To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Canada’s Freedom To Read Week, you’re invited to come read aloud (for up to 5 minutes) from your favourite book, for adults, teens, or children, that has been banned or challenged in libraries or schools. Or just come enjoy the freedom to listen. Looking for a banned book to read? We have many in the library! Find books for both adults and kids on our Challenged Books list. In-person space is limited: registration is recommended if you wish to read. Contact the Library or register below
Also accessible live on Zoom.
Julio Cesar Oliva, classical guitar composer and performer, is considered to be one of the greatest in the history of guitar in Mexico. Luis Medina’s lecture-recital will shed light on Oliva’s incredible life and career and offer a glimpse into his compositional output, exploring samples from his solo works to chamber music. Founder of the Vancouver Classical Guitar Festival, Luis Angel Medina (M.Mus) is an avid performer and teacher across North America. Now serving as a guitar instructor at CapU, Luis supports music students in pursuing their degrees and careers in music. Free! In person and livestreamed on Zoom. More information and registration on our website.
ONLINE ONLY EVENT: REGISTER online to attend this live-streamed event
Fire has changed communities across BC this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future.
John Vaillant’s book Fire Weather has become a de-facto guide on the new dangers posed by these fires supercharged by a warming planet. He’ll discuss his findings on the Fort McMurray fire of 2016, to help us understand what’s at stake for our cities, towns, and ecosystems.
Moderated by Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal.
John Vaillant is the author of three bestselling, award-winning nonfiction books: The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and Fire Weather.
Celebrate Pride with local songwriter and poet Catherine McNeil performing from her new release. Combining poetry and prose, “Emily & Elspeth” weaves evocative language to chronicle the story of two women’s passionate relationship and the intimate landscape of their communities— here on the Coast, in Vancouver, and in Mexico.
As “Cat Mac” Catherine has released jazz recordings, and will sing some of her selections for us.
FREE but space is limited. Registration recommended; contact the Library or register below. Also accessible live on Zoom
Learn how dementia affects an individual’s brain and behaviour, its impact on family members, and how it differs from normal aging. Find out about the different resources that are available at any stage of the disease.
Presenter: Amelia Gillies, Alzheimer Society of BC
FREE but in-person space is limited. Registration is recommended; contact the Library at 604-886-2130 or register online. Also accessible live on Zoom.
Writer/artist Lyn Baldwin reads from her new, beautifully illustrated natural history memoir, Drawing Botany Home: A Rooted Life. Returning as a professor to the BC Interior where she grew up with a hippie mother, Lyn confronts the assumptions of her mobility and her profession. In her field journal, the plants of forest and garden, wilderness and wetland, reveal how botany is about place, including those who live and have lived there over time— both settlers and Indigenous peoples.
Lyn Baldwin is an award-winning teacher and botany professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She uses art and science to help cultivate care between the people and plants of place.
FREE but space is limited. Register below or contact the Library. Also accessible live via Zoom.
by Lionel Shriver
After enduring their parents’ lingering demise, a couple plans their own ending for what seems like a ripe old age: 80. But at 80, the outcomes surprise them. Shriver handles the timely and timeless themes of longevity, mortality, and going out in style with a deft touch. Come discuss this hilarious, touching, playful yet insightful novel of alternate endings—especially if you liked Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library.
Ask at the Library Checkout Desk for a special book club copy.
Free but space is limited; register below. Also accessible live on Zoom .
Local author Jon van Arsdell reads from his humourous new memoir, “No Longhairs,” recalling his half century on the Sunshine Coast. Arriving in the late ‘60s as a draft dodger, the local pub’s sign greeted him with “No Longhairs Allowed.” Jon is a now certified Coastal “old timer” and well-known musician since the legendary “Pender Harbour Fats and the Mother Furriers.” Jon’s latest band “The Road Apples” (Michael Maser, Graham Walker, Stu Young & Mary White) will accompany Jon on a few tunes as well.
“Spirited romp of a book.” – Howard White, author of “Here on the Coast.”
Free but space is limited; contact the Library at 604-886-2130 or register online. Also accessible live on Zoom from the Library’s website.