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




Celebrate your Freedom to Read!

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that celebrates and defends freedom of expression. Even in Canada, a country where intellectual freedom is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, books are challenged, pulled off library and school shelves, or banned at the border for being deemed offensive or inappropriate. At the Gibsons Library, we stand by the belief stated by the Canadian Library Association that "libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable."  We will always defend and protect your freedom to read whatever you want. Find out more about books challenged in Canada and your Freedom to Read. Stay tuned later in the month for our Free a Challenged Book event. For more information on any Library program or service, drop by the Library, visit our website or call us at 604-886-2130.




February 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.


Our Playful Heritage

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Exploring the History of Children’s Play, with Garfield Pennington. Hear stories of play—and share your own!




Cedar and Bamboo

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2:00 pm

Filmmakers Diana Leung and Kamala Todd discuss their short film which explores the historical relationship of Chinese and Indigenous communities.


Writers Group

Tuesdays, Feb. 5 & 19, 12:30 - 3:15 pm

Pre-registration required. Please call Vicki at 778-458-2580 to register.


Swatting the Time Flies

Wednesday, Feb. 6,  6:00 pm
Capilano Universe Lecture Series presents psychology professor Douglas Alards-Tomalin, who will discuss the factors that alter our perception of time.



Chinese New Year Open House

Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 am - 1:00 pm
 Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese calligraphy, paper-lantern making, zodiac puppet shows (11:15 show and 12:15 show), and more! All ages.


Book Club

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 pm

GDPL Book Club discusses Giller-Prize winning Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan. New members welcome!


Book Speed Dating!

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1:30-3:00 pm

Got a book you think is pretty special? Looking to meet a new book? Sign up for this interactive and fun event! All ages.




LIFT Speaker Series

Friday, Feb. 15,  12:15-1:15 pm
The LIFT Speaker Series Inspirational and educational talks. This month’s theme: “Never Too Early or Too Late to Start.” Host: Paula Howley. Youth presenters TBA.


Support Group for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Call 604-984-8348 to register


Moving Beyond Anti-Drugs Stigma

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:00 pm

Health professionals, peer-support workers and parents discuss how to respond to the overdose crisis. All ages.




Repair Cafe

Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Bring your broken small appliance, instrument, or other item and learn how to fix it or bring your skills to share.



KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Saturday, Feb. 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

A unique participatory history lesson that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Pre-registration required.





MUSE: Open Mic at the Library

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

This month’s theme:  “Chapter & Verse.” Come take your turn at the mic! This month’s host: Gordon Halloran.


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


Young People's Programs




Storytimes are Back!




Bouncing Babies                                

Wednesdays until Feb. 27, 10:00 - 11:00

For 0-2 year olds and their caregivers


Preschool Storytime
Thursdays until Feb. 28, 11:00 - 12:00
For 2-5 year olds and their caregivers


Intergenerational Knitting

Tuesdays, February 5 & 12, 3:30-5 pm

There is room for more participants. Learn to knit or crochet a Valentine’s Day gift for someone.  All materials and instruction provided. Grades 3 and up.





First LEGO League Robotics Team                                          
Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

The library's First LEGO League Robotics Team has now been formed and will continue meeting on Wednesdays through to March 13. Stay-tuned for a public demonstration day in March.


The Grey Zone - Tween Book Club                 

Tuesday. Feb. 12, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
We had an animated discussion last month, with more boys in attendance than girls! This month we'll be discussing Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart. New readers welcome. Bring 2 recently published book titles you'd like the group to read.  Copies of current book available at the front desk. For readers in grades 6, 7 & 8






Tween Movie Night (night before pro-d day)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Showing film Alpha. An intense film about a boy and a wolf who face intense peril in an epic prehistoric adventure. Recommended for 12 year olds and up. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film starts at 6:45 pm. Drives home should be arranged for 8:30 pm.







Public Speaking for Kids With Paula Howley

Friday, February 15, PRO-D Day, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join us for a fun introduction to public speaking & finding your voice with Paula Howley from Head Start Public Speaking. A playful afternoon of lightning talks, improv games, listening to each other, and having your turn to speak. For grade 4 – 8.


Magic; The Gathering - Up Your Magic Game
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 to March 12, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

Learn to play this crazy popular game, or learn to play it better with Justin French. Space is limited so sign up early. Bring your own cards if you have them. Starter decks provided for new players. Intended for grades 6 - 9 but grade 5s are welcome to register on the wait list.


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



Danielle's Book Picks




PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year
by Virginia Loh-Hagan

A picture book that features a young Chinese-American girl learning about the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year from her grand-mother, who is visiting from China.






Random Act of Kindness



"Be kind no matter who you are. Outside we are all different, but inside we are all the same."

Thanks to whoever left this lovely note in the library as a Random Act of Kindness. It made our day!


No Fixed Address
by Susin Nielsen

This YA novel shows how easy it is for a teenager and his mom to end up having to live, rather precariously, in a van on the streets of Vancouver. A good read with charming and thoroughly believable characters, that also challenges assumptions surrounding homelessness. This is a great 'grey-zone' book suitable for mature juvenile readers as well.


Family Day




We'll be closed on Monday, February 18th

for Family Day.




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