Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-06-25
Monday, June 26
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and Hub Your Cycling Connection are pleased to present this program.

HubThis fun, practical course is for anyone who would like to learn how to be a safe rider on city streets. Learn best practices for lane positioning, communicating with other road users, safety tips plus how to take your bike on transit. Through engaging discussions and classroom learning, you'll build the knowledge you need to enjoy riding in the city!

This event is free, but space is limited. No bikes are needed. To avoid disappointment register online, or by calling 604-436-5400.


Wednesday, June 28
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing. This course will introduce the essentials of creating a document on MS Word 2010. If you have basic computer skills but are baffled by word processing, this course is for you.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday, May 29 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.

Wednesday, June 28
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a free seminar on credit history where we’ll discuss:

  • Why your credit history matters to you
  • Simple steps to build a good credit score
  • What to do if you need to get yourself out of financial trouble

Guest speakers:

Carmela Busto and Wendy Kao, Vancity

Space is limited.  Registration is available for this program online, in person at the library, or by phone at 604-299-8955.

Offered in cooperation with Vancity.

Wednesday, June 28
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men – the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths.  Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.” - 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 May 31st. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, May 31st 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 Tuesday, July 25th 4:30-5:30pm meeting of the Non-Fiction Discussion Circle opens at 6:00pm on June 28th.

Thursday, June 29
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

As we age, it’s important to stay vital and connected. Chair Yoga can support seniors by improving mood and enhancing our relationships to ourselves and others.

In this workshop Yoga Therapist Nicole Marcia, MA will provide an introduction to yoga for mental health.

Nicole has been a working in the field of concurrent disorders since 2008. For more information visit her website at: www.finebalanceyoga.ca

Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.

In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and is an instructor and project coordinator in the Langara College Continuing Studies Yoga Teacher Training Program.

She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. www.finebalanceyoga.ca

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, or online.

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

Friday, June 30
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Choose either:
9:30am - 11am OR 11am - 12:30pm

Fridays, June 30 to September 01
*(no class on August 18)*

Age: 0 - 5 years

This is a program for Chinese families that includes songs, rhymes and storytelling in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Limit to 12 families (first priority will be for families who haven't attended the program this year; others will be put on the waiting list)

Please note: *Registration must be done IN PERSON at the Metrotown Branch*

For more information call: Lynn Lin 604-408-7274 ext. 2087

Monday, July 3rd (5 sessions)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Diverse_people_sitting_in_circlePractice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas library. 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 conversations. 

Drop in and join us for this free program! 

Tuesday, July 4
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

When making a big ticket purchase - post secondary education, a new car, or mortgage what options are available to help pay for them?

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn about the various types of financing including secured, unsecured, joint, secondary and short-term/high interest credit. You will also learn about leasing versus buying a vehicle, mortgages and student loans.

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

From the presenter

For most people, there will come a time for you to borrow money from the bank to make a purchase. Whether that is for a car, house or even an unexpected emergency, you may not have the funds to pay for it right away. Although you may know how to ask a lender for money, do you actually know what type of lending is available for you or what factors the creditor may consider before offering you the funds?

The Canadian financial system is complex and oftentimes confusing and difficult to navigate. It isn’t hard to feel overwhelmed with all of the information available to you. 

However, there’s hope! In the Financing Basics workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Describe what creditors are looking for when you apply for financing;
  • Explain the 5 C’s of credit;
  • Recognize what is considered when calculating your credit score;
  • Describe debt service ratios;
  • List the various types of financing available;
  • Recognize the cost of credit and how interest can impact your payments; and
  • Know how to be aware of financing costs and responsibilities.

The interactive 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 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.

Wednesday, July 5th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Read_and_White_Knit_Maple_LeafHurray!  Now you can come work on your crafty projects with others at the Cameron Library.  We will meet across the hall from the library doors, in the Juniper Room.  The Cameron Knit2gether will meet regularly on the first Wednesday evening of the month.

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, July 5
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Metrotown library. 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 conversations. Drop in and join us for this free program! Wednesdays, July 5-26, 7:00-8:30 pm.