Library News

Welcome to the McBride and District Public Library! Our summer opening hours are as follows:


Tues: 10am-6pm

Wed-Thurs: 10am-5pm

Fri: 12-8pm

Sat: 12-5pm


We want your feedback!

With the help of some grant funding, we would love to transform our outdoor space into a Community Garden that works for everyone. What would you like to see there?



Visiting the Library

If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the library. We would be happy to deliver items to you instead. Please call us at 250 569-2411.

From the start of July, following the most recent order of the BC Provincial Health Officer, it is recommended that all children (12+) and adults wear a face mask, but it is no longer mandatory. While in the library, physical distancing is still to be maintained, and the computer lab is currently limited to 3 people at any time, and for adults only (15+).

You may return any library materials (including inter-library loans) in the dropbox outside the library, or in one of the blue bins inside the library.

We are still also offering a collection/delivery service. Call 250 569-2411 for details.


Thank you for following the guidelines!


Check out our New Titles for this month!


Tumblebooks e-books

We are excited to announce we now have access to Tumblebooks e-books for kids! No registration is required: just click below.



Weather Station  

We’ve got a weather station at 521, thanks to Prof. Peter Jackson at UNBC’s Environmental Sciences Department!  And we have recently added a PurpleAir air quality monitor, thanks to the Fraser Headwaters Alliance, to our environmental data collection.  To see the current and past weather and air quality conditions for downtown McBride, check out:


Current Programs

At the moment, our regular adult programs Fibre Artists and Writing Group are taking a summer break, but we are pleased to announce the return of the Book Discussion Group – the next one is on Thursday 26th August at 1.30pm.


We also offer Free Legal Advice via Skype – the next session is Tuesday 3rd August at 5pm. Sessions are 15 minutes long, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


We are also offering children’s summer programs, including Fun Fridays! Starting July 16th, for ages 5-12. Register by calling the library on 569-2411.

If your kids love stories and animals, come along on Tuesdays at 2pm for Stories with Skidboot, the therapy dog, and his handler Birgit! Call 569-2411 or email to register.

In partnership with Decoda Literacy Solutions, join us for Kids’ Food Camp from July 19th-23rd. Ages 5-10.


Join the BC Summer Reading Club! Call in at the library for your log books, stickers and bookmarks. Medals available upon completion of the program. You can also sign up online at www.bcsrc.ca


May 5: Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

May 5 is the Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. From May 5-19 we will have a display of red dresses, indigenous poetry and short documentary films to mark this important occasion.


Online Weekly Programs

Wednesdays: 9.30-10 Mother Goose! Songs, rhymes and stories for children 0-5 and caregivers. In partnership with RVCS and Valemount Library. Back soon!


Thursdays: 10-12 Fibre Artists’ Knit-Along! Come knit with us! Beginners welcome too! BACK IN SEPTEMBER!

Fridays: 12-1.30 Writing Group. Would you like an hour of dedicated writing each week, and the opportunity to meet other local writers? Join us! BACK IN SEPTEMBER!

Please call the library on 250 569-2411 or email library@mcbridebc.org for more details and the Zoom invitations.

April is National Poetry Month

Every day in April we have posted a poetry reading by a member of our community. Here’s the link to our youtube channel:


Thanks to our readers: Linda Fry, Bob Coles, Sheilagh Foster, Joyce Godfrey, Al Birnie, Jane Stubbs, Bridget Uhl, Sharon Stearns, Harold Edwards, Chelsie Stubbs, Bob Thompson, Jennifer Ford, Malina Dodge, Abi Ward, Larry Stamm, Nancy Taylor, Anastasia McPartlin, Bronya Mazereeuw, Jasmine Hoetjes, Joy Ward, Ben Hunter, Chelan Mazereeuw, Rod Reimer, Martina Wall, Tony Rykes, Cathy Greenhough, Kate Clark, Warren Jones, Isla McNaughton and Aziz Umstot.


February is Black History Month

Join us in our facebook group for weekly book reviews by black writers led by our Library Director, Abi Ward, who is a former Professor of Caribbean Literature. Each week in February we will post a review of a different title from the library. Celebrate with us!








Week 1: Here is the youtube link to our first review, of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song (2010). Have you read it? What did you think?



Click the book to visit the library’s catalogue entry. You can also click here.






Week 2: Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved (1987):


Click on the book to visit the library’s catalogue entry. You can also click here.






Week 3: David Chariandy’s novel Brother (2017):



Click on the book to visit the library’s catalogue entry. You can also click here.






Week 4: Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Punching the Air (2020):


Click on the book title to visit the library’s catalogue entry. You can also click here.