Freedom to Read Week: February 21-27
Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. Read more about Bannings & Burnings of books in Canada:

35 Challenged Publications from Recent Decades:
(some of which you will likely know or have read)
Canadians and others have long tried to remove books and magazines that they deem offensive, or inappropriate for certain audiences, from public libraries and schools. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they have failed. This poster presents 35 examples from recent decades.
Find your next Read:
Be a Rebel: Read some Commonly Banned or Challenged Books

We are celebrating Freedom To Read Week by reading commonly banned or challenged books in Canada.
Happy I Read Canadian Day! 🇨🇦 📚.
I Read Canadian is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people, and to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.

Our children's librarian, Kate, created some great lists of locally published and Canadian-authored books for readers of all ages:

Upcoming Events & Programs
Community Book Club
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7 - 8:30 pm

Our Community Book Club is back in a new online format! In February, we will be discussing Women Talking by Miriam Toews.

To sign up, email
Get Creative Together
Line Drawings
Thursday, March 18 & 25, 2021, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join the library in a two-part endeavour to learn basic line drawing techniques. We will watch Creativebug tutorials and then play with our pens and paper together. Online on Zoom.

To sign up, email
Weekly Live Storytimes
Come join us for weekly stories, songs, rhymes, movements, and puppets in our fun and interactive live Storytimes online on Zoom:

Kids age 3-5
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm

Great for toddlers, but all ages are welcome
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

Newborn - 18 month old
Fridays at 10 am

Registration is required:
Please email to sign up.

Prerecorded Storytime Videos for all ages are still being posted every Monday morning at 10 am on our Squamish Library Facebook page.
You can watch all past Storytime videos HERE
Book Club (Kids)
Grade 5-6-7
Monthly on Wednesdays at 4 pm

This book club is for middle-grade kids who love to read. We'll discuss our books, play some literacy games, and experiment with creative writing.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 pm online on Zoom.

Registration is required, email to sign up.

Kids from Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton are welcome to join!
For this month’s date, click More Info below.
Book Club (Teens)
Teen Book & Writing Club
Monthly on Fridays at 4 pm

If you're a teen who loves to read and write, this group is for you! Join us each month for a lively, in-depth book discussion and a chance to flex your creative writing muscles.

We meet monthly on Fridays at 4 p online on Zoom.

Registration is required, email to sign up.

Teens from Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton are welcome to join!
For this month’s date, click More Info below.
Virtual Seedy Saturday Conference: February 19 - 21
From February 19 to 21, 2021, Seedy event organizers from across the province will join FarmFolk CityFolk in delivering a pandemic-friendly opportunity to connect with BC community organizations, seed businesses, non-profit organizations, and learn about seed saving.

Squamish CAN's Seed Library Coordinator will be presenting an "Intro to the Squamish Seed Library" and facilitate a "Seed Saving and Seed Exchange Conversation" in the "Squamish Community Discussion Room". The community discussions are free to attend.

More info about the Squamish Seed Library, located at the Squamish Public Library, can be found here:
Explore our Databases
The Squamish Public Library subscribes to many special topic information sources for you to browse and use for free with your library card:
Business Source Premier:
2,000+ business journals covering marketing, management, accounting and finance, market research reports, industry reports, and more.

Canadian Newsstream:
Over 200 Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and many local BC papers.

Legal information, education and help for British Columbians.

Explora Primary Schools:
Information for students K-5 on a wide range of topics that are easily searchable and browsable.

Database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists.
Khan Academy
Practice exercises and instructional videos on math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

Learn 70 world languages (including English) and dialects through self-paced courses crafted using conversation and cultural insights.

Teen Health & Wellness
Curricular support and help on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.

World Book: Kids
Online encyclopedia designed for a younger audience with easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and engaging activities.

And many more...all accessible for free with your Squamish Library card.
FOYER Gallery:
‘Full Bloom
Oil Paintings  

‘Look, Stop & Paint’
Watercolour & Acrylic Paintings & Prints

Maureen Brown paints in a rich, naturalistic style exploring the relationships of colour and light. Her art reflects her interest and enthusiasm for the domestic and natural realms. She says, “Painting is not something I could ever willingly stop. It is something I am driven to do and continues to give me joy.”

Maureen’s husband, Peter, is interested in painting the movement of water, the play of light and the effect of shadows on different subjects. He admits, “I am not a professional artist but I do try to paint on a daily basis. [In retirement] I learned to paint using watercolours then branching into acrylics through attending painting classes and workshops, and by studying professional art books. I have been encouraged and supported by my family and fellow artists.”