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LETTER: Trustee looking to ban books obviously hasn’t read them

‘Along with Trustee Willow Reichelt I’m “promoting” well-written books containing sexual content in schools’

  • Sep 16, 2022
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Trustee Darrell Furgason (right) has announced that he will run for re-election in this fall’s school board election. (submitted photo)

LETTER: Chilliwack school trustee responds to article about book banning in district

‘This is not a matter of “banning books” … because they never should have been there in the first place’

  • Sep 11, 2022
Trustee Darrell Furgason (right) has announced that he will run for re-election in this fall’s school board election. (submitted photo)
Alan Gratz’s “Ban This Book” tells the story of Amy Anne accidentally starting the Banned Books Lending Library from her locker. (Everett Public Library image)

LETTER: Banning books doesn’t make the content inside those books disappear

‘It’s up to libraries to make a variety of materials available for anyone to consume’

  • Sep 2, 2022
Alan Gratz’s “Ban This Book” tells the story of Amy Anne accidentally starting the Banned Books Lending Library from her locker. (Everett Public Library image)
Chilliwack author Lindsay Maple will be reading from her new book Not Your Basic Love Story on Sept. 20 at the Sardis Library. (Submitted)

Chilliwack author to read from her intercultural romcom novel at Sardis Library

Lindsay Maple reading from debut novel ‘(Not) Your Basic Love Story’

Chilliwack author Lindsay Maple will be reading from her new book Not Your Basic Love Story on Sept. 20 at the Sardis Library. (Submitted)
Chiliwack author Raymond Maher released his second historical fiction novel about the Fraser River gold rush, called The Second Five, on July 25, 2022. (Submitted by Raymond Maher)

Chilliwack author pens second novel about historical Fraser River gold rush

Book launch and several signing events coming up for Raymond Maher’s novel The Second Five

Chiliwack author Raymond Maher released his second historical fiction novel about the Fraser River gold rush, called The Second Five, on July 25, 2022. (Submitted by Raymond Maher)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
Three authors with an interest in Japanese Canadian history and heritage will be taking part in a meet and greet event at Tashme Museum in Sunshine Valley on Aug. 20.

Trio of authors interested in Japanese internment history visiting Tashme Museum near Hope

Meet and greet event planned at historic site with three diverse authors

Three authors with an interest in Japanese Canadian history and heritage will be taking part in a meet and greet event at Tashme Museum in Sunshine Valley on Aug. 20.
Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack man’s book co-authored by criminologist examines a life of murder and crime

Yves Côté spent just 11 months out of 32 years out of jail, but he believes in real transformation

Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Sardis Library on June 23, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Libraries in Chilliwack offer up free events throughout summer

Events include Rubik’s Cube session, story times and building structures

The Sardis Library on June 23, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Starting July 8, 2022, there will be a pop-up StoryWalk every Friday morning at a different park in Chilliwack during the months of July and August. Above, kids check out a StoryWalk in Vedder Park on March 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Pop-up StoryWalk coming to 8 different Chilliwack parks this summer

Folks can read stories every Friday morning during the outdoor literacy event

Starting July 8, 2022, there will be a pop-up StoryWalk every Friday morning at a different park in Chilliwack during the months of July and August. Above, kids check out a StoryWalk in Vedder Park on March 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Librarians Kathy McDowell and Julie Penner hold some of the supplies people can use to make paper tiles for the Sardis Library’s mosaic mural seen behind them. The community art project runs through the summer in conjunction with the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Community art project in Chilliwack tells ‘our story’ of Sardis Library

People of all ages invited to add handmade paper tiles to mosaic art piece at Sardis Library

Librarians Kathy McDowell and Julie Penner hold some of the supplies people can use to make paper tiles for the Sardis Library’s mosaic mural seen behind them. The community art project runs through the summer in conjunction with the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. (Screenshot)

LETTER: School trustee Heather Maahs says some books make children unsafe

‘Their innocence has been violated’

  • Jun 24, 2022
Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. (Screenshot)
Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.

Chilliwack school trustee Heather Maahs suggests some within SD33 are ‘grooming children’

In a talk show appearance, Maahs focused on a book that contains ‘boy on boy’ sexual situations

Chilliwack School Trustee Heather Maahs (right) suggested people within Chilliwack SD33 are “grooming children” during an appearance with fellow trustee Barry Neufeld (middle) on an internet talk show hosted by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.
Nicola Campbell (left). (KalvinWarbus Photography); Barbara Nickel (right). (Katrina Malone photo)

2 Chilliwack authors shortlisted for BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Nicola I. Campbell finalist in ‘writing that provokes’ category, Barbara Nickel for children’s literature

Nicola Campbell (left). (KalvinWarbus Photography); Barbara Nickel (right). (Katrina Malone photo)
Henry Winkler arrives at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Celadon Books announced Wednesday that it has a deal with Winkler to tell his life story. The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Henry Winkler gets book deal, memoir to come out in 2024

‘The Fonz’ currently starring in HBO series ‘Barry’

Henry Winkler arrives at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Celadon Books announced Wednesday that it has a deal with Winkler to tell his life story. The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Babytime and Storytime are back in-person at both the Chilliwack and Sardis libraries. (Submitted)

In-person early literacy programs return to Chilliwack libraries

Both Babytime and Storytime are back at the Chilliwack and Sardis libraries

Babytime and Storytime are back in-person at both the Chilliwack and Sardis libraries. (Submitted)
Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadian authors, booksellers say COVID-19 has both helped and hurt their industry

Book sales are up compared to pre-pandemic levels, but supply chain woes loom large

Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Helen Mobach of Abbotsford has translated from Dutch into English the story of her husband’s family during the Second World War. (Submitted photo)
Helen Mobach of Abbotsford has translated from Dutch into English the story of her husband’s family during the Second World War. (Submitted photo)
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo

Oak Bay “serial artist” Barbara Black turns to fiction

Short story collection Music from a Strange Planet

  • Apr 4, 2022
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo
Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)

Chilliwack boy, 7, spends spring break giving away own books to other kids

Jackson Kuhn decided to hand out books he no longer reads to fellow young readers

Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)