Events & Programs

Third Monday of the month, from October 20 to December 15
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Calling all builders! Kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to drop in on the third Monday of each month to play with the library's extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too! Caregivers are required to accompany children 10 and under. This is a drop-in event. Registration is not required.

Monday, October 20, 3:00 to 4:30pm
Monday, November 17, 3:00 to 4:30pm
Monday, December 15, 3:00 to 4:30pm

For more information, please call 604-421-5454.

Thursday, October 30
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. To register, please contact MOSAIC and have your PR card ready. Please call 604-438-8214 ext. 112 or email

Thursday, October 30
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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Burnaby Public Library, Burnaby Family Life, Burnaby Neighbourhood House and in partnership with AMSSA are inviting you to the Burnaby Inclusion Café.

This is an opportunity for you to listen to inspirational stories of success from within our community, in business and in personal life, achieved through inclusion and respect.

Our guest speaker will be RCMP Cst. Albertina Yep.  She has 5 years of policing service and has been with Burnaby School Liaison Youth section for the past 3 years.  She is responsible for Burnaby South Secondary school.  She works hand-in-hand with the administration, teachers, students and parents to create a positive, safe work environment for everyone. 

 Join us to:

  • Listen to a distinguished speaker share insights and inspirational stories of personal success here in Burnaby.
  • Participate in small group dialogues and share experiences, stories and promising practices on how inclusion can lead to success.
  • Meet your fellow Burnaby residents and network while sharing a cup of coffee.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is required. To register, please call 604-436-5400 or register online.

This event is part of a series. The next and last event speaker and date is:

        Leanne Kavanaugh - November 27

Monday, November 3
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Would you like to learn more about spinal stability and ways that you can improve your health, performance and well-being? Come and get some free chiropractic advice and view demonstration exercises to keep you healthy and prevent injuries. Bridge for Health and the Burnaby Public Library present this free workshop by Dr. Richard Cho.

Dr. Richard Cho will be presenting information about spinal stability, with a focus on seniors. He will complete a stress survey with the audience, cover 7 easy stability exercises and complete a demo of SEMG (surface electromyography). He is a graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic and is licensed to practice chiropractic in the province of British Columbia. He is certified in the use and evaluation of x-rays and is an active isolated stretch therapist. He continues to pursue professional development in a diversity of areas including advanced foot biomechanics and orthotic therapy, knee injuries, chronic pain and spinal adjusting.

Registration is required for this event. Please register online, or call 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A safe and healthy working environment is one of the most important factors in the smooth operation of any business.  All business owners are hoping to put an end to the work related accidents, or at least effectively deal with the accidents that have occurred.  The WorkSafeBC officer will introduce you to workplace safety and the insurance knowledge that business owners need to know, as well as services provided by WorkSafeBC.

Topics include:

  • Who is WorkSafeBC?
  • How does WorkSafeBC work?
  • What do you need to know about WorkSafeBC?
  • WorkSafeBC mandate, jurisdiction, regulation and services.
  • Where to go when you need help to deal with WorkSafeBC?

Come and listen to Michael Song, Occupational Hygiene Officer, WorkSafeBC

To register for this free program please call 604-558-4909 or email



企業工作環境安全是企業順利運作的重要因素。任何業主都希望能杜絕工作意外的發生,或者有效地處理已發生的意外。卑詩省工作安全局 WorkSafeBC 的官員將為您介紹企業業主需要了解的工作安全和保險知識,以及 WorkSafeBC 提供的服務。






•当您需要工作安全局时,应该去哪里寻 求相应的帮助? 

语言: 普通话

演讲者: Michael Song, Occupational Hygiene Officer, WorkSafeBC


电话: 604-558-4909



Wednesday, November 5
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings this fall for a lively series on local history. Speakers include Burnaby Village Museum and Burnaby Archives staff, as well as local historians and environmentalists.

Local historians, Eric Damer of the Burnaby Village Museum and Terry Slack, will share their knowledge and research about these two waterfront communities in the early 1900s. The City of Burnaby Archives will provide a chronological compilation of photographs of life on the Burrard Inlet from both a personal and industrial perspective. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories of living on Burnaby's waterfront.

Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Archives, the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Public Library, the Heights Neighbourhood Association, and the Burnaby Historical Society. This talk will take place at the McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street.

Ladies of Deer Lake: the Women of Hart House & Fairacres
Wednesday, October 8, 7-8 pm

South Burnaby on Film: Home Movies From the Metrotown Area, 1930s-1960s
Wednesday, October 15, 7-8 pm

Burnaby's Waterways: the Brunette River Watershed
Wednesday, October 22, 7-8 pm

Edmonds Community History: Early History of the Area
Wednesday, October 29, 7-8 pm

Advance registration for this free event is required. Please call the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

When & Where:

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tommy Douglas Library, 7211 Kingsway

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successfull applicants are expected to attend training.
Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Tommy Douglas Library
Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

How do I apply?

Due to the popularity of the program, only some applicants will be accepted as a Teen Reading Buddy. You must submit an application form and interview successfully before you are officially accepted into the program.

  • Application form: Please print out the teen application form [PDF], fill it in and drop it off at your local Burnaby Public Library branch. Applications should be dropped off at any Burnaby Public Library Information Desk. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 19, 2014.
  • Interview: You will be invited to a short, informal interview at the library on either Wednesday, October 8 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or Thursday, October 9 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. This is an opportunity for us to meet you and answer any questions you may have. The interviews will be done in groups.
  • Criminal record check: If you interview successfully, you will need to obtain a criminal record check at your local RCMP detachment. More information will be provided at the interview.


Please call Rachel Yaroshuk, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

What is Reading Buddies?

Reading Buddies is a reading program where teens and children are paired up for one-on-one reading in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Younger children will gain practice reading with a caring teen mentor. Teens will develop leadership experience and community involvement.

How do I sign up?

Sign up in person at Tommy Douglas Library starting September 19, 2014.

Questions? Please contact the Kathryn, Children's Librarian at the Tommy Douglas Library at 604-522-4825 or email us for more information.

Thursday, November 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This is a free, public workshop presented by the Burnaby Mental Health & Substance Use Advisory Committee, from the Fraser Health Authority.  A panel discussion will look at various workplace issues affecting mental wellness, and the local resources and services available to support them.

The panel will include Tara Wolf, Fraser Health Consumer & Family Involvement Worker; Mike Broderick, Fraser Health Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor; and a live-in caregiver to share their experiences.  A Q&A session will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be provided.

This is a drop-in session, no registration is required.

Fraser Health

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing. This course will introduce the essentials of creating a document on MS Word 2007. If you have basic computer skills but are baffled by word processing, this course is for you.
Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.
This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for November classes begins on Monday November 3rd 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.