Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-04-27
Friday, April 28
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Start the Spring day with a walk to Central Park to look for birds. You may see hummingbirds, thrushes, warblers, kinglets, chickadees, sparrows, finches, and ravens. Librarian and experienced birder Neill Vanhinsberg will lead the group and give tips on viewing birds in Burnaby parks. Bring your own binoculars and meet in the program room. Space is limited for this group activity and registration is required. Please register online,  one registration per person, or phone 604-436-5400.

Saturday, April 29
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Read this month's chosen title, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (the nonfiction book upon which the new movie was based), and then come hang out with fellow book lovers at Cameron Branch on April 29th to discuss the book with a BPL librarian.Hidden Figures

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

The book club is free, but space is limited. Please register online, or call or visit the information desk at any BPL branch. Bring a copy of your registration confirmation email to the Cameron Branch to pick up your copy of the book.

We will be meeting in the Willow Room in the Cameron Recreation Complex.

Our next meetings will be Saturday May 20 and June 17, from 3-4:30 pm.

Questions? Call 604-421-5454.

Monday, May 1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and the City of Burnaby Emergency Management Department are presenting this workshop.

Earthquakes and other natural disasters can happen without warning. They take many forms: floods, winter storms, summer heat waves, chemical spills, house fires, earthquakes, etc.You and your family can stay safe during these emergencies, with the help from the City. Ensure that you, your family, and neighborhood are prepared before disaster strikes. Learn how to minimize home hazards, assemble emergency supplies, and develop a family reunion plan. In Burnaby we believe that the more work we do today, the more we can help the residents and businesses in our community.

Free, but space is limited. Please register online or by calling the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, May 2
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Start your planning early because additional education can be a large unexpected expense.

This session is for parents of middle and high school students who plan to go onto post secondary schooling. Parents will learn how to talk to their tween/teen about money and plan for college, university or trades school.

From the presenter

Post secondary education is an important part of creating your teen’s future. It enhances thinking and social skills and increases employability and income-earning potential. However the post secondary system is vast, complex and oftentimes confusing. Navigating the system requires clear goals and significant planning. The good news is there are answers to your questions!

In the Planning Financially for Post-Secondary School workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify some good reasons to discuss money with your child(ren) (e.g. 1 out of every 3 post secondary students report that finances are very or tremendously stressful);
  • Talk to your tween/teen about money, including setting goals and telling your story;
  • Identify the costs for post secondary education beyond tuition and books;
  • Recognize the financial resources available to your child(ren);
  • Distinguish the differences between student loans and student lines of credit;
  • Help your tween/teen:
        - Understand the repayment process for student loans;
        - Understand what happens if they cannot pay their government student loans;
        - Understand the costs and benefits of paying a student loan back faster;
  • Identify the pointers and pitfalls that students can encounter when planning for and attending post secondary school

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 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.

Tuesday, May 2
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The BC Family Law Act places the best interests of the child first when families are going through separation and divorce. It also clarifies parental responsibilities and the division of assets and encourages families to resolve their disputes out of court.

Presenter Thomas Wallwork is a lawyer specializing in family law. He will provide a broad overview of the Act, including information on child and spousal support and division of property. This free program is co-sponsored by the People's Law School. Registration is required. Please register by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400, or register online.

Thursday, May 4
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Mental illness affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

McGill Branch Library is pleased to present speakers from Mood Disorders Association of BC's Speakers' Bureau to come and share with you inspiring personal stories of struggle and hope that will help us gain more insight into mental health issues and help dispel social stigma and encourage empathy in our community.

Established in 2012, the Speakers' Bureau aims to bring the stories behind mental illness and provide useful and accurate information resources to the Vancouver Coastal Health region and beyond.

This presentation is free but please register by calling McGill Branch, at 604-299-8955 or you can register online.

Sunday, May 7
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Registration is now full.

Cameron Branch invites you to get happy and reveal your inner artist! This program welcomes beginner and experienced painters to participate in a relaxing and fun afternoon spent painting and chatting. Follow along and create your very own rhododendron painting on canvas using acrylic paints. If you prefer, bring any painting projects you are currently working on.

Space is limited and registration is required. Suitable for adults, but children over 12 are welcome. Basic supplies will be provided. Paint can be messy; please wear old clothes. 

Event takes place in the Maple Room of the Cameron Recreation Complex (just down the hall from the library). Visit the Cameron information desk or call 604-421-5454 for more details.

This program is offered as part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning, a week-long celebration of learning presented by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby.  To see a complete directory of events throughout Burnaby, visit the Burnaby Festival of Learning website. 

Sunday, May 7
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

This program is now FULL.

Come and celebrate Asian Heritage Month by learning how to make a 3D origami tulip with us.

Aiko Matsushiba will be instructing this session and she has held regular workshops at the Killarney Community Centre, the Westcoast Childcare Resource Centre and the North Shore Community Resources. She has also volunteered at multiple cultural events such as Culture Days the at North Vancouver Public Library Nikkei Matsuri a the Nikkei National Museum, Vancouver’s Power Street Festival and Picnic in the Past: Japan Style at the Steveston Museum.

Aiko has been certified as an origami instructor by The Nippon Origami Association.

Free, but seating is limited to 20 participants. Programs with 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.

Monday, May 8
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a visit by local author, Aaron Chapman for an engaging presentation on his book, The Last Gang in Town: the epic story of the police vs the Clark Park Gang.

He is a writer, historian, and musician with a special interest in the history of Vancouver after dark. 

You might know him from his other works, Liquor, Lust and the Law: The story of Vancouver's legendary Penthouse nightclub and Live at the Commodore: the story of Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, the latter winning the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015.

Books available for purchase, cash only.

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

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

Wednesday, May 10
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

If you’ve never used a computer and want to give it a try, this class is for you. Find out what a useful tool a computer can be!
This class is free of charge but space is limited. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971. This class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab. This course is presented as part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning. More programing is listed here http://bpl.bc.ca/events/burnaby-festival-of-learning.