Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2016-08-25
Saturday, September 3
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Capture the beauty of nature and your surroundings through this sketching program led by experienced instructor and artist Jane Appleby (www.janeappleby.com/; YouTube). Jane will demo and guide participants on how to sketch in the outdoors. Beginners are welcome and individual help will be given. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchbooks and camping chairs.

Registration required online or by phone (604-421-5454). Event is weather permitting and subject to change.

Location: Meet at the Pop-Up Library in the in the upper East parking lot of Cameron Recreation Complex.

Please note this event is occurring during the Cameron Branch's temporary closure for renovations, which is scheduled to take place from August 27th to September 11th. Please visit our FAQ page for more information on what services and facilities will be available at our Pop-Up Library.

Saturday, September 3
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Calling all builders! Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 4:30pm 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.

Drop-in. No registration required.

Saturdays: September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3

Wednesday, September 7
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

There are more bike routes in the city and cycling can improve our communities and health through exercise and reducing one's carbon footprint.

The Bike Doctor will be here to offer tips about making it easier, more comfortable, and safer to ride to work, school and play. You’ll also learn how to effectively carry things on your commute and keep your ride safe from thieves. 

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

Saturday, September 10
8:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for the Medal Award Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 10 in Civic Square, outside Bob Prittie Metrotown Library! 

Every Summer Reading Club member who reads, or is read to, for 50 days earns this year's Summer Reading Club medal. Medal winners from all BPL library branches are welcome to attend.

The breakfast is from 8:30am to 11:00am (tickets in advance or at the door). There will also be free entertainment and activities from 9:00am to 10:45am, and the medal ceremony begins at 11:00am. 

And watch for an exciting new event, the "BIG Birthday Bash", in the afternoon of September 10 to celebrate our 60th anniversary!

Saturday, September 10th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Come and 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.

Saturday, September 10
1:00 pm to 9:30 pm

BPL's 60thJoin the celebration honouring Burnaby Public Library's 60th Anniversary in Civic Square, next to Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (6100 Willingdon)! The BIG Birthday Bash will feature lots of fun, family-friendly activities for children, teens, and adults. There will be multicultural music and dance performances, food trucks, a community art exhibition, activities for children (including face painting and story stations), activities for teens (such as Quidditch and archery), and much more! There will also be an outdoor movie screening of "Zootopia" in the evening and fireworks (weather permitting) to cap off the evening!  

Food truck festival 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Entertainment 1:00 - 5:00 pm 
Teens & children's activities 1:30-4:30 pm
Zootopia movie screening 7:30-9 pm
Fireworks (weather permitting) 9:05 pm

Find out more at your local library branch, or visit BPL's 60th Anniversary page for up to date information about our 60th anniversary initiatives.  

Saturday, September 10
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

This program is full, you might want to register for these upcoming sessions at various Burnaby Public Library locations.

Meditation for Anxiety (McGill Library) Saturday, September 17 - 3:00-4:30pm

Meditation for Addiction and Addictive Behaviours (Tommy Douglas Library) Saturday, October 1 - 2:00-3:30pm

Meditation for Addiction and Addictive Behavioiurs
 (McGill Library) Saturday, October 15 - 3:00-4:30pm

Meditation for Anxiety (Tommy Douglas Library), Saturday November 12 - 3:00-4:30pm

Meditation for Emotional Intelligence (McGill Library) Saturday, November 19 - 3:00-4:30pm

We go about our day and our minds can fill up with too many thoughts and concerns. "Will I pass this test? I hope my parents are ok. What should I make for dinner?" When we're overwhelmed, we may become too anxious and unable to calm our racing mind to make a decision.

Transform from a worrier to witness and change your mindset from one that anticipates to one that is simply aware.

Dr. Suman Kollipara, co-founder of Peace Tree Innovations Society will share the tools of self-compassion meditation and regulating your breath to reduce anxiety, exhaustion and combat insomnia.  

Learn to live in the moment and quiet your racing thoughts while rewiring critical pathways in the brain.

This is a long workshop and you may wish to bring your own bolster or cushion to provide support on our chairs.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

Monday September 12
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) will speak about the rights and obligations tenants have under the Law.

Topics include:

  • How to protect yourself
  • Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Security Deposits
  • Illegal entry
  • Repairs & evictions etc.

FREE but space is limited; to register, please call us at 604- 299-8955, visit us at McGill Branch, or register online.

Offered in cooperation with the People's Law School

Monday, September 12
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

It can be challenging when drafting a will. What are some of the issues you need to be aware of when you don't have dependents? Join us to hear David Watts, Notary Public for what's sure to be a very informative presentation.

Vancouver notary David Watts attended Langara College and the University of British Columbia, where he received his Bachelor of Commerce. David completed the Notary Public Education Program, receiving his Commission to begin practice as a Notary Public in 2006. David has been a director of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia since September 2011.

This event is offered in cooperation with the People's Law School.

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

Tuesday, September 13
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Start your planning early because additional education can be a large unexpected expense.

This session is for parents of high school students who intend to go to post secondary schooling. Parents will learn how to talk to their teen about money and plan for school (college, university or trades school).

From the presenter

Post secondary education is an important part of creating your teen’s future. It enhances thinking and social skills and increases employability and income-earning potential. However the post secondary system is vast, complex and oftentimes confusing. Navigating the system requires clear goals and significant planning. The good news is there are answers to your questions!

In the Planning Financially for Post-Secondary School workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify some good reasons to discuss money with your teenager (e.g. 1 out of every 3 post secondary students report that finances are very or tremendously stressful);
  • Talk to your teen about money, including setting goals and telling your story;
  • Identify the costs for post secondary education beyond tuition and books;
  • Recognize the financial resources available to your teenager;
  • Distinguish the differences between student loans and student lines of credit;
  • Help your teen:
         Understand the repayment process for student loans;
         Understand what happens if they cannot pay their government student loans;
         Understand the costs and benefits of paying a student loan back faster;
  • Identify the pointers and pitfalls that students can encounter when planning for and attending post secondary school

This interactive and fun workshop is 90 minutes! We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars on various financial topics.

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