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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!

A Library Champion’s Journey to Employment with the Vancouver Public Library

March 18, 2021

From Library Champion to Library Service Assistant Library Champions often find themselves becoming champions for life. Whether that be through volunteering as a library board member, or finding employment with libraries, many have found a way to stay connected after the completion of the Library Champions Project. Such is the case for Renata, she just completed her four-month program and has found employment with the Vancouver Public Library! In this blog, she shares her journey with us to light the path for other Library Champions.

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Learn About the Recent Paths to Employment Information Session at the Vancouver Public Library

March 03, 2021

Learn Firsthand From Vancouver Public Library Representatives and Library Champions Library Champions who are curious about employment opportunities at the Vancouver Public Library had the opportunity to join an information session developed specifically for them. This event took place on February 9th, 2021. Library Champions were able to submit their questions ahead of the event and their questions and comments are answered within this blog post. Representatives from the Vancouver Public Library attended the event to share their own insight on employment options at the VPL. Representatives explained the application process and the work and training that is required to be a Library Technician or Librarian. They also explained the various roles within the libraries, and what is looked for in an application and an interview. To hear firsthand from these representatives, and to learn more about the Library Champions program, keep on reading.

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International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

February 25, 2021

Seek Out and Celebrate Women’s Achievements from Around the World for International Women’s Day International Women’s Day (IWD) Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is celebrated annually, on March 8th. This day asks us to “help forge a gender-equal world [by] celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility while calling out inequality.” This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. There are many ways we can do this.

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A Complete Guide to Freedom to Read Week

February 22, 2021

Encouraging Canadians to Think About Their Commitment to Intellectual Freedom When Did Freedom to Read Week Begin? Freedom to Read Week was born 36 years ago. Canadian author, Margaret Laurence’s book, The Diviners, was being challenged by schools in Ontario. The Freedom of Expression Committee was founded in response and argued “everyone has the following fundamental freedoms…thought, belief, opinion, and expression” under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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