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Celebrate Black History Month at Richmond Public Library 2020-01-21

Richmond, BC – Did you know that February is Black History Month? Richmond Public Library, the City of Richmond and Mary Wilson, long-time organizer of Black History Month events, are ready to welcome the community at a month-long celebration of the legacy of Black Canadians past and present. This year’s theme recognizes the contributions of Black Canadians to arts, music, culture and sports, all made while breaking down historical barriers./p>

There’s something for everyone at the library this February. We’re offering free, drop-in programs that explore some of the unique impacts that Black Canadians have had.

• On Thursday February 6, join us for a National Film Board screening of “Speaker for the Dead”, which uncovers hidden truths about desecrated graves and underlines the hidden history of black people in Canada.
• On Friday February 7, join Canada Post’s Jackie Bailey to discover the history and process of marking Black History Month with commemorative stamps.
• On Saturday February 8, take a journey through the history of music in the black community with Checo Tohomaso, founder of VOC Sweet Soul Gospel choir.
• On Sunday February 16, join basketball player, coach and mentor Hope Segun to learn about the history of basketball and its impact within the black community. No previous basketball experience is required!
• On Friday February 28, participate in an enlightening panel discussion with Carmen Lake, Linda Gene Coyle, Karen Ameyaw and Mary Wilson and debate the status of Black History Month today. You’ll hear thoughts from the panelists and have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation.

“Richmond is a multicultural community and it’s an opportunity to share the vast history of Black Canadians with people from other cultures and diverse backgrounds,” said Mary Wilson. “Having programs on Black History Month within the library can make huge positive differences in people’s lives in so many ways.”

Come and be inspired! To find out more, visit or speak to a library staff member.


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

Free Income Tax Clinics to be offered at Richmond Public Library2020-01-17

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Lord’s Harvest Fellowship, is once again offering free Income Tax Clinics at the Brighouse branch. Trained volunteers will be on-hand to help community members with low income file their income tax returns.

To qualify for this free service, single persons must have a maximum income of $35,000 and a couple must have a maximum income of $45,000 plus $2,500 per child. Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot for each person.

The clinics run on Saturdays from March 14 to April 25 with sessions offered between 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Interested participants must pre-register for a session by calling 604-231-6413 or visiting the Brighouse Branch 2nd floor Ask Me desk. Registered participants need to bring a government issued ID and all relevant tax slips such as T4, T5 and Canada Child Benefit slips. All print documents will be returned to the participant at the end of their session.

“We are always blessed and excited every year,” said Pastor Abe Lagayan, representative of the Lord’s Harvest Fellowship. “For the past nine years, the Income Tax Clinic has been giving a helping hand in preparing and filing income taxes for students, seniors, new immigrants and people with modest income in our community.”


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