Years ago I was talking to Rick McCrank, asking him what some of his favourite books were. He mentioned Sheila Heti and her book, Ticknor (which was really surprising since she was so new on the scene) and¬†Candide by Voltaire. McCrank, whom some may know as a Canadian pro skateboarding prodigy and others as the […]

I decided to read Helen Keller’s biography The Story of My Life¬†after being in a bit of a reading funk and stumbling upon the title randomly on the shelves of my rental home. I wanted to read about someone overcoming adversity with hope and perseverance, and who better than Helen Keller herself? It was all […]

It’s been a strange gift to be married and going through a funny limbo of being in a long-distance relationship. Since I started work in Powell River in March, and there were no immediate job postings for Scott (combined with the fact that he wanted to finish the year with his beloved Grade 7 students […]

After a month in my new role as Assistant Chief Librarian at the Powell River library, I’m starting to feel more at ease in my decision to embrace a smaller community. Even though the library system itself is just one branch, compared to Vancouver with its 21 libraries, I sometimes felt isolated as the lone […]

A big part of a successful transition to a new town is having a place to call home, even if it is temporary. A few months ago when it was announced on the VPL online staff bulletin board that I was leaving for Powell River, I received a phonecall from a co-worker who was born […]

I thought I had experienced it all as far as roller-coaster drama at the Carnegie Library, but I wasn’t prepared for the absolute joy of this particular encounter. A distraught dad from Fort St. James came in looking for help. He had not seen his daughter since Canada Day in the summer, and his family […]

Today was a fantastic day to be a librarian. I went to the monthly Leadership Team meeting and felt a strange confidence in sharing thoughts around vigilance in keeping our patrons alert in light of overdose (there is a dilemma whether Librarians should actually administer Naloxone vs. the implications on the City if things go […]