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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read February 25 – March 3, 20182018-02-19

RICHMOND, B.C. – Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that will be celebrated across Canadian libraries from February 25 – March 3, 2018 in support of intellectual freedom for all individuals. By acknowledging this event each year, Richmond Public Library continues to shine a spotlight on the importance of freedom of information and the rights of individuals to choose what they want to read, view and listen to. The library is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Freedom to Read Week. The library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books at each of the branches. As always, 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.

“Even in Canada, our freedom to read can never be taken for granted,” says Susan Koch, Library Board Chair. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for Richmond Public Library and the City of Richmond to jointly acknowledge and raise public awareness about the impacts that censorship can have.”

To find out more about Freedom to Read Week, visit


Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Free Income Tax Clinics at Richmond Public Library2018-01-30

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship Church, is offering free Income Tax Clinics to help community members with low income file their income tax returns. The clinics run on Saturdays and take place on March 3 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., March 10, 17, 24 and April 7, 14, 21, and 28 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Community Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

To qualify for this free service, single persons must have a maximum income of $30,000 and a couple must have a maximum income of $40,000 plus $2,500 per child. Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each.

Trained volunteers will help people with low income to fill in their income tax returns free of charge. Registered participants should remember to bring all relevant documents such as T4, T5 and Canada Child Benefit slips. All print documents are returned to the taxpayer at the end of their session.

“We are thankful and blessed that the Income Tax Clinic for the past seven years has been extending a helping hand in preparing and filling income taxes for students, seniors, new immigrants and people with modest income in our community,” said Pastor Abe Lagayan, representative of the Family Christian Fellowship Church.

To register, call 604-231-6413 or visit the Brighouse Branch 2nd floor Ask Me desk.


Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Richmond City Council Re-Appoints, Adds New Council Representative and New Library Board Member 2018-01-29

Richmond, BC – At their most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board re-elected Susan Koch as Board Chair and Robin Leung as Vice-Chair. Returning Board members include: Traci Corr, Diane Cousar, Chaslynn Gillanders, Jordan Oye and Arseniy Shchedrinskiy. City Councillor Linda McPhail will serve as the new City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board and Councillor Alexa Loo will continue to serve as the City Council Alternate representative. The Board thanks Councillor Chak Au, outgoing Council representative, for his support. New to the Board is Caty Liu, recently appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term.

McPhail is currently serving her second term on City Council and prior to that role, served as a school trustee with the Richmond Board of Education from 2002 - 2011. She has a long history of volunteering in the Richmond community.

Liu is a financial analyst and is working on completing the Chartered Professional Accountant program. Her background is in budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis and business operations.

Library Board Chair Susan Koch says that the library is on track towards the successful completion of a five year Strategic and Long Range Plan. "This year we want to build on previous successes and create new and exciting learning opportunities for community members of all ages. By offering innovative programming combined with a focus on expanding our traditional and digital collections, we want the public to know that there is something for everyone at the library,” said Koch.

“We are very grateful for the support of City Council, our community, and our dedicated Friends of the Library. As well, we are always looking for local partners who share our values and want to engage with us to create unique learning experiences for the community.” added Koch. ”Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a library partner or volunteering your time with the library.”


Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Richmond Public Library2018-01-24

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library is ready to ring in the Year of the Dog and would like to invite the community to come and celebrate. Whether you regularly celebrate Chinese New Year with your family or are interested in learning more about Chinese culture, there is a wide variety of literacy-based programs and events happening at the library to suit all ages and interests.

• Friday Feb. 2, 7 – 9 PM A Celebration of Spring at Lulu Island
Enjoy an evening of poetry recitations, music and dancing.
• Friday Feb. 16 to Friday March 2 Lantern Riddles Contest
Adults and children can try to correctly guess at least five riddles for a chance to enter the raffle draw to win prizes.
• Tuesday Feb. 20 (in Cantonese), Thursday Feb. 22 (in English) & Wednesday Feb. 28 (in Mandarin), 10:30 – 12:30 PM Yijing Predictions for the Year of the Dog
Learn about Yijing predictions by analysing the Chinese almanac and flying stars.
• Saturday February 24, 1:30 – 4 PM Celebrate the Year of the Dog
Come and celebrate at this family-friendly event with hands-on activities, Chinese painting, crafts and games.
• Tuesday February 27, 10 – 12 PM A Fun Talk on Lantern Riddles
Learn about lantern riddles, including their history, categories, rules and techniques for composing and guessing riddles.
• Friday March 2, 10 – 12 PM Fun with Lantern Riddles
Members of the Chinese Couplets Study Club will compose riddles for the public to try and guess.

All events take place at the Brighouse branch.

For more details about these and other programs, please check out our online event calendar at, or call the library at 604-231-6412.


Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409,;

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Richmond Addiction Services Society 2018-01-23

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is partnering with Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS) and the Overdose Prevention and Education Network (OPEN) to host a free community event on Saturday February 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM. At this event, the public and members of local organizations will work together to create a response and prevention plan that addresses the current overdose crisis in Richmond. As an outcome of this event, RASS will put forward an action plan to all levels of Government including the City and other funders on behalf of the community.

RASS and OPEN will focus this discussion on the current overdose crisis, not just on opioids. The event organizers will facilitate a community conversation along with members from a number of local community organizations including BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), the City of Richmond, RCMP, the Salvation Army, Pathways Clubhouse, Touchstone Family Association, Turning Point Recovery Society, Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).

“The more we connect and engage our community, the more we help to increase attention and uncover what needs to happen in order to prevent substance use from becoming problematic for individuals, families and communities,” says Rick Dubras, Executive Director of RASS. “At the event and after, we hope for meaningful dialogue and discourse about our current situation.”

This event takes place in the Launchpad at the Brighouse branch. This program is free to attend however registration is required via the Eventbrite link Lunch will be provided to registered participants. Parents with children are welcome to attend as free child-minding will be available by request. Interested parents should register and email to request the child-minding service.


Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Celebrate Black History Month at Richmond Public Library2018-01-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is partnering with the City of Richmond, Richmond Arts Centre, Chimo Community Services and community advocate Mary Wilson to present a series of programs in celebration of Black History Month. This is the third year the library has offered programs to recognize Black History Month and this year’s theme is “Honouring our local heroes”.

The opening ceremonies will be held at the Richmond City Hall Council Chambers on Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 – 6:15 PM. Doors open at 4 PM and the formal ceremony starts at 4:30 PM. All month long, visitors to the Richmond Arts and Cultural Centre will enjoy an art exhibit located on the second floor of the rotunda.

Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer a diverse variety of Black History Month programs at the Brighouse branch on select dates in February:

• On Saturday February 10 from 10:30 – 12 PM, listen as speaker Carmen Lake discusses “Afro-Canadians and their Contributions to the Canadian War Efforts”.
• On Saturday February 10 from 2 – 4 PM, enjoy a performance by youth called “Story-Powering our Youth thru Dance and Storytelling”.
• On Saturday February 17 from 11 – 1 PM, enjoy a display of historical photographs entitled “Hogan’s Alley”. This program is drop-in.
• On Saturday February 17 from, 2 – 3:30 PM, learn about African inventors and 3D printing at “Inspired Inventions”.
• On Sunday February 18 from 2 – 3 PM, listen as well-known vocalist Dawn Pemberton shares stories of her childhood experiences in a program called “To be Seen and Unseen: the Duality of Growing up Black in Vancouver”.

All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is required for all programs except for “Hogan’s Alley”. For more information or to register, please visit or speak to a library staff member.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to Canada. These programs will provide an opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of the experiences of Black Canadians and will honour the legacy of the Black community,” says Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Multicultural and Chinese Community Services.


Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409,;

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Family Literacy Week events at Richmond Public Library2018-01-15

Richmond, BC – In recognition of National Family Literacy Week, which takes place from January 21 – 27 and concludes with Family Literacy Day on January 27, Richmond Public Library will offer a number of unique, fun activities that will give families the tools they need to build literacy skills at home.

Family Literacy Day is a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family. Canadian literacy rates have dropped from above average to average compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries over the last 10 years. In addition, Canadian youth are ranked below average compared to OECD countries.

The library’s role in celebrating National Family Literacy Week is to show families that the path to literacy begins at home with simple activities that parents and their children can do together to improve literacy and develop the love of reading in children.

During National Family Literacy week, regular library programs such as Reading Buddies and Storytimes will be enhanced to include special games and activities aimed at showing parents and families how to grow literacy skills at home. There will also be special programs on digital literacy which introduce computer coding and digital tools including robots and Makey Makey’s ®, as well as parent sessions on promoting healthy gaming habits. Visitors to Kids’ Place at the Brighouse branch can also browse our feature wall of literacy tips and activities for parents.

For more details on these and other programs, please check out our online event calendar at, or call the library at 604-231-6412.


Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425,;

Jan Turner, Librarian, Kids Place, 604-231-6412,;

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