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






October is here and there's a definite chill in the air. Celebrate the spooky thrills and creepy chills of the fall season at our second annual Halloween Block Party! On Saturday, October 26th, join the folks at the Gibsons Library, the Sunshine Coast Museum, the Driftwood Players and the Gibsons Arts Building at our neighbourhood block party. It will be fun for all ages with spooky sounds, funky grooves, performance visuals, and scary stories. Check out the details below and join in the fun.


For more information on any library program or service, drop by the library, visit our website or call us at 604-886-2130.



October Events



Knitting a Community

Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 - noon

A weekly drop-in knit and crochet gathering.


Beginner Bridge Club

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Learn how to play bridge! Judy Larson facilitates this drop-in.


RainCity Outreach Services Drop-in

Fridays, 10:00 am -noon

Drop in to speak with Tyler Hubscher of RainCity Outreach Services for housing support, drug-checking, recovery support and more. For more information, call or text Tyler at 604.989.5179.


Strengthening Families Together

Wednesdays, October 2 - December 4, 3:30-5:30 pm


A 10-session course for families and friends who have a loved one living with any serious mental illness. Presented by BC Schizophrenia Society. Register by calling Donna at 604.865.2098 or by email to





Shinri-Yoku: Exploring Forest Therapy, with Haida Bolton

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Join us for this informative talk with BC’s first certified forest therapy guide, Haida Bolton.







French Conversation

Thursday, October 3, 17 & 31, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Parlez-vous français? Come practice your French!


Elevenses: An LGBTQ2 & Allies Book Club
Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am - noon


Join us for a discussion of LITTLE FISH, by Casey Plett, over coffee, tea and scones! Books available for borrowing from the library.








Writers Group

Tuesday, October 8 & 22, 12:30-3:15 pm
Workshop your writing-in-progress and meet others writers. All levels welcome. Register by calling the library at 604.886.2130.


GDPL Book Club

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Discussing Becoming, by Michelle  Obama.









Exploring Temporary Visas

Tuesday, October 15, 4:15-5:15 pm
A FREE presentation about temporary visas: application, extension and restoration. With Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant Ms. Jonel Kinao.


ESL Reading Discussion Groups
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Read English books/magazines and discuss with other English learners and native speakers!


Support Group for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Call 604-984-8348 to register.


LIFT Speaker Series

Friday, October 18, 12:15-1:15 pm
This month's theme: "Ready for your Second Act? Thriving in your 50s, 60s and Beyond."
With speakers Sandy Wrightman and Michael Worsfold.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Writing Before You Even Begin

Saturday, October 19, 10:30 am-12:30 pm


A writing workshop with editor and novelist Rebecca Hendry. Space is limited! Call the library to register: 604.886.2130.








Star Hopping: How to Begin Exploring the Night Sky

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 - 7:30 pm


Charles Ennis introduces you to a simple process for navigating the night sky. Presented by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.








Repair Cafe

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Bring something to fix--or bring your skills to fix something!


MUSE: Open Mic

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Experience your 5 minutes of fame at Open Mic at the Library!


All Ages


Halloween Block Party!
Saturday, October 26, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

The library is part of a spooky neighbourhood block party for all ages that includes the Sunshine Coast Museum, Driftwood Players and the Gibsons Arts Building.

Drop into the library throughout the evening for ongoing spooky fun:

* A musical and visual treat by Coast Streaming with musician Steve Weave and visual artist Mieke Jay. They will transform the library with an interactive multimedia experience, including spooky sounds, funky grooves, performance visuals, and sporadic spooky stories.
* Creep through the darkened library to find hidden treasures and a chance to win a wee prize.
* Freaky fiction readings from young graduates of the four-part writing workshop happening in October.
Sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union.



Young People's Programs


Storytimes & Songs are back!

Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - Nov. 27

Both programs now on Wednesdays.

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)
10:00 - 10:45 am
Playful Preschoolers (2-5 year olds and their caregivers)
11:15 - 12:00 pm

Freaky Fiction
Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

An invitation for youth (gr. 6 & up) to explore the tricks of writing freaky fiction, in the library after dark. A 4-part program with local author and editor Janine Young. Participants will have the option of reading their story at the Halloween Block Party on Oct. 26th. Space is limited so register early.



The Teen Book Club is back!
Tuesday Oct. 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reading: Ghost Warning by local author Kara Stanley who might be joining us for the discussion this month! Read the book on your own, then discuss it with others over snacks, after the library closes for the day.
For readers in grades 10-12. Copies of the book are available to borrow now, at the library's front desk.




Dungeon & Dragons Night returns!
Friday Oct. 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join an exciting and imagined storytelling adventure, after hours at the library. Escape dungeons, slay dragons, and find out how much fun it is to be a part of the story. All levels of experience and play are welcome. For grades 5 - 12.

There is room for everyone but it helps to know how many players to expect. Advance registration is much appreciated. 
DM's who want to volunteer are asked to contact Danielle Arsenault at



LGBTQ2 + Allies Youth Group

Saturday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
"Greaser Night at the Movies"Connect with other LGBTQ2 & Allies youth over pizza, snacks and campy movie fun! Come in your best 1950s get-up for a chance to win prizes...
FREE. For ages 12-24.
Presented in partnership with Sunday in the Park with Pride Society. For more information, contact Laurie at or 604.989.9841.


Lego Builders Club

October 26

10:30 - 11:15 am
For builders aged 7 and under. Very young builders should be accompanied by an adult.

11:30 - 12:15 pm
For builders aged 8 and up.




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




Danielle's Book Picks



Just Plain Weird - Beware of Normal!
By Kaye Umansky
Juvenile Fiction

A funny read-aloud the whole family can enjoy together. The story gently pokes fun at the Primm family, who suddenly find themselves living next to the quirky and unpredictable Weird family.


It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime
Stories from a Sought African Childhood

Young Adult Fiction

A personal account of what life was like for a young mixed-race boy, under South Africa's apartheid regime. The account is illuminating and important, yet somehow manages to also include some humour.



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