Could this be the most wholesome event of the year in Vancouver?

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Are you ready for an afternoon of cuteness in the name of literacy? The Vancouver Public Library is hosting a “Canine Library” this Saturday, September 14th from 1 to 3 pm.

The free event will allow participants to “check out” a dog and read the dog their favourite poem during a 15-minute session – leaving plenty of time for some belly rubs and back scratches as well.

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Could this be the most wholesome event of the year in Vancouver?

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Featured Vancouverite: Jazmin Sasky

Jazmin_SaskyHometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
I’ve been living in Vancouver since 2004, so 11 years now. I left my hometown of Buenos Aires for Israel with only a suitcase when I was 19 years old. It’s been a long time since I left my country, but I am now proud (and lucky) to feel at home in three different countries.

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Featured Vancouverite: Jazmin Sasky

The Vancouver Inspiration Pass Lets You See Your City for Free!

Vancouver Inspiration Pass

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Lacking a little inspiration in your life? The Vancouver Public Library is looking to liven up your routine by offering The Vancouver Inspiration Pass: a free, cultural and recreational pass program that allows local families and teens to get out and explore the city in a whole new way.

If you already have a library card, you’re set! If not, visit your closest local library to get your own library card. All you need is a piece of ID and proof that you live in Vancouver.

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The Vancouver Inspiration Pass Lets You See Your City for Free!

Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Photo credit: christianyves | Flickr

Interested in learning more about the lives of ex cons, sex therapists or born-again Christians? The Vancouver Public Library has the “book” for you.

As part of this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Jan. 14-Feb. 2), the library will be loaning out dozens of “human books.”  Visitors can check out everyone from a recovering hoarder to a male nanny and female heavy equipment operator, then sit down for an in-depth one-on-one conversation.

Presented for the first time in Vancouver at last year’s PuSh, the Human Library project is intended to give people the opportunity to talk with members of groups that are traditionally marginalized or misunderstood. Inspiration for the event comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, where the first Human Library was launched in 2000 as a way to fight stereotypes and promote dialogue in the community.

On select days during the festival, visitors to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch can head to a special circulation desk on the third floor and peruse the human titles available. Continue reading:
Check Out a Human Book from the Vancouver Public Library

Amazing Rooftop Garden & Cafe in the Works for Vancouver Public Library

VPL rooftop now. Photo credit: Greenroofs.com

VPL rooftop now. Photo credit: Greenroofs.com

After 20 years, the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 West Georgia Street is realizing its dream: to have a public rooftop garden and cafe.

As you probably know, the Colosseum-esque VPL already has a pretty cool, green rooftop covered with indigenous fescue and kinnickinnick grasses that are arranged to resemble the Fraser River. But most visitors have never gotten the chance to see the roof since the library was built in 1995. If you want to see it, you have to go to a neighbouring building for a peek. There are no safety barricades surrounding the perimeter of the 28,000 sq. ft roof and it’s a 30 metre drop to the ground.

The city has given VPL the green light for planning the massive “garden in the sky,” according to coverage in the Vancouver Sun. As for the timeline, in 2015 the library will reclaim the eighth and ninth floors from the provincial government and redo the whole shebang, adding more reading rooms and two outdoor terraces in a multi-level outdoor area, including an 8,000 sq. ft. public garden. There’s also been mention of a 3,000 sq. ft. “inspiration lab” with a a digital recording studio, music lab and video editing area. Continue reading:
Amazing Rooftop Garden & Cafe in the Works for Vancouver Public Library

Catch Chinatown Stories at Vancouver Public Library Jan. 11

Come out to the Central Library January 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, to hear groundbreaking histories of forgotten Chinatowns, and stories about growing up Chinese Canadian in Vancouver and the surrounding suburbs.

The authors of The Gold Mountain Stories, a series published by UBC and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC), will be on hand to read aloud from their work. Expect entertainment and education by master storytellers.

Larry Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood will share his experiences growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Independent scholar Chad Reimer will chat about investigating arson in Chilliwack’s Chinatowns. Chinatown Stories is a timely opportunity to learn more about Van’s Chinatown before Chinese New Year January 23. Find out more about the authors after the jump. Continue reading:
Catch Chinatown Stories at Vancouver Public Library Jan. 11