Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-06-25
Saturday, June 17
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 17
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Curve of TimeWe will be discussing The Curve of Time, a classic B.C. memoir by M. Wylie Blanchet. "Capi," as she was known to family and friends, became a widow with five young children in the 1920s. To save money, she rented out her house each summer, piled all her kids into a 25-foot sailboat, and went adventuring in the BC coastal waters.

Unfortunately we were unable to obtain book club copies of this book, so please place a hold on your individual copy. If all Burnaby copies are in use, copies may be available in neighbouring cities' libraries; please ask us for more information.

The book club is free, but space is limited. Please register online, or call or visit the information desk at any BPL branch.

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

This is our final book club meeting of the spring. We will take a break over the summer.

Please bring any book you suggest others in the book club might like to read on their summer vacations. If you'd like help obtaining a copy of the book you want to recommend, please contact us.

Questions? Call 604-421-5454.

Monday, June 19
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bring a copy of your resume and come for a free, one-on-one 15 minute session with an experienced and qualified Careers Facilitator from ISSofBC. This is a great and unique opportunity to get valuable feedback that will help you on your way to completing your professional resume. This is a free, drop-in, first-come first-serve event. If you are a newcomer in Canada, we especially encourage you to drop by. This program is presented in partnership with ISSofBC. No registration is required.

Tuesday, June 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Whether it's the first time living on your own or you've been running your own household for years it seems like our money doesn't go as far as it use to.

Join us and the Credit Counselling Society to receive tips on how to save on various household expenses including utilities, transportation, groceries and personal items. You'll also have a chance to share your best hints on saving money!

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

From the presenter

Have you noticed how the cost of living continues to rise every year and yet perhaps your wages aren’t keeping up? Groceries are more expensive, the cost of utilities is creeping higher and higher, and so is the cost of transportation. Intuitively we know that there’s got to be a better way to save, but how?

In the 75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Reduce your electricity and heating expenses with simple fixes
  • Save money on your cable, telephone and internet bills
  • Reduce your grocery bill every month
  • Create one dish meals that save both time and money
  • Determine if your transportation costs can be trimmed
  • Shrink your entertainment expenses and still have fun with your family and friends
  • Implement some easy tips to reduce your personal expenses (e.g. clothes, fitness, and books)
  • Save on gifts and special occasions like birthdays and holidays

Assuming that every dollar has a job, then every dollar saved can make a difference to your overall budget. Saving even a few dollars on monthly expenses can really add up!

This workshop will last for 90 minutes and there is lots of sharing amongst participants – we all learn from each other! This webinar will be “grab ‘n’ go”- grab some of our 75 ideas and go try them! Full curriculum is available 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, June 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Come to a World Refugee Day (June 20) panel discussion at the library.

What has changed for recent world refugees coming to Canada?  What is the impact of continuing crises in Africa, Europe and the Middle East? Are the refugees in Canada getting what they need?

Hear from these speakers on international and local issues:

Laya Behbahani, a sessional lecturer for SFU's Labour Studies, who researches human rights violations of migrants in the Middle East.

  • James Grunau, executive director of Journey Home Community an association serving refugee claimant families.
  • Speakers who have come to Canada as refugees.

This free event is in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC. Registration is required. Please register online or by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, June 21
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you looking for work or wanting a career change? Come to the library for a free one hour tour of the career and job search materials. Learn about the hidden job market, how to research companies and explore careers. Check out our resources on resumes, job interviews, cover letters and networking.

Tours are drop-in with no advance registration.

Thursday, June 22
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Read I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and then come hang out with other teens grades 8 to 12 to discuss the book's highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. The program is free, but space is limited. Be sure to register online.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a heart-wrenching "story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"--Provided by publisher.

Questions? Contact Rachel Yaroshuk, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Thursday, June 22
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join BPL Teen Librarians for fast-paced reviews of recommended books for teens. This June we will be recommending Books for Well-being including books for mindfulness, books to make you laugh, and books on personal resilience. This is a drop-in program. No registration required.

The event is held in the Cameron Recreation Centre’s Juniper Room across from the Cameron Branch.


Thursday, June 22
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a presentation by local author, Kate Bird who will be here to give a fascinating talk and slideshow on her book, Vancouver in the Seventies.

This title illustrates the vast changes and growth; politically, socially, economically, and culturally. Graced with exclusive photos from the Vancouver Sun's photographic holdings, Vancouver in the Seventies captures a very unique time in the city's history.

Books are available for purchase, cash only.

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.

Saturday, June 24
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