Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-08-19
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

If you want to keep the money you have, you need to take the time to see how you can effectively spend within your means.

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn the 6 steps to budgeting which will help you take control of your finances and get a sense of peace of mind. Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Budgeting has gotten a bad reputation as something that is restrictive, boring and doesn’t work. Actually, a budget is simply a plan for your money based on your priorities and goals.

Have you ever wondered why some people are so good with their money and others aren’t? Likely someone taught them how to manage their money so they can create the life they want. Most of us weren’t born knowing how to intuitively manage our money, our parents likely didn’t discuss money let alone teach us, and it wasn’t part of the curriculum when we were in school, so we learn by the school of hard knocks.

However, here’s the good news - budgeting is skill set that anyone can learn! The better news is that we have broken down budgeting into six easy steps.

In the Budgeting 101 workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Set SMART financial goals
  • Understand the components of a budget
  • Track your expenses and identify areas of change
  • Plan and pay for irregular expenses
  • Create and manage savings for goals like emergency savings and fun things
  • Create a paycheque plan

This interactive and fun workshop will last 90 minutes. We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars on various financial topics.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs that have low enrollment may be cancelled. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 13
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you looking for work or wanting a career change? Come to the library for a free one hour tour of the career and job search materials. Learn about the hidden job market, how to research companies and explore careers. Check out our resources on resumes, job interviews, cover letters and networking.
Tours are drop-in with no advance registration.

Wednesday, September 13
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

What makes people keep cats and dogs as pets when living in Downtown Vancouver? Most homes in downtown areas tend to be small, is it beneficial or harmful to keep a pet in tight spaces?

Join us for a chance to talk, discuss and debate about this topic.

This Philosophers’ Café will be moderated by Shiraz Ramji. Shiraz was born in Tanzania. His parents were born in Gujarat, India. He grew up with four languages: Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati and English. He did his elementary, secondary and post-secondary education in Tanzania. He studied education, mathematics and physics at the University of Dar-es Salaam and graduated in 1971. He taught mathematics at Mkwawa High School. In 1980, he went to Europe to do post-graduate studies in medical statistics and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On his return to Africa, he taught at medical schools and worked for ministries of health in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. During this period he developed interests in health promotion with Grandparents Grandchildren Friendship. He came to Canada in 1994, studied gerontology and worked at Simon Fraser University. At present, at age 67, he is working on promoting Grandparents Film Festival and celebrating Grandparents' Day in schools.

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.

Free, drop-in. For more information, please email the Philosopher's Cafe coordinator at: cafes@sfu.ca

Wednesday, September 13
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Cook Book ClubCome celebrate the joys of food! If you love to try new recipes, join our special cook book club. Each month we'll explore a cookbook or an exciting culinary style by testing recipes at home. Then, at our meetings, we'll share delicious samples of our cooking and chat about our experiences. Bon appétit!

This month's cookbook is Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten (the "Barefoot Contessa"). Once you've registered, stop by the Cameron Information desk to browse through it and select two or three recipes you'd like to try before our meeting. Then bring photos or samples of your cooking to the meeting.

We will meet in the Juniper Room, Cameron Recreation Centre (across the hall from the library).

Free, but seating is limited. Register online or call 604-421-5454. For more details, call 604 421-5454.

Saturday, September 16
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

Come for a three-hour session for an introduction to basic bike maintenance presented by an 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 a mechanical process like bearings and wheels, cable systems, and some basic mechanics such as troubleshooting 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 disappointment please register online, or by calling 604-436-5400.


Saturday, September 16
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Saturdays, September 16 to October 7

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.

For more information call: 604-299-8955.

Saturday, September 16th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

grey_and_green_socks_on_feetSweater weather is approaching.  What will you be wearing?  

Come work on your projects and share in the fun.Enjoy a couple hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded 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 or crocheting a try.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Saturday, September 16
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Cameron Branch Book Club is back! Join us for a librarian-led discussion on Do Not Say We Have Nothing by celebrated local author Madeleine Thien.

"Winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, this extraordinary novel tells the story of three musicians in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989." - Publisher

Read the novel and come to the library to discuss it with other book lovers. Registration opens August 14th. After registering, you will need to place a hold on the book. Ask for help at any BPL information desk if you require assistance.

This program is free, but seating is limited. Register online or call 604-421-5454 for more information. The Book Club will take place in the Willow Room in the Cameron Recreation Centre, but participants can meet in the lobby just outside the Cameron Branch.

Monday, September 18
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This second class will teach making a budget, applying multiplication and division formulas, and making a chart or graph from a spreadsheet. The first class is Monday, September 11 1:30-3:30

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday August 28 at 10:00am. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971. This class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab

Monday, September 18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for stimulating discussion at the library!

Moderator: Sukhmani Gill

"Thinking the unthinkable, imagining the impossible, and discussing the improbable

SFU’s Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafés are free to attend. No registration is required."