McGill Events

E.g., 2016-06-29
Sunday, May 29
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for tales to celebrate Asian Heritage Month from community storytellers. Open to everyone ages 9 and up. The event is free, but registration is required. Please register online or call: 604-436-5400. If there is space, walk-ins are welcome.

Please note that if you wish to tell at a circle, please email us at:

Monday, May 30
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

You may be applying for a loan but don’t know if your credit score will help you or hurt you. Your business idea is advancing with expansion around the corner. All signs say that you are on the right track, if you had access to more funding to support increased sales. Where do you turn to get access to financing you need to start or grow your business? Discover business account options and cash management strategies to facilitate your business operating needs.

In this seminar, you will:

  • Learn about credit history and why it is important
  • Learn how to maintain good credit history
  • Identify common places to find business financing
  • Learn what business accounts might suit you best

This seminar is for anyone who doesn’t know what their credit rating is and is considering applying for a loan or who wants to get over the hump of attracting financial capital to your enterprise.


Jess Tang, Small Business Account Manager, Vancity

Jennifer Hermkens, Community Business Account Manager, Vancity

FREE but space is limited; please register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.


Thursday, June 2
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Summer is around the corner! Come and join the librarians at McGill Branch for an evening of book reviews, sharing with you titles and authors you may want to bring along on your next vacation. Tea and refreshments will be served! To register, please call us at 604-299-8955, visit us at McGill Branch, or register online.

Friday, June 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and the Arthritis Society are excited to present a series of workshops for the second time here at the McGill Branch.

In the second workshop of the series, Managing Chronic Pain, you will learn how to take an active role in managing your own chronic pain! Join us as we teach you about pain management and its treatments, and let us help you explore different methods for coping with pain that help to put YOU in the driver's seat.  

FREE but space is limited, register online, or by calling 604-299-8955, or in person at the library.

Saturday, June 4
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

BPL 60th AnniversaryLook for Burnaby Public Library in the parade and at our booth on Hats Off Day! This year's Hats Off Day theme is "Jungle Fever." Our staff and friends will be in costume as characters from children's books and movies like The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Magic School Bus. Our paraders, with our decorated Book Cart Drill Team, will hand out Summer Reading Club bookmarks to kids along the route, and our booth will feature a craft for kids. Come join us!

NOTE: special event road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the McGill Branch neighbourhood all day. For details, see

BPL Book Cart Drill Team at Hats Off Day

Tuesday, June 7
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for stimulating discussion at the library!

What effects of climate change have you noticed? Do you grow plants, or have you done so before? Have you noticed what happens when a plant gets stressed (e.g. by lack of water or too much moisture, by inappropriate temperatures or lack of nutrients)? Do you know what strategies are used nowadays to control plant diseases and pests? Have you heard about the mountain pine beetle and spruce budworm outbreaks in B.C.?

Moderator: Dr. Erika Plettner is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at SFU. She holds a PhD from SFU and did postdoctoral studies in Toronto and Utah. Her research interests are centered around molecular recognition of small molecules by proteins. She is also developing substances that might be used to confuse the sense of smell in insects.

Thinking the unthinkable, imagining the impossible, and discussing the improbable

SFU’s Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafés are free to attend. No registration is required.

Thursday, June 9
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Peace Tree Innovations Society in collaboration with Burnaby Public Library presents this meditation workshop.

We all know how physical exercise is at the core of our wellbeing.  We take our body to a Gym.  What about taking your Brain to the Gym?  Did you know that Chronic Stress changes your brain structure and affects your physical and emotional wellbeing.  Meditation is a self-empowerment tool that helps you take the brain to the gym and cleanse it from stress and other mental and emotional toxins that accumulate in our fast paced lifestyles.

In these sessions Master Sunita will present simple tools of self compassion healing meditation to exercise your brain and relax and rejuvenate for peak performance in all aspects of life.  A few minutes of these scientifically tested practices can not only increase your immunity to stress, but also boost your immune system along with other health benefits.  Suman Kollipara, her student will also share with you the science of stress and the neuroscience and health benefits of meditation. 

Master Sunita Bapooji is the pioneer of SOOKSHMA - self compassion healing meditation program, with around 40 years of global impact.  Peace Tree Innovations Society is non-profit that organizes workshops, lectures and seminars on overall well-being using tools of self compassion healing meditation. 

Free but space is limited.  Register online, by calling 604-299-8955, or in person at the library.

Monday, June 13 - September 12
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Our annual Teen Summer Reading Club is back! Starting Monday, June 13, visit any BPL branch to register and collect your TSRC registration badge.

On Monday, June 27th visit any BPL branch to pick up your weekly reading card entry for great prizes, including the grand prize: an iPod Touch!

This year we're trying something new: teens have a chance to win additional prizes by participating online! Follow our BPL Teens Facebook page and win prizes for liking, sharing, and commenting on posts.

This summer's theme is "The Survival Challenge", so be sure to check out the survival themed booklists! We also have oodles of summer programs; check out teen Events & Programs for listings.

For more information check out our Teen Summer Reading Club page!

Questions? Ask Teen Librarian Rachel Yaroshuk (604-297-4809) or email me.

Monday, June 13
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join BC crime authors Cathy Ace, Don Hauka and Allan Emerson for an exciting evening of readings and discussion.

Cathy AceCathy Ace loves the sort of book that mixes intricate plotting with a dash of danger, and that's what she's created with her Cait Morgan mystery series. A recent entry in the series, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for the best Canadian light mystery. She recently began a new series, featuring the women of the "WISE" Enquiries Agency – one of the partners is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English. Cathy lives in Maple Ridge.

Don HaukaDonald J. Hauka is a versatile writer who has worked in every medium, from print to broadcast, new media to stage and screen. His latest novel, Pizza 911: A Mister Jinnah Mystery, is the third featuring the larger-than-life crime reporter. His first novel, Mr. Jinnah: Securities, was adapted for television and broadcast on CBC, earning a nomination for a Gemini award. He lives in New Westminster, B.C.

Allan EmersonAllan J. Emerson was born in Saskatchewan and brought up in small towns there and in B.C. He also lived in Australia and New Zealand before settling in Port Coquitlam. His first novel, Death of a Bride and Groom, is a small-town mystery with humour. He says his book has a little sex, a few characters who can't be trusted, and some surprising events--kind of like his life (except for the dead bodies).

FREE but space is limited; please register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library. Signed copies of the books will be for sale at the event (cash only). Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, June 15
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Knit2GetherOur gathering of knitters at the McGill library is a huge success!  What fun to see everyone's projects!  Several knitters took home new books with patterns and helpful techniques.

Come and enjoy more hours of knitting.  Crochet, stitch and chat with likeminded people. We are a very friendly group of all ages. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all genders, all skill levels, all languages. 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 or crocheting a try for the first time.

Free, drop-in, no registration required.