Check out what's happening at the Gibsons Library this month.




“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”


― Stephen Chbosky


Even in Canada, a free and democratic nation where expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, books have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries due to their perceived inappropriate or offensive content. It is the responsibility of libraries to always protect and safeguard your freedom to read what you want. Celebrate your freedom by reading a banned book!






February Events



Book Talk with Arushi Raina

Saturday, February 1, 2:30-3:30 pm


All ages. Arushi Raina will read from her book,  “The Soweto Youth Uprising in Fact and Fiction”. It is about apartheid in South Africa and offers glimpses into the young people who had the courage to speak up against the racial injustices of their time. Arushi’s talk will be followed by a discussion of how the Soweto stories echo current environmental events and the global youth uprising already going on around the world.




Seed-Saving Basics Workshop

Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join Leonie Croy of the Seed-Saving Collective and start saving your own seeds this year. Learn the basics of growing good quality seed at the easy level and explore planning an appropriate spot for your seed plants.





LGBTQ2 Book Club

Saturday, February 8, 11 am - noon


The LGBTQ2 Book Club discusses The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall.









Death Cafe

Saturday, February 8, 1:30-3:30 pm


A safe space for anyone wanting a time of respectful conversation about any aspect of death. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. All ages.










GDPL Book Club

Wednesday, February  12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Discussing The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. New members welcome! Books available for borrowing from library.








Tech Cafe

Friday, February 14, 2:00 - 4:00 pm


This Valentine's Day, make friends with your computer with the help from our knowledgeable volunteers. If you are interested in sharing your skills, whether you're familiar with Mac, PC, Android or other, please contact







Black History Month Celebration

Location: Gibsons Public Market

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 am-6 pm


Celebrate Black History Month with African food tasting and demos, dance, drumming, short film screenings, a talk on BC's Black history with Dr. Handel Wright, a book launch for I Am Still Your Negro by Valerie Mason-John and more! Presented by the Black History Month organizing committee and the Gibsons Public Library. Sponsored by TD Bank and the Gibsons Public Market. Please note the location: Gibsons Public MARKET


Film screening: Harriet (2019)

Wednesday, February 19, 6 pm


The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.








LIFT Speaker Series

Friday, February 21, 12:15-1:15 pm


This month’s theme: “Community Service & Leadership". Hosted by Loretta Macklam.







Gibsons Men's Group

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 - noon
Men of all cultural backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations and abilities are invited to this local men’s group. A men’s group is simply a group of men getting together to better themselves and to support each other emotionally, psychologically and spiritually in a society where they are traditionally taught to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and to resolve conflicts through violence.




MUSE: Open Mic at the Library 

Wednesday, February 26  6:00 pm


Take five minutes at the mic to share prose, poetry or song on any theme! All ages.








Ongoing Events



Mondays, 4 - 5:30 pm. Japanese conversation group.

NO French conversation group in February. Resumes March 12, 10:30 - noon.




Tuesday, Feb. 4 & 18, 12:30 -  3:00 pm. Writers Group with Vicki Warner. Registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 & 25, 1 - 3 pm "Memoirs & More" Writers Group. Registration required.




Thursdays until March 26, 12:15 - 2:15 pm.  Novice Bridge Club. Facilitated by Judy Larson. For players who already know the basics of bridge.




Mondays & Tuesdays, 10am- 12 pm. Knitting a Community.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 1-5pm. Repair Cafe




Fridays, 10- 12 pm RainCity Outreach Services.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1:30 - 3 pm, Support Group for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia Call 604-984-8348 to register.



Please register for all events by calling the library at 604.886.2130 unless otherwise stated.



Young People's Programs




Intergenerational Learn to Knit and Crochet Continues
Tuesdays until Feb. 25, 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Learn to knit or crochet your own special project with the experts from "Knitting a Community". All levels of experience welcome though priority will be given to beginners. All materials and expertise provided. For grades 3-12. Program is mostly full now. Contact Danielle at if you are interested.



Storytimes & Songs

Wednesdays until February 26

Join us on Wednesdays for songs, stories, and language games with your wee ones. Programs are free and drop-ins are welcome anytime.

Bouncing Babies (0-2 year olds and their caregivers)
10:15 - 11:00 am
Playful Preschoolers (2-5 year olds and their caregivers)
11:15 - 12:00 pm

Lego Robotics Continues

Thursdays until March 12, 3:30 – 5:00 pm


Learn to code Lego Mindstorms and complete challenges on the official FIRST LEGO LEAGUE  ‘Into Orbit’ challenge board. This is a 9 week program that will continue meeting each week until March Break. For grades 4-8. Program is mostly full now. Contact Danielle at if you are interested.



Youth Writing Workshop; "Writing in Voices"

Saturday, February 1, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Writing Workshop; A FREE writing workshop for youth, with Vancouver author Arushi Raina. For young writers ages 12 - 24.
The workshop will explore how writing can be a form of protest, but will also just be about the craft of writing, and playing with writing prompts. If you like to write, this is a great opportunity for you.
Join us after the writing workshop for a Book Talk - The Soweto Uprising in Fact and Fiction with Arushi Raina from 2:30  to 3:30 pm. For both youth and adults.


Dungeons & Dragons Youth Games Night

NEW DATE - Friday, February 28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us for another  storytelling adventure. All levels of experience welcome, including beginners and parents.
For grades 6 - 12. It helps us prepare if you register in advance.










Storytelling Words & Images

NEW DATE - Saturday, February 29, 11:30 - 12:30 pm


This event was re-scheduled due to last month's snow day.
Vancouver children's author and illustrator Christina Leist will visit us to share some of her stories, inspire us with her drawings, then lead us in some doodling exercises of our own. She might even put on some costumes or draw for us. Space is limited so register early. For kids in K - grade 3.







Please register for all events by calling the library at 604.886.2130 unless otherwise stated.




Danielle's Book Picks



The Sleeper and the Spindle
by Neil Gaiman

 This is a 100% readable fairy tale that artfully combines the classic stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, with a feminist and lesbian twist. It is illustrated by the very talented Chris Riddell whose graphics are just as mesmerizing as the tale. A recent GoodReads search revealed that over 35 000 other readers have also recommended this title.


Brush of the Gods
by Lenore Look & Meilo So

Your heart and eyes will both be moved by this stunning portrait of one of China's greatest painters, Wu Daozi. His paintings were so extraordinary that they actually sprang to life, and may have allowed him to cheat death.
Set in the T'ang dynasty, this book is a celebration of art, everywhere.



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Happy Family Day!

We'll be closed on Monday, February 17th for Family Day.