One month on.

UPDATE April 27

One month on.

"Last month a senseless event unfolded on our doorstep. One month later, a space remains held in our hearts for the woman who was killed. We continue to send our love to all of the victims in their healing and recovery. Know that we’re here for you.

There has been no shortage of stories—of heroism, courage, bravery, and resilience. We continue to be grateful to library staff and volunteers, Lynn Valley Village merchant staff, community members, RCMP, and first responders for your actions that day.

The ‘Love Grows’ on the District of North Vancouver’s virtual memorial: We encourage you to continue to share your pictures, stories, and comments.

To residents of Lynn Valley, of North Vancouver, of West Vancouver, of other municipalities both near and far—thank you. In the wake of this tragedy, you have shown your love.

We see this evidenced in paper hearts, cards, flowers, cookies, and chalk.

We’ve watched it in beautiful vigils, a blanket ceremony, and flash mobs.

We wear it on Lynn Valley Strong facemasks, t-shirts, and bracelets.

We hear it in song and in the hum of the collective voice that has reclaimed the Lynn Valley Village.

As one community member wrote posted on a small pink heart outside the library: “Way more heroes than villains.” So, we’ll end with this quote from author Wilbur Smith:

“Literature throws us many great heroes. Real life invariably outdoes them.” And so it is one month on.

Jacqueline van Dyk | Director of Library Services"

UPDATE April 1 at 12:30pm 

Moving forward.

We’re not moving on, we’re moving forward.

Lynn Valley Library reopened on March 31 surrounded by so much community love. You will begin to see that we are starting to return to what we love to do: public library service.

The victims of Saturday’s attack and the courageous witnesses will be on our minds each step of the way. If you are in a position to provide financial support to those who are affected, please consider giving to the victims in order to help them with their ongoing needs:

You may also wish to support or learn more about the Friends of the Library, whose volunteers provided critical support to victims following the attack.

The Lynn Valley Village is a special network of businesses and organizations. We’d love to see you here, whether it’s a visit to our library, to grab a coffee at Delany’s or some takeout at Browns Socialhouse, or just to check in with the many other shops and services in the plaza.

Community healing is going to take time. We want you to know your library is here for you and we’re committed to helping you during this time. We have prepared a resource list for processing grief and trauma. It includes booklists on coping with trauma and loss, as well as how to talk to your kids about tragic events. Please let us know if we can provide further support.

We’re thinking of our community. And we’re here to move forward with you.  


UPDATE March 31 at 5:00pm 

A Message from North Vancouver District Public Library Board 

"The North Vancouver District Public Library Board would like to express our shock and sadness over this past weekend’s tragic incident. Our hearts are with everyone who is feeling the weight of what happened in our community. As Lynn Valley community members set out on their regular Saturday activities, none could have anticipated these horrific and senseless events.

To the family of the woman who lost her life, we offer our sincere condolences; nothing we can say will right this wrong, but we want you to know we are thinking of you. To those who were injured, we wish you strength in your recovery; thank you for your courage. To everyone in our community who was witness to these events, we hope you find comfort and support; know that your library is here for you.

We are incredibly grateful to all those on site, including library staff and volunteers, staff from nearby businesses, good Samaritans, and first responders, who reacted quickly and professionally with courage and compassion. You are all heroes.

We are also thankful for the Director of Library Services’ thoughtful and caring leadership which will help carry the organization through this difficult time.

Being residents of the District of North Vancouver, we are deeply affected by this tragedy and share in the community’s sorrow. May we hold each other up as we begin to heal.

Now that the library has reopened, we encourage you to visit. It’s your place to connect, share, and inspire—and we can’t wait to see you there.

On behalf of the North Vancouver District Public Library Board,

Lara Greguric | Board Chair & Kulvir Mann | Board Vice Chair"

UPDATE March 30 at 2:00pm 

Re-Opening March 31

After a day back in our space preparing ourselves and our spaces, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Lynn Valley Library. The Lynn Valley Library will open on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00am. We look forward to seeing you back here. #LynnValleyStrong
UPDATE March 28 at 5:00pm 

A Message from NVDPL's Director of Library Services

"To our Lynn Valley and North Vancouver communities,
For an organization built around words, we are struggling for them. Our hearts are heavy.
We grieve alongside our community for the woman who tragically lost her life in this heinous crime. No amount of condolence will provide solace from this loss but our hearts are with the victim’s family.
We send our strength and love to all victims in the aftermath of this devastating event. And we shine a light on our staff, the Friends of the Library volunteers, the amazing merchants of the Lynn Valley Village community including staff at Delany's and Browns, and the many witnesses, for their tremendous courage.  
To everyone who has taken time to message your love and support, we see you and we hear you—and we send your thoughts back out to the victims and everyone in our community who is devastated by this tragedy.
We know this pain is deeply felt by our community and we will walk alongside you in healing. We are Lynn Valley Strong.
With a heavy heart, 
Jacqueline van Dyk | Director of Library Services"