Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-08-20
Wednesday, September 27
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Break out of your reading rut and join us for a book discussion circle with a new book each month. We will explore new fiction and non-fiction in a friendly atmosphere led by our McGill librarians.

In September we will explore Nostalia by M.J. Vassanji.

In the indeterminate future in an unnamed western city, physical impediments to immortality have been overcome. The prospect of eternal life, however, presents a new problem: rejuvenated bodies require rejuvenated identities. To make the transition, traces of a person’s past are erased and new, complete fictions are implanted in their stead. On occasion, though, cracks emerge, and reminders of discarded lives seep through, thoughts from a previous existence burrowing in the conscious mind.

Doctor Frank Sina specializes in sealing these memory leaks. He is satisfied in his profession, more or less secure in the life he shares with his much younger lover, content with his own fiction. But one day, Presley Smith arrives in Frank's office. Persistent thoughts are torturing Presley, recurring images of another time and place. As Frank tries to save
from the onslaught of memory, cracks emerge in his own fiction, and the thoughts that sneak through suggest a connection between the two men that goes well beyond a doctor and his patient. - Amazon

This program is free, but space is limited. Please register in person at McGill Branch or by calling 604-299-8955.  Registration for this month's discussion opens on August 30th.  Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, August 30th, to pick up a copy of the book at McGill Branch. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Friday, September 29
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This class will help you learn the basics of using a web browser to browse the internet. See common web site navigation features & use a search engine to perform simple searches.

Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday August 28 at 10:00am. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971. This class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab.

Friday, September 29
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: newborn to pre-walkers.

Fridays, September 22 to November 10

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

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

For more information, call 604-299-8955

Friday, September 29
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Age: newborn to pre-walkers.

Fridays, September 22 to November 10

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

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

For more information, call 604-299-8955

Friday, September 29
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.

Friday, September 29
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join John Reid, librarian and astronomy enthusiast, to look at the moon through a 12 inch reflecting telescope. He will talk about the moon’s scientific and cultural significance, then bring everyone outside to observe it. If the weather does not cooperate, there will be an indoor presentation. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. Space is limited and registration is required (one name per registration). Please register online, at any BPL information desk or
by phone at 604-436-5400.

Saturday, September 30
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Saturdays, September 16 to October 7

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Join us for lively songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-299-8955.

Tuesday, October 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Perhaps you're a babysitter or work only during the winter holidays, this workshop will teach you some ways to manage irregular income. If you are doing precarious (hourly, seasonal, commission, contract, and or self-employed) work, this is the seminar for you. 

Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Irregular income can come in many different forms including self-employment, contracting, casual work/hours, fluctuating hours, commissions, tips, and even bonuses. One of the major challenges with irregular income is not being able to predict income which makes budgeting very difficult.

It is very easy to get caught in a cycle of relying on credit to supplement lean months which can lead into a downward spiral of credit and debt. It also requires discipline to not overspend when the income is high.

The good news is that there are 3 different systems that you can try to help you manage irregular income so that you feel as though you’re in control and still have money for fun things.

In the Irregular Income workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Understand and determine which of the three systems will work for you;
  • Create a household budget;
  • Track your expenses so you know exactly where your money is going;
  • Plan and pay for irregular expenses like car maintenance, clothing and shoes, and pet bills even though your income fluctuates; and
  • Learn savings strategies so that you can manage through the irregularity of your income.

This workshop is 90 minutes and builds upon participants’ experiences with irregular income.

You’ll be able to share your ideas and learn from others. We take a “grab and go” approach – grad 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.

Wednesday, October 4
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, September 20 to October 25

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, October 4
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, September 20 to October 25

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

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