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Issue No. 36a,  August 2021 
Please accept our apologies for the double email blast. We sent the wrong draft yesterday with some mistakes and missing info. Hopefully we caught them all!
Congratulations on your retirement, Julie! 
After 17 years of dedicated service our beloved Chief Librarian, Julie Spurrell, is retiring. Her time at the NWPL was marked by many momentous events including opening a new branch (Queensborough in 2013), the 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Library in 2015, a major renovation at the main branch in 2019, and steering the library through the pandemic. Julie's inspired leadership has brought the library through thick and thin, and while we are sad for us, we are so happy for Julie and a well-deserved retirement! Congratulations Julie from all of us. We will truly miss you! 
Beat the Heat
Do you need to cool off or know someone who needs a respite from the heat? Come to the library to get cooled down. We have air conditioning and are open until 9 p.m. on July 29, 30, and 31. If you need to get cool after hours, Century House and the Queensborough Community Centre are open 24/7, and you can call Royal City Taxi for a free ride to any New Westminster cooling centre.
Adult Summer Reading - Get Clued Into Reading
There's still time to get involved and enter to win amazing gift cards from local businesses like Renaissance Books, Fratelli's, Queen's Deli, grocery stores and coffee shops.

Stop by the library to pick up your game board, modeled after the classic board game, Clue, fill in at least three weeks of reading plus one special challenge, and enter to win great prizes at the end of the summer. Check out our site for all the details.
The final programming event for Get Clued Into Reading is a Zoom author talk with New Westminster mystery author, Winona Kent. She writes a funny and clever series featuring a professional jazz guitarist and amateur sleuth, Jason Davey. 

Join us on Zoom for this interactive event
August 10 from 6-7 pm and one lucky participant will win a copy of Winona's latest book! 
Kids Summer Reading Club - Crack the Case!
Kids and Teens Summer Reading Clubs are still going strong for the month of August! Check out our special page for all the details on how to participate as well as special events.

Kids' Activities - Outdoors and Online

Join us outside for Storytime in the Park on Wednesdays in August from 10:30-11:00: August 4 at Grimston Park, August 11 at Queen's Park, and August 18 at Moody Park.

Or perhaps you'd like the Family Crafternoon on August 7 from 2-3 at the Massey Theatre Outdoor space, where we take unusual materials and turn them into crafting treasure!

Online, we have the Science Club on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:15. Join presenters from Science World on Zoom for a fun and interactive science demonstration! Supplies provided. August 3 (ages 9-12), August 10 (ages 6-8), and August 17 (ages 9-12).

Teen Activities

Pick up your materials at the library ahead of time and join us on Zoom as we do a fun activity and chat together! We will meet every other Thursday from 2-3. August 5 we're making Book Planters and August 19 it's DIY Stress Balls.
Register for any kids or teens events
Drag Queen Storytime
Time to sparkle! In celebration of Pride month join us August 12 from 11-11:30, at the former Queen's Park Farm area for a special storytime featuring New Westminster's very own Miss Peach Cobblah. Dressing up and being fabulous is, of course, encouraged!  Our special thanks to the New West Pride Society for sponsoring this event! 
New West Cooks - Chef's Choice
Join other New West foodies to cap off the summer with Chef's Choice at our monthly cooking book club. We meet on Zoom, August 4 from 10:30-12:00 and discuss your favourite recipes!

Learn With Us - Tech Classes

eBooks 101: How to Find, Download, and Enjoy!

Focusing on the Libby app, this class will get you reading eBooks and listening to eAudiobooks in no time.
August 10, 11-12 on Zoom

Cool Tools on the Internet

Librarian Liz shows a number of fun, useful and cool sites on the internet. You'll definitely get some new ideas of places to virtually visit!
August 17, 11-12 on Zoom
Want to Find Your Next Great Read?
Check out Novelist, an electronic resource to help you find books that are perfect for you. Free with your library card.

August Art Exhibit - Dominique Norville

Dominique's exhibit, Observe the Stars, uses collage to explore the idea of misremembered places, myth creation, and dreams. Her juxtaposed images create their own new reality. 

Blind or partially sighted visitors can access a visual description of the exhibit or check it out beforehand on the art at the library website.

Holidays and Updates

The library will be closed on Sunday August 1 and Monday August 2 for the BC Day Holiday. 

Want some reading materials about BC to celebrate the holiday? Check out our Vicarious Travel through BC reading list!
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