Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-12-31
Life After Cancer2014-12-31
Thanks to improving treatment and care, more and more people in British Columbia are surviving after having a diagnosis of cancer. Learn what the BC Cancer Agency is doing to address cancer survivorship issues and what you can do right now as a cancer survivor or supporter. Presenter is Jill Matheson a nurse practitioner who provides care to cancer survivors.
Literacy for Life2014-12-30
The first 6 weeks of this program focuses on improving participants’ reading, writing and computer skills with instructors from FIRST Society (Filipinos in Richmond Support Team). The last 6 weeks participants will learn skills to improve job prospects or explore further education opportunities with tutors from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Participants must have intermediate-level speaking and listening English skills. This program is sponsored by the Community Adult Literacy Program of the Province of British Columbia. “This program will help people upgrade their communication skills for a better career and life,” said librarian, Dinise Sizer. If participants attend all 12 sessions they will be awarded a KPU Certificate of Completion.
Digitizing Ourselves to Death Series2014-12-29
Problem Video Gaming Jan 13th, 7 – 8:30 pm
Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problem video gaming.
Problem Video Everything Else Jan 20th, 7 – 8:30 pm
The effects that widespread use of digital media has on mental health, addictions, and other high risk behaviors prevalent in teens and young adults.
Mindful, Purposeful & Intelligent Parenting in the Age of iParenting Jan 27, 7 – 8:30 pm
Concepts, principles, and strategies for developing a model to appropriately coach and support children and youth.
Battlefield: Schools Feb 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The use of interactive technologies in educational settings and issues to be aware of in maximizing their potential to hone healthy learning skills.
The series will be presented by Benjamin Wong, a clinical counsellor with Richmond Addiction Services Society, who works with families affected by problem video gaming, media misuse, and substance abuse.
Saving for your Child's Education2014-11-23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2014
Saving for your Child’s Education
RICHMOND, B.C. – Cambie branch of the Richmond Public Library
When – Saturday, November 29, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Come out and learn helpful tips about saving for your child’s education from two RBC Royal Bank experts. This one hour program has been designed to help parents learn about the options available for saving for their child’s education. This is a free program for adults and registration is required. For registration and to find out more please follow the link provided below. The time to start saving is now and this helpful program is designed to answer all of your questions and will include facts about RESP’s.
Contact: Christine Tutt
Library Technician, Richmond Public Library
Multicultural Week November 16th - 22nd 20142014-11-07
Starting with the opening ceremony on Sunday, November 16th at 1 PM in the Performance Hall at the Cultural Centre, library members are invited to attend the premiere public screening of “Settlement Stories” an exciting two-month digital storytelling project based on the theme of ‘Arrival in Richmond.’ There will be a Q & A session with the storytellers and a reception with light refreshments to follow the screening.
Other highlights for the week include: student displays from the Heritage Fair 2014, “Telling Your Story” readings by budding ESL writers from the Writer-in-Residence program with Mark Lieren-Young, author panel on writing in a multicultural community, an intercultural communication workshop and an event showing you how to knit your own multicultural doll.
The Richmond Public Library is committed to fostering inclusion and community relations within its multicultural community by making accessible a space for everyone to gather and share their knowledge to celebrate the cultural diversity of Richmond.
As Adrienne Clarkson has said in the past and the library wholeheartedly supports, “‘Canada is at once a mirror of global diversity and a beacon that may guide other nations.’ Today, and throughout the year, let us celebrate the richness that our multiculturalism provides.”
Settlement Stories - Digital Storytelling Project2014-11-07
For this special project the library invited newcomers from the NewToBC Library Champions program, to work with filmmaker Brian Lye to create a unique and personal story with the theme “Arrival in Richmond”. Each 3-4 minute story shares the challenges and triumphs of being a newcomer. The Settlement Stories screening is also the launch of Multicultural Week activities in the library at Brighouse Branch.
1:00pm Opening Ceremony
1:30pm Public screening
2:00pm Q & A with filmmaker Brian Lye and storytellers
This is a unique opportunity to learn about immigrant experiences and gain a better
understanding of Richmond’s diverse community. These stories recount extraordinary journeys to Richmond. New language, new culture, new landscapes and new climates are all part of the challenges of resettlement. The themes of immigration, cultural diversity, cultural heritage and identity are central tie-ins to Richmond Public Library’s Multicultural Week.
The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. For more information please contact Lee Anne Smith, Learning Place Services Coordinator, at 604-231-6417 or email@example.com
Get Your Cultural Access Pass at Richmond Public Library2014-11-07
The Cultural Access Pass is a program run by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships. CAP brochures are distributed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices across Canada, reaching 100% of all new citizens at their citizenship ceremony. In joining the CAP program, Richmond Public Library is inviting new citizens to explore all that it has to offer.
The Hidden Job Market2014-11-05
Participants will learn how to effectively network, present themselves, and match their job search to how employers hire. Part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series that helps job seekers navigate the Canadian job market. This workshop is presented by Employment Counsellors at Avia Employment Services.
Let's Talk It Out: Conflict Resolution2014-10-31
Author Reading Features Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi at Richmond Public Library2014-10-28
Parenting Your Senior Parents2014-10-08
Take Your Job Search Online2014-10-08
Participants will learn how to make an online profile on LinkedIn, one of the world’s largest occupational networking sites, and use it for every part of their job search. This workshop presented by Geoff Frost, an Employment Counsellor at Avia Employment Services, is part of a monthly “Help Wanted” series to help job seekers navigate the Canadian job market.
PR Cards & Citizenship Sponsoring2014-10-02
World Food Day! Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth2014-10-01
The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations feels the world’s attention should be on family farming when looking at eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming” and Richmond is doing its part in ensuring family farming becomes a vital part of the community. Erika Simms, from the Richmond Food Security Society states, “Richmond was built by family farms which provide many benefits for a strong healthy community.” Simms added, “We will celebrate with fun activities that teach about our local food system and farms.”
A number of local organizations will be on hand to celebrate this important event. These include the City of Richmond, Richmond Family Place, RFSS Book Club, Cinevolution, Knit N Crochet 4 Better World, Stir It Up (SIP) Youth Kitchen, farmers from the community, and the Richmond Food Security Society.
Learn How to Identify and Respond to Elder Abuse2014-10-01
Carmen Orquiola, from the Seniors Brigade Society of BC, hopes this four part workshop will provide support and empowerment to this vulnerable group, “We want to help people to know where they can go for help, who to contact for support, and what to say when dealing with difficult situations.” Marilou Yodogawa, from Multicultural Helping House Society further states, “Elder abuse happens and it needs to stop.”
The workshop is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Writer-in-Residence Mark Leiren-Young Leads ESL Writers’ Workshops 2014-09-30
“By participating in this series of workshops you can explore different approaches to sharing stories, including writing, oral storytelling and visual storytelling,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. “Mark Leiren-Young has extensive experience mentoring emerging writers of all ages. As well, he is passionate about fostering a multicultural community,” added Civkin. A sample of participants’ writing will be published in a chapbook edited by Leiren-Young, and participants will be invited to read their work in front of family and friends at a special public event at the Brighouse Library’s Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room on Thursday, November 20th from 7-9 p.m.
The City of Richmond’s third annual Writer-in-Residence program is hosted by the Richmond Arts Centre, the Richmond Public Library, and the Minoru Place Activity Centre. “We’re thrilled to have acclaimed author and playwright Mark Leiren-Young here with us, and we know the public will benefit from his knowledge and skills,” added Civkin.
Career Choices for Students With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow2014-09-23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014
Career Choices for Students
With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow
RICHMOND, B.C. –If you’re a high school or university student thinking about pursuing a career as a professional chef or lawyer, then you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s free chat sessions with working professionals. The first session, called “How Do I Become a Chef?” takes place on Saturday, October 4 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate.
The second session “Law School & Beyond”, takes place on Saturday, October 25 again from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate.
For more information on both events call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.
Interested in becoming a chef? Not sure about your options? Meet an experienced French chef who teaches culinary arts in Vancouver. Chef Eric Arrouzé is a French chef living in Vancouver. He was Executive Chef in a 5 star hotel near Monte Carlo by the time he was 23. Today he teaches various courses at UBC such as French Regional Cuisine. He will also have his book “A Gourmand in Training” for sale for $15, a portion of the sales go to Books for Africa.
Lawyer Susanna Chow, will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession. Susanna Chow attended UBC for a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick. She studied for a year as a Visiting Student at the law school of UVic, and spent a year working for the Attorney General in Victoria on the Tobacco Litigation Team. After articling at a boutique litigation firm in downtown Vancouver, Susanna is now a lawyer at Railtown Law in Gastown.
“Both Eric and Susanna wanted to give back to the community, to share their passions with students and help them make more informed career choices,” said Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services. “The library sees that by hearing about professional experiences, students will have the added benefit of gaining real-life perspective.” Please come with questions! Both events are free!
Career Choices for Students
With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow
Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate.
Saturday, October 4 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. How Do I Become a Chef?
Saturday, October 25 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Law School & Beyond
For more information on both events call 604-231-6417 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.
Contact: Lee Anne Smith
Coordinator, Learning Place Services
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Learn About Seed Saving2014-09-12
Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor2014-09-10
Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-09-10
Discover LinkedIn From Human Resources Professional2014-09-03
Participants will learn how to showcase their skills, connect with others, and search for jobs using LinkedIn, a social media employment networking site. Guest presenter Wendy Hollingshead of Write Design Communications Inc. has developed and taught several LinkedIn workshops and currently manages a LinkedIn group. Hollingshead has been actively involved with the human resources community for many years and has achieved her Canadian Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Mock Interview Workshop2014-09-03
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one mock interviews and receive feedback from Avia Employment Services representatives. Participants are asked to bring a job description of the position they wish to practice for as well as a copy of their resume.
What's So Funny? Celebarate the End of Summer at Richmond Public Library2014-09-02
Richmond Library Introduces Chinese eBooks2014-08-20
Richmond Library`s eBook service is available to all Richmond residents who have a library card. You can have 10 eBooks checked out at any one time, but there is no limit to the total number you can borrow each month. You can also place 10 holds at any one time.
“We`re adding new titles every week, for all ages and interests,” said Coordinator, eServices, Kat Lucas, “the library will be buying new and popular materials as well as some classical literature.” Subjects include: general fiction, romance, historical fiction, mystery, short stories, biography, business, classics, travel, humour, and more.
Since eBooks automatically expire when their loan period is up, you never get late fines. And no internet connection is required to read library eBooks – once you’ve downloaded them you can take them wherever you go!
Interview Skills Workshop2014-08-05
Participants will learn how to effectively network, present themselves to employers, and match their job search to how employers usually hire. After completing the Interview Skills Workshop participants will have to opportunity to sign up for a follow-up mock interview practice session on Thursday September 18th. Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.
Workshop for Parenting Skills2014-07-31
Workshop for Parenting Skills
RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are partnering to offer a free program called “Workshop for Parenting Skills” on Thurs., August 28th from 5-6:30 pm at Cambie Branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Rd. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This program is in English and Punjabi.
“Kids don’t come with a manual. There are no perfect parents or perfect children. We can only do our best, and we all need help once in a while,” said Settlement Practitioner Gurpreet Faridkot, who will be presenting the program. “If you feel overwhelmed and isolated by the demands of being a parent of young children's, you're not alone. Come and share experiences and ideas about parenting children.”
Faridkot will offer tips on such parenting issues as balancing work and family, love and discipline, consequences that work, creating cooperative families, and more.
Help Your Child Succeed in School2014-07-08
RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering two free workshops designed to give parents simple tools they need to ensure their child’s reading success. Workshops take place on Tues. July 22nd and July 29th from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited so registration is required. To register, call 604-231-6412, visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Dr. Patricia Porter, child educator and researcher, will cover topics including how to develop your child’s language skills, why reading to your child is important, when to use phonics, and the whole language approach.
Proper Posture, Healthy Spine2014-06-30
Guest speaker Dr. Natalie Siu, a local family chiropractor, will talk about proper posture, how to be ergonomically safe during daily activities, and symptoms and causes of repetitive strain disorder. There will be an opportunity to learn and participate in simple stretches and postural exercises that can be incorporated into a daily schedule. Dr. Siu received her Bachelor of Science from UBC and went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She treats patients of all ages with a special interest in chronic conditions and wellness care.
Learn About Seed Saving2014-06-26
Canadian Citizenship Tips2014-06-26
Funny Business: Join Richmond Summer Reading Club for Kids2014-06-17
“Kids receive a special reading record to keep track of their reading. Children also receive weekly stickers, a chance to win book prizes and a medal for completing the club,” said Melanie Au, Head of Kids’ Place. “Summer Reading Club motivates kids to read, or be read to regularly, so it helps maintain or improve reading skills while school is out. It makes reading fun by allowing kids to read what they want,” added Au. “This province-wide Summer Reading Club is in its 23rd year and going strong. Kids love to discover new books and get fun stickers just for reading.”
Summer Reading Club reaches more than 85,000 BC kids every summer. The program is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association, with financial support from Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education and the RBC Foundation.
Learn About the Changes to The Family Law Act2014-06-11
Residential Tenancy Law: Rights & Responsibilities of Landlords & Tenants2014-06-03
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program2014-05-30
“The program is highly interactive, and proven to increase participants’ motivation and confidence to manage symptoms and make changes that lead to improved health outcomes” said librarian Dinise Sizer. “There is no cost to attend or for the reference book that accompanies the program.” Adults of all ages with any ongoing or recurrent health issues can attend, and significant others are welcome.
To see the program evaluation report or for more information on the program go to www.selfmanagementbc.ca
Food for Thought Book Club2014-05-30
“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 12 people,” said Richmond Food Security Society’s Vice President, William Dunn.
Learn Windows 8!2014-05-27
Welcome Ramadan Celebrate Eid!2014-05-27
“The events will feature traditional songs, hands-on ethnic crafts, face painting, Middle Eastern treats and more,” said librarian Kate Adams. 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, Touchstone Family Association, Iqra Islamic School, Richmond Addiction Services and the Muslim Association of Canada.
Youth Summer Job Workshop2014-05-12
Come to a free workshop on Tues., May 27 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Learn to identify your skills and qualities, get resume and cover letter tips, and learn how to get references even if you don’t have a lot of work experience. Presented by Larry Jung, an Employment Specialist who works for Back in Motion Rehab – Avia Employment the designated WorkBC employment assistance centre in Richmond.
Don't Spend a Fortune on Home Care2014-05-09
Learn About Registered Disability Savings Plans2014-05-06
Intergenerational Women’s Writing Workshop With Margaret Dragu2014-04-23
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based book publication, and performance art. Among her many accolades, Dragu is a 2012 Laureate of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award for Visual Art and Media and the recipient of City of Richmond’s Most Innovative Artist Award.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program2014-04-23
This workshop is designed for people with one or more chronic conditions. It will teach you to better manage your health, discover useful tips to maintain an active lifestyle, and communicate effectively with your health care team. “This program is offered throughout BC and we are happy to be able to present sessions at Richmond Public Library,” said librarian Dinise Sizer. The program is sponsored by the University of Victoria using trained volunteers. Family members and friends are welcome to attend.
Law School and Beyond!2014-04-15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2014
Law School & Beyond
RICHMOND, B.C. – Misconceptions about law school and lawyers abound, so if you’re a high school or university student thinking about pursuing a career in law, you’ll want to come to Richmond Public Library’s free drop-in chat session with two practicing lawyers. The session, called “Law School & Beyond” takes place on Saturday May 3rd from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. For more information call 604-231-6413 or go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.
Two lawyers, Susanna Chow, who works at Railtown Law in Gastown, and Pierre Bisbicis, who runs his own law firm specializing in Indian Residential School claims and ICBC claims, will shatter some of the myths surrounding the glamour about law school and the law profession.
This idea started when Susanna remembered a free seminar she took at the library over a decade ago that was really useful. She wanted to give back to the community in the same way, so she is offering this free, informal chat session – something she wished was available to her when she was a student. “We hope that by sharing our experiences, students will have the added benefit of gaining a different perspective,” said Bisbicis.
Theresa de Sousa, 604-231-6423, Student Resources Librarian, theresa.de firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Annual Teen Poetry Contest2014-04-15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2014
Calling All Teen Poets!
RICHMOND, B.C. – Celebrate Poetry Month in April by entering Richmond Public Library’s (RPL) 7th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. If you’re between the ages of 12-18 submit your poem online from now until April 30th to email@example.com or at any RPL branch for a chance to win great prizes and have your poem published in the Richmond News.
• All entries must be an original work by the contestant.
• Poems must be no longer than one single-spaced typed page.
• Only one entry per person.
• All entries must include: Entrant’s name, age, address, phone number and library card number.
• Contest deadline is April 30th.
• Entries may be dropped off at Richmond Public Library branch or emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Entries will become the property of Richmond Public Library and will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy of your poem.
Six winning poems in two age categories (three winners age 12-15 and three winners age 16-18) will receive great prizes and be published in the Richmond News. For more information and full contest rules, visit any RPL branch or call teen librarian Cindy Kloos at 604-231-6427. The contest is open to all teens in the Lower Mainland ages 12-18.
Parenting Your Parents2014-04-09
Guest speaker and home care manager Patricia Cruz will talk about different approaches to helping adult children deal with the challenges of senior parents who want to remain independent but are unable to remain at home on their own. “There will be role-playing games, which will help people understand the benefits for the whole family when the children become the parents,” said Cruz.
The Nobel Prize – Fact and Fiction2014-04-07
“Dr. Karlinsky’s newly released book explores the fascinating history behind the Nobel Prizes and the nomination, evaluation and selection process, particularly as it concerns Sigmund Freud,” said library communications officer Shelley Civkin. Inspired by Freud’s mysterious lack of a Nobel Prize, Dr. Karlinsky’s new book, The Stonehenge Letters, weaves together fact and fiction to tell the tale of a fascinating secret competition created by Alfred Nobel to solve the mystery of Stonehenge. Karlinsky’s talk will explore Freud’s candidacy for the Nobel Prize and his ultimate rejection – from both a fictional and non-fictional perspective. This program, celebrating Mental Health Week, is in partnership with Pathways Clubhouse and the Canadian Mental Health Association Richmond Branch.
Dr. Karlinsky obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba; his specialty degree in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Toronto; and his Masters in Neuroscience degree from the University of London, England. Currently he is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.
His other credentials include his role as the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival. He also writes film reviews, many of which have been published in the Canadian Psychiatric Association's Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui.
Karlinsky’s honours include Baycrest Hospital's Munk Geriatric Award; a Clinical Traineeship Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; a Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Technion University, Israel; the 2003 CPA/COPCE Award for Outstanding Continuing Medical Education Activity within Canada; the 2004 Lil Hewton Bursary Award to conduct archival research related to the history of psychiatry; the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in Continuing Medical Education Award; and the 2010 Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division's Professional Services Award. He has written and taught extensively on Alzheimer's disease, psychiatry and information technology, and the clinical and educational applications of films in mental health. Karlinsky is also the author of the novel The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, which was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.
Richmond Library Presents Life Science & Medicine in the 21st Century 2014-03-28
“Newton’s discovery of the causal relationship in physics has led to major advancements in modern science. His findings were recorded in his book, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. More recently, medical researcher Simon Dong published a Chinese book which established the causal relationship in life science and medicine. We are pleased that he will be coming to our library to talk about what life science and medicine will look like in the 21st century, and the key role that traditional Chinese medicine will play in their advancement,” said Chinese special services librarian, Wendy Jang.
Mr. Simon Dong works as a scientist at the International Institute of Consciousness Science (IICS). The focus of his work in medical research is to develop new scientific theories. In 2012, he co-authored the Chinese book, ????????? (Philosophical Principles of Life Science), with his wife Connie Ching Yuen Chang, which established the causal relationship in life science and medicine and explained all 15 properties and 72 phenomena of peptic ulcer for the first time. He has given lectures on the causal relationship in life science and medicine and on the birth of new science in Taiwan and Canada. He received his master’s degree in medicine at Wuhan University and at the University of Ottawa. The major areas of his studies were molecular biology, molecular virology, microbiology and immunology. In May, he will continue his study in a PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Ottawa.
Help Your Child Succeed in School2014-03-26
Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor2014-03-25
Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-03-23
Calling All Orchid Lovers2014-03-10
Participants will learn how to care for their orchids and keep them in excellent condition. Topics will include hydration, nutrition, lighting and other environmental issues. Time will be allowed for assessment of individual plants. Participants are asked to bring a maximum of one plant for assessment
Will & Estate Planning 2014-03-10
Work Smart: Your Rights & Responsibilities in the BC Workforce2014-03-10
Elevate Your Business Legacy2014-02-26
Should I Stay or Should I Go?2014-02-25
Home care manager, Patricia Cruz, will talk about the challenges and benefits for seniors when faced with making a decision to move to an extended facility. Cruz said this information will be very useful for people who are seriously considering moving to a nursing home or for those who are considering moving their parents to a nursing home.
Get Your Health On at Richmond Public Library2014-02-18
February 28th - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – “Repetitive Strain Injuries and How to Avoid Them.” Speaker is local Richmond chiropractor, Dr. Natalie Siu. Learn about the causes and symptoms of repetitive strain injuries and simple stretches and postural exercises to keep the spine and joints healthy. Program #302.
March 5th - 7- 9 p.m. – “Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health.”
A speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. will talk about protecting your brain health. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Program #203.
March 6th - 7 - 8:30 p.m. – “Love Your Liver”
Speaker is Dr. Edward Tam and registered nurse Carolyn Klassen. Learn how to keep your liver healthy. Program #204.
“Aging and Mental Health” – A three-part series. Presented by Vancouver Coastal Health.
Feb. 27th - 1 - 3 p.m. “Aging and Memory Loss” - program #430.
April 3rd - 1- 3 p.m. “Aging and Mood Changes” - program #415.
May 1st - 1 - 3 p.m. “Coping With Stress” - program #408.
Income Tax Clinic for Low Income People2014-02-18
If you’re a single person with a maximum income of $30,000, a couple with a maximum income of $40,000, or an adult with one child and a maximum income of $35,000, then you qualify for this free service. Sessions are 45 minutes per person and couples must sign up for one time slot each. To register, call 604-231-6413 or visit the Brighouse 2nd floor information desk.
“Trained volunteers will help low income people fill in their income tax returns free of charge,” said librarian Ying Zhang. “Please remember to bring all relevant documents such as T4 and T5 slips,” added Zhang.
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities2014-02-06
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2014
Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will offer a free program called Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities on February 20th from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or 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 offered in English.
“Parents, teachers, caregivers or anyone interested in new research about the difficult challenges that Dyslexia brings to thousands of children and adults will want to attend this program,” said the Richmond Library’s coordinator of learning place services, Lee Anne Smith. “The library is very fortunate to partner with Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to bring Dr. Linda Siegel to Richmond. Dr. Siegel is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education at the University of British Columbia, an eminent psychologist and educator, and an internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities,” added Smith.
In preparation for Education Week Feb. 24-28 the library is offering this program to the public. Dr. Siegel will present her new book Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities and discuss how the education system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities. Dr. Siegel’s book will be on sale for $29.00 and the library will also have a limited number of copies for borrowing. “This program will offer important information for anyone supporting a person with learning disabilities,” added Smith.
Contact:Lee Anne Smith, Coordinator, Learning Place Services
Phone: 604-278-9811 ext. 6417
Feel Good about Your Investments2014-02-03
Richmond City Council Re-Appoints and Adds New Library Board Members2014-01-31
New to the Board are Kash Chahal and Robin Leung, both appointed by Richmond City Council for a two year term. Chahal is a longtime library member and co-founder of Indiabase.ca. She is also the co-founder and vice president of marketing for Pocketguru.ca. Chahal has a varied background in marketing, tech support and customer care. She is also a cooking instructor, teaching food preparation, nutrition, food technology and the art of healthy gluten-free Indian cooking.
Leung, also a longstanding library member, is semi-retired and was a former instructor of various business courses at the Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Community College, and the Continuing Education section at UBC and SFU. He is also the owner and operator of Chinese Horizon Business Consultants. Leung has many years of experience hosting radio/TV programs and public events, and is very active in community organizations.
Library Board Chair Peter Kafka says that having finished the initial part of the community consultation, the library’s main focus is to begin implementing the strategic and long range plan for the library. "We’ve listened to what the community wants and are keenly aware of their changing needs. Now we’re looking forward to sharing the ideas and steps we will be taking to implement these changes, after months of public consultation with the community. Our next step is to transform the library over the next 1-3 years and ensure that it meets those evolving needs,” said Kafka. “City Council, our community, and our dedicated Friends of the Library continue to be very supportive, and we thank them for helping us make the library accessible and relevant to all. As a free source of information, learning and entertainment, as well as a place for community collaboration, the library benefits our entire community,” added Kafka.
“Acknowledging the importance of offering traditional collections, the library goes beyond that to offer collaborative programming opportunities, and an array of digital services like eBooks, eVideo, eMusic, eMagazines, and lots more. We invite the community to explore our libraries, and welcome you to become partners in developing and presenting programs, and shaping the future of our library,” added Kafka. “As our community and society evolve, the Board and staff looks forward to meeting those challenges directly,” added Kafka.
Friends of the Library Mini Book Sales Coming Up2014-01-31
The Friends’ much larger Whale of a Book Sale will be held on Saturday, Apr. 12th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Apr. 13th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue.
“The Whale of a Book Sale promises to be filled with all sorts of great bargains on a wide variety of topics,” said Friends of the Library chair, Alison Cormack. “We will be bringing over 800 boxes of books in different categories such as cooking, travel, computers, children’s and adult fiction, Canadiana, literature and more. You name it, we’ll have it!” added Cormack. “Prices will range from 25 cents to $1.00 for children’s books, and adult fiction hardcopy and paperback books will be priced at $1.00. The adult non-fiction books will be priced differently according to genre.”
Love Your Liver2014-01-22
This program is sponsored by the Canadian Liver Foundation and will provide an overview of liver health. The speakers are hepatologist Dr. Edward Tam, Medical Director at the LAIR Centre in Vancouver and Regional Board Member of the Canadian Liver Foundation, and registered nurse Carolyn Klassen. “This is the first lecture in a series on how to take care of your liver. The lecture will be followed with a question and answer session” said librarian, Dinise Sizer.
Managing Your Personal Financial Risk2014-01-21
Richmond Library Celebrates National Family Literacy Week2014-01-21
The library recently purchased over 800 new eBook titles for children and offers video and music streaming, a large collection of online magazines and newspapers and computers and iPads for the public to use in the library.
“Technology, media and information is everywhere,” said the library’s head of kids’ place, Melanie Au. “It’s crucial that parents and children not only have access to digital resources, but have the skills to use them in a way that promotes learning and critical thinking. Children’s use of technology needs to be an interactive experience where parents and children read eBooks, explore apps and browse the internet together, and this is something the library can help facilitate,” added Au.
In addition to the National Family Literacy programs, the library is offering two adult literacy programs to assist adults in improving their reading, writing and computer skills. These programs are supported by the Government of British Columbia’s Community Adult Literacy program with partners Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Filipinos in Richmond Support Team.
Melanie Au, 604-231-6425, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, email@example.com
Test Your Knowledge at Richmond Library’s Chinese Riddles Contest2014-01-20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2014
RICHMOND, BC – If you like riddles, come to the Richmond Public Library Brighouse (Main) Branch from January 31 – February 14 to enter the Lantern Riddles Contest. You must correctly answer at least five riddles to enter the raffle draw. Winners will be announced on February 18. The library is located at 7700 Minoru Gate.
“The Lantern Riddles Contest is a Chinese New Year activity. All the riddles for adults are in Chinese and they are posted on the main floor of Brighouse Branch. There are 8 Chinese and 8 English riddles for kids posted in the Kids’ Place Program Room,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of Chinese Language Services. For more information, phone 604-231-6412.
Working in Canada2014-01-08
Participants will learn about cultural workplace differences like how to act in a general workplace situation, and different business situations. This workshop is presented by an employment counselor at Avia Employment Services and is part of the library’s Help Wanted series.
Making the Most of Your RRSP2014-01-08
Guest speakers are RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson & Louise Yeoh. They said participants will learn why RRSPs are important not only for your retirement but also for your current tax situation and first home purchase. Plus, you’ll learn how to determine your allowable RRSP contributions and maximize your contribution limits. Different investment options as well as common concerns and myths will also be explored.
Learn about Board Game Programming!2014-01-07
#107 January 21st at Ironwood branch, 4 – 5 p.m. for children, ages 7 and up
#108 January 23rd at Brighouse (Main) branch, Community Place, 7 - 8 p.m. for Adults
#109 January 25th at Brighouse (Main) branch, Kids’ Place, 3 – 4 p.m. for children, ages 7 and up
Space is limited. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.
Learn About Investing 101 & the Benefits of TFSA & RSP2014-01-07
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2014
Learn About Investing 101 & the Benefits of TFSA & RSP
RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering a free workshop in partnership with RBC on the benefits of on January 22nd from 1 to 2 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Cambie branch library, located at 11590 Cambie Road in Richmond. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-273-2223 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Quote program # 110 or # 111.
Participants will learn about the two registered plans and about the features and benefits of TFSA & RSP along with plan rules and regulations. The guest speaker will be financial planner Hui Lam from RBC. Hui has been in the financial industry for 15 years and has been with RBC as an accredited financial planner for the past seven years.
Contact: Mary Grewal
Library Technician - Multilingual
Literacy for Job Success2014-01-02
Literacy and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is offering a free six-week workshop called “Literacy for Job Success” at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor
Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. from
January 15 to February 19. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Kwantlen Polytechnic University tutors will help people identify their job interests and the skills needed to improve employment choices.