Get booked up this summer up at your local library

Libraries are amazing. Beyond a place to check out new and favourite books, they are important focal points in our communities. Local libraries are places to take part in activities, access services, and use facilities, at zero or nominal cost.

Libraries are multi-purpose hubs whose offerings reflect local needs: meeting spaces, early childhood education programs, book clubs and more.

Any way the bookmark falls, libraries service an integral social function: they bring people together from a cross section of the community, welcome individual of all ages, address isolation and vulnerability, and provide a safe and supportive space where anyone is welcome.

Libraries build community.

This summer, whether you’re looking for a new way to take part in your community, a fun activity for your children or family, or are just interested in a great new book, look no farther then your local branch. There are so many fun and thought-provoking programs to check out and new friends to meet in the process.

Here are a few we encourage you to check-out:

Summer Reading Club

This summer’s reading club is titled “Motion Commotion” and is hosted by libraries all across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. With free programming taking place all throughout July and August, children and their parents will enjoy activities that incorporate stories, imagination and adventure.

The downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library is one of the branches taking part in the Summer Reading Program.

Interested in puzzles? Amazing Mazes will see you use your building skills to engineer your own maze. Do you dream of outer space? Reach new heights as you build and launch your own rocket in Blast Off.

Just want to relax with a good book? There are prizes to be won for kids, teens and parents whose inner bookworms know no bounds. The more you read, the more chances there are to win!

Stories on a string

All throughout July and August, the Coquitlam Public Library is hosting Stories Galore!, a series of storytelling afternoons that feature readings, puppets, crafts and more.

Programming takes place at Princeton Park, Blue Mountain Park and Mountain View Park over the lunch hour. Pick the location that works best for you, bring a picnic and enjoy the day!

Build it big

The Squamish Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Club Program from kids 9 – 12 years of age. Participants are invited to take part in book-talks, games, crafts, and other fun summer activities around the theme of Build It!

The Squamish Public Library.

Be board, not bored

Are you a Monopoly expert? Does Chess mastery run in your family? Check out the different board game nights taking place at a library near you.

Richmond Public Library hosts an all-ages board night on Wednesday’s at the Oak Ridges Moraine Library, while the Ladner Pioneer Library offers a Mah Jong Meet-Up every Friday at 10 AM, all summer long.

Lego my learning

The North Vancouver Public Library welcomes kids of all ages to their Lego club (children under five years of age are welcome as long as there is an accompanying parent or guardian.) Come out on a Wednesday or a Saturday and use your imagination and creativity to construct a colourful castle, condominium or coliseum. The sky’s the limit!

What is the best thing about your local library? Do you have a favourite book you’d like to share with others? What is the one activity you’d like to see more of at your local branch?

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