Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn’t know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he is pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change.

The next meeting of the Book Club will be held at the Library on Wednesday, January 25th at 7 pm. Everyone 16 and older is invited to join!

Please contact Marieve for further details.


New Books

For a list of new items added to our collection, click here.

If you wish to recommend a purchase, please click here. 

Kitimat Yearbooks

Kitimat School
2002-2010, 2012

Have one to donate for a missing year? We would love to hear from you!
For in-Library use only.

The Next …

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 5:30pm,
at the Kitimat Public Library.

Please contact Samantha Anderson, Library Director, at 250 632-8982
if you wish to learn more about becoming a Library Trustee in 2023. Please note you must have a valid membership card and be a resident of Kitimat or Kitamaat Village prior to the election process. Trustee terms are for two years; executive positions are for one year and include Chair, Vice-Chair/Chair Personnel Committee, Treasurer and Federation Representative. The Library Director acts as Secretary to the Library Board.

The first Regular Meeting of the Board will follow in February.