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New to Canada? Library offers help editorial@royalcityrecord.com

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f you are new to Canada, make a visit the New Westminster Public Library one of the first things you do. Apply for a library card. It’s free and it lets you use our resources. Our English as a second language (ESL) collection includes books, CDs and DVDs that can help with grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, writing, and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and other tests. You’ll also find books written for ESL, some with CDs so you can listen to the book while you read it. Our web page, at www.nwpl.ca, has links to ESL sites that have exercises to improve your skills, as well as links to legal and medical resources, foreign credentials and employment, and newspapers and magazines. If you want to read a newspaper from your home country, go to Press Display. This database has 500 current newspapers from 70 countries in 37 different languages. The Citizenship and Information Canada site is in our Canadian Citizenship links.

Order your copy of Discover Canada, the official study guide for the citizenship test, by following the link. The library has copies to borrow while you wait for yours. If you’re studying for the citizenship test, or if you want to learn more about Canada, register for our free citizenship classes. Offered in partnership with MOSAIC, they are held at the library every second week on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, phone Ismat at 604-5223722 ext. 155 or email isimo@mosaicbc. com. You are also invited to join our ESL conversation circles. These are held at the library in partnership with Fraserside Community Services. The women-only circle takes place on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Saturday morning circle from 10 to 11 a.m. is open to everybody. Come prepared to make friends and to join in stimulating conversations. Books like Arrival Survival Canada by Naeem Noorani, How to Find a Job in Canada by Efim Cheinis, and You’re Hired … Now What? by Lynda Goldman may answer some of your questions.

Ambassadors wanted Are you between 16 and 21 years of age? Do you have time to give to your community? Would you like to gain confidence, experience personal growth and be the best you can be? Would you like to learn more about your city and all that it has to offer? Experience new growth in your personal development? Would you like to meet and make lifelong friends? Do you like to travel? Would you like to be a role model for the youth of our city? If some of these concepts appeal to you, then you could be a future Miss New Westminster Ambassador candidate. The New Westminster Hyack Festival Association is inviting applications for the year 2011 Miss New Westminster Ambassador program. Candidate entry forms can be picked up at the Hyack Festival office located at 204 Sixth St. and must be returned by Oct. 20, 4 p.m., to the attention of the ambassador committee.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 16 but not yet 21 years of age on December 31, 2010. They must have lived in New Westminster for the six months immediately prior to Oct. 1. The program leading up to the crowning of Miss New Westminster runs for five months, during which time the candidates receive instruction and make appearances at civic functions. They are judged on their ability to speak in public, general intelligence, special abilities, community knowledge and personality. The Miss New Westminster ambassador pageant, at which the final judging takes place, is scheduled for April 2, 2011. The overall time commitment for the participants is approximately 18 months. For more information, check out the Hyack Festival website at www.hyack. bc.ca.

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