New Volunteers Blog!

Hello hello!

Emails are great, but can pose a barrier at times to have to sift through for previous updates. The Sling website and app are helpful too, but details can get lost in message threads...

Hoping this blog can keep a record of weekly updates for and by volunteers.

If you can bookmark this page on your browsers toolbars (ctrl + D), it could be an easy way to keep track of important information about the library as they arise!

Please comment on the post or via email with any thoughts/ideas/suggestions. An update email for members should also be sent out soon!

Apologies for how long this first post is - there's a lot of important and exciting news to share! There is a TL;DR section at the bottom if you'd like to just get a gist at the moment and revisit later.


Library News & Updates

The executive assistant to Sudie Rakusin, an artist famous for her illustration of feminist texts over the decades, reached out to us with a generous offer to donate a box of her work and other feminist materials and art! 

The executive assistant to Sudie Rakusin, an artist famous for her illustration of feminist texts over the decades, reached out to us with a generous offer to donate a box of her work and other feminist materials and art! 

WomanCraft Publishing in Ireland have reached out to us as potential vendors. As we are low on funds, we asked if they might donate a sample of their books and they agreed! Several of their excellent woman & girl-centered books are now on their way to us. Woooo!

WomanCraft Publishing in Ireland have reached out to us as potential vendors. As we are low on funds, we asked if they might donate a sample of their books and they agreed! Several of their excellent woman & girl-centered books are now on their way to us. Woooo!

Would any volunteers like to attend a meeting on Monday Sept 18th  to discuss an open mic / women in music night at the VWL? We have a member Sera R who is very experienced in music event production who has offered to lead us on this project. Anyone interested in getting involved with planning or performing are encouraged to join us at our meeting!

Would any volunteers like to attend a meeting on Monday Sept 18th  to discuss an open mic / women in music night at the VWL? We have a member Sera R who is very experienced in music event production who has offered to lead us on this project. Anyone interested in getting involved with planning or performing are encouraged to join us at our meeting!


Programming & Events

There are several amazing new developments this past week from conversations with volunteers and community partners:

 

Mariana Trujillo has offered to host BILINGUAL STORYTIMES (Spanish/English) for children beginning Sunday September 24th!!
Mariana is a new volunteer from Colombia who is studying and working in Vancouver. She is articulate and passionate and has many connections who may be willing to sponsor/donate goods to the library. Tentative schedule for story-times: biweekly Sundays, 11:30-12:30, with reading, singing, fingerplay, puppets, and maybe even dress-ups! Open to all children and caregivers
↪ Next steps: design & print posters & flyers; outreach to members, media, community; source Spanish books and healthy snacks for post story-time; consider recording event for future sharing/promo

 

Leah Ti'en will begin facilitating a weekly GIRLS' HOMEWORK CLUB with Jennifer Kim
Fridays 4-9pm starting September 22nd! 

Leah has volunteered for VWL before, but has been away on an extended trip. She is a warm and gentle soul who is super happy to be volunteering again at the library.  Event details: For girls 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.
↪ Next steps: design promo materials; outreach to VSB contacts, community centres & groups; planning meeting Sep 16th Fri 5-7pm - all welcome!

 

Jenny Eng (JJ) will offer an ALL-DAY STICK & POKE DROP-IN at the library late September/early October!
Jenny's sweet tattoos are so distinctive and wholesome. You can check out her work on instagram. It's going to be amazing to set up the library again for another tattoo drop-in day. Hopefully we can set a date that will work best for Jenny and the library's growing fall schedule! Thank you Jenny!
↪ Next steps: draft a waiver form; design & print flyers & posters!

 

Emma Devin will lead another much anticipated HOLISTIC HORMONAL HEALTH WORKSHOP on September 23rd 7-9pm!
Despite her many commitments and intensive work hours, Emma has generously offered her care, time and expertise again for women and girls. Details and promotions were posted on Facebook and Instagram this weekend! 
↪ Next steps: Print flyers and posters to share; touch base with Emma for anything she might need; designate a camera person for the event? Determine how many will be attending and relay info to Chris to coordinate catering!

 

Yasmin Ebrahimi is working on an all new FALL/WINTER FILM SERIES for the library!
The brain behind our summer film series is back - This time it won't necessarily be all women directors. 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.
↪ Next steps: source films, work out the dates, design/print/promo!

 

Patricia of Massy Books reached out about an INDIGENOUS WOMEN WRITERS EVENT for February 2018!!
Patricia visited the library on Friday to see the space and chat about collaborating on her brilliant idea of bringing emerging and established indigenous women writers together in the presence of a literarily inclined audience. Em, Jenny, and Jen were present for this meeting. She was hoping to hold the event at VWL in a series format, but when we got to talking further, we all agreed this could be a huge event with a much wider audience than our space would allow. We were honoured and excited to meet and plan with her. We offered her our help and commitment to supporting her leadership on this project. 
↪ Next steps: information gathering on speakers fees, venue costs, sponsorships, publishers with authors launching books early next year; email Patricia notes taken during meeting; begin google doc/sheet for the project; introduction email to Patricia & Fay


STUFF WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR...

  1. a mini-fridge! (so we can keep cream and lunches)
  2. a good laser printer!! (colour capacity would be amazing)
  3. menstrual products
  4. multilingual woman-authored books!
  5. children's and teens materials!
  6. Spanish picture books for the upcoming storytimes that we can add to our collection!

TL;DR

  1. 11-5 for now

  2. next all volunteers meeting 5:30-7:00 Sunday September 17 

  3. digital tools workshop before ^ for anyone who needs help
  4. appreciations to our many wonderful volunteers new & old
  5. NEW EVENTS & PROGRAMS!
  6. new furniture and Library Manual almost complete!
  7. security incident last Thursday to be aware of
  8. interview opportunity for volunteers