Press Release

Library Offers Family Literacy Program2013-12-31

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free and unique family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting January 15th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting January 17th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/progs. Space is limited. In this 7-week program parents and children ages 3-5 will use the alphabet, numbers, stories and play to learn literacy skills and help develop a love of reading.

Contact:

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

Learn How to Apply for Canadian Temporary Resident Visa or Super Visa 2013-12-06

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on how to apply for a Canadian temporary resident visa or a Super Visa on December 20th at 2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 981.

Contact:

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

Hanukkah Celebration at Richmond Library a Glowing Success2013-11-29

Talk about lighting up the night! The Hanukkah celebration and Menorah lighting sponsored by the Richmond Public Library, the Bayit, and Vancouver Kollel on November 27th at the Brighouse Branch library was a glowing success. Over 400 individuals and families celebrated the first night of this eight-day Jewish Festival of Light with Hanukkah crafts, songs and traditional snacks.

“This special program brought the whole community together to learn about Hanukkah and the meaning of the Jewish holiday traditions,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “There were tons of kids enjoying the Hanukkah candle-making and everyone loved the potato latkes and doughnuts. There was live music by David Akselrod, and a group of kids from Richmond Jewish Day School sang traditional Hanukkah songs,” added Civkin. “The highlight of the evening though, was the lighting of the first candles on the 25-foot Menorah by Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Rabbi Mendel Friedman of the Bayit, and Cyndi and Max Mintzberg.”

The beautiful giant Menorah designed by the late Arthur Erikson and fabricated by Ebco Industries Ltd. will stay on the plaza in front of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre until December 4th. The lighting of the rest of the Menorah candles will take place at 6 p.m. from Saturday, Nov. 30 until December 4th. Thanks go out to the Ebco Group of Companies for their support.

Civkin added that the library has kids’ books and DVDs about Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays, as well as lots of Jewish cookbooks for adults. For a broader selection of books about Jewish life, culture, religion and history check out the Ben and Esther Dayson Judaica Collection.

Contact:

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

New Voices II Wows the Crowd! 2013-11-25

Eleven ESL writers from nine different countries shared their short fiction and memoir writing with family, friends and community on November 20th at the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library, to rave reviews.

“Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence, Nancy Lee, introduced each writer and then they each bravely read from their work to an audience of 37 excited listeners,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “This open reading from their chapbook New Voices II was probably the first time some of these writers had read their work in public. It takes a lot of guts to do that, and they did a great job!” added Civkin.

Civkin said that the ESL writers raved about Nancy Lee and had only wonderful things to say about her. Her encouraging nature, positive outlook and creative skills were very much appreciated by this writers group who had spent four, three-hour sessions with Nancy honing their skills during the Writer-in-Residence program in October.

The City of Richmond’s second Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “It was a delight to have Nancy here sharing her writing expertise with novice and experienced writers in our community,” added Civkin. “We hope to continue the Writer-in-Residence program again next year.”

Nancy works as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. Her collection of short stories, Dead Girls, is available for borrowing at the Richmond Public Library, and her novel, The Age, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Contact:

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

Build Your Child's Future2013-11-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Financial Consultant Raman Gill from Desjardins Financial Independent Network will be hosting a free RESP workshop called Build Your Child’s Future on December 5th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 980.


Contact:

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

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Watch free movies and TV shows with eVideo2013-11-21

Richmond Public Library is proud to offer Richmond residents its latest digital service – eVideo @yourlibrary. Starting November 25, library cardholders will have free access to a variety of online movies and television shows.

“We currently have a collection of over 5,000 movies and TV shows for adults and children, and new content is added regularly,” said coordinator of eServices, Kat Lucas. “You’ll find all your favorite genres like dramas, documentaries, action adventures, and comedies, along with educational, do-it-yourself, health videos, classics, cartoons, and much more,” added Lucas.

Richmond Public Library’s eVideo is accessible in the library or anywhere when using the internet. Richmond library cardholders can borrow up to eight items a month, which includes any combination of movies and TV episodes, and all for free. “Members can stream their videos on their computer right through their internet browser, or download them to an Apple or Android device using the Hoopla App. eVideo is very convenient and easy to use,” added Lucas. “The videos are always available, so you never have to deal with holds or waitlists, and if you’re on your computer you can watch them online with no downloading or extra software necessary.”

The library will be featuring an eVideo booth at the Brighouse Branch from November 25 – December 1, and at the Ironwood, Cambie, and Steveston branches from December 2 - 8. “Come on in and learn about the new service, or let us help you get started with eVideo right here,” said Lucas. Find out more by visiting any branch of Richmond Public Library, calling 604-231-6413, or going online at www.yourlibrary.ca/hoopla.

Contact:

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

A Career As A Financial Advisor2013-11-13

RICHMOND, B.C. – Ann Mac from Sun Life Financial will be hosting a free workshop called A Career as a Financial Advisor on November 28th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 977.

Contact:

Theresa de Sousa, 604-231-6423, Student Resources Librarian, theresa.de sousa@yourlibrary.ca

Hepatitis B: Myths vs. Facts2013-11-12

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free program “Hepatitis B: Myths vs. Facts” on November 20 from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English.

This program is being sponsored by the Canadian Liver Foundation and will give you the facts about how Hepatitis B can affect you and how you can take control of your liver health. The speaker is hepatologist Dr. Edward Tam, Medical Director at the LAIR Centre in Vancouver and Regional Board Member of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

"Hepatitis B affects 400,000 Canadians and 60,000 British Columbians. It is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, but these outcomes may be preventable with treatment. However, many people are unaware that they may be chronically infected.” said Dr. Tam. Come and find out if you should be tested for Hepatitis B.

Contact:

Dinise Sizer, 604-231-6468, Librarian, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

Williams & Lomness Families Donate Terracotta Warrior to Richmond Library2013-11-06

Terracotta Warrior “Wu Chang” has a new home. The unique sculpture created and named by artist Tiana Kaczor now lives in front of the Brighouse Branch of Richmond Public Library thanks to the Williams and Lomness families. Despite the rain on Saturday, Nov. 2nd the sculpture was unveiled and a reception was held for the families in honour of their donation.

“Sisters Julie Williams and Susan Lomness generously donated this beautiful Terracotta Warrior to the library in memory of their parents Yvette and Walter Beswick, who were longtime library users,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “It’s particularly fitting that the sculpture be situated outside the library so that the whole community can enjoy this remarkable piece of art,” added Civkin.

This particular Terracotta Warrior was previously on display outside the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre as part of the Easter Seals Terracotta Warrior Public Art Project during 2012. “We really appreciate this unique donation and it serves as a reminder of the connection between books and art,” said Civkin. The library has an extensive collection of Chinese art books in the Dr. Lee collection, as well as English books on Chinese art in the general collection.

According to the BC Lions Society Terracotta Warriors Project, the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, is one of the most spectacular finds in world archaeology. It was discovered by chance in the spring of 1974 by local farmers. Buried 2,200 years ago to protect the First Emperor’s afterlife, over 7,000 life-sized terracotta warriors, horses, and chariots stand in formation in the pits. Stunning in their individual detail, the figures are of varying ages, with different hairstyles and facial expressions and seemingly representing every racial group in China, most of them have been restored to their former grandeur. These Warriors stand testament to the power of the First Emperor and are often referenced as the eighth wonder of the world.

Contact:

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

Get Help Choosing a Financial Planner2013-11-06

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Choosing a Financial Planner will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19th from 7 to 9 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 968, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

“Choosing a Financial Planner is an important step in your financial journey,” said librarian Rebecca Ferrie. In this workshop personal financial planner Dokin Chow and certified financial planner Connie Fok will present the key areas to look at when choosing a financial planner. “It goes beyond just numbers and certifications – learn to make the most of the relationship,” added Ferrie. This workshop is presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank.

Contact:

Rebecca Ferrie, 604-231-6433, Librarian, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Brush Up on Your Networking Skills2013-11-06

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “The Hidden Job Market” takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 1 to 3 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 969, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Participants will learn how to network effectively, present themselves positively, and match their job search to how employers hire. This workshop is presented by an employment counselor at Avia Employment Services and is part of the library’s “Help Wanted” series.

Contact:

Rebecca Ferrie, 604-231-6433, Librarian, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

ESL Writers Give Public Reading of their Works 2013-11-06

Nancy Lee, Richmond’s Writer-in-Residence for 2013, has been teaching ESL Writers’ Workshops at the Richmond Public Library and now her students will have the chance to read their works in public. Come to a free public reading on Wednesday, Nov. 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public library in the Kwok-Chu Lee living room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Drop in.

“A sample of fiction and memoir writing by the students of the ESL Writers’ Workshop has been published in a chapbook edited by Nancy Lee. Family, friends and the community are welcome to attend this special public event and hear the writers read from their works,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin.

The City of Richmond’s second Writer-in-Residence program was hosted by the Richmond Public Library, the Richmond Arts Centre, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “We’re just thrilled that Nancy Lee was here with us in Richmond sharing her expertise and interacting with writers in the community,” added Civkin.

Nancy Lee’s collection of short stories, Dead Girls, was named a best book of 2002 by the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun, and Book of the Year by NOW Magazine. Winner of the 2003 VanCity Book Prize, and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Pearson Reader’s Choice Award and the Wordsworthy Award, Dead Girls has been published in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Spain, and has been optioned extensively for film.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gabriel Award for Radio and a National Magazine Award. She was selected as the first Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious University of East Anglia Writing Program in the UK, and served as Writer-in-Residence for the city of Vincennes, France in 2011. Nancy works as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. Her novel, The Age, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Contact:

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

New Socially Conscious Book Club Starting2013-11-05

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a new book club “Food for Thought.” This book club will be facilitated by Richmond Food Security Society and will meet the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm. The first meeting will be November 13 at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at ww.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English.

“If you love reading books on topics that matter and you want to strengthen your understanding of issues that deal with topics such as food security this may be the book club for you. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited to 10 people,” said Richmond Food Security Society board member, William Dunn. “Books will be provided during the first meeting on November 13. Each meeting will be facilitated by a representative from the Richmond Food Security Society and everyone will be given the opportunity to contribute” added Dunn.

The first two books to be discussed will be “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” by Michael Pollan and “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” by Michael Moss.

Contact:

Dinise Sizer, 604-231-6468, Librarian, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

Financial Strategies for those with a Disability2013-11-01

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Canadian federal government implemented the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) in 2008 for those with long term disabilities. Many people are unaware of this program or do not know where to begin. Andrew Hu, a consultant for Investors Group and volunteer at Richmond Centre for Disability will discuss the RDSP program and other financial strategies for those with a long term disability. The free workshop will be held on Saturday November 16th from 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #961.

Contact:

Theresa de Sousa, 604-231-6423, Student Resources Librarian, theresa.de sousa@yourlibrary.ca

Kids' Book Clubs2013-10-29

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering Kids’ Book Club meetings at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. There are two separate clubs, one for ages 7-8 on Tuesday November 26th from 4-4:45pm, and the other for children ages 9-12 on Tuesday December 3rd from 4-4:45pm.

Book clubs allow participants to “meet other kids who are excited about books, share their thoughts and play fun games based on the book of the month,” says Kate Adams, Kids’ Place Librarian.

The clubs are free, but space is limited so registration is required. Books will be provided. For more information, and to register for the clubs, call 604-231-6412 or visit our website, www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

Contact:

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

Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime2013-10-28





NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2013


Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting a Remembrance Day program Lest We Forget: Families in Wartime on Thursday, November 7th, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. The program will be held in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, on the main floor of the library. This is a free, drop-in program and everyone is welcome to come and listen to people whose lives were affected by war.


You will hear stories, funny and sad, of growing up during the war in occupied Holland; of a sailor returning from the war to a daughter he had never seen; and of celebrating Christmas in wartime England. “These are stories that need to be told”, said Lynn Shane, librarian at Richmond Public Library. “We must never forget that war affects all of us, those who engage in battle and those who stay at home.”


You can also browse through Richmond Public Library’s new collection of Nostalgia Kits. The kits contain music, film, books and photos from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. They also feature the memories of Richmond residents, including stories, anecdotes and artifacts gathered by senior volunteers who visited residents of care homes and other facilities. Please go to www.yourlibrary.ca, and search ‘nostalgia kits’ for a complete list of topics. This Remembrance Day, take home and share Nostalgia Kits: The War Years with your family.


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Contact: Lynn Shane, Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6455
Email: lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

Lynn Shane, 604-231-6468, Librarian, lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca

Building on Strengths in Multicultural Families2013-10-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting the program “Building on Strengths in Multicultural Families” on November 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is free and offered in English. It is supplemented with translations in Chinese, Korean and other languages.

Program presenter Tina Lee, is a Mental Health and Addictions Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health. This presentation will look at how to create positive parent-child relationships and raise successful children in Canada. “We will look at the distance and conflicts that can arise between immigrant parents and their children and explain how families can bridge this distance to create greater understanding and relationships,” said Lee.

Sponsored by Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and/or Addictions, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Richmond Addiction Services Society, Chimo Community Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Branch, Touchstone Family Association, The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Safer Relationships-Safer Children.

Contact:

Dinise Sizer, 604-231-6468, Librarian, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library 2013-10-20





NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [October] [20th], 2013

Diwali Celebrations at Cambie Library


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free, drop-in Diwali celebration at the Cambie Branch Library on Sunday November 3rd from 3:30-4:30 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 festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The library event will feature a puppet show, interactive storytelling and Diwali songs and dance. Come and enjoy this family event to celebrate Diwali with your community.





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Contact: Mary Grewal
Library Technician- Multilingual
Phone: 604-273-2223
Email: mary.grewal@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Learn About Tax Efficient Investment2013-10-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering a free workshop on Tax Efficient Investment on November 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ironwood Branch, located at 11688 Steveston Highway. To register please visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #964. Guest speaker is local certified financial planner and financial educator Heidi Pullem,

Pullem will teach the audience how to defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains, rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax, and help maximize government entitlements. “Pullem’s financial advice is always timely and easy to understand,” said library technician Virginia Guthrie. Pullem says “It’s no secret - your investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings.”

Contact:

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

Making Sense of Anxiety in Children2013-10-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting the program “Making Sense of Anxiety in Children” on October 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs This program is free and offered in English. It is a program specifically for adults it is not suitable for children.

Program presenter Dr. Deborah MacNamara, is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute and has a private practice offering counselling and educational services. According to MacNamara, as many as 20% of children qualify for an anxiety disorder diagnosis, making it the most common mental health issue. Anxiety can take many forms including obsessions, compulsions and phobias, as well as other unusual behaviours. “We can’t treat something we don’t understand so making sense of anxiety is fundamental in making headway,” said MacNamara. “This presentation will bring a promising perspective to one of our most troubling human problems.”

This program is sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and/or Addictions, Richmond Addiction Services Society, CHIMO Crisis Services, Canadian Mental Health Association (Richmond Branch), Touchstone, The FORCE , and Safer Relationships-Safer Children.

Contact:

Dinise Sizer, 604-231-6468, Librarian, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program2013-10-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Cantonese called “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” takes place at Richmond Public Library on Thursdays starting October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21 from 9:30am -12pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required by October 21, 2013. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Presented by the University of Victoria – Centre on Aging.


Contact: Ping He, Head of Information Services
Phone: 604-231-6430
Email: ping.he@yourlibrary.ca


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Contact:

Ping He, 604-231-6430, Head, Information Services, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Diabetes Self-Management Program2013-10-08

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2013

Diabetes Self-Management Program


RICHMOND, B.C. – A free six-session workshop in Mandarin Chinese called “Diabetes Self-Management Program” takes place at Richmond Public Library on Sundays starting October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 from 1:30-4pm in the Brighouse (Main) 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Registration is required by October 10, 2013.To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Presented by the University of Victoria – Centre on Aging.


Contact: Ping He, Head of Information Services
Phone: 604-231-6430
Email: ping.he@yourlibrary.ca


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Contact:

Ping He, 604-231-6430, Head, Information Services, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Healthy Aging: Learn How to Age Well at Richmond Library2013-10-07

RICHMOND, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health and Richmond Public Library are partnering to offer a six-part series of programs that will help you learn how your body changes, and what you can do to ensure a better quality of life as you age. The programs will take place on Thursdays starting October 17th from 10 am - 12 noon in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for these free programs, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

Sessions include:
Oct. 17 Introduction to Healthy Aging (program #950)
Oct. 24 Managing Medication (program #951)
Oct. 31 Physical Activity and the Fountain of Youth (program #952)
Nov. 7 Aging and Healthy Eating (program #543)
Nov. 14 Aging and Mental Wellness (program #544)
Nov. 21 Managing Stress. (program #545)

“This is an excellent opportunity to get health advice from experts in the field,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “We’ve partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health on similar programs and the feedback from the community has been extremely positive. You can register for one session or all six,” added Sizer.

Contact:

Dinise Sizer, 604-231-6468, Librarian, dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca

Home Buyer's Workshop2013-09-24

Buying a home can be scary and overwhelming – especially for a first time home buyer. So Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Verico Complete Mortgage Services and Sutton West Coast Realty, will hold a free workshop on purchasing and financing a home on October 10th from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program #830.

Allan Seltzer, a Mortgage Broker from Verico Complete Mortgage Services, will cover the process of how to get a mortgage – from the initial pre-approval stage to the final purchase of the home. Seltzer will also discuss how lenders figure out how large the mortgage can be, as well as the different products available. Arnold Shuchat, Real Estate Agent at Sutton West Coast Realty, will discuss the process of looking for a home, negotiating the offer, and coming to a complete purchase of your new home.

Contact:

Theresa de Sousa, 604-231-6423, Student Resources Librarian, theresa.de sousa@yourlibrary.ca

Richmond Public Library Hosts Talk by Chinese Writer Pai Hsien-yung 2013-09-13

RICHMOND, BC – Richmond Public Library is partnering with the Asian Studies department of UBC to present a free seminar (#907) in Mandarin by Chinese writer and educator Professor Pai Hsien-yung on his new work,« ?????»(Father and the Republic). The talk takes place on September 29 from 2:30 – 4:00 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/progs. You will need your registration receipt to get in.

This seminar is part of the series “The Joy of Reading: Understanding Chinese History” and will be held in the 2nd floor Community Place. According to historians, Professor Pai Hsien-yung’s father, General Pai Ch’ung-hsi, was a brilliant military strategist, and well-loved by the Chinese people during the war. He led his army to defeat the Japanese Army, wipe out their elite units and destroy Lin Biao’s communist army. He fought the Chinese communists until the last minute before withdrawing to Taiwan. His brilliance aroused the resentment of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, who kept him under constant surveillance.

“Professor Pai Hsien-yung, one of the most important writers of modern Chinese fiction, will talk about his new photo-biography of his father, General Pai, and will sign books. This new work will help fill the void of knowledge about China during the most chaotic and tumultuous time of the Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War in the 20th century,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Pai is recognized as the “melancholy pioneer” in Chinese fiction. He spent his childhood in Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong during the war years and moved to Taiwan with his family during the retreat. After his graduation from the National Taiwan University, he undertook graduate studies at the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1965 and taught there until his retirement in 1994.

Pai’s contributions to Chinese literature include the founding of the literary journal ???? (Modern Literature) and several dozen novels, books of short stories, screenplays and critical essays. His fictional works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. Several of his stories have been adapted into feature films, television series and plays. After his retirement, he dedicated himself to the revival of the Kunqu opera. His production of the opera, The Peony Pavilion, has been performed over two hundred times worldwide and won high critical acclaim. My Father and Republic China is his most recent project. This book was simultaneously published in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2012.

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Contact:

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

Public Service Announcement: Resilient Partenting2013-09-13


Resilient Parenting: Tips and strategies on How to Become a More Effective Parent.


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with F.O.R.C.E. (Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality), is offering a free parenting Workshop held on Wednesday, September 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Kids’ Place Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

This is an opportunity for parents to come together and review different parenting techniques. The presenters will focus on parent self-care and the importance of providing both love and clear boundaries for our children. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 and quote program number 924, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.





Contact:

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

The Art of Networking2013-09-11

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting a workshop on “The Art of Networking” on Wednesday, September 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs The program is free and offered in English.

Program presenter Cho Lim, founder of E-Nation, will talk about the benefits of developing a good business and personal network. Cho says that having a great network benefits your business and personal success. Networking is more than just exchanging business cards; it’s about creating relationships. This workshop will focus on building the confidence to network with people in your community.


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Contact: Dinise Sizer, Reference Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6432
Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Learn About Quickbooks2013-09-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering free classes this fall on the popular accounting software, Quickbooks. The classes will be held at Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Introduction to Quickbooks
Program # 812, Sunday October 6th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Program # 813, Saturday November 2nd from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Quickbooks for Small Business Owners
Program # 814, Saturday October 26th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Program # 815, Sunday November 24th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

“Introduction to Quickbooks” will teach you basic accounting terms and give you an overview of the computer software. No prior accounting knowledge or skills required. For entrepreneurs, “Quickbooks for Small Business Owners”, will teach you how to use Quickbooks to set up your company, track revenue & expenses, payroll, and bank reconciliation & reports. The presenter, Alex Young of ATY Consulting, has a MBA degree from the University of Ottawa and has been running her own practice for over 7 years.

Contact:

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

Legacy Planning & Living Successfully in Retirement2013-09-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Edward Jones, is offering a free workshop on “Legacy Planning and Living Successfully in Retirement” on Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 807, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Discover simple ways to minimize taxes in your estate, protect yourself in the event of care needs in retirement, and preserve your hard-earned legacy for those you love most. The workshop is presented by Rhona Konnelly, a Senior Insurance Specialist at Edwards Jones. Konnelly has 36 years of diverse insurance, financial, and estate planning experience.

Contact:

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

Fired Up For Life! with Greg Gerrie2013-09-04





NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2012



FIRED UP FOR LIFE!


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to present the program Fired Up For Life – How to Get & Stay Motivated. The program will take place on Wednesday, September 18th, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, 2nd floor Community Place.

The program is presented by Greg Gerrie, President of Trinity Healthy Living and Training Director for Global Legacy Builders, and he is passionate about educating people about the Global Wellness Revolution that he feels is before us. “We can all be healthy and live the abundant life”, says Greg. ”The knowledge is here, we simply have to decide.”

“This is an interesting and timely topic”, said Lynn Shane, RPL librarian. “Many Richmond residents are interested in learning how to live a healthy and stress-free life.”

To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online: www.yourlibrary.ca.



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Contact: Lynn Shane
Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6455
Email: lynnshane@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Introduction to Stock Charting Techniques2013-09-04

RICHMOND, B.C. –

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with TD Direct Investing, is offering a free workshop on Technical Analysis (stock charting techniques). Participants will be introduced to the concept and techniques used for interpreting stock charts and identifying trading trends.

This free workshop is available in both English and Cantonese and will take place in the Computer Centre on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch. The Cantonese session will be on Tuesday September 10th from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. The English session will be on Thursday September 12 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

This program is suitable for anybody who is interested in stock charting techniques, with some basic computer skills and a little trading knowledge.


Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Interview Skills Workshop2013-08-29

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Interview Skills Workshop held on Thursday, September 19th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.
Participants will learn how to effectively network, present oneself to employers, and match one’s job search to how employers usually hire. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 806, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Focus on Older Adults2013-08-29




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2013

Focus on Older Adults

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is presenting 3 workshops for older adults and/or their caregivers on September 15th, 22nd, and 29th, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, at the Brighouse (Main) Library, 2nd floor Community Place. This is a free, drop-in program.

The workshops are conducted by COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute, an organization that provides practical and useful information on topics of interest to older adults.


• Sunday September 15th: Memory and Aging.
How memory functions and how it changes as we age. We’ll give you tips for maintaining and improving memory, and give advice about when to seek professional help.
• Sunday September 22nd: Chronic Diseases.
Describes the warning signs of four of the diseases that are most likely to affect the health of older adults: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Lung Disease. Early recognition is emphasized.
• Sunday September 29th: Advocacy for Caregivers.
Advice for people who feel that they need to advocate for friends or family members, or for people they are employed to assist.


“Older adults make up a significant proportion of people in Richmond, and we need to inform ourselves of the many resources available for living a happy and healthy lifestyle.” said Lynn Shane, librarian. “COSCO always presents an engaging and informative program geared to issues of interest to older adults and their caregivers.

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Contact:

Lynn Shane, Librarian, 604-231-6455; lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Calling All Orchid Lovers2013-08-29

RICHMOND, B.C – If you love orchids and want to learn how to care for them, then come to a free, drop-in seminar at the Richmond Public Library, called “The Care and Keeping of Orchids: Dealing with Pests and Diseases”. The seminar takes place on September 15th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. It will be presented by the Richmond Orchid Club.

According to Elizabeth Marcus, Orchid Club president, people aren’t the only ones who love orchids – fungus, bacteria and pests also love these beautiful plants. “These invaders can wreak havoc with your orchid collection if left unchecked,” said Marcus. Seminar participants will find out how to treat existing problems, as well as how to prevent future infestations. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca, or call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Blood – It’s in You to Give©2013-08-14

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 Monday, September 9th. 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 still 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.

Bloodmobile staff encourage 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 per cent 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 about two cups.
• Nearly half a litre of blood is taken from each blood donor and an average adult has between 4-6 litres of blood in their body.
• 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood but only 1 in 60 actually 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).

Contact:

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

Re: Children’s Author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb to Read at Cambie Library 2013-08-06


NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2013

Children’s Author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb to Read at Cambie Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Saudi Arabian children’s author Iman Fouad Alkhateeb, will read from her picture books at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on August 17th from 2-3:00 p.m. The library is located at 150-11590 Cambie Road in Richmond. This drop-in event is for families with kids ages 5-12. The program will be in Arabic and English. For more information phone us at 604-273-2223, or visit us online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/kids_prog.cfm
Iman Fouad Alkhateeb is the author of more than 25 picture books. She will be reading from Ken Ken – the hedgehog, an Arabic book from the series The Farm Friends. A mother of seven and grandmother of four, Iman lives in Saudi Arabia and is visiting Vancouver.
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Contact: Vandy Advani
Library Technician
Phone: 604-273-2223
Email: vandy.advani@yourlibrary.ca



Contact:

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

Resume Writing Workshop2013-07-30

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free Resume Writing Workshop held on Thursday, August 22nd from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Program Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.
Participants will learn about different types of resumes and how to build an effective resume that focuses on the employer’s needs. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 562, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Free Workshop on PR Card Renewal and Canadian Citizenship Application2013-07-16

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on permanent card renewal and Canadian citizenship application. The workshop takes place on July 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. Attorney George Lee will explain the application process. Topics include documents required and fees, processing time and procedures plus special case study and Q&A. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Introduction to Quickbooks2013-07-04

Richmond Public Library is offering a free class on the popular accounting software Quickbooks. The class will be on Sunday, July 28 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 (quote program # 560), or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.
No prior accounting knowledge or skills required! Get an overview of Quickbooks, improve your chances of landing a job in this tough market, and for the small business owner, save time by doing your bookkeeping efficiently. The presenter Alex Young of ATY Consulting has a MBA degree from the University of Ottawa and has been running her own practice for over 7 years.

Contact:

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

Up Up and Away! Join Richmond Summer Reading Club for Kids2013-06-25

RICHMOND, B.C. – Children of all ages are invited to join the FREE Summer Reading Club at all Richmond Public Library branches. Visit any Richmond Library branch to register and pick up your reading booklet on or after June 24.

The official Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party on Saturday, July 6 will feature FREE 45-minute magic shows by Norden the Magician at the following times and locations: Brighouse (Main) Branch performance hall at 10:30 a.m.; Steveston Branch at 12 p.m.; Ironwood Branch at 2 p.m. and Cambie Branch at 3:45 p.m. The magic show is a free, drop-in event. For more Summer Reading Club details please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/kids.

“Up, Up and Away!” is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club. Kids can read any books they like at home, in the library, at the beach or anywhere else throughout the summer. Each child gets a cool reading booklet to keep track of the books they read, plus weekly stickers, the chance to win book prizes, and a medal at the end,” said acting head of Kids’ Place, Melanie Au.

“This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 22nd year and going strong. Kids love to discover new books and get fun stickers just for reading,” added Au. “Writing book reviews for a chance to be published in the Richmond News and on the library’s website is another popular part of Summer Reading Club.” Each week, three book reviews will be selected for publication.

“Our hope is to inspire kids to develop a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation for libraries,” said Au. Last year nearly 5,000 kids joined the summer reading club at Richmond Public Library.
Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and Richmond Public Library, with funding from the Libraries and Literacy, Ministry of Education, The Honourable George Abbott, Minister. Kids Summer Reading Club illustrations are by Eliska Liska. Other sponsors include the White Spot, Royal Bank of Canada and the Richmond News.
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Contact:

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

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

Community Education Series on Addictions2013-06-19

Richmond Public Library and Richmond Addiction Services are teaming up to offer a free, drop-in 7-week education series on various addiction-related topics. The sessions take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Wednesdays from July 3 – August 14th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The sessions are in English. For more information please call 604-270-9220.

Addiction-related topics include:
• July 3 – The Development of Substance Dependence
• July 10 – Chemicals and the Body
• July 17 – The Recovery Process
• July 24 – The Family Context
• July 31 – Problem Gambling
• August 7 – Helping Others
• August 14 – Drugs in Our Society

Participants can attend whichever sessions they like; they don’t have to attend all seven sessions. The sessions will be facilitated by Addiction Specialists who offer community prevention programming. This series of education programs is open to the public and no registration is required. They will take place in the library’s 2nd floor program room.

Contact:

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

Dr. Francis Vala Talks about the Science of Personal Transformation2013-06-19

Join Dr. Francis Vala as he launches his new book The Third Vision: the Science of Personal Transformation, on July 3rd from 7-8 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Dr. Vala is a physician, social entrepreneur and UBC instructor. “According to Dr. Vala, his book explores some of the most complex mysteries and dilemmas of our world. He presents a simple, yet comprehensive approach to understanding different aspects of humanity based on science and evidence,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Born in Iran and having grown up in Greece, Dr. Vala now resides in Canada.

Contact:

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

Employability 101 Series: Industry Event - Financial Literacy2013-06-19

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free financial literacy talk on Thursday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Learn about micro-loans for foreign credential evaluation, continuing education/professional development, and starting a small business. Learn how to access this assistance, find out about eligibility requirements, and make more informed financial decisions for your unique situation. Presented by RBC Royal Bank, Vancity and A J Insurance. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 479, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor2013-06-14

Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 26th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Program presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold, Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

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

Red Tails and Dragon Tales2013-06-13

Red Tails and Dragon Tales


RICHMOND, B.C. –

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Chinese Military Museum, is offering a free workshop on two groups of World War II veterans that face discrimination: the Tuskegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadian soldiers. Veterans from these two groups will talk about how they overcame prejudice to serve their countries with courage and distinction.


This free drop-in workshop will take place in the Community Place on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch on Sunday June 30th from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

"This program is suitable for anybody who is interested in Canadian history," said Head of Information Services Ping He. "It’s the first time for the veterans from Tuskegee Airmen and Chinese-Canadian soldiers to meet and share their stories with the public."


Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Employability 101 Workshop - The Self-Marketer in You: Using ‘Soft Skills’2013-05-30

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC, is offering a free employment workshop held on Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. A leading “soft skills” trainer will give tips on developing communication and social skills for job search and workplace success. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 477, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Employability 101 - Resume Workshop2013-05-29

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Resume Workshop held on Thursday, June 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants will get tips and one-on-one help from an ISS of BC employment counsellor in this interactive workshop. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 476, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:
• Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
• Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-6433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Welcome Ramadan and Eid Season at the Library2013-05-27




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2013

Welcome Ramadan and Eid Season at the Library


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, Richmond Family Place and Settlement workers are hosting a free, drop-in Ramadan celebration on June 9th from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Cambie branch of Richmond Public Library, and June 16th from 12 noon-4:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) branch. Everyone is welcome to attend these fun, family events. For more information please call 604-273-2223. Cambie branch is located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road and Brighouse branch is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond.

“The events will feature traditional songs, hands-on ethnic crafts, face painting, Middle Eastern treats and more,” said library staff person Vandy Advani. Join us in celebrating the holy season of fasting and feasting in the Islamic community. This event is made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors: Richmond school district, SWIS, Richmond Family Place, Touchstone Family Association., Iman School (Richmond), Richmond Addiction Services and British Columbia Muslim Association (BCMA).

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

Contact:

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

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

Literacy FIRST!2013-05-23




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013

Literacy FIRST!

RICHMOND, B.C. – A new series focusing on adult literacy, Literacy FIRST! takes place in Community Place on the second floor at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The 11 session series runs from:

Fri Jun 14 – Aug 23 Brighouse Community place (second floor) 6:30-8:30 pm
Sat Jun 15- Aug 24 Brighouse Community place (second floor) 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

This series is registered. Space is limited to ten participants and attendance at all 11 sessions is required for the best results. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is free and offered in English.

“Many adults in Richmond will benefit from upgrading their reading, writing, number and computer skills through the Literacy FIRST program.” says Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator of Learning Place Services. “Whether people wish to learn new skills or improve existing reading and writing skills to gain more employment success this program will assist them. Participants will be working through a personalized learning format with tutors to build on the learners’ current literacy level and achieve greater success moving to the next level.”

Instructors in this unique program are from FIRST Society and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The program is funded through the Community Adult Literacy Program by the Province of British Columbia.


For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, go to http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
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

Focus on Older Adults2013-05-22

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013

Focus on Older Adults


RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is partnering with COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute to present 3 workshops for older adults and/or their caregivers on June 4th, 11th and 18th at the Brighouse (main) Library’s 2nd floor Program Room. All are on Tuesdays, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

On June 4th we present Housing Options for Older Adults. We examine various care requirements and review the procedures to consider when looking for solutions to your housing needs.

On June 8th we‘ll take a look at BC’s Mature Driver Assessment Procedures. This program describes the BC assessment process in detail, and participants are advised how to do their best in the various testing situations they may face.

The final workshop, on Personal Planning, will explain the role of Representation Agreements and other legal documents in considering the possibility that you might need someone to speak for you regarding personal care, end of life care, and certain financial matters.

“Older adults make up a significant proportion of people in Richmond, and we need to explore all the wonderful options for aging that we enjoy in our community” said Lynn Shane, librarian. “COSCO always presents an engaging and informative program geared to issues of interest to older adults and their caregivers.

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Contact:

Lynn Shane, Librarian, 604-231-6455; lynn.shane@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca




Contact:

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

Food, Allergies & Children2013-05-18




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2013

Healthy Families Series –
Food, Allergies & Children


RICHMOND, B.C. – The last program, in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series, Food, Allergies & Children, takes place on Thursday, June 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Community Place on the second floor at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is free and offered in English.

“Parents of young children will learn the latest information on allergy prevention and management of food allergies in babies and young children. We know this is a concern for many Richmond families and encourage everyone with allergy questions or children with allergies to attend”, says Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator of Learning Place Services.

The presenter, Linda Kirst is a registered dietician with Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
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

Employability 101 Industry Event: Your First Canadian Work Experience2013-05-09

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Employment Industry Event held on Thursday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Learn from other new immigrants who were able to unlock their own potential and successfully enter the workforce. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 475, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.


Contact:
• Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191)
• Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-3433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Employability 101: Business English2013-05-09

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), is offering a free Business English class held on Thursday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Open to anyone wanting to improve their language skills necessary in business situations including telephoning, meetings, negotiations, and more. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 474, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:
Mary Tecson, Assistant Manager, ISSofBC Skills Connect program, 604-684-2561 (ext 2191) or Rebecca Ferrie, Librarian, 604-231-3433, rebecca.ferrie@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Free Workshop on Customs Rules and Regulations2013-05-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on what you should know when you arrive at port of entry of Canada. The workshop will be held on May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Shervin Madani, a former Canada Border Services Agency Officer, will be briefing on customs and immigration rules and regulations for Canadian residents or visitors of foreign nationals. The workshop will be offered in English with Mandarin interpretation. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the Library2013-05-06



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2013


RICHMOND, B.C. – Want to learn more about the customs, traditions, art and food of various Asian cultures? If so, then come to the Richmond Public Library and help celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May. The following free, drop in programs are open to all and are held on the main floor of Brighouse (Main) Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Unless otherwise stated, the programs are in English. For more information, phone 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

May 11th celebrates Indian culture with an Indian Cooking Demonstration from 1:00-2:00 pm. Richmond’s Falguni Kothari will demonstrate how to make delicious and nutritious Indian vegetable rice, lentils and yogurt.

May 25th celebrates Philippine Culture with a Philippine Interactive Art Exhibit from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come and view the artwork of artist Danvic Briones, learn about the Philippines’ traditional modes of transportation and participate in a collaborative community art piece.

May 26th celebrates Chinese culture with a Chinese Art Tutorial from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Students and self-learners of Chinese calligraphy and painting can get free advice and tips from the artists of Haipai Painting and Calligraphy Society of Canada. This program is conducted in English and Mandarin.

“Richmond’s diverse multicultural community has a lot to offer and we want to provide the opportunity for people to learn about other cultures,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services. “Promoting cross-cultural understanding is one of the most important things we can do for our community,” added Jang.

The library is working in partnership with the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee to offer these programs.

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Contact:

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

Sensory Processing and the Sensitive Child2013-05-02

RICHMOND, B.C. –This presentation will focus on explaining Sensory Processing, recognizing where a child may be having difficulties and discussing ways of meeting these needs in a school setting. This program will be held on May 15th from 7-9:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. Program presenters include Megan Eastwood an Occupational Therapist and Mona Cantwell, a teacher from the Richmond School District. Sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Richmond Public Library, Vancouver Coastal
Health and the Richmond Community Table for Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and Addictions.



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Contact: Dinise Sizer
Reference Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6432
Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

The Dynamic Presenter: A Workshop for Writers and Public Speakers2013-04-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library is hosting a free public speaking workshop to help people develop strategies to break through their anxiety, engage their listeners, and improve the power of their voice and delivery. Led by local writer and educator Ben Nuttall-Smith, this one-session workshop will be held on May 4th from 2-4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate on the second floor. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

While the idea of presenting to the public might fill you with dread, avoiding public speaking can keep you from achieving your personal and professional potential. To help you overcome your fears and increase your effectiveness, this workshop will focus on posture, breathing, and voice projection exercises, and provide strategies to calm your nerves and target your message to your audience. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water as everyone will have the opportunity to practice their skills during the workshop. Handouts will be provided.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
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

Free Resume Workshop at Richmond Library2013-04-25

Are you entering or re-entering the job market? Does your resume have the professional look you need in today’s job market? Richmond Public Library is hosting a free Resume Workshop on Thursday, May 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or go online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“You can have your resume reviewed by qualified and experienced facilitators from Immigrant Services Society of BC,” said librarian Lynn Shane. This program is in partnership with Immigrant Services Society and the workshop will be led by employment professionals to help target your job search.

Contact:

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

Diabetes Self-Management Program2013-04-25

Richmond Public Library is once again partnering with the University of Victoria to offer a six-session free workshop on diabetes for adults to learn how to manage the disease and the related symptoms.

This free workshop will take place in the Community Place on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse Main Branch on Thursdays May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and June 6th from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Space is limited to 15 people. . To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in Mandarin Chinese.

"Participants will learn and practice a range of strategies and tools for more effective day-to-day management of diabetes and related symptoms," said Head of Information Services Ping He. "The workshop will help participants gain increasing confidence to prevent fluctuation of blood glucose and to delay complications."

Contact:

Ping he, Head of Information Services, 604-231-6430, ping.he@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Take a Vocation2013-04-18



NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2013

Take a Vocation!

RICHMOND, B.C. –Richmond Public Library and Literacy Richmond are once again partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer a unique five-week course for parents 19 years and older who want to improve their work prospects. The Take a Vocation! courses take place in two locations:

# 412 Fridays May 3 – May 31 from 1-3 pm at Brighouse Branch Community Place
# 411 Thursdays May 9 – June 6 from 1-3 pm at Cambie Branch Dream Room.

Space is limited to eight people at each course. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. Childminding is provided for parents with children ages 3 years and older.

“Vocational tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University will work with parents over a five-week period to help them determine their workplace interests, assess their readiness to move in new career directions, and assist with the tools and skills needed to make the change,” said coordinator of learning place services, Lee Anne Smith.

“Participants who attend the course will be better able to reach out to employers, know what to say at interviews, learn how to practice networking and gain a better understanding of their job prospects here in Canada,” added Smith. Thanks to the Community Adult Literacy Program grant from the province, childminding is available for those attending the program,” said Smith.

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Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Email: leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca


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Contact:

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

The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan2013-04-10


Nobel Prize Winner Mo Yan Highlighted at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a program in Mandarin on “The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan” on April 23 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. Guest speakers will be Professor Christopher Rea, Rachel Fan and Aiying Li, and the moderator will be Professor Emeritus Kee Y. Lam. To register for this program (#215), call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.

“We are pleased to offer a panel presentation on Chinese author Mo Yan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Professor Rea, a specialist in modern Chinese literature, will give an analysis of Mo Yan’s works and explain the reasons he won the Nobel Prize. Ms. Fan will talk about the movies that are based on Mo Yan’s works and explain why so many of his novels have been made into movies. Author Li, who came from the same area in China as Mo Yan, will talk about her impressions of him and the influence his home village has on his writings,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Rea is an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Department of UBC. One of his areas of specialization is modern Chinese literature and drama. Fan has a master degree in mass communication from the University of Leicester in England. She has worked as a film critic, script writer and done media work for over twenty years. Aiying Li is a teacher, writer and reporter from China. She was born and grew up in Shandong where Mo Yan lives. She immigrated to Vancouver in 2007. Professor Lam retired from UBC’s Department of Mathematics in 2005. He has a strong interest in contemporary Chinese literature and is currently studying the works of Mo Yan. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Richmond Library Hosts Poetry Reading with Ben Nuttall-Smith2013-04-05

Poet and novelist Ben Nuttall-Smith will read from his new poetry books Postcards, and A Moment in Eternity on Fri. April 19th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in.

Contact:

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

EMPLOYABILITY 101 JOB SEARCH SERIES2013-04-04

Jobseekers can get free, expert help towards becoming more employable at a series of interactive workshops presented by Richmond Public Library in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC. All jobseekers are welcome to sign up for the 90-minute sessions, taking place Thursdays at 2:00pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, call (604) 231-6413 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm

“We’re calling this workshop series ‘Employability101’,” says Librarian Haidee O’Brien. “Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts from ISSofBC and get tips on enhancing the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.”

The April 11 workshop, The Self-Marketer in U!, features a leading “soft skills” trainer on developing communication and social graces to position yourself in the workplace. Business Language Essentials, on April 18, focuses on language skills for situations such as telephoning, meetings, negotiating and more. On April 25, at Industry Talk, Canadian Western Bank and Scotia Bank will talk about their recruitment and hiring process.

“For more than 40 years, the ISSofBC has assisted newcomers with settlement and employment services throughout BC,” says O’Brien. “We’re delighted to combine their expertise with the expertise of Library staff, who will be sharing at each workshop print and electronic employment resources available through RPL or online.”

Contact:

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

Novel Vs the Film2013-04-02


Richmond Library Presents Talk on the Novel vs. the Film

RICHMOND, B.C. – Film critic Rachel Fan will be giving a talk in Mandarin on “The Subtle relationship Between the Novel and the Film” on April 16 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#211), call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm.

“Rachel Fan will discuss the trend of Chinese novels becoming more ‘visual’ and what is gained or lost in the movie script. She will also review some Chinese movies that are based on well-known novels, including Raise the Red Lantern by Su Tong; Red Sorghum by Mo Yan; Xiu Xiu: the Sent Down Girl by Yan Geling; Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang; and Yu Qing Sao by Bai Xianyong,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services.

Fan grew up in Taiwan and received a master degree in mass communication from the University of Leicester in England. She has worked as a film critic, script writer and done media work for over twenty years, with more than ten years of experience in Vancouver. Her current projects include developing educational programs for promoting an interest in Chinese culture among overseas Chinese children, publishing Chinese storybooks for children and writing a column on films.

Contact:

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

Poetry Recital by Luo Fu2013-03-28

RICHMOND, B.C. – Poet Luo Fu will give a talk in Mandarin on “How to Experience the Beauty of Chinese Poetry” on April 12th from 7-9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#210), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. This program is part of the series The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature appreciation.

“We are fortunate to have one of the best contemporary Chinese poets coming to do this program for us. Professor Luo Fu will recite several of his poems and explain the creative process, connotations and artistic conception of each poem,” said Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese language services at Richmond Public Library.

An internationally renowned poet, Fu was born in China in 1928. He moved to Taiwan in 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1996. Often referred to as the “Magic Poet”, he is considered one of the top Chinese poets of our time. He has won many literary awards from Taiwan and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for his 3,000 line poem “Drift Wood”. His works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Swedish. Besides writing poems, he also taught Chinese literature in universities in China and Taiwan, and wrote Chinese calligraphy, essays, literary criticisms and translations. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Minfdulness-Based Stress Reduction2013-03-28




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2013

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how to reduce stress and live life more fully in the program Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The program takes place on Tuesday, April 9 from 7-9:00 p.m. in the program room number 2 on the second floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and offered in English.

Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In this interactive, practical, and experiential presentation presenter Deborah Prieur will share some key ideas and benefits of this approach to stress reduction and introduce two mindfulness meditation practices.

Deborah Prieur BSW, MA is a longtime meditator and has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses and Workshops since 1999. Deborah also teaches courses in Mindful Eating and the SMART in Education Program to Vancouver School Board teachers.

Only 25 spaces are available and registration is required. This program will fill up quickly so register in advance. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

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
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
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

Breast Health 1012013-03-28

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon, will be offering a free workshop on breast health. The Breast Health 101 workshop provides information on breast cancer, its risk factors, mammogram screening and breast health recommendations.

There will be two sessions on the topic, one in Cantonese and one in Mandarin. The Cantonese session is on April 6 at 2:30 and the Mandarin session is on April 13 at 2:30. They will be held in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.


Contact:

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

Chinese Literature Appreciation Series Part II2013-03-26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2013

Richmond Library Offers Chinese Literature Appreciation Series

RICHMOND, B.C – This spring, Richmond Public Library offers a series of programs on Chinese literature appreciation to promote interest in Chinese literature and the literature books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Programs in The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature Appreciation series include free activities for adults and kids in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages. They run from April 9 – 24, 2013. Registration is required for all programs except the book launch. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. All programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Quote the appropriate program numbers.
The book launch, presented in English, features Julia Lin, author of Miah and takes place on April 9 from 7-9 pm in the 2nd floor Program Room. This program is presented in partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. Drop in.
? #210 Experience the Beauty of Chinese Poetry on April 12 from 7-9 pm with award winning poet Luo Fu in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin.
? #211 The Subtle Relationship between the Movie and the Novel on April 16 from 7-9 pm with film critic Rachel Fan in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin.
? #212 Strong and Beautiful: A Talk on Sports Literature on April 19 from 7-9 pm with author and reporter Grant Hsu in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Mandarin.
? #213 The Advancement of Overseas Chinese Literature on April 26 from 7-9 pm with John Hsu in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Mandarin.
? 215 The Works, the Movies and the Life of Mo Yan: a Panel Presentation on April 23 from 7-9 pm with Professor Christopher Rea, Professor Alison Bailey and Ms. Aiying Li, and moderated by Professor Emeritus Kee Lam in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In English and Mandarin.

Contact:

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

Citizenship Application and the New Language Requirements2013-03-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S, will be offering a free workshop on citizenship application. The speaker will talk about the new language requirements, applicant’s eligibility and required documents for the application. The workshop takes place on April 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

Join in Vaisakhi Celebrations at Cambie Library2013-03-26




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2013

Join in Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi celebration at the Cambie Branch of Richmond Public Library on April 7th 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.

“The event will feature dazzling dance performances of Bhangra and Bollywood tunes, interactive storytelling, and traditional Punjabi songs,” said library staff person Vandy Advani. Kids aged 8-12 are invited to pick up a Bollywood dance performance entry-form or a public speaking entry form at any Richmond Public Library branch. The topic of the public speaking contest is: “Vaisakhi means to me...” The deadline to return the forms is March 31st. This event is made possible due to the generous support of the following sponsors: SUCCESS, RBC, Tandoori Kona restaurant, Fruiticana, Subway, Mr. Jaswant Singh Grewal, Mr. Amarjit Sandhu and Ms. Paramjit Dhariwal.
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Contact: Vandy Advani
Reference Clerk
Phone: 604-273-2223
Email: vandy.advani@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

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

Free Resume and Cover Letter Workshop2013-03-25

Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, will host a free Resume and Cover Letter Writing workshop (program #333) on April 4 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Participants can have their resumes reviewed by qualified and experienced facilitators from Immigrant Services Society of BC, and design a job-specific cover letter. Space is limited. To register, call (604) 231-6413 or go online www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature2013-03-13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature

RICHMOND, BC – William Chan will give a free seminar (#208) about overseas Chinese literature and overseas Chinese literary communities on March 22th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. The seminar, entitled “A Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation.
“As an increasing number of Chinese people are moving to other countries, the overseas Chinese literary communities are growing and flourishing. Many outstanding authors and publications have emerged. In this seminar, Mr. Chan will give an overview of the Chinese literary communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and South-East Asia,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.
Chan worked as a reporter, editor and publisher for newspapers and magazines, and was also a TV script writer prior to coming to Canada. Since arriving in Canada he has been actively involved in the local Chinese literary community for many years, as a member and former Chair of the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association, Vice Chair of the Federation of Overseas Chinese-Language Literature and President of Wah Hon Publishing Co. and W & Y Cultural Products Co. He has also served as a judge in literary competitions. His publications, which number over 30, include poetry collections, novels and prose.
For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Free Workshop on Family Sponsorship2013-03-12

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Pro-Bono Immigrants Services Society (PBISS), is offering a free workshop on how to sponsor family members to immigrate to Canada successfully. The workshop takes place on March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, 7700 Minoru Gate. The workshop is in Mandarin. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

Contact:

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

Publishing Workshop: From First Draft to Publication2013-03-08

Are you a writer hoping to get published but unsure where to start? Richmond Public Library is hosting a free workshop to demystify the publishing process. Led by local poet and author Ben Nuttall-Smith together with George Opacic, author and President of the BC Federation of Writers, this one-session workshop will be held on March 16th from 2-4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

From initial book proposals to query letters to issues specific to digital publishing, the workshop will help you understand how to get your manuscript out of your desk drawer and into the hands of readers. If you have already written queries or proposals, you are welcome to bring these materials for feedback. Writers who are just beginning to consider publishing their work are also encouraged to attend.

Contact:

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

The World of Play: Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century2013-03-06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013

Christopher Rea Talks about Chinese Humor at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – Professor Christopher Rea will give a talk on “The World of Play : Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century” on March 15th from 7 – 9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#206), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. This program is in Mandarin.

“Professor Rea has done extensive research in Chinese humor. He found that the period around the Revolution of 1911 was a very playful time. Books and magazines were full of jokes and funny stories. Many people, including writers and comedians, focused their efforts on humor. However, the term “youmo” (humor) did not exist until 1924 when Lin Yutang first used it,” says Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese language services.

Rea is an Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Department of UBC. His areas of specialization are modern Chinese literature and drama since the late 19th century; print culture in late Qing and the Republican era; theories and culture of comedy and laughter; cinema, cartoons, and visual culture; translation; and Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang. For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Passover @ Richmond Public Library2013-03-05

Richmond Public Library and PJ Library® will be offering a special spring break program at the Brighouse (Main) Branch to celebrate cultural diversity on March 18th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids ages 3-6 and their parents or caregivers are welcome to attend this free Passover program featuring stories, crafts, songs and games. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #223.

PJ Library® is an innovative program connecting young families with Jewish books and music in over 175 communities across North America. Sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in conjunction with local funders and the Jewish Community Foundation, the mandate of PJ Library® is to engage young Jewish families through books, music and programming. For more information, and to sign up your children or grandchildren to receive free books, please see jewishvancouver.com/pjlibrary.

Contact:

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

Go Digital @yourlibrary: Live Demonstrations!2013-03-04

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how to download free eBooks, magazines, and music to your computer, smartphone, or tablet at one of Richmond Public Library’s free, drop-in demonstrations. Sessions take place in the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Learning Place, 7700 Minoru Gate on the following dates:

Magazines @yourlibrary
Wednesday, March 20 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, April 16 7 – 8 pm

Music @yourlibrary
Tuesday, March 26 11 – 11:30 am
Friday, April 26 11 – 11:30 am

eBooks @yourlibrary
Wednesday, April 10 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, April 30 11 am – 12 pm


“The Library’s free digital services are incredibly convenient. They allow Richmond residents to download the media they want, when and where they want it,” said coordinator of eServices Kat Lucas. “During our demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using the free services, answers your questions, and helps you get set up on your own device.”

As well as eBooks, magazines, and music, Richmond’s digital line-up offers great online newspapers and language learning programs. For more information call 604-231-6413 or go online to www.yourlibrary.ca.

Contact:

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

Local Author, Ben Nuttall-Smith, Gives Reading at Richmond Library2013-03-04

Novelist and poet Ben Nuttall-Smith will read from his historical novel Blood, Feathers & Holy Men, and his autobiographical novel, Secrets Kept / Secrets Told on Fri. March 15th from 2-3 p.m. in the living room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Free and drop-in. Nuttall-Smith will discuss why and how he wrote the books.

Contact:

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

The History of Diayutai Islands and the Relationships between China, Japan, U.S. & Taiwan2013-03-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2013

Richmond Library Hosts About the Diaoyutai Islands

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Hailin Zheng will talk about the history of the Diaoyutai Islands and the reasons for the current political situation between China, Japan, the United States and Taiwan at a free seminar (#224) in Mandarin on March 11th from 7 – 9 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 seminar will be held in the 2nd floor Learning Place. Admission requires your registration receipt. For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

“We know that there is much tension between China and Japan over the Diaoyutai Islands. People want to have a better understanding of the reasons for this tension. So we’re very fortunate to have Professor Hailin Zheng, an expert on the Diaoyutai Islands, come to talk about the history of these little islands near Taiwan, and why they have caused so much controversy and generated so much political interest from China, Japan, the United States and Taiwan,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang.

Zheng is the director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 1988, he has taught contemporary history at universities in China, Japan and Hong Kong, and at the University of B.C. His area of specialization is the history of Sino-Japanese relations and contemporary Chinese history. He has published many books on Sino-Japanese relations, the political situation between China and Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands. He immigrated to Vancouver in 1995.

Contact:

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

Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry2013-02-26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2013

Fred Wah Talks about Racial Hybridity in Poetry at Richmond Library

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Professor Emeritus Fred Wah will give a talk entitled “Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry” on March 12th from 7 – 9 pm in the 2nd Floor Learning Place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program (#205), call 604-231-6413, register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library. The program is in English.

“We are honored to have Professor Wah give a talk on the topic of racial hybridity in Canadian poetry as part of our new program series, The Joy of Reading : Chinese Literature Appreciation. He will read and discuss his award winning book Diamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian restaurant, and will also talk about the writings of Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan and other Chinese-Canadian poets. He will situate this writing in the recent historical context in North America of ‘writing through races’,” said coordinator of Chinese language services, Wendy Jang. This seminar is presented in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Chinese Canadian Stories at UBC.

Even though he studied music in university and played jazz, Wah ended up writing poetry for over 50 years and taught English and Creative Writing. His teaching career started in 1967 at Selkirk College and David Thompson University, then he moved to the University of Calgary in 1989 and was there until his retirement in 2003. Wah is a strong supporter of small, grass-roots magazines and presses and an active volunteer in community service, such as organizing readings, teaching workshops, serving as writer-in-residence, etc.

He has published more than twenty books of poetry and won writing awards in three genres. His poetry won the Governor General’s Award (Waiting in Saskatchewan), Alberta’s Stephanson Award (So far) and the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry (is a door). His biofiction, Diamond Grill, won Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction; and his essay collection, Faking it: Poetics and Hybridtiy, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada. On December 20, 2011, he was appointed as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, the fifth poet to hold this office.
For information: phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Richmond Library Offers Free Income Tax Clinics2013-02-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Preparation and Filing clinics to help low income people file their income tax returns. If you’re a single person with a maximum income of $25,000, or a couple with a maximum income of $35,000 plus $2,000 per child, then you qualify for this free service.

The clinics take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate on Saturdays March 9, 16, and 23, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27 between 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (English and Mandarin). Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each. Seating is limited. To register, call Brighouse Branch at 604-231-6413.

“Trained volunteers will help low income people fill in their income tax returns free of charge,” said librarian Haidee O’Brien. “I’m sure this will help a lot of people who have trouble doing it on their own. The information will be kept confidential and will be destroyed right after the tax return is filed,” added O’Brien. People are asked to bring all relevant documents like T4 and T5 slips, etc.

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

Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants2013-02-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar (#203) on Tues. March 5th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar, given in Cantonese, entitled “Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrant”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation.
“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,” said Chinese services librarian Wendy Jang. “She will cover the literary and cultural activities of Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” added 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 called 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.

Contact:

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

Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants2013-02-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013

Richmond Library Presents Talk on Literary Activities of Early Chinese Immigrants

RICHMOND, BC – Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar (#203) on Tues. March 5th from 7 – 9 p.m. in Cantonese at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register visit any RPL branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm. This seminar, given in Cantonese, entitled “Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrant”, is part of the series The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation.
“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,” said Chinese services librarian Wendy Jang. “She will cover the literary and cultural activities of Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” added 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 called 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.

Contact:

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

Anti-Bullying Workshop: Richmond in 3D (Diversity Dialogue Drama)2013-02-20

RICHMOND, B.C. – As a part of this year’s Anti-Bullying Day on February 27, the Richmond in 3D troupe is holding an interactive workshop to explore how youth can help to make their school life safer and happier. This program will be held on February 27th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Kids' Place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is aimed at kids ages 10-14. To register for this free program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Richmond in 3D (Dialogue, Diversity and Drama) – The Legacy project” is a youth troupe that uses drama, dialogue and storytelling to interact with and engage youth, in hopes of inspiring young people to take an active stance against bullying within the Richmond community. Richmond in 3D aims to create a safe and accepting space in which youth can openly discuss topics such as diversity, anti-racism, multiculturalism and bullying, while modeling leadership and compassionate communication skills.

Contact:

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

Free Retirement and Estate Planning Seminars!2013-02-20


RICHMOND, B.C. – If you’re retired or nearing retirement be sure to attend a free seminar on Retirement and Estate Planning at Richmond Public Library. Guest speaker and chartered accountant, Diana Mau, will offer free, practical seminars on financial matters concerning retirement, including benefits, taxes, investment and estate planning. The sessions will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor learning place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Sessions take place on the following dates:

#131 March 6 – Cantonese
#132 March 8 – Mandarin
#133 March 13 – English

“Ms. Mau will examine sources of governmental pensions, how they’re calculated and how to maximize benefits; income tax deductions and credits; and how to take advantage of investment products to maximize retirement income, minimize income taxes and provide security,” said Chinese services librarian, Wendy Jang. “The seminar will also look at ways to transfer assets to the next generation in a tax effective manner. These seminars are a must for those who’ve just retired and those who are planning to retire soon,” added Jang.

Contact:

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

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Contact:

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

Better Together BC: Reconnecting Food and Fun2013-02-19

As part of the Eating Together Campaign 2013, this program will help families and community leaders learn how to make eating times a positive experience. This program will be held on February 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English. Program presenters include a registered dietician. In partnership with Touchstone Family Association and BC Dairy Association

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Contact: Dinise Sizer
Reference Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6432
Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Chinese Literature Appreciation Series Part I2013-02-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2013


Richmond Library Offers Chinese Literature Appreciation Series

RICHMOND, B.C – Richmond Public Library is offering a series of programs on Chinese literature appreciation to promote interest in the literature books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee. Programs in The Joy of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation series include free activities for adults and kids in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages. They run from February 28 to March 26. Registration is required for all programs. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. All programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Quote the appropriate program numbers.
For kids:
? # 214 Learn to Draw the Monkey King with local Chinese artist and illustrator Coral Chen on March 18 from 1:30 – 3 pm in the Kids Place Program Room. In English and Mandarin.

? #216 The Tang Poems: Stories and Poetry Reading on March 27 from 3:30 – 4 pm with Mr. Deming Shi in the Kids Place Program Room. In Mandarin.
For adults:
? #202 The Art of Recitation: Chinese Poetry Recital on February 28 from 7-9 pm with award winning poet Mr. Ya Hsien; Mr. Hsu-Hui Chang; and the Vancouver Ocarina Family, in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. In Mandarin.
? #203 Reconstructing the Literary Activities of the Early Chinese Immigrants on Tue, Mar 5 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Cantonese.
? #204 World Poetry Presents: Chinese Voices from the Past, Present and Future on March 9 from 2-4 pm with members of the World Poetry Reading Series Society and other poets, in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room. In English and Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, Nepalese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Minnan.
? #205 Standing in the Doorway: The Hyphen in Chinese-Canadian Poetry on March 12 from 7-9 pm with the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Professor Emeritus Fred Wah, in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. This program is presented in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and The Chinese Canadian Stories at UBC. Books by Fred Wah and the newest issue of Rice Paper will be available for purchase. In English.
? #206 The World of Play: Chinese Humor in the Early Twentieth Century on March 15 from 7-9 pm with Professor Christopher Rea in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Mandarin.
? #207 The Anglophone Aileen Chang on March 19 from 7-9 pm with Professor Chris Lee in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In English
? #208 A Survey of Overseas Chinese Literature on March 22 from 7-9 pm with Mr. William Chan in the 2nd Floor Program Room. In Cantonese.
? #209 How Fairytales are Changing with the Times on March 26 from 2-4 pm with author and retired educator A Nong in the 2nd Floor Learning Place. In Cantonese.

For information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole2013-02-16




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2013

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole: Carving Connections with Jaalen Edenshaw


RICHMOND, B.C. – Carver Jaalen Edenshaw demonstrates the interconnections between Land, Sea and People in Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in a presentation about the carving of the Legacy Pole. This visual presentation takes place on March 2 from 3-4:00 p.m in the Kwok- Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. The program is free and offered in English. Drop-in.

The story of Gwaii Haanas, one of Canada’s Gifts to the Earth, is being carved into an ancient red cedar to help celebrate a unique relationship between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. On August 15, 2013, the 42-foot monumental work of art will be the first pole raised in the remote protected area in over 130 years and will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement.

“The library is thrilled to have this opportunity to offer the community an inside look into the creation of an art work and this landmark event. Anyone interested in BC First Nations art and culture will really enjoy this presentation,” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services.

Jaalen Edenshaw was born in Masset, BC in 1980. At age 16, he moved from the islands for schooling, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria in 2003. He then returned home to Haida Gwaii with his wife Amanda where they now live with their two young daughters and son. Edenshaw has apprenticed under renowned Haida carvers Guujaaw and Jim Hart and has worked on several totem poles, including the Two Brothers Pole, raised in Jasper in 2010.

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:
Heather Ramsay
Public Relations, Gwaii Haanas for more info, to arrange an interview or for images
heather.ramsay@pc.gc.ca
Telephone | Téléphone: 250-559-6344

or

Lee Anne Smith
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
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

Poetry Recital at Richmond Library2013-02-15

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2013
RICHMOND, B.C. – Ya Hsien will give a talk on The Art of Recitation and give a recital
of Chinese poetry and essays against a background of ocarina music on February 28th
from 7 – 9 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of
Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this program
(#202), call 604-231-6413, register online at
http://www.yourlibrary.ca/programs/adult_prog.cfm or visit any branch of Richmond
Public Library. The program is in Mandarin.
“It’s wonderful to open our new program series, The Joy of Reading: Chinese
Literature Appreciation, with a talk about recitation and a recital of beautiful Chinese
poetry and music. We are very fortunate to have Ya Hsien, one of the most important
contemporary poets of Taiwan, come and talk about the history and development of
recitation in China and Taiwan, and the techniques of recitation. The second part of the
evening will be a recital. The Vancouver Ocarina Family, led by Hsu-Hui Chang, will
play ocarina music to accompany Ya Hsien’s recital of Chinese poetry and essays. This
promises to be an enjoyable and relaxing evening for the audience,” said Wendy Jang,
Coordinator, Chinese Language Services at Richmond Public Library. “Richmond
Public Library would like to thank the Vancouver Ocarina Family for sponsoring this
event, and Grant Hsu for helping to make this program a reality.”
Ya Hsien is a multi-talented and respected leader of the Chinese literary community.
He gained famed in Taiwan as a modern poet during the 1960s and left a lasting impact
on the poetry community. “His poetry style is surrealistic with lively language and
musical rhythm. He uses poems to express compassion, explore the dilemmas of life,
and chase the dreams of his youth,” added Jang.

Trained as a professional actor, he was known for his portrayal of Sun Yat-sen, the
main character in the play “The Biography of Sun Yat-sen”, which was a big hit with
over 70 performances in Taiwan and abroad. He won awards for his stage
performances. Gifted with a deep, rich voice, he has received critical acclaim for his
poetry recitals. Ya Hsien worked as a newspaper editor for over 20 years before his
retirement and immigration to Vancouver.
The Vancouver Ocarina Family calls itself a large, open and happy family. Started in
2006 as the ocarina learning workshop by Hsu-Hui Chang, the group became the
Vancouver Ocarina Family that same year when it started giving performances. They
have given over 200 performances and presentations so far.
“The library’s collection of Chinese books donated by Dr. Kwok-Chu Lee has a very
extensive literature section, since this was one of his favourite subjects,” added Jang.
“While we are still in the process of cataloguing some of these items, many of the
literature books are already on the shelves and available for borrowing.”
For information: phone 604-231-6413.
Media contact: Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Language Services
Phone: 604-231-6409
Email: wendy.jang@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Transitioning to University – Get the Inside Scoop2013-02-14

RICHMOND, B.C. – If you’re about to graduate from high school or you’re returning to university after a time away, you’ll want the inside scoop on what life is like as a post-secondary student. Richmond Public Library is holding a three-part series at the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor program room from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on February 26th (#134 – Life of a Post-Secondary Student); March 5th (#135 – Academic Research); and March 12th (#136 – Citing Sources & Academic Honesty). The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm.

“Whether coming from high school or returning to university after being in the workplace, becoming a post-secondary student can be a little overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be,” said public services librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and guest speaker, Lisa Hubick. “During these sessions we hope to give you some tips, advice and head-start information so your transition to university is successful and stress free.”

Contact:

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

Law School & Beyond2013-02-14

RICHMOND, B.C. – Misconceptions about law school and lawyers abound. Two graduate lawyers will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession at a free, drop-in session on Sat. Feb. 23rd from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor learning place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6413.

“This session will be useful for high school or university students thinking about pursuing a career in law,” said Olena Gavrilova, a graduate from Queen’s University Law Faculty. “We hope that by sharing our experiences students will have the added benefit of gaining different perspectives,” added Susanna Chow, who completed her Juris Doctor at the University of New Brunswick.

Contact:

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

CELEBRATING FREEDOM TO READ2013-02-12

American judge Potter Stewart once said: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.” These words sum up the essence of Freedom to Read Week in Canada, which will be celebrated across the country from February 24 - March 2, 2013. Richmond Public Library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week.

“Emphasizing the library’s commitment to intellectual freedom, we strongly believe that the freedom each individual has to choose what they read, does not include the freedom to choose for others,” said library board chair, Peter Kafka. The library provides the community with free access to a wide range of material in a variety of formats, and their librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate materials and resources. “We believe that the library has an obligation to allow each individual to decide for themselves what they wish to read,” added Kafka.

The Library’s web page www.yourlibrary.ca will have a Freedom to Read link where people can learn more about freedom of expression and censorship in Canada. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects everyone,” added Kafka. Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

Contact:

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

Help Wanted Labour Market Trends2013-01-31




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2013

Help Wanted Series - Labour Market Trends


RICHMOND, B.C. – In this seminar learn how to access information about the current labour market and employment trends Labour Market Trends. The seminar will be offered on Friday, February 8 from 2:30-4:30 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 seminar 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.

“This seminar will help people find out more about jobs currently in demand as well as jobs that may be in high demand in the future” said Lee Anne Smith, programming librarian with Richmond Public Library. “Knowing about labour trends can really help job seekers be more targeted in upgrading their skills and finding secure employment.”

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.

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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

Connect With Your Kids at the Family Games Zone2013-01-30

RICHMOND, B.C – Looking for something fun to do with your kids after school? Join us at the Richmond Public Library for a FREE drop-in Family Games Zone program, which runs every Monday from 4-5 p.m. in the kids’ place program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, located at 7700 Minoru Gate, until the end of March. Activities and games will be provided. Best for kids age seven and up.
“Playing games in not only a lot of fun but it’s also a great way to connect with your child, and can teach kids important skills including cooperation, teamwork and problem solving,” said kids’ place librarian Kate Adams.
“Try out one of the fun hands-on activities in our new Family Games Zone - Put together the human body x-ray puzzle, or use your imagination to tell a story using pictures. We also have classic board games like Snakes and Ladders and Connect 4,” said Adams. For more information about this and other fun programs for kids and families, check out the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca, or call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

Dayson Judaica Collection Expands2013-01-29

Thanks to the Ben and Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation, the Richmond Public Library’s Dayson Judaica Collection has grown by over 100 DVDs and books. The Dayson Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighouse (Main) Branch at 7700 Minoru Gate in Richmond. For more information please call library communications officer, Shelley Civkin at 604-231-6416.

“The Dayson family has been extremely generous to Richmond Public Library and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Civkin. “Their donation has enabled us to purchase a really good selection of Israeli/Jewish-themed DVDs, plus books for adults and kids,” added Civkin. “And of course anyone can borrow them for free from the Richmond Library.”

Some of the new DVD titles include: The Secrets; Bee Season; Close to Home; Live and Become; The Infidel; Alex in Love; Azit: Canine Paratrooper; Nymphs in the Mist; Out of Sight; The Shelter; Walk on Water; Yana’s Friends; Four Seasons Lodge; Havana Nagila: The Jews in Cuba; The Last Refuge: The Story of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai; Jewish Vendetta, and many more.

Some of the new books include: Jewish Meditation Practices for everyday life; Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Confessions of a Kitchen Rebbetzin; Fearless: The 7 Principles of Peace of Mind; My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner; Arriving at your own door: 108 lessons in mindfulness; The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers; Everyday Holiness: The Path of Mussar; Parenting Jewish Teens; The Little Bride; Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery & Detective Fiction; The Lost Wife and more.

Ben and Esther Dayson donated most of their personal Judaica book collection to Library in 2004, as well as giving $50,000 to the Richmond Public Library Endowment fund in the Vancouver Foundation. “Their goal was simple but meaningful: to encourage education and learning and also promote cross-cultural understanding,” added Civkin.

Contact:

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

Charlotte Diamond Performance a Gem!2013-01-29

On Thursday, Jan. 24th children’s singing sensation Charlotte Diamond, delighted nearly 250 kids from Cook and Anderson Elementary schools with a sing-along, as part of National Family Literacy Week at Richmond Public Library.

“She charmed the kids with some new songs as well as her famous “I am a Pizza” and “Octopus” songs,” said librarian Cindy Kloos. “The kids are always thrilled to see Ms. Diamond perform and they loved the sing-along part of it,” added Kloos. “It’s great to have such a celebrity living right here in our community.”

Family Literacy Week is held every year across Canada to celebrate the importance and fun of reading together as a family.

Contact:

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

Enjoy Chinese New Year Games & Crafts at Richmond Library2013-01-28






RICHMOND, B.C – On Sunday, Feb. 10th from 2-4 p.m. Richmond Public Library will be offering Chinese New Year games and crafts for kids to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The event will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Kids’ Place, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.
“Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Library where loads of fun activities will help kids learn the important symbols of Chinese New Year,” said librarian Wendy Jang. “And don’t forget to enter the Lantern Riddles Contest!” For more information, phone 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Freeing Your child from anxiety and depression2013-01-24




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2013

Healthy Families Series –
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Depression


RICHMOND, B.C. – The 4th program in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series: Freeing Your Child from Anxiety and Depression takes place on February 7th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English.

“Parents of children under 10 will learn about childhood anxiety and depression from a Neuroscience perspective,” said Child & Family Therapist, Rosamond Chan.

“Parents will also get tips on effective ways to help their young children manage difficult emotions while nurturing a strong parent-child connection, “said programming librarian Lee Anne Smith.

The presenter, Rosamond Chan, MC, RCC is a Child & Family Therapist from Richmond Public Health. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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

Learn How to Download Free Library eBooks2013-01-24

Learn how to download free eBooks to your tablet, smartphone, or eReader at one of Richmond Public Library’s free, drop in demonstrations. Sessions take place in the Brighouse (Main) branch 2nd floor Learning Place, 7700 Minoru Gate, on Tuesdays, Jan 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Feb 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and Feb 26 from 2 to 3 pm; or on Wednesday, Feb 20 from 2 to 3 pm.

“Portability is one of the main advantages of eBooks, so they’re perfect for winter getaways or just using around town,” said he library’s Acting Coordinator of eServices, Kat Lucas. “During our demo sessions, a librarian provides step by step instructions on using our free eBooks @yourlibrary downloadable service, and answers your questions about using eBooks on your specific device.”

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

Contact:

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

Whitecaps Valentine Wows Kids During Family Literacy Week2013-01-24

On Tuesday Jan. 22nd soccer star Carl Valentine from the Vancouver Whitecaps read to 60 excited grade 3 and 4 kids from Brighouse Elementary School as part of Richmond Public Library’s National Family Literacy event.

“Family Literacy Week is held every year across Canada to celebrate the importance and fun of reading together as a family, and the library has put together a new collection of some of the best books you can share with your kids,” said librarian Cindy Kloos. “We also have lots of fun activities happening so bring your whole family to the library!”

On Friday Jan. 25th the library will offer a free, drop-in sign language storytime from 10:30-11 a.m. “Children and their caregivers can learn to sign words useful for daily communications, as well as learn the sign language for some well-known children’s stories and songs,” added Kloos. On Saturday Jan. 26th at 11 a.m. author Sundari Francis-Bala will talk about her experiences in India and read from her book Olly Jolly Says Count Your Blessings. Both programs take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the kids’ place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6412.

Contact:

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

Learn About Tax Efficient Investing2013-01-17

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “Tax Efficient Investing” on January 26th from 1-3 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor Learning Place. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #126.

Pullem says “It’s no secret that investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings. Learn more about professionally managed, diversified portfolios that defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains. Learn how you can rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax.”

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information, and provides a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial skills,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. There will be a prize draw at the end of the presentation. Pullem is a Certified Financial Planner with expertise in investments, taxes, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. She is an Associate with ZLC Financial Group.

Contact:

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

Tax Efficient Investing2013-01-15

Financial educator Heidi Pullem will discuss “Tax Efficient Investing” on January 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 2nd floor Learning Place. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. Quote program #125.

Pullem says “It’s no secret that investments grow faster when you defer or reduce tax on their earnings. Learn more about professionally managed, diversified portfolios that defer or reduce tax on interest, dividends and capital gains. Learn how you can rebalance and create income without triggering immediate tax.”

“This seminar is strictly for community education and information, and provides a safe, non-sales environment in which people can learn valuable financial skills,” said library communications officer, Shelley Civkin. There will be a prize draw at the end of the presentation. Pullem is a Certified Financial Planner with expertise in investments, taxes, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. She is an Associate with ZLC Financial Group.

Contact:

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

Healthy fmailies series - Love our bodies love ourselves2013-01-12




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2013

Healthy Families Series – Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves


RICHMOND, B.C. – The third program in Richmond Public Library’s Healthy Families Series: Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves takes place on February 5th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. The program is free and offered in English.

“Parents of older children and teens will find out the best ways to support their children to have a positive body image and make healthy choices when it comes to eating, exercise and general lifestyle,” said program presenter and registered clinical counselor, Colleen Wittig.

The program is part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which takes place from February 3rd – 9th. “The library is pleased to host a program that opens up community dialog about this challenging issue, and the myths and misperceptions of eating disorders,” said programming librarian, Lee Anne Smith.

The program presenters are Jessica Begg, a registered dietitian, and Colleen Wittig, a registered clinical counselor, who are both affiliated with the Youth and Adults, Richmond Eating Disorders Program, Vancouver Coastal Health – 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

Making Sense of Math2013-01-07

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2013

Making Sense of Math for Adults


RICHMOND, B.C. – How well do you remember your math from school days? Retired UBC math professor, Dr. Colin Clark, is coming to Richmond Public Library to talk about his new book, Math Overboard! (Basic Math for Adults). The program will take place on January 16 from 7:30–8:15 pm in the 2nd floor program room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register for this free program, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/whatson.cfm. A review of school math from kindergarten to Grade 12, Math Overboard! is designed to help people re-learn and improve their basic math skills. Quote program #119 when registering.
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Contact: Dinise Sizer, Reference Librarian
Phone: 604-231-6432
Email: dinise.sizer@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Fireside Chat with Jovannie Sy from Gateway Theatre2013-01-03




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2012

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH JOVANNI SY


RICHMOND, B.C. –Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy will be hosting the next Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 17 from 7-8 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The evening’s chat will feature the upcoming production of Sisters. The play is set in China, 1939, where two Russian sisters live in a massive house in a garrison town where their deceased father used to train Nationalist Chinese troops. As they struggle to make ends meet and maintain the illusion of their former privileged lives, their Chinese sister in-law takes over the house, one room at a time. Sisters is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s famous play Three Sisters.

“The library is thrilled to offer the public a chance to learn more about theatre in Richmond and the next production at Gateway,” says Lee Anne Smith, Programming Librarian. “This production will be of particular interest to Chinese, Russian and English communities,” she added.

The program is free and drop in but space is limited.

For more information on Gateway Theatre's upcoming productions, and more, go to: www.gatewaytheatre.com

In partnership with Gateway Theatre. The program is 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

Blood – It’s in You to Give©2013-01-03

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, January 11th. The Bloodmobile will be open from 9 a.m. – 3:15 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 still 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.

Bloodmobile staff encourage 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 per cent 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 about two cups.
• Nearly half a litre of blood is taken from each blood donor and an average adult has between 4-6 litres of blood in their body.
• 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood but only 1 in 60 actually 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).


Contact:

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

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH GATEWAY THEATRE2013-01-03




NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2012

FIRESIDE CHATS WITH GATEWAY THEATRE


RICHMOND, B.C. –Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy will be hosting the next Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 17 from 7-8 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.

The evening’s chat will feature the upcoming production of Sisters. The play is set in China, 1939, where two Russian sisters live in a massive house in a garrison town where their deceased father used to train Nationalist Chinese troops. As they struggle to make ends meet and maintain the illusion of their former privileged lives, their Chinese sister in-law takes over the house, one room at a time. Sisters is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s famous play Three Sisters.

“The library is thrilled to offer the public a chance to learn more about theatre in Richmond and the next production at Gateway,” says Lee Anne Smith, Programming Librarian. “This production will be of particular interest to Chinese, Russian and English communities,” she added.

The program is free and drop in but space is limited.

For more information on Gateway Theatre's upcoming productions, and more, go to: www.gatewaytheatre.com

In partnership with Gateway Theatre. The program is 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
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