Word Vancouver kicks off today! Tons of book-related events, performances and more

Word Vancouver is a free event running until Sept 29. Many of the events take place this coming weekend in and around the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W. Georgia St.

Western Canada’s largest literary festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this week.

From Sept 24- Sept 29, Word Vancouver takes place at various venues throughout Vancouver, although most of the action happens Sunday, Sept 29 in and around the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.). The festival remains 100 percent free.

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Word Vancouver kicks off today! Tons of book-related events, performances and more

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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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