Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2016-06-24
Thursday, May 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Join Dr. Michael Picard from Simon Fraser University and Douglas College's Philosophy Department for an indepth discussion on "Privacy." Talk with the experts and hear the voices and opinions of other teens at this Teen Café.

Teen Café is presented in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies program. Modelled after Philosophers' Café, Teen Café encourages informal public discussion. Teen Café is for teens ages 13 to 18.

The event is free, all you need to do is register online or at any BPL Information desk.

Thursday, May 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and the Credit Counselling Society are pleased to present a free workshop on Food and Finances.

Two of the biggest goals we never seem to achieve are to be better with our health and better with our money. This can be challenging as we’re taxed for time and energy with our busy work days and family time. Finding ways to save time and money with our food budget can help us towards each goal at the same time!

Join us for our Food and Finances workshop to learn some valuable information and easy-to-implement steps. In the session, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize the various factors that impact your food budget
  • Track your food budget so you know exactly what you’re spending instead of what you believe you’re spending
  • Learn how to create a meal plan
  • Save money on your groceries
  • Make meal preparation easier and less time consuming
  • Use a slow cooker to save time and money
  • Find low cost recipes
  • Use mobile technologies that can help you save money.

This session can help you get organized with your meal planning, shopping and cooking which saves you time and money while nourishing you and your family with healthy meals.

This is a 90 minute workshop that is fun and interactive! We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

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

Friday May 27
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Fridays, April 16 - June 24, 2016
*(No class on April 29 and May 20)*

Age 0-5 years

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

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

There are 2 classes:
The first class is from 9:30 - 11:00 am. The second class is from 11:00am - 12:30pm.
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*

For more information call: Lynn Lin 604-408-7274 ext. 2087

Friday, May 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join ISS of BC for a presentation on Canada's pension plan. 

You will learn about:

  • Types of pensions in Canada (OAS, GIS and Allowance)
  • Eligibilities for OAS, GIS and Allowance
  • How to apply, including what are the required documents

Registration is required for this free program, please bring PR card information with you. For more information or to register, please contact Hae Eun at: 604-395-8000, ext. 1765.

Friday, May 27
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This second class will teach making a budget, applying multiplication and division formulas, and making a chart or graph from a spreadsheet. The first class is Friday, May 20 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday, May 2 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

Friday, May 27
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Board games and snacks will be provided. For youth grades 6 to 9.The event is free, all you need to do is register online or at any BPL Information Desk.

Questions? Ask any BPL information desk or contact Teen Services Librarian Rachel (604-297-4809) or email me.

Friday, May 27
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Drop in and enjoy two hours of knitting. Knit, crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group and everyone is welcome -- all ages, all skill levels.

Bring your own project, your yarn and needles, scissors and get started! Some yarn and needles are available for those who want to try knitting or crocheting for the first time.

Come by for some tea, conversation and knitting together.

Saturday, May 28
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

BPL 60thEnvironment Week City of BurnabyBPL is out in your community!  We'll be hosting a Pop-Up Library at the Environment Festival in the outer courtyard of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way).  

Environment Festival is a free public event with displays on the environment, live music, and activities for all ages. Visit Burnaby Environment Week for more details.

A Pop-Up Library is a small, satellite library where visitors can browse, borrow, and return library material.  We'll have books for all ages and you'll be able to learn about library services and register for a library card!

For more information about this event, visit Outreach Services or contact Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian, at 604-436-5426.

This event is part of our initiative to provide 60 outreach visits to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! Visit Burnaby Public Library's 60th Anniversary to read about other ways we're marking our 60th year.

Saturday May 28
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Saturdays, April 23 to May 28

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Join us for lively songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-522-3971

Saturday, May 28
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: 4 to 6 years.

Songs, rhymes, and stories! No registration is required. Please arrive early as space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Saturdays, April 23 to May 28

For more information, call 604-299-8955.