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2015

For immediate release        December 24, 2015

Kids’ Writing Club—Radio Play

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is running “Kids’ Writing Club - Radio Play”. The program runs Tuesdays beginning January 19 through March 8 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library. Registration is required. This program is suitable for ages 9 to 14.

In this program, kids will learn different writing techniques and have fun creating their very own Radio Play using spoken words, sound effects and music. For the first part of workshop, kids will write a story, and then, for the second part, they will bring their story to life by using their voices and the most unexpected objects to create sound effects.

“We are very excited to bring this new program to kids where they get to explore their creativity on so many different levels. They will be writing, acting and producing an original Radio Play,” says Ariana Galeano, Kids’ Place Librarian.

To register, phone 604-231-6412, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit Kids’ Place at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.-30-

Contact:

  • Ariana Galeano, Librarian, 604-231-6422, ariana.galeano@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        December 21, 2015

Join Richmond Library Senior Moments Book Club

Richmond Public Library invites seniors age 55 and older to join the Senior Moments Book Club. The program takes place on January 7, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required and limited to 10 participants. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

The group will be reading The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy for the January meeting and the library will provide the books. Participants should pick up their book at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library cards desk three to four weeks before the meeting and come prepared to discuss the book.

“This book club is a great way to encourage social interaction and participation among older adults,” said library Communications Officer, Shelley Civkin. “It’s a community-led program so a different member gets to facilitate the meeting each month.”

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        December 8, 2015

Richmond Menorah Lighting a Big Hit!

Approximately 300 adults and kids celebrated the second night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant Menorah, live music by Anders, magic by Yeeri the magician, and traditional potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) at the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre on December 7th.

“Sharing the Jewish Festival of Light with so many people was an incredible community celebration that really expanded cultural awareness,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. Three generations of the Averbach family joined Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in lighting the Menorah.

The event was held in partnership with the City of Richmond, Vancouver Kollel, the Richmond Public Library, and the Ebco group of companies. “The evening started off with Yeeri the magician performing his magic for families, then singer and guitarist Anders Nerman played music while the menorah was being lit,” said Civkin. “It was a lively event and there was even a Hanukkah miracle – no rain!”

The tradition is to light one additional candle on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight Hanukkah candles on the final night. The rest of the candles on the giant Menorah will be lit at 5:30 p.m. each night until December 13th except for Fri., Dec. 11th when they will be lit at 3:30 p.m.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        December 4, 2015

Improving member access to materials with changes to borrowing limits, loan periods and late charges

Richmond, BC – Earlier in 2015, the Richmond Public Library Board conducted an extensive review of fines and charges, as well as borrowing policies in relation to circulation. This review was to ensure that the library is making the best possible use of its library resources and that all members of the public have equal access to collections.

The review found opportunities for improvements to how the library manages its resources, its lending policies and its approach to fine collection that will help the library meet growing public demand for a variety of materials. Wait times for new releases are often very high and the Board recommended a number of actions aimed at improving access as well as providing incentive for members to return materials on time.

As a result of this review, we will be making some changes to these policies that will take full effect on January 11, 2016. Specifically, there will be changes to borrowing limits per card, loan periods and late charges.

With these changes, the goal is to provide members with more access to the library’s collection of shared resources. Simply put, as more materials are returned more frequently, they will be placed back in circulation more quickly so that more members can borrow them.

For more details about these changes, members are invited to visit us online at yourlibrary.ca/borrowing or in the branches, where information about the changes is posted. The library remains committed to open and positive two-way communication with the public, and will be inviting public feedback via an online survey in Spring 2016.

Contact:

  • Shaneena Rahman, 604-231-6476
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 26, 2015

I Wrote a Novel! Reading Party—Kids’ Writing Club

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is hosting an “I Wrote A Novel! Party” to celebrate the achievements of the kids that participated in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 1st from 4:00 to 5:30 at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library. Registration is required and the event is suitable for all ages.

NaNoWriMo is a month-long creative writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Kids from K to Grade 12 chose word count goals, and from November 1 to November 30, they wrote and conquered their own personal challenge.

“We are thrilled to have these young writers share their writing by reading an excerpt of their novel during our reading party. We are also honoured to publish their novel in our Create & Learn digital publishing platform as part of our 2015 Kids’ Writing Club Anthology,” says Ariana Galeano, Kids’ Place Librarian.

To register, phone 604-231-6412, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit Kids’ Place at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library.

Contact:

  • Ariana Galeano, Kids' Place Librarian, 604-231-6459
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        November 23, 2015

Richmond Public Library Presents Chinese Authors in Our Midst

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is presenting “Authors in our Midst – Celebrating Local BC Authors and their Works”, a book launch of three new Chinese books by local authors. This program, which is conducted in Mandarin, will be held on Sunday, December 6 from 2 - 4 pm. in the 2nd floor Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The three new works include a novel about the political turmoil of the Cultural Revolution in China by Yuping Lai, a book of essays by Qing Yang, and a memoir by Ren Jingsheng about the time he spent in the United States. The three authors are members of the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association.

“Richmond Public Library is pleased to work with our program partner, Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association, to promote these outstanding books by local writers. The library has a good collection of books by local Chinese authors. Everyone is welcome to borrow them to take home to read,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

About Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go.

Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        November 20, 2015

Richmond Public Library Honours Dayson Family

Richmond, BC – On November 18th, the Richmond Public Library Board fêted the Dayson family and the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation at a reception attended by over 50 people, including Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Councillors Chak Au and Alexa Loo, and distinguished guests from the Jewish community.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for people to come and celebrate the Dayson family and their outstanding generosity to the community, while also having a chance to browse the popular and growing Dayson Collection,” said Library Communications Officer Shelley Civkin.

The Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection started in 2003, when the Dayson family donated their personal Judaica collection to the library, and gave $50,000 to the Richmond Public Library Endowment fund held by the Richmond Community Foundation. In 2004 the Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection was launched to the public, and since then the Dayson family and their Charitable Foundation have donated a total of $110,000 to the library. The Dayson Collection has grown to include over 1,800 books and DVDs for adults and kids.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go.

Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454

For immediate release        November 23, 2015

Enjoy Public Menorah Lighting in Richmond

Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Kollel and the Ebco Group of Companies will celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, with a giant Menorah lighting on Mon. December 7th at the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. The lighting of the 25-foot Menorah takes place at 7:25 p.m. outside on the plaza, and there will be kids’ entertainment beforehand at 6:45 p.m. and a live musical performance and refreshments after the lighting. Everyone is welcome to this free, drop-in event. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie will light the Hanukkah shamash (center helper) candle.

“This year Hanukkah starts on December 6th and ends on December 14th. The highlight will be the lighting of the giant Menorah – a nine-branched candelabra – to celebrate the second night of Hanukkah,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. Rabbi Avraham Feigelstock from Vancouver Kollel will officiate at the lighting ceremony.

There will be special entertainment for families and kids before the lighting, and a live musical performance and traditional Hanukkah snacks, including Sufganiot (Hanukkah doughnuts) and chocolate coins afterwards,” added Civkin. “And of course there will also be dreidels and chocolate coins for the kids.”

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 in 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 ninth candle is called the shamash, and helps to light the other candles.

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.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        November 12, 2015

Richmond Public Library Offers Chinese Essay Appreciation Program

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is offering “Appreciation of Chinese Essays: Yueyang Tower”, a seminar in Cantonese, on Thursday November 26 from 1 - 3 pm. This seminar will be held in the 2nd floor Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

Yueyang Tower is an essay written by Fan Zhongyan (989-1052), a prominent politician and poet in the Song dynasty. In this seminar, speaker Ronald Zhang will provide line-by-line explanation of this classical essay; share photographs of this famous tower, which has inspired many literary and calligraphic works; and discuss the background of this work and its author.

The speaker, Ronald Zhang, is a local writer and translator. He has published books on classical Chinese poetry, couplets and Chinese culture; served as a judge in Chinese couplets competitions, and given talks in universities and community organizations. He was the winner of a Chinese essay-writing contest in Vancouver.

“Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer this program to promote Chinese culture. We have a large collection of books on classical Chinese literature in the Dr. Lee Browsing Collection. Everyone is welcome to borrow them to take home to read,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454

For immediate release        November 10, 2015

"Blood & Sweat Over the Railway Tracks" Seminar Kicks Off Chinese Canadian History Series

“Blood & Sweat Over the Railway Tracks” Seminar Kicks Off Chinese Canadian History Series

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the City of Richmond, UBC Asian Canadians and Asian Migration Studies, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society and the Richmond Museum, presents “Blood & Sweat Over the Railway Tracks”, a seminar in Mandarin, on Tuesday, November 24 from 1 - 3 pm. This seminar, which is the first program in the Chinese Canadian History Series, will be held in the 2nd floor Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was constructed to fulfill Prime Minister John A. MacDonald’s promise to British Columbians at the time of Confederation to connect British Columbia with the rest of Canada. This seminar, which is based on the award winning book, Blood & Sweat Over the Railway Tracks, is about the life and work conditions of the Chinese labourers who built the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The speaker, Lily Siewsan Chow, is a historian, author and retired educator. She came to Canada from Malaysia in the mid-1960s and worked as a teacher in the Prince George school district and the University of Northern BC until her retirement in 1998.

“The CPR would not have been completed on time and on budget without the Chinese railway workers. Yet, their story is one of hardship and racism,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese Community Services. “The purpose of the Chinese Canadian History series is to promote interest and understanding and support the learning of Chinese Canadian history.”

To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        November 10, 2015

Nasreen Pejvack Launches New Novel “Amity”

Richmond, BC – Local author Nasreen Pejvack will read from her new novel Amity on Friday, Nov. 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for adults.

Amity charts the life-altering friendship between two very different women who share their stories of wreckage caused by war and conflict during Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. “The audience will learn about Yugoslavian and Iranian politics, and women writing about political issues,” said library Communications Officer Shelley Civkin.

Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran, where, pre-revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece in the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and then immigrated to Canada.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 10, 2015

Nasreen Pejvack Launches New Novel “Amity”

Richmond, BC – Local author Nasreen Pejvack will read from her new novel Amity on Friday, Nov. 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for adults.

Amity charts the life-altering friendship between two very different women who share their stories of wreckage caused by war and conflict during Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. “The audience will learn about Yugoslavian and Iranian politics, and women writing about political issues,” said library Communications Officer Shelley Civkin.

Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran, where, pre-revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece in the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and then immigrated to Canada.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416

For immediate release        November 10, 2015

Expert in Our Midst featuring Kerri-Jo Stewart

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is pleased to welcome local photographer Kerri-Jo Stewart as guest presenter in our fall “Expert in Our Midst” series. This series takes place on November 20, 27 and December 4 and will be held in the Community Place room located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Branch.

This series aims to inspire photographers ranging from beginner to expert by providing ideas, advice, presentations and discussion. The following topics are included:

Friday November 20, 7 to 8 PM – Photography: Get Inspired Follow Kerri-Jo’s photographic journey from taking snapshots to working around the world. This workshop will inspire participants to capture their own personal vision.

Friday November 27, 7 to 8 PM – Creative Journeys: Travel Photography Learn more about creating exciting travel photos that reflect your own personal experiences. In this workshop, Kerri-Jo will present some of her award-winning travel images and give advice on how to achieve your own.

Friday December 4, 7 to 8 PM – Ways of Seeing Discover more about our visual environment as Kerri-Jo describes how and why things are seen and interpreted as well as how images affect us.

All programs are free, however registration is required. Interested participants should register for each topic separately. This series is suitable for adults and seniors, and will be of particular interest to community members with a passion for photography.

To register for these programs, please check out the library’s Event Calendar.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417

For immediate release        November 9, 2015

Multicultural Week Programs at RPL

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library offers a wide array of books from cultures around the world. In recognition of BC Multicultural Week, the library is hosting a few special programs from November 20 – 22, 2015. All programs take place at the Brighouse Branch. The following programs will be offered:

Friday November 20, 7 to 8:30 PM – Author in Our Midst Hear Nasreen Pejvack reading from her new book “Amity”, which charts the life-altering friendship of two women who share their stories of war and conflict during Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution.

Saturday November 21, 10:30 to 12:30 PM – Multicultural Creative Writing Event Hear local writers and poets reading their work in English, Chinese and other languages. This event also includes a short musical performance.

Sunday November 22, 2:30 to 4:30 PM – “Welcome” Korean event Learn how to make Korean crafts from Richmond’s Korean community.

All programs are free and drop in.

For more information about these and other programs, please check out the library’s Event Calendar.

Contact:

  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454

For immediate release        November 9, 2015

Coping with Grief through the Holidays

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is hosting a program on coping with grief through the holidays, presented by Noele Bird. The program takes place on Tuesday Dec. 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Community Place, located on the second floor at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, interested participants can come in to any Richmond Public Library Branch, call the library at 604-231-6413, or register online using the library’s Event Calendar. This free program is suitable for adults. “Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. This talk will provide an understanding of the grief process and how to help yourself heal during the holiday season,” says Noele. Noele Bird, MTA, RCC, FAMI is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Richmond working with children, youth and adults for over 25 years. She has also worked with Surrey Hospice Society and Vancouver Hospice Society. About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 2, 2015

2015 Multicultural Creative Writing Festival:A Feast for the Heart

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is pleased to host the “2015 Multicultural Creative Writing Festival: A Feast for the Heart”, featuring public readings of original creative writing pieces. Join us on Saturday Nov. 21 at 10:30 am at the Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse Branch. This program is drop-in and everyone is welcome!

For more information on submitting a piece for reading, please contact: Sophia Zhang 778-863-5828 zhang.sophia8@gmail.com

Presenter Bio: Sophia Zhang is a long-time supporter of programs and services at the Richmond Public Library. As an administrator, facilitator, communications coordinator and writer, Sophia has organized many community events at the library.

Sophia has extensive experience working with immigrants to facilitate multicultural education and is a passionate advocate in supporting people to achieve their life goals.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Beverly Walker, Programmer, Community, 604-231-6422

For immediate release        October 23, 2015

Richmond Public Library Offers Seminar on the Book of Changes

October 23, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is offering “Introduction to the Book of Changes”, a seminar in Mandarin, on Friday November 6 from 7 - 9 pm. This seminar will be held in the 2nd floor Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The Book of Changes (I Ching or Yijing) is the oldest Chinese classic. Originally used as a divination manual, it has become an influential work around the world in many different fields. In this seminar, speaker Liang Chen will introduce the basics of the Book of Changes, including the eight trigrams, sixty-four hexagrams and the divination method.

The speaker, Ronald Zhang, is a local mathematician and software engineer. He has strong interests in Chinese philosophy and poetry and has written books on the Book of Changes and Chinese poetry.

“Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer this program to promote Chinese culture. We have a large collection of books on the Book of Changes in the collection. Everyone is welcome to borrow them to take home to read,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. – more – Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        October 19, 2015

Science, Innovation and Technology Speaker Series

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is hosting the next Science, Innovation and Technology Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Community Place on the second floor of Brighouse branch. This is a free and drop-in program that is suitable for ages 12 and up.

The Science, Innovation and Technology Speaker Series at the library brings research in science engineering, technology and innovation to the community by hosting speakers on a variety of topics that are highly relevant to anyone wanting to keep up to date in these fields.

This month the first speaker is Dr. Thomas Procter, Postdoctoral Researcher, Laser Spectroscopy Group, from TRIUMF. He will be speaking about “Using lasers to reveal the building blocks of our Universe” starting with the light we see around us every day to the latest developments in laser technology today. Thomas will describe how lasers are used to precisely measure energies of electrons in atoms that exist for only a few milliseconds.

Thomas is a nuclear physics postdoctoral researcher working at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in Vancouver. Thomas uses lasers to precisely measure the nuclei (the core of an atom) of extremely rare isotopes that only exist for fractions of a second. Thomas received his PhD from the University of Manchester in nuclear physics and spent his early career at CERN in Switzerland.

The second speaker is Cpl. Curtis Brassington, Tactical Flight Officer with the RCMP. In this lecture, Cpl. Curtis reveals how the careless use of seemingly innocent lasers is both harmful and dangerous and how these experiences led to the joint RCMP-YVR “Not a Bright Idea” campaign in order to raise awareness about the safety risk and public impact of using lasers.

Cpl. Curtis Brassington has been a Tactical Flight Officer with the RCMP’s Air 1 helicopter program since it began in 2006. Air 1 is a patrol support helicopter that supports police agencies throughout Greater Vancouver with a focus on criminal activity, especially where it relates to vehicles and traffic safety.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417

For immediate release        October 15, 2015

Science Bash and Tech Faire at Richmond Public Library

Richmond, BC – In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Richmond Public Library is holding a Science Bash on Friday October 23 and a Tech Faire on Saturday October 24. Both events take place from 11 - 3 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

These free, drop-in events will include interactive displays, fun experiments and hands-on, family-friendly activities. Children will be able to learn about robotics, 3D printing, nature and scientific processes from a wide variety of groups including Robokids, UBC Let’s Talk Science, Parks Canada, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Science Fair Foundation BC. As Friday October 23 is a province-wide professional development day, families are encouraged to come to the library and learn about science together.

"The library is a great place to explore and learn about digital technology and we are offering more and more programs in this area”, says Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children’s & Family Services at the library. “We hope that these types of programs can be a starting point that encourages scientific inquiry at a young age.”

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454

For immediate release        October 1, 2015

Community Education Series

Community Education Series Learn About Addiction & How to Support Others

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is hosting a Community Education Series on addictions-related topics. The program runs on Mondays from October 26 – November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Interested participants can register for one or all of the topics; however those who attend all six sessions will receive a certificate upon completion. The series is suitable for adults and teens. Sessions include: • October 26: “The Nature of Addiction” • November 2: “Chemicals in the Body” • November 9: “The Recovery Process” • November 16: “Helping Others” • November 23: “Why are Drugs Illegal?” • November 30: “Gaming vs. Gambling: What You Need to Know Before You Enter the World of Online Gambling” Danny Taylor, Addiction Specialist from Richmond Addictions Services Society says, “Addiction remains a greatly stigmatized issue in our society. One way to address stigma is to cultivate our understanding. This is a great opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversations about addictions and learn how to best support others.” This series is presented in partnership with Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS) and BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program (BCRPGP). The sessions will be presented by Jaclyn Chang, Prevention Worker, and Danny Taylor, Addiction Specialist, both from RASS. The gaming session will be presented by Jenn Fancy de Mena, Prevention Specialist from BCRPGP. To register, come in to any Richmond Public Library Branch, call the library at 604-231-6413 or register online using the library’s Event Calendar.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        October 1, 2015

Learning Together: Family Literacy Program Offered at the Library

Richmond Public Library is offering “Learning Together”, a program for preschoolers and caregivers. This eight-week program runs at the Brighouse branch on Wednesday mornings beginning October 14th and at the Cambie branch on Thursday mornings beginning October 15th. Registration is required.

In this 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. Activities, storytime and snacks are included in each weekly session. Topics covered include early math, learning through play and learning to read.

For more details about the program, including times, participants can register online at www.yourlibrary.ca, or call the library at 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 29, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Becoming a Champion

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library and the Richmond News are thrilled to kick off a new partnership with a panel discussion series called “Behind the Scenes”.

This series will challenge people’s conceptions by digging into ideas that touch us on a daily basis and exposing important yet unseen aspects of everyday life.

In the first panel discussion, “Becoming a Champion”, panelists will debate the consequences and rewards of a career in physical excellence. This discussion takes place on Wednesday October 7, 2015, from 7 – 8:30 PM and is free to attend however registration is required. This event is suitable for age’s youth through adult, and will be of particular interest to community members involved in amateur-level sports.

Panelists include alpine snowboard racer and two-time Olympian Alexa Loo, Pan Am Games Gold Medalist race walker Evan Dunfee and sports medicine experts from LifeMark Sport Medicine. Attendees will be invited to ask questions and there will be an opportunity to meet the panelists following the formal discussion period. “We are so excited to bring Behind the Scenes to the community,” says Beverly Walker, Community Programmer at Richmond Public Library. “Becoming a Champion presents a unique opportunity to find out what it really takes to achieve athletic excellence. Attendees will hear insider information that you just can’t get from other sources.”

“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to ask specific questions of elite athletes and sports medicine experts,” says Pierre Pelletier, Publisher at the Richmond News. “It should be an informative and fun evening.”

To register for the event, please check out the library’s Event Calendar.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator - Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Beverly Walker, Programmer, Community, 604-231-6422, beverly.walker@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 29, 2015

BC Small Business Week Programs Announced

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is pleased to be partnering with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to provide free programs at their Brighouse Branch to celebrate BC Small Business Week Oct.19 – 24, 2015.

Monday Oct.19 7:00pm-8:30pm Information Session: Know your Notes Provided by the Bank of Canada

Tuesday Oct.20 7:00pm-8:30pm Panel Discussion: The Future of “Workplace”

Wednesday Oct.21 7:00pm-8:30pm Panel Discussion: Multicultural Etiquette for Business

Thursday Oct.22 7:00pm-8:30pm Panel Discussion: Employment Law Provided by The Peoples’ Law School

Saturday Oct.24 1:00pm -3:00pm Author Event: Ramona Materi Author of BC’s New North – How to Build Your Business, Respect Communities and Prosper

“We are thrilled to be working with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for the first time to provide resources to Richmond’s thriving small business community” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator of Learning Place Services with the Richmond Public Library.

Rob Akimow, Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce said “Small and medium businesses represent 99.8% of Canadian companies and employ 64% of private sector workers. They are the engine of our economy. We’re proud to be working with the Richmond Public Library as part of small business week to share ideas, learn and collaborate. Good things happen when entrepreneurs get together.”

Registration is required, and is quick and easy with a Richmond Public library card. Interested participants can register for any of these programs by visiting the RPL event calendar at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or by:

1) Coming in to any RPL branch or 2) Calling us at 604-231-6413

Not a card holder yet? Apply online and visit your local branch to receive your card. https://sierra.yourlibrary.ca/selfreg

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator - Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454, stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
  • Beverly Walker, Programmer, Community, 604-231-6422, beverly.walker@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 28, 2015

Avia Job Fair and pre-employment workshops offered at Richmond Public Library

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is pleased to partner with Avia Employment Services to offer a series of pre-employment workshops and a multi-employer Job Fair.

To prepare participants for the Job Fair, three workshops are being offered. They are: • Resume writing: October 1 from 9:30 – 11 :30 AM • Interview skills: October 1 from 1 – 3 PM • Power of Networking: October 5 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Following the series, there will be a multi-employer Job Fair on Thursday October 8. Interested participants must register for one of four information sessions at the Job Fair. Available registration times are 11 AM, 12:30 AM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM.

All events are free to attend however registration is required. To register, come in to any Richmond Public Library Branch, call the Richmond Public Library at (604) 231-6413 or register online using the library’s Event Calendar.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator - Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454
  • Beverly Walker, Programmer, Community, 604-231-6422, beverly.walker@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 28, 2015

Thursday Night Law School at the Richmond Public Library

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library and the People’s Law School are thrilled to be working together to present “Thursday Night Law School” at the Richmond Public Library. This series runs on select Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 PM in October and November, beginning October 8th. There is no cost to attend however registration is required. This series is suitable for adults and seniors, and will be of particular interest to community members who want updated information on end-of-life preferences.

Over the course of the series, presenters will address participants’ questions and perceptions about Wills, Estate Planning, the WESA Act, Employment Law, Power of Attorney and Representation Agreements.

Scheduled events include: • Immigration (Robert Leong) – October 8th • Wills & Estates (Jack Micner) – October 15th • Employment Law (Trevor Thomas) – October 22nd • Wills, Estates & Succession Act - WESA Act (Jack Micner) – November 5th • Power of Attorney & Representation Agreements (Hugh McLellan) – November 19th

“We are excited to bring Thursday Night Law School to the community,” says Beverly Walker, Community Programmer at Richmond Public Library. “Hearing from legal experts coordinated by the People’s Law School presents a unique opportunity to inform ourselves before having to make complex legal choices. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their own questions, which is an incredibly valuable community service.”

“We are so pleased to be partnering with the Richmond Public Library,” says Drew Jackson, Executive Director of the People’s Law School. “We love helping to provide people with an opportunity to come to a trusted community setting like a public library to learn more about the legal issues that can affect their lives.

To register, come in to any Richmond Public Library Branch, call the Richmond Public Library at (604) 231-6413 or register online using the library’s Event Calendar.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator - Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454
  • Beverly Walker, Programmer, Community, 604-231-6422, beverly.walker@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 21, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond Library Helps Immigrants Prepare for the Citizenship Exam

September 21, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release

Richmond Library Helps Immigrants Prepare for the Citizenship Exam

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is offering “Canadian Citizenship Conversation Circle” workshops on Tuesdays from Oct. 6 – Nov. 24 at 6:30 – 8:00 pm. This series will be held in the Special Collection Room on the 2nd floor of Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, phone 604-231-6412 or 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Participants must attend all 8 sessions.

The “Canadian Citizenship Conversation Circle” is designed to help immigrants who have submitted their citizenship application with preparing for their test. It offers opportunities for the participants to become more knowledgeable about Canadian history and geography, the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, the government system and structure, and Canadian symbols. They can also practice listening and speaking English. Participants must have CLB 4 English and are required to bring their Permanent Resident card to class.

“As many new immigrants in our community are interested in knowing more about Canada and want to become Canadian citizens, the Library presents this new citizenship preparation series in partnership with the Richmond office of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. The contents of this program are based on Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, the study guide issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

This series is led by Doris Lam, Settlement Program Coordinator of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go.

Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 18, 2015

Learn About the Health Risks from Lead and Mercury

Richmond Public Library is offering a “Healthy Richmond” Program. The program takes place on October 2 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Brighouse Branch, 2nd floor Program Room. This program is drop-in and suitable for ages 18 and over. Learn which of your everyday foods and products may contain harmful chemicals like lead and mercury, and what you can do about it.

Co-presented by Dr. Meena Dawar, a Medical Health Officer in Richmond, and Linda Dix-Cooper, a Perinatal Environmental Health Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, Richmond Public Library, 604-231-6454
  • Theresa de Sousa, Student Resources Librarian, 604-231-6423, theresa.desousa@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 11, 2015

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Richmond Public Library

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Richmond Public Library

Richmond, BC – To celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, Richmond Public Library is offering two free programs. On Fri., Sep 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., there will be a discussion called “Mid-Autumn Festival: Appreciation of Chinese Couplets” in Cantonese and Mandarin in the Special Collection Room. On Sat., Sep. 26 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., there will be “Stories about the ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’” in Mandarin for children between the ages of 6-12 years in the Kids’ Place program room. Both programs are held in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, phone 604-231-6412 or 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

The “Mid-Autumn Festival: Appreciation of Chinese Couplets” program is hosted by the Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets Study Club. They would like to invite people who enjoy reading and writing Chinese couplets to share their verses on the Mid-Autumn Festival with the other participants.

Families will learn about the origin, folk tales, special food, customs and traditions of this festival at “Stories about the ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’,” The storyteller is Andy Li, a local author, teacher and publisher.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important cultural events in China. It is a time for families to gather together to celebrate a bountiful harvest and admire the largest and most beautiful full moon of the year. The library would like to invite Chinese-speaking people to come and join us in our celebratory activities,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

About Richmond Public Library Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been proudly serving the Richmond, BC community since 1976. With four branches open 7 days a week to serve you plus a wealth of information available 24/7 at yourlibrary.ca, we take you beyond the Google search to help you find the content you need wherever you are – in the library, on your mobile, at home or on the go. – more – Did you know? RPL is a registered charity and relies on public donations to enhance the services and materials we offer to the community. No donation is too small! Find out more about how you can make a difference. -30-

For more information, contact Marketing or the event prime: Stephanie Vokey Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations Richmond Public Library T 604-231-6454 Stephanie.Vokey@yourlibrary.ca

Wendy Jang Coordinator, Chinese Community Services Richmond Public Library T 604-231.6409 wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, Richmond Public Library, 604-231-6454
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 4, 2015

Celebrity Storytime Event September 12 at RPL

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is proud to welcome Evan Dunfee as an honorary story-teller at our Celebrity Storytime event on September 12. This special event starts at 10:30 AM at the Brighouse Branch.

Attendees will enjoy a selection of children’s stories read by Evan. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a local athlete and introduce kids young and old to the magic of a shared story.

Evan Dunfee is a Canadian race walker who holds the Canadian and North American records for both the 20-kilometre and the 15-kilometre race walk. This summer, he made Canada proud by winning the Gold Medal in the men’s 20-kilometre race walk at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Dunfee lives in Richmond, British Columbia, training up to 50 km a day while also studying Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

This is a free drop-in event and all ages are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Contact:

  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator - Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        September 4, 2015

Writer-in-Residence Launch Event Happens September 25th

Richmond’s fourth Writer-in-Residence program, featuring Sally Stubbs, will be officially launched at a special event at the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.

This free event will be an opportunity for the public to meet Ms. Stubbs, enjoy short readings, hear about her writing career and learn about the range of free public programs she will present during her two months in residency at the Richmond Arts Centre, Minoru Place Activity Centre and Richmond Public Library.

In October and November, Ms. Stubbs will lead a range of programs and workshops working with adults, older adults, young children and youth. She will also offer one-to-one manuscript consultations for aspiring writers. The attached brochure provides details about these programs.

This event will be followed by a short reception with light refreshments served. You are invited to attend this special literary event that marks the beginning of our Writer-in-Residence program. Seating is limited. Pre-registration for this event is recommended. Please register before September 25th by calling 604-276-4300 or visit Richmond.ca/register and quote program #1170958.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 2, 2015

Help Wanted: Interview Skills Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Interview Skills Workshop held on Thursday, September 17th 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. 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        October 22, 2015

Creative Writing for Seniors at Richmond Public Library With Award-winning Author Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

Richmond Public Library will host a program on “Creative Writing for Seniors” facilitated by author Lillian Boraks-Nemetz on Monday, November 30th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This free program will take place in the 2nd floor Community Place Room. Registration Required. To register call 604-231-6413, come to any Richmond Public Library branch, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Class maximum is 14 people.

“Ms. Boraks-Nemetz will teach amateur writers how to sharpen self-expression through writing exercises. Participants will learn how to connect past events to the present through writing,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

Boraks-Nemetz is an instructor at UBC’s Writing Centre, and a Holocaust outreach speaker. Boraks-Nemetz survived the Holocaust as a child, and went on to write three novels, two books of poetry, write three translations, and edit an anthology of Holocaust poetry. Her young adult novel – The Old Brown Suitcase – won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize in 1995.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 11, 2015

Love, Lust and Relationships - Dr. Margie Holmes Talks About Women, Men and Intimacy

Richmond Public Library will host an author talk by Filipino psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes on the topic of “Love, Lust and Relationships” on Fri. September 25th from 1-3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This free, drop-in program will take place in the main floor living room.

“Dr. Holmes will discuss defining values about women, men and intimacy,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “Most people are intrigued by love, lust and relationships, so this should be a fascinating talk,” added Civkin. This year is the 25th anniversary of the publication of Dr. Holmes’ first book Life, Love, Lust: Straightforward Answers to Provocative Questions.

Dr. Holmes, who is a professor at the University of the Philippines, and a clinical psychologist in private practice, has written 18 books, nine in English and nine in Tagalog. She is also a columnist for Abante and Abante Tonite; Rappler.com; and Playboy. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Asiaweek, and Far Eastern Economic Review, and she is a regular contributor on Philippine TV.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        November 5, 2015

Nasreen Pejvack Launches New Novel “Amity” at Richmond Library

Local author Nasreen Pejvack will read from her new novel Amity on Friday, Nov. 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free, drop-in program is for adults.

Amity charts the life-altering friendship between two very different women who share their stories of wreckage caused by war and conflict during Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. “The audience will learn about Yugoslavian and Iranian politics, and women writing about political issues,” said library Communications Officer Shelley Civkin.

Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran, where, pre-revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece due to the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and soon thereafter immigrated to Canada.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 2, 2015

Library Offers Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Cantonese called “Chronic Disease Self-Management” will take place at Richmond Public Library on Tuesdays, September 22 – October 27 from 9:30am -12 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Special Collection 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. Deadline for registration is September 15.

“This series of health workshops will provide participants with practical skills on how to effectively manage their chronic conditions. With the support of other members in the group, participants will learn to set goals, take action, and solve problems to improve their quality of life. Caregivers are welcome to attend,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Chinese Community Services. This program is presented in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging. - 30 -

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 28, 2015

Let's Talk Credit!

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “Let’s Talk Credit” on Thursday, September 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/events. The program is presented by Credit Counselling Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 31, 2015

Writer-in-Residence Sally Stubbs Offers Manuscript Consultations

Richmond’s fourth Writer-in-Residence, Sally Stubbs, will offer free 30-minute manuscript consultations for aspiring or well-seasoned authors. By random draw, eight lucky local writers will be selected for a consultation with Stubbs at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on November 15th or 16th. Interested writers are invited to submit a sample of their writing by 5:00 p.m. on October 18th to Manuscript Consultation, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Submissions should be dropped off at the 2nd floor Ask Me Desk and must be a maximum of 2,500 words, typed, and double-spaced on letter-size paper. Please include your name, phone number and email on your submission. The library will contact you if your submission is selected. For a detailed list of all Writer-in-Residence programs check out the brochure on the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/flyers/writerinresidence2015.pdf.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 27, 2015

Library Offers Computer Classes in Mandarin for Seniors

PRESS RELEASE August 27, 2015 For Immediate Release

Library Offers Computer Classes in Mandarin for Seniors

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering a free series computer classes in Mandarin for seniors on Thursdays and Fridays, Sep. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 10 am – 12 noon in the Special Collection Room on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must register for and attend all six sessions. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Space is limited. Due to high demand, this program is for local residents only.

“This course will cover the basics of computer hardware, what to look for when buying a computer, Internet safety and how to use the mouse and keyboard, MS Windows, browsers, search engines, email, WIFI, Android tablets and smartphones. Participants should bring their laptops, Android tablets and smartphones to class,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “We are grateful to Mr. Jim Ng for volunteering his time to teach this course,” Jang added. Jim Ng is a full time instructor of computer courses at Douglas College. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 26, 2015

Interested in Food Security?

The Food for Thought Book Club is looking for new members. If you want to increase your understanding of issues that deal with food security this may be the book club for you. Led by the Richmond Food Security Society the book club will be discussing “The Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King for the September 9 meeting. The book club meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at ww.yourlibrary.ca/events This program is free and offered in English. Space is limited to twelve people so register early. Books are provided.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 4, 2015

Practice Your English at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public library is offering a free drop-in program for adults called English Corner on Fridays from September 18th – December 11th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Classes take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

“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 Alma McDonald is a former teacher.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 31, 2015

Writer-in-Residence Sally Stubbs Offers Manuscript Consultations

Richmond’s fourth Writer-in-Residence, Sally Stubbs, will offer free 30-minute manuscript consultations for aspiring or well-seasoned authors. By random draw, eight lucky local writers will be selected for a consultation with Stubbs at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on November 15th or 16th. Interested writers are invited to submit a sample of their writing by 5:00 p.m. on October 18th to Manuscript Consultation, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Submissions should be dropped off at the 2nd floor Ask Me Desk and must be a maximum of 2,500 words, typed, and double-spaced on letter-size paper. Please include your name, phone number and email on your submission. The library will contact you if your submission is selected. For a detailed list of all Writer-in-Residence programs check out the brochure on the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/flyers/writerinresidence2015.pdf.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        September 9, 2015

Writer-in-Residence Sally Stubbs Offers Workshops in Richmond

Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence for 2015, Sally Stubbs, will offer a free, three-part writing workshop called “Writing Our Dreams for Adults with Children 5 - 7 Years Old” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on November 2, 3 & 4 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration opens on September 26th. To register call 604-276-4300 or go online at Richmond.ca/register and quote program #1171108. Pre-registration is required. Maximum 12 participants.

“Participants should come to the workshop with an idea for a character or story that is inspired by the theme of dreams,” said library Communications Officer, Shelley Civkin. “Together they will read and explore picture books and fairy tales, learn to make simple sock puppets, and “act” with them to create characters,” added Civkin. In the third session, parents and children will rehearse and perform their puppet plays for the group. Those who are interested are invited to become part of the larger intergenerational presentation and celebration on the theme of dreams on November 21st. For a detailed list of all Writer-in-Residence programs check out the brochure on the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/flyers/writerinresidence2015.pdf.

On Friday, Sept. 25th the Writer-in-Residence Launch Event 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 #1170958.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 19, 2015

Richmond Library Offers Chinese Calligraphy and Painting for Kids and Teens

Richmond Library Offers Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Classes for Kids and Teens

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering weekly basic Chinese calligraphy and painting classes for kids and teens: • Chinese Calligraphy for Kids 1, suitable for ages 10-15, Wednesdays from September 9 – December 9 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Class will be cancelled on November 11. • Chinese Painting for Kids 1, suitable for ages 7-13, Sundays, September 13 – December 13 from 10:30 am – 12 noon. These free weekly classes will be held in the Special Collections Room on the 2nd floor of Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. They will be conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, phone 604-231-6412, go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“The classes will be taught by Chinese artist, Harry Yu, president of the Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club. Students will learn how to hold the brush and write some easy Chinese characters or draw some simple scenes. Students will bring their own art supplies. A list of art supplies can be found on the online program registration on the library’s website at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/,” says Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese Community Services. These programs are offered in partnership with Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club. For more information, phone 604-231-6412.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 13, 2015

Richmond Library Launches Senior Moments Book Club

Richmond Public Library will launch its first in-house Seniors Book Club on September 17th. Seniors ages 55 and older are invited to read books and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, the Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The meetings will take place once a month, on Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

Participants must pick up each month’s book at the Library Cards Desk at Brighouse Branch three to four weeks before each meeting. The Senior Moments Book Club will meet on September 17, October 15, November 12 and December 10. The first book will be The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. “The library’s goal is to make this an ongoing community-led program,” said Library Communications Officer, Shelley Civkin. To kick off the program Civkin will facilitate the first couple of sessions.

“The Senior Moments Book Club is a great way to encourage social interaction and participation among older adults,” added Civkin. “Too many seniors suffer isolation and lack of opportunities to share their thoughts and engage in meaningful discussion with others,” said Civkin. “The Senior Moments Book Club will help empower seniors, and give them a sense of freedom, creativity and validation. Plus they can make new friends, and share book recommendations.”

Contact:

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

For immediate release        August 26, 2015

Shofar Making Demonstration at Richmond Library- Celebrating the Jewish New Year

Richmond Public Library will host a Shofar Making Demonstration in partnership with Chabad of Richmond, in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This free, drop in program for families and kids takes place on Wed., Sept. 9th from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, in the Living Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6413.

The Shofar is probably 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, mystical tone. "The Shofar generates an otherworldly sound. It's very soulful, very stirring, and open to individual 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. 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 (the Day of Atonement).”

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, for several reasons, not least of which is 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, 2015

Work Smart: Your Rights & Responsibilities in the BC Workforce

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on BC Employment Standards takes place on Thursday August 20th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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. This workshop will focus on explaining your rights and responsibilities as an employee in BC, as stipulated in the BC Employment Standards Act. This Act sets out the minimum standards that apply in most workplaces in British Columbia and applies to all non-union employees who fall under Provincial Law, including temporary foreign workers. The workshop will be presented by Wanda Kusumajuda, an Employment Counsellor with the Skills Connect for Immigrants program at Back in Motion Rehab.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 31, 2015

Understanding the Home Buying Process

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar in Mandarin called “Understanding the Home Buying Process” on Saturday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 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 Max Liu from TD Canada Trust.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 24, 2015

Beijing Women and Comrade Dad

PRESS RELEASE July 24, 2015

Beijing Women and Comrade Dad

RICHMOND, B.C. – An author talk and video screening entitled “Beijing Women and Comrade Dad” will take place at Richmond Public Library on Fri., Aug. 7 from 7-9 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is in English.

“Wang Yuan and Karin Lee will discuss what it is like to be an “ethnic” Chinese in Canada; the identity, nationality and cultural issues they face; changes to the Chinese community; and life in Canada as compared to life in China. Ms. Wang will read from her new book, Beijing Women : Stories and Ms. Lee will screen her videos,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Chinese Community Services.

Wang Yuan immigrated to Canada from Beijing in 2006 and settled in Richmond. She has published six books in Chinese. Beijing Women : Stories, which was translated into English by Colin Hawes and Shuyu Kong, is her first book in English.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Karen Lee has written, directed and produced narrative films, experimental videos, documentaries and original TV series. She won the BC Leo Diversity in Cultures Award in 2005 and the Gemini award in 2011 for her documentary Made in China. She received the Mayor’s Arts Award from the City of Vancouver for film and new media artist for 2014. For information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 17, 2015

Richmond Public Library and Richmond Arts Centre Host MoTown

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015

RICHMOND, BC - From July 20-24, 2015, the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, together with the Richmond Arts Centre, will be hosting MoTown – a week-long celebration of the writing and artwork of well-known children’s author, Mo Willems. Willems well-loved children’s books include, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the Elephant and Piggie series. Events will include free, drop-in storytimes and arts and crafts, as well as a special puppet show, and a photo taking with the Pigeon and his bus.

“MoTown is a wonderful way to promote language and arts literacy,” says Melanie Au, Head of Kids’ Place at the Richmond Public Library. “We hope this will inspire families to develop a love of literature and good reading habits. Reading throughout the summer plays an important role in maintaining children’s skills during the break from school. This event is a fun way to get the entire family excited about reading and books.”

As part of MoTown, children at the library have been busy creating paper-mache pigeons and cardboard buses in anticipation of this exciting event. Everyone is invited to see their colourful artwork on display during MoTown, the third week-long summer literacy collaboration by the Arts Centre and library. For a schedule of the week’s events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/kids or call 604-231-6412 for more information.

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Contact: Melanie Au Head of Kids’ Place, Richmond Public Library Phone: 604-231-6425 Email: melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 17, 2015

Library Offers Computer Classes in Cantonese for Seniors

News Release For Immediate Release July 17, 2015

Library Offers Computer Classes in Cantonese for Seniors

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering a free series computer classes in Cantonese for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 10 am – 12 noon in the computer zone at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must register for and attend all six sessions. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Space is limited. Due to high demand, this program is for local residents only.

“This course will cover the basics of computer hardware, what to look for when buying a computer, Internet safety and how to use the mouse and keyboard, MS Windows, browsers, search engines, email, WIFI, Android tablets and smartphones. Participants should bring their laptops, Android tablets and smartphones to class,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “We are grateful to Mr. Jim Ng for volunteering his time to teach this course,” Jang added. Jim Ng is a full time instructor of computer courses at Douglas College. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 10, 2015

Story Building and Letter Writing with Author Pat Riccardi

RICHMOND, B.C. – Does your child love stories? Would they like to create stories of their own? Children age 6-8 will work together to build a story and learn the lost art of letter writing at the “Story Building and Letter Writing” program at Richmond Public Library. Program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) branch, Kids’ Place, 7700 Minoru Gate on Friday, July 17th from 2:30-3:15pm. Program is also offered at the Steveston branch at 4111 Moncton St. on Thursday, August 20th from 2:00-2:45pm.

“Children love to hear stories and are full of imagination themselves,” said librarian Christine McCrea. “Pat Riccardi works with children to bring out their creativity, using it to craft an “interactive” story with both Pat and the children as contributors. Children will then learn how to write a letter and practice writing one themselves.”

Pat Riccardi is the author of Socks, You, You & You, and Happy Go Luck, a “feel-good” book for elementary aged children. He travels to different elementary schools to work on story-building with groups of children. For more information please call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 9, 2015

Learn About Problems of Conversion Between Simplified and Traditional Chinese Characters

PRESS RELEASE July 9, 2015

Learn about Problems of Conversion Between Simplified and Traditional Chinese Characters

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will offer a seminar in Mandarin called “Potholes in the Road of Conversion Between Simplified / Tradiitonal Chinese Characters” on Wed., July 22 from 7-9 pm 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/events. Guess speaker is Shou-Fang Hu-Moore.

“Debate on whether to use traditional or simplified Chinese characters has been going on for decades, but this presentation is not about political or personal preference. Instead, it is about the misused words that frequently appear often in Chinese publications caused by reliance on Chinese character conversion software. It is important to be able to identify and correct these errors to prevent deterioration of the modern Chinese language,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Shou-Fang Hu-Moore has won many literary awards in North America and Taiwan for her Chinese essays, poetry and translations. She is a part-time instructor in the Chinese Program of Langara College Continuing Studies for the past twenty years. For information, phone 604-231-6413. - 30 -

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 7, 2015

Chinese Written Characters Demystifed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2015

Chinese Written Characters Demystified

RICHMOND, B.C. – Do you want a simple system for learning the Chinese language and writing Chinese characters? If so, come to the free seminar, “Chinese Written Characters Demystified” on Sat., July 11 from 2-4 pm 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/events. Program is in English.

“Some people find learning to write Chinese characters difficult, but once they understand the basic components of the Chinese writing system, they’ll be able to learn the language quickly and understand the culture. In this seminar, Ms. Shou-Fang Hu-Moore will explain the basic components of the Chinese writing system,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Shou-Fang Hu-Moore has won many literary awards in North America and Taiwan for her Chinese essays, poetry and translations. She is a part-time instructor in the Chinese Program of Langara College Continuing Studies for the past twenty years. For information, phone 604-231-6413. - 30 -

Contact:

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

For immediate release        July 2, 2015

Learn to Grow Asian Vegetables

News Release For Immediate Release July 2, 2015

Learn to Grow Asian Vegetables

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Hua Foundation, will offer two free workshops on “Sprouting Choi: An Introduction on Growing Asian Vegetables” on Wed., July 15. The English session will take place from 5-6 pm and the Cantonese session from 6:30-7:30 pm at Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch, in the Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Registration is required.

“The participants will learn the basics of growing bok choi, gai lan and other favorite Chinese vegetables. Both organic and traditional gardening methods will be covered, as well as what’s best to grow for beginners,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

The presenters are Megan Lau and Caroline Chiu from Hua Foundation. Lau, the Associate Director of Communications and Development at Haw Foundation. Chiu is a research associate and farm school student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 30, 2015

Monkey King Stories for Kids

News Release For Immediate Release June 30, 2015

Monkey King Stories for Kids

RICHMOND –Richmond Public Library will offer three storytelling sessions for kids in Mandarin about the Monkey King, from July 13-15 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Kids’ Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free series, phone 604-231-6412, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Kids can attend any or all of these sessions.

“The Chinese classic Journey to the West has fascinated readers for centuries. The Monkey King, one of the main characters in the novel, is an all-time favorite for kids. Richmond Public Library has invited Mr. Andy Li to tell the stories “The birth of Monkey King” and “Monkey King creates havoc in heaven,” to kids ages 6-12. These exciting stories will provide an opportunity for kids to learn Chinese language and culture,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Andy Li is a writer, publisher, and teacher. He currently teaches at Prime Chinese School in Coquitlam and serves as the chief editor of the Tri-city Chinese Community Society newsletter. For more information, phone 604-231-6412.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 30, 2015

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat ADHD and Autism

News Release For Immediate Release June 30, 2015

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat ADHD and Autism

RICHMOND – Find out how traditional Chinese medicine can be used to manage ADHD and Autism at a free seminar called “TCM Theories and Treatments for Autism and ADHD.” These programs will take place at Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place roomt, 7700 Minoru Gate. The English session is on Tues., July 14 from 7-9 p.m. and the Mandarin session on Tues., July 21 from 7-9 p.m. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Registration is required.

“The guest speaker Dr. Kevin Lu will talk about current medical research on ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), how traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be used to manage these developmental disorders in children, and the pros and cons of some common therapies,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Dr. Kevin Lu graduated from the Guangzhou University of TCM with a double major in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. He has practiced TCM and acupuncture in Vancouver since 2005 and specializes in using acupuncture and the Jin’s Three-Needle-Therapy with herbal medicine to treat chronic pain, psychiatric illnesses and developmental disorders in children. He taught courses on TCM and acupuncture at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. This program is presented in partnership with the TCM Practitioners & Acupuncture Society. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 29, 2015

The Power of Networking

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free employment workshop on “The Power of Networking” takes place on Thursday July 16th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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 simple yet highly effective ways to network their way to career and life success. This is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. The workshop will be presented by Employment Specialists from Avia Employment Services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 25, 2015

Learn to Prevent Diabetes at RPL

RICHMOND – Learn how to avoid getting diabetes at a free seminar called “Introduction to Diabetes.” This program is in Cantonese and will take place at Richmond Public Library on Thursday, July 9 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“Participants will find out what diabetes is and ways to prevent and manage it,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

This program is presented in partnership with the Canadian Health Awareness Society. The guest speaker is Dr. Kwang Yang. Dr. Yang is the President of the Canadian Health Awareness Society. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 24, 2015

Learn About Filial Piety in China

News Release For Immediate Release June 24, 2015

Learn About Filial Piety in Chinese Society

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University’s David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication, will offer a free seminar in Mandarin on “Filial Piety in China.” This program will take place on Tues., July 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Registration is required.

“Filial piety is considered one of the key Confucian virtues and essential moral conduct in Chinese society. The guest speaker, Professor Lixia Zhu, will draw on the experiences of two prestigious families in Shanghai to illustrate the importance of filial piety in Chinese society, and its impact on the fortune of the family and the state,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Lixia Zhu is a professor and graduate adviser in the School of Humanities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her areas of specialization are regional culture, literature of the Tang and Song dynasties, and poetry and family literature from the Ming and Qing dynasties. She is currently a visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 23, 2015

Find Out about LIfe in a Chinese Village

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2015

Library Offers Talk on Life in a Chinese Village

RICHMOND, B.C. – An author talk entitled “Life in a Chinese Village” will take place at Richmond Public Library on Saturday, July 4 from 2-3 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is in English.

“Ms. Chunqing Wang, author of You May as Well Sing, Brother, will talk about life in her ancestral village of Yibancun in Shanxi Province, China and read from her book. Her husband, Chris Denholm, will share his experience as one of the few westerners ever to visit that region,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Chinese Community Services. There will be book sale and author signing. For information, phone 604-231-6413. - 30 -

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 23, 2015

Living with Sleep Apnea

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free information session on how to live well with sleep apnea on Monday, July 6th from 7:00 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 helpful tips and techniques for increasing the effectiveness and enjoyment of their CPAP therapy. Presented by Cox Tan-Ngo, Registered Respiratory Therapist at Clinical Sleep Solutions.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 23, 2015

Community Education Series

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library in partnership with Richmond Addiction Services Society is offering a free seven-week educational series on addictions-related topics. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays from July 8th – August 19th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Register for one or all of the topics by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Sessions include: • “The Development of Addiction” Wednesday July 8 • “Chemicals and the Body” Wednesday July 15 • “The Recovery Process” Wednesday July 22 • “The Family Context” Wednesday July 29 • “Problem Gambling” Wednesday August 5 • “Helping Others” Wednesday August 12 • “Drugs in Our Society” Wednesday August 19

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 22, 2015

Basic Computers for Seniors in Mandarin

News Release For Immediate Release June 22, 2015

Library Offers Computer Classes in Mandarin for Seniors

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering a free series computer classes in Mandarin for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23 from 10 am – 12 noon in the computer zone at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must register for and attend all six sessions. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Space is limited.

“This course will cover the basics of computer hardware, what to look for when buying a computer, Internet safety and how to use the mouse and keyboard, MS Windows, browsers, search engines, email, WIFI, Android tablets and smartphones. Participants should bring their laptops, Android tablets and smartphones to class,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “We are grateful to Mr. Jim Ng for volunteering his time to teach this course,” Jang added. Jim Ng is a full time instructor of computer courses at Douglas College. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 16, 2015

Take Control of Your Finances

The library is hosting a free program called “Budgeting 101: Six Easy Steps to Manage Your Money” on Tues., June 23 from 1:30 – 3:00 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. Participants will learn the six steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind. This program is presented by Lisa Rogers from the Credit Counselling Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 8, 2015

Financial Planning for Your Retirement

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join us for a free workshop offered in Mandarin on planning for your retirement. The workshop takes place on Thursday June 25th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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 about various strategic planning concepts and practices to help achieve and maintain retirement goals. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin by Billy Xu, Consultant at Investors Group.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 8, 2015

Introduce Yourself to LinkedIn & Make it Work for You

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free introductory LinkedIn workshop on Tuesday, June 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        June 3, 2015

Resume Writing Workshop

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Resume Writing Workshop held on Thursday, June 18th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will learn about different types of resumes and how to build an effective resume that focuses on the employer’s needs. 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 21, 2015

Find Out About Glaucoma at RPL

News Release For Immediate Release May 21, 2015

Find Out About Glaucoma at RPL

RICHMOND – Learn the basics about the eye disease glaucoma at a free seminar called “Sneak Thief of Vision : Glaucoma.” This program is in Cantonese and will take place at Richmond Public Library on Wednesday, June 3 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in Canada”, said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “As well as a definition, participants will learn the categories, symptoms, risk factors, tests, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of this disease,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

This program is presented in partnership with the Canadian Health Awareness Society. The guest speaker is Dr. Haiquan Liu. Dr. Liu started his practice as glaucoma specialist in 1988. He has extensive experience in clinical practice and research, in depth understanding of the mechanisms of this eye disease, and broad knowledge of current research in the treatment of ocular diseases. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 20, 2015

Knitting 101 at the Richmond Public Library

News Release For Immediate Release June 13th, 2015

Knitting 101

RICHMOND – If you have ever wanted to learn how to knit, The Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Knit N Crochet 4 a Better World, is offering a free program to get you started. Participants can bring their own knitting needles and yarn but there will be some available to borrow. The library will also be showcasing its collection of knitting and crocheting material during this program, library members are welcome to check them out and further their practice at home. Knitting 101 takes place on Saturday, June 13th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free session, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“Knitting is relaxing and helps relieve stress. It is also meditative. When knitting in a group, it keeps you socially active and if you have arthritis, it improves dexterity in your hands and fingers.” said Emy Lai, knitting expert and program instructor.

Emy Lai has been knitting for decades, learning techniques from her family as a young teen. She currently works with waste reduction and recycling, and is looking forward to sharing her expertise. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 20, 2015

RPL Offers Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Classes for Kids and Teens

RPL Offers Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Classes for Kids and Teens

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering basic Chinese calligraphy and painting classes for kids and teens: • Chinese Calligraphy for Kids 1, suitable for 10-15 year olds, will be held on Wed., June 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. • Chinese Painting for Kids 1, suitable for 7-13 year olds, will be held on Sun., June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30 am – 12 noon. These free weekly classes will be held in the Special Collection Room on the 2nd floor of Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. They will be conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, phone 604-231-6412, go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Registrants must attend all four sessions.

“The classes will be taught by Chinese artist, Harry Yu, president of the Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club. Students will learn how to hold the brush and write some easy Chinese characters or draw some simple scenes. Mr. Yu will let the students know what supplies to bring at the first meeting,” says Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese Community Services. These programs are offered in partnership with Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club. For more information, phone 604-231-6412.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 19, 2015

Storytelling for Seniors : Hidden Stories from the Water Margin

News Release For Immediate Release May 19, 2015

Storytelling for Seniors : Hidden Stories from The Water Margin

RICHMOND – To celebrate Seniors Week, Richmond Public Library is hosting a series of four storytelling sessions in Mandarin for seniors entitled “Hidden Stories from ‘The Water Margin’” («??»??????). The sessions take place Monday-through Thursday, June 1-4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free series, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“The Chinese classic The Water Margin is not only a fascinating novel, it also contains many interesting stories and hidden messages waiting to be discovered. Mr. Andy Li, the storyteller, will introduce the main characters and select some of the most riveting stories and tell them in traditional Chinese storytelling style,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Andy Li is a writer, publisher, and teacher. He currently teaches at Prime Chinese School in Coquitlam and serves as the chief editor of the Tri-city Chinese Community Society newsletter. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 15, 2015

Wielding the Phoenix Pen

RICHMOND – To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar in English entitled “Wielding the Phoenix Pen: Spirit-writing Altars in Hong Kong and Vancouver” on Friday, May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“Spirit-writing or fuji is a practice of writing Chinese characters guided by the divine associated with the Quanzhan School of Daoism,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “Professor Paul Crowe, an expert on spirit-medium groups in Vancouver and Hong Kong, will talk about a network of spirit-writing altars dedicated to Lu Zu, as well as its links to Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Videos and historical photographs of these Daoist groups will be shown.”

Paul Crowe is director of the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Community and associate professor in the Department of Humanities at SFU. He teaches courses on China’s intellectual history and culture and on Chinese diaspora communities in Canada. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 14, 2015

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Mandarin called “Chronic Disease Self-Management” will take place at Richmond Public Library on Thursdays, May 28-July 2 from 9:30am -12 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

“This series of health workshops will provide participants with practical skills on how to effectively manage their chronic conditions. With the support of other members in the group, participants will learn to set goals, take action, and solve problems to improve their quality of life. Caregivers are welcome to attend,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Chinese Community Services. This program is presented in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 12, 2015

Personal Fitness at Your Library

The library is hosting two fitness information programs for adults and seniors at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. “Personal Fitness: The Big Picture” happens Friday, May 22 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and “Keep on Moving: Fitness Activities for Older Adults” takes place on Monday, May 25 from 12 – 1:00 pm. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. These programs are free and offered in English.

“Personal Fitness: The Big Picture” will teach you how to plan your personal exercise program to achieve toned muscle, fat loss and improved health. “Keep on Moving: Fitness Activities for Older Adults” will be an active demonstration of three simple fitness activities that can be incorporated into a daily routine in the spring and summer. These programs will be presented by Kendrick Uy, a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer, Third Age Instructor, Osteofit Instructor and a Continuing Studies fitness instructor for the Vancouver School Board.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 11, 2015

Learn About Canadian Workplace Culture

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Canadian Workplace Culture takes place on Thursday May 21st from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the 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.

Participants will learn about Canadian employer expectations, inter-cultural communication, common workplace behaviours, and cross generational workplaces. This is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. This workshop is presented by Gilbert Siu, an Employment Counsellor at the Skills Connect for Immigrants Program at Back in Motion.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 10, 2015

Grow Your Own Food with My Green Space

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2015

Grow Your Own Food with My Green Space

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and My Green Space present a free program on Saturday May, 23rd from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate in Community Place. To register please visit our events calendar online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Presenter Michael Moll has many years of experience and success growing his own food. He will be sharing techniques and tools to help you plan your garden and get a bountiful harvest. Michael’s experience has inspired him to launch “My Green Space” a company whose mission is to help everyone enhance their gardens while utilizing the Square Foot method of gardening. He will also introduce planning tools from West Coast Seeds to help with garden planning.

“The library is fortunate to partner with this local company to offer our community expert advice on food growing in the city,” says Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services. “Richmond has a long history of food sustainability programs. This event is a great way to start your gardening adventure. The library has lots of great gardening books to support your new hobby”, she added.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith Coordinator, Learning Place Services Phone: (604) 231-6417 Email: LeeAnne.Smith@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 10, 2015

Employment 101

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2015

Employment 101

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer Richmond job seekers an mini - employment fair on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 10am to 12pm in Community Place at the Brighouse (Main) branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or call ISS of BC 604-684-2504. Free!

Businesses attending this event are go2HR and Organika Health Products Inc. Participants will learn about these two business sectors and the requirements and qualifications to enter related jobs at go2HR and Organika Health Products Inc.. Each employer session is 40 to 60 minutes long followed by a question and answer period. Participants are encouraged to bring an up- to- date resume to this free program.

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

Contact:

  • ISS of BC, 604-684-2504
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        June 9, 2015

The Book Market in Canada: What Every Author Should Know About Their Publisher and the Retail Scene Today

Richmond Public Library will hold a free workshop on “The Book Market in Canada: What Every Author Should Know About Their Publisher and the Retail Scene Today” as part of its Writers Roundup event for amateur and professional writers. The workshop takes place on June 19th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. 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. Guest presenter is Jamie Broadhurst.

This workshop will explain the dynamics of the book market in Canada and what an author can do to tip the odds in their favour. Participants will learn:

• Where to get more information about what books are selling in Canada. • What authors should be asking an agent or publisher regarding promotion, before they sign a book deal. • Positioning, sales track and platform are the keys to selling a book. You’ll learn what these concepts mean and why they matter to an author.

“There are over two hundred and fifty thousand books professionally published (and three times as many self-published books) each year in North America. How does your book get a chance to thrive in this semi-chaotic market? Authors often feel uninformed and powerless about how they can help make their book a success,” said Broadhurst.

Broadhurst has worked in Canadian Publishing for 20 years, during which he has worked with many authors, including J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame), Louise Penny, and Will Ferguson. Jamie is Vice-President of Marketing for Raincoast Books in Vancouver and is an adjunct professor in the Simon Fraser University Publishing Department. He is also a director of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 9, 2015

Learn the Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing

Richmond Public Library will hold a free workshop on “The Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing” as part of its Writers Roundup event for adult writers. The workshop takes place on June 19th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. Guest presenter is author Lesley Taylor.

Taylor said: “When you self-publish a book, you are the publisher. This means that you pay for producing the book and for marketing and distribution. It also means you keep all of the profits.” Join Lesley Taylor as she shares her self-publishing story and discusses the pros and cons of becoming an “indie author”. Participants will leave with a self-publishing “to do” list.

“This is a great opportunity to learn something new and network with other writers,” said library Communications Officer, Shelley Civkin. For more information about the library’s other Writers Roundup workshops, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events/. Space is limited so register soon.

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        June 8, 2015

So You Want to be a Writer! From Blank Page to Manuscript

As part of its Writers Roundup event, Richmond Public Library will hold a free interactive workshop for adult writers on “Getting Started as a Writer – From Blank Page to Manuscript” on June 20th from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 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. Participants must bring pens, pencils and paper to the class.

Topics to be covered: • Finding inspiration • Storyboarding your idea • Flow of the story – making it believable • Keeping it real – making your characters come to life • Research and resource hints • The Big Bounce – who to show your work to and who NOT to • Writer’s block – how to get over the hump.

By the end of the class participants will have acquired skills in organizing, writing, research and editing. Guest presenter Mauro Azzano is a published author of the Ian McBriar Murder Mysteries, an award-nominated series of books set in the 1970’s. He has lived in Richmond for over twenty years. Prior to that, he lived in various parts of Canada, plus Australia and his native Italy. He has worked as a commercial pilot, electronics instructor, IT specialist and a number of other occupations.

“This is a great opportunity to learn some practical tips from a published author and network with other writers,” added Civkin. For more information about the other Writers Roundup workshops, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events/. Space is limited so register soon.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 5, 2015

Calling All Writers – Learn How to Write a Memoir

As part of its Writers Roundup event, Richmond Public Library will hold a free interactive workshop for adult writers on “How to Writer a Memoir” on June 19th from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 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. Guest presenter is community member Dr. Robin Percival-Smith.

“Writing about your own history and life or that of your family is a fascinating experience,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. Among other things, Dr. Percival-Smith will discuss the use of a mind map for the recovery of memories. Participants are asked to bring with them a 1-2 page memoir of their life from age 7 to 17.

“I encourage all writers to take advantage of the free Writers Roundup workshops happening on June 19th and 20th, and network with other writers,” added Civkin. For more information about the other Writers Roundup workshops, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events/. Space is limited so register soon.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 6, 2015

Easy Family Fitness at Your Library

Richmond Public Library will be hosting an easy free family fitness program for the whole family on Saturday, May 16 from 11:30 – 12:00 (noon) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Kids Place Program Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. No registration is required. Presenter is BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer Kendrick Uy. She will do an active demo of 3 simple fitness activities that families can integrate into their daily routine in the spring and summer.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 19, 2015

Enjoy Creative Aging for 55+ at Richmond Public Library

In celebration of National Seniors Week, Richmond Public Library is hosting programs that focus on the arts and creativity for adults ages 55+. The programs will take place 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/events. Programs include:

• “Life Mapping Workshop” presented by community member Wolf Strecko on Tues. June 2nd from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon in the 2nd floor program room. Explore your life by drawing and reflecting on past events in the form of a Life Map. Enjoy this creative way to engage in self-reflection. • “Activate Memories” presented by librarian Lee Anne Smith on Thurs. June 4th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Community Place room. This program entails short creative writing exercises based on personal memory and the contents of the library’s Nostalgia Kits. • “Hidden Stories From the Water Margin” presented by Andy Li from June 1st – 4th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. This program is for Mandarin speakers who want to listen to stories from the Chinese classic novel The Water Margin.

“This year’s theme for Seniors Week is “Creative Aging”, and focuses on the arts and creativity of seniors. It’s a great time to highlight seniors’ many contributions to the community,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. “What better way to do this than to tap into their creativity and experience,” added Civkin.

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        April 29, 2015

Preventing Heart Disease

News Release For Immediate Release April 29, 2015

Learn to Prevent Heart Disease

RICHMOND – Learn how to avoid getting heart disease at a free seminar called “Preventing Heart Disease.” This program is in Cantonese and will take place at Richmond Public Library on Thursday, May 14 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

“This program is presented in partnership with the Canadian Health Awareness Society. It covers the seven steps to a healthier heart plus nutrition and exercise,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

The guest speaker is cardiologist Dr. Raymond Dong. After receiving his medical degree in 1981 from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Dong undertook post graduate studies in internal medicine at UBC and cardiology at the University of Toronto. His main interest is in adult cardiology, with a focus on heart failure. Dr. Dong has offices in Richmond and Surrey. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 28, 2015

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at Richmond Public Library and Cultural Centre

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, a wide array of cultural programs from China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Tibet will take place from Tues., May 5 to Fri., May 22 at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch and the Cultural Center Performance Hall, 7700 Minoru Gate. All events are free and drop-in.

Events include an exhibition and artist talk by contemporary Chinese visual artist Jian Jun An; a presentation on Spirit Writing Altars in Hong Kong and Vancouver; award winning films from Thailand and Taiwan; a concert of Tibetan Singing bowls by Master Megha Shakya; Korean poetry with award winning poet Bong Ja Ahn; and a hands-on Chinese Calligraphy workshop. For more information on program dates and locations call 604-231-6413 or go to http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/.

“This year the library is pleased to host the Thai Corner display from May 5 to 10 at the Brighouse Branch. The Royal Thai Consulate is providing the display and several presentations on Thai culture, cuisine, business and trade during this week,” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services. “There will be special event on Tues., May 5 from 4 – 5 p.m. that includes a short welcome by the Consul-General, Sutthiluck Sa-ngarmangkang, a brief Thai dance performance and a reception,” added Smith. Asian Heritage Month is an annual event that celebrates the contributions of Asian cultures in enriching our local community and Canada as a whole,” said Smith.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        June 11, 2015

Local Author D.R. Graham Reads From Her Latest Biker and Rodeo Novels for Teens and Adults

D.R. Graham will read from her latest biker and rodeo novels for teens and adults of all ages at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library on Thurs. June 25th from 7-8 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living 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. This program is part of the library’s Authors in Our Midst Series.

Danielle Aldcorn, writing as D.R. Graham, has written One Percenter (book one in her Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club Series); The Handler (book two in the Noir et Bleu Series); Rank; the Brampton Beach Series (coming out in July); and Hit That and You’re Dead. Her novels deal with issues relevant to young and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. In addition to reading from her novels, Aldcorn will also talk about her path to publication. Her books are published in eBook format and paperback.

Aldcorn worked as a social worker with at-risk youth for seven years before becoming a therapist in private practice. Her clients are children and teenagers. Aldcorn is an award winning columnist for the Richmond News. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        May 29, 2015

Practice Your English at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public library is offering a free program for adults called English Corner on Fridays from June 12 – July 31 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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/eventd or call 604-231-6413. All classes will take place in the 2nd floor Community Place room except for June 19th which will be held in the 2nd floor Special Collections room. Participants should attend all eight classes.

“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 Alma McDonald is a former teacher.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 23, 2015

Financial Planning for Your Retirement

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join us for a free workshop on planning for your retirement, offered in English and Mandarin. The English session takes place on Saturday May 9th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and will be presented by Sean Oliver, Division Director at Investors Group. The Mandarin workshop takes place on Thursday May 28th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will be presented by Billy Xu, Consultant at Investors Group. Both sessions will be in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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 various strategic planning concepts and financial practices and tools to help achieve and maintain retirement goals.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 23, 2015

Learn About Maori Culture at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Chinese author, Ms. Song Lam (??), will give a presentation entitled “Similarities Between Maori and Chinese Cultures” (???????:?????????????)on Thursday, May 7 from 2-4 pm. This free program in Mandarin takes place in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

“After moving to New Zealand, well-known author Song Lam, who is originally from Hong Kong, has dedicated herself to studying Maori culture. She discovered many similarities between the Maori and Chinese cultures. She will present her research findings and personal experience at this presentation,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Chinese Community Services. This program is presented in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Propagation Association of Poetry, The Society for Chinese Canadian Literature Studies and Chinese Canadian Pen Centre.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 22, 2015

75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses” on Thursday, May 7 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 Credit Counselling Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 21, 2015

Join the RPL Chinese Couplets Study Club

News Release For Immediate Release April 21, 2015

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library invites you to join its new Chinese Couplets Study Club. Club meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on May 6, from 1-3 p.m. in the Special Collection Room on the 2nd floor of Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. The meetings will be in Cantonese. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Space is limited, so registration is required.

“Richmond Public Library has a large collection of books on Chinese couplets donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee in its Special Collection on Chinese Culture. These books are invaluable to the study of Chinese couplets,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. “We know that many people in the Chinese community write Chinese couplets for special occasions or as a leisure activity. We would like to invite them to come and join the Chinese Couplets Study Club. Members of this club will meet monthly to discuss the history, rules, tonal patterns, and anecdotes of Chinese couplets and share their own works, added Jang. Writer and metrics specialist Mr. Ronald Zhang will be leading this club.

Members of the Chinese Couplets Study Club are required to have a valid Richmond Public Library card. Participants take turns leading the discussions and planning the club’s activities. For information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 20, 2015

Computer Classes in Cantonese for Seniors

News Release For Immediate Release April 20, 2015

Library Offers Computer Classes in Cantonese for Seniors

RICHMOND – Richmond Public Library is offering a free series computer classes in Cantonese for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and 21 from 10 am – 12 noon in the computer zone at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must register for and attend all six sessions. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. Space is limited.

“This course will cover the basics of computer hardware, what to look for when buying a computer, Internet safety and how to use the mouse and keyboard, MS Windows, browsers, search engines, email, WIFI, Android tablets and smartphones. We are grateful to Mr. Jim Ng for volunteering his time to teach this course,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services. Jim Ng is a full time instructor of computer courses at Douglas College. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 14, 2015

Read Local BC – Lori Sherritt-Fleming: Playing With Words

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library is excited to host local author, educator and performer, Lori Sherritt-Fleming at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate on April 17 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This is a free drop-in program, best for families with children aged 6 or higher.

Lori’s visit is part of the Read Local BC campaign which celebrates local BC authors and is being promoted by the Association of Book Publishers of BC. Lori Sherritt-Fleming will be leading a ‘hands-on’ and ‘on-your-feet’ workshop that explores how using drama and role play can inspire stories, characters and even novels. The workshop features several drama games that lead to creating a live and improvised plot and concedes with a series of writing stations where participants can try their hand at writing.

“We are so excited to give the community a chance to meet local authors, “ says Melanie Au, Coordinator of Children and Family Services at the Richmond Public Library. “We hope this will help inspire and raise up more writers.”

Lori Sherritt-Fleming is President of the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society (CWILL BC) and founder of the Tickle Trunk Players, a team of professional actors and educators. She uses theatre, storytelling and rhythm to encourage students to make active and creative connections to literature.

For more information please call 604-231-6412 or visit us online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 8, 2015

Transitioning to Long-Term Care

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop called “Transition to Long-Term Care: What Families Need to Know”. The workshop will be held on Wednesday April 22nd (in English) and on Tuesday April 28th (in Russian) from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is of interest to anyone moving their loved ones to a long-term care facility, and will be presented by Karyna Matsyuk, a Registered Clinical Counselor and Licensed Practical Nurse. For more information visit the library’s website www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 8, 2015

Navigating the Wilderness of Grief

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be holding a free, three-part series of talks on grief, in the 2nd Floor Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Register for one or all of the sessions by visiting the Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Sessions include:

• “Understanding Grief and Finding Your Way” – Tues. April 21st from 7 – 8:30 pm • “Helping Children & Teens Cope with Death & Grief” – Tues. May 12th from 7 – 8:30 pm • “Helping Yourself & Others Heal After a Sudden Traumatic Death” – Tues. May 26th from 7 – 8:30 pm

Guest speaker is Noele Bird, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Accredited Music Therapist. Bird has been in private practice with children, youth and families for over 25 years. She has also been a clinical counselor with Surrey Hospice Society and Vancouver Hospice Society and a faculty member of Capilano University and Langara College.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        April 1, 2015

Know Your Rights as a Consumer

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop called “Consumer Law” on Wednesday April 15th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop will be in English, with Mandarin translation. Learn about the laws that protect you as a consumer. The workshop is in partnership with the People’s Law School. For more information visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 31, 2015

Watch an Inspiring Documentary Film at the Library

RICHMOND, B.C – The Richmond Public Library is presenting a Free, drop-in screening of Life Locked in a Suitcase, an award-winning documentary film, on Sunday April 19th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The film features Olesia Kornienko, writer/poet and professional dancer, who despite her severe physical disability strives to live her life to the fullest. Following the screening there will be a chance for program participants to meet cast and crew of the film, including director Genie Kolinkovsky. The film is in English, Russian and Polish with English subtitles. For more information, please visit the library’s website, www.yourlibrary.ca, or call the library at 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 30, 2015

Financial Planning for Your Retirement

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on planning for your retirement takes place on Tuesday April 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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 various financial planning strategies to help achieve and maintain retirement goals. The workshop will be presented by Sean Oliver, Division Director at Investors Group.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 24, 2015

Budgeting 101: 6 Easy Steps to Manage Your Money

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “Budgeting 101: 6 Easy Steps to Manage Your Money” on Thursday, April 9 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 Lisa Rogers from Credit Counselling Society.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 12, 2015

The Kitchen Garden: Learn How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Planting

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “The Kitchen Garden” on Mon., March 30 from 6-7 pm at the Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Highway, Richmond. Free and open to all ages. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

“We are very fortunate to host James Spears, VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Master Gardener of Vegetables”, said librarian Jan Turner. “Spears has over forty years of experience growing a wide variety of vegetables, which ties in nicely with sustainability. He will talk about garden preparation for spring planting,” added Turner.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 26, 2015

Read Local BC – Celebrate Local BC Authors & Their Works at Richmond Public Library

Come and hear local BC authors read from their works and talk about the writing and publishing process at the Brighouse (Main) branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The following programs are free and drop in, and take place in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. Programs include:

Fri. April 10th from 7-8:30 p.m. • Evelyn Lazare, author of The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch • Marilyn Wilson, author of Life Outside the Box: The Extraordinary Journeys of 10 Unique Individuals

Sat. April 11th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Lesley Taylor, author of The Dynamic Introvert will talk about “How to Self-Publish”

Sat. April 18th from 10:30-11:30 • Nick Noorani, author of 365 Tips for Newcomers

As part of Read Local BC, a group of Chinese Canadian authors will be talking about their books in Cantonese and Mandarin. These programs will take place in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. Registration required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. Programs include:

Fri. April 17th from 7-9 p.m. (In Cantonese and Mandarin) • Wah Ying Chan, author of children’s books • Catherine Shi, author of poetry books • Yuping Li, novelist and essayist • Zhaoyuan Liang, writes about the Dream of the Red Chamber

Sat. April 25th from 1:30-4:00 p.m. (In Mandarin) • Ya Hsien with Bai Long – Topic is “The Beauty of Chinese Poetry and drama: Dialogue with Ya Hsien”.

Children’s authors will also be strutting their stuff during Read Local BC. The following programs are for families with children age 6 and older, and will take place in the Kids’ Place program room. Free and drop-in. Programs include:

Fri. April 10th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Registration required. • Holman Wang, author of the Epic Yarn books. Holman will demonstrate how he uses felting to make Star Wars characters and create his books. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413.

Fri. April 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Drop-in. • Lori Sherritt, author of Hungry for Math Poems to Munch On and Lelou’s Journey is presenting “Playing with Words…Exploring Where Stories are Born.” This hands on and on-your-feet workshop explores how using drama to role-play can inspire stories, characters and novels. The workshop features several drama games that lead to creating a live and improvised plot, and concludes with a series of writing stations where participants can try their hand at writing, coached by a published author.

“Part of the “Read Local BC” awareness campaign that’s being promoted by the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the goal is to encourage the public to support local authors, libraries and BC-published books,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425, melanie.au@yourlibrary.ca
  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409

For immediate release        March 26, 2015

Read Local BC – Celebrate Local BC Authors & Their Works at Richmond Public Library

Come and hear local BC authors read from their works and talk about the writing and publishing process at the Brighouse (Main) branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The following programs are free and drop in, and take place in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. Programs include:

Fri. April 10th from 7-8:30 p.m. • Evelyn Lazare, author of The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch • Marilyn Wilson, author of Life Outside the Box: The Extraordinary Journeys of 10 Unique Individuals

Sat. April 11th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Lesley Taylor, author of The Dynamic Introvert will talk about “How to Self-Publish”

Sat. April 18th from 10:30-11:30 • Nick Noorani, author of 365 Tips for Newcomers

As part of Read Local BC, a group of Chinese Canadian authors will be talking about their books in Cantonese and Mandarin. These programs will take place in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. Registration required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. Programs include:

Fri. April 17th from 7-9 p.m. (In Cantonese and Mandarin) • Wah Ying Chan, author of children’s books • Catherine Shi, author of poetry books • Yuping Li, novelist and essayist • Zhaoyuan Liang, writes about the Dream of the Red Chamber

Sat. April 25th from 1:30-4:00 p.m. (In Mandarin) • Ya Hsien with Bai Long – Topic is “The Beauty of Chinese Poetry and drama: Dialogue with Ya Hsien”.

Children’s authors will also be strutting their stuff during Read Local BC. The following programs are for families with children age 6 and older, and will take place in the Kids’ Place program room. Free and drop-in. Programs include:

Fri. April 10th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Registration required. • Holman Wang, author of the Epic Yarn books. Holman will demonstrate how he uses felting to make Star Wars characters and create his books. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413.

Fri. April 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Drop-in. • Lori Sherritt, author of Hungry for Math Poems to Munch On and Lelou’s Journey is presenting “Playing with Words…Exploring Where Stories are Born.” This hands on and on-your-feet workshop explores how using drama to role-play can inspire stories, characters and novels. The workshop features several drama games that lead to creating a live and improvised plot, and concludes with a series of writing stations where participants can try their hand at writing, coached by a published author.

“Part of the “Read Local BC” awareness campaign that’s being promoted by the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the goal is to encourage the public to support local authors, libraries and BC-published books,” said Shelley Civkin, library communications officer. For more information please call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 12, 2015

Practice Your English Skills at Richmond Library’s ESL Book Club

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free 4-session ESL Book Club for adults on Mondays from April 13 to May 4 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Special Collection Room, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. The program goes from 1-2:30 p.m. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. This program is suitable for intermediate ESL learners who read at Canadian Language Benchmarks level 4-6. Limited to 15 people maximum.

“This program is for English language learners who want to practice their English reading, speaking and vocabulary skills. As a group, we’ll discuss books written by Canadian authors,” said Shelley Civkin, communications officer. Reading material will be provided to participants with a valid Library Card. Registration required. Participants must attend all 4 sessions.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 6, 2015

Living with Liver Disease

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop called “Living with Liver Disease: Myths and Facts about Hepatitis C”. Learn how to keep your liver healthy with Dr. Edward Tam and RN Carolyn Klassen. The workshop is sponsored by the Canadian Liver Foundation. The workshop will be held on Wednesday March 25th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information visit the library’s website www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        March 4, 2015

Richmond Library Offers Free Income Tax Clinics

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Clinic to help those with a low income file their income tax returns. The clinics take place on Saturdays March 14, 21 and 28, and April 4, 11, 18, and 25 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 3, 2015

Work Smart: Your Rights & Responsibilities in the BC Workforce

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on BC Employment Standards takes place on Thursday March 19th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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. This workshop will focus on explaining your rights and responsibilities as an employee in BC, as stipulated in the BC Employment Standards Act. This Act sets out the minimum standards that apply in most workplaces in British Columbia and applies to all non-union employees who fall under Provincial Law, including temporary foreign workers. The workshop will be presented by Wanda Kusumajuda, an Employment Counsellor with the Skills Connect for Immigrants program at Back in Motion Rehab.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 25, 2015

Award Winning Author Visits Richmond

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library is excited to host award-winning author, humanitarian and peace activist, Deborah Ellis, who will speak on the topic “Reading to Survive: Children, War and Books.”

There will be a registered morning program at Ironwood Branch, 11688 Steveston Hwy on March 5 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and an evening drop-in program at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate from 7:30-8:30 p.m. These free events are best for families with children in Grade 4 or higher. For more information please call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Internationally acclaimed for her Breadwinner series, Deborah Ellis has also written many fiction and non-fiction works about the lives of children all over the world. Deborah Ellis tackles challenging issues in her writing and helps to spread knowledge and understanding. Her presentation “will give the audience insight into what inspires her writing, her travels and research,” said Coordinator of Children and Family Services, Melanie Au. “We’re very excited to offer this opportunity to the public,” said Au. “We hope that being able to meet an author whose work has had such a big impact will inspire our community in literacy and social action,” added Au.

The Deborah Ellis author visits are hosted by the Richmond Public Library in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 24, 2015

Celebrate Education Week at Richmond Public Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a FREE, drop-In drumming circle to celebrate Education Week. The event takes place on Tuesday March 3 from 7-8pm at the Brighouse (Main) Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information about our Education Week events, please visit the library’s website, www.yourlibrary.ca, or call the library at 604-231-6412.

Participants will drum with a traditional rawhide drum, and learn a gratitude song in a First Nations language. All ages are welcome. Presented in partnership with the Richmond School Board’s Aboriginal Education Committee.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 19, 2015

Vaisakhi Celebration at the Cambie branch

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February, 20, 2015

Come Celebrate Vaisakhi!

RICHMOND, B.C. – On Sunday Mar. 29, 2015 the Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S B.C are proud to present a Vaisakhi Celebration. From 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Cambie branch, located at Unit 150 – 11590 Cambie Road, Richmond. There will be dance performances, speeches, children’s activities and more. Refreshments will be provided. This is an all ages, free event. Come and enjoy the festivities with the whole family.

“A fantastic celebration of the New Year and the Harvest!” says Gurpreet Faridokot, Settlement Practitioner, SUCCESS Richmond Service Centre: www.successbc.ca

“The Baisakhi or Vaisakhi Festival is celebrated as the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Khalsa Panth,” says Gurpreet Faridokot, on teaching about Vaisakhi.

“We are so happy to be partnering with SUCCESS to celebrate Vaisakhi. The South Asian community is an important part of the cultural mosaic that utilizes our branch. Partnering with groups such as SUCCESS helps us serve our diverse community better.” Says Christine Tutt, Library Technician, Richmond Public Library.

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Contact: Christine Tutt, Library Technician Phone: 604-273-2223 Email: Christine.tutt@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

  • Christine Tutt, Library Technician, Richmond Public Library, 604-273-2223
  • Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, 604-231-6417, leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        January 6, 2015

Learn About Addiction and How to Help Those in Need

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free 7-week workshop called “Community Education Series”. The series will discuss different addiction-related topics and will be held on Wednesdays, from January 21 to March 4 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is sponsored by Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS), Vancouver Coastal Health, and the City of Richmond. For more information visit the library’s website www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 18, 2015

Improve Your English Pronunciation

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop called “English Pronunciation for Success”. The workshop is of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about English pronunciation and pronunciation resources, and will be held on Thursday March 5th from 10:30am – 12pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Presented by Catherine Steele, a pronunciation specialist. For more information visit the library’s website www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 16, 2015

Introductory Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers

News Release For Immediate Release February 16, 2015

Learn Basic Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers

RICHMOND – If you are Mandarin speaking and want to learn to speak Cantonese like a native speaker, sign up for the Introductory Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers series. This series of 3 classes will take place at Richmond Public Library on Monday, March 2, 9 and 16 from 10 am – 12 pm in the Special Collection Room on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited, so registration is required. The textbook and workbook, in English and traditional and simplified Chinese, are available from the teacher for $15. To register, phone 604-231-6413, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events/ or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

This series is presented in partnership with Glory Language School. “This program will cover the pronunciation and common vocabulary for everyday use. Fun activities will be used to help boost the participants’ confidence in speaking Cantonese,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

The teacher is award winning teacher Umay Chan, principal of Glory Language School. She currently teaches Chinese language classes and program on Chinese computer input methods at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Richmond).

For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

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Contact:

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

For immediate release        February 12, 2015

Practice Your English at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public library is offering a free program for adults called English Corner on Fridays from March 6th – May 1st and on Sundays from March 8th – May 3rd 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 Friday OR Sunday classes 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        February 10, 2015

Richmond Library Celebrates Chinese New Year

RICHMOND – Come celebrate the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Sheep at Richmond Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 28th from 12:45 – 4 p.m. The celebration takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the celebration. For more information call 604-231-6412. People are encouraged to wear traditional Chinese clothing.

Families can enjoy a puppet show, make Chinese New Year crafts, do Chinese calligraphy and painting, guess at riddles, and participate in a treasure hunt. “Bring the entire family and enjoy fun, free activities for all ages,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese community services.

Richmond Public Library gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Women’s Group of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Richmond) and artists Angela, Celia and John Leung to make this event possible.

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Contact:

  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409, wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca
  • Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425

For immediate release        February 12, 2015

CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM TO READ

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” These famous words by the writer Voltaire, sum up the essence of Freedom to Read Week, which will be celebrated across Canada from February 22 - 28, 2015. Richmond Public Library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books. “The Media & Censorship – a Panel Discussion” will take place on Friday, Feb. 20th from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week.

“On the heels of the recent terrorist attack in France, where 12 journalists at the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, were murdered, including editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, the topic of free speech is a very timely issue,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin.

“The library is committed to intellectual freedom and we firmly believe that each individual has a right to choose what they read, view or listen. This does not include the right to choose for others, though,” said library board chair, Simon Tang. The library provides community members with free access to a wide range of materials in a variety of formats, and librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate books and other 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 Tang.

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 a perfect opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects everyone,” said Tang. Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

Contact:

  • Simon Tang 604-818-6129
  • Shelley Civkin, Communications Officer, 604-231-6416, shelley.civkin@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 10, 2015

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

At their most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board elected Simon Tang as Board Chair. Tang brings strong and varied experience to the Board in the areas of information technology and software development, as well as project management. He currently works in Software Development at nTrust. Susan Koch was elected Vice-Chair, and returning Board members include: Mark Bostwick, Diane Cousar, Kash Chahal and Robin Leung. City Councillor Chak Au will serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

New to the Board is Traci Corr, recently appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Corr is a lifelong Richmond resident and a longtime, active library member. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters of Science in Nursing, and has a strong awareness of healthcare issues. Corr has an extensive background in a variety of health related settings, including Vancouver Coastal Health, St. Paul’s Hospital, University of BC School of Nursing, BC Children’s Hospital, Ministry of Health, British Columbia Cancer Agency, and Children’s and Women’s Health Center of BC. She has a wealth and diversity of experience and expertise, with a particular interest in Oncology/Hematology and Clinical Research. Her community service involves volunteering her time with the Arthritis Society and Rosewood Manor.

Library Board Chair Simon Tang says that the library’s main focus is implementing the Strategic and Long Range Plan for the library. "Our challenge is to redefine traditional library services and offer new and exciting opportunities for lifelong learning, for people of all ages. With technology changing at light speed, we have the chance to make some major transformations in how our members access, interact with, and use various technologies to gain information. And for those who prefer more traditional collections, those will also be available,” said Tang. “City Council, our community, and our devoted Friends of the Library continue to be very supportive, and we thank them for helping us make the library integral to our community’s well-being. As a free source of information, learning, collaboration and entertainment, the library benefits our entire community,” added Tang.

“While our traditional collections and services will always be a core element of the library, we also offer a wide variety of community-led programs, collaborative learning opportunities, digital services like 3D printing, eBooks, eMusic, eMagazines and much more. We invite the community to help shape the future of the library, and engage with us as partners in a rapidly changing and exciting environment,” added Tang.

Contact:

  • Simon Tang 604-818-6129
  • Greg Buss, Chief Librarian, 604-231-6418, greg.buss@yourlibrary.ca

For immediate release        February 3, 2015

The Power of Networking

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free employment workshop on “The Power of Networking” takes place on Thursday February 19th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Richmond Public Library 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 simple yet highly effective ways to network their way to career and life success. This is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. The workshop will be presented by Employment Counsellors from Avia Employment Services.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 27, 2015

5 Secrets to Effective Communication for Work and Life

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “5 Secrets of Effective Communication for Work and Life” on Thursday, February 5 from 7-8:30 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 Sandy Chernoff, owner of Soft Skills for Success.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 30, 2015

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 extremely grateful for the Kronier family’s 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, Simon Tang.

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 $107,586.77. “The Kronier Family’s generosity and dedication to lifelong learning is a stellar example that we hope will inspire others,” added Tang.

“The library will be using the 2014 investment income from the Richmond Public Library Endowment Fund – which amounts to $3,804.51 – on initiatives related to our Strategic Plan,” said Tang. “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 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        January 30, 2015

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

At their most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board elected Simon Tang as Board Chair. Tang brings strong and varied experience to the Board in the areas of information technology and software development, as well as project management. He currently works in Software Development at nTrust. Susan Koch was elected Vice-Chair, and returning Board members include: Mark Bostwick, Diane Cousar, Kash Chahal and Robin Leung. City Councillor Chak Au will serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

New to the Board is Traci Corr, recently appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Corr is a lifelong Richmond resident and a longtime, active library member. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters of Science in Nursing, and has a strong awareness of healthcare issues. Corr has an extensive background in a variety of health related settings, including Vancouver Coastal Health, St. Paul’s Hospital, University of BC School of Nursing, BC Children’s Hospital, Ministry of Health, British Columbia Cancer Agency, and Children’s and Women’s Health Center of BC. She has a wealth and diversity of experience and expertise, with a particular interest in Oncology/Hematology and Clinical Research. Her community service involves volunteering her time with the Arthritis Society and Rosewood Manor.

Library Board Chair Simon Tang says that the library’s main focus is implementing the Strategic and Long Range Plan for the library. "Our challenge is to redefine traditional library services and offer new and exciting opportunities for lifelong learning, for people of all ages. With technology changing at light speed, we have the chance to make some major transformations in how our members access, interact with, and use various technologies to gain information. And for those who prefer more traditional collections, those will also be available,” said Tang. “City Council, our community, and our devoted Friends of the Library continue to be very supportive, and we thank them for helping us make the library integral to our community’s well-being. As a free source of information, learning, collaboration and entertainment, the library benefits our entire community,” added Tang.

“While our traditional collections and services will always be a core element of the library, we also offer a wide variety of community-led programs, collaborative learning opportunities, digital services like 3D printing, eBooks, eMusic, eMagazines and much more. We invite the community to help shape the future of the library, and engage with us as partners in a rapidly changing and exciting environment,” added Tang.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 29, 2015

Healthy Eating on a Budget

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2015

Healthy Eating on a Budget

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “Healthy Eating on a Budget” on Monday, Feb. 16th from 7-8 pm. at the Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Highway, Richmond. Free and open to all ages, but registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

“Loblaws City Market dietitian, Jessica Wang, will explain the basics of general nutrition with a focus on buying and storing foods within a given budget. Participants will learn how to understand food labels, effectively compare products, and will be invited to a free follow-up tour of Loblaws, directly across from the Ironwood Branch Library,” said librarian Jan Turner.

“We’re very fortunate to have one of the largest food retailers in Canada practically on our doorstep,” added Turner. The Loblaws’ mission is to bring better food to all Canadians through innovative in-house workshops on nutrition, grocery store tours, and cooking classes.

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Contact: Jan Turner, Librarian Phone: 604-231-6468 Email: jan.turner@yourlibrary.ca Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 22, 2015

Expert In Our Midst - Ari Goosen

Richmond, B.C. - Building on the success of the 2014 Innovator-In-Residence Hot Topics, Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a new program series. Expert in Our Midst is a series of programs to intrigue and inform the community about unique topics. Expert in Our Midst brings local experts to the library to deliver one hour Friday night talks including a Q & A. The inaugural Expert in Our Midst features well-respected Gemologist, Ari Goosen. The first program takes place on Friday, January 30, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living at Brighouse Branch (Main).

Ari Goosen is a Gemologist from the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) and an independent jewelry industry consultant and expert in collectible gemstones, diamonds, jewelry, objects of art along with jeweled desk clocks. He is one of only a handful of Gemologists worldwide to have studied and handled the world’s gem and jewelry masterpieces. Ari lives in Richmond and is married to two time Olympian and Richmond City Councillor, Alexa Loo.

There are three programs in this series:

Friday, Jan 30, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Engagement Ring 101 Advice for anyone looking to buy an engagement ring. Demystifying the “four Cs of diamonds” and beyond. Get the tools to shop with confidence and give her something that she will love.

Friday, Feb 6, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Diamond and Gemstone Insider Learn the myths, industry terms and facts about gemstones without marketing hype. Find out about jewelry as investment plus other tips that you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

Friday, Feb 13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm The Romance of Gemstones Some of the best love stories ever told involved famous diamonds and jewelry. Learn about the Hope Diamond, the infamous Golconda of Diamonds of the Maharaja and the famous collections of The Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, Liz Taylor, the Vanderbilt’s and more.

The event is free to the public and is drop-in, but seating is limited. Please visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events for registration information or contact Lee Anne Smith, Learning Place Services Coordinator.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 5, 2015

The Dynamic Introvert

Richmond Public Library is hosting the program “The Dynamic Introvert” on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 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. This program is free.

According to presenter Lesley Taylor, being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be successful at work and/or school despite the many challenges you may face. “In fact, many of the most successful people in the world are introverts,” said Taylor. “This workshop will offer practical advice and proven techniques to help introverts succeed in life,” added Taylor. Lesley Taylor is the author of The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose.

Contact:

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

For immediate release        January 5, 2015

Learn About Canadian Workplace Culture

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Canadian Workplace Culture takes place on Thursday January 15th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the 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.

Participants will learn about Canadian employer expectations, inter-cultural communication, common workplace behaviours, and cross generational workplaces. This is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. This workshop is presented by Employment Counsellors at Skills Connect for Immigrants Program at Back in Motion.

Contact:

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