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Are you New to Coquitlam, BC? Here are 7 Reasons to Visit the Coquitlam Public Library and Connect with Your Local Community!

Posted on: May 27, 2021
Are you New to Coquitlam, BC? Here are 7 Reasons to Visit the Coquitlam Public Library and Connect with Your Local Community!

For newcomers across BC, access to libraries is crucial because they help build a safe and welcoming community, no matter where you’re living. Our latest blog covers 7 reasons to visit and join the Coquitlam Public Library. Whether you’re looking to access free resources and materials, brush up on your pre-employment skills, practice your English, or prepare for your Canadian Citizenship test, you’ll find yourself feeling right at home at the Coquitlam Public Library.

 Newcomers Can Access Free and Accessible Resources and Materials

1. Newcomers Can Access Free and Accessible Resources and Materials

If you’re new to Canada, and, more specifically, Coquitlam, BC, you may want to familiarize yourself with the programs, events, resources, and services available at your Coquitlam Public Library. Libraries in BC provide free access to books, eReads and eAudiobooks, online resources, and more. To access these resources, you simply need to obtain a library card. It’s easy to sign up.

2. Newcomers Can Access Pre-Employment Skills

The Pre-Employment Skills for Newcomers Series at the Coquitlam Public Library offers workshops to help newcomers enter the Canadian Workforce. The next scheduled event, Canadian Workplace Culture & Employer Expectations will take place June 15th. ISSofBC JobQuest will be available to help you understand how your skills fit in the local job market, and help you understand employer and workplace expectations in Canada.

3. Newcomers Can Practice Speaking English

The English Practice Groups at the Coquitlam Public Library offer intermediate and advanced speakers of English a chance to meet over Zoom to practice speaking English. The Coquitlam Public Library facilitates these meetings in partnership with SHARE Family and Community Services. The meetings help participants connect and interact over a variety of topics.

Newcomers Can Participate in Book Club

4. Newcomers Can Participate in Book Club

The English as an Additional Language Virtual Book Club offers participants a chance to read books at your language level and join in a friendly discussion with other English Language Learners. The next book, ‘And Everything Nice,’ by Kim Moritsugu, will be discussed on June 22nd. If you’re interested in participating, contact to register and to reserve your copy of the book.

5. Newcomers Can Prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Test

A guide published by the Government of Canada is available for newcomers. Prepare for the citizenship test by using this guide. You can read it online, or request a copy by mail.

6. Newcomers Can Join Mother Goose

Mother Goose is offered through S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Come for lyrics, lullabies, fingerplays, bounces and tickles in Cantonese or Korean, and English. This is a great program for caregivers to meet others in a fun, relaxed environment.  

7. Newcomers Can Connect to Their Community

Many newcomers wish they knew what their libraries had to offer sooner. While it can be a challenge to move to a new place, libraries are there to connect you to your communities. Through the many services, resources, and events and workshops available, libraries offer newcomers a place to land.

So, what are you waiting for? Come on down to the Coquitlam Public Library to sign up, check out our resources, and start building your community! Welcome to Coquitlam. We are excited you’re here. Let’s connect.