Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-03-24
Friday, March 24
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This yoga workshop for seniors features chair yoga -- modified yoga postures done while sitting in a chair. The gentle movements help improve the function, mobility, and range of motion of the spine, as well as other joints. It involves stretching and releasing tension in tight areas such as shoulders, neck, sides of the chest, hips, and lower back. Other exercises work to gently strengthen shoulders, upper back, thighs, and abdominal muscles.

This event is free, but space is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register online, or by calling 604-436-5400. For more information about this program contact Ana Maria Bustamante at ISSofBC at 604-395-8000 ext 1706, or email anamaria.bustamante@issbc.org

Sunday, March 26
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Join David Sossa for a round-the-world tour of music from countries including Japan, the United States, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Germany, written or arranged for classical guitar. Before each piece, David will give a short introduction to the musical style. See a video clip of David performing.

David Sossa was born in Toronto and grew up in Colombia, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. He continued his studies with the Russian-Canadian maestro Daniel Bolshoy at the University of British Columbia, where he completed his Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2015. He is currently the Head of the Guitar Department at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, and has performed as a soloist in Japan, Canada, the United States,  Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Ecuador.

FREE but space is limited - sign up early to avoid disappointment! Register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.

Monday, March 27
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and the Arthritis Society are happy to present a series of workshops on arthritis.

With the third workshop of the series, Exercising Control over Arthritis, you will learn how to stay physically active to managing arthritis to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. This presentation talks about the benefits of exercise and some of the options to keep moving.

This event is free, but space is limited. To avoid disappointment please register online, or by calling 604-436-5400.

Other events in this series:

Understanding Arthritis and Stress Management, April 24
Tips,Tricks and Tools to Manage your Joints, May 15

Registration opens one month prior to each event.

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
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!

Saturday, April 1
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

BikeBurnaby Public Library and PEDAL Our Community Bike present this program.

Come for a three hour session for an introduction to basic bike maintenance presented by an experienced mechanic from Our Community Bikes, a nonprofit community bike shop operating since 1993 in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.

We will be covering most types of mechanical process like, bearings and wheels, cable systems, and some basic mechanics such as troubleshooting mechanical breakdown, changing a flat tire, and other areas of basic maintenance.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please do not bring your bike.To avoid disappointment please register online or by calling 604-436-5400.

Next program, Saturday June 10.

Sunday, April 2
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Join us for a presentation by Acharya Aman of Yoga Jyoti on Yoga and Love.

People are free to choose the partners and regardless of their level of education or financial background, it seems that some struggle to find the path to real love. Tantra yoga is one of the branches of ancient yoga and in this hour long talk; we can see love from a yogic point of view.



Growing up in India, Acharya Aman has been a yogi since childhood. He is the author of “How to become the Master of Destiny”, which has been translated into 3 languages. Aman holds an MA in Sanskrit with major in Indian Philosophy. He is a speaker, astrological counselor, and regular presenter on Joy TV (Yoga, Meditation & Gita, etc.)

Acharya Aman has studied residential Yoga Vedanta at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India. His teaching experience includes teaching at Yoga Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, ten years in Tokyo teaching Yoga and Jyotish TTC. A regular columnist in YOGA JOURNAL, Japan, his books are also available in public libraries.

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.

Monday, April 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Writing a will ensures your estate will be distributed according to your wishes. This overview will cover:

  •  What is a will?
  • What are the requirements for making a will?
  • What should you include in your will?

Presenter Jack Micner is a wills and estates lawyer who practices in Richmond.He lectures at Richmond Public Library,Worksafe B.C., UBC Continuing Studies and seniors and community groups.This free presentation is offered in partnership with the People's Law School. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register online or by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400.

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

Thrifty Tuesdays helps you save money!

Retirement may be five or fifty years away and most people work with the expectation that they will one day retire and enjoy their golden years exploring hobbies, helping family, or travelling. But what if that is impossible because you mismanaged your money during your working years or you didn't realize how little you received from your retirement benefits.

You might also want to register for Living on a Retirement Income (April 18) to help you live when your income is reduced. 

Join us and the Credit Counselling Society for a presentation to different ways to eliminate debt so you can enter retirement without the worry that comes from a reduced income.Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

This workshop is perfect for anyone who is currently working with the intent to have an enjoyable retirement in the future. Few people intend to work from cradle to grave.

From the presenter

Is Freedom 55 still a realistic goal? Perhaps Freedom 65 or 70 is more realistic. The number of Canadians who are retiring with debt has increased to 33% (Statistics Canada). In 2000, only 8% of retirees still had a mortgage; it is now 64%. There are many reasons for this significant increase in debt amongst retirees but the consequences remain the same – a fixed income needs to service living expenses along with debts.

There is another alternative and that is to retire without debt. In the Retiring Without Debt workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the reasons why more Canadians are retiring with debt;
  • Identify the sources of income you will have in retirement (e.g. employment, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), pensions, and/or retirement savings;
  • Create a 6 step plan to retire without debt which will include:
    - Conducting a thorough analysis of your finances;
    - Triaging your finances by halting the use of credit, creating savings, and paying off debts;
    - Making changes for your future which could include reducing expenses, increasing income and/or downsizing;
    - Deciding to stop helping adult children who may be impacting your ability to retire;
    - Talking to a professional to create a realistic plan; and
    - Take action with your plan and celebrate your success!

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.

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