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Issue No. 39,  November 2021 
Welcome to our New Chief Librarian - Jorge Cárdenas!

We are thrilled to welcome our new Chief Librarian, Jorge Cárdenas, who started at NWPL just after Thanksgiving. Jorge comes to us from Burnaby Public Library where he was the Manager of Community Development. So who is Jorge and what does he have planned for the NWPL? Read our interview to find out!

NWPL Strategic Plan

Speaking of what's next for the library, our hard-working library Board of Trustees has completed a strategic planning process for the next few years. We've renewed our commitment to traditional services, while also making it a priority to help advance our community's commitment to reconciliation, diversity, equity and social inclusion. Read on for more info!
Indigenous Film Series

Our Indigenous film series continues with a series of short films by Kamala Todd discussing the key role of Indigenous laws and knowledge in restoring good relations with the lands and waters, and honouring Indigenous sovereignty. Watch the films ahead of time and come to discuss with the filmmaker on November 23, 6-7 on Zoom.

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ESL Book Club

Are you looking for an opportunity to practice your English reading, comprehension, and conversation skills in a supportive environment? Join our new ESL bookclub where we read and discuss a different engaging and easy-to-read book each month. November's book is From Scratch by Gail Anderson-Dargatz and we meet November 9 at 6:30 at the Main Branch.

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Children's Programs
If you've got little ones in your life, join us for in-person Storytime (Tuesdays @ 10:30) and Babytime (Thursdays @ 10:30) at the Main Branch.  

The Young Readers Book Club (ages 9-12) meets on November 16 at 3:30 on Zoom. Drop by the library to register and pick up your copy of the book: City Spies by James Ponti.

Did you know that the original Remembrance Day poppies created 100 years ago looked very different than the ones we wear today? From November 6-10, children can pick up a kit at either branch with materials to make their very own 1921-style poppy at home. Get crafty and learn a little bit about the history of this famous Canadian symbol.
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New West Cooks: Family Favourites & Holiday Sweets

This month there are two sessions of New West Cooks! Bring recipes to share with other local foodies at our Zoom meetings!

  • November 4, 10:30-12:00 we share our Family Favourites. What meals are on heavy rotation at your family table? 
  • November 24, 6:30-8:00 is our Holiday Session Part I: Sweets. Get ready for a holiday cookie swap or plan your 'Stir-Up Sunday' for Christmas pudding making. At this special evening session we will share our favourite holiday desserts. 
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New West City Reads - The Secrets We Kept
NWPL's November drop-in book club combines a legendary literary love story (Dr. Zhivago) with a CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia. Make a secret assignation with a copy of Lara Prescott's The Secrets We Kept and join us on Zoom, November 18, 6:30-8:00
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Tech Classes

In November, you can join us on Zoom to learn about using the library to access Online News and Magazines (November 10, 1-2) and get some great Excel Tips and Tricks (November 16, 11-12). Librarian Liz will get you up to speed with great tips and recommendations.
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New Online Services - Education Powerhouses!
NWPL continues to add to our online services with several great online educational sources, accessible with a NWPL library card.

What to improve your English? English language learners can now access Road to IELTS General & Academic to prepare for the IELTS tests, improve speaking skills with Clear Pronunciation 1 & 2, and practice their verbs with Tense Buster

Home schoolers, or parents of school-aged children take note! Solaro is an online learning and exam preparation software that follows the BC curriculum for grades 3-12. There's course material, reviews, and practice tests in subjects like Math, English, and Social Studies.

Want to learn a non-english language? Mango Languages is an online language learning platform with over 70 languages available to learn! It's got an intuitive interface, and allows you to progress through a series of lessons with conversation and grammatical activities.

Movember - Men's Health Awareness Month

Each November, more and more men are taking time to focus not just on their facial hair, but also  their physical and mental health. Take time to learn more about Movember and men's health and wellness or, indeed, how to take care of that newly sprouting facial hair!

Holidays and Service Updates

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for Remembrance Day. Do you need some suggestions for reading material for Remembrance Day? Check out our lists for adults, and kids

Did you know we're open until 8 p.m. three nights a week? Check out our fall schedule here.

During November, we are installing new shelving for our DVD collection at the Main Branch. All DVDs will remain available for borrowing, but the Non-Fiction DVDs are temporarily stored in the basement and must be requested through the holds process, or by asking staff at the desk. Disruption to browsing will hopefully be as brief as possible!

We continue to adapt to new public health orders. Currently masks are required in all indoor public areas. Check out our COVID page for all updated info, or follow us on social media @NWPLibrary.
 
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