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What's happening at your local Chilliwack libraries

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 16 - Have you purchased an eReader or tablet recently, or are you thinking of buying one? Did you know that FVRL offers a great selection of free eBooks that can be downloaded to your smart device or laptop and transferred to an eReader? Join library staff on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Yarrow Library for a demonstration of how to download from BC’s Library to Go or FVRL’s Overdrive and a discussion of which devices are compatible. Bring your eReader and/or Tablet and your questions. Registration required.

Oct. 17 - Sit and Be Fit Chair Yoga takes place Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Yarrow Library. A trained yoga instructor will demonstrate yoga exercises that can be performed from a seated position. No special equipment is needed and the exercises will be modified according to your fitness needs. Presented by the Council of Senior Citizen’s Organizations of BC (COSCO). Registration required.

Oct. 17 - Do you feel it’s time to look at your driving? Has a friend or family member expressed concerns? Have you been called for re-examination? Learn how you can continue to drive safely by attending a workshop on Oct. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Chilliwack Library with John De Martin, driver examiner for ICBC. Review your driving, brush up on your knowledge and make a plan of action ot help you stay on the road. Please call 604-792-1941 or visit the Chilliwack Library to register. Registration required.

Oct. 19 - Ghost Towns of BC: Sandon is at the Chilliwack Library on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Travel back in time with well-know historian John Mitchell ( as he shares the story of Sandon. The 'Monte Carlo of B.C.,' Sandon burst to life during the silver boom of the mid 1890s and was the first city in the province to be fully electrified. The town was wide open and wild 24/7 with tin horn gamblers, bordellos, newspaper men and two railways — all tucked tightly between towering mountains. This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Chilliwack Library.

Oct. 22 - Learn how graphic novels are made! Victoria author/illustrator Mike Deas will engage middle school students with an interactive multimedia presentation at the Sardis Library on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Mike will describe all the stages of his work from thumbnail sketches to publication. You can follow the adventures of Mike’s zany alien characters in Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus.

Oct. 23 - Come to After Hours at the Yarrow Library: Parent and Teacher Meet and Greet on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. Come and explore the vast array of online resources that FVRL offers for kids, students, adults and seniors. Librarian Jacquelynne Garden will give an enlightening presentation featuring our many online resources that would be beneficial to both parents and teachers. We will wrap up with some light refreshments and a chance to visit and ask questions. Registration required.

Oct. 25 - The 10th annual Friends of the Library Quiz Night is Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Chilliwack Library. No trivia is too trivial! Come for the fun evening of laughter, groans and a chance to win the famous Smarty Pants Award. Win door prizes or buy tickets for the gift basket raffle. Bring your group of eight or come alone and join others to form a team. Tickets for this popular event are $13 per person, include a snack and are available now at the customer service desk.


Ongoing and Current Programs:

Definitely NOT a Storytime: If you’re in grades 4-6, stop by the Chilliwack Library on the second Friday of the month (Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13) for 'Definitely NOT a Storytime' from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Drop in and hang out with your friends while you find out all about the latest and greatest new books, get help with your phones and gadgets, and find out how the library can help you with your homework.

Babytime: Make language fun with Babytime at the Chilliwack Library on Thursdays (Oct. 3 to 31) from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Help your baby develop speech and language skills – enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories.

Sign, Say and Play Sessions: Did you complete the Oct. 10 Sign, Say and Play: Parent Orientation workshop? Put what you learned there into action. Bring your child to these three Sign, Say and Play sessions to practice the techniques at the Sardis Library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays (Oct. 12, 19 and 26). Registration required.

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 meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. The Yarrow Library Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

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.

How’s That Made?: Join Susan Barclay Nichols from Chilliwack Community Services and learn to make paper crafts, fabric art, body care products and more. The class is for students in Grades 7 and up takes place on Thursdays (Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 21, 28, Dec. 5) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) at the Chilliwack Library. For more information, email Susan at or call 604-792-7238. Check out her blog at for updates on classes and copies of handouts.

Games Night: Teens and pre-teens can join Susan and Raymond on the second Thursday of the month for a great evening of board and card games including Apples to Apples, Escalation, Zombie Brains and more. Games Night takes place at the Chilliwack Library from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 12 to Dec. 12). For more information, email Susan at

Genshiken: Join Raymond and his Genshiken group for a night of Japanese pop culture mayhem. It takes place the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Chilliwack Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 18 to Dec. 18). Due to the content of the media during the Japanese group, please be at least 13 to attend. For more information, email Raymond at

Rated T for Teen: With Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Rock Band, Wii Sports, Animal Crossing, retro-gaming on the Dreamcast, and the One Quarter Challenge, you bring your 'A' game and we bring the rest. Bring your Nintendo DS for portable multiplayer mayhem. This program takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month (Sept. 28 to Dec. 28) at the Chilliwack Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, email Raymond at, or call 604-793-7238 or search for "Rated T for Teen" on Facebook to join our group and get updates.

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 Sept. 9 to Dec. 23 (closed Oct. 14 and Nov. 11) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at the Sardis Library through to Dec. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Thursdays at the Yarrow Library (Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 28, and Dec. 5) from 6:30 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.

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