Bob Prittie Metrotown Events

Wednesdays, September 10 through November 26.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Please note that there will be no Chess Club on Wednesday, October 29. Chess Club will resume Wednesday, November 5. 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 9 years old are asked to remain in the Program Room.

Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, November 30
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

A Novel Idea: November is National Novel Writing Month!

Burnaby Public Library offers a variety of contests through out the year. Our fall 2014 contest is "A Novel Idea" aimed to encourage writing for National Novel Writing Month in November.

Submit the first chapter of your original novel to any BPL information desk or by emailing us. Your first chapter will be judged by BPL Librarians. One winner will be selected from each category: Younger Teens (grades 8 – 9) and Older Teens (grades 10 – 12). The winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Metropolis Metrotown! The winning chapter will also be featured on the BPL Teens webpage.

Who

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

When

Contest runs October 1st – November 30th.

Rules

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 a maximum of two entries. First chapters must be no longer than 2,500 words and must have a title. First chapters 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.

Submission Guidelines

While there are no specific criteria judges will be evaluating on, successful first chapters often have:

  • An original voice or fresh point of view
  • Unique style or creativity
  • Engaging content
  • Descriptive language
  • Good diction
  • Strong Spelling/Grammar/Mechanics
  • A word count within the 2500 word limit

How to Enter

Typed or neatly written submissions can be dropped off at any branch of Burnaby Public Library information desk. Emailed submissions should be sent to bplteens@bpl.bc.ca with the subject line: " First Chapter Submission"Each submission must include the author's name, grade, email, phone number and library card number. This information is for the purposes of contacting the author, and contact information will only be kept for the duration of the contest.

Win Prizes

There will be one winner selected from each age category: Younger Teens (grades 8 -9) and Older Teens (grades 10-12). Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Metropolis Metrotown

Deadline

Submit your story by November 30th, 2014!

Questions?

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

Monday, January 5 to Sunday, March 1
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Teen Winter Readers' Review is back at Burnaby Public Library from Monday, January 5, 2015 to Sunday, March 1, 2015. The contest is open to teens grades 8 - 12.

For each book you read, submit a review and be entered to win weekly prizes as well as the grand prize of a $75 gift certificate to Metropolis at Metrotown!

Visit your local BPL branch starting January 5, 2015 to register and pick up your reading review package. Select reviews will be posted after the end of the Teen Winter Readers' Review, at BPL branches!

For more details visit our Teen Winter Readers' Review webpage.

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

Tuesdays, January 6 to February 10 at Bonsor; February 17 & 24 at Metrotown Library.
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them! 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. Siblings welcome.\

January 6 - February 10 location: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Seniors' Lounge

February 17 and 24 location: Metrotown Branch

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Tuesdays, January 6 to February 10 at Bonsor; February 17 & 24 at Metrotown Library.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them! 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. Siblings welcome.

January 6 - February 10 location: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Seniors' Lounge

February 17 and 24 location: Metrotown Branch

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Thursdays, January 8 to February 12.
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading — perfect for active young children! 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. All family members welcome!

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Please note: these storytimes will be taking place at the Bonsor Recreation Complex, in the Seniors' Lounge.

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Thursdays, January 8 to February 12.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading — perfect for active young children! 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. All family members welcome!

Please note: these storytimes will be taking place at the Bonsor Recreation Complex, in the Seniors' Lounge.

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Saturdays, January 10 to February 14 at Bonsor; February 21 & 28 at Metrotown Library.
11:00 am to 11:45 am

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.

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January 10 - February 14 location: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Art Room

February 21 and 28 location: Metrotown Branch

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Fridays, January 16 to February 13 at Bonsor; February 20 to March 6 at Metrotown Library.
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Age: 3 to 5 years

Stories, fingerplays, songs, and dancing -- perfect for kids who love books and might even sit still for them! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to play together, read together, and meet other families. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

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January 16 - February 13 location: Bonsor Recreation Complex, Seniors' Lounge

February 20 - March 6 location: Metrotown Branch

For more information, call: 604-436-5420

Friday, January 23
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Pop up libraryCome visit the BPL outside of our walls! We'll be setting up a Pop-Up Library at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Seniors' Lounge (6550 Bonsor Ave). 

You'll be able to learn about library services, browse library material, check out books, and even make a library card! We will have a variety of material for all ages, but will have plenty of Children's picturebooks for kids as this pop-up library takes place before Storytime. See you out there!

Questions? Call Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian at 604-436-5426, or email us.

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