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A New School Year

How to prepare my child for school in BC

How to Prepare my Child for School in BC?

August always takes me by surprise. The first of the leaves fall from trees, the nights turn shorter, and the temperature drops every so slightly – signs that fall is coming and school is just around the corner.

As September creeps up, I find myself looking forward to what I intend to accomplish in the year ahead, much like one would approach a New Year. Perhaps it’s the school supplies – everything new and fresh, waiting for my imprint. Perhaps it’s the school year planners – asking for my goals to be marked down, pen on paper. Or, it could be the new clothes – the removal of the external traces of summer replaced with a crisp, moving forward look.

September is also a fall into routine. Waking the kids up for school, starting back up at sports and after school activities, and helping with homework. If you’re like me, you’re already planning ahead in the homework department. Local libraries offer great assistance in this area.

For example:

The Burnaby Public Library has help for your teen to work on their academic assignment, such as study help, writing help, research help, and links to school library websites.

The West Vancouver Memorial Library suggests that you think of librarians as ‘personal research coaches,’ offering help with choosing topics, tips and tricks for library searches, and finding the right information for a school project.

The Richmond Public Library offers a Homework Help Club, as well as online resources to access from the comfort of your home.

As the summer wanes into fall, and you’re slowing down your busy schedule, I recommend you head to your local library to see how they can help you get back to a smooth-running routine quickly and discover the wealth of resources to assist you.


Have a great school year folks!


Celebrate Janmashtami in BC

Celebrate Janmashtami in BC 

One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, Janmashtami is celebrated by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world. This year Janmashtami will fall on August 14th. This date marks the birth Krishna, who is one of the most popular Gods in the Hindu pantheon. He was born at midnight on ashtami, the eighth day after the full moon in the Vedic calendar.

Krishna is considered to exist everywhere at all times. He is considered personable, mischievous, a romantic lover and the most compassionate friend. He responds to the distinct feelings and desires held most deeply in the heart of every single worshipper and will reciprocate accordingly.

Hindus celebrate this warrior, hero, teacher and philosopher for two days. The first day is called Krishna ashtami or Gokul ashtami – a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration. The second day is known as Kall ashtami or Janam ashtami – that finishes an old year and begins a fresh one.

To mark Krishna’s birth, people sing bhajans – traditional Hindu songs, prepare food from milk and curds said to be favoured by Krishna, dance, re-enact scenes from Krishna’s early life in plays, and place images of Krishna in temples while the shankh (conch shell) is played and bells are rung.

If you would like to learn more about this religious festival or the beliefs around Krishna, head to the Surrey Public Library. With their ample books, DVDs, and CDs, you will be sure to find delight in the stories of Krishna.

How to practice for Canadian Citizenship Test

How to practice for Canadian Citizenship Test

How to practice for Canadian Citizenship Test

You’ve moved to Canada and have decided to make it your forever home. The last and final step to becoming a citizen of Canada is to pass the Canadian citizenship test. This test requires you to have sufficient knowledge of Canada’s geography, history, society, values, etc. and ensures that you understand the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. Based on the Discover Canada study guide, this written test consists of 20 questions that you have to answer within 30 minutes. You have to answer at least 15 multiple-choice questions correctly.


Of course, our libraries in BC offer free workshops and resources to assist newcomers in preparing for Canadian citizenship test, because that’s what libraries in BC do. They offer newcomers space to learn and practice questions about Canada while meeting other newcomers going through the same process.

The Vancouver Public Library hosts two 2-hour sessions to prepare you for the Canadian citizenship test. They review Canada’s history, governing system, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and other topics that may be part of your test. Participants should bring a copy of the book Discover Canada, and a PR card.

The Richmond Public Library has created an online practice test consisting of over 100 multiple-choice questions chosen from the Discover Canada book. They provide a link to the Chinese version of Discover Canada and have a preparation booklet and appendix for questions and answers pertaining to Richmond.

Other libraries offer information specific to the city or region that you live in. It’s a good idea to check their website or visit them in person to find out what resources are available to help you prepare for the Canadian citizenship test.

Once you’ve sufficiently prepared, and met the requirements stated by the Government of Canada, you can apply to write this exam. Having utilized the services and resources available at your library, you can feel confident knowing that you’ve had sufficient opportunity to ask questions, practice, and complete your final step to becoming a Canadian.


You’re well on your way. Best of luck to you!