Events & Programs

Friday, April 4 to May 16 (6 sessions - no session April 18)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Need to relax after a busy week? Join us on Friday nights (for 6 nights) at the Tommy Douglas Branch of Burnaby Public Library for a casual knit/crochet/stitch gathering. Come along to Tommy Douglas Library and enjoy a couple of hours or so of knitting, crochet, stitch and chat with like minded people. We are an informal friendly group, EVERYONE is welcome. All ages and 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/crocheting a try).
Tea is provided, bring something to share (optional). Friday Night Knitting is FREE. 
No Registration is Required.

Tuesdays, April 8 to May 6
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years

Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Tuesdays, April 8 to May 6
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Age: 3 to 5 years.

Stories, songs, and fingerplays - perfect for kids who love stories and might even sit still for them! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 1:45pm.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Saturdays, April 12 to May 17
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: 4 to 6 years.

No registration is required. Come early -- space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, April 16 to May 14
10:45 am to 11:30 am

Age: Walkers to under 3 years.

Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 11:00am.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Thursdays, April 17 to May 15
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Age: Birth to pre-walkers.

Songs, tickles, stories, and lap games - perfect for little tiny babies!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 1:45pm.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Tuesday, April 22
7:00 pm to 8:45 pm

Children of Air IndiaOn June 23, 1985, Air India Flight 182 exploded in mid-air, killing all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13. Renee Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered in the bombing. Her first book of poems, Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, explores the nature of individual loss and the public trauma in which it is situated. Join Ms. Saklikar and Capilano University faculty members Melanie Fahlman and Ed Lavalle for a fresh perspective on this heartbreaking chapter in Canada's history.

No registration is required, but come early as space is limited.

 

Thursdays April 24 to May 29
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

No registration is required. Come early -- space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Thursday, April 24
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library presents a free workshop on understanding Labour Market Information and employer expectations given by MOSAIC. Knowing Labour Market Information (LMI) can be critical to a successful job search. Labour Market Information includes:

  • Which jobs are in demand now and in the future.
  • How the economy is doing and what demographics exist in different regions.
  • Occupational descriptions and salary information.
  • Upcoming areas of work.

You will also learn what employers are really looking for and how best to prepare to meet their needs. Advanced registration for this free workshop is required. Please call the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Friday, April 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Clara van KarnebeekIntellectual disabilities are no longer necessarily an unchangeable fate. Today, new tools allow us to diagnose and treat specific genetic conditions that cause developmental delay and intellectual disability, previously thought to be permanent. Individuals with intellectual disabilities often develop epilepsy and autism—much of which can now be prevented through life-changing treatments.

Dr. Clara van Karnebeek and her team have already successfully identified a number of these defects, developed new treatments and were able to enhance identification of these diseases in BC Children's Hospital. Over the past 2 years, 400 children with intellectual disability were systematically screened and 5% were identified to have treatable condition; treatment in these cases improved behavior, cognition and often changed the lives of the whole family.

This free, public talk will be about Dr. van Karnebeek's latest findings, introducing diagnostic tools now used by physicians around the world and allowing them to recognize diseases in newborns and treat these vulnerable patients before they suffer critical brain damage.

Seating is limited, so please register ahead of time online or by calling 604-827-4366.

About the Speaker:

The research of Dr. van Karnebeek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and scientist in the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) at UBC, aims to discover new genetic diseases that is particularly amenable to treatment. The Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavor (TIDE) is a large collaborative effort with a goal to harness new technologies for the discovery of genetic defects in children who appear to have intellectual disabilities and to provide clinicians with the tools for early recognition and management.

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