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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We Love Storytime: Stories & Songs in Spanish & English with World Kids Books!
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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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#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. 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.


Fall/Winter Film Series: Anna Akhmatova: Life of a Poet  
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.


DEC 1ST  6PM - 9PM
Women's Holistic Hormonal Health Workshop ROUND THREE! With our very own Emma of Pacific North Birth Services 
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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)


DEC 9TH  4:30PM - 6PM
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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DEC 9TH  7PM - 10PM
Open Mic ROUND TWO! 
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

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

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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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.


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~