Bob Prittie Metrotown Events

Wednesdays, March 25 to May 27 (10 sessions)
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join us for informal chess games, facilitated by Curtis Lister of the Burnaby Junior Chess Club. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required, but space is limited. Parents of children under 10 years old are asked to remain in the Program Room.

Saturdays, April 11 to July 4 (No session May 23)
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Man in the Moon is a special storytime for babies and their male caregivers! Join us for lively stories, rhymes and songs for infants and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-436-5420


Saturdays, April 11 to June 13
11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Age: All ages!

For children of all ages and their caregivers. Join us for fun Saturday mornings full of stories, music, action and fun! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

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

For more information call: 604-436-5420

3rd Saturday of every month, April through June, 2:00-4:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

lego club Calling all builders! Kids ages 5-12 are invited to drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 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 Lego Dates:

Saturday, April 18, 2:00 to 4:00

Saturday, May 16, 2:00 to 4:00

Saturday, June 20, 2:00 to 4:00

Thursdays, May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Practice your English reading skills in an informal discussion group led by a librarian.  We will be reading short stories
from two books: Oxford Bookworms Club Bronze (stages 1 & 2 beginner) and Oxford Bookworms Club Silver
(stages 2 & 3 elementary).  During the session we will take turns reading aloud and discussing the ideas, characters,
and language of the story. 

Share your ideas with other members of the community in a relaxed, social setting.  This
is a great way to improve your English reading and listening comprehension.  The program is free but registration is
required.  Please register by phoning Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.  We will contact
you before the first session so that you can pick up the book.

Mondays, May 25 to June 22 (4 sessions plus an AGM meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting School-Aged Children (6-12 years)

This is a supportive and educational series for parents of children ages 6 to 12 years. Understanding middle childhood development, encouraging social-emotional competency, responding to school and family life challenges, fostering positive peer relationships, communicating effectively, understanding temperament, and strategies for effective, positive discipline in the middle years will be covered. Parenting styles and coping with the stresses and strains of parenting will also be included. The goal of this series is to provide parents with a forum to learn, to share and to discuss information and strategies to enrich their parenting experience.



Register in person at the Metrotown Branch or call: 604.436.5420

Monday, May 25
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Flour PeddlerIn 2008, a small-scale flour miller from the Sunshine Coast created a handmade bicycle mill. From the rainforests of Roberts Creek, BC, to the bustling streets of Kampala, Uganda, and finally onwards to the village of Panlang in South of Sudan, The Flour Peddler is the story of two community-minded entrepreneurs as they set out to build and deliver their bicycle-powered grain mill to a rural women's cooperative in a tiny village. Chris and Josh Hergesheimer's presentation and slideshow will explore the trends and issues of local food systems as well as the challenges and power of alternative food movements.

Registration for this free program is required. Please phone 604-940-8967 or register online.

Last Friday Evening of the Month, Friday May 29 and Friday June 26
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Come and enjoy a couple of hours of knitting, crochet, stitch and chat with likeminded 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 / crocheting a try. Tea will be provided. Feel free to bring cookies to share (optional). Knit2gether is a free event. Registration is not required.

Monday, June 1st
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Burnaby Public Library and Bridge-for-Health are presenting this workshop. Are you proud of your street and your neighbourhood? Do you welcome change to its built and natural environment, or do you see it as a challenge to the health and wellbeing of yourself, your family and your neighbours?

In this interactive talk, we will explore how the health and wellbeing of a community relates to 'sense of place' - the benefits and risks associated to the built and natural environment in which you live and play - and discuss what 'heritage' has to do with all of this. Drawing on findings from a research project exploring the signifance of Liverpool's World Heritage Site on residents' sense of pride in their city, the relationship between the health of built fabric and the health of the community is illustrated to show how Place Matters. Please come prepared to discuss and share your opinions, and respect those of others.


Neil Armitage, our guest speaker, prior to recently arriving as a new landed immigrant to Canada, was working a Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, teaching on topics from education and social justice to identity and culture. He holds a PhD in Social Change from the University of Manchester and a Master in Social Psychology from Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and sustainable heritage which he sees as fundamental to both personal and community wellbeing.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is required. To register call 604-436-5400 or register online.

Friday, June 5
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Join Sean and Billy for a free workshop where you will learn about 7 common financial mistakes the average person makes and how to overcome them. Various financial strategies will be discussed. Attendees will learn:

  • why they should not focus on how much they make but instead on how much they keep
  • how to start their retirement fund at a discount
  • strategies to minimize the biggest expense in a Canadian household
  • how a $3 coffee a day is not really a $3 coffee a day
  • how to use tax saving strategies to fast track their financial goals

Sean, a Division Director at Investors Group Financial Services, understands the value of a solid financial plan. Billy’s information will help you achieve your financial goals.  Some Cantonese or Mandarin translation is possible.

Registration is required. Please register by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at
604-436-5400 or register online.