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Spend your Spring Break at Richmond Public Library2020-03-02

Richmond, BC – Looking for something to do this Spring Break? Look no farther than Richmond Public Library. There are over 20 fun and free programs to choose from, suitable for all ages. /p>

The library is offering a number of programs in partnership with organizations including Parks Canada, Let’s Talk Science, Knit N Crochet 4 A Better World, Eye Level Learning Centre, and Under the GUI.


Curious about learning how to write like a published author? This year, programs include writing workshops for children by local author Julia Nobel, and author/illustrator team Amy Takeda and Dawn Lo. Teens can practice their creative writing skills with author Eileen Cook, and learn how to get published with editor Fernanda Viveiros.


"It is so important for literacy programs to be accessible within the community,” says author Amy Takeda. “We see the children in our writing programs thrive in a creative setting and their confidence grows in tandem with their writing skills."


For those looking to build their technology skills, there are also many robotics and coding programs available, ideal for youth ages 7 to 13. Not looking for an organized program? We’ve got something for you too. There will be plenty of library spaces available for students to find their own books, hang out with friends or take some time for themselves.


For a full listing of all program information, including recommended ages, branch locations and program times, please check out our program guide at http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/spring20_proguide.pdf. Some activities are drop-in but many are registered and are first-come, first-serve. Most programs will reach capacity so register today to secure your spot!

Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

Introducing the new Power Buddy portable cell charger rental kiosk 2020-02-24

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library has partnered with Power Buddy, an innovative local start-up company, to provide Brighouse branch customers with access to portable cell phone chargers. Library customers looking to charge their mobile devices are no longer dependant on a wall outlet but can rent a portable power bank and even leave the library with it.


The charger kiosk is now available on the first floor of the Brighouse branch. Customers access the rental cell chargers through an app, available for both iOS and Android phones, after creating an account with Power Buddy and providing a credit card. The kiosk offers portable cell chargers that are able to charge mobile phones, tablets and other devices. The app, the kiosk and the chargers are all being managed for the library by Power Buddy.


Richmond Public Library customers are entitled to the first 60 minutes of rental free of charge. The cost beyond 60 minutes is $1 per hour. The portable cell chargers can be returned to the kiosk at the Brighouse branch or to one of the other kiosks located in Richmond. To find the location of other local cell charger rental kiosks, download the app at https://getpowerbuddy.com/app.


Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

Introducing the new Minoru Book Dispenser2020-02-14

Richmond, BC – Richmond Public Library’s newest book dispenser is ready for you to open the door and explore on the second floor of the Seniors Centre at the Minoru Centre for Active Living. The new book dispenser was made possible with generous funding from Richmond City Council.


A Richmond Public Library card is all you’ll need to unlock the door and check out books seven days a week. The new dispenser is accessible during Seniors Centre hours, which are Monday to Saturday, 7:00am to 9:00pm and Sundays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.


The books will be refreshed and replenished frequently so stop by often to see what’s new.
“This dispenser provides an innovative service to better meet the needs of local seniors, their families and their caregivers,” said Susan Walters, Chief Librarian at Richmond Public Library. “We are excited and we hope you are too. Come try out the new book dispenser soon and see what it holds for you!”


Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read February 23 – 29, 20202020-02-04

Richmond, BC – Why do libraries celebrate Freedom to Read Week every year? Our goal is simple: libraries aim to raise awareness of the importance of protecting your right to choose what you read, watch and listen to without censor.


From the Harry Potter series to the Handmaid’s Tale to the Kite Runner, books, movies, magazines and more have been challenged across Canada over the last 40 years. During that same time, Richmond Public Library has reviewed and resolved over 100 customer challenges.


“The library takes book challenges very seriously but at the same time, considers the rights of individuals to choose what they want to read, view and listen to,” says Robin Leung, Library Board Chair. “Freedom to Read Week raises public awareness of the importance of free speech, freedom of expression and the tremendous impact that censorship can have on us all.”


The City of Richmond stands with the library in support of intellectual freedom. Every year, the Mayor signs a proclamation endorsing Freedom to Read Week.


Pop into any RPL branch from February 23 – 29 to view the Mayor’s Proclamation and browse through the displays of challenged and banned books. You just might find your next favourite read on those shelves! And, as always, everyone is welcome to ask a library staff member for advice about age-appropriate books and other library resources. We are always here to help!


To find out more about Freedom to Read Week, visit www.freedomtoread.ca.

Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

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 http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar or speak to a library staff member.


Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca

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.”

Contact:

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.vokey@yourlibrary.ca
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