Events & Programs

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.

Tuesday, June 9th
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

E-Books To GoHave a mobile device (smartphone, iPod Touch, tablet) or an e-reader or laptop? Did you know you can get e-books, audiobooks, and apps for FREE... through your library! Just in time for summer travels. Come learn how, in this demonstration session.

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

Tuesday, June 9
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Three Souls, by Janie ChangThree Souls by Janie Chang is a captivating tale of romance and revolution set in China in 1935.  The Ghost of a young woman named Leiyin watches her own funeral from above, distressed that she has been denied entry to the afterlife.  Beside her are three souls: the rational yang, the impulsive yin, and the wise hun who tell her that to enter the afterlife she must make amends. Leiyin revisits her life in a desperate bid to make amends, and to understand herself and what she was willing to sacrifice for love and freedom.

Janie Chang is a Canadian novelist and a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.  Born in Taiwan, she now lives in Burnaby.  In her writing, Janie draws upon family history. She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals, and about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War. 

Three Souls is her first novel. It was longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

 Free, but space is limited. Please register online, in person at the Metrotown First Floor Information Desk, or phone 604-436-5410.

Monday & Tuesday, June 15 & 16 (2 sessions)
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Burnaby Public Library and MOSAIC are presenting a free two-day workshop on preparing for the Canadian citizenship test. Classes are in English with Mandarin support. It will cover topics such as Canadian geography, economics, history, government, voting, rights and responsabilities, culture, symbols, and a lot more.

Registration for this workshop is required. To register please call Tim Chow at 604-435-8214 or email, or register online

Wednesday, June 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Getting yourself ready to enter into the work field can be a stressful process. While having the right education and work experience is a good start, how can you market yourself effectively and know what your potential employers are really looking for? A free and informative program presented by Training Innovations in partnership with Burnaby Public Library, this workshop will address key attitudes, skills and job qualifictions BC employers have identified to be important in today's competitive job market and highlight personally relevant techniques, communication and interpersonal skills to help you stand out in your job search and succeed in your chosen career.

The following will also be covered:

  • Job qualifications
  • Canadian industry knowledge, resources and standards
  • Communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace
  • Continuing education and career advancement in the workplace

This workshop is free, but registration is required. You can register online, in person or by phone: 604-299-8955.



Thursday, June 18
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Read the book, and then come hang out with other teens grades 8 - 12 to discuss the book's highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. Get a free copy of the book by printing out your registration confirmation email and bringing it to the Cameron information desk starting Thursday, May 21 at 5:00pm.

Registration opens Thursday, May 21.

June's Teen Book Club title is Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat. This historical fiction title is set in a Virginia tobacco plantation in 1858. The book follows main character Phoebe, a house slave and her internal growth as she decides to run away. Pignat artfully swaps character perspectives from Phoebe, to the slave owners, to other slaves on the plantation. She also gives us glimpses into the thoughts of the Canadian doctor who secretly fuels the Underground Railroad. This book is masterfully written in poetic prose and shares a powerful and moving story.

For more details visit our Teen Book Club webpage.

Questions? Contact Rachel Yaroshuk, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Thursday, June 18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Would you like to take control of your money, but don't know where to start?  Do you think personal finance is boring and wish it could be fun? With today's challenging and changing economic times, no one can afford to ignore personal finance.  The era when most people could depend on the government and employers to take care of their pensions and health care has disappeared.

Imagine that you could get a black belt in managing and taking control of your money. The chapters of Alireza’s book are divided like the coloured belts in martial arts. In every chapter, you will learn something new, and get closer to your financial goals!

Alireza Fadaie, Eng., PFP, CHS, is the Financial Sensei. He has been working in the financial industry since 2004 and holds professional financial planner and certified health insurance specialist designations. His achievements in martial arts include winning two silver medals for Canada in the World Martial Arts Games, and winning an award for outstanding contribution to martial arts from the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

Alireza’s book combines his two passions, with the goal of making personal finance fun!

Please join us for this informative event. No registration required, however space is limited so please arrive early.

Saturday, June 20
10:30 am

build it

Come sign up for the Summer Reading Club and join us for a special outdoor storytime followed by a craft!

All ages welcome.

Will be held indoors if raining.

Monday, June 22, 2015
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Sue HallIf you or your child are struggling with dyslexia, local author Sue Blyth Hall will show you ways to help overcome dyslexic learning challenges.   As a mother Sue was puzzled why her smart son was struggling at school and could not read.  Her book Fish Don't Climb Trees describes her journey and her discovery that she herself was dyslexic. Drawing from her fifteen years experience helping adults and children learn to cope with dyslexia, Sue will share stories from her experiences and practical advice for succeeding at school and life.

"This book is a 'must read' for anyone that is, or has a loved one, that is dyslexic."
-----  Ronald D. Davis, author of The Gift of Dyslexia

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

Tuesdays, June 23 to July 28
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

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

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

For more information call: 604-436-5420