Bob Prittie Metrotown Events

Monday, August 31
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Burnaby Public Library and Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) are presenting this workshop. Is life very stressful for you in Canada? Do you like to challenge the barriers? Do you want to build confidence in living independently? Do you want to get a meaningful and mindful life? Are you willing to follow your dreams and make them come true?

We would like to invite you to the Burnaby Public LIbrary for a two-hour session presented by Sheela Sanju, our guest facilitator and former Broadcast Journalist (Nepal)

  • To build confidence in living in a new culture
  • To empower immigrants to live independently
  • To provide newcomers relevant information about community and goverment resources
  • To provide helpful informatio and tips on basic self-care to improve wellness, confidence and mental health.

Live independently in Canada and step up into the exciting future that is waiting for you!

The workshop is free, but registration is required.  Please register by phoning the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Thursdays, September 3,10,17
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Do you enjoy reading about the news? Join our ESL discussion group!

A librarian will lead a reading and discussion of current events from easy-to-read newspapers and other news sources. Participants can also bring news items of interest. This is a great way to meet other newcomers and learn in an informal, supportive environment.

Some knowledge of English is required to participate in reading and discussion. There is no registration for this free, drop-in program.

Fridays, September 4 to November 6 (no session September 11)
10:00 am to 11:30 am

*PROGRAM IS FULL*

Age 0-5 years

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

This is a program for Chinese families that includes songs, rhymes and storytelling.

There are 3 classes for different age groups (1.5 - 3 years old or 0 - 5 years old). Each class has 9 sessions.

Limit to 12 families (first priority will be for families who haven't attended the program this year; others will be put on the waiting list)

Please note: *Registration must be done IN PERSON at the Metrotown Branch*

Tuesday, September 8
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Burnaby Public Library and Bridge for Health are presenting this workshop. Dialogue is about more than just talking. It is an approach to conversations that is centred on listening, understanding, collaborating and reflecting. In this fun and interactive workshop, we will explore what dialogue is and how you can use it to create richer conversations. Learn the difference between dialogue and debate, when to use dialogue, and how to practice active listening.

From big conversations to daily interactions with family and coworkers, using a dialogue approach can not only improve your communication, but also support healthy relationships. Healthy conversations help build deeper connections to others and to our communities, which are both important parts of our overall health and wellbeing. 

Patrick Lee is the founder of Promote the Vote, a non-partisan project devoted to increasing citizen engagement through dialogue. He believes that dialogue's focus on listening, understanding and respect has the potential to transform the way we think about politics in Canada. When he is not encouraging voter participation, Patrick works for the Provincial Health Services Authority where he advises on language services for patients with limited English proficiency.  Patrick holds a BBA from the Beedie School of Business, and is an alumnus of SFU's Semester in Dialogue and RADIUS Fellows programs.

Sarah BeleySarah Beley was born and raised in Edmonton, making beautiful Vancouver her home of the last 10 years. Since her discovery of Dialogue she has been addicted. Sarah is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a minor in Dialogue Communications, Semester in Dialogue alumnae, Radius fellow, and a current member of Fossil Free Faith working on divestment from fossil fuels through interfaith and intercultural dialogue.  Her areas of experience range from renewable energy to civic engagement. Sarah sees the use of dialogue as a way to understand others and oneself, and a way to improve listening skills.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please register by phoning the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Saturday, September 12
8:30 am to 11:00 am

Join us at the Medal Award Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 12th in Civic Square outside Bob Prittie Metrotown Library!

Breakfast is from 8:30-11:00, tickets are available in advance at any branch or at the door, proceeds to the library's children's collections. 

Free entertainment and activities from 9:00am - 10:45am; medal ceremony begins at 11:00am.

For further information call 604-436-5420.

Monday, September 14
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Do you know the new changes in the Citizenship Act? How does it affect you if you have applied before/after June 11, 2015? What if you do not pass the citizenship test? As a new immigrant, what is the residency requirement to maintain a Permanent Resident (PR) status?

The Burnaby Public LIbrary and MOSAIC are presenting this free workshop on the new citizenship application process.

Topics include: proof of English or French, the citizenship test for age 14-64, the four-year residency requirement and calculation, required supporting documents, application fee and processing time, and more. There will be time for questions and answers afterwards.

Sign up for this workshop is required, and please have your PR card ready when registering. To register, please call Angel Tse at 604-438-8214, ext. 104 or email atse@mosaicbc.com, or register online http://www.mosaicbc.com/settlement-workshops-registration-form

Tuseday September 15
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Do you want to gain some amazing work experience and new skills by helping newcomers discover all the programs and services available at Burnaby Public Library? Many immigrants are not using libraries and do not know about all of the wonderful services and programs that libraries offer. The Library Champions Project is looking for people aged 19 and older who are Permanent Residents but not yet Canadian Citizens who are enthusiastic about libraries and want to make a valuable contribution to the community. Library Champions will be trained with information about library and community resources for newcomers. Once training is completed, the Champions will be asked to use their language abilities and cultural understanding to reach out to newcomers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Library Champions will receive a certificate of achievement and a volunteer work reference for the period of active Library Championship.

 To learn more about NewToBC, go to www.newtobc.ca

Or contact Branka Vlasic at branka@facilitate.now

Wednesdays, September 16 to October 21
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Walkers to 2 ½ years
Songs, rhymes and stories for toddlers 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.
For more information call: 604-436-5420

Wednesdays, September 16 to October 21
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: Walkers to 2 ½ years
Songs, rhymes and stories for toddlers 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.
For more information call: 604-436-5420

Friday September 18th. Please note we are meeting on an unusual third Friday of the month only for September.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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This summer Metrotown knitters are busy knitting 8" x 8" blue squares needed for an afghan created together for charity.  Bring your blue squares to the 2nd Floor Information Desk in the summer or to our next meeting in September.

Everyone is welcome whether working on your project or our joint afghan project.  Bring your blue yarn, needles and get started!  Some yarn and needles are available for people to learn.

Knitting is FREE.  No registration is required.

What will your knit square look like?

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