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MUSE: Open Mic at the Library, with special guest author Bernadette Wagner

Sign up to share 5 minutes of poetry or prose at the Gibsons Public Library’s monthly open mic! In November, MUSE hosts special guest author Bernadette Wagner, who will read from her new collection, The Dry Valley, following the open mic. Wagner is a multi-genre writer, community educator and a community organizer living in Regina, Saskatchewan. Her poetry has been broadcast on radio and TV, published in journals and anthologies, and has appeared in film, on CD, and on the web.

Discrimination and Human Rights in Canada

Have you or has someone you know experienced discrimination at work or some other place like school or in a store? Has that discrimination been based on your sex, colour, religion, gender identity, mental disability or physical disability? What other grounds of discrimination are protected and in what circumstances?
If you feel you’ve got a legitimate human rights complaint, it’s free to file a complaint but where do you do that and what sort of remedies are available to you?
Join us for this informative talk and discussion with an experienced human rights mediator.

Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest with J. Duane Sept

Have you ever visited your local beach and wondered about some of the curious creatures and stunning shells you encountered there? Some of your questions might be answered by local author and biologist J. Duane Sept when he gives his presentation on “Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest.” Sept’s illustrated talk is based on his recently published book “The New Beachcomber’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest,” which features hundreds of species of intertidal life, from seaweeds and sponges to jellies, crabs and fishes. Book sales courtesy of Talewind Books.

LIFT Speaker Series

Inspirational and educational talks the third Friday of every month.

This month’s theme:
Courage: A Most Prized Human Virtue
How can the courage to be accountable for our actions and words lead us to a thriving community?

Human Library

Drop by and “borrow” a human book for 20 minutes. Samples: John Verge, alterntive building systems; Tudi Diening, How the Seaside Centre came to be; Virginia Perez, Getting to Know Spain; Boyd Norman, accounting practices for small businesses; Sue Lamb, The power of connection.

Opportunity: Call for submissions: Art display at the Gibsons Public Library in 2020

The Gibsons Public Library displays work from a different local artist or group of artists every six weeks. We are currently inviting submissions for display in 2020. Please email jpeg samples of your work to
January 2 to February 18, 2020
February 18 to March 31, 2020
March 31 to May 12, 2020
May 12 to June 23, 2020
June 23 to August 4, 2020
September 1 to October 13, 2020
November 3 to December 15, 2020

Deadline December 15, 2019, and indicate your preferred display period:

“Slow Travelling” in South America: Slideshow Presentation with Nick Smith

Nick Smith and his family spent six months travelling through Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Join us for this slideshow sharing six months of “slow travelling” adventure!

Nick Smith is a public school teacher, presenter, photographer, writer and world explorer who embraces the concept of “slow travel.” As a photographer, he focuses on capturing images that he hasn’t seen elsewhere, from small towns and seldom-visited neighbourhoods, to renowned locales such as old town Cartagena, Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Flats.

“Doesn’t Have to Be About Mental Health” writing workshop series

Sat Nov 2, 16, & Dec 21. Drop in Wed Dec 4. For people who have lived experience with mental illness themselves or through a loved one or friend. Whether you write prose, poetry, comix, or don’t know yet what form you like, come and explore. There will be time to develop a longer piece over several workshops or to create something new each time. Anything can happen and everything is possible. With poet/playwright/novelist Lenore Rowntree, co-editor and a contributor to the anthology Hidden Lives: true stories from people who live with mental illness. To register, call the library at 886.2130. Sponsored by SCCU.

Elevenses: An LGBTQ2 Book Club

Elevenses is the best time of day, with coffee, tea and scones–and even better with a queer book to discuss with fellow LGBTQ2 & Allies readers!

Join us for the next LGBTQ2 Book Club a the Gibsons Public Library.

Step 1: Read THE TIGER FLU by Larissa Lai. (You can borrow a copy through the library!)

Step 2: Come to Elevenses to discuss!

MUSE: Open Mic at the Library

Take your turn at the mic! Share 5 minutes of prose, poetry or song at the Gibsons Public Library’s monthly open mic, MUSE. Takes place the last Wednesday of each month. This month’s prompt: “The Unknown.” (Readings unrelated to the prompt also welcome!) Sign up in advance by calling the library or sign up at the event.

Halloween Block Party!

At the Gibsons Public Library, Arts Building, Sunshine Coast Museum, Art Garden + outdoor locations
All Ages – Admission by Donation

Driftwood Players Spooky Theatre | Treat & Treasure Hunt | Shadow Puppet Making | Community Shadow Show with Sandy Buck | Costume Contest | Music & Visual Treats by Coast Streaming (Mieke Jay & Steve Weave) | Freaky Fiction Readings | Museum Haunted House with Spectral Projections | Ghostly Graveyard | Spooky Snack Bar | Gibsons Lantern Festival installation
Costume party at Tapworks, 9 pm-late. Free entry with costume!

Star Hopping: How to Begin Exploring the Night Sky, with Charles Ennis

Presented by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).
Charles introduces you to a simple process for navigating the night sky. He will also introduce you to the RASC’s free beginner’s observing programs. These programs are designed to assist the beginning astronomer to explore and become familiar with the more common attractions of the night sky, and present an opportunity to earn certificates and pins. Charles is the author of the Solar Observer’s Handbook and Building a Small Observatory: Lessons from Builders, both published by the RASC.

LGBTQ2 + Allies Youth Group

“Greaser Night at the Movies”
Connect with other LGBTQ2 & Allies youth over pizza, snacks and campy movie fun! Come in your best 1950s get-up for a chance to win prizes…
FREE. For ages 12-24. Presented in partnership with Sunday in the Park with Pride Society. For information, contact Laurie at or 604.989.9841.

10 Tips to Improve Your Writing Before You Even Begin

Are you ready to start a new writing project? Do you want to create the strongest, cleanest first draft possible? This workshop will give you the skills you need to avoid issues that could cost you countless hours of revisions and editing. We will cover everything from writing authentic dialogue to crafting rich, multi-layered characters to avoiding unnecessary words and steering clear of common punctuation errors so your book can get off to a great start! With novelist and editor Rebecca Hendry.

LIFT Speaker Series

Ready for your second act? Thriving in your 50s, 60s and Beyond. With speakers Sandy Wrightman and Michael Worsfold.

Strengthening Families Together

Wednesdays to Dec 4. BC Schizophrenia Society presents this 10-session course for families and friends who have a loved one living with any serious mental illness, FREE at the Gibsons Public Library.

Through this course, participants will learn about:
-Different types of mental illnesses
-Medications and treatments of mental illnesses
-How to cope with and support a loved one who is living with a mental illness.

To register, call Donna at 604.865.2098 or email

Elevenses: An LGBTQ2 + Allies Book Club

Elevenses is the best time of day—even better with coffee, scones and a queer book to discuss with fellow LGBTQ2 & allies readers. To join, read Little Fish, by Casey Plett. (You can borrow a copy through the library!) Come to Elevenses to discuss, and that’s it!

Shinri-Yoku: Exploring Forest Therapy

Join us for this informative talk with BC’s first certified forest therapy guide, Haida Bolton. Explore the history and practice of forest therapy, also known as forest bathing or shinrin-yoku, and how it can help beat the winter blues and flus by reducing anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and boosting the immune system.

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