Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-03-28
Mondays, February 27 to April 3
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Participants of this six-session workshop will gain systematic knowledge about diabetes and relevant issues. Learn and practice simple tools to manage blood glucose levels more effectively. Group interaction and support will help you enhance goal-setting, action-taking and problem-solving skills, to increase your confidence in better managing diabetes and improving your overall health. Caregivers are also welcome. This is a Mandarin-language program offered in partnership with the University of Victoria Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health.

Read about this program in Chinese 糖尿病系列課程詳情 [PDF].

Registration is required and the workshop is limited to 15 participants. Register online 網上報名, or by phone at 或请致電報名 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, March 28
7:00 pm to 8:45 pm


KIZUNA (bond) is the Japanese word for appreciating the existence of others. How do we connect with each other creatively? How do we overcome deep grief? Since the Great East Japan Earthquake took many lives on March 11, 2011, Yoriko Gillard thinks, works and cries from her liminal space. "Liminal" comes from Latin limen, "threshold": in between, transition, ambiguity. Her research has shown that creative social acts like poetry, visual art, music and dialogue can help overcome some of this pain.

Capilano Universe 2017 Lecture SeriesYoriko Gillard, a Japanese instructor in the School of Humanities at Capilano University, is an artist, poet, language educator and educational researcher. She is a PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at UBC and is investigating how creative communication helps people understand each other reciprocally during periods of hardship, cultural conflict and language dissonance. Her current research initiatives include a HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth and KIZUNA (bond) activities.

This free lecture is part of the Capilano Universe 2017 Lecture Series, presented in partnership with Capilano University.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. For more information, call the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400, or visit capilanou.ca/universe.

Tuesday, March 28
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Join us for a presentation from the Credit Counselling Society to gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life! 

If you ever plan on getting a credit card, buying a home or vehicle, you'll want to learn more about credit reports, credit ratings and credit scores. If you have bad credit you can learn how to save it! 

From the presenter

Ever wondered what the difference between a credit score and a credit report was? Do you know what builds (or reduces) your credit score? Credit can be very confusing and this can lead to decisions that may impact our overall credit profile. Decisions and actions that are seemingly positive may actually impact us negatively.

Information is key to making decisions that positively affect our credit and overall financial situation. In the Let’s Talk Credit workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what’s in it for you to be good with your money and credit
  • Identify what is on your credit report and the credit rating system
  • Identify the 5 factors that affect your credit score
  • Check your own credit report
  • Name who may be interested in your credit score/report
  • Identify some myths around credit
  • Identify ways to build your credit and avoid scams

This is a 90 minute workshop that is fun and interactive! We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars on various financial topics.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 29
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: walkers to 2 ½ years

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories. Perfect for busy toddlers!

No registration required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, March 29 to May 3

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, March 29
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: walkers to 2 ½ years

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories. Perfect for busy toddlers!

No registration required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, March 29 to May 3

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday March 29
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you looking for work or wanting a career change? Come to the library for a free one hour tour of the career and job search materials. Learn about the hidden job market, how to research companies and explore careers. Check out our resources on resumes, job interviews, cover letters and networking.

Tours are drop-in with no advance registration.

Wednesday, March 29
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Thinking Fast and SlowJoin us for a librarian-led discussion about ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman.

“Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Daniel Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives--and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.” – Publisher

Take part in our discussion circle and learn about new topics, world events, and literature as we explore a different non-fiction title each month. 

This program is free, but space is limited. Register in person at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch or by calling 604-436-5400. Registration for this program opens at 3:00pm on February 22nd. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, February 22nd to pick up your copy of the book at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch second floor Reference Desk. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Please note that registration for the April 26th 4-5pm meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Club opens at 3:00pm on March 29th.

Wednesday, March 29
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

ZinioPressReaderEbscohostDid you know you can read hundreds of magazines and newspapers - like Maclean's, the New Yorker, Consumer Reports, Better Homes & Gardens, the Globe and Mail and newspapers from around the world - all for free, with Burnaby Public Library's apps? Come find out how. If time allows, students who took the first class on March 22 can also get further help with e-books and audiobooks.

This is the second in a three-part series of classes on BPL's apps. We recommend that you sign up for the other classes as well: E-books and Audiobooks on March 22, and Languages and Music on April 5.

Bring your device(s) to class - tablets, iPads, smart phones,​ laptops. Before you come to class, please charge your devices and make sure you know the accounts and passwords you will need to download apps or install programs on your device(s); for example, your Apple ID or Google Play Store account email and password.

Class will be held in the Cameron Recreation Complex's Juniper Room.

FREE but space is limited to 10 participants for this hands-on class. Register online, by calling 604 421-5454, or in person at any library branch.

Wednesday, March 29
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch.  Each week a librarian will lead a discussion on a variety of everyday topics.  Adult learners must have some knowledge of English to participate in group conversation. The circle will be held every Wednesday evening from March 1 - April 26 (9 sessions)  No registration is required.  Drop in and join us for this FREE program!

Thursday, March 30
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading - perfect for active young children! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

Thursdays,  March 30 to May 4

For more information, call 604-436-5420.

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