WEEKEND UPDATE: #FEF, Feminist Talk, Open Mic

Dear cherished members,

How is it December already?! And pretty well into it too. It's been a heck of a year. So much to be grateful for, reflect on, learn from, and motivate us for even more activity in 2018. 

We've got a great weekend ahead, exciting news to come, and much to be thankful for with recent donations and connections. Read on~

First off, our events!

DEC 8th 4pm -9pm

emale Excellence Fridays #FEF!  (Event)

Join our ongoing women and girls mentorship and study program. If you're all about goal-setting and accountability with your self and others (or would like to be!) come down to the library for a productive work/study session. 

DEC 9th SATURDAY 4pm-6pm

Asian Women for Equality Presents Zoë Goodall (nf)

AWCEP hosts Feminist scholar Zoë a discussion on policies on prostitution in Australia and Canada. All library members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

DEC 9th SATURDAY  6pm-10pm

Open Mic: Round TWO! (Info | FB | Event)

Come for the feminism, stay for the entertainment! Our second open mic to date - sign up begins at 6 with the first performer on at 7pm. All are welcome - don't be shy! We have an incredible community of supportive, kind individuals who will hold space for whatever you wish to share. 

DEC 10th SUNDAY  All Day

Holiday Cards & Crafts

We will be making cards to thank our donors at the library all day if you'd like to bring some materials to join us for some arts and crafts.

DEC 11th & 14th Monday & Thursday 6:30-9:00pm

Rain Down Words: Grief & Loss | Courage & Chaos

Be sure to reserve your spot for Deb's writing workshops coming up. Each one we have had the pleasure of attending has been moving and powerful. Even if writing or sharing or even talking is not your thing, there is something in holding space together with gentle guidance for a common goal - whether that is to survive grief, touch your intuition, or gain courage from chaos. Highly recommend for this time of year where pressure and tensions can rise.

And now, for the exciting news - we are planning a holiday potluck dinner at the library for all library members and volunteers!! Please have your say for dates in the link above. Everyone must bring a plate or bowl, cup, and utensils for their own use - to reduce waste. All are encouraged to bring any spare blankets, coats, and socks to share with members in need and local women's shelters. All members and volunteers, old and new, their partners, friends, family, loved ones, are all most welcome!!

eep your ears to ground too for February/March 2018 - we will be celebrating our one year anniversary in a big way in collaboration with Tayybehh, to fundraise for both the Women's Library and Aboriginal Women's Action Network!! Out of town members and supporters, we will be in touch as soon as we have a better idea on the date - we would love to celebrate with you all too!

Last but not least, our heartfelt thanks to:

Maryam of Bahar Books for sending us the most loving package of beautiful children's books and poetry in Farsi and English for our multilingual collection. 

ll who come out to make our Spanish Storytimes possible - the families! Mariana, Ana, Simon, Xanat (still one more session left December 17th!) Ángela and Alba for their continued support and visits to our Spanish Storytimes! (We are planning with Ángela to bring you yoga for kids in Spanish for 2018!!!)

Lea for her kind encouragement and offer to help with our fundraising efforts, and Sera for her recent e-transfer donation that was sorely needed. Thank you so much.

Katie Lingley and Julie Lingley for our brand new mini fridge!!! This is something we have needed since we opened in this space and will make such a difference for the comfort of volunteers and members. 

hank you women! And thank you for reading!

We will be messaging you once more early in the week with the launch of our Patreon page! 

In the meantime, if you are able to, or know someone who can donate, please consider making a contribution - no amount is too small. We are volunteer and donations powered. All funds go directly towards rent, utilities, and providing programming and services for women and girls. 

With much love, gratitude, and excitement!

See you between the shelves~

The Bookwomen of VWL~

FALL/WINTER 2017 UPDATE: Bilingual Storytimes in Spanish/English, Finances, and all that jazz

Cherished Bookwomen!
 

How have you been? Are you eating well? Are you keeping warm? We have been a little chilly! The fan above the library door was letting in quite a bit of cold air, but we've covered it up with some insulating bubble wrap and it gets downright toasty now! With the wrap and extra blankets and rugs and teas the library is feeling cozier than ever. 4pm sunsets be damned. 

Though we have had some challenges internally and financially, thanks to our wonderful, kind, generous, hard-working library women, supporters and mentors we are now nearly 400 members strong, with over 30 volunteers. Almost all of our donated books are catalogued and our multilingual collection is steadily growing. 

Many thanks to the support of:

Rain Down Words
UBC Women's Centre
Bahar Books Publishing
World Kids Books
Parents for Spanish Language Association and
Latin Mom Tips

We are also grateful to:

Patrice, Deb, Mairead, Julia, Chris, Ana, Maryam, Stephanie, Mariana, Tara, Karla, Kate, and Julie for their generous donations, their kind practical help, encouragement, and moral support. 

Special shout-outs to Sera and Matina for sending chills down our spines at our first Open Mic Night ever last Saturday. We cannot wait til the next one - Dec. 9th!

And as always to our many volunteers who keep the library open, warm, and welcoming to all - you are the library and you are amazing. Thank you

Soon we will be launching a Patreon campaign to help ensure we can keep this vital space and continue serving women & girls. In the meantime, could we trouble you to visit our fundraising page? Our rent is $1575 a month and we are struggling to make ends meet. Any amount would help. Even if you aren't able to contribute financially, your feedback and advice on any aspect of fundraising would be much appreciated. 

With ALL that said, we hope you'll enjoy this roundup of some of our upcoming events! All of the following are viewable in calendar form on our home page.


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LAUNCHING TODAY NOV 19TH  11:30AM - 12:30PM
We Love Storytime: Stories & Songs in Spanish & English with World Kids Books!
Info  |  FB RSVP
We are so excited about this program. We owe it all to Mariana who proposed the idea for a storytime in Spanish the first day we met her as a new volunteer.  World Kids Books will be selling children's books in Spanish and English and donating 10% of all proceeds from books purchased to the library! They are also offering 20% off books in English to VWL members. 
Storytime will go from 11:30am-12:30pm, with World Kids Books staying through the afternoon. 

 
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LAUNCHING NOV 24th  4PM - 9PM
#FEF  Female Excellence Fridays
 
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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. Each session will be led by dedicated VWL volunteers, who will provide informal tutoring and mentorship in a variety of subjects. We are university students and professionals who bring a breadth of knowledge and experience ranging from French Immersion and International Baccalaureate programs, to Graphic Design, Art, Engineering, Counselling, Filmmaking, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Joinery, Front-line Support Work... and much more. Our aim is to foster healthy habits and friendships in a safe and nurturing environment that values and respects intergenerational and intercultural conversations. Students may work on their own, or gain one-on-one assistance as needed and available. Adult members of the library who wish to participate, hang out, or offer mentorship & tutoring are most welcome to join us.

 
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LAUNCHING NOV 26TH  7PM - 9PM
Fall/Winter Film Series: Anna Akhmatova: Life of a Poet  
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Kicking off our F/W Film series is this hour long documentary on the life of Anna Akhmatova, beloved Russian poet recognized for her significant contribution and influence on the literature and political zeitgeist of her time and beyond. The film screening will be followed by a discussion. All those with an interest in poetry, literature, Russia, and film are welcome.  Entry by $5-$10 donation. Free for students. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 
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DEC 1ST  6PM - 9PM
Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop ROUND THREE! With our very own Emma of Pacific North Birth Services 
Info  |  FB RSVP
Women of all ages with any hormonal concerns welcome. Anyone bearing a uterus is welcome - of any gender & sexual expression!
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 (Online course and resources will be emailed out, after the workshop)

 
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DEC 9TH  4:30PM - 6PM
Asian Women for Equality Presents Zoë Goodall
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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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DEC 9TH  7PM - 10PM
Open Mic ROUND TWO! 
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After the magic of our first Open Mic Night in November, we are excited to present the second Open Mic Night this Saturday December 9th.  Sign up begins at 6pm. This is a free event for anyone looking to explore and share their talents in a friendly and supportive environment. All ages and abilities welcome.

 
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DEC 11TH  6PM - 9PM
Grief and Loss: Writing to Heal Workshop

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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. Registration required.

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DEC 14TH  6PM - 9PM
Courage & Chaos: Writing Workshop

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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. Registration required. 

 

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LAUNCHING DEC 15TH  6PM - 9PM
Cycle Circles: Menstruation  

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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.

 


If by some miracle you have made it this far down the email, that's incredible, thank you, and please enjoy these two clips from the Open Mic Night (yes, we are obsessed and our phone video quality is terrible).

 

~See you between the shelves soon, dear women!~

 

P. S. New Members: Welcome!! The library is yours to read, write, and spend time in. Anything you would like to bring or create at the library is possible! We welcome event & workshop proposals year round. You can see some of our previous library email updates to members on our website here. If you have any questions about our catalogue or really anything library related at all, please don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you and see you~

TOMORROW: Open Mic Night!

Dear Members,

We're excited to announce our first Open Mic Night happening tomorrow Saturday November 11th!

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This is a free event for anyone looking to explore and share their talents in a friendly and supportive environment. All ages and abilities welcome.

Donations will be gratefully accepted to help our fundraising efforts.

Please feel free to share this event & email with friends, family, neighbours! 

We look forward to seeing you between the shelves~

Sincerely yours,

The Bookwomen of VWL

This weekend! And more...at the Vancouver Women's Library

Events

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This Saturday-Sunday!

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. Pour yourself a coffee and browse the new books in our growing catalogue while you wait.

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 with an RSVP

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.

Check out their Instagram here 

 


Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop

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Last weekend, Emma Devin, a holistic birth and postpartum Doula hosted her second Hormonal Health Workshop at the library. The vibe has high and women filled the space with curiosity and insights. Emma will be announcing an upcoming Period Workshop, which will focus specifically on women's periods. Emma hopes to create an intimate setting where we can discuss our bodies. Stay tuned! 

 

Rain Down Words Writing Workshops

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If you're looking to express yourself through writing, in a safe, respectful and encouraging environment, Deb's workshops may of interest. 

Deb's writing workshops are an incredible opportunity to explore your inner intuition for healing, growth, and inspiration. Check out her upcoming workshops and register now to guarantee your spot! Deb is also donating a portion of her proceeds to the VWL. We are so grateful Deb - thank you!

Deb's upcoming workshop dates are Oct.26th and Oct.30th! 

COMING SOON!

The brain behind our summer film series is back! Sure to be a wonderful array of films thanks to Yaz's wonderful eye for beauty and drama. We're really looking forward to this enriching aspect of the library to return.

We are incredibly excited to bring you bilingual Spanish/English storytimes this fall thanks to our volunteer Mariana!  Children and their caretakers of all genders and language backgrounds and abilities are very welcome to attend. 

Computer Station available starting next week!

We have sourced a computer from local BC non-profit ReUse Tech BC. Located in Burnaby, RTBC supports low-income learners, libraries and non-profits. Check them out here .

We hope to provide several computer stations for patrons and well as free printing. The computer stations will provide a space for patrons to explore our catalogue, for research purposes or personal use. As many libraries require identification and a library card, our services do not. We believe in providing free, access to information digitally or materially to our patrons and public. We hope to provide computer literacy skills to those who need. 

In case you didn't know...we provide wifi as well to anyone who needs the connection!  We encourage patrons to come hangout and do research, update your blog, etc.

Coming up this weekend... and beyond! At the Vancouver Women's Library

Events

This Saturday!

Back by popular demand - Join us this Saturday evening for the second women's hormonal health workshop at the VWL hosted by the amazing Emma Devin of Pacific North Birth Services!

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 go over the workshop at your leisure later (Link will be emailed after workshop!)

No registration required. Doors will open at 6:30pm. We recommend coming early to claim a spot for this much anticipated event. We will have comfortable floor seating available, as well as couch, chair, and bench seating -  please feel free to bring a pillow or cushion as well! 

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Rain Down Words Writing Workshops

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Deb's writing workshops are an incredible opportunity to explore your inner intuition for healing, growth, and inspiration. Check out her upcoming workshops and register now to guarantee your spot! Deb is also donating a portion of her proceeds to the VWL. We are so grateful Deb - thank you!

 

Coming soon!

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In October, we will be launching a drop-in positive choices homework and study club for girls, to encourage healthy habits via informal tutoring and mentoring relationships with VWL volunteers. Healthy snacks will be provided! 

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We are incredibly excited to bring you bilingual Spanish/English storytimes this fall thanks to our volunteer Mariana!  Children and their caretakers of all genders and language backgrounds and abilities are very welcome to attend. 

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Stressed about midterms? Fear no more! We will be hosting ongoing evening study sessions for students and anyone else looking for a quiet, supportive space to get our work done together.  

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The brain behind our summer film series is back! Sure to be a wonderful array of films thanks to Yaz's wonderful eye for beauty and drama. We're really looking forward to this enriching aspect of the library to return.

Library News

Feminist Materials from Artist Sudie Rakusin

We are so grateful to renowned feminist artist Sudie Rakusin for donating two boxes full of archival feminist materials all the way from North Carolina! We are so excited to add these amazing items to our collection and begin their circulation amongst our members. Be sure to check them out during your next visit and follow Sudie Rakusin's page on Facebook for updates and opportunities to purchase her beautiful artwork.  Many thanks to Sudie's assistant Kat McGee for sorting and sending these treasures to us!

Books from Womancraft Publishing

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Our heartfelt thanks also goes out to Lucy and Sharon of Womancraft Publishing for their generous gift of incredible woman-centered texts for our members.  We are deeply grateful for these books to support the empowerment of women and girls in our community. Please be sure to followtheir page and online store to support the important work of women publishers and writers. 

New: Self-Renewals & Tags on Libib!

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Libib has launched a new self-renewal feature that will allow you a one-time renewal of your items online! All you have to do is create a patron login through our VWL Catalogue page and click renew! If you would like to renew your items more than once, please don't hesitate to email us to assist you. We are happy to help and committed to providing a no-fees low-barrier library lending service for all women and girls. 

We have also been diligently tagging materials with relevant subject headings to facilitate greater access and searchability of our collection. If you are looking for particular items or themes, check out this neat feature available on our catalogue page.