Meet a library champion

Shu Ming Chen is a Vancouver Public Library champion.

Shu Ming Chen is a Vancouver Public Library champion.

Submitted by the Vancouver Public Library

Meet Shu Ming Chen: 
Doctor, recent newcomer to Canada,
and proud library champion.

Her mission:
Support her community and
help immigrants
discover their local library and all that it offers.

Q: Why did you become a library champion?
A: When newcomers have just landed,
they feel isolated and anxious
in an unfamiliar community.
Language and culture barriers are
the two major factors
keeping those people away from the community.
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A different kind of library

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Photo by Dan Toulgoet, The Vancouver Courier
Volunteer Ryan Mason, behind the counter, helps out a member at the Vancouver Tool Library

Adapted from The Vancouver Courier
and The Vancouver Tool Library website by Nancy Carson
Level 2

Many people go to a library. They borrow books.
They read newspapers. They use the computers there.
The new library in Surrey is different.
You can borrow people at the Surrey library.
They are called “living books”. You can listen to their stories.


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Fun fact about B.C. – neon

1960 at night of on Granville Street downtown Photo by Ken Oakes/The Vancouver Sun

1960 at night of on Granville Street downtown
Photo by Ken Oakes/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul

Neon signs are electric signs.
They contain neon and other gases.
The signs are made of glass tubes.
These tubes are bent
and made into interesting shapes
with different colours.

In the 1950s, Vancouver had 19,000 neon signs.
This means that there was one sign
for every 18 people!
The only city with more neon signs
per capita* was Shanghai.
*per capita – per person/per head

Click here to see photos of Vancouver (then and now).
Click the photos
to see how the places have changed.
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