Upcoming events & programs

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Tuesday, March 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Calling all builders! Kids ages 5 and up are invited to drop in anytime between 1pm and 3pm to play with the library's extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too!

No registration required. Come early: space is limited.

Adults must accompany children younger than 10.

Tuesday March 21
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

lego club 

Calling all builders! Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 4:30pm to play with the library's extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too! Caregivers are required to accompany children 10 and under. Drop-in. No registration required.

Tuesday, March 21
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 22
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join other BPL Teens to learn yoga and mindfulness techniques to cope with the stressors of daily life. In these unique yoga sessions, we practice mindful breathing, and slow, gentle movements to help calm our nervous systems. Re-connect with your body and breath. For teens entering grades 8 - 12. Be sure to register online.

Click here for information on other sessions.

Wednesday, March 22
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

People say age is a number. What number and what does it represent?

Join us for a chance to talk, discuss and debate about this topic. 

This Philosophers’ Café will be moderated by Shiraz Ramji. Shiraz was born in Tanzania. His parents were born in Gujarat, India. He grew up with four languages: Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati and English. He did his elementary, secondary and post-secondary education in Tanzania. He studied education, mathematics and physics at the University of Dar-es Salaam and graduated in 1971. He taught mathematics at Mkwawa High School. In 1980, he went to Europe to do post-graduate studies in medical statistics and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On his return to Africa, he taught at medical schools and worked for ministries of health in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. During this period he developed interests in health promotion with Grandparents Grandchildren Friendship. He came to Canada in 1994, studied gerontology and worked at Simon Fraser University. At present, at age 67, he is working on promoting Grandparents Film Festival and celebrating Grandparents' Day in schools. 

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.

Free, drop-in. For more information, please email the Philosopher's Cafe coordinator at: cafes@sfu.ca

Wednesday, March 22
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!

Wednesday, March 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

BPL CatalogueOverdriveCloud LibrarySafari Books OnlineOneClickDigitalDid you know you can read thousands of e-books and listen to downloadable audiobooks - all for free, with Burnaby Public Library's apps? Come find out how. Note: Two of the e-book and audiobook apps (Cloud Library and Library To Go Overdrive) will only work for Burnaby residents.​ We will also explore BPL's catalogue app for placing holds and renewing your library items.

This is the first in a three-part series of classes on BPL's apps. We recommend that you sign up for the other two classes as well: Magazines and Newspapers on March 29, and Languages and Music on April 5. If time allows, students who take the first class can also get further help with e-books and audiobooks in the following two classes.

Bring your device(s) to class - tablets, iPads, smart phones, laptops, and e-readers; if e-reader, bring your laptop too if possible. 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 devices; for example, your Apple 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.

Thursdays during Spring Break, March 16 and March 23
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

lego club Calling all builders! Kids ages 5-12 are invited to drop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 to play with the library's extensive LEGO     collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too! Caregivers are required to accompany children 10 and under. Drop-in. No registration required.

Spring Break Lego Dates:

Thursday, March 16, 1:00 to 3:00

Thursday, March 23, 1:00 to 3:00

Thursday, March 23
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Game of Love and Death coverRead Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, and then come hang out with the author and 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.

Free signed copies of the book will be available for pick up to registered patrons at the Cameron branch starting Tuesday, March 7.

Martha Brockenbrough is a Seattle author visiting us via Skype. Be sure to come prepared with questions about her book Game of Love and Death as well as any burning personal life questions you may have for her, such as "What was it like interviewing the Jonas Brothers?".

Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough is a poignant work of historical fiction. In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

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

Thursday, March 23
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

• Mentoring with Math is an after-school program for boys and girls in grades 3-7
who are struggling with math.
• Children are matched with mentors who help make math fun and achievable.
• Mentors are mostly SFU students and have been recruited by Big Brothers.
• Each session is 1.5 hours - the first hour is focused on math, while the last portion is
spent building a friendship between the child and mentor through play.
• Snacks and tasty treats are provided

WHEN: 4:00 to 5:30pm Thursdays, February 2nd to April 6th (No Program March 16 for Spring Break)
WHERE: McGill Library, Burnaby
COST: This is a FREE program for children who need math support but do not have
access to paid tutoring.

ONLINE at https://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com/get-involved/find-a-mentor/mentoring-with-math/

Or CONTACT Victoria at
victoria.lo@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca | 778.888.8779

Presented by Big Brothers of Greater Vanouver