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Black History Month Celebration

Gibsons’ 5th annual Black History Month Celebration! African food tasting and demos, short film screenings from Black Strathcona, launch of “I Am Still Your Negro,” by Valerie Mason-John, a talk on “History and Geography of Blackness in BC” with Dr. Handel Wright, Nigerian dance and more! FREE. (Donations for food are gratefully accepted but not required.) Presented by the Black History Month organizing committee and the Gibsons & District Public Library. Generously sponsored by the Gibsons Public Market and TD Bank Group.

Death Cafe @ the Gibsons Public Library

Death Cafe provides a safe space for anyone wanting a time of respectful conversation about any aspect of death.

Coffee, tea and snacks provided.
With facilitator Dianne Baker.
All ages.

LGBTQ2 Book Club at the Gibsons Public Library

The LGBTQ2 Book Club discusses The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall, over coffee and muffins. Books are available for borrowing from the Gibsons Public Library (ask at front counter for the book). For more information, contact Andrea Routley at

Please note: This book club is for LGBTQ2 readers and allies to discuss LGBTQ2-authored books from an LGBTQ2 perspective.

Seed-Saving Basics, with Leonie Croy

Love growing vegetables, yet puzzled by saving seeds? Learn the basics of growing good quality seed at the easy level, and explore planning an appropriate spot for your seed plants. You will go home with a free handout, a packet of seeds, and a clear understanding of how the Gibsons Seed-Sharing Library works. Start saving your own seeds this year and save money! Call 604.886.2130 to register.

With Leonie Croy of the Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective

Author Event : The Soweto Youth Uprising in Fact & Fiction, with Arushi Raina

At this author talk, “The Soweto Youth Uprising in Fact and Fiction,” novelist Arushi Raina provides glimpses of apartheid South Africa through pictures, fiction and facts, followed by a discussion on how moments in the stories and histories echo with current events in Canada and internationally.

ARUSHI RAINA grew up in South Africa and has also lived in India, Egypt, Nigeria, the US, UK, and most recently, in Vancouver Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes is set in apartheid South Africa and explores the lives of four very different teens on the brink of a youth uprising. She likes fl

Writing workshop with Arushi Raina

For youth ages 12+
“Let’s work together to write in voices–familiar, unexpected, and sometimes strange. Let’s talk about what it means to be different. Let’s reach people with words.”

ARUSHI RAINA grew up in South Africa and has also lived in India, Egypt, Nigeria, the US, UK, and most recently, in Vancouver Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes is set in apartheid South Africa and explores the lives of four very different teens on the brink of a youth uprising.

Space is limited. Register by calling the library at 604.886.2130.

MUSE: Open Mic at the Library

It’s a new year…so anything goes! Share 5 minutes of poetry, prose or song on whatever moves you! Sign up in advance by calling the library at 604.886.2130 or sign up at the event.

Clothing Swap

Bring your clean clothes and accessories to the library for someone else to love — and take home something new-to-you!

(Please only bring items in good condition!)

Chinese Spring Festival Open House

Get ready to celebrate the spring festival (chun jie) with Chinese calligraphy, tea, lantern-making and performances of Chinese classical dance, music, tai qi demonstration and more!

FREE, All ages

Storytelling – Words & Images with Christina Leist

The Gibsons Library will host Vancouver children’s author & illustrator Christina Leist. Hear her stories, get inspired by her drawings, then try a few of her imagination and doodling exercises. She might even put on some costumes and draw for you. For children in K – gr. 3.
Space is limited so register early.


Free noon event with three local speakers presenting different perspectives on the “Renewal” theme.

Workshop and Book Launch with Michael Mirolla

The author of over a dozen works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, Montreal’s Michael Mirolla launches his new novel, The Last News Vendor.

Workshop: Learn how to structure a short story for best effect, how to maintain the internal structure and logic of a short story in order to keep the reader engaged, and how to tighten and hone their first (and second and third) drafts. Participants are encouraged to bring a short story they have written (2000 max., work in progress welcome) to receive feedback. Space is limited. Call 604.886.2130 to sign up.

Workshop: 1-3 pm
Reading: 3:15 pm

Tech Cafe

It’s time to make friends with your computer.

Whether you have something to learn or something to teach, join us at the Tech Café. Drop by for coffee, tea, and tech help from your peers.

Please note: You should never give passwords and other login info to anyone, including volunteers at Tech Café. Always keep this information secure.

Book Speed Dating

Are you looking to meet new books?

This is a not a human-dating event, but a book-dating one! That said, you will be talking to humans about books that have inspired you, shocked you, enlightened you and more…

To participate in this free, interactive event, call the library to sign up at 604.886.2130.

Get Cozy at the Library: Hazards of Hampshire book launch

An independent woman, her dog, and murder. Throw in a Hampshire village and you have a perfect setting for a cozy…

An afternoon of British treats, tea, and mystery with a reading from the inaugural book in the British Book Tour Mysteries series by Marion Crook, writing as Emma Dakin.

Books for sale by Talewind Books.

Film screening: The Public

Join us for a free screening of this critically acclaimed film. A sit-in by patrons at a public library escalates into a police standoff and a media sideshow, in Emilio Estevez’s arresting drama that explores issues surrounding homelessness, mental health, and community.

Doors 6:30 pm | Showtime 7 pm
Recommended ages 13+.
Film in English. 119 minutes.

Help us ensure adequate seating! Please register by calling the library at 604.886.2130.

Official trailer:

Come Write In!: Writing Space at the Library

Fridays to Nov 29th. November is National Novel Writing Month! (NaNoWriMo)

2-4 pm: Quiet Writing Space
4-5 pm: TGIF NaNoWriMo Social

Get a “shot of caffeine for your creative life” by joining over 400,000 participants as they strive to draft a novel in one month!

To help you in your quest, the library hosts four “Come Write In!” sessions. Come to the library for some dedicated novel-writing space, and join your fellow adventurers as they type away. Laptops available upon request.

For more information about National Novel Writing Month, visit

Facilitated by volunteers.

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