National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The federal statutory holiday, established in 2021, honours those who survived residential schools, those whose lives were lost and those whose suffering and trauma is ongoing.

Until last year, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day for Canadians to raise awareness of the history, harm and legacies of the Canadian residential school system by wearing the colour orange.

The Squamish Public Library has materials for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, including the Indian Residential School experience and the ongoing Truth & Reconciliation process. Below you will find suggested resources.
For more resources, please visit the library's Indigenous History and Resources for Truth and Reconciliation website.
Honouring Residential School Survivors
Last September, the Squamish Library hosted Squamish Nation Elders and Residential School survivors who generously shared their stories. Thank you to these three Elders. It was an honour to listen to you: 

Kiyowil Bob Baker (attended St. Michael’s in Alert Bay)
Chésha7 Gwen Harry (attended St. Michael’s in Alert Bay)
Humteya Shirley Toman (attended St. Paul’s in North Vancouver)  

Thank you also to TlatlaKwot Christine Baker for hosting, sharing your knowledge, and making it possible for Elders to share these stories virtually.

You can watch the recording of Honouring Residential School Survivors online. Click the video below or use the link https://youtu.be/vpDku8xKDFU
Books about the Residential School Experience
Residential Schools

A selection of library materials relating to the Residential School experience in Canada, including first person accounts from survivors, books for children, and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Picture and Junior Books about Residential Schools

Books that reflect on the residential school experience in different ways. They have all been identified as age-appropriate for children under 12 years of age.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Livestream Watch Party (in-person)
Sharing Traditions:
An Evening of Oral Storytelling With Tsawaysia Spukwus and Tanina Williams
Thursday / October 13 / 7 - 9 pm
Squamish Library Community Room

The Whistler Writers Festival celebrates the art and tradition of oral storytelling featuring the talents of Tanina Williams (Lil’wat Nation) and Tsawaysia Spukwus (Squamish Nation).

Eight local storytellers will share the stage with these two powerhouse keepers of stories and songs indigenous to the shared Lil’wat and Squamish territories.

Join us at the Squamish Library for a livestreaming of this event. Free to attend. Everyone welcome.

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
Art Hour (in-person)
Origami with Miyuki 
Wednesday / October 5 / 7 - 8:30 pm
Squamish Library Meeting Room

Learn how to make origami at the library!

The workshops in our Art Hour series are aimed toward adults, but kids are welcome to join in with their families.
All materials are provided.

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up. Space is limited.
Virtual
Community Book Club:
Klara and the Sun
Thursday / September 29 / 7 - 8:30 pm
Online on Zoom

For our next Community Book Club, we are reading Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Everyone is welcome.

Registration:
Please email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
In-Person
An Introduction to Brain Health
Thursday / September 29 / 1:30 -3:30 pm
Squamish Library Community Room

Learn about brain health if you are concerned about dementia.

It’s never too soon or too late to make changes that will maintain or improve your brain health. Learn strategies and set goals.

Organized and hosted by Alzheimer Society of BC in partnership with the Squamish Public Library. Free to attend; donations appreciated.

Registration:
Please email library@squamish.ca to register.
In-Person
Kids' Library Book Club
Starting October 6 - November 24, 2022
Thursdays / 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Library Community Meeting Room

Come to the library and hang out with other library lovers. Check out books, read to a teen buddy, get recommendations, play some board games or maybe do a craft.

This program is geared towards children in grade 2 and older.

Registration:
Please register at https://signup.com/go/Crasyxn
Sign up will open each week on Monday at 8 am.
In-Person
Family & Baby Storytime
Please note: Registration is required for all storytimes!

📚 Family Storytime:
Tuesdays// Fridays // Saturdays: 10:30 am - 11 am

🧸 Baby Storytime:
Tuesdays // Fridays: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Teddybear Storytime and Craft with Julie
Every second Wednesday of the month //
5 pm - 5: 30 pm
Next: Wednesday, September 14
Library Closed on Friday, September 30
Join the Squamish Public Library Board!
Looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in your community?
Apply to join the Squamish Public Library Board!

An information package and volunteer application form is available at the Library and online at squamishlibrary.ca/library-board.

Please apply by Thursday, September 29, 2022.

If you have questions related to Board activities and recruitment, please contact:
Hilary Bloom, Director of Library Services, librarydirector@squamish.ca
Molly Loudon, Board Chair, libraryboard@squamish.ca
Helping Hands Volunteer Call: Creative People Needed
Squamish Helping Hands is looking for volunteers who want to share their personal skills and interests with others at Under One Roof.

This includes activities such as art, music, philosophy, bike maintenance, nature walks, and so on. No idea is too small to share, and you do not have to be an expert to get involved! 

Squamish Helping Hands staff will support you by organizing activities and engaging interested residents of Under One Roof to participate. We also have limited grant-funding to assist with supplies.

Express your interest by completing this form.
If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan: jhand@shhs.ca
2022 Municipal Elections: Advance Voting Opportunities
Monday, October 3: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The 55 Activity Centre
Wednesday, October 5: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The 55 Activity Centre
Thursday, October 6: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The 55 Activity Centre
Saturday, October 8: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brennan Park
Tuesday, October 11: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brennan Park
Wednesday, October 12: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brennan Park
Saturday, October 15: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. General voting day at Brennan Park

More info about the Squamish elections and candidates
FOYER Gallery: ANNUAL FUNDRAISER & ART DRAW
ON NOW at the FOYER Gallery

LINDA WAGNER
‘Coastal Waters’ – oil paintings
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Foyer Gallery

ANNUAL DRAW FOR ART & FUNDRAISER EXHIBIT
Donate to the FOYER Gallery before November 13, 2022, to enter into a random draw for one of 30+ pieces of artwork created by FOYER artists. All artwork can be viewed in person at the Foyer gallery.


You will also receive a tax receipt for your donation, as well as recognition in the Foyer Gallery. The FOYER Gallery thanks you for your support!

Visit the current Foyer Gallery show at the library during library hours, or view the virtual gallery, including Q&A with the artists, on the Foyer Gallery website.