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October is National Library Month and this year’s theme is Libraries Inspire. How do libraries inspire you? The Canadian Library Association is gathering stories from across the country on the different ways libraries inspire and make a difference in our lives. Have you been inspired by a discovery at a library? Was it a scientific discover, a piece of music, a poem, a business idea, a library program or a book? Add your story to the many already posted on the website: librarymonth.ca.

In Canada there are over 23,000 librarians or library clerks working in over 22,000 libraries located in 97% of communities across the nation. More than 21 million Canadians have a library card, making public libraries the most popular cultural institution in the country!

At the Gibsons & District Public Library we are combining library-month and the library’s 100th anniversary into one special day of celebrations. On Friday October 17th at noon Mark Forsthye from CBC Radio’s Almanac show is broadcasting live from the library. Mark and local guests will be discussing the role of libraries past and present. At 7:00pm that evening the library is hosting a Crime Writers’ Forum with authors William Deverell, Robin Spano, Gwen Southin, and Chevy Stevens. Everyone is welcome to join us at the library for these free events.

If you haven’t been in the library lately you may be surprised. We have over 40,000 items in the library, including e-readers, DVDs, CDs, magazines, audiobooks and over 65,000 downloadable eBooks and hundreds of online newspaper subscriptions for you to explore. Plus we have programs for the all ages including one-on-one computer tutoring, storytimes, conversation groups, book clubs, knitting clubs and more. How do you become a library member? All you need is picture identification with your current address.

If you have questions about any library services, call us at the library 604-886-2130, visit our website gibsons.bc.libraries.coop or drop by; we are located at 470 South Fletcher.

Kids

Wednesdays – Bouncing Babies & Books; rhyme, rhythm, and songs for babies up to 2 years old.

Thursdays – Storytime; stories and crafts for 2 to 4
years. old

Teens

Every 2nd Wednesday – Teen Book Club; Great snacks, great books, great conversation and fun.

Adults

Tuesdays – Beginners computer training

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month – GDPL Book Club

Every 2nd Thursday – French Connection conversation group.

Oct. 16th – Small Business Week presentation – Lynn Ujvary from Swish.

Oct. 23rd – Mythos: visual artistic presentation with Alan Sirulnikoo & Richard Nelson

Families. October 19th – Library Month Special Celebration with MLA Nicolas Simons, Graham Walker and local authors and poets.

Tracey Therrien

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