Saturday, June 13, 2015


Extra! Read All About It

What's going on at the libraries July and August

By Andrea Spenst, FVRL


his year's Summer Reading Club theme is Build It!, and you'll find tons of opportunities to build your imagination all summer long at Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL)! The clubs are free to join and readers of all ages can win fabulous prizes! Make reading a family affair this summer!


Preschoolers and school age kids can build great reading habits by enjoying their favourite books and finding new ones when they join the Read-to-Me Club or the Kids Summer Reading Club. Participants get a reading record, a special bookmark, weekly stickers, and chances to win fun prizes. Kids who complete their reading records get a medal!


Teens in grades 7 to 12 can build their reading repertoire when they join the Teen Summer Reading Club. For every seven days of reading, teens get an entry in the draws for many cool prizes, including iPad Minis, and $100 Chapters gift cards. Teens can also participate in the #FVRLbookface contest on Instagram. Check out for more details.


Adults can build their own reading to new heights by joining FVRL's Adult Summer Reading Club. Adults receive a reading record to track their own reading and every week of reading offers more chances to win great prizes.


FVRL hosts fun, free programs and contests all summer long. For more Summer Reading Club information, please visit or your favourite FVRL location.


Summer Reading Club

Adults: June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015

Children & Teens: June 25 - August 31

This year's Summer Reading Club theme is BUILD IT! Read anything and anywhere! Come to the library with your reading record for weekly entries and chances to win gift cards as well as assorted library products.  A grand prize will be drawn at the end of the summer for a basket of books and other goodies!


The Sandwich Generation: Questions and Answers for Those Supporting Ageing Parents

As an organization that provides resource information for seniors, the Seniors’ Resources Society is often asked about community supports and resources, housing options as one transitions through life, and the processes involved should one need support at home.  Laura Clarke, Geriatric Nurse Clinician, Fraser Health and Coletta Holmes from the Seniors’ Resources Society will share their lived experience in supporting older adults as well as the processes and systems involved. Specific issues that will be addressed include: the work of the Chilliwack Primary Care Seniors Clinic, Housing Options: Supportive Housing, Assisted Living, and Continuing Care, Community Resources: Programs and Services available through local agencies, businesses and support groups, and in home support. This session will be panel style with time provided for questions.


This program is presented in partnership with the Chilliwack library. Join us June 18th at the Chilliwack Library, 45860 First Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to 604-793-9979 if you would like to attend as refreshments will be served.  



eHelp Desk

Chilliwack Library: Wednesdays, June 9th - Wednesday, Jun 24th, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Sardis Library: Tuesdays, June 8th - Jun 30th, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Visit the eHelp Desk for one-on-one help with downloading digital content (eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines) and accessing databases via FVRL's website.



Unveiling of the new children's Braille Collection at the Sardis Library!

Join the Sardis Library staff, along with representatives of the Chilliwack Lion's Club, Monday, June 15th, at 3:00pm for the unveiling of our new children's Braille collection. Purchased with a very generous donation from the Chilliwack Lion's Club, the library is proud to present this very valuable resource, expanding our collection and making it more accessible for the visually impaired.



Knit in Public Day

Sardis Library, Wednesday, Jun 17th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Come one, come all - knitters of all skill levels are welcome! The Sardis Library Knit One, Knit All group is celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day. Bring your knitting (or crocheting!) projects and join the fun.



LEGO(r) Club

Sardis Library: Tuesday, June 16th, 3:30-4:30pm

Chilliwack Library: Wednesday, June 17th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Love LEGO(r) We provide the LEGO(r), you bring your imagination! Come play, create, and experiment. LEGO(r) Club is a fun after school program for kids. Sign up for the day at the information desk. Each session is limited to 15 attendees so arrive early to avoid disappointment!



Sardis Library Genealogy Group

Sardis Library, June 18th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Improve your genealogy software skills with Ancestry Library Edition. Share ideas, learn new tips and tricks, solve research roadblocks, and learn the history of the area and era of your choice. New members welcome. Facilitated by Marlene Dance, UFV ElderCollege Instructor, and assisted by Katie England.



Book Club

Sardis Library: Thursday, June 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Yarrow Library: Thursday, Jun 18th, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Meet fellow book lovers and discuss a selected title. Call or visit the library to learn which book is being discussed this month. Copies of the current month's book are available at the library..



Pyjama Storytime

Sardis Library: Thursday, Jun 25th, 6:45pm-7:15pm

Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.



Boomers and Beyond

Sardis Library: Monday, Jun 29th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Are you new to the community or newly retired? Are you an adult looking to connect with others in our community? Drop in and participate in our monthly library social. There will be coffee and treats, as well as great conversation and games. Guest speakers will be on hand from 2:30 pm - 3 pm to talk about various topics and resources for seniors and caregivers.



Norden the Magician

Yarrow Library: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2:00pm-2:45pm

He's back! Norden brings his award-winning magic shows to libraries for the Summer Reading Club. Norden is an eight-time winner of the coveted Children's Magician of the Year award. This magic show will feature some amazing tricks that you can "build" yourself and enjoy performing all year long!



Storytime in the Park

Yarrow Library: Tuesday, Jul 7th, 10:00am-11:30am

Introduce kids to the love of books and language with a special Storytime in the Park! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. There will  also be face painting, prizes and snacks. Non-perishable foods items generously accepted for The Full Cupboard, benefiting our local food bank. Sponsored by FVRL, Chilliwack Learning Society and Envision Financial.



Altered Book Workshop for Teens

Thursday, Jul 9th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Come and have fun using your creativity to transform worn books into works of art! Bring your own or choose one from our library's unsalable shelf. Snacks will be provided.



Pet Parade - For You and Your Stuffie!

Chilliwack Library, Wednesday, Jul 8th, 10:30am-11:15am

Bring your favourite stuffie on an outing to the library. Introduce it to other stuffie friends and be prepared for 45 minutes of fun!



Minecraft(c) Papercraft

Yarrow Library: Thursday, Jul 9th, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Drop in for some hands-on Minecraft(c) creativity! Supplies will be out for independent paper crafting and Minecraft(c) mask making. Appropriate for ages 7-13.



Music and More

Wednesday, Jul 8th - Wednesday, Aug 26th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

A perennial community favorite, Music and More is a free outdoor concert series featuring great performers from all over the Lower Mainland. Concerts will alternate weeks between Chilliwack and Sardis Libraries. Bring your own chair, blanket and picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer. Stop by either library in June to pick up a schedule. Presented in partnership with City of Chilliwack, Chilliwack Libraries, Chilliwack Academy of Music and the Chilliwack Community Arts Council.



About Fraser Valley Regional Library 

Fraser Valley Regional Library is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving over 700,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the community it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing Board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts. With its mission "to connect people to the world of information and ideas," FVRL plays a prominent role in the communities throughout the Fraser Valley.



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