Events & Programs

Friday May 29
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

If you’ve never used a computer and want to give it a try, this class is for you. Find out what a useful tool a computer can be!

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for April classes begins on Monday April 27 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.

May 30 and June 20
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

lego club

Calling all builders! Kids ages 5-12 are invited to drop in anytime between 1:30 and 4:30 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. Drop-in. No registration required.

Spring Lego Dates:

Saturday, May 2  1:30 to 4:30

Saturday, June 20 1:30 to 4:30

 *No LEGO on June 6th due to Hats Off Day!*

 *Summer LEGO dates coming soon!*

Sunday, May 31
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

From the mighty to the mystical, through time and space, join us for "Cosmic Tales"

Suitable for tweens, teens, adults, seniors and newcomers.

Registration is required, although we will not turn away drop-in attendees. Register online or by phone at: 604-436-5400.

Monday, June 1st
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Burnaby Public Library and Bridge-for-Health are presenting this workshop. Are you proud of your street and your neighbourhood? Do you welcome change to its built and natural environment, or do you see it as a challenge to the health and wellbeing of yourself, your family and your neighbours?

In this interactive talk, we will explore how the health and wellbeing of a community relates to 'sense of place' - the benefits and risks associated to the built and natural environment in which you live and play - and discuss what 'heritage' has to do with all of this. Drawing on findings from a research project exploring the signifance of Liverpool's World Heritage Site on residents' sense of pride in their city, the relationship between the health of built fabric and the health of the community is illustrated to show how Place Matters. Please come prepared to discuss and share your opinions, and respect those of others.


Neil Armitage, our guest speaker, prior to recently arriving as a new landed immigrant to Canada, was working a Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, teaching on topics from education and social justice to identity and culture. He holds a PhD in Social Change from the University of Manchester and a Master in Social Psychology from Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and sustainable heritage which he sees as fundamental to both personal and community wellbeing.

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

Monday, June 1
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Burnaby Food First is hosting a free session on how you can welcome bees into your gardens.

Registration is required. Please email or call 604-618-3581.

Thursday, June 4
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Celebrate Environment Week and learn about the local environment!

The Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society is pleased to present an entertaining and educational talk about the Byrne Creek watershed. Come and enjoy gorgeous photos, posters and maps, and fun stories about this urban oasis.

No registration is required for this free program, suitable for all ages.

Friday, June 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

BROKE--Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion---is pleased to present the documentary film White Water, Black Gold. The film is an investigative point-of-view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year-journey across Western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world's thirstiest oil industry: The Tar Sands.

The program is free, but space is limited, so please register by calling the Tommy Douglas Library at 604-522-3971.

The filmmaker, David Lavallee, will be in attendance to discuss the film, his next project and to show its trailer.

White Water, Black Gold has received the following awards: Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Winner of the Platinum Award at the Oregon Film Awards, and Winner of the John Muir Award at the Yosemite Film Festival.

Friday, June 5
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Join Sean and Billy for a free workshop where you will learn about 7 common financial mistakes the average person makes and how to overcome them. Various financial strategies will be discussed. Attendees will learn:

  • why they should not focus on how much they make but instead on how much they keep
  • how to start their retirement fund at a discount
  • strategies to minimize the biggest expense in a Canadian household
  • how a $3 coffee a day is not really a $3 coffee a day
  • how to use tax saving strategies to fast track their financial goals

Sean, a Division Director at Investors Group Financial Services, understands the value of a solid financial plan. Billy’s information will help you achieve your financial goals.  Some Cantonese or Mandarin translation is possible.

Registration is required. Please register by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at
604-436-5400 or register online.

Saturday, June 6
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Look for Burnaby Public Library in the annual Hats Off Day Parade and come visit our booth! The Parade runs along Hastings St from Beta Ave to Boundary, 10-11 am. This year's parade theme is "Hollywood," so we'll be costumed as characters from children's books that have been made into movies, including Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz. Watch for our decorated book cart drill team choreography! Then come down to our booth, on Hastings at Ingleton, pick up a Summer Reading Club bookmark and make yourself a button.

For more information, including road closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect that day around McGill Branch, check

Harry Potter with Hedwig and Hogwarts Express book cart

Tuesdays, July 7 to August 25
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Calling all builders! Kids ages 5 –12 are invited to drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to play with the library's extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too!

No registration required. Come early: space is limited.

Adults must accompany children younger than 10.