City Centre Library Schedule

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Saturday, September 29

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10:30 am – 11:15 am

Michael Munday

Things That Monsters Love To Do That You Might Too is a children's book that negates a child's fear of monsters... (Click here to read more.)
Things That Monsters Love To Do That You Might Too is a children’s book that negates a child’s fear of monsters and subconsciously nurtures the idea of the acceptance of differences in others. With a lilting rhythm that kids love, each page offers a teachable moment, through a short verse, relating to positive activities for kids that monsters love to do too. Accompanying each verse is a print, from a hand painted watercolour illustration, depicting the activity. It is also pretty cool to kids and fun to read!

Michael D. Munday, the author and illustrator, is registered as a professional artist with the Canada Council for the Arts. Michael has a 2 year diploma in fine arts from Langara College, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and also has a background in liberal arts emphasizing literature and psychology from Douglas College.

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11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Leah Murray

An exploration of the intersection between the craft of writing poetry, semiotics and ekphrasis. (Click here to read more.)
Join Leah Murray, poet/photographer/digital artist/technologist, to get a taste of the readings for her upcoming “Writing the Hygge” workshop in November, a hands-on exploration of the intersection between the craft of writing poetry, semiotics and ekphrasis.
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12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Sylvia Taylor

Sea Stories - a grand adventure about life on and with the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. (Click here to read more.)
Award-winning author, Sylvia Taylor, takes us on a grand adventure through her two creative non-fiction books about life on and with the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Through readings and discussions, she shares the lives of 24 diverse women in Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work On the Cascadia Coast (Heritage House, 2017) and reveals the world of commercial salmon fishing in her historical memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of BC Coast (Heritage House, 2012).
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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr Tony Yang

Art in Science and Engineering - A workshop series on Microfluidics and its Applications. (Click here to read more.)
This workshop overview will provide a demonstration of the full workshop series.

Summary: A 4-week, introductory series of workshops designed for high school students (and their parents), showcasing how Art, Science and Engineering are combined to solve big problems in healthcare:

1.Scientific Method vs. Engineering Method: the art of constructing a strong hypothesis

2.Engineering of Microfluidic Devices: the art of iterative design

3.Biology, Chemistry and Physics of Microfluidics: the art of oral and written scientific communications

4.State-of-the-Art Technologies and Healthcare: the art of multidisciplinary research

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sylvia Taylor

Workshop - Navigating the Publishing World with Sylvia Taylor (Click here to read more.)
Making your way into and through the publishing world can feel like wandering through a deep, dark jungle. So many trails; so many changes; so many sketchy maps. Join Sylvia Taylor, author/editor/writing & publishing coach, on this fun and informative introduction to her popular course on finding your best trail and avoiding the pitfalls and quick-sands, to get you happily and successfully to your publishing destination.
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3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Ken Westdorp

A collection of poetry that spans the journey of life with honesty and emotion and a little humour (Click here to read more.)
Gateway to Obscurity

Gateway to Obscurity is a collection of poetry amassed over some 20 years that describes the troublesome journey of seeking one’s true identity against the conforming restrains that society imposes.  From early childhood to inevitable death each poem weaves an intricate picture of emotions that is sure to connect with the reader.  Confronted by various gates during the passage of time a person must confronted difficult decision that are filled with all sorts of peril in order to gain a greater perspective as to what life has intended.  To discover one’s ultimate purpose is both a frightening and exciting in the same moment, and yet to deny such possibilities because of fear over the unknown, is like compromising the soul’s destiny beyond mere existence.

Sunday, September 30

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1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Dr Holly Fourchalk

If you are interested in any aspect of health, you want to hear Dr Holly. (Click here to read more.)
Dr. Holly Fourchalk, Ph.D., DNM®, RHT, HT, AAP is a scientist, an international professional speaker, has 7 degrees and 3 designations in all the healing therapies from psychology to nutrition to herbal medicine and much more.

She has a good background of knowledge and loves to write books to help a larger audience achieve health and wellness. She has written 25 books and continues to write.

The first group were all education books addressing a variety of health topics.

Then she decided to write books in a variety of writing venues to connect with an even larger audience. She has now written romantic, political, historical, sci-fi, etc books, all embracing a huge amount of information on health. If you are interested in any aspect of health, you want to hear Dr Holly.

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2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Ben Nuttall-Smith

An adventure through the the mystery, beauty and horror of the Quétzalcoatl myth. (Click here to read more.)
Mad God of the Toltecs

In 910, an Irish priest and five monks are shipwrecked and taken as slaves by Norse traders. Through a series of cataclysmic geophysical events, the Norse ship is pushed to a strange new land, where the priest, three monks, an Irish girl and two Norsemen are left to learn the ways of the Indigenous People.

With Toltec warriors, the Europeans sail to Yucatan where the priest founds a new capital city in the desert, is made king, and becomes the historical embodiment of the Mayan-Toltec god Quétzalcoatl.

Battles are fought and good men die. When everything seems to have been resolved, fate steps in fulfilling the mystery, beauty and horror of the Quétzalcoatl myth.

Discovered in a SCREAM

Is a story of personal growth relates a journey of healing. It documents a lifetime of running from the debilitating guilt of childhood sexual and physical abuse. This autobiographical novel chronicles the tumultuous journey from silence and denial, to acknowledgement and acceptance, self-forgiveness and eventual wholeness.

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3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Leah Murray

Workshop overview to help you do your marketing easily, efficiently and inexpensively. (Click here to read more.)
Join Leah Murray, poet/photographer/digital artist/technologist, for this introduction to her popular MakerBee Marketing Workshop Series for artists and small businesses, designed to help you do your marketing easily, efficiently and inexpensively.