The lazy days of summer call for popsicles, swimming and, of
course, a good book. The new Whistler Public Library is getting set to launch
its Summer Reading Club 2008 to help encourage kids from preschool to Grade 4
to get lost in the literary world over the break.
More than 100 local children, and 65,000 throughout the
province, typically participate in this annual free program, which is sponsored
by the British Columbia Library Association, the Whistler Public Library, and
the Public Library Services Branch of the Ministry of Education.
Reading Club meetings will be held on Thursdays throughout the
month of July at the library, with three sessions that are appropriate for
different developmental levels. Preschoolers will meet from 9 a.m. until 10
a.m., kindergarten to Grade 2 will meet from 11 a.m. until noon, and Grades 3
to 4 will meet from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Parents are asked to pre-register their children so organizers
can adequately prepare. For more information, visit
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Events and Programs.
Cultural Olympiad keeps growing
The 2008 Cultural Olympiad featured more than 300 performances
and exhibitions in Metro Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor, which took
place over a seven-week period starting in February. Presented in partnership
with over 60 arts and cultural organizations, the events were designed to
capture the vitality and diversity of Canada’s arts and culture scene.
“We’ve always been committed to introducing audiences to our
diverse cultural community and encouraging them to take part in experiences
beyond their comfort zone,” Robert Kerr, VANOC program director of the Cultural
Olympiad, said in a press release. “Judging by our strong attendance numbers
and the demographic diversity of our audiences, we’re off to a good start.”
Now, the momentum for the 2009 Cultural Olympiad is growing.
Organizers have already announced two major international events that will be
part of next year’s celebrations. They’re also looking for ideas for the 2010
Cultural Olympiad, which will feature local, national and international
programming, including the Olympic Arts Festival, which will run from Jan. 22,
2010 until Feb. 28, 2010, and the Paralympic Arts Festival, which will run from
March 12, 2010 until March 21, 2010. Organizers are asking non-profit arts
organizations and educational institutions that are interested in presenting an
event or exhibition to submit their proposals by Sept. 30, 2008.