8 p.m. for Adults
#109 January 25th at Brighouse (Main) branch, Kids’ Place, 3 – 4 p.m. for children, ages 7 and up

Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 10, 2014

Learn About Skin Care at Richmond Library

Richmond Public Library is partnering with the Richmond Medical Spa Club to offer a one-hour program called “Skin Care 101” on January 24th from 1-2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop-in and takes place on the main floor. This program is aimed at women ages 25 and up.

“This educational program will teach you how to take care of your skin,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “The speakers will discuss what happens to your skin in your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, what ingredients to look for in skincare products, and what foods and vitamins nourish the skin and keep it healthy. They’ll also demonstrate the steps and techniques for maintaining your skin at home, plus they’ll talk about do’s and don’ts for your skin,” added Civkin.

Presenter Linda Bui is a certified medical aesthetician with over six years’ experience in the health and beauty industry. She is an expert skin therapist and specializes in medical skin care treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, LED light stimulation and laser hair removal.

Presenter Ingrid Varela is a registered nurse specializing in nutrition and fitness. She worked as a fitness coach for two years and is currently the nutritionist/nurse at the Richmond Medical Spa Club, assisting the doctor with medical procedures and supervising the medical weight loss program.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 7, 2014

Learn About Investing 101 & the Benefits of TFSA & RSP

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2014

Learn About Investing 101 & the Benefits of TFSA & RSP

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering a free workshop in partnership with RBC on the benefits of on January 22nd from 1 to 2 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Cambie branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Road in Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 110 or # 111.

Participants will learn about the two registered plans and about the features and benefits of TFSA & RSP along with plan rules and regulations. The guest speaker will be financial planner Hui Lam from RBC. Hui has been in the financial industry for 15 years and has been with RBC as an accredited financial planner for the past seven years. -30-

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

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 2, 2014

Literacy for Job Success

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Community Adult Literacy and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is offering a free six-week workshop called “Literacy for Job Success” at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. from January 15 to February 19. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Kwantlen Polytechnic University tutors will help people identify their job interests and the skills needed to improve employment choices.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 9, 2014

Practice Your English at Richmond Library

Richmond Public library is offering a free program for adults called English Corner on Fridays from January 24 to February 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place room. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #114.

“This program gives new Canadians a chance to practice their English with others in a small group format. According to facilitator Merrill Muttart, this program is suitable for adults with ESL level 3 and up or CLB level 3,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Muttart taught English for seven years through the immersion program at Language Gateway Village in China and enjoys helping people improve their English.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 7, 2014

Poets Alan Hill & Candice James to be Featured at Richmond Library - Poetry Open Mic to Follow

Poets Alan Hill and Candice James will read from their new books, The Broken Word and Shorelines on January 21st from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a poetry open mic from 8 to 9 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.

Alan Hill is currently the Cultural Diversity Coordinator for the City of Richmond. He has been previously published in Canada in CV2, Canadian Literature, Vancouver Review, Antigonish Review, Sub-Terrain, Poetry Is Dead, Quills, Cascadia Review and in a number of anthologies, as well as in the United Kingdom in South, The Wolf, Brittle Star and Turbulence.

Candice James is in her 2nd three-year term as Poet Laureate of New Westminster. She is also President of the Royal City Literary Arts Society and the recipient of WIN 2013 Distinguished Poet Award. She is also a professional musician, singer, songwriter and artist.

Contact:

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