Bob Prittie Metrotown Events

March 1 - April 30
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

The Bridge YA Write! is BPL's (newly renamed) annual writing contest just for young adults. Enter your original short story for a chance to win a gift certificate for $100 at Metropolis Metrotown . Works will be judged by BPL Librarians, and one winner will be selected in each category: Younger Teens (grades 8 - 9), and Older Teens (grades 10-12).  The winning stories will also be featured on the BPL Teens webpage.


This year's theme is a photo-prompt, called "The Bridge."  Visit the program page for full details and photo.  


Teens in grades 8 - 12 who have a valid Burnaby Public Library card.


Contest runs March 1st – April 30th.


  • Each story must be an original work by the submitting author.
  • Entrants must be in grades 8 – 12.
  • Entrants must have a valid Burnaby Public Library card in their own name. Cards are free to residents of the Lower Mainland with picture ID and proof of address.
  • Entrants can enter 2 stories maximum.
  • Short stories must be no longer than 1,500 words and must have a title. 
  • Short stories must not have been published elsewhere.
  • Entries will not be returned or critiqued. Please keep a copy of your work for yourself.
  • By entering this contest, you acknowledge that Burnaby Public Library has permission to use your story online or in print if you are selected as a winner.

For submission guidelines and details on how to enter, please visit the program page for a full description of the contest.  

Questions? Ask at any BPL information desk or contact Teen Librarians Rachel (604-297-4809) or Kelsey (604-297-4803) or email us.

Tuesdays, March 4 to April 29
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at Bob Prittie Metrotown. 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 conversations. No registration is taken for this free, drop-in program.

Saturdays, March 29 to April 26
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Age: Newborn to 24 months

Join Jon 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.

Thursdays, April 3 to May 1
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

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

Thursdays April 3 to May 1
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

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


Tuesdays, April 8 to May 6
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years

Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Thursday, April 24
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library presents a free workshop on understanding Labour Market Information and employer expectations given by MOSAIC. Knowing Labour Market Information (LMI) can be critical to a successful job search. Labour Market Information includes:

  • Which jobs are in demand now and in the future.
  • How the economy is doing and what demographics exist in different regions.
  • Occupational descriptions and salary information.
  • Upcoming areas of work.

You will also learn what employers are really looking for and how best to prepare to meet their needs. Advanced registration for this free workshop is required. Please call the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Friday, April 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Clara van KarnebeekIntellectual disabilities are no longer necessarily an unchangeable fate. Today, new tools allow us to diagnose and treat specific genetic conditions that cause developmental delay and intellectual disability, previously thought to be permanent. Individuals with intellectual disabilities often develop epilepsy and autism—much of which can now be prevented through life-changing treatments.

Dr. Clara van Karnebeek and her team have already successfully identified a number of these defects, developed new treatments and were able to enhance identification of these diseases in BC Children's Hospital. Over the past 2 years, 400 children with intellectual disability were systematically screened and 5% were identified to have treatable condition; treatment in these cases improved behavior, cognition and often changed the lives of the whole family.

This free, public talk will be about Dr. van Karnebeek's latest findings, introducing diagnostic tools now used by physicians around the world and allowing them to recognize diseases in newborns and treat these vulnerable patients before they suffer critical brain damage.

Seating is limited, so please register ahead of time online or by calling 604-827-4366.

About the Speaker:

The research of Dr. van Karnebeek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and scientist in the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) at UBC, aims to discover new genetic diseases that is particularly amenable to treatment. The Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavor (TIDE) is a large collaborative effort with a goal to harness new technologies for the discovery of genetic defects in children who appear to have intellectual disabilities and to provide clinicians with the tools for early recognition and management.

Saturdays, April 26 to May 24
11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Age: 3 to 5 years

Stories, songs, and fingerplays - perfect for kids who love stories and might even sit still for them!

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Sunday, April 27
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

There will be a "Mixed Bag of Goodies" at our first storytelling event. Suitable for teens and adults, you can join us for tales from different places and times. Light refreshments will be provided.

Drop-in. No registration required.

For more information, please email: