Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-02-26
Friday, March 24
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This yoga workshop for seniors features chair yoga -- modified yoga postures done while sitting in a chair. The gentle movements help improve the function, mobility, and range of motion of the spine, as well as other joints. It involves stretching and releasing tension in tight areas such as shoulders, neck, sides of the chest, hips, and lower back. Other exercises work to gently strengthen shoulders, upper back, thighs, and abdominal muscles.

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 Ana Maria Bustamante at ISSofBC at 604-395-8000 ext 1706, or email anamaria.bustamante@issbc.org

Friday, March 24
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

enchantedAn all ages movie night!

Drop in - no registration required.
Come early! Space is limited.
Parents must accompany children under 10

CHV Rating: G
Common Sense Media recommends: Ages 6 and up
Length: 107 mins

Saturday, March 25
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

happy hands     For all ages!

     Five Saturdays:

     January 28
     February 25
     March 25
     April 22
     May 27

Join a Deaf storyteller and a children's librarian for stories, rhymes, songs and crafts presented in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. For children of all ages and abilities together with a parent or caregiver. Free – no registration required. ASL interpreters provided.

For more information, e-mail Randi at the library (randi.robin@bpl.bc.ca) or Roger Chan at Family and Community Services (Roger.Chan@gov.bc.ca).

Presented through a partnership between Burnaby Public Library and Family and Community Services, Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Sunday, March 26
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join David Sossa for a round-the-world tour of music from countries including Japan, the United States, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Germany, written or arranged for classical guitar. Before each piece, David will give a short introduction to the musical style. See a video clip of David performing.

David Sossa was born in Toronto and grew up in Colombia, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. He continued his studies with the Russian-Canadian maestro Daniel Bolshoy at the University of British Columbia, where he completed his Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2015. He is currently the Head of the Guitar Department at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, and has performed as a soloist in Japan, Canada, the United States,  Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Ecuador.

FREE but space is limited - sign up early to avoid disappointment! Register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.

Monday, March 27
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pop up library at WesburnBurnaby Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services and Burnaby Public Library have partnered to bring free, drop-in family fun to Wesburn Community Centre (4871 Parkwood Avenue). Drop-in anytime between 10am and 12pm for an Imagination Playground and a Pop-Up Library!

What is an Imagination Playground?
An Imagination Playground is made up of large, modular blocks that kids can stack and move around, providing an endless variety of play patterns. Let your child's creativity shape the play. Have fun and practice co-ordination and balance while enjoying the ride-on cars, slides, and more!

What is a Pop-Up Library?
A Pop-Up Library is a small satellite library that Burnaby Public Library brings into the community. You can browse, borrow, and return library material, just like in a regular library! There will be books for all ages and you'll be able to learn about library services and register for a library card.

Questions? Call Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian at 604-436-5426 or Louise, Community Program Coordinator at 604-297-4572.

Monday, March 27
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. Registration for classes begins on Monday, February 27 at 10:00am. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971.

This class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab

Monday, March 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 third workshop of the series, Exercising Control over Arthritis, you will learn how to stay physically active to managing arthritis to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. This presentation talks about the benefits of exercise and some of the options to keep moving.

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:

Understanding Arthritis and Stress Management, April 24
Tips,Tricks and Tools to Manage your Joints, May 15

Registration opens one month prior to each event.

Tuesday, March 28
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Join us for a presentation from the Credit Counselling Society to gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life! 

If you ever plan on getting a credit card, buying a home or vehicle, you'll want to learn more about credit reports, credit ratings and credit scores. If you have bad credit you can learn how to save it! 

From the presenter

Ever wondered what the difference between a credit score and a credit report was? Do you know what builds (or reduces) your credit score? Credit can be very confusing and this can lead to decisions that may impact our overall credit profile. Decisions and actions that are seemingly positive may actually impact us negatively.

Information is key to making decisions that positively affect our credit and overall financial situation. In the Let’s Talk Credit workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what’s in it for you to be good with your money and credit
  • Identify what is on your credit report and the credit rating system
  • Identify the 5 factors that affect your credit score
  • Check your own credit report
  • Name who may be interested in your credit score/report
  • Identify some myths around credit
  • Identify ways to build your credit and avoid scams

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 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, March 28
7:00 pm to 8:45 pm


KIZUNA (bond) is the Japanese word for appreciating the existence of others. How do we connect with each other creatively? How do we overcome deep grief? Since the Great East Japan Earthquake took many lives on March 11, 2011, Yoriko Gillard thinks, works and cries from her liminal space. "Liminal" comes from Latin limen, "threshold": in between, transition, ambiguity. Her research has shown that creative social acts like poetry, visual art, music and dialogue can help overcome some of this pain.

Capilano Universe 2017 Lecture SeriesYoriko Gillard, a Japanese instructor in the School of Humanities at Capilano University, is an artist, poet, language educator and educational researcher. She is a PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at UBC and is investigating how creative communication helps people understand each other reciprocally during periods of hardship, cultural conflict and language dissonance. Her current research initiatives include a HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth and KIZUNA (bond) activities.

This free lecture is part of the Capilano Universe 2017 Lecture Series, presented in partnership with Capilano University.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. For more information, call the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400, or visit capilanou.ca/universe.

Wednesday, March 29
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: walkers to 2 ½ years

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories. Perfect for busy toddlers!

No registration required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, March 29 to May 3

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

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