POSTPONED - #FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS (for our Holiday Party!)
Dec
22
4:00 PM16:00

POSTPONED - #FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS (for our Holiday Party!)

This "mastermind group" is for girls ages 12 and up, who are encouraged to bring their homework, research, readings, projects, writing, hobbies, and dreams to the library for productive and supportive work-study sessions in the company of excellence! Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4-9pm. 

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #1
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #1

There are no 'shoulds' in grief. It will often take longer than it 'should' and always longer than you want it to. Writing through grief can be healing, as the words on paper are spoken from the heart. Authentic mourning anchored in feeling your feelings is an opportunity to embrace your open heart in ways that allow for and encourage healing. 

 

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Cycle Circles: Menstruation
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Cycle Circles: Menstruation

A monthly gathering for women to gain community, speak openly of their periods/cyclical nature, and discuss rotating topics. Ranging from anatomy, hands-on menstruation tips, pelvic floor health, and supportive nutrition. Lead by Emma, a Reproductive Wellness Coach and Doula. Topics will rotate, open discussion is encouraged and questions are greatly welcome! Tea and light goodies will be served.

Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome. 

Anyone bearing a uterus is welcome - regardless of gender & sexual expression.

Will include:

  • Monthly, rotating topics to lead discussions (ranging from nutrition, anatomy, menstruation and reconceptualization of your cycle)
  • Always including a holistic lens, herbal medicine recommendations + tips
  • A supportive woman-centric environment and space to speak your stories
  • Community you can come back to month after month
  • Knowledge and a place to ask your reproductive health & body questions
  • Holistic health recommendations
  • Guest speakers depending on topic!

When: 3rd Friday of every month at 6pm - Dec 15th

Topic: Menstruation, Abnormalities, Pain Relief + Products

Where: 1255 Kingsway

Duration: 2 hrs 

Cost: Suggested donation $10-$15, no-one turned away for lack of funds

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #2
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #2

There are no 'shoulds' in grief. It will often take longer than it 'should' and always longer than you want it to. Writing through grief can be healing, as the words on paper are spoken from the heart. Authentic mourning anchored in feeling your feelings is an opportunity to embrace your open heart in ways that allow for and encourage healing. 

 

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

 

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #3
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #3

There are no 'shoulds' in grief. It will often take longer than it 'should' and always longer than you want it to. Writing through grief can be healing, as the words on paper are spoken from the heart. Authentic mourning anchored in feeling your feelings is an opportunity to embrace your open heart in ways that allow for and encourage healing. 

 

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CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR

This is an opportunity to move fully into a captured moment, and forgetting your genius, your talents and those of anyone else...write quickly with no preconceived subject, so quickly you retain nothing. Allow yourself to experience all sensations both inner and outer, and tune into the feelings these moments evoke in you. A written snapshot springing forth into conscious awareness. 

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #4
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL FOUR WEEK SERIES: Session #4

There are no 'shoulds' in grief. It will often take longer than it 'should' and always longer than you want it to. Writing through grief can be healing, as the words on paper are spoken from the heart. Authentic mourning anchored in feeling your feelings is an opportunity to embrace your open heart in ways that allow for and encourage healing. 

 

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STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Writing Workshop
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Writing Workshop

It's an incredibly freeing experience to write whatever comes up without constraint, censorship or judgment. Stream of Consciousness is a method of writing that reaches the deep recesses of the intuitive. Celebrate and explore the beauty and freedom that can result from raw uncensored acts of creation. Follow the thread, trust the pen, and see where the words take you.

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Cycle Circles: Supportive Nutrition
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Cycle Circles: Supportive Nutrition

A monthly gathering for women to gain community, speak openly of their periods/cyclical nature, and discuss rotating topics. Ranging from anatomy, hands-on menstruation tips, pelvic floor health, and supportive nutrition. Lead by Emma, a Reproductive Wellness Coach and Doula. Topics will rotate, open discussion is encouraged and questions are greatly welcome! Tea and light goodies will be served.

Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome.

Topics will include:

  • Monthly, rotating topics to lead discussions (ranging from nutrition, anatomy, menstruation and reconceptualization of your cycle)

  • Always including a holistic lens, herbal medicine recommendations + tips

  • A supportive woman-centric environment and space to speak your stories

  • Community you can come back to month after month

  • Knowledge and a place to ask your reproductive health & body questions

  • Holistic health recommendations

  • Guest speakers depending on topic!

When: 3rd Friday of every month at 6pm - Jan 19th

Topic: Supportive nutrition for your cycle + balancing hormones

Where: 1255 Kingsway

Duration: 2 hrs

Cost: Suggested donation $10-$15, no-one turned away for lack of funds

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

 

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Cycle Circles: Breast Exams + Women's Health
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Cycle Circles: Breast Exams + Women's Health

A monthly gathering for women to gain community, speak openly of their periods/cyclical nature, and discuss rotating topics. Ranging from anatomy, hands-on menstruation tips, pelvic floor health, and supportive nutrition. Lead by Emma, a Reproductive Wellness Coach and Doula. Topics will rotate, open discussion is encouraged and questions are greatly welcome! Tea and light goodies will be served.

Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome.

Anyone bearing a uterus is welcome - regardless of gender & sexual expression.

Topics will include:

  • Monthly, rotating topics to lead discussions (ranging from nutrition, anatomy, menstruation and reconceptualization of your cycle)

  • Always including a holistic lens, herbal medicine recommendations + tips

  • A supportive woman-centric environment and space to speak your stories

  • Community you can come back to month after month

  • Knowledge and a place to ask your reproductive health & body questions

  • Holistic health recommendations

  • Guest speakers depending on topic!

When: 3rd Friday of every month at 6pm - Feb 16th

Topic: Breast Exams, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor Health

Where: 1255 Kingsway

Duration: 2 hrs

Cost: Suggested donation $10-$15, no-one turned away for lack of funds

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WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!
Dec
17
11:30 AM11:30

WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!

Children and adults of all ages and language abilities are encouraged to join us for a series of storytimes in Spanish and English with a native Spanish speaking volunteer storyteller at the Vancouver Women's Library. World Kids Books will provide a pop-up shop of Spanish children's books available for purchase in the afternoon following the hour long program of stories and songs. 

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COURAGE AND CHAOS: Writing Workshop
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

COURAGE AND CHAOS: Writing Workshop

Be prepared to hear the truth in your heart. Give yourself permission to write from the truth, and embrace all the different parts of yourself. All answers lie within. 

You will explore powerful writing methods that will strengthen intuition, creativity and inner guidance. Connecting with your true self and writing from authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your purpose and embracing all the different parts of yourself.

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Asian Women for Equality Presents Zoë Goodall
Dec
9
4:30 PM16:30

Asian Women for Equality Presents Zoë Goodall

Zoë Goodall will discuss her thesis, which examined the question, "How was the issue of Indigenous women in prostitution represented at the deliberations over Canada's Bill C-36?" As well as discussing the findings of her thesis, Zoë, will discuss how her perspective of the Canadian deliverations was shaped by her position as an Australian. In Australia, there are similar issues to Canada in relation to the sex industry, however, the discussion is affected by inconsistent legistlation and decades of legalisation/decriminalisation. 

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#FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

#FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS

This "mastermind group" is for girls ages 12 and up, who are encouraged to bring their homework, research, readings, projects, writing, hobbies, and dreams to the library for productive and supportive work-study sessions in the company of excellence! Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4-9pm. 

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WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!
Dec
3
11:30 AM11:30

WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!

Children and adults of all ages and language abilities are encouraged to join us for a series of storytimes in Spanish and English with a native Spanish speaking volunteer storyteller at the Vancouver Women's Library. World Kids Books will provide a pop-up shop of Spanish children's books available for purchase in the afternoon following the hour long program of stories and songs. 

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 Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop

Join this evening workshop on women's hormonal health from a holistic perspective! During this workshop you will gain a practical understanding of the complex workings of reproductive hormones and how they affect women's daily lives.

Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome. 

Anyone bearing a uterus is welcome - of any gender & sexual expression!

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FILM SCREENING: Anna Akhmatova: The Life of a Poet
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

FILM SCREENING: Anna Akhmatova: The Life of a Poet

Kicking off our Fall/Winter Film Program is Anna Akhmatova: The Life of a Poet, directed by Helga Landauer, 2008, 59 mins.

Today I have so much to do
I must kill memory once and for all
I must turn soul to stone
I must learn to live again
Unless...Summer's ardent rustling
Is like a festival outside my window.
For a long time I've foreseen this
Brilliant day, deserted house.

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#FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

#FEF: FEMALE EXCELLENCE FRIDAYS

This "mastermind group" is for girls ages 12 and up, who are encouraged to bring their homework, research, readings, projects, writing, hobbies, and dreams to the library for productive and supportive work-study sessions in the company of excellence! Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4-9pm. 

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WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!
Nov
19
11:30 AM11:30

WE LOVE STORYTIME: Stories & Songs in Spanish/English with World Kids Books!

Children and adults of all ages and language abilities are encouraged to join us for a series of storytimes in Spanish and English with a native Spanish speaking volunteer storyteller at the Vancouver Women's Library. World Kids Books will provide a pop-up shop of Spanish children's books available for purchase in the afternoon following the hour long program of stories and songs. 

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop

Vancouver Women's Library members receive a discount!

We each grieve in our own unique way and reflecting on the memory of your loss is an intensely personal experience. In order to heal, you need to feel and writing through grief is a valuable tool that is available to you 24 hours a day.  

 

Writing through grief offers you the opportunity to : 

  • reflect on the meaning and significance of the loss in your life as it applies to your inner self. 
  • write your feelings down as a map of your journey towards healing.
  • separate and sort through all the confusion and conflicting emotions that surface after a loss.
  • let off steam, release, tension and express creative urges in a safe and harmless way.
  • clarify what you are thinking and feeling as you move from thinking to writing it down.

 

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

 

While writing is definitely therapeutic, we will not be doing therapy at these workshops. Our focus will be on the writing practice and healing power of writing.  An open heart and a willingness to write is all that is required. 

 

Maximum 8 people per workshop, minimum 3.

Please bring your journal/notebook and a pen. Refreshments will be provided. 

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OPEN MIC!
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

OPEN MIC!

You ask, we deliver! Our first Open Mic Night is this Saturday November 11th. Musicians, comedians, writers, poets, pun enthusiasts, kids with tricks, pups with borks - come one, come all - the floor is yours! Sign up begins at 5pm

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GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS WRITING TO HEAL: Writing Workshop

Vancouver Women's Library Members receive a discount!

We each grieve in our own unique way and reflecting on the memory of your loss is an intensely personal experience. In order to heal, you need to feel and writing through grief is a valuable tool that is available to you 24 hours a day.  

Writing through grief offers you the opportunity to : 

  • reflect on the meaning and significance of the loss in your life as it applies to your inner self. 
  • write your feelings down as a map of your journey towards healing.
  • separate and sort through all the confusion and conflicting emotions that surface after a loss.
  • let off steam, release, tension and express creative urges in a safe and harmless way.
  • clarify what you are thinking and feeling as you move from thinking to writing it down.

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

While writing is definitely therapeutic, we will not be doing therapy at these workshops. Our focus will be on the writing practice and healing power of writing.  An open heart and a willingness to write is all that is required. 

 

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COURAGE AND CHAOS: Writing Workshop
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

COURAGE AND CHAOS: Writing Workshop

Vancouver Women's Library Members receive a discount!

Be prepared to hear the truth in your heart. Give yourself permission to write from the truth, and embrace all the different parts of yourself. All answers lie within. 

You will explore powerful writing methods that will strengthen intuition, creativity and inner guidance. Connecting with your true self and writing from authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your purpose and embracing all the different parts of yourself.

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Handpoked Flash Tattoo Pop-Up with JJ
Sep
30
to Oct 1

Handpoked Flash Tattoo Pop-Up with JJ

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Fulfill your dreams of being inked at the Vancouver Women’s Library at our tattoo flash event!  Join us in welcoming our guest tattoo artist JJ for a day of handpoked tattoos. First come first serve: pop by early to secure your tattoo spot.

When: Sat. Sept. 30 – Sun. Oct. 1 / 11AM to ~6PM (till late)
Where: 1255 Kingsway
Cost: Sliding scale starting at $50

Let us know you're coming at with a RVSP!

JJ E. is a QPoC handpoked tattoo artist and student, based in Vancouver, B.C. Join their community tattoo project, #52ChildrenPlaying, by learning through playing and sharing stories.

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GRIEF AND LOSS: Writing to heal
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS: Writing to heal

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

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WORKSHOP: Women's Holistic Hormonal Health
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: Women's Holistic Hormonal Health

During this workshop you will gain a practical understanding of the complex workings of reproductive hormones and how they affect women's daily lives. Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome. 

Emma Devin is a lesbian holistic birth and postpartum Doula, based in Vancouver, B.C. She works through her business (Pacific North Birth Services) to educate and guide women through their hormonal and reproductive lives and beyond.

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CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR

This is an opportunity to move fully into a captured moment, and forgetting your genius, your talents and those of anyone else...write quickly with no preconceived subject, so quickly you retain nothing. Allow yourself to experience all sensations both inner and outer, and tune into the feelings these moments evoke in you. A written snapshot springing forth into conscious awareness. 

You will explore powerful writing methods that will strengthen intuition, creativity and inner guidance. Connecting with your true self and writing from authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your purpose and embracing all the different parts of yourself.

Vancouver Women's Library Members Receive a Discount! 

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CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR:
Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

CONSCIOUS WORD WARRIOR:

You will explore powerful writing methods that will strengthen intuition, creativity and inner guidance. Connecting with your true self and writing from authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your purpose and embracing all the different parts of yourself.

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GRIEF AND LOSS: Writing to heal
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

GRIEF AND LOSS: Writing to heal

Through guided meditation and structured writes explore the different dimensions of grief and yourself. Obtain the relief that comes when you can express your thoughts and feelings and know that you have put them down somewhere. Whether the grief you carry is from an actual death or from some of the many losses we sustain in life, come and be welcomed into a safe space with other grief journeyers. 

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Film Screening: Le Bonheur
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur ("Happiness") is a 1965 French drama film directed by Agnès Varda. The film is associated with the French New Wave and won two awards at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival, including the Jury Grand Prix. The film's notable colours resulted from the creation of a new colour negative because the original had faded during production.

François, a young carpenter working for his uncle, lives a comfortable and happy life in his marriage to his wife named Thérèse with which he has two seemingly perfect children, Pierrot and Gisou. Although finding abundant “le bonheur” in his marriage and indisputably loving his wife and children, François covetously pursues an extended happiness through an affair with a woman called Émilie whom he meets on a business trip. 

Émilie knows of and skeptically inquires François about his marriage to which he soothes her with charming words and continues in his infidelity. Finding love with Émilie in the afternoon and with Thérèse at night, François’ wife questions him on a family daytrip about the new level of happiness that he has experienced lately and which she has noticed. Finding himself unable to lie to his wife, François tells Thérèse the truth about his affair, but assures her that there is “more than enough happiness to go around, nothing has changed between them.” Thérèse is found dead shortly after hearing the news of her husband’s infidelity, news that essentially shatter her very character that is determined by her ability to feed her husband’s happiness. Left a widower, François responds with a short period of mourning followed by a continued pursuit of Émilie who gladly becomes his wife and the mother of his children. In completing his family with Émilie as a replacement for his late wife Thérèse, François’ life embodies a spirit of “le bonheur” once again despite his break with morality.


This film screening is part of our Spring/Summer 2017 film programming schedule. Stay tuned for our monthly screenings which aim to highlight women's achievements in global cinema. All screenings are by donation; popcorn and beverages will be provided.
Programmed by Yaz Ebrahi.

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The Vancouver Women's Library 1st Annual Block Party!!
Aug
20
11:00 AM11:00

The Vancouver Women's Library 1st Annual Block Party!!

Join us at our 1st annual BLOCK PARTY!! This Sunday August 20th, 11-5pm! After several postponements, we are finally ready to relinquish our hoard of treasures. We have an untold number of mason jars, books, clothes, jackets, shoes, accessories, antiques, rare ephemera, records, knick-knacks! There will also be a silent auction of donated services from some of the wonderful women in our community. BBQ, baked goods, LIVE MUSIC!! featuring Jody Okabe and Arbutus!! Come one - come all! It will be a blast!

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AWAKENING YOUR INTUITION: Writing Workshop - NOW FULL
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

AWAKENING YOUR INTUITION: Writing Workshop - NOW FULL

  • 1255 Kingsway Vancouver, BC, V5V 3E2 Canada (map)
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Come step into the awakening of your intuitive self. Bridge the gap between your conscious and unconscious mind. Dive deep into vast depths of yourself and reclaim the connection with your 'wise self'.

You will explore powerful writing methods that will strengthen intuition, creativity and inner guidance. Connecting with your true self and writing from authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your purpose and embracing all the different parts of yourself.

You do not need experience as a writer to participate in these workshops.
All levels are welcome. Maximum 8 people per workshop, minimum 3.
Please bring your journal/notepad and a pen. Refreshments will be provided.
Sliding scale payment for Vancouver Women's Library Members! 

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Film Screening: Cameraperson
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Cameraperson

Cameraperson is a 2016 autobiographical collage documentary film. The film is an account by director Kirsten Johnson about her life and career as a cinematographer. It relies on footage shot by Johnson across the years in numerous different countries.

Adocumentary film-maker and cinematographer for 25 years, Kirsten Johnson uses clips from her vast body of work to create what she describes as a “memoir”. But this fascinating collage is more than that – it’s an interrogation of the relationship between the person behind the camera and the one in front of it; it’s an insight into the struggle between impartiality and the urge to intervene (we hear Johnson’s muttered prayers as a Bosnian toddler plays with an axe; we hear her cry along with a young woman at an abortion clinic). And although we only see Johnson’s face once, briefly, it’s a detailed self-portrait of an extraordinary woman.


This film screening is part of our Spring/Summer 2017 film programming schedule. Stay tuned for our monthly screenings which aim to highlight women's achievements in global cinema. All screenings are by donation; popcorn and beverages will be provided.
Programmed by Yaz Ebrahi.

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Subversive Stitch Textile Workshop 2.0
Jul
16
6:00 PM18:00

Subversive Stitch Textile Workshop 2.0

Subversive Stitch is a two-day collective quilting workshop for the purpose of exchanging knowledge on stitching, embroidery, and weaving. While listening to recorded texts from the library’s archive, together we will construct a quilt inspired by female authors for use in the Vancouver Women's Library. 

Come prepared with an image and sentence around a favourite female voice (including a loved-one), or come early to browse the library. All women regardless of creed/race/class/gender/sexuality/age/profession/sewing experience are welcome to attend and tune into the ongoing history of women’s textile work.

Fabric, thread, needles, and pamphlet of reading excerpts will be provided.

First Session: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Second Session: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Where: 1255 Kingsway
Duration: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5-15, no-one turned away for lack of funds

Textile work has forever been a rare space where women have created and continue to create material culture not just for the home, but for public display. It’s the kind of space that is not just physical but mental, temporal, material, and emotional, offering an alternative to a society organized around masculinity.

For women of all stations in life and in all socioeconomic classes, textile work has been both a domestic and a domesticating labor, both a tool of oppression and an instrument of liberation, both a professional endeavour and a leisure pastime, both an avenue for crossing class boundaries and a barrier confirming class status. It has been constructed and pursued as a religious duty and a secular pleasure, as a prison sentence and an escape, as an innocuous pastime and a powerful political weapon. Reviled and celebrated, it has nevertheless been a significant cultural practice of meaning-making. 

The collective creation of a quilt challenges the idea of “artistic authorship”. We hope to engage women in communal ways of cultural production, subverting traditional notions of the artist as genius and instead focusing on women as producers of cultural products and creators of social value through the making of the object, including the conditions under which it was made, by whom, and for what purpose.  

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Subversive Stitch Textile Workshop 1.0
Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Subversive Stitch Textile Workshop 1.0

Subversive Stitch is a two-day collective quilting workshop for the purpose of exchanging knowledge on stitching, embroidery, and weaving. While listening to recorded texts from the library’s archive, together we will construct a quilt inspired by female authors for use in the Vancouver Women's Library. 

Come prepared with an image and sentence around a favourite female voice (including a loved-one), or come early to browse the library. All women regardless of creed/race/class/gender/sexuality/age/profession/sewing experience are welcome to attend and tune into the ongoing history of women’s textile work.

Fabric, thread, needles, and pamphlet of reading excerpts will be provided.

First Session: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Second Session: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Where: 1255 Kingsway
Duration: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5-15, no-one turned away for lack of funds

Textile work has forever been a rare space where women have created and continue to create material culture not just for the home, but for public display. It’s the kind of space that is not just physical but mental, temporal, material, and emotional, offering an alternative to a society organized around masculinity.

For women of all stations in life and in all socioeconomic classes, textile work has been both a domestic and a domesticating labor, both a tool of oppression and an instrument of liberation, both a professional endeavour and a leisure pastime, both an avenue for crossing class boundaries and a barrier confirming class status. It has been constructed and pursued as a religious duty and a secular pleasure, as a prison sentence and an escape, as an innocuous pastime and a powerful political weapon. Reviled and celebrated, it has nevertheless been a significant cultural practice of meaning-making. 

The collective creation of a quilt challenges the idea of “artistic authorship”. We hope to engage women in communal ways of cultural production, subverting traditional notions of the artist as genius and instead focusing on women as producers of cultural products and creators of social value through the making of the object, including the conditions under which it was made, by whom, and for what purpose.  

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Film Screening: Anita Speaking Truth to Power
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Anita Speaking Truth to Power

An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today. 

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film celebrates Anita Hill's legacy and provides a rare glimpse into her private life and career. 


This film screening is part of our Spring/Summer 2017 film programming schedule. Stay tuned for our monthly screenings which aim to highlight women's achievements in global cinema. All screenings are by donation; popcorn and beverages will be provided.
Programmed by Yaz Ebrahi.

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Stick n Poke Flash Tattoo Day with Stéphanie Chevrier
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

Stick n Poke Flash Tattoo Day with Stéphanie Chevrier

  • 1255 Kingsway Vancouver, BC, V5V 3E2 Canada (map)
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Our first tattoo flash day of the year! Join us in welcoming our talented guest tattoo artist Stéphanie Chevrier for a day of stick n pokes. First come first serve: pop by early to secure your tattoo spot. Have a coffee and browse our catalogue while you wait.

SUN / June 18th / 11AM-5PM
Price: $40-60
30-60 minutes per tattoo

Stéphanie is an illustrator and hand poke tattoo artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. She is a nature lover who gathers much of her inspiration from the beauty of the West Coast. She was initially drawn to the gentle practice of machine-free tattooing as a way to explore different mediums of creating and to make her art more accessible. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide a space that allows her clients to share, process, and celebrate any and all life experiences. (Website / Instagram)

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Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop

Join this evening workshop on women's hormonal health from a holistic perspective! During this workshop you will gain a practical understanding of the complex workings of reproductive hormones and how they affect women's daily lives. Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome. 

Topics will include:
- Logistical and practical knowledge of your cycle
- Tips and trick to cope with your daily hormonal health
- Herbal medicine recommendations
- Brief explanation of menstrual abnormalities and understanding
- General knowledge of your reproductive health
- Q&A and discussion after to wrap it up and debrief!
- Comes with a visual presentation to help make it more concise and keep on track/visual cues (PDF download with worksheet included)

When: June 17th at 7:30PM
Where: 1255 Kingsway
Duration: 2 hrs and an open discussion afterwards
Cost: Suggested donation $10-$20, no-one turned away for lack of funds

Emma Devin is a lesbian holistic birth and postpartum Doula, based in Vancouver, B.C. She works through her business (Pacific North Birth Services) to educate and guide women through their hormonal and reproductive lives and beyond.

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 Let's talk about Commercial Surrogacy PART ONE
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Let's talk about Commercial Surrogacy PART ONE

You are warmly invited to the first of two sessions to learn from, connect with, and support the work of Asian Women for Equality & South Asian Women Against Male Violence.

Asian women are overwhelmingly recruited to carry out pregnancy for commissioning parents. Join other Asian women to explore the impact as this demand reaches around the world.

First Session:
TUES /  June 6th  /  7 - 9 PM
1255 Kingsway, Vancouver

Second Session: 
DELAYED - stay tuned! 

Priority seating will be for Asian women, Indigenous women and other women-of-colour. Sisters of any race invested in learning from and supporting non-white feminist leadership are encouraged to attend.

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