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North Vancouver Spotlight – North Vancouver City Library


Community Name: North Vancouver

Library: North Vancouver City Library

Address: 120 West 14th Street

The City of North Vancouver is home to more than 45,000 residents. Nestled along the south-facing Coast Mountains and located on the north side of Burrard Inlet, the city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It is also part of Vancouver’s North Shore, which includes five communities: the District of North Vancouver, the Tsleil Waututh Nation, the City of North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the District of West Vancouver – with a total population of almost 170,000 people.

The City of North Vancouver is the smallest of the municipalities. It started as a logging community named Moodyville in the 1860s and gradually grew into a city. Early North Vancouver investors include Arthur Heywood Lonsdale and James Pemberton Fell. Their names can still be spotted around the city. The Lonsdale Quay, named after Arthur Heywood Lonsdale, is North Vancouver’s transit hub and waterfront community market. The Lonsdale neighbourhood, which extends up from the quay, is a densely populated area of the city that is undergoing major revitalization with construction of new stores and residential high-rises.

Logging has remained one of the city’s top industries, but the nearby mountains have also become popular attractions. Every year, 1.2 million people visit Grouse Mountain for skiing, skating, hiking and special events. North Vancouver’s other mountain, Seymour, has also been attracting skiers since 1938.

For more information about the City of North Vancouver, there is no better place than the North Vancouver City Library. The library’s latest location opened in September 2008 and was designed to meet the city council’s vision of creating an accessible and sustainable facility for the community. The North Vancouver City Library offers readers open, airy, modern spaces to enjoy books, study, meet friends and participate in community events. With a welcome desk seating area, children’s area, fiction and media room, teen area, nonfiction area, quiet study room, west study area and terrace, there is no shortage of spaces to make yourself comfortable for a day of reading.

The North Vancouver City Library also offers an array of different services to members of all ages. You can drop by the library’s book club, which meets every six weeks from September to June, to join a “kitchen table” conversation about some interesting books. The reading list is available online for perusing on the North Vancouver City Library’s website. No registration or membership is required. The library even offers a separate book club for teens, so they can talk about their favourite books with other teens. The library also hosts a special Local Author Series, which features work by writers from Vancouver’s North Shore and from across the Lower Mainland. Readings take place on Wednesdays throughout the year.

The North Vancouver City Library takes pride in being an accessible place for all community members. The library offers home services for residents who are unable to travel. It also has a wide selection of audiobooks and large print books for people who are visually impaired or might not be physically able to hold a book. All of the library’s computers can also be set to display larger fonts or have the monitor switched to black and white. And the facility is wheelchair accessible.

The North Vancouver City Library is, above all else, a place of learning. Members can take advantage of the library’s 1 on 1 Tech Coaching Program, where they will receive between 30 and 45 minutes of instruction on how to use the Internet, create and use an email account, format documents, use Skype, download library audiobooks and eBooks and much more for free. If you want a more in-depth lesson on specific software like Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can also stop by the North Vancouver City Library’s TechConnect computer classes.

Members can search the library’s vast catalogue online from the comfort of their homes or from the library. The library’s website announces new titles, bestsellers and awards on the home page. If you want some advice before choosing your next book, you can check out the library’s readers’ blog, The Top Shelf, which includes community reader profiles, video book reviews by North Vancouver residents, thoughts on new and notable books, reviews by library staff and information about upcoming North Vancouver Library events and services.

To stay up to date on North Vancouver City Library events and other news, members can also subscribe to the library’s eNewsletter.

All North Vancouver City Library materials can be borrowed by an individual with a valid library card. The only restrictions are the restricted-use Home Services Audio books and Reference materials. Registering for a library card is free of charge.

To find out more about the North Vancouver City Library, click here.

City of North Vancouver in the News:

West Vancouver and North Vancouver Culture

On September 26, 2014, the three North Shore Mayors kicked off Culture Days. It was a three-day event that was part of the 5th annual culture Days, which was celebrated throughout Canada. There were more than 60 activities that took placed at cultural and local arts venues, including the North Vancouver City library.

To read more about Culture Days, click here.

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