Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security: Join a Citizens Services Specialist from Service Canada to discover the many benefits available under each program. You will hear about Survivor/Death Benefits, Canada Pension Disability Benefits, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Allowance, and Allowance for the Survivor. You will also learn about eligibility, when to apply, how to access, required documentation and who to contact for help. Takes place at the Chilliwack Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, and the Yarrow Library on Thursday, Oct. 23. All three take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Health and Wellness Workshops – Technology and Aging: Many recent technological advances are of use to older adults. This workshop describes what is available now, and what the future promises to provide. This program is presented by the Council of Senior Citizen’s Organization of BC (COSCO) Senior’s Health and Wellness Institute at the Yarrow Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m.
O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Society: The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) will present and informative program about birds of prey found locally in the Fraser Valley. Learn about birds and their prey, and the roles they play in our environment. Live birds will be on display. Takes place at the Yarrow Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Canoe Crossings: Join author Sanford Osler for a fascinating look at the ancient and seemingly simple watercraft that helped shape British Columbia. Sanford has been involved with canoes from childhood and has paddled in virtually all the types of craft covered in his new book Canoe Crossings. He’ll share beautiful images and other highlights from his book, including stories about colourful local canoeing characters. Canoe Crossings will appeal to anyone who has ever sought adventure, found solace, or seen beauty in a canoe. Takes place at the Yarrow Library on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Chilliwack Library on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m., and at the Sardis Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Puppets at the library: See master puppeteer and storyteller Elspeth Bowers present a program of stories, songs, and puppets. Fun for all! Takes place at the Yarrow Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
eReader Workshop: Learn how to borrow free eBooks from the library through FVRL OverDrive. This workshop is for those using wireless devices and tablets. Takes place at the Sardis Library, Thursday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
I Love My Library Day!: Come on in to the Chilliwack Library for their ‘I Love My Library Day’ party. Experiment with a selection of tablets/eReaders at their technology petting zoo or bring your own device and get some individual help downloading eBooks and digital magazines. There will be community coffee from 1 to 3 p.m. — help yourself to a free cup of coffee and a treat while you browse the great collection of books, DVDs, newspapers and magazines. Also, bring the kids along for a LEGO build from 1 to 3 p.m. They have the LEGO collection, just bring your imagination. Takes place at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tweens and Teen Pro-D Day Movie: Need something to do while school is out? Come alone or bring your friends for a movie matinee. Please call the library in October to find out what’s playing. Matinee is at the Sardis Library on Friday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Halloween Craft: Drop into the library after school to make a spooky Halloween craft at the Chilliwack Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ghouls and ghosts also welcome to attend.
Halloween Story Time and Craft: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with a not-so-spooky Halloween story time and craft. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Kids are invited to come in their Halloween costumes. Takes place at the Chilliwack Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Ongoing and Current Programs:
Stitch Together: Bring your projects or kits and head to the Sardis Library to join their new needlework group on Monday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. (no class on Oct. 13). Regardless of your level, they invite you to come together and share your love of needle arts with other needlework enthusiasts. Whether you love cross-stitch, embroidery or other types of needle art, come work on your project with others who share the same passion. Bring your projects, additional lighting, and your enthusiasm.
Babytime: Make language fun and start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills – enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Takes place at the Sardis Library on Thursdays (Oct. 2 to 30) from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Registration is required for this free program.
Toddler Meet-up: Rainy day and your toddler is climbing the walls? Need to connect with other local parents of little ones? New to town and looking for free family friendly events? Chilliwack Library hosts Toddler Time, a weekly free event that features space for toddlers accompanied by parents to play with toys, books, and meet up with their friends or make new ones. For ages 18 months to 3 years (younger siblings welcome to tag along). Takes place at the Chilliwack Library on Thursdays (Oct. 2 to 30) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sardis Digital Clickers: Are you a new photographer with your first DSLR or a seasoned photographer with a new toy? Join Sardis Library’s new camera club, the Sardis Digital Clickers. This drop-in club meets once a month to explore digital camera settings and different photography styles. Be prepared to ask questions, answer questions, share your successes and your failures, and enjoy all elements of photography in a friendly supportive setting. All types of digital cameras are welcome, but the primary focus with be on DSLR. Oh and don’t forget to bring your camera and coffee or tea. Facilitated by Chris of ChrisTopher Films. Contact email@example.com for more information. Older children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Sardis Library, Tuesdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Sardis Library Genealogy Group: Would you like to improve your skills using genealogy software such as Ancestry Library Edition? Are you curious about how to locate free online information to research your family history? Would you like to share ideas and learn new tips and tricks about how to solve your research roadblocks and learn the history of the area and era you are researching? If you answered yes, please drop-in to the Sardis Library Genealogy Group. The group formed to keep their momentum going after taking the ElderCollege Beginners Genealogy course, but all are welcome to attend. Bring your laptop and connect to free Wi-Fi at the library, or use the computers at the library to connect to Ancestry Library Edition after the meeting. This group is facilitated by Marlene Dance, UFV ElderCollege instructor, and assisted by Katie England. Takes place at the Sardis Library, Thursdays, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please note that on the Oct. 16 meeting there will be a field trip.
Sardis Library Quilting Group: Bring your quilting projects, sewing machine, and handwork and join the Sardis Library Quilting Group for a day of quilting in the comfort of the library. This group meets weekly on Wednesdays (Sept. 3 to Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) to quilt and socialize. Please note that this is a non-instructional drop-in group. Space is limited so please bring handwork in case the tables are occupied. Don’t forget to bring your lunch and coffee mug.
LEGO Club: Love Lego? Come play, create, and experiment. We have the LEGO, you bring your imagination! LEGO club takes place at the Sardis Library on the third Tuesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s a fun time for girls and boys ages 7 to 12, so come on in and join them after school.
Storytime: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Takes place at the Chilliwack Library on Tuesdays (Sept. 23 to Dec. 2), at the Sardis Library on Mondays (Sept. 22 to Dec. 1, excluding Oct. 13), and Yarrow Library on Tuesdays (Sept. 23 to Oct. 21, and Nov. 18 to Dec. 2). All story time sessions run from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Storytime Kits: Storytime kits are now available at the Chilliwack library for anyone to borrow. Themed bags containing books, rhymes, puppets and flannel stories for babies to preschoolers are ready and waiting for you to enjoy. Made possible with a generous donation by the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries. 604-792-1941.
Knit One, Knit All: Pack up your yarn and head to the library! The library’s new afternoon knitting group is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with fellow knitters. Takes place at the Chilliwack Library (Tuesdays, Sept. 2 to Dec. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.), and at the Sardis Library (Wednesdays, Sept. 3 to Dec. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.).
eHelp Desk: Visit Chilliwack Library’s Monday afternoon eHelp Desk for one-on-one help with downloading FVRL’s Digital Content (eBooks, audiobooks and magazines) and accessing FVRL’s other digital databases. The eHelp Desk program takes place Mondays (Sept. 8 to Dec. 29) at the Chilliwack Library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Read With Your Ears: The Chilliwack Library is the first library in the Fraser Valley to offer its public Listening Station. Featuring four mounted and easy-to-use DAISY (digital accessible information system) players, customers visiting the library can now relax in a comfortable chair and listen to books or music from the collection. While useable by anyone, the DAISY players have the added feature of being accessible to our sight-impaired customers. Go to the Chilliwack Library and read with your ears.
Book Clubs: Join library staff for lively discussions of selected titles. Chosen books will change monthly and copies are provided by the library. New members are welcome to join at any time, and registration is not required for this free program. The Chilliwack Library Book Club (evening group) meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (next meeting is Oct. 22). The Yarrow Library Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (next meeting is Oct. 16).
Friends of the Chilliwack Library: This volunteer organization supports the library through advocacy, fundraising and assistance with various projects and programs. The Puzzle Sale, Pet Parade and Quiz Night are all successful Friends initiatives. They meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Chilliwack Library from 2 to 3 p.m. New friends are always welcome.
Conversation Circles: Are you an adult trying to improve your spoken English? Would you like to meet new friends in the community? Your local libraries, in partnership with Chilliwack Community Services (604-393-3251), hosts free Conversation Circles. The events take place: Mondays at the Chilliwack Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 8 to Dec. 15, excluding Oct. 13), Wednesdays at the Sardis Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 3 to Dec. 17), and at the Yarrow Library on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mental Silence Meditation: Mental silence is the experience of inner silence which brings a peaceful and clearer awareness. It is easy to learn, and with the guidance of Sergiy Fadyeyev, can generate significant results quickly. Mental silence can reduce stress and have a profound balancing effect on physical, mental and emotional dimensions of the students, enhancing both resilience and total well being. This program takes place at the Sardis Library on Mondays (Sept. 8 to Oct. 30, excluding Oct. 13) from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Chilliwack Library (604-792-1941) is located at 45860 First Ave.The Sardis Library (604-858-5503) is located at 5819 Tyson Rd.The Yarrow Library (604-823-4664) is located at 4670 Community St.
Learn more online at www.fvrl.bc.ca.