Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-06-25
Thursday, June 1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Are you looking for some good reads to take on vacation? Or maybe something for relaxing in the back yard.  If so, come and join the McGill librarians for a night of well-paced reviews of book titles for summer.  We will cover recent publications, new authors as well as a few old favourites.                                                          

Everyone is wlecome.  Refreshments will be served.                                                               

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

Friday, June 2
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Are you a newcomer to Canada who is 65 or older? Are you interested in learning about income security programs?

ISS of BC and Burnaby Public Library are pleased to present this free workshop on benefits for seniors. Participants will learn about eligibility requirements and find out how to apply for a variety of federal and provincial benefits. We will look at SAFER (Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters), old age security, guaranteed income supplement, and CPP, and provide information on how to apply for a seniors' bus pass.

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 Amy Lin at ISS of BC at 604-395-8000 ext 1565, or email amy.lin@issbc.org.

Saturday, June 3
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for Hats Off Day, and see us in the parade and at the street festival!

From the City of Burnaby:

Hats Off Day takes place along Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue. Join us as our streets get packed with families, friends, neighbours, and merchants! The parade begins at 10:00 AM along Hastings Street from Beta Avenue to Boundary Road and the street festival kicks off at 11:00 AM with lots of music, food and kids activities.

Hats Off Day is when Heights merchants "take their hats off" to their community and their customers, and the entire Heights community celebrates together. It's a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colourful main-street style parade with real local flavour, and a big street party afterwards.

Hats Off Day has been voted "Burnaby's Best Festival" by Burnaby Now readers every year since 2005!

More information at www.hatsoffday.com.  Admission to the parade and festival is free.  Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, June 3
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Saturdays, June 3 to June 24

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Join us for lively songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Saturday, June 3
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Registration required. Celebrate “Canada Learning Code Week” by participating in a fun coding lesson for kids in the Tommy Douglas Computer Lab. Learn about coding concepts and have fun using the programming language Scratch. Our lesson will be based on an activity developed by Teachers Learning Code.

To register, call the Tommy Douglas Library (604-522-3971) or sign up online at bpl.bc.ca/events.

Saturday, June 3
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Jen Sookfong Lee's
new novel The Conjoined follows social worker Jessica Campbell as she struggles to uncover her dead mother's most deeply buried secrets.  Set alternately in the present-day and 1980s Vancouver, The Conjoined is a literary novel inspired by crime fiction that challenges our perceptions of victim and villain, saviour and sinner.  The Conjoined traces the often hidden fractures that can divide our diverse Canadian cities and keep their ethnic, economic and cultural communities apart.        



This is Jen's third novel for adults.  A popular radio personality, Jen was the writing columnist for CBC Radio One's On the Coast and All Points West for three years.  She appears regularly as a columnist on The Next Chapter and Definitely Not the Opera, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club.  Born and raised in East Vancouver, Jen now lives in North Burnaby.

Free but space is limited, register online or by calling 604-299-8955, or in person at the library.  Just a reminder that the event will be taking place the same day as HATS OFF, so there will be limited parking and Hastings Street will be closed until 4:00 pm.

Monday, June 5
10:10 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

Mondays, May 1 to June 12
*no session May 22 - Library closed for Victoria Day*

In this interactive series, the focus is on understanding the unique challenges parents of children under age 5 encounter as their children move through the toddler and preschool years. Topics include but are not limited to: effective communication, the link between behaviour and temperament, understanding child development, having appropriate behavioral expectations, and responding to children’s misbehaviour in ways that promote growth and self regulation. Responding to temper tantrums, coping with separation anxiety, teaching social skills such as sharing and turn taking are a few examples of topics that can be included.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SPACE LIMITED. Limited child-care spots available.

For more information about registering for this workshop please contact:
PH#: 778 782 3548 or EMAIL: infochld@sfu.ca

Tuesday, June 6
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans and receive tips on creating frugal meals.

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

From the presenter

Two of the biggest goals we never seem to achieve are to be better with our health and better with our money. This can be challenging as we’re taxed for time and energy with our busy work days and family time. Finding ways to save time and money with our food budget can help us towards each goal at the same time!

Join us for our Food and Finances workshop to learn some valuable information and easy-to-implement steps. In the session, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize the various factors that impact your food budget
  • Track your food budget so you know exactly what you’re spending instead of what you believe you’re spending
  • Learn how to create a meal plan
  • Save money on your groceries
  • Make meal preparation easier and less time consuming
  • Use a slow cooker to save time and money
  • Find low cost recipes
  • Use mobile technologies that can help you save money.

This session can help you get organized with your meal planning, shopping and cooking which saves you time and money while nourishing you and your family with healthy meals.

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 that have low enrollment may be cancelled. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

Wednesday, June 7
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Need space for exam cram? Stop by Burnaby Public Library's Teen Homework Club. Teens grades 8 – 12 can come study, work on projects, and use our resources at this dedicated drop-in study session. Homework Club is located near Cameron Branch in the Cameron Recreation Centre's Juniper Room.

The program is a free, drop-in program. No registration required.
Please note the Homework Club is not a tutoring service.

Wednesday, June 7
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.