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November 2014
Welcome to the November edition of the Richmond Public Library's Kids e-Newsletter. The rainy fall is here and we are happy to bring you some fun ways to spend the cooler days inside with family and friends. Read on to find out about some wonderful indoor activities like out Teen Essay Contest, Math Club, Minecraft Club and more.
Financial Smarts for Teens
Calling all teens, are you financially savvy? This program is to help you start managing your money wisely. Gain financial knowledge early and have the foundation needed to make informed financial decisions in the future. This free, one hour program will be hosted by the Young Investor Program Canada.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 1:00-2:00pm - Ironwood branch

Register online today.
The Makerbot will be making its way out to the branches. Look for it at a branch near you! 3D Printer Certification for Teens
Coming Thursday December 4th teens are invited to become certified on the 3D printer. Participants will learn how to use the MakerBot Replicator 2. Teens will find out how to correctly import and convert existing designs into files that can be printed on RPL's 3D printers. Students will receive hands-on instruction on the various functions of the printers themselves. At the end of the program attendees will receive a certificate that they will need if they wish to book time on our 3D printers in order to make their own designs. Registration is required and space is limited so sign up today. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 7:00-9:00pm - Brighouse
Saving For Your Child's Education 
Cambie Library - Dream Room 
Saturday, Nov. 29 1-2pm 
Experts from RBC, Royal Bank will be answering your questions and giving guidance about saving for your child's education. There are many options for parents and these experts will offer advice and answer questions.This one hour session will include information about RESP's. It is never too early or too late to start saving for your child's post secondary education.
 It's Raining, It's Pouring!
The days have gotten shorter and wetter. We may be looking for some fun and educational indoor activities to keep the children occupied. Check out our events calendar for free programs and events at all of our locations. From energetic babytimes and entertaining storytimes to after school homework help and even educational game playing; the library is the place to be. 

Looking for some inspiration for what you can do at home with the kids? Check out these rainy day activity books filled with games, crafts and puzzles. These activities are sure to sharpen skills and help your child chase away the doldrums on a rainy afternoon. 

Math Club  
For many childremath is a struggle so the Richmond Public Library has created a wonderful after school program for school aged children to develop their math skills. Through worksheets, drills, logic puzzles, and games children will strengthen their number skills. This is a four week registered course so sign up today.

Grades 1 to 3
- Tuesday's starting Nov. 18, 2014 - Brighouse
Grades 4 to 7 - Thursday's starting Nov. 20, 2014 - Brighouse
Beginners Chess Tournament 
The Richmond Public Library in collaboration with the Chess2Inspire Association is hosting a Beginners Chess Tournament at our Brighouse branch. This is an exciting opportunity for children ages 5 to 12 years old to compete in a real chess tournament.This is a registered event. .
BrighouseSunday Nov. 301:30 to 4:30pm

Menorah Lighting

Celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of a giant Menorah on the plaza in front of the Brighouse Library. Enjoy live Chanukah music, traditional Dreidel games, crafts, and food. All ages welcome.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 5pm - Brighouse Branch


Chanukah Olive Press Workshop

Watch Rabbi Baitelman of Chabad Richmond demonstrate the process that was used more than 2,200 years ago to produce pure olive oil . Come and celebrate Chanukah at this interactive, fun workshop for all ages. All ages welcome. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2pm - Brighouse Branch


Bedtime Stories
Bedtime stories have long been known to foster parent-child bonds and help  prepare children for sleep. Studies have shown that there is great power in this night-time routine. "Neural research shows that when parents and caregivers read to children they learn a great deal more then we ever thought possible," says G. Reid Lyon, PhD. Improved logic skills to lower stress levels and perhaps the most profound discovery is the way bedtime stories can rewire children's brains to quicken their mastery of language. 

Come and discover our new display of bedtime stories at the Brighouse branch today!
Minecraft and Literacy
Could video games such as Minecraft actually help children learn to read? The answer is Yes. Minecraft is the newest video game which among teachers and parents is considered educational. This video game instills spatial reasoning, math and logic skills. This video game has also encouraged reading and writing with its players. 
How would a video game encourage reading? Well, while playing the game is fun there is very little instruction or tutorials so players must hunt down ways to find out how it works though handbooks and guides. Children feel that they are simply boning up on the latest playing tips but in fact they are actually improving their reading and comprehension skills.

Check out some of the latest Minecraft Handbooks today.
The Library
  • Enjoy our new online catalogue.
  • Looking for some book recommendations? Try one of our Lists.
  • The library is not just for books anymore, check out our digital collection too for movies, music and more.
  • eBooks and Tumblebooks can be accessed 24/7, even when the library is not open!
In This Issue
3D Printer Certificate
Save for your Child's Education
Math Club
Beginners Chess Tournament
We Recommend 

Once Upon an Alphabet 

Here is a great read for 4-8 year old's by Oliver Jeffers

From an astronaut who is afraid of heights, to a bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom. This series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet.
Hoopla Pick of the Month 

Rainy Day Songs  

This album is filled with children and family classics. Rain Rain Go Away, The Farmer in the Dell and even It Ain't Gonna Rain No More are all available for free through Hoopla's steaming audio.


Check this out on Hoopla!


Note: Richmond residents only.
RPL card required.   



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