Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-09-25
Tuesday, September 26
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

grey_and_green_socks_on_feetSweater weather is approaching.  What will you be wearing?  

Come work on your projects and share in the fun. Enjoy a couple hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat 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, September 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

It's never too early for parents or caregivers to learn some easy to implement techniques to teach kids about savings, giving, and spending.

Schools are not able to spend a lot of time on this subject and it's an important skill kids will use for the rest of their lives. Why don't you join us and get the basics to set up a good financial foundation for your child(ren)!

NOTE: This presentation is for parents.

From the presenter

Canadian households have some of the highest levels of debt in the world. The reasons are complicated and diverse however much can be attributed to the fact that people just don’t know how to manage their money.

Most of us weren’t born with money management talent, we weren’t taught by our family, and we didn’t learn in school. However, there’s hope because money management is a skill.

We need to help our children understand the benefits of smart money choices so they can go from financially fit kids to financially successful adults. We want to shed some light on the mystery of money management.

In the Raising Financially Fit Kids workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what the consequences of not teaching children about money;
  • Recognize what kids are learning from us to create their money history;
  • Start the conversation around money values;
  • Introduce money management to your children at an appropriate age;
  • Use an allowance as a strategy to teach money skills;
  • Identify teachable moments in everyday life;
  • Help your children to save, spend and give wisely; and
  • Teach your children that money is a tool to be used wisely.

The session will give you plenty of opportunity to share your best practices as well as ask questions of other parents and the facilitator.

This interactive and fun workshop is 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 and workshops 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, September 27
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Get AppyDid you know you can get e-books and downloadable audiobooks for free, through your library? Come learn how! 

This second class will focus on Burnaby Public Library's smaller e-book and audiobook collections: CloudLibrary, RBDigital, Safari Books Online (technical and business e-books), as well as the children's collections of Sesame Street and Tumblebooks. (Last week's class covered our largest e-book and audiobook collection, Library To Go.)

Bring your fully charged electronic device(s) to class. If you're bringing an e-reader, bring your laptop too. Make sure you have the accounts, user names and passwords you'll need to download apps or install programs on each device. Class will be held in the Juniper room of Cameron Recreation Centre, across the hall from the library.

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

Coming later this fall: classes in BPL's free digital magazines and newspapers, languages and music!

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.

Saturday, September 30
10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Join facilitators amateur gardener, Revel Kunz, who grew organic food for her B&B and Nadine Styan of My Garden Coach for a talk on how you can prepare your garden for the new year.




This presentation will cover the following:

  1. Preparing for winter,
  2. Composting, create your own fertilizer,
  3. Harvesting through winter and,
  4. Exchange! Bring your seeds, harvest, pictures and stories of successes and challenges of this year.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, or online.

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

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 and workshops 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
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. Enjoy a couple hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat 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.

Thursday, October 5
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.  

Enjoy a couple of hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat 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.

Wednesday, October 11
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Many people have different beliefs, is it possible to claim Mother Earth as one's personal god?

Join us for a chance to talk, discuss and debate about this topic.

This Philosophers’ Café will be moderated by Shiraz Ramji. Shiraz was born in Tanzania. His parents were born in Gujarat, India. He grew up with four languages: Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati and English. He did his elementary, secondary and post-secondary education in Tanzania. He studied education, mathematics and physics at the University of Dar-es Salaam and graduated in 1971. He taught mathematics at Mkwawa High School. In 1980, he went to Europe to do post-graduate studies in medical statistics and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On his return to Africa, he taught at medical schools and worked for ministries of health in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. During this period he developed interests in health promotion with Grandparents Grandchildren Friendship. He came to Canada in 1994, studied gerontology and worked at Simon Fraser University. At present, at age 67, he is working on promoting Grandparents Film Festival and celebrating Grandparents' Day in schools.

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.

Free, drop-in. For more information, please email the Philosopher's Cafe coordinator at: cafes@sfu.ca

Thursday, October 12
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

護理您的關節炎
您有關節炎嗎?教育課程卑詩省關節炎協會提供來幫助您了解各階段的骨關節炎患者自理病情訊息及策略,包括運動,良好的營養,綜合保護和疼痛管理。


Do you have arthritis? This workshop is delivered by The Arthritis Society (BC) to help you learn about your condition and self-management strategies that will help you live well with arthritis, including exercise, proper diet, joint protection and pain management.

Free, but seating is limited. Register by phone at: 604-522-3971 or online.

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

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