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My Library, My World

It’s Canadian Library Month. A month to celebrate what libraries mean to you and the rest of us in Canada. The Canadian Library Association invites you to share your story with the rest of Canada in form of a short video, or a written story in English or French, on how a library has impacted you. Submissions can be made online. Here’s my story:

I grew up in a small, farming community called Warner, Alberta. The current population sits at just under 400 people. Set in the middle of canola, wheat and hay fields, among the cattle ranches, this village offered ample time for the imagination to reach as far and wide as the prairie sky. As a child, I got to know every nook and cranny of this village through my daily adventures. As I got older and bigger, the town got smaller. I needed more. Thankfully, we had a library.

Warner Library

The library operated on a part-time basis. When it was open, I would gather my books to return to exchange for new ones. What a treat it was to be the first to check out the newest book that came in. The status and power awarded to the first borrower was akin to being ‘Queen of the Castle’ on the playground that day. I would relish it; knowing I was the first to read what was contained within the pages of that book. It was hard not to spoil it for others. Of course, this was a seldom occurrence – we all had a sixth sense as to when the next book would arrive and competed accordingly.

My favourite thing about the library was that it opened up a world beyond Warner. I read about cities larger than Lethbridge. I learned of countries outside of Canada. I discovered cultures that were foreign to me. I thumbed through pages of the encyclopedia and learned things I wouldn’t have even imagined learning. This small room contained the world.

Later, as I moved throughout Canada, I would discover that libraries have much more to offer. Imagine to my child’s eyes, the discovery of:

  • Read along programs
  • Parent and tot programs
  • Employment programs
  • Language programs
  • eBooks
  • Workshops
  • Speakers series
  • Community engagement events
  • Etc.

It’s astounding how far, for me, libraries have come: from a place of books and self-discovery, to a place of that plus community, interactions, philosophy and dialogue. And now, for you as a new resident to BC, I see libraries are a first contact point in your new community, a place to get your bearings, a welcome place. Libraries are unbiased, thought provoking and growth invoking.

It’s Canadian Library Month. How have libraries inspired me or touched my life? They’ve made me more open. They’ve helped me grow into a better human being. They’ve made me more welcoming, more understanding and more worldly. How has a library touched your life? Leave your response in the comments. Submit your story online.

Culture Days – Create, Participate, Celebrate

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September 26, 27 & 28 will have Culture Days sweeping across BC and the Lower Mainland. There’s really no better way to introduce you to the arts and cultural life of communities in BC. This event is designed for us to participate through hands-on, interactive activities; to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their community. It cannot be successful if we do not attend. We cannot enhance our community if we choose to not participate.

Information about this event can be found through the Culture Days Website. They have provided the ability to search by community, by organizer and by date. You will find that your BC Public Libraries are also on hand to participate.

A popular activity for libraries is, of course, story-time activities. There is nothing more joyful than sitting in a room with an enthusiastic librarian reading to children. What better way to infuse culture than to introduce children to the love of books and language? Children five years and younger, along with their parents and caregivers, will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and puppets.

In addition to stories, many libraries offer something in addition related to arts and culture. To list a few, I have added the link to workshops taking place at various libraries. Click on each Library’s name for more detailed information from the Culture Days website:

The Burnaby Public Library

  • Game Face – Boardgames for teens
  • Papercraft Lab
  • Oral Storytelling Circle

The Fraser Valley Regional Library

  • A celebration of Art in Fibre
  • Pom Pom making
  • Multicultural Tea and Treats

The North Vancouver City Library & the North Vancouver District Public Library

  • Culture Cram at the Library

The Richmond Public Library

  • Writer-in-Residence Launch: Meet Mark Leiren-Young
  • Word of Mouth: Local Writers Read

The Surrey Libraries

  • Family Lego Club
  • Scrabble Club
  • Bookslam: Find your next “buzzer beater” read!

The Vancouver Public Library

  • Animate it!
  • Kits House Story Sharing Circle
  • Painting and Photo Exhibition

The West Vancouver Memorial Library

  • Book Some Time for the Crime

Of course, there’s so much more to offer than what’s listed above. Many other organizations are participating. Have a look. Explore. Attend. Be a part of your community. When you’ve finished participating, be sure to share your experience by leaving a comment below! Have a great weekend!