Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-08-20
Monday, November 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for stimulating discussion at the library!

Moderator: Kalpna Solanki

"Thinking the unthinkable, imagining the impossible, and discussing the improbable

SFU’s Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafés are free to attend. No registration is required."

Tuesday, November 21
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

It's Financial Literacy Month and if you want to keep the money you have, you need to take the time to see how you can effectively spend within your means.

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn the 6 steps to budgeting which will help you take control of your finances and get a sense of peace of mind. Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Budgeting has gotten a bad reputation as something that is restrictive, boring and doesn’t work. Actually, a budget is simply a plan for your money based on your priorities and goals.

Have you ever wondered why some people are so good with their money and others aren’t? Likely someone taught them how to manage their money so they can create the life they want. Most of us weren’t born knowing how to intuitively manage our money, our parents likely didn’t discuss money let alone teach us, and it wasn’t part of the curriculum when we were in school, so we learn by the school of hard knocks.

However, here’s the good news - budgeting is skill set that anyone can learn! The better news is that we have broken down budgeting into six easy steps.

In the Budgeting 101 workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Set SMART financial goals
  • Understand the components of a budget
  • Track your expenses and identify areas of change
  • Plan and pay for irregular expenses
  • Create and manage savings for goals like emergency savings and fun things
  • Create a paycheque plan

This interactive and fun workshop will last 90 minutes. 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 that have low enrollment may be cancelled. 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.

Thursday, November 23
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading - perfect for active young children!  No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

Thursdays, October 19 to November 30

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Thursday, November 23
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading - perfect for active young children!  No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

Thursdays, October 19 to November 30

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Thursday, November 23
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Back and muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety: everyone experiences worry and physical or emotional pain at some point in their lives. This workshop will explore methods to manage with emotional and muscular tension. You will learn recent research and discover ways to deal with pain and anxiety with direct and indirect approaches.

Alena Minova is a CanStat certified Alexander Technique teacher, a postural correction technique which is taught at major performance arts schools across the globe. It is an effective scientific method to work with excessive tension and pain. It is widely known among professional dancers, musicians and actors to cope and reverse repetitive strain injuries and performance anxiety; though there are benefits everybody can experience from applying Alexander skills in everyday life.

There are currently 13 CanStat certified practitioners of Alexander Technique in Vancouver. The Alexander Technique specialists begin their rigorous training with a formal  three years full- time study and continue to hone their skills every day during their career.  Alena Minova is a certified Yoga Instructor. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis and studied with Elise Browning Miller. For more information, please visit: http://alexandertechniquetoday.com/ 

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.

Friday, November 24
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Board games and snacks will be provided. For youth grades 6 to 9. The event is free, all you need to do is 
register online or at any BPL information desk.

Saturday, November 25
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Ages: Everyone is welcome, but the emphasis will be on stories for ages 3 up.

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

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Saturdays, October 14 to November 25
*No session November 11*

Tuesday, November 28th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

grey_and_green_socks_on_feetSweater weather is here.  Come show off your projects and share in the fun of making something new.  We spend a couple of hours knitting, crocheting, stitching and chatting with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone is welcome – all ages and all skill levels. Bring your yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies and get started! A limited number of needles and yarn is available for those who want to give knitting or crocheting a try.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Tuesday, November 28
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a librarian-led discussion about ‘White Trash: the Untold 400-Year History of Class in America’ by Nancy Isenberg.

“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters that put Trump in the White House have been a permanent part of American fabric, argues Isenberg.  Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.” – 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 October 25th.  Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, October 25th 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.White Trash

Thursday, November 30
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading - perfect for active young children!  No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

Thursdays, October 19 to November 30

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

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