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Surrey Libraries Recommends Books to Read Before the New Decade Dawns



Fill your holiday season with literacy, light and joy!

Surrey, BC – Readers in Surrey like a good thriller as several mysteries and thrillers topped the list of adult fiction books that were the most borrowed from the library in 2019.

If you’re in the mood for a crime thriller, Surrey Libraries staff recommend David Baldacci’s Redemption or Long Road to Mercy. Surprisingly, older titles including George Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984, eerie parable Animal Farm, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and J.D. Salinger’s classic teen angst novel Catcher in the Rye also made the most borrowed list.

Here’s the top 20 adult fiction books borrowed from Surrey Libraries in 2019:

Rank Book Title Author
1 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
2 Past Tense Lee Child
3 Dark Sacred Night Michael Connelly
4 The Reckoning John Grisham
5 1984 George Orwell
6 Kingdom of the Blind Louise Penny
7 Long Road to Mercy David Baldacci
8 Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
9 Clockmakers Daughter Kate Morton
10 Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
11 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
12 Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan
13 Redemption David Baldacci
14 A Spark of Light Jodi Picoult
15 Washington Black Esi Edugyan
16 The Great Alone Kristin Hannah
17 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
18 A Better Man Louise Penny
19 Animal Farm George Orwell
20 Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

People interested in borrowing any of these titles can find the complete list and check for their availability online at

If there isn’t something on the list of the most borrowed books in 2019 that is of interest, Surrey Libraries staff have also put together their picks of the best titles from 2019 called Fireside Reads for Winter. The list and availability of titles can be found online at

Surrey Libraries also has eBooks and eAudiobooks available for patrons to download and read on their phones or tablets. Visit to find a title that interests you!

Here’s the top 15 eBooks borrowed from Surrey Libraries in 2019:

Rank eBook Title Author
1 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
2 Past tense Lee Child
3 The Reckoning John Grisham
4 Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty
5 Long Road to Mercy David Baldacci
6 Dark Sacred Night Michael Connelly
7 Becoming Michelle Obama
8 Educated Tara Westover
9 The Wife between Us Greer Hendricks
10 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
11 Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
12 The Rooster Bar John Grisham
13 Kingdom of the Blind Louise Penny
14 The Great Alone Kristin Hannah
15 The Fallen David Baldacci

About Surrey Libraries

Surrey Libraries is a valued community institution and one of the most-used community services in Surrey. The Library welcomes around 2.7 million visits to its nine branches each year, and over two million visits to its online resources. Surrey Libraries runs hundreds of programs and services for children, youth, and adults to support their diverse learning needs. Serving the community since 1983, Surrey Libraries strives to be a leader in supporting creativity, connectivity, literacy, and lifelong learning. Find out more about Surrey Libraries and our diverse programming at

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SFU’s next president eyes “new era of potential”



University appoints Joy Johnson as its 10th president and vice-chancellor

Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors has appointed professor Joy Johnson as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor, following an extensive community consultation and international search process.

Johnson, SFU’s current vice-president research and international, will take office on Sept. 1 2020. She succeeds Andrew Petter, who completes his term on August 31 after a decade of distinguished service.

“Over the course of this competitive process, professor Johnson stood out from other candidates for her depth of academic and research experience, commitment to students and enthusiasm for the future of SFU,” says Fiona Robin, chair of SFU’s Board of Governors and chair of the presidential search committee. “We are thrilled to announce that professor Johnson is the successful candidate and look forward to welcoming her into this new role.”

A strong supporter of academic and research excellence, and a leader in nurturing and building community partnerships, Johnson is also committed to vibrant student learning experiences, equity, diversity and inclusion, and Aboriginal reconciliation.

“SFU is a remarkable institution at a remarkable time in its history,” says Johnson, who becomes the university’s second woman president. “We continue to attract world-class students, faculty, and staff, and we are stepping into a new era of potential.”

Johnson, who has been in her current role at SFU since 2014, is widely respected in academic and research communities. Under her leadership, SFU’s research income has grown from $103 million in 2014 to $161 million today, making it the fastest growing research income of any university in Canada.

During her tenure, the university established its innovation strategy—SFU Innovates—launched its big data initiative, secured two Canada 150 chairs and became host to Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer. The university also became a founding partner in the City of Surrey’s burgeoning Health and Technology District and established collaborative research partnerships around the world.

“I love being part of SFU—so much is possible here as we develop new learning opportunities, enhance student support and services, expand our facilities, strengthen our research infrastructure, and forge new partnerships,” says Johnson. “It’s my great privilege to have the opportunity to serve as President and Vice-Chancellor, and I look forward to getting started.”


Johnson completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Alberta, and is a former professor in the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing.

Before joining SFU, Johnson had an impressive academic and research career in the health sciences. Her research focused on how environments and social dynamics influence health outcomes and opportunities, particularly among youth.

Her commitment to research led to her role as scientific director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health, setting the institute’s strategy and building opportunities for researchers.

Johnson is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2019).

She is the co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has led several initiatives that mobilized research insights to influence practice and policy.

Read more about Joy Johnson

About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU works with communities, organizations and partners to create, share and embrace knowledge that improves life and generates real change. We deliver a world-class education with lifelong value that shapes change-makers, visionaries and problem-solvers. We connect research and innovation to entrepreneurship and industry to deliver sustainable, relevant solutions to today’s problems. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties that deliver 193 undergraduate degree programs and 127 graduate degree programs to more than 35,000 students. The university now boasts more than 160,000 alumni residing in 143 countries.

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Seven Hundred School Children Lead Park Beautification Event to Wrap-up Love Where you Live Campaign



Mayor Doug McCallum and Councillor Steven Pettigrew joined Cambridge Elementary
students, school staff and parents for a clean-up and tree planting event on Thursday, October 24.

Surrey, BC – Mayor Doug McCallum joined over 700 students, parents and teachers from Cambridge Elementary School for a clean-up event today, wrapping up Surrey’s city-wide Love Where You Live Campaign. The initiative, which began in April, called on residents, business owners, schools and community groups to step up and get involved in keeping Surrey clean and welcoming.

“The key to our success boils down to the tremendous support we have received from our community,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Love Where You Live not only resonated with our residents, but it delivered solid results. 5,000 bags of litter have been removed from city streets and parks and more than 13,000 trees and bulbs have been planted. Without question, our collective efforts have had a huge impact and I thank everyone who participated across our community.”

In addition to the clean-up initiatives, the City focused on beautification projects to create more welcoming spaces. Across the City, 1,700 street banners were installed and over two thousand feet of decorative streetlights were added to Town Centres.

During the event, Mayor McCallum encouraged that the students and community continue to take pride in the city, making clean-up efforts part of their regular routine.

“I want to continue to challenge everyone to participate in keeping our neighborhoods cleaner, greener and healthier. Every piece of litter picked up, and every tree planted goes a long way in creating a welcoming environment for residents and visitors. Let’s keep up the good work!”

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Surrey Libraries Announces Winners of 2019 Young Adult Writing Contest



Surrey, BC — Surrey Libraries is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2019 Surrey Libraries’ Young Adult Writing Contest. The winners were acknowledged at an Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 16 at City Hall Council Chambers.

The Young Adult Writing Contest is an annual writing competition for youth aged 12-18. Since launching the contest in 1987, Surrey Libraries has received over 6,500 entries from aspiring young writers across Surrey. The contest is free to enter and young writers submit entries to one of the four contest categories: short stories, poems, comics, and a new random category for other types of writing such as essays and screenplays.

“With more than 300 entries this year, our judges were challenged to select the winning entries,” explains Kelly Lau, Youth Services Librarian and contest coordinator. “We were so impressed by the diversity, creativity and fearlessness demonstrated by all the young writers who submitted their works. The future of writing is in good hands.”

Alyana Amadeo who placed in both the junior short story and the junior poetry categories said, “I think the competition is cool. I think it can motivate young people to write and inspire people to start writing – especially the poetry and comics, even if you don’t like writing.”

This popular program is organized by the dynamic youth library staff at Surrey Libraries – City Center branch and is made possible through the generous support of the program’s champion sponsors: Khalsa Credit Union, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature.

First time entrant, Meshal Asghar, who received an honorable mention for her short story said, “The process was straight forward and easy. I really enjoyed it. I started getting into writing a lot more in my senior year of high school and writing a story for my provincial exam. Since I worked really hard on it for the provincial exam, I thought I would submit it for the competition. I wasn’t sure that I was going to get an award at all but it was really exciting and I’m really thankful.”

An anthology of the winners’ work will be available online or to check out from any Surrey Libraries branch. Anthologies can also be purchased for $8.00 for a limited time at the City Centre branch.

Young Adult Writing Contest Winners 2019


First Prize: If You Think Your Dog’s A Handful by Sofia Lemay

Second Prize: The Girl in the Mirror by Alyana Amadeo

Third Prize: The Bird Missing Its Wings by Adella Teja

Honourable Mention: Submerged by Carmen Campbell


First Prize: Exposure by Linda Bian

Second Prize: How a First-Grader Became a Grim Reaper by Shirley Chen

Third Prize: An Old Friend by Alyra Ryan

Honourable Mention: Free by Meshal Asghar

JUNIOR POETRY (ages 12-14)

First Prize: The Calm Before the Storm by Tehya Benedict

Second Prize: Second Prize: Worldly Matters by R.K.

Third Prize: Third Prize: The Beyond by Ashley Wang

Honourable Mention: My Friend Strength by Alyana Amadeo<?p>

SENIOR POETRY (ages 15-18)

First Prize: Thuja Plicata by Shaheen Virk

Second Prize: Cricketsong of Youth by Rena Su

Third Prize: Bleach by Sally Jiao

Honourable Mention: D Cage by Nikita Sharma

Honourable Mention: Thrift Store Dresses by Kinga Plucinska


First Prize: Drawn Out by Jaden Lee

Second Prize: Of Elves and Men by Athena Little

Third Prize: Sisters by Cynthia Wang

Honourable Mention: Missing. In. Action. by Nazaha Muntafi


First Prize: My Last Year on Earth (Screenplay for short film) by Sophie Lang

Second Prize: An Open Letter to Open Letters (Creative non-fiction essay) by Rena Su

Third Prize: Gender Dysphoria (Essay) by Colin Dong

Honourable Mention: Bottled Water: The Impacts of Water Commodification (Research Essay) by Joshua Lee

About Surrey Libraries

Surrey Libraries is a valued community institution and one of the most-used community services in Surrey. The library welcomes around 2.5 million visits to our 9 branches each year, with an additional 2 million plus visits to our online resources. Surrey Libraries runs hundreds of programs and services for children, youth, and adults to support their diverse learning needs. Serving the community since 1983, Surrey Libraries strives to be a leader in supporting creativity, connectivity, literacy, and lifelong learning. Find out more about Surrey Libraries and our diverse programming at

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SFU receives $17 million for new Quantum Algorithms Institute




The BC government will invest $17 million over the next five years to create a Quantum Algorithms Institute at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.

The institute, which is one of the first of its kind, will focus on building quantum computing software and algorithms. And it will help SFU collaborate with other research universities in the province to position BC as a world leader in the emerging field of quantum computing technology. In the process, the university will develop a new graduate degree program in quantum computing.

The funding announcement is part of the BC government’s commitment to promote the City of Surrey as a second Lower Mainland downtown. With plans to build an innovation corridor that will boost economic growth and increase employment in Surrey and the Fraser Valley. The innovation corridor will be developed in consultation with local government, businesses, First Nations and other partners.

BC Premier John Horgan delivered the announcement at SFU’s Surrey campus and said, “Creating an innovation corridor in Surrey and up the Fraser Valley will create good jobs, attract talent, reduce commute times and raise the standard of living. Working with our partners, we will create an innovation hub where companies and talent will cluster, supporting our goal of a strong, sustainable economy that benefits the entire province.”

Andrew Petter, SFU’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said “Simon Fraser University is pleased to be a partner in the new Quantum Algorithms Institute. Undergraduate students in science, tech, engineering and mathematics will have a unique opportunity to continue their education in graduate studies with a focus on quantum computing.”

The Minister of jobs, trade and technology, Bruce Ralston added,“Quantum computer solutions will help develop the innovations of tomorrow in sectors such as transportation and logistics, medical research, advanced design and materials testing.”

Last year, the province invested more than $700 million to support the BC’s innovation ecosystem.

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Testking Cisco CCNP Certification Exam With ExamSnap Practice Tests



Testking Cisco CCNP Certification Exam With ExamSnap Practice Tests Cisco is the top best networking services provider across the globe. It forms the backbone of computer networking, therefore, becoming the most popular in the networking industry. To test a variety of computer networking, Cisco has split its certifications into five levels. These levels include;

• The entry level
• The associate level
• The professional level
• The expert level
• The architect level

Cisco Certifications

CCNA & CCNP Certifications

200-125 CCNA Exam

CCNP Routing & Switching 3 Exams

CCNP Specialization Exams

Among the certifications offered by Prepaway Cisco is the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCNP). This certification grants you with expert skills in the operation and troubleshooting converge, complex networking infrastructure, designing and planning. This article is devoted to the CCNP Data Center credential, as one of the most sought-after. It checks your skills to work on data center and ability to operate a complex modern data center infrastructure. To earn it, you need to pass the Cisco CCNP 300-101 exam and a lab exam Buy Bundle now.

Reasons for CISCO Certification

If you are dreaming to become a professional in networking, being certified is a step you should take in your career. Being awarded a Cisco certificate will place you ahead of your competitors in the networking industry, place you in areas of valuable benefits together with the company you are working for. Other reasons for being certified include;

1. Employers value

The networking companies aim at hiring employees who are Cisco certified. This gives the company an assurance that the employee is competent with the Cisco networking devices boosting its reliability and profitability. Additionally, hiring employees with a Cisco certification assists in maintaining the status quo of the company more so in the Cisco gold partnership.

2. Individual benefits

Certifications play a significant role in one’s career as they display your levels of competence as well as expose you into a variety of job opportunities. Majority of the networking companies ask for the Cisco certification as one of the requirements for the job vacancies they have. Therefore, if you are Cisco certified, the company is assured of having employed a candidate who is familiar with the networking concepts.

3. Broadens your understanding

Before studying for a certification, one is already aware of the technological basics as one interacts with technology every now and then. Meanwhile, when studying for a certification, this broadens up your competencies including your technological overview and keeping you on toes.

4. Indicates your importance

Studying for a Cisco certification is not easy. It takes hours and hours of hard work and determination. Being Cisco certified shows that you are motivated, reliable and can work hard. Also, Cisco credential helps you to move with the trend in the technological field and acquiring yourself the relevant skills.

5. Adds value to your CV

A certification attached to your curriculum vitae (CV) increases your chances to climb the career ladder. Cisco credentials are globally recognized making your certificate relevant in almost every organization you apply for. Attaching your certification on your CV opens up doors of success making it possible for you to come across both the hiring managers and the recruiters.

6. Increased salary

In any profession, the higher your level of experience and knowledge is, the higher salary you get. Thus, the CCNA certified specialist will earn annually about $76,000, the CCNP- $93,000, and the CCNP – $122,000. So, there’s always a room to grow. Therefore, the more Cisco certifications achieved, the greater the salary.

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CISCO CCNP 300-101 Exam Description

The Cisco CCNP 300-101 exam certifies professional skills in designing, implementing, operating and troubleshooting the complex Data infrastructure. It is a two-hour written exam containing 90-110 questions. The Cisco CCNP 300-101 exam accesses the candidate’s potential to understand the Data centers requirements, how the Data centers operate and their ability to configure it.

The Cisco CCNP lab exam is an eight-hour exam which requires the candidate to troubleshoot, diagnose and configure a chain of specified Data Center scenario. Competence in troubleshooting is an important skill which the candidate is presumed to diagnose and solve problems as part of the CCNP lab exam. To be certified, the candidate must pass the hands-on lab exam within a period of three years after passing the written exam. The first attempt in the lab exam should be made within one and a half years of passing the written exam.

Requirements for The Certification

  1. To acquire the CCNP Data Center certification, candidates should pass the written qualification exam and the hands-on lab exam respectively.
  2. The candidate should be familiar with and have an understanding of the topics in the exam blueprint.
  3. The candidate should have experience of not less than seven years before studying for a certification.

Top 5 Secrets to Pass CCNP Data Center CCNP 300-101 Exam

1. Identify the best Cisco CCNP Training Center

Receiving quality training is the beginning of success. Across the globe, there are a number of the Cisco CCNP training centers. It’s upon the candidate aspiring to undergo this training to select the top best training center.

2. Train through a CCNP certified trainer

The right trainer is the key to achieving the best in the CCNP certification. Training from the certified experts earns you the best guidance towards the certification because being familiar with this path, they guide you towards the Do’s and Don’ts.

3. Utilize the practice exams

Before undertaking the main exam, it is advisable to undergo a quick revision to polish up your skills. This will familiarize you with the design in which the questions are set and also help to improve on your time management. Check the most reliable and valid exam dumps at ExamSnap website to test your readiness.

4. Practice in the lab

Practice makes perfect. The CCNP lab exam is an eight-hour hands-on exam where your skills are put into test. Therefore, practicing earlier enough with the actual devices exposes you to what is expected of you in the exam.

5. Sail with the trend

CCNP syllabus is improved with technological progression. It is paramount for the candidate to be aware of the latest curriculum in the networking field.

Job Opportunities

Having been certified with the CCNP Data Center certification, this opens a direct entrance to the job industry. The most possible areas to seek for jobs and enhance your career include;

  • Data Center Network Engineer
  • Data Center Consultant
  • Data Center Customer Success Specialist


Majority of the networking companies are interested in professionals who are Cisco certified. All Cisco certifications are globally acknowledged and are highly valued in the companies. It is advisable for individuals who want to specialize and become experts in the networking field to boost their career with a Cisco certification. To reach the top of your career, gain the CCNP Data Center certification. For that, use the tips provided in the article and get the most updated material visiting ExamSnap website.

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