Thanksgiving Party, Upcoming Community Events, Simon & Schuster Reception... and more!
Happy Fall Fellow Volunteers!
There's so much in store at the Vancouver Women's Library as the leaves change. Read on for the latest information and updates on events and opportunities coming up for us!
Your insights, advice, feedback, and suggestions on our ongoing collective work is so vital. Please don't hesitate to comment here, message on Sling, or email about any ideas or thoughts you may have. Thank you so much for your time, care, and labour. It's what makes the Vancouver Women's Library possible!
Thanksgiving Shindig Sunday October 8th: 5:30pm - Late!
Instead of our regular volunteers meeting, how about we get together for a potluck this Sunday evening October 8th at Jen's apartment? A warm welcome to all volunteers old and new, as well as friends and partners! Please feel free to just bring yourselves as Jen and Em will prepare hearty plant-based, gluten-free fare for a crowd :-) Non-alcoholic beverages will be served, but BYOB is very welcome too!
Thank you so much for filling almost ALL of October's shifts!! The only remaining times that need to be covered are as follows:
Wednesday October 18th 10:45am - 5:00pm
Friday October 27th 10:45am - 5:00pm
Sunday October 29th 10:45am - 5:00pm
November is filling up as well, so if you have particular days you'd like to claim, please do!
We have many new volunteers joining us this month - Thank you so much for contributing to the VWL and welcome welcome!! A heartfelt thanks also to the many OG volunteers who have been orienting new women with such kindness and enthusiasm.
Digital Tools Sessions - Friday Evenings 5:00-9:00pm
For volunteers both old and new who'd like to go over Sling, Libib, Canva, and Gmail, let's get together to go over the various extensions and tools we have to facilitate our work! Jen will be at the library Friday evenings (during the Homework club) for anyone who'd like to go over the systems we have in place so far, and to learn others together.
Library News & Updates
Communal login and passwords for all apps and programs mentioned are open to volunteers.
We're just keeping that information off this blog for security reasons.
If you would like these (re)sent to you please comment here or message on Sling!
Programming & Events
We've had to delay a few of our events for the fall due to conflicting schedules, but JJ's pop-up tattoo event and Emma's Hormonal Health Workshop started off our Fall programming in great style. Much appreciation and love to JJ and Emma for enriching our fall lineup with their creativity and brilliance!
Progress report on events coming up:
BILINGUAL STORYTIMES (Spanish/English) for children - facilitated by Mariana
LAUNCH DATE Sunday October 15th 11:30am-12:30pm
Tentative schedule for story-times: biweekly Sundays, with reading, singing, fingerplay, puppets, dress-ups! Open to all children and caregivers from any language background!
↪ Completed: scouted books, list of community outreach emails started
↪ Next steps: design & print posters & flyers; outreach to Latincouver Book Fair, members, media, community; source healthy snacks for post story-time; record event for future sharing/promo
HOMEWORK CLUB - facilitated by Leah and Jen
LAUNCH DATE: Friday October 13th 4:00pm-9:00pm
For kids and teens 12 and up - a safe space to hang out and gain informal tutoring and mentorship. Casual, positive, wholesome hang-out times for girls and women who would like to study and work quietly in a supportive and encouraging library setting.
↪ Completed: Wonderful poster designed by Leah, list of community outreach contacts developing
↪ Next steps: outreach to VSB contacts, community centres & groups by Friday October 9th
HOLISTIC HORMONAL HEALTH WORKSHOP 3.0 - facilitated by Emma
LAUNCH DATE: TBA
Emma is kindly offering more hormonal health workshops and breakout sessions on menstrual cycles to help with our fundraising and service efforts!
↪ Completed: versions 1.0 and 2.0 were a success!
↪ Next steps: Reach out to sponsors like lunapad and divacup (the more local the better) for door prizes/gifts/merch for next event
FALL/WINTER FILM SERIES - facilitated by Yasmin
LAUNCH DATE: November?
We're waiting to hear back from Yaz on all she has lined up for the season. Hearing it's amazing. Really looking forward to continuing this enriching series~
↪ Next steps: Schedule confirmation from Yasmin, Poster design, print, promo
OPEN MIC NIGHTS - facilitated by library member Sera
LAUNCH DATE: November
There's been interest from the public on this kind of event. We are waiting to hear back from Sera on what dates will work for her in November. Sera is an experienced event producer and musician with lots of experience and gear. It would be amazing to have a regular event to showcase all of the talent in our volunteers and members. Open to music, poetry, comedy, anything! It could be a good regular fundraising activity for us. If anyone has easy access to a microphone and amp that could be loaned to us on a regular basis too please let us know. Always good to have options with equipment so we do not have to rely on one person all of the time.
WOMEN'S SUPPORT CIRCLE
LAUNCH DATE: TBA
Several women have forwarded the idea of a women's support circle to meet regularly in the library. There's so much we can all gain from regularly meeting together for the sole purpose of offering one another support and mutual aid. Are there any women who would like to take on getting this group started? Niki, Fiona, Yasmin, Em have all expressed interest in helping organize this in the past. Could be a very casual thing with minimal resources and time put in to set-up.
WOMEN FOR INTELLECTUAL AGITATION - facilitated by Niki, Jen, Alex McDowell and anyone else with an interest!
LAUNCH DATE: TBA
Niki, Jen, and Alex have been meeting periodically since the summer to gather materials and guiding principles for this reading series. Moving away from the traditional bookclub model that often focuses on one dense text at a time, or several academic readings, this program would include more accessible and creative media like podcasts, movies, blog posts, artworks, etc. We are hoping to foster honest discussions in a safe and inclusive space for women, with the goal of organic consciousness raising as the group gets to know one another better and build trust. We have started a google site for WFIA where we would make transparent our process and readings, so that others could follow along remotely as well. If you're interested in this endeavour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRLS CHESS CLUB - facilitated by Rafaela and Em
LAUNCH DATE: TBA
There's been follow-up from a library member on this program! Rafaela will draft a proposal for what we need, but we could also easily incorporate this as a component of the Friday homework club? What do women think? Would it be possible to reach out to local games & hobbies stores to sponsor the event by donating us a few chess boards? Do we need books on this to add to our library catalogue?
OH BABY NUTRITION COLLABORTION - facilitated by Carly Mendes
LAUNCH DATE: TBA
Carly is a holistic nutritionist who specializes in fertility and women's health. She attended Emma's last workshop and was very supportive of her and the library. She is very interested in collaborating on some workshops and events together. Sure to be a huge draw for the library. Maybe a joint event with Emma and Carly? Two powerhouses in one???
STUFF WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR...
- a mini-fridge! (so we can keep cream and lunches)
- a good laser printer!! (colour & double-side printing capacity would be amazing)
- menstrual products
- more multi-lingual books!
- Party at Jen's house Sunday 5:30 til Late! Potluck and BYOB, though there will be plenty of veggie foods and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Open to all volunteers, friends, partners!
- Lots of events and extra-library opportunities to sign up for!
- Project management via Sling & Asana - please explore these platforms to add your input and ideas!