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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.




Teen Volunteers Needed

Are you between the ages of 12-18 years and are looking for something to do after school? Why not earn service hours while helping your community? The following library programs are in need of volunteers:

READING BUDDIES (Meet other teens & help kids with their reading!)

Tue              4:00-5:00pm           Jan. 26-feb. 21    Ironwood Branch
Thurs          4:00-5:00pm           Jan. 23-Mar. 8    Brighouse Branch
Wed             4:00-5:00pm          Jan. 31-Feb. 21    Steveston Branch

LE CLUB FRANCAIS (Meet other teens & help kids with their reading in French! (Must be fluent in French)

Tue             4:00-5:00pm          Jan. 23-Mar. 6    Brighouse Branch

READ TO A DOG (Help kids with their reading as they read to a service dog!)


Tue              7:00-8:00pm           Jan. 23-Feb. 27    Brighouse Branch
Wed             4:00-5:00pm          Jan. 31-Feb. 21     Steveston Branch

CHESS CLUB (Set-up chess boards, teach children chess & play a game or two!)

Wed            3:30-5:00pm            Jan. 13-Mar. 28    Brighouse Branch

Please email: if you are interested in volunteering for one of the programs.

Teen Volunteers Needed for LE CLUB FRANCAIS!!

Can you speak French fluently or are you in French Immersion? Come and volunteer for Le Club Francais at the Brighouse branch.

Le Club Francais is a 1-on-1 French reading program where you help practice reading with children in French Immersion (Gr. 1-3). Volunteers will help their little buddy practice reading in French for 45 minutes each week. Reading and communication skills at a secondary French level required.

The Winter session runs for 7 weeks on Tuesdays from January 24 to March 7 @ 4-5pm. Volunteers must attend all 7 sessions.
Please email Genevieve if you are interested.