Libraries in the Media

Libraries in the Media is a regular BCLA Perspectives feature compiling library-related news from the province and beyond.


Barry Gerding. “New branding for Okanagan Regional Library.” Kelowna Capital News (Nov. 22, 2017).

Christine Coulter. “Autism library helps children experience public places.” CBC News (Nov. 14, 2017).

Becky Robertson. “Vancouver’s LGBT library gets new home at UBC.” Quill & Quire (Nov. 13, 2017).

Clare Hennig. “Archives, records and databases: How to research family military history.” CBC News (Nov. 9, 2017).

“Politicians dust-off library funding discussions.” Keremeos Review (Nov. 9, 2017).



Matt Boyd. “Letter:  A trip to the library will change your mind.” Saanich News (Oct. 28, 2017).

“’Inclusive and understanding’: Richmond library opens for children with autism.” CBC News (Oct. 21, 2017).

“Gibsons library hires new director.” Coast Reporter (Oct. 19, 2017).

Alex Migdal. “’We are stacked right up to the ceiling’: Smithers, B.C., public library squeezed for space.” CBC News (Oct. 18, 2017).

“Library serves winning pies.” Summerland Review (Oct. 14, 2017).

Carmen Merrells. “Free interview workshop for teens coming to Cloverdale Library on Oct. 20.” Langley Times. (Oct. 12, 2017).

Sheri Regnier. “Old to new, big move for Trail library.” Creston Valley Advance (Oct. 11, 2017).

Warren Henderson. “Kelowna Friends of Library sale coming up.” Kelowna Capital News (Oct. 9, 2017).

Jessica Peters. “Library brings virtual reality to life.” The Chilliwack Progress (Oct. 5, 2017).



Kevin Laird. “Sooke library project delayed.” Victoria News (Sept. 21, 2017).

Annie Gallant. “Friends of the Library book sale coming up.” Quesnel Cariboo Observer (Sept. 21, 2017).

Fiona Maureen. “New Fort St. James Head Librarian has a vision.” Caledonia Courier (Sept. 20, 2017).

“Virtual becomes reality at library.” Langley Times (Sept. 17, 2017).

Josef Jacobson. “Workshop offers help with hip hop.” Nanaimo News Bulletin (Sept. 12, 2017).

“TNRD Library moves to single program guide.” Clearwater Times (Sept. 12, 2017).

Laura Keil. “Library & museum approach move-in date.” The Rocky Mountain Goat (Sept. 7, 2017).

Leonne Beebe. “Celebrate International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 in Agassiz.” Agassiz-Harrison Observer (Sept. 7, 2017).

Jeff Vinnick. “Vancouver Public Library picks cartoonist as writer-in-residence.” The Globe and Mail (Sept. 3, 2017).

The Canadian Press. “Vancouver library goes graphic, picking cartoonist as writer-in-residence”. Vancouver Sun (Sept. 2, 2017).



Shannon Lough. “Library fundraises by selling thousands of books.” The Northern View (Aug. 30, 2017).

Jon Hernandez. “Whistler Library axes late fees; experts urge others to do the same.” CBC News (Aug. 26, 2017).

Glen Korstrom. “Vancouver won’t follow Whistler in eliminating library late fees.” Business in Vancouver (Aug. 24, 2017).

James Smith. “PNE offering deep discount for Public Library Day.” Hope Standard (Aug. 21, 2017).

“Did you forget some cash in a library book?” The Abbotsford News (Aug. 18, 2017).

“Langley library card holders can get into PNE for $5.” Langley Advance (Aug. 17, 2017).

Katie Hyslop. “How Do We Ready Kids for the Next Generation of Fake News?” The Tyee (Aug. 14, 2017).

Tom Zillich. “$5 PNE admission for Surrey Libraries card holders on Public Library Day.” Peace Arch News (Aug. 8, 2017).

Melanie Minty. “Press on, writers, for Surrey Libraries’ Self-e service is here.” Surrey Now-Leader (Aug. 3, 2017).



Emma Warner Chee. “SFU library unrolls free access for local non-profits.” The Peak (Jul. 31, 2017).

Charlotte Helston. “Vernon library signs remind visitors to be ‘awake, sober and respectful’.InfoTel News (Jul. 26, 2017).

Martha Wickett. “Bringing literacy to life.” Vernon Morning Star (Jul. 19, 2017).

Grace Kennedy. “Surrey poet laureate hosts teen workshops.” Surrey Now-Leader (Jul. 18, 2017).

James Smith. “Fraser Valley Regional Library rolls out free robot rentals.” Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News (Jul. 12, 2017).

David Ball. “‘Drag queens read to kids’ phenomenon reaches Vancouver.” Metro News (Jul. 9, 2017).

Jessica Peters. “Summer reading gets magical start at Hope Library.” Hope Standard (Jul. 6, 2017).

Chris Brauer. “Creston Leos Literacy Project presents upcycled fridges as little free libraries.” Creston Valley Advance (Jul. 4, 2017).

Richard Watts. “Pioneering biologist’s work now available to all.” Times Colonist (Jul. 4, 2017).

Brendan Pawliw. “Prince George Public Library to host another “pop-up” US consulate.” My Prince George Now (Jul. 4, 2017).

“Vancouver Island Regional Library initiative encourages families return library books.” Parksville Qualicum Beach News (Jul. 1, 2017).

“Library reveals Vancouver’s 10 most borrowed Canadian books.” CBC News (Jul. 1, 2017).



Jennifer Saltman. “UBC holds crowdfunding campaign to buy rare Harry Potter first edition.” Vancouver Sun (Jun. 30, 2017).

Karl Yu. “Library with autism educational materials open in Nanaimo.” Nanaimo News Bulletin (Jun. 24, 2017).

Rattan Mall. “‘What’s Your Favourite Canadian Book?’ Surrey Libraries’ Canada 150 contest.” The Indo-Canadian Voice (Jun. 20, 2017).

Jessica Woolman. “Susan E. Parker appointed as UBC’s University Librarian.” UBC Library (Jun. 15, 2017).

Chelsea Novak. “Castlegar Summer Reading Club registration opens Wednesday.” Castlegar News (Jun. 15, 2017).

Greg Sakaki. “Fairview school library stars in literacy documentary.” Nanaimo News Bulletin (Jun. 13, 2017).

Brendan Kergin. “Kamloops area libraries to start carrying wildlife park passes.” InfoTel News (Jun. 11, 2017).

Tom Zytaruk. “Young authors invited to enter Surrey Libraries writing contest for cash, glory.” Surrey Now-Leader (Jun. 8, 2017).

Shannon Lough. “Little library for big minds.” The Northern View (Jun. 7, 2017).

Marisca Bakker. “Smithers Public Library hosting truth and reconciliation event.” The Interior News (Jun. 5, 2017).



Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society. “Little Free Library open all hours at Finlayson Park.” Eagle Valley News (May 27, 2017).

Tom Zillich. “Cookbook club stirs with food-themed meetings at Fleetwood Library.” Surrey Now-Leader (May 25, 2017).

Nicholas Pescod. “Nanaimo’s new library branch opens inside mall.” Nanaimo News Bulletin (May 24, 2017).

“New public library open in Nanaimo.” NanaimoNewsNOW (May 23, 2017).

Mark Nielsen. “Brain gain: Library draws talent from Trump-led U.S.” Prince George Citizen (May 16, 2017).

Steven Heywood. “North Saanich offers land for new library building.” Peninsula News Review (May 11, 2017).

Corey Bullock. “New iPad kiosk at the Kimberley Public Library.” Kimberley Bulletin (May 8, 2017).

Lashaina Blair-White. “Smithers library awarded for building a better community.” The Interior News (May 1, 2017).



Rafferty Baker. “Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood finally gets a library.” CBC News (Apr. 20, 2017).

Sue Carter. “Women’s libraries and bookstores deal with historic but problematic second-wave feminism.” Quill & Quire (Apr. 17, 2017).

Christine Van Reeuwyk. “Oak Bay library launches Speakeasy Saturday.” Oak Bay News (Apr. 7, 2017).

“Book sale supports library.” Vernon Morning Star (Apr. 6, 2017).



Kevin Griffin. “$15-million Vancouver Public Library renovation taking shape, topped by rooftop garden, 80-seat theatre.” Vancouver Sun (Mar. 29, 2017).

Jill Sperling. “Library hosts ‘Geek Week’ to encourage young patrons.” CFJC Today (Mar. 28, 2017).

Rafferty Baker. Sarah McLachlan adds guitar to Vancouver instrument library.” CBC News (Mar. 7, 2017).



Adam Donnelly. “Kamloops library celebrates ‘Freedom to Read Week.’” CFJC Today (Feb. 27, 2017).

Stephanie Matteis. “Rewriting their narratives: local libraries are becoming hubs of technology.” CBC News (Feb. 8, 2017).



Adam Donnelly. “Kamloops library looking to modernize downtown location.” CFJC Today (Jan. 30, 2017).

Becky Robertson. “Vancouver Women’s Library set to open in February.” Quill & Quire (Jan. 23, 2017).

Roën Janyk is currently on leave from her position as the Web Services Librarian at Okanagan College.