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Literacy Now Burnaby is Growing!

As COVID-19 restrictions are easing, we are again out and about, and on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, we gave away over 300 books at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House South food hub.

This time with support of our own team of dedicated Literacy Now volunteers, we worked tirelessly in hot weather in 2 shifts to continue with our mission to put a book in each child’s hand.

We’d like to express our special gratitude to 5 anonymous community members for their generous donations of bestseller books, puzzles, and board games! 

Follow us on social media to stay up to date on all of our activities. We have plenty more good things in store! 

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Resources for Multilingual Families

Saturday, April 3, 10:00am
Online on Zoom
Register online, at any BPL location, or call 604-436-5400.

Are you a parent or caregiver raising a multilingual child?

There are so many resources at Burnaby Public Library that you can use to support your child’s first language and to help them learn about other cultures. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to find these resources and we’ll also share tips and practical information for raising multilingual children.

This workshop is presented by Andrea Lukic, Teen Services Librarian and will take place online using Zoom. To join, you’ll need a device with internet connection, audio, and a microphone.

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Mother & Child Emotional Power Program

An online program for parents with children ages 0-6 years
New Immigrant Families and Refugees are welcome!

This program includes:
– Exploring the role of emotional well-being in early childhood
– Become aware of your child’s emotions
– Encourage healthy expressions of emotions
– Parenting
– Children’s developmental stages
– Community resources
– Connecting with other parents

Learn together with your child through Fun Games, Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Songs 

When: Every Monday 10 – 11 am, February 22 to March 29, 2021 
Where: On Zoom

Email: cwwa@vlmfss.ca
Tel: 604-436-1025
Vancouver& Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society 

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Library Champions Online

Are you a new immigrant looking for:
Canadian volunteer work experience?
Online access to community and library resources?
Better communication skills?
More confidence?
New friends and connections to community?
A better understanding of your community?

The Library Champions Project offers all of these things and much more!

To be a Library Champion, you must:
Want to volunteer
Love libraries and helping other people
Be comfortable using technology to connect with others online
Be 19 years or older
Be a permanent resident but NOT yet a Canadian Citizen

For more information, go to www.librarychampions.ca or call 604-437-8441

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Raise-a-Reader with Harman Pandher at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Literacy Now is honoured to have Harman Pandher’s illustrated children’s book, Gurpreet Goes to Gurdwara: Understanding the Sikh Place of Worship at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House!

Harman, himself a former member of the board of directors of BNH, came back as a visiting author to do 3 live virtual readings made possible through the Raise a Reader initiative. The local Burnaby author’s book provided students insights into Sikh faith and culture in Canada.

The readings were accompanied live by traditional Indian music, and a few lucky young readers won copies of the book to take home and enjoy with their families. Thanks to all for their commitment in making these very special events happening!

Pictures (clockwise from top-left):

  • Local Burnaby author Harman Pandher presenting a signed copy of his book to BNH executive director Antonia Beck.
  • Harman at the virtual reading from his illustrated book.
  • Students listening attentively to Gurpreet’s story.
  • The Harmonium and Tabla created a wonderful ambience for the readings.