Events & Programs

Thursday, January 22
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Read the book, then come hang out with other teens grades 8 - 12 to discuss the book's highlights, lowlights, and everything inbetween.
Get a free copy of the book by printing out your registration confirmation email and bringing it to the Cameron information desk.

January's Teen Book Club Book title is The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is one of the first people to land on Mars and he might just be the first person to die there too! After a terrible dust storm, his crew leave him for dead and Mark is abandon on this unforgiving planet. Will Mark beat the odds and survive? Read the book to find out.

Registration for the January Teen Book Club opens Monday, January 5, 2015!

For more details visit our Teen Book Club webpage.

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

Fridays, January 23 to February 27
10:15 am to 12:00 pm

Helping our Children Grow Through the Early Years (Birth – 5yrs)

This discussion based supportive series is for anyone who has ever wanted to talk about the job of parenting in a small group setting with other parents. Topics covered will be tailored to the specific needs of the participants. Some examples of topics covered are: managing temper tantrums, discipline vs. punishment, parent emotions, coping with the stress, and parent self-care. The goal of this series is to provide an opportunity for parents of young children to discuss their concerns and share their successes and challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SPACE LIMITED.

To register click here or contact Info Children at: 778.782.3548

Friday, January 23
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Pop up libraryCome visit the BPL outside of our walls! We'll be setting up a Pop-Up Library at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Seniors' Lounge (6550 Bonsor Ave). 

You'll be able to learn about library services, browse library material, check out books, and even make a library card! We will have a variety of material for all ages, but will have plenty of Children's picturebooks for kids as this pop-up library takes place before Storytime. See you out there!

Questions? Call Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian at 604-436-5426, or email us.

Sunday, January 25
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

"Begin Again!" Join us for an afternoon of storytelling featuring tales of new beginnings. This FREE monthly event is suitable for seniors, adults and teens. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required, online, by calling 604 436-5400, or in person at the library.

Space permitting, drop-ins are welcome.

NOTE: If you want to learn the art of storytelling and attend our workshop, email: storytelling@bpl.bc.ca to register.

Tuesday, January 27
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Thinking of university? Check it out!

Come to BPL's Teen Café presented by SFU Continuing Studies. This program is modeled after the Philosophers' Café. Teen Café encourages informal public discussion on wide array of topics.

Admission is free. Registration is required. For teens 13 - 18.

January's topic is: Play vs. Work: Do We Play Enough?

Often called "child's work," play has long been accepted as what kids do. When kids play it's called development. When adults play it's the opposite of work and given names like leisure, gambling, or gaming. Is play the opposite of work? Why is play less valuable as we age? Is play just for kids or is it something we all need as we grow up?

For more details on Teen Café visit our Teen Café webpage.

Questions? Contact Cristina Freire, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4803 or email me.

Thursdays, January 29 to March 5
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

Friday, January 30
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Instruction, board games, snacks and pizza will be provided. For youth grades 6 - 9.

The event is free, all you need to do is register online or at any BPL Information Desk.

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

Saturday, January 31
8:30 am to 11:00 am

Pop up libraryCome visit the BPL outside of our walls! We'll be setting up a Pop-Up Library at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Art Room (6550 Bonsor Ave).

You'll be able to learn about library services, browse library material, check out books, and even make a library card! We will have a variety of material for all ages, but will have plenty of Children's picturebooks for kids as this pop-up library takes place before Storytime. See you out there!

Questions? Call Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian at 604-436-5426, or email us.

Saturdays, January 31 to March 7
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Songs, rhymes, and stories for ages 3-6. 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

Tuesdays, February 3 to March 3
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

When & Where:

Tuesdays, February 3 – March 3, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
McGill Branch, 4595 Albert Street

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to attend training.
Tuesday, January 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at McGill Branch.
Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

How do I apply?

Due to the popularity of the program, only some applicants will be accepted as a Teen Reading Buddy. You must submit an application form and interview successfully before you are officially accepted into the program.

  • Application form: Please print out the teen application form [PDF], fill it in and drop it off at your local Burnaby Public Library branch. Applications should be dropped off at any Burnaby Public Library Information Desk. Deadline to submit applications is Monday, December 22, 2014.
  • Interview: You will be invited to a short, informal interview at the library on either Tuesday, January 13 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or Thursday, January 15 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. This is an opportunity for us to meet you and answer any questions you may have. The interviews will be done in groups.
  • Criminal record check: If you interview successfully, you will need to obtain a criminal record check at your local RCMP detachment. More information will be provided at the interview.

Questions?

Please call Rachel Yaroshuk, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

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