Press Release

Celebrate Black History Month at Richmond Public Library2018-01-22

RICHMOND, B.C. – Richmond Public Library is partnering with the City of Richmond, Richmond Arts Centre, Chimo Community Services and community advocate Mary Wilson to present a series of programs in celebration of Black History Month. This is the third year the library has offered programs to recognize Black History Month and this year’s theme is “Honouring our local heroes”.

The opening ceremonies will be held at the Richmond City Hall Council Chambers on Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 – 6:15 PM. Doors open at 4 PM and the formal ceremony starts at 4:30 PM. All month long, visitors to the Richmond Arts and Cultural Centre will enjoy an art exhibit located on the second floor of the rotunda.

Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer a diverse variety of Black History Month programs at the Brighouse branch on select dates in February:

• On Saturday February 10 from 10:30 – 12 PM, listen as speaker Carmen Lake discusses “Afro-Canadians and their Contributions to the Canadian War Efforts”.
• On Saturday February 10 from 2 – 4 PM, enjoy a performance by youth called “Story-Powering our Youth thru Dance and Storytelling”.
• On Saturday February 17 from 11 – 1 PM, enjoy a display of historical photographs entitled “Hogan’s Alley”. This program is drop-in.
• On Saturday February 17 from, 2 – 3:30 PM, learn about African inventors and 3D printing at “Inspired Inventions”.
• On Sunday February 18 from 2 – 3 PM, listen as well-known vocalist Dawn Pemberton shares stories of her childhood experiences in a program called “To be Seen and Unseen: the Duality of Growing up Black in Vancouver”.

All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is required for all programs except for “Hogan’s Alley”. For more information or to register, please visit or speak to a library staff member.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to Canada. These programs will provide an opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of the experiences of Black Canadians and will honour the legacy of the Black community,” says Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Multicultural and Chinese Community Services.


Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409,;

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 ,

Family Literacy Week events at Richmond Public Library2018-01-15

Richmond, BC – In recognition of National Family Literacy Week, which takes place from January 21 – 27 and concludes with Family Literacy Day on January 27, Richmond Public Library will offer a number of unique, fun activities that will give families the tools they need to build literacy skills at home.

Family Literacy Day is a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family. Canadian literacy rates have dropped from above average to average compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries over the last 10 years. In addition, Canadian youth are ranked below average compared to OECD countries.

The library’s role in celebrating National Family Literacy Week is to show families that the path to literacy begins at home with simple activities that parents and their children can do together to improve literacy and develop the love of reading in children.

During National Family Literacy week, regular library programs such as Reading Buddies and Storytimes will be enhanced to include special games and activities aimed at showing parents and families how to grow literacy skills at home. There will also be special programs on digital literacy which introduce computer coding and digital tools including robots and Makey Makey’s ®, as well as parent sessions on promoting healthy gaming habits. Visitors to Kids’ Place at the Brighouse branch can also browse our feature wall of literacy tips and activities for parents.

For more details on these and other programs, please check out our online event calendar at, or call the library at 604-231-6412.


Melanie Au, Coordinator, Children and Family Services, 604-231-6425,;

Jan Turner, Librarian, Kids Place, 604-231-6412,;

Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations, 604-231-6454 , stephanie.