Press Release

Origin & Development of Cantonese Opera2012-12-07

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2012
Richmond Library Presents Talk on Cantonese Opera
RICHMOND, BC – Master Toa Wong will introduce the origins and development of
Cantonese opera at a free seminar (#111) in Cantonese on Sat. January 5th from 2 – 4
p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru
Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register
online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. The seminar will be held in
the performance hall.
“Cantonese opera is very popular in the local Chinese community. Master Toa Wong, who
has performed and taught Cantonese opera music and singing for over 80 years, is
undeniably the most knowledgeable Cantonese opera artist in Vancouver. Richmond
Public Library is delighted to have Master Wong conduct a background talk about
Cantonese opera. In addition to the talk, there will be demonstrations of opera music and
singing techniques, and he will offer tips to beginners on how to learn to sing,” said
Chinese services librarian, Wendy Jang.
Master Toa Wong, who will be 99 years old in early 2013, is an internationally recognized
Chinese musician and teacher, and a highly respected elder in the Cantonese opera circle.
His students, which number over 200, include many famous Cantonese opera performers
and professors. Since he came to Canada in 1961 as the lead erhu player in the Jin Wah
Sing Chinese Orchestra in Vancouver, he has dedicated himself to teaching, preserving
Cantonese opera, raising the caliber of Chinese-Canadian arts, and promoting
appreciation of Chinese opera in Canada. He has performed and lectured at universities
and music institutions around the world, and frequently publishes booklets on Cantonese
opera and other topics for distribution to his friends and students. This year, he won
several awards, including the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award.
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Contact: Wendy Jang, Chinese Services Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6409
Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Christmas Fun at the Library!2012-12-07

The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, is holding a free, drop-in Christmas in the Library celebration on December 13th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This fun-filled family event is for all ages. Sing Christmas carols, make Christmas crafts and mail letters to Santa in the giant mailbox. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Christmas at the Ironwood, Cambie and Steveston branches will include caroling, holiday stories and crafts. These free, drop-in programs will be held on:
Tues. Dec. 18th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Ironwood
Wed. Dec. 19th from 4-5 p.m. at Cambie
Thurs. Dec. 20th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Steveston.

Contact:

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

Delicious Ideas for Homemade Gifts2012-12-07

Didn’t make it to the mall in time? Staff at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library will demonstrate some delicious ideas for homemade gifts and how to package them on Thurs. Dec. 20th at 4 p.m. on the main floor. Free. Drop in. 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

Contact:

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

The Secret to Making Christmas Cake Pops2012-12-07

Learn to make Christmas cake pops at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library on Thurs. Dec. 13th at 4 p.m. on the main floor. Staff will demonstrate how to make these irresistible sweets on a stick and dress them up for Christmas. Free. Drop in. 7700 Minoru Gate.

Contact:

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

Enjoy Philippine Cultural Celebration at Richmond Library2012-11-16

In the mood for a pagdiriwang? A local Filipino group is partnering with Richmond Public Library, the Gateway Theatre, and the Philippine Consulate General to host a Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond on Saturday Dec. 1st from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. This is a free, drop in event. The Philippine Consul General Jose A.P. Ampeso and other local VIPs will be present to mark this cultural event.

The celebration's theme is "Heroes of Culture (Within and Among Us)". The event coincides with Andres Bonifacio Day, a Philippine holiday. It honours the ascent and engagement of the Filipino Community within Canada's multicultural mosaic. The Philippine Consul General will also be making a donation presentation of Filipino DVDs to the library.

This family-friendly event features a book and author presentation featuring writer Miguel Syjuco, hosted by Joe Planta of The Commentary and Marieton Pacheco of The Filipino Channel; a music performance by Rosario Strings; a dance performance by Philippine Cultural Arts Society of BC; an essay contest and presentation of prizes to contest winners; and children’s activities. There will also be a preview of a stage reading of Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Filipino as an Artist by ACAT (Anyone Can Act Theatre); arts and crafts and games; and volunteers dressed in traditional costumes.

Additional activities include:
• Art exhibit by the Dimasalang III International Artist Group in the library entrance and living room
• Cultural video presentation about the Philippines in the living room from 1-2 p.m.

The age categories for the essay contest on the topic: “Heroes of Culture” [Within and Among us] are ages 9-12, ages 13-19, and ages 20 and older. Original entries must be 250 words or less. Entrants need to discuss the following in their essay: “How can each of us represent our culture in the Canadian multi-cultural mosaic in our everyday lives? Who do you consider as a champion of any culture in your community?" Contest entries can be sent to heroesofcultureessaycontest@gmail.com and include name, age and contact information. The deadline for entries is November 23, 2012. The major prize for the contest prizes will be a painting from the Dimasalang III International Artist Group (http://dimasalang.org/).

Miguel Syjuco’s novel Ilustrado has recently been voted in to the preliminary round of Canada Reads (see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/canada-reads-top-10-quebec.html), and is one of ten books in Quebec being voted on now. If it gets enough votes, it could be one of the five books readers across Canada, and the CBC, will be reading, discussing, and voting on. Syjuco will be discussing his novel at the library’s Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond on December 1st.

As part of the Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond, there will be a stage reading at the Gateway Theatre Studio B, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond on December 4 at 7 p.m. Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Filipino as an Artist will be performed by ACAT (Anyone Can Act Theatre) and directed by Mel Tobias. Tickets are $30 each and seating is limited. Tickets will be available from November 15th at the Richmond Gateway Theatre box office (604-270-1812) or online through tickets.gatewaytheatre.com and Again (Nostalgia Boutique) at 1868 West Broadway in Vancouver (604-730-0222).

Contact:

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

RICHMOND LIBRARIES SUPPORT THE ‘WHAT DID YOU READ TODAY?’ CAMPAIGN2012-11-16

Richmond Public Library urges you to join them in supporting the National Reading Campaign and its ‘What did you read today?’ campaign. Be a part of this important initiative that has the potential to affect every aspect of Canadian society!

The National Reading Campaign, an unprecedented coalition of librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers, readers and writers, is launching its campaign to bring the joy of reading to Canadians. The goal is to make reading a national priority, because when Canada reads, Canada grows. . On Tues. November 20th at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Malcolm Brodie will be reading to children at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library to support the National Reading Campaign.

“What did you read today?” is a public awareness campaign created to help make reading a national priority. Over the months to come, we’ll be asking that question to Canadians through promotions and events, and especially via a dynamic website where readers can drop in to talk, share and build our reading society. Visit www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca to learn more.

On Wednesday, November 14th libraries launched “What did you read today?” with a fun contest for the general public ages 19 and older. The contest runs until December 31, 2012 and is open to Canadian residents only. For contest rules visit nationalreadingcampaign.ca/contest. To enter the contest, tweet what you’re reading to @readingcampaign with #whatdidyoureadtoday? for a chance to win one of ten Kobo™ eReaders pre-loaded with a selection of great eBooks! Entrants can share a title, author or even the type of reading material that they’re reading, like a magazine or graphic novel, because all reading matters. As an added bonus, Kobo will donate $1 to the National Reading Campaign for every contest entry tweet that is received up to $10,000 to help grow reading in Canada.

Why is reading so important?
To be literate is necessary, but it is not enough. Reading is a source of pleasure at every stage of life, an imagination-building, personally fulfilling activity that enriches our lives and allows us to communicate, to understand each other, and to engage with our society. Reading is at the very heart of responsible citizenship as informed, reading helps active citizens think critically, participate actively in their communities and in their nation, and thrive throughout their lives.

Reading allows us to do better in all aspects of life: academically, professionally, and emotionally. It’s the foundation of future learning, encouraging the critical thinking skills of every individual.

However, new technologies and media choices, lifestyle changes, unprecedented competition for our leisure time and much more have changed Canadians’ reading habits, and not necessarily for the better. Most disturbing of all, less children are reporting that they enjoy reading. Curiosity, imagination, and all the other vital things that reading sparks—and our future needs—are at risk. Reading grows Canada. But we have to grow reading.

What is the National Reading Campaign?
Since 2008, the National Reading Campaign has brought together people from every region of Canada who are concerned about Canada’s changing reading habits. We represent public and school librarians, parents, readers, educators, writers, students, book and magazine publishers, booksellers, reading promoters, and everyone involved in reading in Canada. Through summits, the development of a National Reading Plan, a public awareness campaign and many other efforts, we aim to make reading a national priority.

Our ultimate goal is to promote reading amongst all Canadians, reflecting the value of reading as a tool for democracy and civic engagement, as a means to equalize the playing field for all Canadians, as a way for Canadians to learn about themselves, and as a vehicle for joy. In 2012, The National Reading Campaign was incorporated as a not-for profit organization.

Contact:

Virginia McCreedy, 604-231-6431, Coordinator of Children's Services, virginia.mccreedy@yourlibrary.ca;

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

Improving Your Employment Techniques: The Importance of Networking and Volunteering2012-11-14

RICHMOND, B.C. - Richmond Public Library, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S Employment Services, is hosting a free employment workshop in Mandarin on November 22 from 7-9 p.m. It takes place in the 2nd floor Program Room of the Brighouse (Main) branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required. Guest speaker Leo Kiu from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services discusses the importance of networking and volunteering from an employment perspective to help you secure a job that you like. This free program is offered in Mandarin. To register, come in person to any branch of Richmond Public Library; call 604-231-6413 (Richmond Public Library) or 604-231-3344 ext. 109 (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.). You can also register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm - Program #801.



Media Contact: Ying Zhang, Librarian, 604-231-6478, ying.zhang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

Haidee O'Brien, 604-278-9811, local 619, Librarian, haidee.o'brien@yourlibrary.ca

Interview Skills2012-11-14




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November14, 2012

INTERVIEW SKILLS


RICHMOND, B.C. – Job interviews are tough. Learn how to be more successful by attending the interview Skills program at Richmond Public Library. Interview Skills will be offered on Friday, November 23 from 1 – 4 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free but space is limited. Registration is required. The first part of the Interview Skills program will cover common interview questions, how managers hire and suggestions for salary negotiations. Open to first job seekers, skilled immigrants and anyone looking for new employment.

“The Interview Skills program offers practical tips that can help participants achieve their best at interviews. The program will include time for hands on practice interviews and questions” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Magdalena Mot is an experienced career development practitioner who works as an employment counselor providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. In partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. This seminar is offered in English.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Discover the Sisters of Heaven -- Chinese Women Pilots of WWII2012-11-05

RICHMOND, BC – Come and hear the fascinating true-life story of three Chinese women pilots who barnstormed North America during World War II to win support for their motherland. This free presentation called “Sisters of Heaven: the Lives and Contributions of Three Chinese Women Aviatrixes During WWII” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 21st from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program (#819) featuring author Patti Gully is in English. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.
“In 1939, as the world slid inexorably towards World War II, China had already fallen under attack and faced the spectre of national enslavement. At its darkest hour, three Chinese women – wealthy, well-educated, aristocratic and beautiful – stepped forward to offer their services to their homeland. At a time when many women’s feet were bound, these three women were air pilots. To aid China’s millions of orphans and wounded, they devised a brilliant scheme: to barnstorm North and South America to win friends and funds for China. Their story was one of triumph and tragedy, and one with an indelible Vancouver connection,” said librarian of Chinese Services at Richmond Public Library, Wendy Jang.
Patti Gully is an amateur pilot and aviation history scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of British Columbia. Besides her book Sisters of Heaven, which has been translated into Chinese, she has written a biography of Chinese American aviator Art Lym and co-authored a Chinese book on Chinese immigrants and aviation in China. She is currently working on the biography of Russian aviator Alexander Kouzminsky, nephew of Leo Tolstoy.

For information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Get animated!2012-11-04




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2012

get animated!


RICHMOND, B.C. – Do you love animated films? Then join us at the Richmond Cultural Centre for get animated! – new Canadian Animated Short Films & Animation workshop.

This mini-festival of animated films will take place on Sunday, November 4 from 1- 4:30 pm in the Kids Place Program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Screenings are as follows:

1 pm Family Program 1
2 pm Family Program 2
3 pm New release

In addition if you would like to learn how animated films are made then come to the animation workshop from 2-4:30 pm in the Media Lab of the Richmond Cultural Centre.

“The National Film Board get animated! program is a family event that will delight.” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Everyone is welcome to all the screenings and the workshop during this free, drop-in event.” she added.

In partnership with Cinevolution, Reel 2 Real, and the National Film Board of Canada.

For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Current Substance Use Trends in Teens2012-11-01


PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2012

Current Substance Use Trends in Teens

RICHMOND, B.C – Teen substance use continues to be a problem at home and school. Come to a free lunch hour program about this important topic on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 12:00- 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Life today can be complex and highly stressed and it isn’t always easy for youth to deal with the stresses. Many youth turn to substances as a way to cope.” said Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith. “Parents and professionals working with youth can listen to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre panel via conference call technology as panel experts discuss substance use trends and their connection to mental health,” she adds.

Panelists are Dr. Carol Ann Saari, Psychiatrist, Concurrent Disorders Program, BC Children’s Hospital and Kelly Melsness, Youth Worker from SACY, Vancouver School Board Substance Use Prevention Initiative.

Free. In English. In partnership with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

If preferred the public can also join the session from home:
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For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.
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Contact:
Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator 604-231-6417 leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Lest We Forget – A Day of Remembrance at Richmond Library2012-10-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will hold a Remembrance Day event on Saturday Nov. 10th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, to remember and honour those who fought and gave their lives for our country.
Lest We Forget is a free, drop-in program for all ages.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie and other VIPs, including war veterans, will attend the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. “It’s an opportunity for us to express our appreciation for the many sacrifices that our veterans made, and pay tribute to those who served our country proudly over the years,” said kids’ place librarian Cindy Kloos.

“People will be able to meet war veterans and find out what life was really like during the war,” added Kloos . “We’ll also have displays of war memorabilia and books and DVDs on Canada’s military history, for borrowing. Plus, you can have your picture taken with a real war backdrop,” added Kloos. Other activities of the day include:

• 11:30 a.m. – War time movies
• 1 p.m. – Presentation on behalf of the Canadian Army by Corporal Steven Liu
• 2 p.m. – Poetry reading by winners of the Lest We Forget poetry contest.

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to pick up a poetry contest entry form at any Richmond Public Library branch and write an original poem on the theme of Lest We Forget. The deadline to return the forms to any RPL branch is November 1st. The best entries will be chosen and read at our Remembrance Day event on November 10th at 2 p.m. at the Brighouse Library.

“During our Lest We Forget event you can even help create a peace quilt, send a postcard to our Canadian soldiers, create an origami peace crane, create poppies and look at authentic soldier files from the First and Second World Wars,” added Kloos. Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event. It’s a chance to learn more about Canada’s military history and acknowledge the important contributions of our Canadian veterans. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

Cindy Kloos, 604-231-6427, Kids' Place Librarian, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

Accessing the Hidden Job Market2012-10-25




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 25, 2012

Accessing the Hidden Job Market


RICHMOND, B.C. – Have you been looking for work but have run out of places to apply? Come to the seminar Accessing the Hidden Job Market to explore new possibilities for job searching. Accessing the Hidden Job Market will be offered on Thursday, November 8 from 10 am – 12:00 noon in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free but space is limited. Registration is required.

“A good source for potential employers can be found on free online job boards and other online posting sites but many people don’t know how to use online employment sites effectively” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Aman Dhesi is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past two years as an employment counselor, providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“Participants at this program will learn about the huge variety of online job postings and how to best to use these resources to maximize their chances of finding full employment,” added Smith.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca


Lee Anne Smith | Acting Facilities Coordinator
Richmond Public Library
100 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, Canada V6Y 1R8
T 604-231-6417 | F 604-273-0459 | www.yourlibrary.ca
Community Driven | Activity Based | Technologically Powered | Information Rich

Contact:

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

Childhood Asthma2012-10-18




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2012

Healthy Families Series - Childhood Asthma


RICHMOND, B.C. – The second program in the Healthy Families Series Childhood Asthma takes place on November 1, 2012 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop- in.

“Childhood asthma is a serious health issue for many Richmond families.” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “In this program parents, caregivers and teachers can find out more information on how to prevent or manage childhood asthma.” she added.

The presenter for the program is Cory Bendall, Respiratory Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health – Richmond. The program is offered in English.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library2012-10-11




NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2012

Join in Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Richmond) are hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on Sunday Nov. 4th from 2-3:30 p.m. The Cambie branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free family event. For more information please call 604-273-2223.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is an annual Indian festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The library event will feature interactive storytelling, a puppet show and traditional Diwali songs and dance. Come decorate diya (the traditional Indian lamp), tap to some Indian rhythm and taste light Indian refreshments. The program also features lucky prize draws.

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Contact: Vandy Advani
Reference Clerk
Phone: 604-273-2223
Email: vandy.advani@yourlibrary.ca






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Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Announcing Newspapers @yourlibrary: Thousands of Complete Newspapers at your Fingertips – Free!2012-10-09

Richmond Library customers have been going online to read their favorite newspapers for free on the library’s website. Now residents can also enjoy a new app for reading complete newspapers on their mobile devices. “Newspapers @yourlibrary” services are available free to residents with a Richmond library card.

“The digital newspapers are in full color, full page format. It’s just like reading the print version of the newspaper with articles, classifieds, comics and crosswords,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “You can read your favorite newspapers from cover-to-cover online, just as you would in print.” Newspapers @yourlibrary offers a selection of more than 2,200 newspapers and magazines, from 97 countries in 54 languages, often available before the print versions are on newsstands.

“Newspapers @yourlibrary consists of two services. Residents can enjoy free online newspapers from home or in the library using their laptop. And now they can also access the new app that enables them to read newspapers on their mobile devices. Residents can come to any branch of the library and download the current day’s newspaper free, using the library’s wireless service,” said Sizer. “The added advantage of the app is that they can read the newspaper without an Internet connection.”

The library will feature a Newspapers @yourlibrary booth at the Brighouse (Main) Branch from October 22 - November 4. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/pressdisplay.

Contact:

Haidee O'Brien, 604-278-9811, local 619, Librarian, haidee.o'brien@yourlibrary.ca

Learning Together2012-10-06




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November2, 2012

Learning Together!

RICHMOND, B.C. –Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a unique program for parents wanting to gain workplace skills. Learning Together is a program that combines family reading readiness with adult workplace literacy into a seamless, all in one program. This weekly program runs on Fridays from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Kids Place Program Room at Brighouse branch beginning on November 16, 2012.

“This new program builds on our successful Let’s Read Together program at Cambie branch. In the new two hour program at Brighouse branch parents and their children will enjoy a 30 minute storytime and 30 minutes of fun, family literacy activities. In the last four weeks parents or caregivers will also have the opportunity to attend an hour long small group tutoring session to get ready for a new job or to improve their skills at their current job” says Programming Librarian, Lee Anne Smith. “Child minding is available for those attending the program”, she added.

This program is free and drop-in, although to be most effective it is suggested that participants attend regularly. In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Literacy Richmond.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Brighouse Science Bash2012-10-05



NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2012

Discover the Science Bash at Brighouse Library


RICHMOND, B.C. – Come celebrate Science and Technology Week at Richmond Public Library’s sixth annual Science Bash on Friday, October 19th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, call 604-231-6413.

"Everyone is welcome to attend this free, fun learning event," said Kids’ Place Librarian Cindy Kloos. “School’s out that day and there will be lots of booths throughout the library with interactive displays, fun experiments and other hands-on, child-friendly activities.” Kids can:

o Witness “hair-raising” science experiments
o Make candy DNA models
o Learn about bugs, plants and animals
o Make slime
o Take part in quizzes and games
o And much more.

“Science Bash takes the mystery out of science and technology by creating an environment where kids can interact with science and technology professionals in different fields,” said Kloos. “We want to raise awareness among young people about science activities and careers in science and technology,” added Kloos.

National Science and Technology Week is a celebration of innovation, invention and imagination. Organizations involved in Science Bash include: Genome BC; Parks Canada; BC
Hydro; MS Infinity; Let’s Talk Science; AAFC Agriculture Food Canada; Science Fair Foundation of BC; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC: Richmond Gem and Mineral Society and more. The event is co-sponsored by Richmond Public Library and various federal government science departments.

Contact:

Cindy Kloos, 604-231-6427, Kids' Place Librarian, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

Reconstructing the Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants2012-10-05

NEWS RELEASE October 5, 2012
Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants
RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the findings of her
research on the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar
(#761) on Saturday, Oct 20th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Cantonese and on November 8th
from 7 – 9 p.m. in English (#762) at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public
Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any branch of Richmond public
Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at
http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.
“There is a lack of understanding about the Chinese community in Canada in the 20th
century. Stereotypes of Chinese bachelors as gamblers, opium smokers, and powerful
martial artists abound. Professor Leung has done extensive research to reconstruct the
much neglected literary contributions of the immigrants from Guangdong province in China
to the body of Chinese Canadian literature. In this talk, she will cover the literary and
cultural activities of the Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold
Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” said
librarian of Chinese Services at Richmond Public Library Wendy Jang.
Professor Leung taught Chinese literature, language, and calligraphy at the University of
Alberta. Her publications include many books on classical Chinese poetry and post-Mao
literature, and a Mandarin language textbook. Her current projects include developing the
Chinese learning courseware Concise Interactive Chinese and working on a forthcoming
co-authored book History of Literary Interactions between China and Canada. She is the
co-founder and current Chair of the Chinese Canadian Writers Association and editor of
the e-journal of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association.
For more information, phone 604-231-6413.
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Contact: Wendy Jang
Phone: 604-231-6409
Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

What to Do if You Suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Your Child2012-10-04


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2012

What to Do if You Suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Your Child

RICHMOND, B.C. – If your child doesn’t seem to be developing normally, and you’re wondering if he or she has autism, then come to Richmond Public Library’s free program called “What is Autism? What to do if you suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder in your child?” This program will be offered in Mandarin (#760) on October 15th, and in English (#759) on October 22nd. Both programs take place from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

The speaker, Sally Yim, is a behaviour consultant who’s been working with families and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for ten years. “Yim develops child-specific programs and visits schools to help parents and school staff provide the best learning environment for children,” said librarian Ping He. “Her talk is aimed at parents with young children, new and expectant parents, and early childhood educators,” added He.

“As well as a history of autism and how it’s diagnosed, Yim will discuss parenting strategies, treatment programs, and information on government funding and school support. “What is Autism” will also include audience participation and is a great opportunity for people to have their questions answered.”

Contact:

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

Top 5 Myths about Mortgages2012-10-03




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2012


Top 5 Myths about Mortgages

RICHMOND, B.C - Today more than ever, people hoping to buy a home wonder about affording and qualifying for a mortgage. Home buyers can gain a better understanding of the mortgage market at Richmond Public Library’s free drop-in program, Top 5 Myths about Mortgages and Credit Qualifications. The Library will be hosting two free sessions on the topic, one in English and one in Mandarin. The English session is on October 18th from 7-9 pm and the Mandarin session is on Oct 20th from 2-4 pm. They will be held in 2nd floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information, call 604-231-6413.


“The guest speaker, Sylvia Ho, is a former banker and an independent mortgage broker who also writes for the Chinese Home & Realty Weekly, educating homebuyers and new immigrants about mortgage basics,” said librarian Ying Zhang. “People can learn how to build credit worthiness to apply for a mortgage and hear from a mortgage expert about getting a mortgage that works for you.”










Contact:

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

Remarkable People2012-10-02


PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012

Remarkable People

RICHMOND, B.C - Every one of us has the power to make a difference and Richmond Public Library’s new Remarkable People series offers an opportunity to meet local authors who have made a difference in the lives of people in their community. The free, drop- in programs take place from 7:00 -8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 16 and Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The people we have invited to start the Remarkable People series have a passion for learning and supporting school and home communities in ways that have had a far reaching effect.” said Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith.

Remarkable People for October are:
Tuesday October 16th – David Starr
Elementary school principal and author David Starr will share inspiring stories from his book From Bombs to Books about refugee children and their families living in Burnaby and their achievements with their new life in Canada.

October 30th – Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
Shar Levine is an internationally award-winning, bestselling author of children's science books and science toys/kits. Leslie Johnstone is a freelance writer and head of a high school science department. They will talk why they are so passionate about bringing science and children together.

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.
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Contact:
Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator 604-231-6417 leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Alpha Children2012-09-26


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2012

Alpha Children: In the Lead with Nowhere to Go


RICHMOND, B.C. – What are Alpha Children? Come to this free lecture to find out! This topic will sure to be of interest to parents, teachers, caregivers and child service professionals and is being offered on October 9 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and but you must register.

“Alpha Children is a program that is about children who have difficulties in letting themselves be parented or taught” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Participants will find out more about this disturbing trend and the ramifications for families, schools and society” she added.

“Dr. Deborah MacNamara will be the speaker for this program. She is a counselor and educator with over 20 years of experience working with children and is in high demand as a speaker. She is on faculty at the Neufield Institute. We are very fortunate to have her present this lecture at the library “Smith said. Dr. MacNamara’s lecture is offered in English.

For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Internet Gaming2012-09-26


NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2012

Internet Gaming – Are You Concerned?

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you concerned that your child or teen is spending too much time playing Internet games on the computer? On Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7-9 pm the Richmond Public Library, in partnership with F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health will offer a free webinar called “Internet Gaming- Are You Concerned?” in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is free and drop-in.

“Internet gaming can be fun way for your child or teen to develop sophisticated computer skills,” said programming librarian Lee Anne Smith. “But parents often wonder how much time their children should spend playing Internet games.” Parents and caregivers who are concerned about Internet gaming can come to this one hour webinar to find out what they need to know about the effects of Internet gaming on both children and teens. The speaker for this program is Dr. Tyler Black, clinical head on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency (CAPE) Unit at BC Children's Hospital. He is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.

The webinar will be followed by a question and answer session led by Barbara Ohori, parent in residence from F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids` Mental Health. This webinar is part of F.O.R.C.E.’s In the Know series, a monthly parent education program that provides experts on topics of importance to parents, and includes time for parent networking and support.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca



Contact:

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

Sign With us: Sign Language Storytime2012-09-26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 26, 2012

Sign With Us!
Richmond Library’s First Ever Sign Language Storytime

RICHMOND B.C. -- Richmond Public Library is offering free, drop-in sign language storytimes called "Sign With Us!" for parents, caregivers and their children at the Brighouse Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. This program is for all ages and takes place 10:30-11a.m. on Fridays from September 28 to November 2.

Children and their caregivers can learn to sign words useful for daily communication and routines, as well as learn the sign language for some well-known children's stories and songs. "Using sign language can benefit all families regardless of their hearing and speech abilities. It’s a wonderful tool that can help people express themselves more fully," said Marion Goriak, library staff person leading the program. "Sign language can be especially effective for communication between caregivers and young children still acquiring language skills."

Contact:

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

Smoking and Your Child2012-09-20

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2012

Smoking and Your Child


RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you concerned about the long term effects of smoking on your child, or want to know what to do about your teen who’s started to smoke? Then come to a free seminar called “Smoking and Your Child” on October 4th from 7 – 9 pm in the Kids’ Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. No registration required – drop in. For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

“This program in our new Healthy Families Series presents important information on the adverse and long term effects of smoking on children, as well as information about teens starting to smoke and what parents and caregivers can do,” said programming librarian, Lee Anne Smith. “Participants will find out more about how smoking negatively affects children, especially those who are vulnerable to respiratory diseases like asthma and allergies,” added Smith.

Vancouver Coastal Health nurse Laurie Cheung will present the program with interactive activities to help parents and caregivers become more informed. The program is offered in English.



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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca


Lee Anne Smith | Acting Facilities Coordinator
Richmond Public Library
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Community Driven | Activity Based | Technologically Powered | Information Rich

Contact:

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

Culture days2012-09-14



NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept 14, 2012

Culture Days
Get ready for a love affair with Culture @yourlibrary!
Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2012

RICHMOND, B.C. – As part of Culture Days, the Canada wide celebration of arts and culture, Richmond Public Library is offering loads of unique programs to entice folks into the culture of books. Celebrating Culture Days at the library will have something for everyone to enjoy. All programs are free and drop in and will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

“Join in the library’s famous book sorting contest or take a behind the scenes tour of our automated check in machine. Listen to a lecture on the art of Chinese Couplets. Or if you’re feeling creative, enter our Haiku contest said Lee Anne Smith, coordinator of this year’s Culture Days program at the library. “Families can have fun at the Folding Art program and create original origami projects with paper from recycled books and magazines. You can even meet local Richmond artist Su–Pi Li who specializes in historical aviation illustration,” added Smith.

Culture Days are an entertaining and educational experience of culture in its many diverse forms. “This year we’re inviting the public to explore the culture of books from the page to the shelf,” said Smith.
Enjoy these free activities:

Fri September 28 6:30-8:30 pm Beat the Clock book sorting contest – lobby

Sat September 29 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom
Meet an Aviation Artist – Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room
Folding Art – Kids Place program room
2:00-4:00 pm In Praise of the Moon - 2nd floor program room

Sun September 30 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom
Folding Art – Kids Place program room
2:00-2:45 pm Haiku Contest Public Reading – 2nd Floor Learning Place

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

Contact:

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

Using Social Media2012-09-14




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2012

Using Social Media to Get a Job

RICHMOND, B.C. – Finding a job takes a lot of time but learning how to use social media websites like Facebook and LinkedIn to get that perfect job can make all the difference. On Wednesday September 26 from 10 am – 12:00 pm the Richmond Public Library will offer a free seminar on Using Social Media for Job Search in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required.

Presenter Magdalena Mot is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past four years as an employment counsellor providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“The library is offering this program so that job seekers can learn how to effectively use social media website services to find employment,” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Program participants will learn a variety of tips on how to best use social media to increase the range of their job search,” added Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Learn to Use Job Boards to Find Employment2012-09-08


NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2012

Learn to Use Job Boards to Find Employment


RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you looking for work but have run out of places to apply? A free seminar on Job Boards and How to Use Them will be offered on September 20 from 10 am – 12:00 noon in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and drop in - no registration required.

“A good source for potential employers can be found on free job boards but lots of job seekers don’t know how to use job boards effectively” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library.

Presenter Aman Dhesi is an experienced career development practitioner who has worked for the past two years as an employment counselor, providing one-on-one job-search support, facilitating group workshops and informing newcomers to BC about the local labour market. Richmond Public Library is offering this program in partnership with Back in Motion - Skills Connect Program. The seminar is offered in English.

“Participants at this program will learn about the huge variety of online job boards and how to best to use job boards to maximize their chances of finding a job they love,” added Smith.


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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Programming Librarian and Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Hypertension 101: Free Series at Richmond Public Library2012-09-07

RICHMOND, B.C. – Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Would you like to lower your risk? Is there anything you can do once you have hypertension? Join us at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) branch, for a four-part series – Hypertension 101 – in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health. This free, registered program takes place Tuesdays in October, starting October 9th, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm, or call 604-231-6413.

“Stress, diet, exercise and medication all play an important role in battling high blood pressure. This series will help those struggling with hypertension or who just want to learn more about the topic,” says librarian Theresa de Sousa.

The free series will include the following talks: #730 Hypertension and Diet (October 9th); #732 Hypertension and Stress (October 16th); #731 Hypertension and Physical Activity (October 23rd); and #733 Hypertension and Medication (October 30th). “This is a great opportunity for people to have their questions answered by experts and to get their blood pressure checked on site,” added de Sousa.

Contact:

Cindy Kloos, 604-231-6427, Kids' Place Librarian, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

Richmond Library Launches Zinio: Free Downloadable Magazine Service for Local Residents2012-09-05


RICHMOND, B.C – Richmond Public Library is delighted to announce its latest digital service: free downloadable magazines! Access begins September 18th and is free to all Richmond residents with a valid Richmond Public Library card. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/zinio.

“Our newest service, called Zinio, offers online subscriptions to more than 900 magazines, including popular titles such as Canadian Living, Consumer Reports, SPIN, and House and Home,” said librarian Cassidy Taylor. “Zinio means no more waiting a month to check out the latest issues of your favourite magazines! It’s available 24/7 so you can enjoy the full content of your favourite magazines anytime,” added Taylor.

Magazines borrowed from Zinio can be read online, downloaded to a home computer, or accessed with the Zinio app on a smart phone or tablet. “Another advantage is that issues never have to be returned, so there are no overdue fines. As well, once you select a magazine, new issues will follow automatically,” said Taylor.

Zinio has magazines in all subjects the Library currently carries in print including: business and finance, cooking, fashion and style, gardening, health and fitness, news and current affairs, and lots more. There are magazines in English, French, Chinese, and Spanish, and the countries of publication include Canada, USA, France, United Kingdom, China & Hong Kong, and Taiwan. “Some magazines have added features such as video or audio clips, live web links, and social media sharing functions to enhance the user experience,” added Taylor.

Contact:

Kat Lucas, 604-231-6473, Coordinator, eServices, kat.lucas@yourlibrary.ca

Richmond Orchid Club2012-09-03

Calling All Orchid Lovers

RICHMOND, B.C – Do you love orchids and want to meet other people who are wild about orchids, too? Then join the Richmond Orchid Club which will meet on September 16th from 1:30-4 pm. in the Kids’ Place Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. New members are always welcome. The membership fee is $25.00 per calendar year. You can register in person at the meetings, or via the registration form on the club’s website at www.richmondorchidclub.com.
The Richmond Orchid Club is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by a group of orchid enthusiasts. The main focus of the club is “to provide an informal and friendly environment where people can learn and share knowledge about orchid growing,” said club president Elizabeth Markus.
Meetings take place the third Sunday of each month. The guest speaker at the September meeting is from Forestview Gardens, and will be talking about how to grow Madevallias and Miltonias.

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Contact:

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

Bright Ideas: Library Offers Video-Discussion series2012-08-31

RICHMOND, B.C - Great ideas make for great conversation, and Richmond Public Library’s new Bright Ideas video discussion program offers both. The free, drop-in programs take place from 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

“The short videos screened at our Bright Ideas sessions feature talks by some of the world’s most fascinating people – standouts in the fields of business, technology, entertainment and more,” said Librarian Haidee O’Brien. “The talks are guaranteed to stimulate curiosity, so an open discussion will follow each video,” added O’Brien.

This month’s videos include:
September 13th -- “The Happy Secret to Better Work” where psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity.
September 27th – “The Great Firewall of China” where Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a blogger from China, discusses the growing power of the Internet.

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

Haidee O'Brien, 604-278-9811, local 619, Librarian, haidee.o'brien@yourlibrary.ca;

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

Celebrate Math-A-Mazing Day at Richmond Library2012-08-30

RICHMOND, B.C. – Come and celebrate Math-A-Mazing Day at the Richmond Public Library. This free, drop-in math fair takes place on Tuesday Sept. 11th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 604-231-6412 (English) or 604-231-6462 (Chinese).

“The Math-A-Mazing program is a fun family event for both math lovers and math-haters alike. The idea is to get parents and students to think about math as an easy, enjoyable and approachable subject,” said library Youth Services clerk Vandy Advani.

A wide variety of activities will take place in the library, including head-scratching puzzles, logic problems, and math-based board games. “Come and discover a wide variety of math apps, online resources, and other cool things to do with Math. Try dice and coin games, our versions of Sudoku, discover Ken Kens and solve mathematical riddles,” added Advani.

Contact:

Cindy Kloos, 604-231-6427, Kids' Place Librarian, cindy.kloos@yourlibrary.ca

Winners of the Chinese Couplets Competition Announced2012-08-30

RICHMOND, B.C – The winners of Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets
Competition were recently announced at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony.
The first line of the couplet provided by the Library was: ?????,???????

1st place winner: ?? ?????, ???????
2nd place winner: Wang Feng Ling ??? ?????,???????
3rd place winner: Chan Wah Ying ??? ?????,???????
Honorable mention:
Yuen, Chun Kuen ?????,???????
King Wan Kong ?????,???????
Freeman Watt (Hing-Sing) ?????,???????
Chik Fong Lee ??? ?????,???????
??? ?????, ???????

“The Library received 34 entries for the Chinese Couplets Competition, all of them very
high caliber. The judges had a hard time picking the winners,” said Wendy Jang,
Chinese language services librarian. “The top three winners each received a trophy
and a calligraphy work of their own couplet written by Mr. Yukman Lai, a famous local
painter / calligrapher whose work is collected by the Canadian Museum of Civilization,”
added Jang.

The first place winner entered the competition with a pseudonym. Everyone was
surprised to see Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North come to claim the prize. The five
members on the adjudication committee were: Dr. Mengchun Wang ?????, Mr.
Ronald Zhang ?????, Mr. Chi-Kuan Chien ????? , Mr. Tianxing Li ?????
and Ms. Zonghui Cheng ????? . For For more information, phone 604-231-6413 or go
online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee.

Contact:

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

Richmond Public Library Honors Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee2012-08-23

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be honoring longtime donor Dr. Kwok-
Chu Lee for his outstanding support of the Library and his recent donation of 47,000
Chinese books at a ceremony on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Library,
located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be
served.

“Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee has been a steadfast supporter of Richmond Public Library since
1995. Over the years, he has donated a total of $1.53 million in cash and books to our
Library. He has also conducted many successful seminars and fundraising activities for
us. This ceremony is our gesture of profound appreciation for everything he has done
for us,” said Chief Librarian Greg Buss. “He recently gave us an outstanding gift of
47,000 Chinese books from his personal collection. This donation, valued at $1.2
million, has been described as a “national treasure” by a professional book appraiser.
This donation will elevate our Chinese collection to a semi-academic level and enable
us to offer more programs and services for our growing Chinese population,” added
Buss.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, MLA Linda Reid, and other special guests will attend
this ceremony. A video display of the books in the donation will be shown.
As part of the recognition of Dr. Lee’s donation, the library has offered a series of
programs called A Celebration of Chinese Culture in Honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. One
of the programs was a Chinese Couplets Competition and the top three winners will be
announced and prizes awarded at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony on
August 29th. All the finalists will read their works.

The judges have decided on a list of 8 finalists for the Chinese Couplets Competition.
The second line that they submitted to complement Richmond Public Library’s first line
?????,???????: are:

?????,??????? by Yuen, Chun Kuen
?????,??????? by Chan Wah Ying (???)
?????,??????? by King Wan Kong
?????,??????? by Freeman Watt (Hing-Sing)
?????,??????? by Wang Feng Ling (???)
?????,??????? by Chik Fong Lee (???)
?????,??????? by ??
?????,??????? by ???

“We received many excellent entries in the Chinese Couplets Competition, which
reflects the high literary standard in the Chinese community. The judging was based on
four criteria: the tone pattern, word class, complementary meaning, and artistic quality,”
said Wendy Jang, librarian, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library.
“We sincerely thank our panel of judges, Dr. Wang Mengchuan, Mr. Zhang Shifang, Mr.
Chien Chi-Kuan, Mr. Li Tianxing and Ms. Cheng Zonghui, for their help in selecting the
finalists, and Mr. Yukman Lai for writing the winning works in Chinese calligraphy,”
added Jang.

At the awards ceremony, Professor Jan Walls will give a brief introduction to Chinese
couplets to promote understanding and appreciation of this unique Chinese literary
genre. There will be Chinese music performances by members of the Sincere Lam
Guzheng Ensemble, and by Helen He, Eva Chuge Wang and Louise Zhang. The
master of ceremonies will be Celina Luk, programmer at radio AM1470.
For information, phone 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee.

Contact:

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

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Download Free Music with Freegal!2012-08-21

RICHMOND, B.C - Freegal Music is the latest digital service Richmond Public Library is proud to offer Richmond residents. Starting on August 21st, Richmond residents – with a Richmond Public Library card – will be able to download three songs per week free to their home computer or MP3 player. Music can also be loaded into iTunes. The best part is the music downloaded is yours to keep!
“Freegal gives you the peace of mind to download music without the hassle!” says librarian Theresa de Sousa. No more worrying about scratched CDs, paying for songs, or worrying about the legalities of downloading music off the internet.
Customers will have access to the newest and hottest artists of today and the greatest hits from the past. Best of all, Freegal is available online 24/7, so you can download music anytime of the day. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/freegal.
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Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Culture Days2012-08-21

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2012

Culture Days

RICHMOND, B.C. – As part of the national Culture Days campaign Richmond Public Library is offering loads of fun programs to entice folks into the culture of books. Running from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30 Culture Days has something for everyone to enjoy.

“Join in the library’s famous book sorting contest or take a behind the scenes tour of our automated check in machine. Or if you’re feeling creative, come and participate in the Haiku workshop and enter our Haiku contest,” said Lee Anne Smith, coordinator of this year’s Culture Days program at the library. “Families can have fun at the Folding Art program and create original origami projects with paper from recycled books and magazines. You can even meet local Richmond artist Su–Pi Li who specializes in historical aviation illustration,” added Smith.

Culture Days are an entertaining and educational experience of culture in its many diverse forms. “This year we’re inviting the public to explore the culture of books from the page to the shelf,” said Smith.

All programs are free and drop in and will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

Fri September 28 6:30-8:30 pm Beat the Clock book sorting contest – lobby

Sat September 29 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom
Meet an Aviation Artist – Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room
Folding Art – Kids Place program room

Sun September 30 1:30-4:30 pm Behind the Book Drops tours – Back workroom
Folding Art – Kids Place program room
2:00-2:45 pm Haiku Contest Public Reading – 2nd Floor Learning Place

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

Contact:

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

Explore the Art of Chinese Seal Carving at Richmond Library2012-08-14

RICHMOND, B.C. – William Chan will share his expertise on Chinese seal carving at a
free seminar (#614) on Thu, Aug 23th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Brighouse
(Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register
visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at
http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This program is for Cantonese
speaking adults.
“Chinese people often use seals as their official signature. Most people have a seal for
their names, but many artists and scholars have a full set of seals, including their names,
their private studios and some free expressions,” said Wendy Jang, librarian, Chinese
Language Services at Richmond Public Library. “Mr. Chan, an accomplished seal
carver, will explain the origin and history of seal carving as well as the artistic quality of
this traditional art. He will also do a demonstration of seal carving,” added Jang. Chan
studied Chinese calligraphy for many years while he was living in Guangzhou. After he
immigrated to Vancouver in 1991, he started to study seal carving and was the last
apprentice of master seal carver Chan Feng-Tzu. He is the current president of the
Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club and member of the Chinese
Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver. He has participated in many exhibitions.
This program is part of the Celebration of Chinese Culture in honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu
Lee.
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Dr. Lee (also known as Master Lam Chun) is a generous supporter and long-time friend
of Richmond Public Library. This ongoing relationship started in 1995 when Dr. Lee
donated 1,800 Chinese books to the library. Since then, he has generously donated
books and money, as well as conducted many successful informational seminars and
fundraising activities. Last year he donated 47,000 Chinese books to the Library,
valued at $1.2 million. This gift has been described as a “national treasure.” To date,
the total value of his cash and book donations exceeds $1.53 million.

Contact:

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

Explore the History of Chinese Calligraphy at Richmond Library2012-08-13

RICHMOND, B.C. – Yim Tse will share his expertise on Chinese Calligraphy at a free
seminar (#619) on Sunday August 26th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main)
Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any
branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at
http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This program is for English
speaking adults.
“Our goal is to promote cross-cultural understanding while giving people a chance to
learn about and appreciate the intricacies of Chinese calligraphy,” said Wendy Jang,
librarian, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. Tse, a highly
respected calligrapher, will discuss the historical development of the characteristics of
the various calligraphy scripts, character construction and composition. He will also
demonstrate the four different Chinese calligraphy scripts,” added Jang. This program is
part of the Celebration of Chinese Culture in honor of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee.
Dr. Lee (also known as Master Lam Chun) is a generous supporter and long-time friend
of Richmond Public Library. This ongoing relationship started in 1995 when Dr. Lee
donated 1,800 Chinese books to the library. Since then, he has generously donated
books and money, as well as conducted many successful informational seminars and
fundraising activities. Last year he donated 47,000 Chinese books to the Library,
valued at $1.2 million. This gift has been described as a “national treasure.” To date,
the total value of his cash and book donations exceeds $1.53 million.

Contact:

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

ISS of BC Richmond Job Fair2012-08-10


Media
Release ISSofBC JOB FAIR
“Connecting Job Seekers to Employers”

ISSofBC is proud to be hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. This multi-sector fair is presented in collaboration with the Richmond Public Library and Canadian Western Bank, and will take place at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library, 100 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Admission is Free.
The fair will feature employers from a diverse range of sectors. It is designed to meet the needs of all job seekers, from entry-level positions to management, and from administration to skilled trades. Employers will share industry facts and information about individual opportunities; guide interested candidates in the application process, and some will do on-site interviews.
This event will provide an opportunity for employers to raise their profile with the many diverse cultural communities living in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, as well as connecting them with skilled and qualified candidates from employment backgrounds suited to their particular needs.
Employers include Vision Critical, MParity Solutions, Fortinet Technologies, Yellow Pages Group, Eminata Group, City of Richmond, United Parcel Service Canada, Dahong Pilipino Directory, Nurse Next Door, Paul Alexander Talent Management, and Vancity Savings Credit Union.

Media Contact:
Lois Armerding, Manager, Skills Connect for Immigrants program, ISSofBC
Tel: (604) 684-2561 ext 2121 Email: lois.armerding@issbc.org

Lee Anne Smith, Acting Facilities Coordinator, Richmond Public Library
Tel: 604-231-6417 Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Blood mobile2012-07-26

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 26, 2012


Give the Gift of Life at Your Library


RICHMOND, B.C – According to Canadian Blood Services, approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. That’s why they’re encouraging people to donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services Bloodmobile that’s coming to the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre on Friday, August 3rd. The Bloodmobile will be open from 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. and people are asked to book their appointment in advance. To register to donate blood or to find out if you’re eligible call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) anytime.

“The Bloodmobile is relatively new in our community and we hope to expose more blood donors to this type of blood donation clinic,” said Stephanie Scott, Bloodmobile Partnership Specialist for Canadian Blood Services. “It’s basically a blood donor clinic on wheels that makes it easy for people to donate at a location that is easy and comfortable for them.”

There are a few basic requirements for blood donation:
• You must be at least 17 years old
• You must weigh at least 110 lbs.
• You must be in generally good health and feeling well.
• ID is required.

“People can donate blood every two months and you must hydrate well the day before you donate and the day of donation. Blood donors should also expect to rest and not exert themselves for the remainder of the day,” said Scott. Other quick tips on donating include:
• Be sure you have eaten well at least two hours before donating
• If you have a history of low iron, here are a few food options that can help you: beef, lamb, dark chicken or turkey meat, enriched Cream of Wheat, Instant Oatmeal, enriched cold cereal, roasted pumpkin seeds, bagels, pasta, asparagus, avocado and leafy greens.
• It takes a little over an hour to donate blood but if it’s your first time, it may take longer, as the clinic staff will spend more time explaining each step to you.

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Bloodmobile staff encourages you to make an appointment to donate and call to cancel if you can no longer make the appointment. This frees up the slot for another donor. According to Canadian Blood Services one blood donation can save up to three lives. A recent poll showed that 52 percent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. “Giving blood is the ultimate altruistic act, and can literally save lives,” added Scott.

Some interesting statistics:
• A unit of blood is equivalent to two cups.
• Nearly half a litre of blood is taken from each blood donor and an average adult has been between 4-6 litres of blood in their body.
• 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood but only 1 in 60 does.
• There is no substitute for blood.
• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood per week during treatment.
• Liver transplants can use up to 100 units of blood during surgery.
• Car accident/trauma victims can use up to 50 units of blood during recovery.

For more information please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).



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Media contact:
Lee Anne Smith,
Acting Facilities Coordinator
Phone: c604-231-6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Richmond Public Library’s Chinese Couplets Competition2012-07-26

RICHMOND, B.C – Calling all people who like to write Chinese couplets! You can
compete with others who share your interest at Richmond Public Library’s Chinese
Couplets Competition, the kick-off event for the Celebration of Chinese Culture in Honor
of Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Complete the couplet with your second line and submit it to
Richmond Public Library by 3:00 p.m. on Aug 15 for a chance to win. The winners will
be announced at the Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee Recognition Ceremony on August 29 at 3:00
p.m.
“Adults (19 years and over) and youth (13-18 years) will compete in different categories.
We would like to thank Dr. Mengchuan Wang for providing the first line for adults: ??
???,???????; and to Mr. Ronald Zhang for providing the first line for youth:
?????”, says librarian Wendy Jang. “The judges will select the winners based on
the established rules for Chinese couplets.”
According to the rules for Chinese couplets, the two lines must have the same number
of characters, each character must be from the same word class (e.g. noun to noun,
verb to verb), the tone pattern of the two lines must be mirror images (inverse) of each
other, and the meaning of the two lines must complement one another. The dialect
spoken does not matter. The rhymes of the couplet must conform to the standards in
the Dictionary of Chinese Rhymes (??).
The top three winners in each category will receive a trophy and a copy of their winning
works written in Chinese calligraphy by local artist and calligrapher Yukman Lai.
Richmond Public Library would like to acknowledge Mr. Yukman Lai and members of
the adjudication committee, Dr. Mengchuan Wang, Mr. Ronald Zhang, Mr. Chi-Kuan
Chien, Ms. Zonghui Cheng and Mr. Tianxing Li, for their support of the Chinese
Couplets Competition.
Entry forms are available online at www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee or in person at any branch
of Richmond Public Library. For more information, go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/drlee or phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Going Live with Livemocha: Library Offers Online Portal for Practicing Language Skills with Native Speakers2012-07-19

Whether you’re an ESL student, traveler, job seeker, or hobbyist, just about everybody wants to learn a new language. Beginning July 31, Richmond Public Library cardholders will gain special access to Livemocha, an online community that makes language learning a fun and social experience. Known as the “Facebook” of language learning, Livemocha offers free courses in 38 different languages, including English, blending traditional instruction with online practice and the opportunity to connect with native speakers worldwide.

“Imagine a café where you can practice the language of your choice with the people who speak it, and help others practice your native language with you. That’s the idea behind Livemocha,” says librarian Ying Zhang. “Watch a video of a conversation you’d hear in real life, do fun grammar and vocabulary activities, then practice your skills by interacting with native speakers online. It’s a great way to build fluency and learn about different cultures.”

Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish are a few examples of the 38 languages available. Best of all, Livemocha is available online 24/7, so you can do the lessons and connect with other learners at your own time and pace. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/livemocha.

Based in Seattle, Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community. By special arrangement, RPL cardholders will enjoy greater access to free courses than the general public, as well as full “Gold Key” access to all of the expanded intermediate and advanced Active Courses.

Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Get Inspired @ Your Library: Bright Ideas Video-Discussion Series Shines Light on Talks by Innovators 2012-07-19

Videos of cute kittens may get more views, but talks by some of the world’s most remarkable people are also going viral thanks to TED, the twice-yearly conferences that bring together leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, Design and more. Beginning August 2, Richmond Public Library will host Bright Ideas, a series of free, drop-in screenings of TED’s inspiring, thought-provoking videos followed by group discussions. Bright Ideas will take place every second Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 100-7700 Minoru Gate.

“The 18-minute long TED videos, described as ‘jaw-dropping’ and ‘riveting’, feature speakers such as Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, director James Cameron, and star chef/ food activist Jamie Oliver,” says Acting Facilities Coordinator Lee Anne Smith. “Drop in to the library’s free Bright Ideas video-discussion sessions and be reminded of the power of ideas to captivate, energize, and transform.” The schedule for August is:

August 2 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius - The Eat, Pray, Love author shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. Funny, personal and moving.
August 16 James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy - In this personal talk, the director reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from science fiction to deep-sea diving – led to hits such as “Titanic”.
August 30 Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food - Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

“People who enjoy ideas and conversation will want to join the global discussion generated by these fascinating talks,” says Smith, a dance producer and community animator. Bright Ideas group discussions will be led by Smith and fellow librarian Haidee O’Brien, a former CBC Radio journalist currently instructing library technology classes.

For more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The TED video collection is at www.ted.com.
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Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

RESP: The Best Way To Save For Your Child’s Post-Secondary Education2012-07-06

RICHMOND, B.C - With the price of tuition going up all the time, it’s important to start saving for your child's education now. This month, Richmond Public Library’s Cambie Branch is offering two free, drop-in workshops on the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) on Tuesday July 17th from 11:30am to 12:30pm and Monday July 30th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Learn what you need to know about RESPs, including choosing an RESP, potential tax advantages, and government grants available to increase your education savings. The free workshops are presented in partnership with World Financial Group.

For information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Cambie Branch is located at Unit 150 - 11590 Cambie Road and No. 5 Road.

Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Writing Workshop: Pushing Your Story Forward2012-06-25

Attention all writers! Following up on the highly successful Who Done It? library program local author Robin Spano brings her experience as an established author to show you the tools to get your story started or moving along. Participants will get hands on experience with practical exercises to accomplish this goal. Feel free to bring some examples of your work to share and discuss.
The program takes place on Monday, July 9 2012 from 10.00 am -12:00 pm in the Boardroom at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of 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/watson.cfm. Quote program # 549.
“We know there are many writers with talent in the Richmond community. The library is offering this program to encourage everyone who would like to take their story writing skills to a higher level” says Ann Rees, coordinator of the program.
Robin Spano is the author of two mystery novels featuring the protagonist Clare Vengel, a novice undercover detective. Imagine Lizbeth Salander meets Charlie’s Angels. Her latest novel, Death Plays Poker, is set in Richmond, in and around the River Rock Casino. Robin was recently dubbed one of Canada’s Hot New Crime Writers by Crime Fiction Lover. Learn more about Robin at www.robinspano.com.

Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

eBooks @ Your Library: Live Demos2012-06-13

RICHMOND, B.C - Planning to escape with a book this summer? Now’s a great time to learn how to download free eBooks to your tablet, smartphone, or eReader. The Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library is offering free, drop in demonstrations on Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 am, on June 19, July 10 and July 24 and from 3:30 to 4:00 pm on June 26, July 17 and July 31.
“Portability is one of the main advantages of eBooks, so they’re perfect for summer travels”, says Kat Lucas, the library’s Acting Coordinator of eServices. “During our Tuesday demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using our free eBooks @ Your Library downloadable service, and answers your questions about using eBooks on your specific device.”
The free, drop in sessions take place in the new Test Drive Centre located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse branch. Everyone is welcome to visit the Centre anytime the library is open, and try out the eReader devices installed there:

• Apple iPad
• iPod Touch
• Sony Wi-fi
• Blackberry Playbook
• Toshiba Thrive
• Kobo Vox
• Kobo Touch

Richmond’s own eBooks @ Your Library collection has a great selection of eBooks with new titles every week. Check it out at www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks or download the free Overdrive app on your mobile device.

Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Computer Skills Training @ Your Library2012-06-13

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering its free computer classes at the Brighouse (Main) Branch throughout the summer months.

“Beginners can learn basic computer skills, as well as introductory Internet and introductory email, in small, friendly classes,” says librarian Haidee O’Brien. “All sessions include easy–to-follow demonstrations, hands-on practice, and one-on-one help.”

New this summer, the Introduction to Computers class has been expanded to two sessions. “People often learn best by doing,” says O’Brien. “So now there’s additional practice time, with a Part 1 and an optional Part 2, to help with mastering the basic skills.” Participants are welcome to repeat the classes if desired.

For information and to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. A selection of classes is offered several times weekly.

As well as registered classes, drop in practice time is available at Ask Us Computer Help sessions. Ask Us Help begins with short demonstrations of popular computer programs. People are invited to bring their eBook questions or practice computer skills, using either the library’s computers or their own laptops or digital devices. This session is for both new and experienced computer users, and people can drop in for part the program or stay the full hour.







Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Computer Questions? Get Help @ Your Library 2012-04-03

Almost everyone could use a little help with technology from time to time. Beginning in April, Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch is making it easier for people to learn new computer skills.

“The library is offering free computer classes to meet a wide range of needs,” says librarian Haidee O’Brien. Some are drop in and some are registered. For more information or to register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Beginners can learn basic computer skills, introductory Internet and introductory email in new, smaller classes. All sessions include easy–to-follow demonstrations and hands-on practice. One-on-one assistance will be available.

Basic Introduction to Computers – Registration required. One hour.
Starting the week of April 16th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Internet – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers
Starting the week of April 23rd classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Email – Registration required. One hour. Prerequisite: mouse skills or Basic Introduction to Computers
Starting the week of April 30th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Ask Us Computer Help - Drop in or stay the full hour. Bring your questions or practice your skills. Use the library’s computers or bring your own laptop or digital device. First come, first served.
On Friday April 27th there is one class at 2:30 p.m. Starting May 7th classes are: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

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Media Contacts: Haidee O’Brien, Librarian (604) 278-9811 ext. 1659

Contact:

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

Celebrate Vaisakhi with Family Fun at Cambie Library2012-03-20

Celebrate Vaisakhi, an ancient Indian harvest festival, and enjoy Bhangra performance, storytelling, musical mats, a lucky draw and refreshments on Sunday April 1 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road. This free, drop-in program is for all ages. It will take place in English with Punjabi translation.

Vaisakhi celebrates the beginning of the New Year for the Sikh community and is also a time to celebrate the harvest season. The library wants to share this special occasion with the Punjabi community and everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun. The program is sponsored by Richmond Public Library in partnership with SUCCESS. For more information please call Vandy Advani, multilingual reference clerk at 604-273-2223 or Gurpreet Faridkot, settlement program officer with SUCCESS at 604-279-7157.)

Vaisakhi is celebrated all over the world, including the Lower Mainland, where there are two Nagar Kirtan parades that attract thousands of people. Surrey is known to have the largest parade in Canada.

Contact:

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

Richmond Library Launches New eBook Collection2012-02-16

On Tuesday, Feb. 21st Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) new stand-alone eBook collection – eBooks @ Your Library – will go live. Powered by OverDrive, it functions like the province’s Library to Go collection, but is uniquely Richmond Library’s. To use the new collection go to www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks.

What you need to know:
• eBooks @ Your Library is only accessible to Richmond residents. This is due to the library’s licensing agreement with OverDrive, passed down from book publishers.
• Richmond residents who have holds for eBooks or audiobooks in Library to Go will automatically have their holds transferred to Richmond’s new eBooks @ Your Library collection.

“The eBooks @ Your Library collection functions similarly to the Library to Go collection, but we’ve tried to simplify things and make it easier to use,” said the library’s manager of customer services, Susan Walters. “What’s great is that Richmond residents will now have access to the new eBooks @ Your Library collection and the Library to Go collection, and they can even have holds in two places. Our goal is to build our own collection to meet local demand so that it’s one-stop borrowing,” added Walters. Richmond Public Library will try to buy all popular titles and customer suggestions, but there are publisher restrictions on what is made available to libraries in eBook and audiobook format.

Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and the Fraser Valley are also starting their own eBook collections so customers from those cities can use those own library systems to access eBooks and audiobooks. Customers from West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Squamish, etc. will continue to use the Library to Go downloadable eBook service and will have to use their home libraries for access to eBooks and audiobooks. Access to eBooks and audiobooks for customers from other parts of BC will depend on their home library collections.

Contact:

Susan Walters, 604-231-6466, Deputy Chief Librarian, susan.walters@yourlibrary.ca

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian2012-02-02

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on Tues. Feb. 14th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The topic is: “The impact of the satirical novel Master and Margarita and how it foreshadowed the tragedy of its author, Michael Bulgakov.” Guest speaker is Dr. Ari Belenkiy. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

Tax Strategies for Canadians – Preparing Your Tax Return2012-02-01

Want to save money and reduce your taxes? If so, then come to a free program called “Tax Strategies for Canadians – Preparing Your Tax Return” on February 1st from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the performance hall. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Register by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, by calling 604-231-6413 or online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program number 216.

According to Alphil Guilaran, Executive Director of the Financial Literacy Counsel, the goals of the program are to:
• Help Canadians file taxes correctly
• Maximize tax deductions and credits to reduce the taxes you pay
• Provide a safe place for individuals and families to ask questions.

Participants can expect to learn proven tax strategies including: understanding your tax return; deductions vs. credits; when you should incorporate; estate taxes; commonly missed or misunderstood tax slips. Guest speakers will be Alphil Guilaran and Jason Nakano.

“We provide a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial life skills,” said Guilaran. In addition to being the Executive Director of the Financial Literacy Counsel, Guilaran and his team of legal, accounting, and financial specialists implement solutions for managing, preserving and transferring inter-generational wealth for institutions, corporations and families. Nakano has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years and completed the CICA Advanced Tax Course that qualifies him to be an in-depth tax specialist. He is a Partner at a Chartered Accountancy firm.

Contact:

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

Ask Us Tech Support – Get Answers at Richmond Library2012-01-25

Got computer questions? Need help with the internet, email, popular online programs, or social media? What about your new e-Reader or eBooks?
If you’re digitally challenged, the librarians at Richmond Public Library can help. Come to a free, drop in session and get the tech support you need. Sessions take place at the Brighouse (Main) and Ironwood branches:

Fri. February 3 2:30 – 3:30pm Brighouse
Tues. February 7 2:30 – 3:30pm Ironwood
Fri. February 24 2:30 – 3:30 Brighouse
Tues. February 28 2:30 – 3:30 Ironwood

The Brighouse Branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, and the Ironwood Branch is located in the Ironwood Plaza at No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway. Space is limited and it’s first come, first served. Each session will start with a 15-minute talk or demonstration. The topic for February will be: “What is a Blog?”

“As the digital world gets more complex and the need for computer skills increases, there are lots of people who could use some tech support,” said head of Ironwood Branch, Kat Lucas. “So drop in and bring your questions or practice your technology skills with one-on-one help from library staff,” added Lucas. “You can use the library computers or bring in your own laptop or digital device. Just make sure it’s fully charged first.”

The library will feature a new 15-minute starter talk or demonstration each month, including subjects like popular online programs and services, and basic computer tips and tricks. Participants are free to drop in at any time or stay for the whole hour.

Contact:

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

Library Hosts Philosopher’s Café in Russian2012-01-05

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is hosting a Philosopher’s Café in Russian on January 19th from 7-9 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Dr. Anatoly Mezheritsky shares his impressions about Canadian politics, education and business after his immigration from Russia in the 1980’s. This is a free, drop-in program for Russian speaking adults. For information on other library events, visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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