September begins with "back to school" right after Labour Day, and ends with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sep 30th. The Library will be closed Mon Sep 5th and Fri Sep 30th for the statutory holidays.


Congratulations to the 187 kids who signed up for Summer Reading Club this summer! We had lots of fun this summer at all our activities, dancing with Mr Doug at our wrap-up ceremony - and of course reading! If you haven't got it yet, you can still pick up your medal here at the Library any time before Sep 18th.

 

September also celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sep 10th, and BC National Forest Week Sep 18th-24th. We are grateful to the Sunshine Coast Community Forest for supporting our forest-related Book Club and Candace Campo events.

 

Towards Truth and Reconciliation, we are honoured to have Indigenous presenters at four special programs this month, for adults and teens:

- Beading Workshop, Sat Sep 17th

- KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Thurs Sep 22nd

- Along the Metis Trail with George & Terry Goulet, Sat Sep 24th

- Reconciliation & Growing Up Indigenous on the Coast with Candace Campo, Sat Sep 24th

More information below.

 

 

 

 

Have you tried Kanopy yet? You can stream more than 30,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from from around the world. All for free with your Gibsons Library Card. Check our our staff picks!

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Your Gibsons & District Public Library Staff

 

 

Upcoming Adult Special Events

 

In-person space is limited; please contact the Library to register for events that are not drop-in. All Library events are free.

 

 

Scrabble & Chess Drop-In

Fri Sep 2nd @ 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 to play with others! Games provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. No registration required, just come have fun. Last Scrabble/Chess session of the fall; look for it to return in the winter.

 

 

 

 

Tall Tales Storytelling Workshop

Sat Sep 3rd @ 1:00 - 3:30 pm. In person only.

 

Do you have an extraordinary story percolating in your subconscious?
From speaking “off the cuff” to “from the page” and then “onto the stage,” learn the elements of giving a short 3-5 minute engaging story in a free interactive storytelling workshop for adults and teens. Presented by Johanna Rzepa, Toastmasters Sunshine Coast 2015 Tall Tale Contest winner, and co-founder of Encompass Project. Advance registration is required: please contact the Library to register. Johanna will contact you before the workshop about your interests and assist with your story draft preparation.
This Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant project was funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by The Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC.

 

 

Mid-Autumn Festival

Sat Sep 10th @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm. In person only.

 

Come celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at the Library!
Lanterns, moon cake tasting, calligraphy, music and dance performances, and more. All ages welcome.

Performances start at 1:30:

* Gu Zheng performance 古筝演奏 Meg (10 yrs)
* Violin performance 小提琴演奏 Henry (13yrs)
* Gu Zheng and Cello duo 古筝大提琴协奏 Meg (10yr) & Alina (9yrs)
* Calligraphy 书法 Mr. Xie 谢老师
* Chinese Poetry Reading 诗歌朗诵 Liu Yang 刘阳
* Chinese Dance 舞蹈表演 “茉莉花” Nancy 远艺
Free, drop-in.

在圖書館慶祝中秋節。古箏、小提琴、大提琴演奏,書法,詩歌朗誦,舞蹈表演,做燈籠、分享月餅等。歡迎所有年齡段的人。

 

 

Art & Words: Author & Artist Event

Sat Sep 17th @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm. In person only.

 

Join us for a special presentation by artists and authors from this summer’s Art & Words Festival, including the short film Falling Down Slowly. The Sunshine Coast Writers’ and Editors’ Society (SCWES) paired artists and authors together to prompt each other’s creativity, resulting in stunning paintings, sculpture, a short film, and accompanying literary works. Space is limited; contact the Library to register.

For the entire month of September, selected works from Art & Words will be on display in the Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Readers’ Open Mic: Truth & Secrets Edition

Wednesday, Sep 21st @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM. In person and on Zoom.

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Every third Wed of the month, you’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the monthly theme.

September’s (optional) theme is “Truth and Secrets.” Read or perform a poem, story, essay, or song – your own work, or anyone else’s. (4 min max) Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. For more information, email Lise. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live on Zoom here.

 

 

Book Club: Tree Thieves

Wed Sep 28th @6:30-7:30 pm. In person and on Zoom.

Tree Thieves: Crime & Survival in North America’s Woods

 

Come discuss this engaging nonfiction book by BC author Lyndsie Bourgon, who will join us on Zoom for Q&A. Ask at the Library Checkout Desk for a special book club copy. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. In-person and live via Zoom here.

 

Presented with support from the Sunshine Coast Community Forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Events in Honour of Truth & Reconciliation

 

Beading Workshop

Sat Sep 17th @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. In person only.

Learn to bead an orange shirt pin, a symbol of solidarity born of Phyllis Webstad's residential school experience. The workshop teaches basic beadworking techniques and discusses indigenous beading and appropriation. Participants will walk away with supplies to complete their project at home. For adults and teens age 13+. Registration required; contact the Library to register.

 

 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Thurs Sep 22nd @ 6:00 - 9:00 pm. In person only.

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding

 

We are honoured to have Syiyaya facilitators and Indigenous witnesses offer this unique educational event. This participatory workshop will help you understand how colonization of the land we now know as BC and Canada impacted the Indigenous people who lived here long before settlers arrived. Explore nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, how this relationship has been damaged over the years, and how we all can work toward reconciliation. Space is very limited. Registration required; contact the Library to register.

 

 

 

Along the Metis Trail with George and Terry Goulet

Sat Sep 24th @ 1:30 - 2:30 pm. In person and on Zoom.

 

Renowned local Metis advocates, historians and speakers George and Terry Goulet present their latest book, Along the Metis Trail. Learn about Métis history, heritage and culture from before Canada began to the present day, and current Reconciliation efforts.

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

Also accessible live on Zoom here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation & Growing Up Indigenous on the Coast, with Candace Campo

Sat Sep 24th @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm. In person only.

 

Join local Indigenous educator, artist, anthropologist and guide Candace Campo of Talaysay Tours for a fascinating talk about her experience growing up Indigenous here in the Coastal forests, and her thoughts on Reconciliation. Dress for the weather: we may go for a walk outside.
Space is limited; please contact the Library to register.

 

Presented with support from the Sunshine Coast Community Forest.

 

 

 

 

Adult Ongoing Events

 

 

Monday Meditation Drop-In

Mondays @ 10:00 - 11:00 am. In person only.

 

Using traditional Buddhist Dharma psychology to calm the mind and alleviate suffering, facilitator John Thompson will lead guided Dharma meditations for short and long term solutions, and discuss these modalities. No registration required, drop in to any session. No session on Monday Sep 5 (Labour Day holiday).

 

 

 

 

French Conversation Group

Mondays @ 3:00 - 4:30 pm (new day and time), starting Sep 12. In person only.

 

Do you wish you could practice your French with other friendly French language learners? Join our weekly French Conversation Group! Facilitator: Celine Palmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Limited to 12 participants. Host: Lynne Dyment.

 

 

 

Welcoming Communities Drop In

Wednesdays@ 10:00-11:30 am (new time). In person only.

 

Are you a newcomer to Canada? Would you like help getting settled, accessing services, learning skills, making connections in the community, or learning English? Sunshine Coast Welcoming Communities can help! Drop in to any session. For more information, call Lea 604-212-2716 , email info@welcoming-communities.ca, or visit www.welcoming-communities.ca

 

 

Writers' Group

Alternate Wednesdays @ 12:30 - 3:00 pm, starting Sep 14th. In person only.

 

Writers' Group is back! 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. Limited to 8 participants. To register, please contact the library. Facilitator: Vicki Warner

 

 

 

 

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. No appointments on Sep 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Conversation Groups on Zoom


Japanese Every Monday @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Host: Aki Oda

Spanish Every Monday @ 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Host: Ricardo Mondragon

Online only. All levels welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for Kids and Teens

 

 

Kids and Teens - drop in to play Scrabble or Chess on Fri Sep 2nd, and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sat Sep 10th. Details above.

 

Teens - join us at the Tall Tales Storytelling Workshop, the Readers' Open Mic, and all four Truth & Reconciliation events - including the Beading Workshop on Sat Sep 17. Details above. See below for more info on the Queer Youth Movie, the Teen Advisory Group, and Volunteering at the Library.

 

 

Long Weekend Lego

Sat Sep 3rd @ 10:30 am - 12 pm

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 an adult. For ages 4-18. Event in Mainil Room. Free, drop-in program.

Next Lego sessions are: Saturday October 1st, November 5th, December 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeons & Dragons

Wednesdays, Sep 7th, 14th, & 21st @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Do you like 20 sided dice? Want to meet kids who love D&D? This program is for you! Our volunteer DM will guide the party as you build your character and seek out adventure.

For ages 9-13. Event in Mainil Room.
Registration required for all 3 sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Storytime

Every Thursday, starting Sep 8th @ 10:30 - 11:00 am. In person only.

New time! 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. For children age 0-5 and their caregivers. Event in Mainil Room. Free, drop-in program.

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Tween Book Club

Tues Sep 27th @ 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Tween Book Club is back for fall 2022! First up we're reading New from Here, Kelly Yang's story of 10 year old Knox dealing with anti-Asian hate, a new town, and the threat of COVID-19. Come hang out and chat about this book. Snacks provided.

For ages 9-12. Registration required. Books available at the circulation desk, e-book and e-audiobook available via library catalogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Wed Sep 28th @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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, click here.
Did I mention, there will be snacks?

 

 

 

 

 

Queer Youth Drop-In Movie Screening
The Year We Thought About Love
Tues Sep 20th @ 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Come hang out and watch The Year We Thought about Love. This documentary follows a group of 16 queer youth from Boston, Massachusetts who act out their life experiences on stage in order to promote social change. For youth age 12-18, snacks provided. Run time is 68 minutes. Rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteer hours are a great way to boost your resume and gain community connections. The library is looking for a teen (that’s age 13+) volunteer to shelve books on Tuesdays. Shelving takes about 30 minutes a week and happens anytime during opening hours
10:00 am -5:30 pm.

 

Are you a D&D DM? We would love to support D&D at the library but we’re searching for a DM. If you’re 13+ and want to share the love of D&D as a DM, contact Pippa the Child & Youth Library at progers@gibsons.bclibrary.ca to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOKs and DVDs at the Library!

 

 

What's NEW at the Library?

 

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

 

 

 

 

Join us at the Gibsons & District Public Library!

 

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