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Cathedrals of the mind

Caitlin Moran said that “a library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.” During these many challenging months of the pandemic, library life continued to adapt and thrive, as ... Read More »

Library programming has primarily moved online

Recently I read an anonymous quote about this year that resonated with me: “2020 is not the year to get everything you want; it is the year to appreciate everything you have.” While we continue to face a spectrum of individual and community challenges from the pandemic, I find these words helpful. At the library, ... Read More »

Library here to support you

Returning to school this September will be a new experience for many of us in our community. Some children will be starting school for the first time. Others are choosing to stay home and dive into online learning. Amid fears of contracting COVID-19 are general school concerns about making friends, learning new skills, and navigating ... Read More »

Books and Beyond

Hi there, I’m Sam, the new community outreach coordinator at the Gibsons and District Public Library, and you need to know something about me – libraries are by far my favourite place to be. Where else in our world do we have an institution devoted to sharing? Libraries are all about sharing books, but also ... Read More »

Our libraries reflect our communities

Many people have told me the Gibsons & District Public Library is special. They comment on the amazing view, the dynamic events and the friendly staff. But I would like to point out that a library is a reflection of the communities it serves. For example, although I coordinated many adult or all-ages events here, ... Read More »

A new year for the library

A New Year is often a time for reflection and for setting new goals. The Gibsons Public Library strives to offer the very best resources for our community to enjoy as entertainment, or to use to learn a new skill or achieve a goal. There is a vast range of certified classes and online programs ... Read More »

Embracing the “Three R’s”

I was 11 years old the first time I heard of the “Three R’s”; my sister came home from school and enthusiastically explained about reusing, reducing and recycling. We set up several blue bins and began filling them with plastics and other disposable items. It seems recycling has been the easiest R to embrace, given ... Read More »

Escape the holiday rush at the library

In 2019, the early onslaught of the holidays can be overwhelming for some. Though a very special time for many, the pressure of consumerism and socialization can be a challenge – particularly if one is dealing with the cold of a poorly insulated suite, inadequate winter clothing or perhaps a lack of permanent shelter altogether. ... Read More »

Share resources at the library

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.” This quote by Peter Golkin captures so well what so many people cherish most about our Gibsons & District Public Library.  As a key proponent of a sharing economy, the library is a conduit to personal and ... Read More »

Back-to-school programming at the Library

It was another great summer for kids at the library. We are delighted to have offered 40 sessions of 15 different programs and to have welcomed more than 600 young people through our doors for free programs and events. I don’t know about you, but September always feels like the beginning of the year to ... Read More »

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