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What's happening at your local Chilliwack libraries

Upcoming Events:

Film screening Droning of the Bombers: In the Netherlands, Liberation Day is celebrated each year on May 5 to mark the end of occupation by Nazi Germany in 1945. In recognition, the Chilliwack Library will show the locally written and produced 2009 film Droning of Bombers on Tuesday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. The film tells the poignant story of Chilliwack's Hennie Drenten-Regoczi's family as they coped with life under German army occupation. Refreshments will be served after the screening and Ms. Drenten-Regoczi  will be in attendance to answer questions. The 75-minute film is suitable for all ages and was filmed at UFV by Gabriel Kirkley.

Mature Drivers Re-Examination: 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 this workshop at the Chilliwack Library on Thursday, May 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with John De Martin, driver examiner for ICBC. Review your driving, brush up on your knowledge and make a plan of action to help you stay on the road.

The Wild McLean Gang - Outlaws of Early British Columbia: Popular B.C. historian, John Mitchell, returns to the Chilliwack Library on Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. with another exciting presentation about B.C.'s early beginnings. The McLean Gang brothers, Allan, Charles, and Archie, terrorized Kamloops in the late 1870s stealing everything from liquor to ammunition to horses. Pursued by the law, they murdered two men, including a police constable. Eventually caught and convicted, they were hanged together in New Westminster in 1881, the first time three brothers were executed in Canada.

Introduction to Estate Planning: Many people have not thought about what will happen if they pass away or what will happen if they become incapable of managing their own financial, legal, personal, or health care decisions. Without proper planning you could lose control over important issues, such as who receives your assets, who is responsible for your children and who manages your affairs. This presentation, at the Chilliwack Library on Tuesday, May 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will provide an overview of the various estate planning options available to you. Give yourself the peace of mind in knowing you have prepared for life's various twists and turns.

Kid-Gardeners: In a box, in the ground, on a hill, on a sill - you will see all kinds of gardening and fruits and vegetables galore in Ann Alma's new book, Kids That Grow Their Own Food. Ann returns to the Fraser Valley to share her latest book with the help of some B.C. kids on Thursday, May 15 at the Chilliwack Library (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and at the Sardis Library (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.) Ann was born in Holland, has been a world traveler, a teacher, an author - but has always been a gardener.

Fire Safety with the Chilliwack Fire Department: Join Lisa Axelson and a firefighter from the Chilliwack Fire Department at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, May 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. for a talk about fire safety and the life of a firefighter in Chilliwack. Be prepared to learn the best ways to keep fire safe in your home, check out the fireman's gear and learn how to make a fire safe plan for you and your family.


Ongoing and Current Programs:

Family Games Night: Bring the kids, grandma and grandpa and head to the Sardis library for a night of board games. Takes place on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

LEGO Club: We have the LEGO, you bring your imagination! LEGO club takes place at the Sardis Library on the third Tuesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It's a fun time for kids ages 7 to 14, so come on in and join them after school. (Psst - girls are welcome!) Please note that registration is required by calling 604-858-5503.

Spring Book Bingo: Take part in the spring Book Bingo contest at the Chilliwack Library, which runs from Feb. 1 to April 30. Pick up your bingo sheet from the Chilliwack Library and put an X through each completed library activity. For each completed row (up, down or diagonal), show your bingo card at the information desk for a chance to win one of several great prizes! Prize draws will be held on May 1.

Storytime: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Takes place at the Sardis Library on Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Storytime Kits: Storytime kits are now available at the Chilliwack library for anyone to borrow. Themed bags containing books, rhymes, puppets and flannel stories for babies to preschoolers are ready and waiting for you to enjoy. Made possible with a generous donation by the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries. 604-792-1941.

Knit and Knatter: Pack up your yarn and head to the library! Knitting is fun, relaxing and a great way to connect across the generations. Join knitters of all ages and abilities at the Sardis Library on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. for their warm and welcoming drop-in knitting group. Children and beginners are welcome.

Mental Silence Meditation: Mental silence is the experience of inner silence which brings a peaceful and clearer awareness. It is easy to learn, and with the guidance of Sergiy Fadyeyev, can generate significant results quickly. Mental silence can reduce stress and have a profound balancing effect on physical, mental and emotional dimensions of the students, enhancing both resilience and total well being. This program takes place at the Sardis Library on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. (excluding May 19).

eHelp Desk: Visit Chilliwack Library’s Monday afternoon eHelp Desk for one-on-one help with downloading FVRL’s Ditigal Content (eBooks, audiobooks and magazines) and accessing FVRL’s other digital databases. The eHelp Desk program takes place Mondays at the Chilliwack Library from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Read With Your Ears: The Chilliwack Library is the first library in the Fraser Valley to offer its public Listening Station. Featuring four mounted and easy-to-use DAISY (digital accessible information system) players, customers visiting the library can now relax in a comfortable chair and listen to books or music from the collection. While useable by anyone, the DAISY players have the added feature of being accessible to our sight-impaired customers. Go to the Chilliwack Library and read with your ears.

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 to 8:30 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.

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

Genshiken: Join Raymond and his Genshiken group for a night of Japanese pop culture mayhem. It takes place on the third Wednesday of the month at the Chilliwack Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 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 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays at the Sardis Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at the Yarrow Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Upcoming Programs:

Babytime: Make language fun! Start early with Babytime at the Yarrow Library on Wednesdays (May 7 to 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.). Help your baby develop speech and language skills - enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Registration required. 604-823-4664.

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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