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Are you looking for resources and information to help you settle into life on the North Shore?

Try your local library

The North Vancouver District Public Library welcomes newcomers of all ages. Employees of the Library can help visitors with basic things such as where to vote, how to apply for various government programs, introduce children to Canadian culture through rhymes, songs and stories at storytimes, assistance in learning English, how to apply for citizenship, and how to look for jobs.

In addition to the everyday activities librarians help out with, there is an extensive collection for newcomers of all ages which accommodates diversity.

The library is a founding community partner in the North Shore Persian immigrant PALS (Parents as Literacy Support) program. It also hosts "Book Buddies," a language and literacy mentoring program for new immigrants and language learners from Kindergarten to Grade 7.

The library has:

citizenship guide and corresponding citizenship practice test ? a

in multiple languages ? Collections

- Bilingual children's collections (books in English and a home language) of more than 1,000 titles in 30 different languages

and Chinese language materials in the adult collection ? Farsi

and video in foreign languages ? DVDs

See www.nvdpl.ca or www.cnv.org/nvcl/ for more information.

The West Vancouver Memorial Library has the largest Persian collection in British Columbia, with more than 2,500 books.

The library also hosts English Corner, an enjoyable way to practise your English conversation. The program runs from September through June and is facilitated by the Baha'i Community of West Vancouver in partnership with the Library.

Visit the Information Desk or call 604-925-7403 to learn how to search the library catalogue for books in other languages.

For more information, visit www.westvanlibrary.ca.

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