Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-02-26
Monday, February 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 second workshop of the series, Managing Chronic Pain, you will improve your understanding of the principles of pain management and its treatments, explore different methods to cope with chronic pain and learn how to take an active role in your own pain management. Remember: "No Pain, No Gain" doesn't apply when you have arthritis!

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:

Registration opens one month prior to each event.

Monday, February 27
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

You may also wish to sign up for this program: Wednesday, February 8: Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements 

If you have dependents (estranged or otherwise), sign up for the program on Monday, January 30: Wills for People WITH dependents. Please bear in mind that this presentation will be almost the same as the program as "Wills for People WITH dependents", wills are for the most part are similar regardless of whether you have or don't have dependents. We differentiate the two to allow for focused questions.

It can be challenging when drafting a will. What are some of the issues you need to be aware of when you don't have dependents? Join us to hear David Watts, Notary Public for what's sure to be a very informative presentation.

Vancouver notary David Watts attended Langara College and the University of British Columbia, where he received his Bachelor of Commerce. David completed the Notary Public Education Program, receiving his Commission to begin practice as a Notary Public in 2006. David has been a director of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia since September 2011.

This event is offered in cooperation with the People's Law School.

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.

Tuesday, February 28th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Come and 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, March 1
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Burnaby is home to one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world,bringing together people from all walks of life, ethnicities and cultures and it continues to welcome people from across the globe. Burnaby Public Library, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table and Edmonds Community School invite you to this story telling event that celebrates people in our unique city. Come listen to inspiring and heartwarming stories of Burnaby residents across generations, cultures and time, stories that celebrate our diversity and help us understand ourselves and how we make true connections with one another.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Please phone Tommy Douglas Library at 604-522-3971 or register online

Wednesday, March 1
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!

Sunday, March 5
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Join us for a presentation by Acharya Aman of Yoga Jyoti on Pranayama or breathing techniques, which along with meditation can transform your life. 

Why do deep breathing animals live longer? How can you solve many mental issues with just Pranayama? Come and learn how meditation can influence our body, mind and life in a positive way.

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, March 6
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This program is now FULL. Please check back for future wills and estates programs.

Back by popular demand!

Burnaby Public Library, in partnership with The People's Law School, invites you to join lawyer Don Drysdale for a free class on Personal Estate Planning and Wills.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, in-person, or online.

Monday, March 6
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The criminal justice system brings persons accused of committing criminal offences to justice. Speaker and criminal defense lawyer Nicholas Preovolos will provide an overview of:

• Procedures involved in prosecuting accused persons from arrest to conviction or acquittal.
• Purposes and principles of sentencing, and types of sentences that can be ordered.

Nicholas Preovolos has defended clients charged with offences ranging from murder and kidnapping, to spousal assault and shoplifting.This presentation is offered in partnership with the People's Law School. Free, but space is limited. Please register online  or by calling the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, March 7
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating talk and slideshow of the pictographs (rock art) of Indian Arm and the North Shore.

Pictographs are the records of aboriginal cultures with no written language, and are rare links with the province's First Nations heritage. Pictographs record coming of age ceremonies, act as territorial markers or perhaps guardians for the dead, record significant events such as battles, and may commemorate potlatches or semi-secret events occurring during winter ceremonials. Author Ralph Drew studied and photographed these archaeological sites for his book, Forest & Fjord: the History of Belcarra.

Ralph Drew was born in Mission, grew up in Burnaby, and has been the Mayor of Belcarra since 1983. Last year at McGill, he presented slides from his most recent book, Ferries & Fjord: The History of Indian Arm, Its Ferries and Docks, Travelling Post Offices, and Floating Grocery Stores. Both books received awards for historical writing from the B.C. Historical Federation. Signed copies of his books will be available for sale at the event (cash only).

FREE but space is limited; please register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.

Tuesday, March 7
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps you save money!

Join the Burnaby Public Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn about the costs involved in purchasing and maintaining a home. You will also discover what is required to qualify for a mortgage and decide whether renting or owning works best for your situation.

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

From the presenter

Many Canadians want to own their own home at some point in their life. Understanding the financial decisions that come along with homeownership early will help prepare you for the long-term commitment of purchasing your first home. Join us our Homeowners Basics workshop to learn some valuable home buying tips.

In the session, you will learn how to:

  • Assess your awareness of all the financial costs and considerations in buying a home;
  • Understand what lenders are looking for when you apply for a mortgage;
  • Consider different financing and down payment options; and
  • Identify the costs of renting a home versus the costs of owning a home.

This session allows you to try homeownership on for size.

The workshop is 90 minutes and 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.