Parents and Educators

Parents & Educators

The Youth Services department welcomes parents, caregivers, and educators. Our staff are able to help you find resources for your children or assist with resources on literacy, technology, parenting, and more.

Children are always welcome to use the library! Older children can visit us independently; younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Please refer to our policy, Safe Use of the Library by Children for more details.

 

Parents & Educators FAQs

Class visits during COVID-19

While we are unable to welcome class groups into the library at the moment, we are happy to visit your class via Zoom or any other online meeting tool you are using with your students. 

To arrange a visit, please contact Youth Services Librarian, Kaley O'Brien. A few helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

  • The Youth Services team is small (but mighty!), and currently helping out in other departments around the library. Please give us at least three weeks notice of your ideal visit date to ensure staff can be available.
  • If possible, please provide us with a range of dates for your visit so we can find a mutually agreeable time.
  • We try to tailor the visits as much as possible so they are useful for your students. Please give us as much information as you can on your current unit/theme of study, research project, etc.

Options for your visit

  • Introduction to the library's online resources and how to access our collections. 
  • Research skills tailored to the age of your students.
  • Book talks on material both new and tried and true.
  • Storytime and/or age-appropriate read-aloud activities.

What can I do if my child or I come across content we find personally offensive in something we borrow from the library?

  • Have a conversation
  • Reach out to us

    • If you have concerns about an item's place in our collection, please reach out to us to schedule a conversation with one of our professional librarians, or our Library Director

  • Request for Reconsideration

    • ​​​​​​​In the event that you continue to have concerns about an item in our collection, you can fill out our Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form

    • Once submitted, the item in question will be reviewed by the Library Director and our Board of Trustees, who will make the final decision about its place in our collection

Why might I encounter materials that contain content I find personally offensive in the library?

  • Our collections are largely based off of patron requests, making them a reflection of our diverse and multifaceted community. What you find inappropriate could be just the right thing for someone else!
    • Check out our Collections Policy to learn more about how items make their way into and out of our collection.
  • Libraries have a set of professional values that includes Intellectual Freedom - this means that:
    • We will not censor materials, decide what is appropriate, or judge what you and your family choose to check out.
    • We trust you to make the right choice of materials for you and your family.
    • We are here to provide you access to a wide range of materials that meet the varied needs of our vibrantly diverse community!

What can I do if I need help finding items that better suit my needs and the needs of my family?

  • Ask us
    • ​​​​​​​Check in with any member of our staff during your next visit to the library, we are always happy to help you!
  • Tools on our website

 

Local resources for parents

  • Whistler Community Services Society: WCSS provide programs and services that support social sustainability in Whistler. Their many services include the food bank, parenting classes, outreach support, and counselling assistance.
  • School District 48: Information about public schools in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
  • Parks and Recreation: Information about year-round programs for kids, after-school care, and summer camps.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: Providing services and resources locally including:
    • Infant Development Program
    • Nutrition & health
    • Speech and language
    • Physiotherapist
    • Occupational therapist
    • Pregnancy and early childhood
    • Mental health