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Richmond library at forefront of new tech

By Lorraine Graves

Published 4:21 PST, Fri November 22, 2019

Last Updated: 11:36 PST, Wed November 27, 2019

Whether it is the Nov. 22 Science Bash, the introduction of two new 3D printers, or the fundraising for more DAISY readers for the visually impaired, the Richmond Public Library is so much more than just books. 

Using cutting edge technology to both teach and enable, our library offers the citizens of Richmond a wealth of experiences. 

The Science Bash, an afternoon of learning for children of all ages, is a prime example. With multiple displays and activities from a host of science promotion groups around Metro Vancouver, Science Bash offers children and parents a taste of future careers while they play with geological specimens with UBC’s Geology Museum (Pacific Museum of Earth), feel a rubber cast of a grizzly bear’s footprint courtesy Parks Canada’s camping program, see cool science happening right in front of you with the Open Science Network, or make a double helix of DNA with toothpicks, red licorice and coloured mini-marshmallow to name but a few examples. 

The new 3D printers join the older ones next Saturday. From 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m. the public is invited to see what they can do and perhaps even take one for a whirl. Users need only pay for the plastic used by the printer, often only a few dollars. They can choose from existing designs or learn to make their own. Whether it is a tool designed for independent living from the Neil Squire Society, a toy or a gift for mom, children and adults of all ages are limited only by their imagination when it comes to 3D printing. 

Lastly, at the leading edge of technology, more than just a book on tape, DAISY discs and their readers provide a true book experience for those who cannot read a printed tome. This special technology, with government legislation that allows for free copies to be made for those with significant reading disabilities, is available to library users who need it, to borrow for a few months. The Richmond Public Library, with Giving Tuesday Dec. 3 fast approaching hopes the citizens of Richmond will think of others and donate to this all-important program either electronically through https://gt.yourlibrary.ca/ or with a cheque. All donations over $10 will be recognized with a tax receipt if you provide your name and address. 

With each reader costing about $500, even a collection of small donations can make quite a difference in the life of someone who loves to read but cannot.  

So, for people of all ages, the Richmond Public Library is both traditional with its books and librarians but also new age with its technology and tech experts.

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