2024 Press Releases
Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Lord’s Harvest Fellowship, is once again offering free Income Tax Clinics at the Brighouse library. Trained volunteers will help community members with low income to file their income tax returns. This year’s clinics will continue to follow a drop-off and pick-up format.
To qualify for this service, individuals must have a maximum income of $35,000 and a couple must have a maximum income of $45,000 plus $2,500 per child. Couples will need to sign up for one appointment per person.
Interested community members can register for an appointment by calling 604-231-6413 or visiting Brighouse library’s second floor Ask Me desk. A piece of government-issued ID and all relevant tax slips such as T4, T5 and Canada Child Benefit slips must be brought to the appointment. All print documents will be returned to the participant at their pick-up time.
“It has been an amazing 13 years of partnership with Richmond Public Library in offering the Income Tax Clinic,” says Pastor Abe Lagayan, representative of The Lord’s Harvest Fellowship. “We are always thankful and blessed in extending help to seniors, students, new immigrants and people with modest incomes, to prepare and file their income taxes. We are also grateful to Richmond Public Library for their continuous support in providing this vital service to the community!”
The clinics are offered in English and run on Saturdays from March 2 to April 27 (no clinic on March 30), with drop-off appointments available between 10:30am and 3:30pm.
Richmond, BC – As part of their commitment to protecting the public’s right to freely choose what to read, libraries across Canada including Richmond Public Library (RPL) recognize Freedom to Read Week annually—raising awareness about the impacts of censorship and informing the community about how and why books are challenged. This year, the event takes place from February 18-24.
Looking to get involved? RPL hosts a variety of initiatives for community members to read, learn and explore various topics:
- Explore the library’s online collection of some popular books that have been challenged.
- Browse displays of banned and challenged books.
- Attend one of the library’s book club meetings, which offer an opportunity to share ideas with other readers, broaden horizons and gain different perspectives.
- Gain exposure to a wider variety of books through the library’s Your Next Great Read service, where a librarian will make book suggestions tailored to individual reading interests.
Cantonese-speaking community members are also invited to attend an author visit by two Hong Kong authors on February 20, who will be discussing the writing and publishing process for their books, which are presently banned in Hong Kong.
“At Richmond Public Library, we are committed to expanding our community’s horizons and understanding. Our goal is to ensure that everyone feels welcome to read, think and believe what they so choose,” says Susan Walters, Chief Librarian. “Intellectual freedom gives people the right to think for themselves. By ensuring equitable access to a diverse collection of over 420,000 digital and physical items, we champion this fundamental right for our community.”
Hundreds of mainstream and lesser-known books, movies, magazines and more have been challenged in Canada over the last 41 years. In that time, Richmond Public Library has received, reviewed and resolved 120 customer challenges, including three last year.
The City of Richmond stands with the library in support of intellectual freedom. The Mayor has issued a proclamation endorsing Freedom to Read Week, available on the library’s website and at all library branches.
Building on the library’s commitment to supporting the community’s freedom to choose, Richmond Public Library is excited to offer the opportunity to provide input on what the priorities of the library should be and help ensure they reflect the community’s diversity for years to come. From spaces to collections, to programs, and so much more, until February 25, Richmond library visitors, newcomers, and everyone in between can share their perspectives at www.letstalkrichmond.ca as part of Your Library, Our Future.
To learn more about Freedom to Read Week, visit www.freedomtoread.ca.
Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library welcomes the Year of the Green Dragon! On Saturday, February 24 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Brighouse library will host an all-ages, cross-cultural celebration that honours customary tradition and highlights artistic demonstrations.
Community members will be able to enjoy a festive lion dance, followed by a Kung Fu demonstration, a musical showcase that includes traditional Chinese songs of the new year and a guzheng performance.
For those looking to experience hands-on activities, there will be a calligraphy station, lantern riddles, a compass demonstration and fortune telling. Families can also take part in face painting, paper crafts and games.
The library will also be giving away exclusive Lunar New Year stickers and 3D prints, custom-created using the library’s new Cricut cutter and 3D printers. For those interested in learning more about how to create these unique items, Launchpad staff will be on-hand to demonstrate.
The library would like to thank all of the community partners whose contributions have helped make this celebration possible: Celia Leung, Rudy Chiang, Robin Leung, Kin Fung Athletic Group, Wang Heng Wushu Taichi Institute, E Show Dance, Fangfei Guzheng, Ronald Zhang and RPL’s Chinese Couplets Study Club, Richmond Family Place, Big Bear Education, Touchstone Family Association, and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Chinese Women’s Club and the Richmond Photography Club.
To learn more about this free celebration, visit the library’s events calendar. 恭喜發財!
Richmond, BC – At their January 31 meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board welcomed new Trustees Jennifer Gervès-Keen, Ritchie Po, Ashley Sandhu and Angeline Singh, appointed by Richmond City Council for a two-year term. The new Board Trustees represent a diverse range of backgrounds and share a strong passion for community and library services.
The Board also re-elected Caty Liu as Chair and elected Denise Hui as Vice-Chair.
Councillor Chak Au returns as the City Council representative, and further returning Trustees include Sherine Merhi and Yvonne Yong.
The Board would like to thank outgoing Board Trustees Jordan Oye, Nabeel Abrahani, Chaslynn Gillanders and Rachel Ling for their years of dedication and service to the library and community.
Board Chair Caty Liu says, “The Richmond Public Library Board has been working closely with staff and their external partner in preparation for the library’s new Strategic Plan, which is well underway. The Board looks forward to connecting with the community through the public consultation, running now through February 25, and creating a vision for library services that will continue supporting Richmond residents and responding to community needs.”
All Richmond residents are invited to join one of four community workshops in February or take part in a short survey. Help shape the future of Richmond Public Library at https://www.letstalkrichmond.ca/rpl-survey.
Richmond, BC – Together with Mary Wilson, a passionate local advocate, and the City of Richmond, Richmond Public Library (RPL) is welcoming the community to attend a variety of Black History Month programs and activities for all ages throughout February. The “can’t-miss” event of the series is a talk with Sheila Murray, author of Finding Edward, on Sunday, February 25. Participants can attend either in-person or online.
“In Canada 29 years ago, the House of Commons proclaimed February to be Black History Month,” said Mary Wilson. “The act of gathering together with community to listen, share, learn and act on our history is this year’s theme and is driving how we will honour our heroes this February and all year round, and share our historical and ongoing contributions to Canada.”
Visit the library for a host of other in-person events being offered throughout the month, including:
- A musical performance for children and families by well-known musician and gospel choir director Checo Tohomaso on February 3.
- Film screenings of Black-centred stories with Black-led casts, as well as titles that celebrate and recognize Black History Month, featuring family films on Saturdays and films for adults on February 6 and 20.
- A community table showcasing this year’s Black History Month stamp featuring Mary Ann Shadd, an influential abolitionist and the first Black woman to publish a newspaper in North America, hosted by Canada Post representative Jackie Bailey.
- An interactive presentation on Black inventors, with prizes, by Lindagene Coyle, Vice President Emerita from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on February 25.
- Plus, all month long, there will be “Who am I?” trivia activities at all library locations for children to learn more about local Black history and personalities.
Visit RPL’s events calendar to browse all Black History Month programs.
If you are looking to learn more about Black history, be sure to explore the library’s Black History Month book lists created by library staff: