Good news! Next Saturday is Chess in the Library's West Region Tournament. If you enjoy playing chess and want a chance to sharpen your skills, this is the event for you. There are several prizes waiting to be won! Plus, registration is free so definitely come check it out. See you there!
We are very excited to extend a warm welcome to the latest members of our Chess in the Library family!
Juan de Fuca Branch
Victoria, British Columbia
This program started on September 25th, 2013, and is held every Wednesday from 6:45-7:30pm. It is also our very first branch in British Columbia!
Albion Bolton Branch
Our first branch in Caledon public library started on October 3rd, 2013, and the program runs every Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:00pm.
Cyril Clark, Chinguacousy, Mount Pleasant Village, and South Fletcher's Branches
Cyril Clark Library
Last but certainly not least, we have started four branches in Brampton! They started on October 5th, 2013.The Cyril Clark, Chinguacousy, and Mount Pleasant Village branches run every Saturday from 10:30 - 12, and the South Fletcher's branch runs from 3:00 pm to 5 pm. All of the new branches have been a tremendous success so far, and we're really glad to see that our program is continuing to grow. Of course, we would be nothing if not for the hard work and dedication of our amazing volunteers, and we are currently in need of help! If you think you have what it takes to join the team, please take the time to fill out the application at http://www.chessinthelibrary.com/.
For each position, you will be working an internship with the respective executive member for the coming year. There is a lot of work involved but also although of room to learn, grow bonds and gain leadership skills. It is an experience you do not want to miss out on!
If you are interested in applying, e-mail us at email@example.com to get the form to apply. Completed forms are to be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All forms are due Friday, August 16th at 11:59pm! After going through the forms, you will be called for an interview that will take place before the end of August.
If you ever have any questions, want more information or any problems arise, please e-mail us at email@example.com so we can help you out. Best of luck to all!
What a day!
Our Annual Festival took place on Saturday June 29, 2013. It was a great success, and 62 participants
attended the festival. The day was
fun-filled with tournaments, chess jokes, puzzles, a giant chess set, and a
chess simul by our chess champion Mike Ivanov.
With so many exciting activities to do, it’s pretty safe to say that
everyone had a good time.
Personally, there was nothing more rewarding
than seeing the determination of young chess enthusiasts and their joy at their
Our founder, Yuanling Yuan, who started CITL at
age 14 and now attends Yale University, presented a speech at the
One of our first and most honoured donors, the Southam Family, gave a speech at the tournament.
Of course, how can we forget the awards? Regardless of the tournament outcome, we were
extremely proud of everyone and their hard work. Once again, a huge congratulations to our
Our overall winners are from the North York
Grade 3 and under section winners
1. Thomas Wang 2. Wing Li 3. Sivan Xu
Grade 6 and under section winners
1. Cindy Qiao 2. Hazel Guo 3. Evan Wong
Open section winners
1. Jonathan Chan 2. Jagdev Kondal 3. Benjamin
Our new executive was also
selected! The CITL executive team for
President – Mohit Verma
Vice President – Jessica Cao
Volunteer Coordinator – Terry
Treasurer – Jessie Li
Webmaster – Zelin Liu
We sincerely thank all of our
volunteers, supporters, and members.
None of this would have been possible without you!
Moving forward, we can’t wait
to bring you many fun and exciting events in the coming year.
Chess in the Library Elections have come and gone and if you haven't heard, here's the new council: President - Mohit Verma Vice President - Jessica Cao Treasurer - Jessie Li Volunteer coordinator - Terry Zhang Webmaster - Zelin Liu
However, there is one more position to be filled! Chess in the Library is looking for an arts director. The role of an arts director is to create and design posters, flyers and certificates for Chess in the Library. A long with this the executive member, like all, is required to volunteer at a Chess in the Library location and participate in other Chess in the Library events if asked. We are looking for someone who is already proficient in graphic design as we do not have anyone who is able to train people. If you're interested in applying for the position, please create poster that would attract potential teenagers to volunteer in the Toronto region. Remember to include our locations as well as provide information on how to apply. If you'd like a sample poster, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with one. It is highly advised you take a look at the sample. Please send in the poster along with your resumé (optional) by July 31st at 11:55pm. Any late applications will be rejected at the discrimination of the CITL executive council.
If you have any other questions please e-mail us at email@example.com
Hello, my name is Vladislav Bardalez, but
most of my friends call me Vlad. I am an active student at Victoria Park C.I
and have taken an interest in chess from
an early age. I have been volunteering with CITL since 2009 and over the years
I have gained a lot of experience running a branch at Brookbanks Library. Through
my years of experience, I know I am a suitable candidate for the position of
the CITL treasurer for the 2013- 2014 session. I have gotten a grasp of the
financial aspects behind running the large program CITL has become. Not only
have I received experience through volunteering with CITL, but I have acquired
a plethora of skills through Cadets. I am currently a staff member at my
squadron and as a staff member I am constantly faced with many responsibilities
such as, organizing activities and trips for a squadron of over 160 members.
This includes both financial and schedule aspects of planning. I am constantly
in a position of a leader and role model, and through this I am able to work
well with my other staff members in order to accomplish large-scale activities
that involve my entire squadron.
addition to this, I believe that getting donations from sponsors and donors is
crucial for the expansion of the CITL to other cities in Ontario and to improve
branches that are currently running. Through the many connections I have made
through cadets like the North Toronto Sponsoring Committee and through other
programs like Duke of Edinburgh I have realized that there are many
organizations that could be interested and keen in sponsoring a growing
organization such as CITL.
Fundraising is another point I would like
to touch upon. The cashbox or donation box that is seen in the chess festivals
is a decent way to collect funds, but there needs to be more interactive ways
to fundraise more money. Once idea could be setting up a canteen in events like
the Annual Festival, which would create a profit at the end of the day that
would go back into the program. The idea of a raffle to win prize such as a
chess set or chess clock can be an incentive to parents and players to support
the CITL and at the same time have a chance to win a prize. It’s a “Win Win”
With the dedication and passion I have
shown for CITL, along with the many skill sets I can bring to the executive
board, I see myself as the ideal candidate to be next year’s CITL
The past year I’ve gotten to work as junior executive
president of Chess in the Library. A lot has gone by since then. I remember
first hearing about Chess in the Library at a leadership retreat where I met
Yuanling. From there I was offered an opportunity to be on the junior executive
board and chosen as junior executive president. I’ve had the opportunity to
work alongside Vivek who has shown me what it takes to be a president. His
tasks began with creating a presentation for new volunteers and went up all the
way to planning our volunteer appreciation party and running the recruitment
for Brampton. I’ve learned a lot. For example, when hosting a party, always
check the time for when a location opens. Now with Vivek leaving, I feel
confident to take over his position and have year even stronger than the last.
With the beginning of Brampton locations under way, Chess in the Library needs
a strong and experienced leader who can not only take control and make sure this
process happens, but help expand Chess in the Library to new reaches.
Securing Brampton and scouting other libraries is not
only a given but is already part of my duties as president. What I’d like to do
apart from that is help get you, the volunteer, into more leadership roles. For
example, possibly implementing branch leaders, so every library has one
volunteer who on top of all of volunteer could report to me once in two months
how a branch is doing in terms of participants or chess materials. By doing this
we can help assure all of our Chess in the Library locations can run smoothly
all year round. I’d also like to have more polls on our Chess in the Library
facebook group, so let you help make executive decisions. Ultimately, this
organization is nothing without its volunteers so it’s only fair that the
volunteers have the right to influence our executive decisions.
I know that among the volunteers there are many great,
passionate leaders who are willing and ready to help Chess in the Library. That
is why for you and for Chess in the Library, I want to help give the
opportunity to make Chess in the Library an even better organization. What we
can do in coming year is endless, and I want to help make it happen. So let me,
Mohit Verma, become the president of our 2013-2014 Chess in the Library
Thank you all very much for an amazing year and let’s hope for more to come.