Find out what’s available inside and outside the library – Maple Ridge News

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By Liza Morris / Special for News

The weather is finally getting better, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit your local public library in person or online.

Want to go out in the great outdoors?

Look up to the sky with a birding backpack, rucksack or telescope from our “Playground” loaner collection.

Or check out one of our new vube puzzle kits, which include a variety of puzzle cubes, simple instruction manuals and a quick start guide.

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Missing in-person kids’ programs? Good news!

In May, we resume delivering Babytimes and Storytimes in person at the library.

The Maple Ridge Public Library will host Babytimes in person at 9:30 a.m., Mondays May 2-16; as well as story time at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month. Registration is mandatory.

The Pitt Meadows Public Library will host in-person Baby Socials on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and story times on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No registration is required.

If you enjoyed our on-demand and live Zoom children’s programs, they continue to be available. Discover @ReadLearnPlay on Facebook and Youtube for amazing on-demand programs. Follow the Events link on www.fvrl.bc.ca to sign up for Zoom Babytimes and interactive Storytimes live.

Looking for fun DIY activities? Stop by the Maple Ridge Public Library in May for fairytale-themed “Take & Makes” or the Pitt Meadows Public Library for Star Wars-themed “Take & Makes.”

Both libraries will also be hosting fun Star Wars-themed activities on May 4 for Star Wars Day and handing out amazing free comic books to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 7.

For teens, how creative can you get?

With the Imagine Contest it can be anything you think of! Submit your best artistic effort for a chance to win great prizes (and glory, of course). All submissions must be received by May 14.

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For the grown-ups, check out FVRL’s upcoming Zoom Live Author Presentations with Christina Myers and Omar El Akkad.

May 3, Christine Myers will do a reading and a question-and-answer session with the public.

Christina is a writer, editor and former journalist. She was the creator and editor of the IPPY award-winning anthology “BIG: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies” (2020) and the author of the novel “The List of Last Chances” (2021) .

She teaches creative nonfiction through SFU’s Continuing Studies Creative Writing Department and is a co-host of a reading series called “Words in the Burbs.”

May 18, Omar El Akkad will read and discuss his novel, “What Strange Paradise”.

He is an author and journalist.

El Akkad’s first novel, “American War”, is an international bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages.

He has won numerous journalism awards and his fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ and many other newspapers and magazines.

Online registration is required for both free live Zoom author conferences.

For more information about FVRL’s programs and services, see www.fvrl.bc.ca or contact your local library.

– Liza Morris is a community librarian at the Maple Ridge Public Library

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