Events & Programs

Wednesdays, October 1 - November 12
10:45 am to 11:30 am

Age: Walkers to under 3 years

Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 11:00. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information call: 604-522-3971

Wednesday, October 1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening devoted to librarian-recommended mystery, crime and suspense. We will present fast-paced reviews of recommended books for mystery and suspense readers. We will also present some
titles that are not traditional mysteries, but have appeal for mystery and
suspense readers. Join us for this fun evening and discover new mysteries to explore!

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

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Thursdays, October 2 to November 13
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

Songs, tickles, stories, and lap games - perfect for little tiny babies! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 1:45. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information call: 604-522-3971

Thursday, October 2
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

And the River Still SingsJoin best-selling author Chris Czajkowski for an engaging talk and slideshow. Chris says about her latest memoir, And The River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller's Journey:

[It] is a review of all my wilderness adventures, starting with my childhood in England (where I would sneak out before sunrise to hear the nightingales sing, much to the horror of my mother who felt lack of sleep meant I would not be awake enough for school – and she was right!) and going through my decade of pack-packing and working around the world. I was always a loner and gravitated to wild country wherever I went: I travelled to 36 different countries and, including Canada, have lived in six.

I arrived in Canada in 1979 as a cow milker, but after two years in the east Okanagan, I high-tailed it to the Chilcotin where I have lived these last 33 years. I have built six dwellings in all, the first at Lonesome Lake not far from Bella Coola, about which period of my life I wrote Cabin at Singing River. Then I moved to Nuk Tessli, and finally Ginty Creek. I'm not going to tell you the end of the book, you will have to read it yourself!

Chris Czajkowski

Among her 10 other books is Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog, which is being reissued in a 10th anniversary edition.

This is a free event, but space is limited. Register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.

This event is part of a series of Adventure & History at McGill:

Monday, October 6
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Would you like to spend an evening exploring the healing power of human connection through a gentle introduction to netweaving and creative expression? Bridge for Health and the Burnaby Public Library present this free workshop by an authentic leader and facilitator Laura Mack, and therapeutic art facilitator Kat Thorsen.

Laura Mack is a business consultant, facilitator and writer.  She has a broad understanding of both the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurial life as well as the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with ‘netweaving’, actively connecting those with similar interests and activities.  She also is a volunteer facilitator of restorative justice with the North Shore Restorative Justice Society. 

Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is a Vancouver artist, craftivist and therapeutic art facilitator and is passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections.  Kat facilitates arts and crafts workshops for all ages across the Lower Mainland and coordinates Frames Film Project, an arts-based program providing life- and employment skills for local at-risk youth. She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art in 2013.

Authentic human connection is paramount to our well-being and general overall health, and we can actively seek out it out through netweaving.  Netweaving is the evolution of networking, allowing for more authentic connection, genuine communication and caring interaction.  During this two-hour workshop, you will open your heart and experience the healing power of interaction through netweaving exercises, hands-on tools, group discussion and gentle creative expression. You'll have an opportunity to meet some really amazing people, share what you're most passionate about, and have some fun & laughter.  

Registration is required. Please to register call 604-436-5400 or register online.



Tuesdays, October 7 to November 18 (6 sessions - no session November 11)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Metrotown library.  Each week a
librarian will lead a discussion on a variety of everyday topics.  Adult learners must have some knowledge of English
to participate in group conversations.  Please join for us this free, drop-in program.

Wednesday, October 8
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings this fall for a lively series on local history. Speakers include Burnaby Village Museum and Burnaby Archives staff, as well as local historians and environmentalists. Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Archives, the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Public Library, the Heights Neighbourhood Association, and the Burnaby Historical Society. This talk will take place at the Carousel Activity Room of the Burnaby Village Museum at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. The other lectures in this series are:

South Burnaby on Film: Home Movies From the Metrotown Area, 1930s-1960s
Wednesday, October 15, 7-8 pm

Burnaby's Waterways: the Brunette River Watershed
Wednesday, October 22, 7-8 pm

Edmonds Community History: Early History of the Area
Wednesday, October 29, 7-8 pm

Living on the Waterfront: Burnaby's Crabtown & Vancouver's Blenheim Flats
Wednesday, November 5, 7-8 pm

Advance registration for this free event is required. Please call the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Thursday, October 9
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 604-438-8214 ext. 112 or email

Thursday, October 9
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Surveying Southern BCJoin local author Jay Sherwood for a fascinating slide show and reading from his latest book about prominent surveyor Frank Swannell's pioneering work in the early days of British Columbia.

Surveying Southern British Columbia: a Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-1907, is Jay Sherwood's fourth and final book about Swannell, who worked on surveying projects throughout southern British Columbia from the Rocky Mountains to the west coast of Vancouver Island, and from the international boundary as far north as Quesnel in the Cariboo and Bella Coola on the BC coast.

Swannell's work had a significant impact on events that shaped our province's history including the search for oil, the Pacific cable survey, the early timber licence surveys for the pulp and paper mill at Ocean Falls and the controversial CPR land grants through southern BC. Yet Swannell was more than a surveyor—he was an accomplished and talented photographer, documenting the development of our province through his compass, his measurements and his lens. Surveying Southern British Columbia contains 150 stunning photographs that portray human settlement and untamed wilderness in what were the most remote areas of our young province. It also includes Swannell's courtship letters to Ada Driver, which provide delightful details about the life of a surveyor in the field.

Jay SherwoodJay Sherwood spent several years working as a land surveyor before he began teaching in Vanderhoof, BC, where he was president of the Nechako Valley Historical Society. It was during this time that he became familiar with the rich Swannell collection. Sherwood lives in Vancouver where he works as a teacher-librarian.

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

This event is part of a series of Adventure & History at McGill:


Friday, October 10
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Calling all builders! Kids ages 5-12 are invited to drop in anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 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. Drop-in. No registration required.

LEGO at the Library