Check out what's happening at the Gibsons Library this month.




In recognition of Mental Health Week (May 6-12) and to spark dialogue around the universal issue of anxiety, the library has partnered with Elphinstone Secondary School to host two screenings of the documentary film, Angst. The school will host a screening during the day for some of its students, while the library will host an evening screening on May 24 to enable parents, professionals, and other youth to view the film. Because "anxiety is the precursor to so many mental health challenges," the filmmakers hope that by "opening a dialogue and normalizing (not trivializing) anxiety, we can help each other and ourselves".


Thinking ahead to summer? Get a sneak peek below at our summer programs for kids at the Gibsons Library!


For more information on any library program or service, drop by the library, visit our website or call us at 604-886-2130.


May Events


Knitting a Community

Mondays & Tuesdays, 10:00 - noon

A weekly drop-in knit and crochet gathering.


Japanese Conversation

Mondays,  4:00 - 5:30 pm

Come practice your Japanese every Monday.










Easy-Peasy: A Beginner’s Seed-Saving Workshop

Wednesday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 pm

With Leonie Croy of the Gibsons Seed Sharing Library.






Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Continues

Thursdays, May 2 - 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn meditation and chi techniques to benefit mind and body. Six-week program with John Thompson.







Writers Group

Tuesday, May 7 & 21, 12:30-3:15 pm
Registration required. Call library to sign up.


Book Club

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

GDPL Book Club discusses Everything Here Is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee. New members welcome!


French Conversation

Thursday, May 9 & 23, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Parlez-vous français? Come practice your French!


Pelvic Floor Health: More Than Just Kegels...

Saturday, May 11, 10:30 am - noon

Panel discussion with Anniken Chadwick, Sarah Cormack, Katherine Denham & Dr. Rayna Sivakova, MD.









Film Night - Unrest

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

May 12 is ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia International Awareness Day. ME is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Join us for a screening of Unrest, an award-winning documentary on CFS/ME, a poorly understood illness affecting millions. Watch the official trailer.







Book Launch - Dead Flowers by Alex Laidlaw

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Celebrate the launch of this debut fiction collection by local author Alex Laidlaw. Books for sale at event.









Support Group for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Wednesday, May 15, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Call 604-984-8348 to register.


LIFT Speaker Series

Friday, May 17, 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Inspirational and educational talks the third Friday of every month. May's theme: "Sunshine Coast Sustainability: Making It Real, Relevant, and Actionable" with host Ben Rusuisiak.


Death Cafe

Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 pm

Death Cafe provides a safe space for anyone wanting a time of respectful conversation about any aspect of death. With Dianne Baker.









Chronic Pain Self-Management

Fridays, May 24 - June 28, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Chronic Pain Self-Management course for adults with ongoing chronic pain. Instructor: Louise Rolland. Family/friends welcome. Register: 604.940.1273.





Repair Cafe

Saturday, May 25, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Got something that needs fixing? Got skills to share? All welcome.


MUSE: Open Mic

Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

This month’s theme: Comedy! This month’s host: Paula Howley. Take your 5 minutes at the mic for stand-up, prose, poetry, song, improv etc. All ages.


Please register for all events by calling the library at 604.886.2130 unless otherwise stated.


Young People's Programs



Storytimes continue in May   

Join us each week for songs, stories, games, tea, and time together. It's free and drop-ins are welcome anytime. Programs will run through to the end of May.





Bouncing Babies
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:00 pm


Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Basics (for all ages)
Saturday, May 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spend an hour with the Tech-Fest bridge building specialists to learn everything you need to know to enter this year's contest and make your bridge as strong as possible. All ages welcome and kits will be available for purchase. There are elementary, secondary, family and adult categories in the contest.


Got Angst?
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Learn to reduce stress, manage anxiety, negotiate friendships and create calm in your life and body. Free, 4-part program for 10-16 year old girls. Faciliated by Tess Carter B.A., M.Ed. Space is limited. Sign-up soon.



Angst screening - An IndieFlix Original
Friday May 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

A 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what can be done about it. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film is said to be frank yet hopeful, and appropriate for 10 year olds and up. The film will be followed by a brief but facilitated discussion. Please call the library if you are interested in attending the screening. It is helpful to know in advance, how many viewers to prepare for.



Lego Builders Club

Saturday, May 25, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Back by popular demand. Come imagine, build, and play with the library's giant Lego collection. All ages welcome. Creations will be displayed in the library for the next month. 




LGBTQ2 & Allies Youth Group

Friday, May 31, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Make stuff or just hang out!

For ages 12 - 24.









Please register for all events by calling the library at 604.886.2130.



Danielle's Book Picks



Angryman by Gro Dahle

A courageous and compassionate picture book that articulates, both in words and images, a young boy's experience of living with a father whose anger is sometimes explosive. The story encourages the boy to tell someone he trusts, and also shows the father getting the help he needs.



Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano

A short chapter book packed with laughs. A great read-about about an unusual frinedship between a boy who has just moved from Brooklyn NY to small town Oregon, and his cunning, vengeful and sarcastic cat, with a thirst for battle.



Library News


Here's a preview of our upcoming summer programs!


June 22: Summer Reading Club (SRC) Launch with puppeteer Kris Fleerackers, 11 - 12 pm (all ages)
June 22: Volunteer Summer Leader Training, 10 - 4 pm (gr. 6 & up)

July 11 & 12: Teddy Bear Sleepover & Book Making, 10:30 - 12 pm (ages 4-8)
July 12 & 26: Lego Builders Club, 1:30 - 3 pm (all ages)
July 13 & 27: Saturday Stories, 11 - 12 pm (ages 3 & up)
July 17 & 31: SRC Wild Wednesday, 10:30 - 12 pm (K - gr. 4)
July 19: Games Drop-in (D&D & Magic: The Gathering), 1 - 4 pm (gr. 5 & up)
July 24 & 25: Spoken Word Workshop with Jillian Christmas, 1 - 3:30 pm (gr. 6-9)

Aug. 1 & 2: Teddy Bear Sleepover & Book Making, 10:30 - 12 pm (ages 4-8)
Aug. 2 & 16: Games Drop-in (D&D & MTG), 1 - 4 pm (gr. 5 & up)
Aug. 6, 7 & 8: Puppet-making Workshop with Kris Fleerackers, 1 - 3:30 pm (gr. 5 to 7)
Aug. 9: Lego Builders Club, 1:30 - 3 pm (all ages)
Aug. 10: Saturday Stories, 11 - 12 pm (ages 3 & up)
Aug. 14: SRC Wild Wednesday, 10:30 - 12 pm (K - gr. 4)

Aug. 29: Claymation Program with Reel Youth, 10:30 - 3:30 (gr. 5 & up)

Sept. 7: SRC Wrap-Up Celebration, 11 - 12:30 pm (all ages)

*Note*: Details such as ages & times for the summer programs may change.

Tech Times are being explored for some Monday afternoons.




We will be closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day.




Remember Mom on Sunday, May 12th.


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