Category Carnegie Library

Going coastal: Work and play in Powell River

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 […]

Lost & Found: Goodbye Carnegie

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 […]

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 […]