Category Carnegie Library

A Day in the Life – 1930s Librarians

Today I was asked to provide a “day in the life” of being the Branch Head librarian at the Carnegie for a library journal. There are certain stereotypes of the librarian’s role that many still harbor, but in an urban library today I’m sure most would be surprised. For example, roving the library to make […]

Fighting for Space: Carnegie launch

Last Saturday was a pretty fantastic day at the Carnegie. I was worried that we would be short-staffed due to illness, but turns out that we had an extra person (which never happens!). There was some positive energy happening, with a free lunch on the street, a party in the Carnegie alley with a live […]

Thanksgiving 2017

The Thanksgiving weekend has passed, and I need to focus on the positive… once I get a little rant off my chest. I do have much to be grateful for, especially since we’ve had fantastic fall weather. Just yesterday Scott and I enjoyed a mellow bike ride admiring the changing colours in the trees and […]

Sweetgrass, Incense and Reconciliation

A few Sundays ago, in anticipation of the Reconciliation Walk my pastor, Ken Shigematsu spoke with humility, wisdom and compassion, asking for forgiveness from those affected by Residential Schooling and the repercussions of colonialism,¬†on behalf of the Christian church. It is so embarrassing and baffling to know that so-called “Christian” people, with not an ounce […]

Bud Osborn’s book collection: a prophet’s companions

I approached the bookcase with dismay. Someone had picked the lock on the glass door and it was evident that several books had been stolen. I was angry. The books were from the Bud Osborn social activism collection in the Carnegie Centre*, and I had gone to some effort to find a place for them […]

Binners, Scavengers, Friends and Thieves

One thing I love about some of my Carnegie library regulars is how even though they may not have a lot in terms of Vancouver’s high-rolling standards, their gestures of kindness go so much deeper. A regular patron, whose Doctor believes he should be in a wheelchair since he can barely walk, explained how a […]

Mid-July at the Carnegie

It’s always difficult to come back to work after some time off (even if it’s only a week!), but I’m fortunate in that my days tend to fly by. This week was hard. It started out with the photocopier breaking down and jamming, while an on-call staff person scrambles to pump out the 150 crossword […]