Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-08-19
Thursday, August 24
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

BFG (2017)

Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes

Age: 5 and up

Join us for a free family movie! Caregivers must accompany children 10 and under.

No registration required, but space is limited.

We are sorry but we cannot accommodate large groups such as daycares or summer camps.

Thursdays, August 10 to 31

Thursday, August 24
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


As we age, it’s important to stay vital and connected. Chair Yoga can support seniors by improving mood and enhancing our relationships to ourselves and others.

In this workshop Yoga Therapist Nicole Marcia, MA will provide an introduction to yoga for mental health.

Nicole has been a working in the field of concurrent disorders since 2008. For more information visit her website at: www.finebalanceyoga.ca



Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.

In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and is an instructor and project coordinator in the Langara College Continuing Studies Yoga Teacher Training Program.

She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. www.finebalanceyoga.ca

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Friday, August 25
9:30 am to 11:00 am

*PLEASE NOTE: BOTH SESSIONS OF THIS PROGRAM ARE NOW FULL*

Choose either:
9:30am - 11am OR 11am - 12:30pm

Fridays, June 30 to September 01
*(no class on August 18)*

Age: 0 - 5 years

This is a program for Chinese families that includes songs, rhymes and storytelling in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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, August 25
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.

Saturday, August 26
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Farmer's MarketBPL is out in your community!  We'll be hosting a Pop-Up Library at the Burnaby Farmers' Market, located in City Hall's parking lot (4949 Canada Way)

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 Community Outreach or email us.

Saturday, August 26
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Celebrate Diversity with Pride at Burnaby Public Library!

Join us for an all-ages, inclusive storytime. Free, but seating is limited. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. No registration required.

Presented in partnership with the International Centre of Arts and Technology - Vancouver’s Literary Makerspace.

For more information, call 604-436-5420 or check out ICOAAT's facebook page for previous performances!

Check out our booklists for younger children and for older children and parents.

Saturday, August 26
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Chess players! Come watch a wonderful true story about how the game of chess transformed the life of a girl in Uganda.

This is a 2-hour movie, suitable for children 10 and up, and their families. 

Free tickets will be available at 1:00 pm on the day of the event.

Sunday August 27
11:30 am to 3:00 pm


Pop up in the parkBPL is out in your community!  Join our Pop-Up Library for a beach day at beautiful Barnet Marine Park. Burnaby Village Museum will join us with information on the fascinating history of Barnet.

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 Community Outreach or contact Lise, Cameron Branch Community Outreach Librarian, at 604-421-5454.

Tuesday, August 29th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

grass_and_basket_with_colourful_woolCome enjoy a couple of hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone 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.

Wednesday, August 30
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being AloneJoin us for a librarian-led discussion about ‘The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone’ by Olivia Laing.

“Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.  Humane, provocative, and moving, The Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.” – Publisher

Take part in our discussion circle and learn about new topics, world events, and literature as we explore a different non-fiction title each month. 

This program is free, but space is limited. Register in person at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch or by calling 604-436-5400. Registration for this program opens at 3:30pm on July 25th. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, July 25th to pick up your copy of the book at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch second floor Reference Desk. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Please note that registration for the September 27th 4-5pm meeting of the Non-Fiction Discussion Circle opens at 6:00pm on August 30th.

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