Volunteer and Connect With Newcomers Today Through Our Library Champions Project
The Library Champions Project is a three-month volunteer opportunity for newcomers to Canada. This program connects new immigrants to their local public libraries, helps them meet other newcomers, and teaches them about programs and services available to help immigrants settle in Canada. Champions then share this information with other newcomers through their networks and communities.
Online Resources to Be Offered By Local Organizations
COVID-19 has drastically changed our lives prompting us to settle into a new normal. Many people find themselves struggling to keep their mental health in check due to the additional stressors social isolation resulting from this pandemic. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is worried that an echo pandemic of mental illnesses will spark due to the current circumstances. In the past month CMHA has seen an increase in calls to their organization related to anxiety and depression.
Libraries May Be Closed, But Their Virtual Resources Are Ready and Waiting
Libraries throughout BC have been quick to respond to the changing needs of its patrons amid the physical distancing measures enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While physical locations have closed, library’s virtual doors have been thrown wide open. Though libraries have long offered virtual resources to their patrons over the past few years, we are seeing increased creativity in how librarians can connect with their patrons virtually as a result of this pandemic. Continue reading