Events & Programs

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, or register online

Monday, September 14
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

E-Booksand Apps To GoHave a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, iPod Touch), or an e-reader or laptop? Did you know you can get free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines, stream music, learn languages and more? All for FREE, through your library. We'll demonstrate, and explain how it works. 

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

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

Or contact Branka Vlasic at

Tuesday, September 15
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come and let Emily Wight show you how to feed you and your family healthy food that fits your budget.

Well Fed, Flat Broke is about eating great food, and not paying a lot for it.  It's about eating seasonally, and making the most of what you have in your pantry and what you can afford. Good food doesn't require expensive ingredients, and eating isn't a task accomplished in a rush.  Well Fed, Flat Broke is about slowing down, planning ahead, purchasing whole foods, and savouring what you put on your plate.

Emily Wight is a writer, blogger, and home cook.  A graduate of the Creative Writing program at University of British Columbia, she's spent the past six years blogging at Well Fed, Flat Broke

Free, but Space is limited.  Register online or in person at the McGill Branch Information desk, or phone 604-299-8955



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

Middle Wednesday of the Month: Sep 16, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 16
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Knit2GetherCome and enjoy a couple of hours of knitting, crochet, stitch and chat with likeminded people. We are an informal, friendly group. Every 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 or crocheting a try.

FREE, drop-in, no registration required.

Thursday, September 17
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Read "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs, and then come hang out with other teens grades 8 - 12 to discuss the book's highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. Get a free copy of the book by printing out your registration confirmation email and bringing it to the Cameron information desk starting Thursday, August 20 at 5:00pm.

The Teen Book Club is free. Spots fill up fast. Be sure to register early!
For more details visit our Teen Book Club webpage.

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs is a dark and mysterious fantasy novel set in Wales. Our main character, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage following a recent family tragedy. The orphanage is located on an island off the coast of Wales. While on the island, Jacob discoveres disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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

Thursday September 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library, Bridge-for Health and ONE Conversation Coaching & Facilitation are presenting this workshop.  Join us to explore Happiness: how it can have a profound effect on our health, wellbeing & ultimately our happiness.

Overcome obstacles, limiting beliefs, manage mindset - heal emotional wounds:

* Acknowledge the existence of your emotional baggage.

* Understand your emotional programming.

* Secrets keep us stuck! ask for coaching, counselling or other forms of help.

* Challenging your emotional programming.

* Paradigm shift-reframes your obstacles/limiting beliefs powerfully.

Gwen GnazdowskyGwen Gnazdowsky, our guest speaker, has been helping people resolve issues and achieve personal, professional and relationship goals for over 25 years. She is a National Mentorship Program Developer and Coordinator with Women in Leadership Foundation.  She delivered a Ted Talk on "Happiness is a Paradigm Shift" for TEDxBCIT and an Assertiveness Workshop for Nurses at BCIT. Gwen teaches communication and public speaking at Langara College and Vancouver School Board. She delivered workships for Human Resources' Management Association, Certified Accountant Assocation, UBC Anthropology students, and the Canadian Women in Science and Technology to name a few.  Gwen draws on her education and experience in social services and as a life skills coach, having worked with youth at risk and their families.  Gwen is committed to people getting what they want in life.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is required.  To register call 604-299-8955 or register online.



Firday, September 18 2015
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This class will help you learn the basics of using a web browser to browse the internet. See common web site navigation features & use a search engine to perform simple searches. Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday August 31 at 10:00am. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971. This class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab.