Press Release

Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-12-31

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting January 14th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Thursdays starting January 15th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/events. Space is limited. In this eight-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

Life After Cancer2014-12-31

Richmond Public Library will be hosting the free program “Life After Cancer” on Monday, January 12 from 1:00 – 2:30 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/events. This program is offered in English.

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.

Contact:

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

Literacy for Life2014-12-30

“Literacy for Life” is a free adult program that will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 –8:30 pm beginning January 16 until May 15. The first 6 weeks will take place at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. Weeks 7-12 will take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Learning Center, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events This program is free and offered in English.

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.

Contact:

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

Digitizing Ourselves to Death Series2014-12-29

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library in partnership with Richmond Addiction Services Society is offering a free series for parents to explore problem video gaming, social media misuse, and screen usage at home and at school. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions. The workshops will take place in the 2nd Floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Saving for your Child's Education2014-11-23

NEWS RELEASE
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.

Registration: http://www.yourlibrary.ca/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D112657211

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Contact: Christine Tutt
Library Technician, Richmond Public Library
Phone: 604-271-2223
Email: Christine.tutt@yourlibrary.ca
Website: www.yourlibrary.ca


Contact:

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

Multicultural Week November 16th - 22nd 20142014-11-07

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a special week of programming for Multicultural Week Nov 16 - 22, 2014. All programs are free, drop in and take place at the main Brighouse Branch, located at 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C. Visit our website at www.yourlibrary.ca/pressreleases/multiculturalweek.pdf for program and event details.

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.”

Contact:

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

Settlement Stories - Digital Storytelling Project2014-11-07

RICHMOND, B.C.- Richmond Public Library has received a one-time grant to undertake a digital storytelling project with newcomers to Richmond. The project culminates in a public screening of digital stories on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Performance Hall of the Richmond Cultural Centre.

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.

Settlement Stories:
1:00pm Opening Ceremony
1:30pm Public screening
2:00pm Q & A with filmmaker Brian Lye and storytellers
2:30pm Reception

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 leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

Contact:

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

Get Your Cultural Access Pass at Richmond Public Library2014-11-07

RICHMOND, B.C. – Starting November 15th Richmond Public Library will be a pickup location for the Cultural Access Pass (CAP), a gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship. The pass provides complimentary admission to more than 1,000 cultural attractions, galleries, museums and discovery centers across Canada. New citizens who are 18 years or older can submit their CAP application online at http://www.icc-icc.ca/en/cap/ and come to the Brighouse (Main) Branch library at 7700 Minoru Gate, to pick up their pass. For more information call 604-231-6413.

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.

Contact:

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

The Hidden Job Market2014-11-05

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “The Hidden Job Market” takes place on Thursday, November 20th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Place 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/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Let's Talk It Out: Conflict Resolution2014-10-31

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar called “Let’s Talk It Out: Conflict Resolution” on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library, 2nd floor Community Place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Presented by Colleen E. Selby, litigation lawyer. Participants will learn what mediation is, how it can be used to help resolve conflict and what mediation services are available.

Contact:

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

Author Reading Features Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi at Richmond Public Library2014-10-28

Author Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi will read from her new book Who Knows Where Butterflies Die on Thursday, Nov. 6th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free program for adults is drop-in. For more information call 604-231-6413.

Contact:

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

Take Your Job Search Online2014-10-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on “LinkedIn and the Job Search” takes place on Thursday, October 23rd from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Place 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/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Parenting Your Senior Parents2014-10-08

Richmond Public Library will host a free program on “Parenting Your Senior Parents” on Monday, Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. Learn different approaches to dealing with the challenges of seniors who want to stay independent and remain at home. Information on home services and nursing homes will be provided. Presenter is Patricia Cruz, home care manager with 23 years’ experience in seniors’ services.

Contact:

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

PR Cards & Citizenship Sponsoring2014-10-02

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are partnering to offer a free program called “PR Cards & Citizenship Sponsoring” on Thursday, November 6th from 1 – 2:30 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. Settlement practitioner Gurpreet Faridkot will give tips on how to renew permanent resident status as well as rules and regulations for sponsoring new immigrants to Canada.

Contact:

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

World Food Day! Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth2014-10-01

Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Food Security Society, are pleased to host the 10th annual World Food Day celebration on Saturday, October 18th from 11 am – 4pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. Members of the public are invited to visit the various booths and family fun activities on the main floor of the library, try out food samples, and meet local farmers. For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or check online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Learn How to Identify and Respond to Elder Abuse2014-10-01

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Seniors Brigade Society of BC and Multicultural Helping House Society, is offering a free workshop series on elder abuse awareness, that would provide seniors added knowledge and information on ways to recognize and respond to elder abuse. The program will be held on Fridays, October 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Participants must attend all four sessions. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Writer-in-Residence Mark Leiren-Young Leads ESL Writers’ Workshops 2014-09-30

If you like creative writing but English is not your first language then Telling Your Story for ESL Adults is the program for you for you. This free series of two-hour workshops takes place in the Community Place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate on October 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. Participants should have upper intermediate to advanced English language skills and be 18 years of age or older. Participants should attend all three sessions. Maximum 15 participants. To register, please call 604-276-4300 or register online at richmond.ca/register and quote program #653958. Instructor is Writer-in-Residence author Mark Leiren-Young.

“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.

Contact:

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

Career Choices for Students With Chef Eric Arrouzé and Lawyer Susanna Chow2014-09-23

NEWS RELEASE
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.


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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

Learn About Seed Saving2014-09-12

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join Mel Sylvestre and the Richmond Food Security Society for a talk on seed saving and production, including how to improve and adapt varieties to local conditions. The talk takes place on Wed. October 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. As the Perennial and Biodiversity Coordinator at UBC Farm, Mel Sylvestre teaches students how to grow, harvest and store crops cultivated for seed suitable for the local area.

Contact:

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

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor2014-09-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties called Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor. The seminar will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. The program is presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

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

Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-09-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free family literacy program called Learning Together. The program will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate on Wednesday mornings starting September 24th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting September 26th. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6412 or register online at www.yourlibary.ca/events. Space is limited. In this eight-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

Discover LinkedIn From Human Resources Professional2014-09-03

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering a free Introduction to LinkedIn Workshop on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Community Place 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/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Mock Interview Workshop2014-09-03

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free “Mock Interview Workshop” to be held on Thursday, Sept. 18th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Community Place 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/events. Space is limited.

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.

Contact:

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

What's So Funny? Celebarate the End of Summer at Richmond Public Library2014-09-02

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is celebrating the end of summer with a Funny Fest and Summer Celebration on Saturday September 6th from 1-4:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Wear your Summer Reading Club medal and join in the medal parade, add a joke to our Joke Wall, and participate in fun literacy games. Free and Drop In. For more info, 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

Richmond Library Introduces Chinese eBooks2014-08-20

Richmond Public Library recently launched its newest collection – Chinese eBooks. These eBooks are readable on Apple, Android and Windows devices using the OverDrive Media Console App. At the present time the collection contains just over 600 titles. The eBooks are mostly in simplified Chinese, with some titles available in traditional Chinese.

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!

Contact:

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

Interview Skills Workshop2014-08-05

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, August 21st from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate.
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.

Contact:

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

Workshop for Parenting Skills2014-07-31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2014

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.

Contact:

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

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.
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Contact:

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

Proper Posture, Healthy Spine2014-06-30

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “Proper Posture, Healthy Spine” on Wed., July 16 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 2nd floor community place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events or call 604-231-6413. This program is offered in English.

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.

Contact:

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

Learn About Seed Saving2014-06-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Join Mel Sylvestre and the Richmond Food Security Society for a talk on seed saving and production, including how to improve and adapt varieties to local conditions. The talk takes place on Thurs. July 10th or Wed. August 13th at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. As the Perennial and Biodiversity Coordinator at UBC Farm, Mel Sylvestre teaches students how to grow, harvest and store crops cultivated for seed suitable for the local area.

Contact:

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

Canadian Citizenship Tips2014-06-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will partner with lawyer George Li to offer a free workshop in Mandarin on how to keep your Permanent Resident status, and the qualifications for applying to be a Canadian Citizen. The program takes place on Fri. July 11th from 2-3:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 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. Mr. Li is a lawyer who has represented clients at all levels of court and tribunals in British Columbia and Canada. He has also volunteered his time for legal aid organizations, including the Law Society of British Columbia, AM1320 Radio Station, Fairchild TV, and SUCCESS.

Contact:

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

Funny Business: Join Richmond Summer Reading Club for Kids2014-06-17

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public (RPL)Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2014 BC Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “Funny Business.” Registration is now open at all four RPL branch locations. For more information, and to learn about other free library programs, contests and activities for kids, call 604-231-6412 or visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca

“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.

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Contact:

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

Learn About the Changes to The Family Law Act2014-06-11

RICHMOND, B.C. – Anukiran Klar from Klar Law Corporation will present a free workshop called The Family Law Act: How the new changes may affect you and your family on Wednesday, June 25th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. The new Family Law Act brings many changes to the BC family law system. This workshop will discuss changes to making agreements, common law relationships, guardianship, parenting arrangements, protection orders, and property division. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

Residential Tenancy Law: Rights & Responsibilities of Landlords & Tenants2014-06-03

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancy Act at a free information session on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place Room. The session will cover evictions, security deposits, tenancy agreements, repairs, and more. The presenter Emma Lazo is a Public Legal Education Coordinator for the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program2014-05-30

People with ongoing health issues may know what they ‘should’ do for better health, but find it difficult to get started – or lose motivation when they run into problems. Richmond Public Library is hosting a free six-week “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program”, offered by the University of Victoria, Centre on Aging, Mondays from June 9 – July 21 from 1:00 - 3:30 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/events

“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

Contact:

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

Food for Thought Book Club2014-05-30

Interest in the topic of food security is growing, and now is a great time to sign up for the “Food for Thought” Book Club. People are invited to bring the food security book of their choice to discuss at the June meeting. Facilitated by the Richmond Food Security Society’s Book Club Coordinator, Penny Dunn, the meeting will be Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Dayson Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register or find out more, visit any branch of the Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at ww.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free.

“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.

Contact:

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

Welcome Ramadan Celebrate Eid!2014-05-27

RICHMOND, BC - Richmond Public Library is hosting a free, drop-in Ramadan celebration on Sunday June 8th from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun, family event. For more information please call 604-231-6412 or visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events .

“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.

Contact:

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

Learn Windows 8!2014-05-27

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering free classes to introduce Microsoft’s Windows 8 Operating System on Monday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate and on Tuesday June 10th at 6:30 pm at Ironwood Branch, 11688 Steveston Hwy. Participants must bring their own Windows 8 laptop or tablet and basic computer skills are required. The presenter Louise Latremouille is the author of the best-selling “My Parents” computer book series. These books will be available for purchase at a discounted price for participants. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

Contact:

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

Youth Summer Job Workshop2014-05-12

RICHMOND, B.C. – Are you a high school or college student looking for a summer job?
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.

Contact:

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

Don't Spend a Fortune on Home Care2014-05-09

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Don’t Spend a Fortune on Home Care” on May 22nd from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor program 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. Guest speaker and home care manager Patricia Cruz will discuss different free home care services and government funding available to seniors who cannot afford private services.

Contact:

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

Learn About Registered Disability Savings Plans2014-05-06

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn about Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) at a free seminar on Tuesday, May 20th from 7 – 8 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library in the 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. The RDSP is a long term savings plan that benefits Canadians with disabilities, and their families, in saving for their long term financial needs in a tax-deferred environment. Presented by RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson and Louise Yeoh.

Contact:

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

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program2014-04-23

Richmond Public Library will be hosting the six-week program “Chronic Disease Self-Management ” in English on Mondays from May 5 - June 16 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. The same program will also be offered in Mandarin beginning Thursdays from May 8 - June 12 from 9:30 am - 12 pm. Both programs will take place 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/events.

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.

Contact:

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

Intergenerational Women’s Writing Workshop With Margaret Dragu2014-04-23

RICHMOND, B.C. – In celebration of Mother’s Day Richmond Public Library is offering an Intergenerational Writing Workshop for women, where the themes of legacy and mentorship will be explored. This workshop takes place on May 4th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the Brighouse (Main) Branch 2nd floor community place room, 7700 Minoru Gate. You must sign-up in multigenerational pairs (e.g. mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, teacher/student, etc.). Younger participants must be age 15 and over to attend. To sign-up, visit the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch 2nd Floor Ask Me Desk or call 604-231-6413. To learn more go to www.yourlibrary.ca/events.

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.

Contact:

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

7th Annual Teen Poetry Contest2014-04-15



NEWS RELEASE
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 teens@yourlibrary.ca or at any RPL branch for a chance to win great prizes and have your poem published in the Richmond News.

Contest Rules:
• 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 teens@yourlibrary.ca.
• 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.

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Contact:

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

Law School and Beyond!2014-04-15



NEWS RELEASE
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.

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Contact:

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

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

Parenting Your Parents2014-04-09

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Parenting Your Parents” on April 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch Library in the 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/progs.

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.

Contact:

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

The Nobel Prize – Fact and Fiction2014-04-07

Why did Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, fail to win the Nobel Prize after being nominated 33 times? Local psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky, will delve into this question when he reads from his new novel The Stonehenge Letters on Tues. May 6th from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, Community Place room at Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free program is for adults. To register call 604-231-6413 and quote program #613, register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs or visit any branch of Richmond public Library.

“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.

Contact:

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

Richmond Library Presents Life Science & Medicine in the 21st Century 2014-03-28

RICHMOND, BC – Richmond Public Library and the TCM Practitioners & Acupuncturists Society have invited author and medical researcher Simon Dong to conduct a free seminar (#551) on “Life Science and Medicine in the 21st Century” on Sun. April 13th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register or get more information, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The seminar is in English and Mandarin and will be held in the Community Place on the 2nd floor.
“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.

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Contact:

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

Help Your Child Succeed in School2014-03-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is offering four workshops designed to give parents the tools to help their children succeed in school. Workshops take place on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, starting April 7th. The programs are free but space is limited so registration is required. To register, call 604-231-6413, visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. Dr. Patricia Porter, child educator and researcher, will cover topics including how children learn, how to overcome learning difficulties, and how parents can help their children reach their full potential.

Contact:

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

Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor2014-03-25

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is hosting a free seminar on estate settlement and executor’s duties called Estate Planning: The Grateful Executor. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any Richmond Public Library branch, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The program is presented by Kevin Holte, a representative for Peacehold Inc., a Canadian estate documentation company.

Contact:

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

Library Offers Family Literacy Program2014-03-23

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 April 9th, and at Cambie Branch, located in the Cambie Shopping Plaza at No. 5 Road and Cambie Road on Fridays starting April 11th. 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

Calling All Orchid Lovers2014-03-10

RICHMOND, B.C – The Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Richmond Orchid Club, is offering a free, drop-in seminar called “Orchid Wellness” at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. The seminar takes place on Sunday March 16th from 2-3:30pm. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs, or call 604-231-6413.

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

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Contact:

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

Work Smart: Your Rights & Responsibilities in the BC Workforce2014-03-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Back in Motion – Avia Employment Services, is offering a free workshop on BC Employment Standards held on Thursday, March 20 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the 2nd floor Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Attendees will learn about employment standards and human rights in BC and participate in exercises. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 206, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

Contact:

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

Will & Estate Planning 2014-03-10

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Will & Estate Planning will take place on Tuesday, March 18th from 7 to 8:00 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 #205, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. RBC Financial Planners Todd Sanderson and Louise Yeoh will outline what estate planning is, the key components, and why individuals should develop a plan.

Contact:

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

Elevate Your Business Legacy2014-02-26

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Edward Jones financial advisor Neil Collins and senior insurance specialist Rhona Konnelly, is holding a free workshop called Elevate Your Business Legacy. The program will be held on March 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number #405, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The speakers will talk about various forms of insurance planning for different business structures, and how corporate life insurance and passive assets in a business can be utilized.

Contact:

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

Should I Stay or Should I Go?2014-02-25

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Senior Link Independent Living Society, is offering a free workshop called “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” on March 13th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch library in the 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/progs.

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.

Contact:

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

Income Tax Clinic for Low Income People2014-02-18

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the Family Christian Fellowship, is offering free Income Tax Clinic to help those with a low income file their income tax returns. The clinics take place on Saturdays March 8, 15, 22 and 29, and April 5, 12, 19, and 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch located at 7700 Minoru Gate.

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.

Contact:

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

Get Your Health On at Richmond Public Library2014-02-18

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be hosting several health programs in February and March at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the Community Place Room, 7700 Minoru Gate. All classes are free, but registration is required. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

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.

Contact:

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

Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities2014-02-06

NEWS RELEASE
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.


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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

Feel Good about Your Investments2014-02-03

RICHMOND, B.C. – Learn how you can make a positive change in your world by choosing which companies you invest with. A free workshop on The Essentials of Socially Responsible Investing will take place on February 18th from 7 to 8:30 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 #121, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. This workshop is presented by Regional Vice President of NEI Investments, Rod Castellanos, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Jake Wang.

Contact:

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

Richmond City Council Re-Appoints and Adds New Library Board Members2014-01-31

At their most recent meeting, the Richmond Public Library Board re-elected Peter Kafka as Board Chair. Kafka currently works as a Human Resource and Management consultant. Simon Tang was re-elected Vice-Chair, and returning Board members include: Mark Bostwick, Diane Cousar, Susan Koch, and former Board Chair Pat Watson. Councillor Linda Barnes will once again serve as the City Council representative to the Richmond Public Library Board.

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.

Contact:

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

Friends of the Library Mini Book Sales Coming Up2014-01-31

The hardworking Friends of the Richmond Public Library will be holding two mini book sales – one on Saturday, Feb. 15th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and one on Saturday, March 22nd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Both book sales will take place at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. There will be a wide assortment of adult and children’s fiction both in hardcopy and paperback. Prices will be $1.00 for children’s books and $2.00 for adult books.

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.”

Contact:

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

Love Your Liver2014-01-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will host a free program called “Your Liver, Your Health” on January 29 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 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.

Contact:

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

Managing Your Personal Financial Risk2014-01-21

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Sunlife Financial Advisor Jeff Cai, and Certified General Accountant Mo Xia, is offering a free workshop on the different types of risks families can face when dealing with financial issues. The program will be held on February 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Community Place Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 122, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs. The speakers will also discuss insurance policies and saving for retirement.

Contact:

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

Richmond Library Celebrates National Family Literacy Week2014-01-21

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Richmond Public Library will participate in National Family Literacy week from January 27th to 31st. This year the library’s focus will be digital literacy – the effective and critical use of digital resources. Activities during the week will include storytimes and buddy reading using eBooks, communicating tips and facts about digital literacy to parents, and two computer gaming workshops for preteens, done in collaboration with a local computer school, Under the GUI. For more information about library programs during literacy week, visit www.yourlibrary.ca or call 604-231-6412.

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.

Contact:

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

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

Test Your Knowledge at Richmond Library’s Chinese Riddles Contest2014-01-20


NEWS RELEASE
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.

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Contact:

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

Making the Most of Your RRSP2014-01-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free introductory workshop on Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) will take place at the Richmond Public Library on January 21st from 7 to 8 pm in the 2nd floor community place room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 and quote program number 113, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

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.

Contact:

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

Working in Canada2014-01-08

RICHMOND, B.C. – A free workshop on Canadian Workplace Culture will take place on January 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 117, or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/progs.

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.

Contact:

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

Learn about Board Game Programming!2014-01-07

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library will be offering free workshops on Board Game Programming. Presenter Grant Castillou will be demonstrating the basics of how computer software facilitates online board games via visual aid computer programs. An understanding of chess or checkers would be helpful. The programs are happening on:

#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.

Contact:

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

Learn About Investing 101 & the Benefits of TFSA & RSP2014-01-07





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


Contact:

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

Literacy for Job Success2014-01-02

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library, in partnership with Community Adult
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.





Contact:

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