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Freedom to Read Open Mic

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.

Capilano Universe: Luis Medina on Julio Cesar Oliva’s Guitar Music

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.

BC Libraries Present — John Vaillant: Our New Fire Weather

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.

Rising on Up! A silent online auction

July 4th @ 11am til July 21st @11pm. Once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase an original “Jan” painting at outstanding discounts. I am auctioning 88 of my original paintings. If you’ve been wondering how to afford one of these vividly energetic paintings – this will be your opportunity.
I arrived in this province, running from a lifetime of abuse and futility looking to either end my life or recreate it. Here I am, 12 years later and I am unabashedly alive, thriving and have been painting my heart out!

A special thank you to Time To Heal and everyone who taught me I mattered and that I could be an artist.
I am grateful for the ability to spread my light one painting at a time!
Thank you for participating in this silent online auction!

LIFT Speakers: Environmental Information and Inspiration

Environmental Information and Inspiration: Uplifting Conscious Living
Learn and be inspired by three local Toastmaster speakers:
– Richard Fortier (Water Conservation options)
– Lily Liu (Recycling stone waste into creative projects)
– Andrew Fentiman (Meditation for conscious living)
Facilitated by Loretta Macklam with introductions by Johanna Rzepa.
FREE. Space is limited. Please register online or contact the Library. Also accessible on Zoom.

Online NEMO Talk: Tracking Dungeness Crab across the Salish Sea

Our World Oceans Day festival is back for 2023!

Join us for our fourth NEMO Talk of the week: Tracking Dungeness Crab across the Salish Sea

Driven by communities and led by the Hakai Institute, Sentinels of Change is a decade-long project that uses light traps to investigate the ecology and dynamics of a critically important species in our inland sea: Dungeness crab. Throughout the spring and summer, groups of dedicated volunteers check the traps regularly and watch the crabs (and other species) come and go.

Our online NEMO talks run daily throughout the festival from 12pm-1pm. Make sure you register at the link to get the zoom details!

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PRIDE Performance: Cat McNeil, Emily & Elspeth

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

Online NEMO Talk: Generation Restoration

Our World Oceans Day festival is back for 2023!

Join us for our final NEMO talk on Generation Restoration: feeding hope and resilience back into kelp forests and the community.

Salish Sea kelp ecosystems are among the most vital and most threatened ecosystems in Canadian waters. Join Lee-Ann Ennis as she tells her inspiring story of cultivating kelp for fish habitat and restoration projects.

Our online NEMO talks run daily throughout the festival from 12pm-1pm. Make sure you register at the link to get the zoom details!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more event details!

Online NEMO Talk: Forage Fish and Chinook Salmon

Our World Oceans Day festival is back for 2023!

Join us for our second NEMO Talk of the week: Forage Fish and Chinook Salmon.

Fish diet studies can help us understand changes in marine ecosystems. Will Duguid (UVic and PSF) will provide an introduction to key prey of Chinook and Coho salmon and discuss what salmon diets are teaching us about the food web that supports our salmon and the species that rely on them. He will also present new insights on the migration ecology of Pacific Herring and introduce current and upcoming research programs.

Our online NEMO talks run daily throughout the festival from 12pm-1pm.

Make sure you register at the link to get the zoom details!

Be sure to follow us on social media and check out our website for a full listing of events!

Online NEMO Talk: Eelgrass and Beyond

Our World Oceans Day festival is back for 2023!

Join us for our third NEMO Talk of the week: Eelgrass and Beyond: Protecting Resilient Estuaries on the Sunshine Coast.

For the last two decades, SeaChange has worked with communities surrounding the Salish Sea to conserve, restore, and protect nearshore marine areas, so vital as nurseries for salmon and all life they depend upon. As climate changes become more impactful to these vital marine nurseries, it is increasingly important to protect those that have a higher capacity to adapt to rising sea levels and increasing storm events.

Our online NEMO talks run daily throughout the festival from 12pm-1pm. Make sure you register at the link to get the zoom details!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more event details!

Online NEMO Talk: Cetaceans of the Salish Sea

Our World Oceans Day festival is back for 2023!

Join us for our first NEMO Talk of the week: Cetaceans of the Salish Sea: A deeper dive into their lives.

We will be joined by Gary Sutton, Research Technician, from the Whales Initiative Body Condition Research Program for his presentation on the natural history of cetaceans in the Salish Sea and the ongoing research projects.

Our online NEMO talks run daily throughout the festival from 12pm-1pm. Make sure you register at the link to get the zoom details!

Be sure to follow us on social media and check out our website for a full listing of events!

Getting to Know Dementia

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.

Author Reading: Lyn Baldwin, Drawing Botany Home

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.

TRAC Info Session: Connect the Coast Trail

Do you wish there was a multi-use trail for bikes and pedestrians from Langdale to Sechelt? Come learn about Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TRAC)’s Connect the Coast Trail Initiative, which created a design report and is currently studying feasibility and stakeholders.
Free but in-person space is limited: register on the Library’s website.
Also accessible live via Zoom.

Book Club: Should We Stay or Should We Go

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 .

Author Event: Jon van Arsdell, “No Longhairs: The Odyssey of a Vietnam Draft Dodger”

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.

English Language Learners’ Conversation Circle

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like to practice expressing yourself in conversations about common topics, in a small, friendly group? Join our ELL Conversation Circles (in person only). Parents are welcome to bring children. Co-Facilitators: Jan Holt & Cath Goodwin. Monthly on Second Wednesdays, 7-8 PM
Registration is encouraged; register online or call the Library. For more information, email Lise: LKreps@gibsons.bclibrary.ca or call 604-886-2130.

Japanese Conversation Group (Online)

NEW DAY AND TIME: Tuesdays, 2 pm. Are you curious about the Japanese language and culture? Join our weekly Japanese Conversation Group. We meet every Tuesday on Zoom (online only) from 2-3 pm. All levels welcomed. Host: Aki Oda.

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