Events & Programs

Tuesdays, April 21 to June 16
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 ½ to 5 years

Join us for songs and stories.

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

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Thursdays, April 23 to May 28
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: 2 and 3 years

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

For more information call: 604-299-8955

Saturdays, April 25 to May 30
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Age: All ages!

For children of all ages and their caregivers. Join us for fun Saturday mornings full of stories, music, action and fun!

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

For more information call: 604-299-8955

Fridays, May 1 to July 3 (No class on May 8)
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Age 1.5 - 3 years

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

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

There are 3 classes for different age groups (1.5 - 3 years old or 0 - 5 years old). 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*

Saturdays, May 2 to 30
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Man in the Moon is a special storytime for babies and their male caregivers! Join us for lively stories, rhymes and songs for infants and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-436-5420

 

May 2 and May 30
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, May 30 1:30 to 4:30

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

 *Summer LEGO dates coming soon!*

Sundays May 3 to June 14 (No session May 17)
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Man in the Moon; a special storytime for babies and their male caregivers! Join us for lively stories, rhymes and songs for infants and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-299-8955

Wednesday, May 6
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Alzheimer's Society of BCHealthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well. This workshop encourages you to actively engage in protecting and maintaining your brain health. Get everyday tips, learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend. Presented by the Alzheimer's Society of BC in partnership with Burnaby Public Library to celebrate Mental Health Week.

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

Join us on May 7 for author Cathie Borrie reading from "The Long Hello," her lyrical and poignant best-selling memoir about caring for her mother with Alzheimer's.

Thursday May 7
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing. If you have basic computer skills but are baffled by word processing, this course is for you.

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

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.

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

The Long HelloJoin local author Cathie Borrie for a reading from her best-selling lyrical and poignant memoir, The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother and Me.

Despite earning advanced degrees in health and training as a nurse, nothing prepared Cathie for the experience of caring for her mother, Jo, while she was living with Alzheimer's disease. After many wrong turns in trying to bring back the person her mother used to be, Cathie realized that her role was to follow, not lead. Delighted by the things Jo would say, Cathie taped their conversations, and a wondrously poetic dialogue unfolded.Cathie Borrie

Cathie's own childhood memories, both cherished and painful, serve as powerful markers as she explores the insightful and humorous sensibility in Jo's emerging self as she loses her memory. But she also weaves a frank account of her struggle to maintain her own life during the seven years she spent as her mother's caregiver.

Many families are facing or will face the same challenges Cathie and her mother experienced. The Long Hello conveys how emotional bonds are strained and reborn when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, but also reveals how caregiving can provide an opportunity for joy, humour, meaning and profound intimacy.

Read the Burnaby Now's interview with Cathie Borrie>>

"A sparse yet deeply affecting poetic story of love and devotion, a collection of conversations and memories revealing moments of clarity, absurdity, wisdom and connection..." - Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

FREE but space is limited; register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Presented in celebration of Mental Health Week. Join us on May 6 for Heads Up, a presentation on brain health by the Alzheimer's Society.

 

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