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The NewToBC Blog covers a range of topics important to new immigrants and their settlement. Learn about library resources and services, check out cultural holidays and festivals, read about a new hobby, find things to do with your children, explore workshop and training options. NewToBC posts two blogs per month. Visit often or subscribe to have the blog delivered to your inbox!

Three Ways You Can Learn About The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 20, 2021

The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity to observe and learn about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in Canada. You are invited to participate in a…

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Six Things You Need to Know to Get Students Ready for School in Canada

August 30, 2021

Preparing Your Child For School   Starting school in September can be an exciting time for newcomer students. It can also be filled with stress as they are heading into a new and unfamiliar system. As a newcomer parent, you will want to know how the education system works in…

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The Benefits of Volunteering as a Library Champion

August 16, 2021

The Library Champions Project is in its 10th year of operation. To date, we have trained 1,700 new immigrants to provide outreach to 90,000 new immigrants. These volunteers have found unexpected benefits of volunteering and a chance to connect to their communities in a deep and meaningful way. Connection…

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Five Amazing Things You Can Borrow from Your Public Library in BC

July 23, 2021

When we think of libraries, we often imagine a building full of books, librarians, and silence. We imagine ourselves wandering through the shelves to find our latest read or scouring information for research and for learning. Many newcomers who arrive in BC are surprised to learn how diverse libraries are…

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