Events & Programs

Saturdays, July 11 to August 29
11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Age: All ages!

For children of all ages and their caregivers. Join us for fun Saturday mornings full of stories, music, action and fun! 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.

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Saturday, July 11
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Ages: 4-8

Kids will get to spend the afternoon transforming into their favourite Superhero! At the end, parents will get the chance to take photos of their children dressed up in their new superhero gear!

Registration is required - Register in advance at the library or online. For more information, please call the Cameron Branch at 604-421-5454

Mondays, July 13 - 27
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Join Damon Jang, from the Association of BC Drama Educators, for a three-part series Act Out!

In this program attendees will participate in theatre sports and building improvisation skills with drama games. Participants will learn to build expression into scripts and monologues, and enhancing public speaking. Finally, Damon Jang will help members take these acting skills into daily life, highlighting the importance of improvisation and public speaking in both the workplace and classroom. Registered teens are expected to attend all three sessions.

The program is free, but space is limited. For teens going into grades 8 - 12. Please register online to secure your placement.

Monday, July 13
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Are you a newcomer, and wonder how to register your child into elementary or high school? or you have questions about adult school so that you can study higher education? This workshop can help you, and it will cover the following topics:

  • ESL class, and how to improve your English quickly.
  • Who are the multicultural liaison workers and settement workers in schools?
  • If you have concerns about your child's study, who to contact and what are the suggested questions?
  • Graduation requirement for BC high school.
  • For adults, how to transfer high school credits and what is a challenge exam?
  • General admission requirements for UBC, SFU, University of Victoria and Capilano College, etc.

Registration for this workshop is required, and please have your PR Card ready when registering. . To register, please call Angel Tse at 604-438-8214, ext. 104 or email, or register online

Wednesday, July 15
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

storyboardPicture This: Develop your own storyboard
Join Teen Summer Reading Club artist Jamie McCarthy for a workshop on storyboarding.

In this workshop Jamie will teach you to transfer your ideas into storyboards to be used in graphic novels, manga, animation, and films. Learn the basics of character design, plot development, thumb nails, and plot panel progression. You'll leave with developed plot panels. For teens entering grades 8 - 12 in September.

All supplies are provided. The event is free, but space is limited. Please register online or at 604-436-4500.

For more details on Jamie McCarthy's art check out her portfolio.

Wednesday July 15
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

For years, books and comics have inspired movies. Each week we’ll watch a movie from one of the last six decades.

Superman - 1978

2 pm, 154  minutes
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
Common Sense Media Rating:  8 up

Caregivers must accompany children 10 and under.
No registration required, but space is limited.

Thursdays July 16 to August 20
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

Thursdays, July 16, July 30
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Practice your English reading skills in an informal discussion group led by a librarian.  We will be reading short stories from two books: Oxford Bookworms Club Bronze (stages 1 & 2 beginner) and Oxford Bookworms Club Silver (stages 2 & 3 elementary).  During the session we will take turns reading aloud and discussing the ideas, characters, and language of the story. 

Share your ideas with other members of the community in a relaxed, social setting.  This is a great way to improve your English reading and listening comprehension.  The program is free but registration is required.  Please register by phoning Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.  We will contact you before the first session so that you can pick up the book.

Thursday, July 16
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This Dark Endeavour Book JacketRead "This Dark Endeavour" by Kenneth Oppel, then chat with the author online on Wednesday, August 5th at for the Teen Summer Reading Club!

For the Teen Book Club, 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, June 18 at 5:00pm. The Teen Book Club is free. Spots fill up fast. Be sure to register early!

"This Dark Endeavour" is a gothic thriller about twins Victor and Konrad. One day, while exploring chateau Frankenstein, Victor discovers a Dark Library containing forbidden knowledge on dark magic. Victor is immediately entranced, but when Victor's father finds him in the library, he forbids the reading of the Dark Library's books. Time passes and Konrad falls deathly ill. Victor takes it upon himself to sneak into the Dark Library, retrieve the recipe for the Elixir of Life, and save his twin. Pushing the boundaries of nature, Victor must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice!

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

Fridays, July 17 to August 14
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

When & Where:

Fridays, July 17 to August 14
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Metrotown Branch, 6100 Willingdon Avenue


Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to attend training.
Thursday, July 9 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Metrotown Branch Boardroom (3rd floor).
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 Friday, June 5, 2015.
  • Interview: You will be invited to a short, informal interview at the library on either Thursday, June 25 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or Friday, June 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 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.
  • Please be sure to check our complete list of qualifications before applying.


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