The Port Moody Public Library first opened in the basement of City Hall in 1943 with a grant of only $300. It has since grown to serve the city’s population of roughly 33,000 residents at its current location at 100 Newport Drive.
The library’s staff members work to “connect people with ideas and information, inspire imagination and a love of reading, and to facilitate lifelong learning and discovery.” They do this not only through books and reading, but also through programs that encourage creativity. For example, the Port Moody Public Library will be redesigning its library card in 2015. To do so, it has called on community members to submit designs. The winner will have his or her design imprinted on around 10,000 library cards.
The Port Moody Public Library offers many other programs and services like classes in website building, intro to craft beer, effective tax strategies and urban gardening. The library is also home to three different book clubs: the Inlet Book Club (first Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm), the Adult Learners Book Club (second Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm) and the Talking Book Club (first Friday of the month from 11am-12:30pm, September-June). For younger library members, the Port Moody Public Library holds Book Buddies (a program where teens help younger kids with their reading skills), pro day parties, movie days and preschool and toddler storytime.
Whether you are an adult, a preschooler, child, teen, parent or educator, the Port Moody Public Library has resources and programs for you. Do you need help finding a job? Visit the library’s Career Corner for job search and career tips. Did you know that storytime helps preschoolers develop their vocabularies and social skills? Check out the library’s calendar for storytime events that fit your schedule. Are you a teen who is looking to volunteer in the community? Become a volunteer with the library’s Tech Café and teach computer skills to adults.
Becoming part of a community when you first arrive in a new place can be challenging. But the Port Moody Public Library’s vast collection of citizenship, settlement and English as a second language resources and lists of community programs and projects can make that process easier.
The library’s website allows members to search for new titles, awards, bestsellers and staff picks. Members can also see the books they have checked out, fines they might have and create a collection that is sorted by “completed, in progress and for later”. In addition to print materials, the library offers free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and databases that are available 24/7 online.
The Port Moody Public Library knows how important it is to foster local talent. That’s why, each month, the library features the work of different Tri-Cities area artists. So stop by the library and check out the new paintings, photographs, drawings, jewelry and sculptures at the beginning of every month. Or if you are interested in submitting your own work for display, contact Irene @ 604-469-4692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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