Events & Programs

Tuesday, August 5
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Ages 3 - 8

Join us for stories by Bob Shea, songs and rhymes, and an activity inspired by the illustrator.

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Thursday, August 7
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library presents a free workshop given by MOSAIC. Learn how to put together a professional resume and cover letter that stands out. Target your audience and let your resume be your marketing tool. Feel free to bring a copy of your resume and cover letter with you.

To register, please contact MOSAIC and have your PR card ready. Please call 604-438-8214 ext. 112 or email fbilikano@mosaicbc.com

Thursday, August 7
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Take a Road Trip through Time with this blast from this past creation!

Feel the vintage vibe with these neat creations made from retro cassette tapes

All materials are provided. The event is free, but space is limited. Register online.

Participate in the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Club!

Questions? Ask any BPL information desk or contact Teen
Services Librarian Rachel at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Thursday, August 7
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Svend Book CoverFew politicians have enraged opponents, frustrated colleagues and polarized Canadians like Svend Robinson – but few embraced the causes he did. 

Over his twenty-five years as a New Democrat MP, Robinson was imprisoned for blocking loggers from clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound, assaulted by police while protesting at the 2001 Summit of the Americas, expelled from foreign countries for defending human rights, and harassed after coming out as Canada’s first openly gay MP.   Robinson always took his ideals to the front lines, helping to define the Canadian left.  In this in-depth biography, Graeme Truelove explores an accomplished life and career, including Robinson’s difficult childhood, his growing realization of his own sexuality, and the bipolar diagnosis which followed his baffling, career-ending theft of a diamond ring. 

A portrait emerges of a complex figure – driven, gifted, visionary and flawed – who continues to make his indelible mark on the world. 

‘This remarkable biography is a tour de force. The content is gripping, Svend is a phenomenon, the anecdotes leap from the page and the writing is exceptional.  The text abounds with political and personal revelations.  As a slice of left versus right in Canadiana you could not do better.’    STEPHEN LEWIS, FORMER UN SPECIAL ENVOY for HIV/AIDS in AFRICA

‘Think you know Svend and his politics?  Read on . . .  This wonderful book shows us the real Svend: passionate, revealing, mystifying and courageous.’ – LIBBY DAVIES, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE NDP

‘Svend Robinson’s life story serves as an uplifting inspiration, a model of the kind of politician we so desperately need.’ – DAVID SUZUKI, ENVIRONMENTALIST, AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER 
  

Graeme Truelove Portrait

Graeme Truelove, who grew up in Delta, B.C., has worked for the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament in a variety of professional capacities since 2001, and was an intern in Svend Robinson's Ottawa office from 2002 to 2004. Truelove has also worked for Frontier College as a literacy teacher, and volunteered for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, among other activist groups.  He lives in Ottawa.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase with cash only.  This is a free event, but space is limited. Registration will be online, by calling 604-436-5400, or in person at the library.

Monday, August 11
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

LEGO at the Library

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! Caregivers are required to accompany children 10 and under. No registration required.

Monday, August 11
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Burnaby Public Library and Multicultural Helping House Society are presenting this free workshop on the Canadian Language Benchmarking (CLB) for citizenship applicants. What is meant by adequate knowledge of English or French when applying for citizenship? What language level do you need to apply for citizenship? What is the proof of language? What third-party test will CIC accept as proof that you have adequate knowledge? The speaker will be Mr. Deegamber Man Suwal, a certified Canadian immigration consultant.

To get to know the language requirement for citizenship application, please join this helpful event. This workshop is free, but registration is required. To register call 604-436-5400 or register online.

Thursday, August 14
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library presents a free workshop given by MOSAIC. This workshop will help you to:

  • Be prepared before and during the interview to reduce the stress.
  • Review common questions and sample answers most likely to appear during the interview.
  • Interact with interviewers with knowledgeable answers for the desired job.

To register, please contact MOSAIC and have your PR card ready. Please call 604-438-8214 ext. 112 or email fbilikano@mosaicbc.com

Thursday, August 14
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Read The Giver by Lois Lowry before you see the movie coming out August 15, 2014!

Come chat about your favorite parts of the book and anticipate what changes may be in store with the coming movie. Space is limited, so register early. Open to youth grades 6 and up. Click here to register.

The library will not be showing the movie, but will lend copies of the book. Print your registration confirmation email and bring it to the Tommy Douglas Information Desk to pick up your copy of the book. Books will be available for pick up starting Tuesday, July 15.

Questions? Ask any BPL information desk or contact Teen
Services Librarian Rachel at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Saturday August, 16
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Come and enjoy a couple of hours of knitting, crochet, stitch and chat with likeminded 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/crocheting a try. Tea will be provided. Feel free to bring cookies to share (optional). Knit2gether is a free event. Registration is not required.

Mark your calendar for the next sessions:
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 18
Saturday, November 15

Tuesday, August 19
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Ages 3 - 8

Join us for stories illustrated and written by Tom Lichtenheld, songs and rhymes and an activity inspired by the illustrator.

For more information call: 604-421-5454

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