Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2016-06-26
Friday, June 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library and the Arthritis Society are excited to present a series of workshops for the second time here at the McGill Branch.

In the second workshop of the series, Managing Chronic Pain, you will learn how to take an active role in managing your own chronic pain! Join us as we teach you about pain management and its treatments, and let us help you explore different methods for coping with pain that help to put YOU in the driver's seat.  

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

Saturday, June 4
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

BPL 60th AnniversaryLook for Burnaby Public Library in the parade and at our booth on Hats Off Day! This year's Hats Off Day theme is "Jungle Fever." Our staff and friends will be in costume as characters from children's books and movies like The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Magic School Bus. Our paraders, with our decorated Book Cart Drill Team, will hand out Summer Reading Club bookmarks to kids along the route, and our booth will feature a craft for kids. Come join us!

NOTE: special event road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the McGill Branch neighbourhood all day. For details, see www.hatsoffday.com.

BPL Book Cart Drill Team at Hats Off Day

Saturday, June 4
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

BikeBurnaby Public Library and PEDAL Our Community Bike present this program.

Come for a two hour session for an introduction to basic buke maintenance presented by experienced mechanic from Our Community Bikes, a nonprofit community bike shop operating since 1993 in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.

We will be covering most types of mechanical process like, bearings and wheels, cable systems, and some basics mechanics such as troubleshotting mechanical breakdown, changing a flat tire, and other areas of basic maintenance.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please do not bring your bike.To avoid disappointments please register online or by calling 604-436-5400

Saturday June 4
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Join us for lively songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

Saturdays, June 4 to June 25

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Saturday, June 4
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to join us for informal chess games, facilitated by Curtis Lister of the Burnaby Junior Chess Club. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required, but space is limited - arrive early! Parents of children under 10 years old are asked to remain in the program room.

Spring Dates:
Saturdays, April 9 to April 30
Saturdays May 28 to June 25
*(No class on May 7, May 14 and May 21)*

Monday, June 6
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting in the Middle Years (6-12 years)
Mondays May 30 - June 27, 2016, 10 - 12:00.

This is a supportive and educational series for parents of children ages 6 to 12 years. Understanding middle childhood development, encouraging social-emotional competency, responding to school and family life challenges, fostering positive peer relationships, communicating effectively, understanding temperament, and strategies for effective, positive discipline in the middle years will be covered. Parenting styles and coping with the stresses and strains of parenting will also be included.  The goal of this series is to provide parents with a forum to learn, to share and to discuss information and strategies to enrich their parenting experience.


Phone 778.782.3548 or email infochld@sfu.ca to register.


Monday, June 6
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Calling all builders! Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to drop in anytime between 2pm and 4pm 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.

Monday, June 6
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Burnaby Public Library and Bridge for Health are presenting this workshop.

Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events (i.e. difficult child delivery, loss of a loved one, divorce, etc.). Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can results in chronic pain, disordered eating, addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga upon the recommendation of their health care providers in order to cultivate, "the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyperarousal, and to separate past from present." Trauma-informed yoga can help by introducing better coping skills, and helping to connect to the present moment. In this interactive lecture participants will learn more about how yoga can be used to empower trauma survivors to live connected and embodied lives.

Our guest speaker Nicole Marcia MA, ERYT-500 has been a yoga teacher, therapist and trainer since 2004. In 2009, she was awarded a master's degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. Nicole is the director of training at Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations, and a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and Langara College Continuing Studies.

This workshop is free, but space is limited. To register please call 604-436-5400 or register online.

Tuesday, June 7
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Parents/caregivers with children ages 0-5

Tuesday evenings, May 3 to June 14

Welcome to an evening of tasty food and fun at Brentwood! Our YMCA staff offer a light, vegetarian dinner and a space for parents to engage with their children and socialize with friends and family.

Play, sing and share books with Burnaby Public Library. Library time is an active, fun time designed for young children and their families. Learn a new song, have fun with words and language, and get into the bedtime reading habit early with Carol and Vicki!

This is a free program for our community! No registration required.

2nd Floor
Brentwood Community Resource Centre
2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby

To learn more, please contact brentwoodymca@gv.ymca.ca.

- See more at: https://gv.ymca.ca/Programs/Child-and-Family-Development/Evening-Family-...

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

It's already time to think about school for September. No matter where your child is in their educational journey from Kindergarten to Grade 12, parents have many questions about the school system: 

  • how does the school system work?
  • how do I choose the right school for my child?
  • what programs are available?
  • what are the requirements for graduation?
  • how can I support my child through school transitions?
  • how is my child's learning assessed and evaluated?

Join local principals Faizel Rawji, David Mushens and David Starr, authors of Insider's Guide to K-12 Education in BC to find out the answers to these questions and more information to make the right educational decisions for your child.

This is a free event, but space may be limited so please register online or call the Tommy Douglas Library 604-522-3971.