BC Summer Reading Club 2021

Joining the Summer Reading Club at the Squamish Public Library is easy! Come down to the library any time after July 1 to pick up your reading record and start reading! Record your reading every day to become eligible to win prizes at our weekly draw. These prizes include toys, games, books, food coupons, and much more! Read all summer and receive a medal at our award ceremony.

This year we are offering a variety of online/remote programs including games, puzzles, crafts, art/colouring contests, outdoor scavenger hunts, author visits, book talks, etc. These will be based on each week’s theme (see the calendar on the back of this page).

Come down to the library to pick up your reading record! Register with your name and email. We will keep you up to date on our Summer Reading Club Facebook page and send you an invite to our online programs. If you have any questions, please email us at kidsreadingclub@squamish.ca.

All school-aged children are welcome to join this free program. We encourage every child of every reading ability to open a book that is perfect for them!

Indigenous History and Resources

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
(Source: rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

The Squamish Public Library has materials for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, including the Indian Residential School experience and the ongoing Truth & Reconciliation process. Below you will find suggested resources, both from the library and elsewhere.

Library Resources for Adults

First and second-hand accounts of legends and stories of First Nations (including Squamish Nation)

Resources that highlight national and local Indigenous-settler relations, both historic and contemporary. These resources explore key issues facing Indigenous peoples from an Indigenous perspective

Resources, history, and interviews related to the Squamish Nation and its members, customs, traditions, and history.

Library materials relating to the Residential School experience in Canada, including first person accounts from survivors, books for children, and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Library Resources for Children

Children’s books about First Nations stories and lives, including Squamish Nation and Coast Salish stories.

Children’s books about the Inuit people. Related lists: First Nations Picture Books; Squamish Nation and Coast Salish Children’s Books

Children’s books that reflect on the residential school experience in different ways. These have all been identified as age-appropriate for children under 12 by reputable organizations, like FNESC and Project of Heart. Adapted from CBC’s reading list.

Children’s books specifically about the Coast Salish and Squamish Nation peoples, including fiction and non-fiction.

External Resources

First Peoples Map of BC
Explore and contribute to the interactive map of the Indigenous Languages, Arts and Heritage in B.C.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) published its final report detailing the experiences and impacts of the residential school systems. One outcome of the report was a document detailing 94 calls to action across a wide range of areas. Read more about what reconciliation is (and what it isn’t) in this blog post.

Indigenous Corporate Training
Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. (ICT) provides training to support their mission of Indigenous Peoples training for everyone. Their comprehensive resources include a list of free e-books.

Indigenous Canada Open Online Course
A 12-lesson free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Indigenous Podcasts
Vancouver Public Library Indigenous Storyteller in Residence Kung Jaadee shares this list of top podcasts by Indigenous creators keeping the storytelling tradition alive.

Squamish Nation Stories from the Heart
This six-part Squamish Historical Society documentary opens a window on the Squamish Nation from the early 20th century to the present, through original video footage, archival and family photos and personal reminiscences.

First People of the Pacific Northwest: The Photography of Edward S. Curtis
This Squamish Historical Society video documentary is based on selected images of Indigenous People from the State of Washington, British Columbia, and the coast of Alaska, captured by frontier photographer Edward S. Curtis between 1896 and 1930, during his journey across North America.

Skwxwú7mesh Language Videos
Learn how to pronounce place names in Skwxwú7mesh. Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh – Language & Cultural Affairs have created a series of language videos on pronouncing place names along the Sea to Sky Highway as well as other words in Skwxwú7mesh.

How to Read the Squamish Language

Workshop Series with Tsawaysia Spukwus

June is Indigenous History Month! To celebrate, the Library will be hosting Tsawaysia Spukwus of the Squamish Nation for a series of hands-on workshops including wool weaving and drum making. 

All workshops will be free and online, and all materials will be provided for participants! Everyone is welcome to attend, and registration is required.

Squamish Nation member and educator Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling.  

There are three different dates for each workshop. Choose the one that’s best for you!

To register for a workshop, click the date and time you want. Please only register for each program once.

Wool Weaving Workshops (week of June 14) 

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Wednesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Thursday, June 17, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Drum Making Workshops (week of  June 21) 

Tuesday, June 22, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Wednesday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Visiting Library Service


Our Visiting Library Service provides free home delivery of library materials and resources to homebound seniors or Elders who are matched with trained volunteers. Volunteers, acting as library ambassadors, provide personal phone calls and connections to homebound patrons to discuss, search, reserve and then deliver library materials and resources. This service adheres to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

Contact 604-892-3110 or visitinglibrary@squamish.ca with any questions about the service.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Visiting Library Service is not currently accepting new applications for volunteers or patrons. We will respond to any forms submitted or inquiries directed to the visiting library e-mail address beginning again in mid-August. Thank you for your interest!


If you are a senior or Elder in Squamish who would benefit from home delivery of library materials, please complete our Visiting Library Service Patron Registration Form below. If you aren’t able to apply on the computer, you can call the library (604-892-3110) to register over the phone or request a paper form.


If you are interested in volunteering for our Visiting Library Service, please review the Volunteer Position Description, and complete the Volunteer Application below.

Read the Volunteer Position Description here.

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