VPL provides first connection to community programs

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The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) information table at ISSofBC Welcome Centre is more than a place to check out books, it’s a first connection for newcomers to VPL’s diverse community programming offering everything from English language conversation circles to youth cooking groups.

Community Librarian Shenuri Nugawila, Information Services Michelle Patenaude and Brian Peaslee drop by ISSofBC Welcome Centre once a month to share information on VPL programs and events, give out library cards, and offer free materials for all ages such a novels, dictionaries, DVDs, comics and children’s books.

Since the partnership began close to a year ago with ISSofBC, Nugawila said many newcomers they connect with are surprised by the array of programming offered.

“We generally ask them what they are interested in finding out about. Some are looking for English language conversation and many don’t realize all the programs are free and what the community has to offer.”

The library information table at ISSofBC Welcome Centre is set up at the main reception area and is open to clients of organizations visiting or staying at the centre including the Inland Refugee Society, Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture (VAST), Settlement Orientation Services (SOS), Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society and the Welcome Centre Medical Clinic.

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