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Computer Science Foundations – March 23-April 27

Are you interested in learning more about computer science? Register for Computer Science Foundations. No previous knowledge required.

The Computer Science Foundations Crash Course is a 6-week long workshop series led by undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo, UBC, and SFU. Topics include syntax, data structure, and various algorithms.

The end goal? Code a program that will solve a Sudoku puzzle.

Check out this PDF for more info: CS Foundations

March Special Programs

On Saturdays throughout March, the Richmond Public Library has some exciting new programs running in the Launchpad (Brighouse/Main Branch).

Do you love to play video games? Ever wanted to make an app? Ever wondered how much weight a popsicle stick bridge can hold? Come by the library this March!


MARCH 3: Game of Apps

The Game of Apps is a 16-week extra-curricular program where students from various Richmond secondary schools formed teams to compete in developing an iPhone or iPad app. The teams have been working with industry mentors (professional designers and developers) who have been coaching and exposing the students to the same tools and processes used in the tech industry. Come and see the final results of the teams’ projects, including their final pitch presentations and app demos, early prototypes and sketches, user testing results, source code, and much more!


MARCH 10: Science and Engineering Month Fair and Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition

Come join us for the annual Science & Engineering Fair and Popsicle Bridge Competition done in partnership with the Richmond/Delta Branch of the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC).

This event is part of the National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM). Enjoy displays and activities provided by engineering organizations, educational institutions, and engineering students. This is a free, drop-in event, open to everyone.

Join the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition!
Build the strongest bridge you can with 100 popsicle sticks and white glue. Popsicle Stick Bridges will be tested on the day of the fair (March 10), using the famous EGBC bridge tester.

The three categories for the competition are:
1) Grade 10 and under,
2) Grade 11 and 12, and
3) Post-secondary students and professionals

The winners of each category will be awarded with a trophy.

To register, download the registration form from… or visit the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch to pick up a registration form.
Registration forms can be handed in at the library or emailed to

Purchase your own popsicle sticks and glue, or pick up a popsicle and glue kit package from the Brighouse Branch during month of February.


MARCH 17: Retro & New: Gaming Tournament & Showcase

Most people have played video games in the past, but have you played the games from the past? On March 17th come and experience the video games new and old on freeplay, and participate in our Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Bros. Tournaments! Hope to see you there!

Register for the tournament by speaking with a Library Staff member. You will be asked for your name, email or phone number, age and skill level: new player, beginner, intermediate or expert.

Please bring your Wii remote, nunchuck, Gamecube controller, Wii U Pro controller, or 3DS if you have any on hand.




Canva 101: ERASE Bullying

7:30-8:30 PM
Launchpad, Brighouse (Main) Branch

Seeking inspiration for your next creative project? Learn how to design a poster for the City of Richmond’s ERASE Bullying Poster Contest using Canva. Register through RPL’s event calendar.

Create stunning designs in your browser with the free version of Canva. Come to RPL’s Canva 101: ERASE Bullying to learn how you can take advantage of Canva’s library of graphics, professional layouts and fonts to create your own masterpiece.

ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) aims to prevent and combat bullying so that students in British Columbia can feel accepted and safe in their schools.

You can help promote the 2018 ERASE Bullying campaign in Richmond by submitting your poster designs to the ERASE Bullying Poster Contest by November 20, 2017.


RPL is Celebrating PRIDE with some awesome books!

To celebrate Pride this summer, we have put together a list of some truly awesome LGBTQ teen books. For the complete list, go here. But, here are some of our favourites:

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon, who has not come out yet, has been emailing all summer with his pen-pal, but they have never met in real life. When a classmate discovers their emails, Simon is blackmailed into playing wing-man for him or else his sexual identity will be broadcast to everyone in the school.




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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Joanna lives in Atlanta and is a proud queer teen. But, when her father gets remarried and moves them to a small rural town in Georgia, Jo is asked to keep her sexuality a secret. Jo agrees and things are going great. That is, until she meets Mary. Jo has to choose between keeping her promise to her father and following her heart.




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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

This book takes an honest look at the life, love and struggles of transgender teens. Author, Susan Kuklin, interviews six transgender or gender-neutral teens and asks them about their lives.

Youth Week Events at RPL!

Are you looking for free events and activities to celebrate Youth Week? Come to the library! (100-7700 Minoru Gate)

Science & Technology Expo – Wed, May 3; 3:30-5:30pm

Interested in science and technology? This event will have hands-on activities and engaging workshops available from professionals in the field. Come be a part of this amazing science experience! Workshops at 4:00 & 4:45pm. Drop-in anytime! Call 231.6457 for info. Click for details:

Youth Job Fair – Thu, May 4; 3:00-5:00pm

Are you looking for work experience? The library has teamed up with employers in the community who are looking for youth to join their team! Employers to expect are McDonalds, 6Pack Indoor Beach, Telus and more! Bring your resume and come prepared for an informal interview. Avia Employment Services will also be offering hands on sessions to help you get job ready! Drop-in anytime! Call 604.231.6457 for info! Click for details:

Careers in Media Arts @ the Media Lab (Cultural Centre) – Sat, May 6; 12:00-4:00pm

Explore career options in Media Arts through workshops and discussions with professionals working in graphic design, animation and video game production. Register in person or online: Animation #: 2022488, Graphic Design #: 2022588, Video Game Production #: 2022538. Call 604.247.8303 for info.




Need something to do on a snow day?

Isn’t all this snow crazy?!

I don’t know the last time we got this much snow! I don’t know about you, but the snow is fun for a day or two, but then I start to feel antsy and start looking for things to read.


Guess what? RPL not only has some great books, but we also have:
Streaming video and music

If you can’t leave the house because of all the snow, all you have to do is go to the library website and get all you need there 🙂