Message from Library Director, Heather Evans-Cullen

 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King

As the light continues to return in June, there is much to honour and celebrate. In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History month to honour the heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. In recognition of this, and in memory of the survivors of Indian Residential School, we invite children to plant a heart garden at the Gibsons Library- info below.

June is also PRIDE month and we invite you to attend one of the library events planned to celebrate LGBTQ2 individuals and communities. In these challenging global times, our library seeks to bring people together to explore new ideas, listen to diverse perspectives and celebrate the rich tapestry of our collective experience.

Please take a moment to fill out our brief survey- we want your opinions on our programs and priorities for the future! Thank you in advance.

Hope to see you at the library,

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a cornucopia of National Indigenous History Month and Sunshine Coast Pride Month events:

 

Summer is finally here! Kids: sign up for Summer Reading Club anytime after June 13th. Keep track of your reading and earn rewards! And join us for lots of great special SRC programs in the Library this summer.

 

 

 

 

"This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard," Hippolyta remarks, in Shakespeare's wonderful comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Be a part of our Community Readers' production - ages 8 to 108 welcome! To join the cast, email LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca by June 7th. Or come be our audience at our performance in Winegarden Park on Sun June 26 at 2 pm.

 

 

 

Celebrate with us at the Gibsons & District Public Library!

 

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For more information on any of the events below:

 

We are grateful to work and live on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.


 

Upcoming Adult Special Events

 

In-person space is limited; please contact the Library to register.

 

Author Reading: Janis Harper

Saturday, June 4th @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm. In person and live on Zoom.

 

An eastern mystic, a western psychic, and a broken man who falls in love with them both at a holy mountain in India. More than an unusual love story, Jonas is a quest for the deepest truth, an excursion into the nature of reality. After her reading, Janis will offer an (optional) creative exercise based on her book.
A Nanaimo-based writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former adjunct English professor turned expressive arts therapist, Janis’ passions for the arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her novel. In person & live on Zoom. More information and Zoom link here.

 

 

Pride Film Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30-8:00 pm. Live screening event at the library, in person only.

 

Cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader stars Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as Megan, a teenager who’s passionate about cheerleading and less so about her boyfriend. Her straight-laced parents (Mink Stole, Hairspray, and Bud Cort, Harold and Maude) suspect she is more ardent about her female teammates, and ship her off to a camp where the directors (Cathy Moriarty, Soapdish, and RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race) aim to convert gay kids to straight. Megan conforms to the rules—until she meets attractive rebel Graham (Clea DuVall, Argo), and finds her life and sexuality turned upside down. Queer, campy, satirical, romantic fun. (1999, 85 minutes, rated 14A).

 

 

Writing Workshop with Author Maureen Brownlee

Friday, June 10th @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. In person only.

 

Write Where You Are: A free, hands-on mini-workshop for writers. A series of exercises will encourage you to explore your writing habits with an eye to developing and honing the specific actions that lead to a sustainable creative practice.

Maureen Brownlee studied literature and creative writing at UNBC and the Open University. A former journalist, she has also worked as an outfitter’s cook, a trail guide, and an employment counsellor. Cambium Blue is her second novel; her first was Loggers’ Daughters. Brownlee lives near Valemount, BC. In person only.

Presented with support from Harbour Publishing.

 

 

 

Scrabble & Chess Drop-In

Fridays, June 10th & 24th @ 3:00-5:00 pm. In person only.

Do you love to play Scrabble or Chess? Or both? Drop into the Library’s Mainil Room on alternate Friday afternoons, 3–5 pm, to play with others! Games provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
No registration required, just come have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Reading: Maureen Brownlee

Friday, June 10th @ 6:30-7:30 pm. In person & live on Zoom.

 

Cambium Blue is an homage to resource towns, independent women and local newspapers. In 1994, a small BC lumber town faces a bleak future when its only sawmill is shuttered. The town council embraces a resort developer as their last, best hope. But the human cost of that choice ignites a struggle for the very soul of the community.

Brownlee ‘s first novel was Loggers’ Daughters. She lives near Valemount, BC.

Presented with support from Harbour Publishing.
More information and Zoom link here.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Reading: Rachel Hartman

Saturday, June 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm. In person & live on Zoom.

 

In the Serpent’s Wake: Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend. Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity. Marga is an explorer staking her claim on a man’s world. Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul. But only those awakened with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just will truly find the last Serpent at the bottom of the world. Set in the phenomenal world of the award-winning Seraphina, In the Serpent’s Wake engages with gender fluidity, colonialism, and Indigenous autonomy. Rachel Hartman’s latest novel will grip fantasy fans of all ages in its talons. The reading will include musical “illustrations” from the novels. More information and Zoom link here.

 

 

 

 

 

Readers’ Open Mic: Pride Edition

Wednesday, June 15th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM. In person and live on Zoom.

 

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Here’s your chance to read aloud for all to enjoy (5 minutes maximum), every third Wednesday of the month. You’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the theme. To celebrate Pride Month, June's theme is “Say it Loud, Say it Proud.”

Read or perform your favourite passage, poem, or song, by any queer writer or about any aspect of queer culture—however you define that.

Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. For more information, email Lise: LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca More information and Zoom link here.

 

 

Author Event: Dr Paulette Steeves - Reclaiming Indigenous History

Thursday, June 16th, 6:30-7:30 pm.

 

Join us for a live virtual talk about new understandings showing Indigenous people arrived in the Americas before 12,000 years ago. Indigenous Canadian archaeologist Dr Paulette Steeves' fascinating new book is The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere.

 

Join our in-person live “watch” event at the Gibsons & District Library, or watch from home on Zoom. More information and registration for Zoom link here.

 

Presented by Gibsons & District Public Library, Lillooet Area Library Association, Pemberton & District Public Library, Sechelt Library, Squamish Public Library, and Whistler Public Library.

 

 

 

Book Club

Wednesday, June 22nd @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm. In person and live on Zoom.

 

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Join us to discuss the latest novel by the award-winning author of Station Eleven. From Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon nearly 500 years later, Sea of Tranquility follows three separate quests to span art, time, love, and plague with virtuosity. Ask at the Library Checkout Desk for a special book club copy. More info and Zoom link here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Reading: Midsummer Night's Dream

Sunday, June 26th, 2:00 pm in Winegarden Park, Gibsons. In person only.

Come hear our merry community crew read live from an abridged script of Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy, in the bandshell in Winegarden Park (just downhill from the Library, at the waterfront.) Free!

All ages welcome, drop in, no reservations. Outdoors on the grass, rain or shine, bring your own seating.
As Hippolyta remarks in the play, “This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.”
For more information, email Lise: LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Talk: Colleen MacDonald, Let's Go Biking - Sunshine Coast

Wednesday, June 29th, 6:30-7:30 pm. In person and live on Zoom.

Looking to get back into cycling? Join us for the launch of the third book in Colleen MacDonald’s cycle touring series, Let’s Go Biking ~ Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands & Sunshine Coast. Learn about on and off-road routes and ideas for day trips or longer.

Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TRAC) members will also answer your questions about local cycling infrastructure and cycle touring in general.

More info and Zoom link here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Ongoing Events

 

 

Knitting a Community

Tuesdays @ 10:00 am - noon. In person only.

 

Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting with others, and making useful items from donated yarn for local charities? Join our weekly knitting group on Tuesday mornings. Knitters from beginners to experts are welcome. Host: Lynne Dyment. Limited to 12 participants.

 

 

 

Writers' Open Mic

First Wednesday of every month (June 1st) @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. In person and live on Zoom.

 

Calling all novelists, fiction writers, memoirists, poets, spoken word artists, songwriters, etc.! Your writing deserves to be shared. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to enjoy sharing and hearing original works. More info and Zoom link here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writers' Group

Alternating Wednesdays (June 8th & 22nd), @12:30-3:00 pm. In person only.

 

Come join your fellow writers in reading your own and critiquing each others’ work. No writing instruction offered, just helpful feedback in a friendly and constructive environment. Everyone welcome to attend any session. Facilitator: Vicki Warner. Limited to 8 participants.

To register for a session, please contact the library. 604-886-2130

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Help

Thursdays @ 2:00 - 5:00 pm. In person, by appointment only.

 

Looking for assistance with your smartphone, tablet or laptop? Or with online documents? We can help! Book a 50-minute, one-on-one in-person tech help session. Contact the Library to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Conversation Groups on Zoom

 

Online only.

All levels welcome.

 

 

Japanese Every Monday @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Zoom link here

Spanish Every Monday @ 7:30 - 8:30 pm Zoom link here

French Every Thursday @10:30 am - 12:00 pm Zoom link here

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for Kids and Teens


Drop-In Writing with Kallie George

Wednesday, June 1st, 3:15-4:15 pm. In person only.

 

Join us for a drop-in writing workshop with Kallie George. Bring something you’re working on or just be ready to learn! Kallie George is a children’s editor, creative writing teacher, and author of a number of children’s books including The Secret Fawn which was recently shortlisted for the 2022 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. For ages 7-13. Free.

 

 

Family Storytime

Thursdays until June 23rd @ 10:00 - 10:30 AM. In person only.

 

Join us for songs, bounces, and stories for children age 0-5 and their caregivers. Connect with your child and with families in your community. The last storytime before summer will be Thursday June 23rd. Check our July and August events for summer storytime dates.

For children age 0-5 and their caregivers. Free, drop-in program.

 

 

 

 

Richard Van Camp - Live on Youtube

June 2nd & 7th, 9:30 - 10:30 am. Online only.

 

Meet Richard Van Camp! He is a Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest. Territories. He is the author of 26 books including board books for babies such as “Little You” and “We Sang You Home,” and the graphic novel Three Feathers (also a feature film). His writing has been influenced by the tradition of oral storytelling.

This is a public YouTube event so anyone can watch. Comments will be turned on for the Q&A and moderated by library staff.

Thursday, June 2nd livestream link

Tuesday, June 7th livestream link

 

 

Lego Builder’s Club

Saturday, June 4th. In person only.

Calling all Lego maniacs!

Join us at the library for a theme-based building bonanza. We’ve got tubs of Lego to dive into as you stretch your imagination and meet like-minded kids. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Session 1: 10:30 -11:15 am OR

Session 2: 11:30 -12:15 pm

 

For ages 4-18. Free, registration required: call 604-886-2130.

 


Dan Santat - Live on YouTube

Monday, June 6th 10:00 – 10:50 am. Online only.

 

Meet Dan Santat! He is a Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His many books include The Adventures of Beekle, After the Fall, The Aquanaut, and the illustrations for Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan Santat will talk about his work, his process, his life and answer questions from the audience in the chat!

Livestream link.
This is a public YouTube event so anyone can watch. Comments will be turned on for the Q&A and moderated by library staff

 

 

Drag Queen Storytime

Wednesday, June 8th, 10:30 - 11:30 am. In person only.

 

Come celebrate Pride with a storytime from the Sunshine Coast’s very own Pine n’ Sandy Drag Troupe. Stories, glitter, and a lot of joy will excite everyone at this family storytime. Dressing up encouraged! All are welcome. Children age 0-5 must be with a caregiver. Drop in.

 

 

Tween Book Club

Wednesday June 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. In person only.

 

From Newberry award winner and prolific children’s author Erin Entrada Kelly comes We Dream of Space, the story of three siblings – 13 year old Cash, and 12 year old twins Bird and Fitch – during the weeks leading up to the Challenger space shuttle launch in January 1986.

For ages 9-12. Registration required

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Club starts on June 13th!

Monday, June 13th - all summer long

The BC Summer Reading Club is a free and fun literacy program for children age 5-12 that encourages reading throughout the summer. This year’s theme is All Together Now, a celebration of community and connection.

 

Come to the Gibsons & District Public Library to pick up a reading record, new books to read, and to learn about programs. Track your daily reading goals and earn rewards. All types of reading is encouraged in any language, from books to audiobooks, podcasts, and oral stories. Grab your reading record any time after June 13th. Prefer a virtual experience? Check out bcsrc.ca for an online reading tracker. And look for tons of great Summer Reading Club programs coming in July and August!

 

Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams

Saturday June 18, 10:30 - 11:00 AM In person only.

In recognition of National Indigenous History Month and in memory of the survivors of Indian Residential School we invite children to plant a heart garden at the Gibsons Library. We will read a story and then decorate hearts to be planted outside the library.

For age 5 -12. Drop in

 

 

 

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Date TBD @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm In person only.

 

Looking for volunteer hours? Have an idea for an event for teens? Share your ideas with the Teen Advisory Group! Have fun and gain community service hours all at the same time. Open to youth age 13-18 living between Port Mellon and Roberts Creek. To apply online or find out more about TAG check out website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOKs and DVDs at the Library!

 

 

What's NEW at the Library?

 

Looking for something to read? Check out the latest additions to our collection. Find the complete list of new books and DVDs here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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