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Youth programs at the Gibsons Public Library

Youth programs at the Gibsons Public Library

Last week, thousands of young people in more than 100 countries participated in a demonstration for action on climate change. What prompted this massive school strike (besides climate change and the human response to it so far) were the words and actions of one 16-year-old girl named Greta Thunberg, recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s amazing what a young person can accomplish with some good information and the confidence to express herself.

The library strives to offer programming for young people that is relevant and inspiring. It’s not too late to register for “Embracing Strangeness,” a two-part writing workshop for teenagers, which takes place March 21-22. The library once again hosts the LGBTQ2 + Allies Youth Group (Friday, March 22, 6-8:30 pm). This month, attendees can continue with Project Brick (art installation on display in June), but co-organizer Sunday in the Park with Pride Society is also seeking input from youth on Sunday in the Park with Pride & the Little Pride Parade – this is a great opportunity to get involved in the planning process to make the Pride you want.

Of course, back in our day we had to walk 50 miles to school in the snow and couldn’t even post about this suffering on Instagram. But these days, there are other challenges; Fentanyl continues to endanger the lives of thousands in our province, including teenagers. The library wants to ensure young people have the information they need to keep themselves or their peers (or family) safe. On Tuesday, April 2, 3:30-5:30 pm, the library hosts “Let’s Talk About Drugs,” a youth-only discussion about drug-use, followed by Naloxone training.

For more information on spring-break programs, visit our website.

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