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Active Mind Sets launch during Library Month

Don Fennell   Oct-06-2017

Active Mind Sets are debuting in October as part of Canadian Library Month.

Photo courtesy of Richmond Public Library


Richmond Public Library is celebrating Canadian Library Month with the launch of Active Mind Sets.

The new collection is designed to foster brain health and family conversations, and will be introduced Oct. 11 at the main Brighouse branch. It will also be available to explore Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 and can be borrowed from any library branch for up to 21 days.

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There are 40 different sets available to borrow, each including two different cognitive games (for example, memory or spatial thinking) that can be played individually or with others.

“The Active Mind Sets can be enjoyed by anyone from the ages of eight to 98,” says Lee Anne Smith, co-ordinator of programming and information services at Richmond Public Library. “It is important to keep both young and aging minds strong with a variety of activities and these interactive games will support brain health and family connections.”

The sets were made possible by a donation from the Friends of the Library.

Stephanie Vokey, co-ordinator of marketing and public relations at Richmond Public Library, says the launch of the kits is just one of the ways Canadian Library Month is being celebrated locally. She says 100 new children’s books were just donated by the Steveston Japanese Language School Society and now available for checking out.

“They’re extremely vivid and great for those interested in exploring the language,” Vokey says. “But you don’t need to be able to speak the language in order to enjoy them. Some of the books are sensory as well.”

Vokey says the books are already proving to be very popular, as more than a few have already flew off shelves.

“There’s something about a new book and being the first person to crack the spine,” she says.

As part of its ongoing efforts to introduce new resources to the community, Richmond is holding a library card membership drive this month. All new sign-ups will be entered to win a prize donated by one of its publisher.

As well, Richmond Public Library is participating in the national library moments campaign. Canadians across the country are being urged to share their fondest library memories by using #librarymoments.


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