Renovation Update & Reopening
Things are taking shape at the library:

✅ The new carpet is in!
✅ The new front wall is in! 
✅ Dry walling is almost done!

Painting is happening right now and the new furniture is arriving.

We are aiming at reopening during the week of January 24!!!

We truly appreciate everyone's patience and can't wait to open our doors to the community again and welcome everyone into a freshly renovated library soon! ❤️

Library take-out is available during renovations. For more information and holds pick up hours, visit our renovation info page.
2021 Highlights at the Squamish Public Library
In a lot of ways, 2021 was a challenging year for everyone, but we are looking back on all we have accomplished at the library with pride:

  • We launched our new volunteer-supported Visiting Library Service, delivering library materials to seniors and Elders in our community. 

  • We continued to provide programs (both in-person and virtual) for all ages including storytimes and crafts, a series of workshops with Squamish Nation’s Tsawaysia Spukwus, book clubs, Quest Lecture, art hours, author talks, and more. 

  • We had a great turnout for our 2021 Summer Reading Club, during which participants read lots of books, took part in scavenger hunts, drawing challenges, and other weekly activities.


  • The library became a community cooling centre during the summer heat waves.

  • In recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we hosted three Squamish Nation elders for "Honouring Residential School Survivors" (watch recording here).

  • All library staff took Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples training through Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc. 

  • We continued to serve our community through our Take-Out curbside pickup, in addition to welcoming people to visit and browse.

  • A successful virtual FOYER Gallery fundraiser with many donated pieces of art by FOYER Gallery artists raised valuable funds for the community gallery.

  • The library closed temporarily mid-December until January for a much-needed renovation.
Find your next Read or Listen
2022 Reading Challenge

Do you have reading goals this year? If not, try our 2022 reading challenge!
Challenge your friends and family, too. Happy reading!

Here are some book lists that might help you get started with the first three topics:

Winter Fun Picture Books
Winter is full of wonder. Enjoy some winter fun with these picture books.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Author Talk
Author Talk with Anders Morley
Tuesday // January 18 // 7 - 8 pm // online

Author Anders Morley joins the Sea-to-Sky Libraries to talk about his book, This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter, the recipient of the 2021 National Outdoor Book Award in Journeys. Anders will give a reading from his book, share his story, and answer audience questions!

Registration:
Storytime
Family Storytime for All Ages
Starting January 18, 2022 // online

Tuesdays & Fridays: 10:30 - 11 am
Wednesdays: 5 - 6 pm

Join us for a virtual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes. Wednesday’s storytime will include a craft project (free craft supplies will be available).

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
External Event
Library Champions Project Information Session
Thursday // January 20 // 6:30 - 7:30 pm // online

The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants. During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants.

Information Session Registration:
Please register here.
Community Book Club
The Vanishing Half
Thursday // January 27 // 7 - 8:30 pm // online

Our online Community Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every other month!
In January, we will be discussing The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
Get Creative
Art Hour (and a half!)
Wednesday // February 2 // 7 - 8:30 pm // online

Come make art together!
This program is for you if you’re looking to flex your creative muscle, to get inspired, and to spend time with one another virtually.
Supplies will be provided to a limited number of participants, but everyone is welcome to join!

February’s topic and instructor: Collaged Backgrounds & Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up (registration opens on January 19)
FOYER Gallery:
Sacred Spaces: Group Art Exhibit, Diverse Media
Artists from various faiths and spiritual traditions responded with works that were meaningful to them.

Please note: The library building, including the FOYER Gallery, is currently closed to the public as we undergo a renovation.