Blast off with Topic 4: Services for Kids, Youth & Families

Library services for kids, youth and families help to build a strong, vibrant community in Vancouver. As your family needs change over time, the Library wants to know how we can better serve you today and in the future. We need feedback from you, and your child(ren), to make it happen!

Thank you for sharing a special online adventure with your child. It was created for a middle-years audience (children ages 7 through 11). At the end of the story, we have included a few questions for him or her to answer.

What does the Library of the future look like, according to our youngest generation? Take an adventure to outer space and go where no one has gone before…

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Well, sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…

…a tale of a fateful trip…

The third topic of our Free-for-all series is underway. Lifelong learning: programs & training. A new adventure begins!

Did you know that each year, the Library offers more than 7,000 adult programs at the Central Library and 21 neighbourhood branches, attracting about a quarter of a million people?

What would you like to experience at the Library? We want to know what your ideal library looks like and feels like, and the type of programs and training classes you might be want and need. Dream big! Your answers will help us shape the future.

Free-for-all follows the style of the Choose Your Own Adventure® series so that you can join the adventure here or with friends, family or colleagues by picking up a Conversation Kit at any VPL branch. Completed kits can be dropped off at any VPL branch or submitted online by April 16 .

You can win one of three great prizes by completing a kit:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof: A hands-on adventure!
  • An iPod nano: An audio adventure!
  • A bag of new books: A visual adventure!

Everyone is welcome to participate. Take part in the adventure and let us know what’s important to you!

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Lifelong Learning: Programs & Training

The adventure continues, this time, in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle!

We welcome your ideas and your participation in our Free-for-all series. We have developed a Conversation Kit, packed with fun activities to get your creativity flowing. The Kit also contains interesting facts about the future of public libraries.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Open the Conversation Kit about Lifelong Learning: Programs & Training
  • Follow the story and start your adventure! (This is an interactive document. At the bottom of page 1, you will be asked to make a choice. Click the option you like best. The story will continue automatically, based on your choice!).
  • Enjoy the adventure and reach one of two possible endings.
  • To provide your feedback without the adventure, print a copy of these questions and return the pages to any Vancouver Public Library location.The questions are also available in traditional and simplified Chinese script.

Did we mention the PRIZES…?

If you include your name and contact information, you will be eligible to win a prize. In April, as part of our Choose Your Own Adventure® theme, we’re featuring three choices for our lucky winners:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof – a hands-on adventure!
  • An iPod nano – an audio adventure!
  • A bag of new books – a visual adventure!

Choose Your Own Adventure® at home, at work, with friends or family…pickup additional copies of our Conversation Kit at any VPL location and get started. Return the Kits to any location of the Vancouver Public Library by April 16. (There are 22 convenient locations across Vancouver).

Good luck, and thank you for exploring the future with us!

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What Do You Want to Read, Watch and Listen to?

When it comes to books, movies, music and digital resources, Vancouver Public Library wants to know how people envision their library of the future. Whether you prefer more digital downloads (like eBooks, newspapers or journals) or a greater mix of books, movies and music on Library shelves, we want to hear from you.

Have a look at photos from all the adventures at events held on February 4 for the second Free-for-all: Reinventing Your Library.

Free for all follows the style of the Choose Your Own Adventure® series so that you can join the adventure online or with friends, family or colleagues by picking up a Conversation Kit at any VPL branch. Completed kits can be dropped off at any VPL branch or submitted online by February 27 .

You can win one of three great prizes by completing a kit:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof: A hands-on adventure!
  • An iPod nano: An audio adventure!
  • A bag of new books: A visual adventure!

Everyone is welcome to participate. Take part in the adventure and let us know what’s important to you!

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Conversation Kit 2 – Books, Movies, Music & More

The adventure continues, this time, in a spooky Transylvanian mansion!

We welcome your ideas and your participation in our Free-for-all series. We have developed a Conversation Kit, packed with fun activities to get your creativity flowing. The Kit also contains interesting facts about the future of public libraries.

Follow three easy steps:

  • Step 2 – Follow the story and start your adventure! (This is an interactive document. At the bottom of page 1, you will be asked to make a choice. Click the option you like best. The story will continue automatically, based on your choice!).
  • Step 3 – Email your Kit to the Vancouver Public Library. Easy one-step instructions are provided once you’ve reached one of two possible endings. That’s it!

*Note: Functionality is limited for Google Chrome users.

Did we mention the PRIZES…?

If you include your name and contact information in the Kit, online or in person at the event, you will be eligible to win a prize. In February, as part of our choose your own adventure theme, we’re featuring three choices for our lucky winners:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof – a hands-on adventure!
  • An iPod nano – an audio adventure!
  • A bag of new books – a visual adventure!

Good luck, and thank you for exploring the future with us.

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February 4 – The Adventure Continues

Join us on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Hillcrest Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (beside Nat Bailey stadium)
  • West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St.
  • Champlain Heights Shopping Centre, 3200 East 54th Ave.
  • Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway (at East 7th Ave.)

Our topic? Books, movies, music & more – explore the Library’s print and electronic resources as we plan for the future. We’ll have interactive games and opportunities to win prizes. Bring family, friends, colleagues & neighbours and join the fun!

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What is Free-for-all?

Free-for-all: it’s a vibrant mix of your perspectives and suggestions. It’s a new way to discover your Library, and to shape the Library of the Future.

From now through to the Fall of 2012, we’ll be focusing on four different themes that are critical to the future of public libraries.

Join us in person, on line, or take one of our Conversation Kits into the community and take part in the Free-for-all exchange of ideas.

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Choose your own adventure: November 29

On Tuesday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. we invite you to Choose Your Own Adventure and explore the topic of public places and learning spaces. We provide you with a story to follow, set in the Central Library. You decide where the story leads, based on the choices you make along the way. You will meet fellow adventurers, engage with Library staff, and take part in fun activities. Your comments will be used to help the Library make important decisions about how we operate and what we offer.

You could win one of three prizes:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof – a hands-on adventure
  • An iPod nano – an audio adventure
  • A bag of new books – a visual adventure

The City of Vancouver supports the Library so that everyone can use it – for free. It’s your library system. Come and join the free-for-all exchange of ideas and shape the library of the future.

Can’t make it down to the Central Library on November 29? Not a problem! Check out our Conversation Kit.  Explore the material together with family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues – you too will be eligible for our prize draw on December 15.

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Conversation Kits

We welcome your ideas and your participation in our Free-for-all series. We have developed a Conversation Kit, packed with fun activities to get your creativity flowing. The Kit also contains interesting facts about the future of public libraries.

Follow three easy steps:

  • Step 1* – Open the Conversation Kit about Public Spaces and Learning Places
  • Step 2 – Follow the story and start your adventure! (This is an interactive document. At the bottom of page 1, you will be asked to make a choice. Click the option you like best. The story will continue automatically, based on your choice!).
  • Step 3 – Email your Kit to the Vancouver Public Library. Easy one-step instructions are provided once you’ve reached one of two possible endings. That’s it!

*Note: Functionality is limited for Google Chrome users.

For those who would like to take part in a community adventure, join us on November 29. Discover the Central Library like you’ve never seen it before!

Did we mention the PRIZES…?

If you include your name and contact information in the Kit, online or in person at the event, you will be eligible to win a prize. In November, as part of our choose your own adventure theme, we’re featuring three choices for our lucky winners:

  • An exclusive guided tour of the Central Library green roof – a hands-on adventure
  • An iPod nano – an audio adventure
  • A bag of new books – a visual adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure(R) at home, at work, with friends or family…pickup additional copies of our Conversation Kit at any VPL location and get started. Return the Kits to any location of the Vancouver Public Library by December 14. (There are 22 convenient locations across Vancouver).

Good luck, and thank you for exploring the future with us.

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