October is Canadian Library Month. Did you know that there are close to 600 distinct public library systems, with almost 3000 branches across the country? Canadians make over 300 million visits in person to public, academic, and school libraries each year. Our Vancouver Public Library system is the third largest in Canada, with over 373,000 cardholders and more than 9 million items borrowed annually. What I’m trying to say is, if you’ve been meaning show your library love, there’s no better time and no better way of showing your appreciation than checking out some of the myriad bookish goings-on in these coming weeks. Read on for top picks of where to go and who to see, from yours truly. If you have a literary event coming up and would like to be featured in next month’s preview, email email@example.com.
VPL Touch – October 4th
|The Vancouver Public Library Foundation is hosting an evening of entertainment and innovation, with inter-active technologies and installations, live performances, and signature cocktails this Friday. An impressive silent auction will offer mentoring sessions from the VP of Pixar to Canucks Owner Francesco Aquilini, as well as some of Vancouver’s most influential digerati. Proceeds from the Touch event directly support the VPL’s Inspiration Lab initiative. You’ll be helping to equip a bold, energetic space with state of the art technology: sound studio, video editing, and self-publishing support for all Vancouverites to enjoy. A special presentation of Canadian authors Jen Sookfong Lee and Steve Burgess will have local artists bring their short stories to life in real time.|
|VPL Atrium, 350 West Georgia Street
8pm – 1am, Tickets from $75 (fundraiser) LINK