Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-09-25
Monday, September 25
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting Toddlers and  Preschoolers  

(1 - 5 years)

In this interactive series, the focus is on understanding the unique challenges parents of children under age 5 encounter as their children move through the toddler and preschool years. Topics include but are not limited to: effective communication, the link between behaviour and temperament, understanding child development, having appropriate behavioral expectations, and responding to children’s misbehaviour in ways that promote growth and self regulation. Responding to temper tantrums, coping with separation anxiety, teaching social skills such as sharing and turn taking are a few examples of topics that can be included.

Mondays, September 25 to November 6

To register, contact: 778-782-3548 or infochild@sfu.ca

Tuesday, September 26
6:30 pm to 8:30 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.

Tuesday, September 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

It's never too early for parents or caregivers to learn some easy to implement techniques to teach kids about savings, giving, and spending.

Schools are not able to spend a lot of time on this subject and it's an important skill kids will use for the rest of their lives. Why don't you join us and get the basics to set up a good financial foundation for your child(ren)!

NOTE: This presentation is for parents.

From the presenter

Canadian households have some of the highest levels of debt in the world. The reasons are complicated and diverse however much can be attributed to the fact that people just don’t know how to manage their money.

Most of us weren’t born with money management talent, we weren’t taught by our family, and we didn’t learn in school. However, there’s hope because money management is a skill.

We need to help our children understand the benefits of smart money choices so they can go from financially fit kids to financially successful adults. We want to shed some light on the mystery of money management.

In the Raising Financially Fit Kids workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what the consequences of not teaching children about money;
  • Recognize what kids are learning from us to create their money history;
  • Start the conversation around money values;
  • Introduce money management to your children at an appropriate age;
  • Use an allowance as a strategy to teach money skills;
  • Identify teachable moments in everyday life;
  • Help your children to save, spend and give wisely; and
  • Teach your children that money is a tool to be used wisely.

The session will give you plenty of opportunity to share your best practices as well as ask questions of other parents and the facilitator.

This interactive and fun workshop is 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 and workshops 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 27
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

“Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them.” – Publisher

Take part in our discussion circle and learn about new topics, world events, and literature as we explore a different non-fiction title each month. 

This program is free, but space is limited.  Register in person at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch or by calling 604-436-5400.  Registration for this program opens at 6:00pm on August 30th.  Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, August 30th to pick up your copy of the book at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch second floor Reference Desk.  Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Between You and Me

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Get AppyDid you know you can get e-books and downloadable audiobooks for free, through your library? Come learn how! 

This second class will focus on Burnaby Public Library's smaller e-book and audiobook collections: CloudLibrary, RBDigital, Safari Books Online (technical and business e-books), as well as the children's collections of Sesame Street and Tumblebooks. (Last week's class covered our largest e-book and audiobook collection, Library To Go.)

Bring your fully charged electronic device(s) to class. If you're bringing an e-reader, bring your laptop too. Make sure you have the accounts, user names and passwords you'll need to download apps or install programs on each device. Class will be held in the Juniper room of Cameron Recreation Centre, across the hall from the library.

FREE but space is in this hands-on workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register online, by calling 604-421-5454, or in person at any library branch.

Coming later this fall: classes in BPL's free digital magazines and newspapers, languages and music!

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn about the long history of the road we know as Kingsway. The talk will begin with the route's origins as a First Nations trail, and end with its heyday of neon signs and supper clubs in the 1960s. This talk is presented by Eric Damer, researcher and educator at Burnaby Village Museum, and a freelance historian with numerous publications. He holds graduate degrees from UBC and enjoys sharing his research about the past.

Kingsway Memories is the second of eight events in the Burnaby Neighbourhood Histories Series. Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Public Library, and the Burnaby Historical Society.

Talks are free, but space is limited. To avoid disappointment please register online, or by calling 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Break out of your reading rut and join us for a book discussion circle with a new book each month. We will explore new fiction and non-fiction in a friendly atmosphere led by our McGill librarians.

In September we will explore Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji.

In the indeterminate future in an unnamed western city, physical impediments to immortality have been overcome. The prospect of eternal life, however, presents a new problem: rejuvenated bodies require rejuvenated identities. To make the transition, traces of a person’s past are erased and new, complete fictions are implanted in their stead. On occasion, though, cracks emerge, and reminders of discarded lives seep through, thoughts from a previous existence burrowing in the conscious mind.

Doctor Frank Sina specializes in sealing these memory leaks. He is satisfied in his profession, more or less secure in the life he shares with his much younger lover, content with his own fiction. But one day, Presley Smith arrives in Frank's office. Persistent thoughts are torturing Presley, recurring images of another time and place. As Frank tries to save
from the onslaught of memory, cracks emerge in his own fiction, and the thoughts that sneak through suggest a connection between the two men that goes well beyond a doctor and his patient. - Amazon

This program is free, but space is limited. Please register in person at McGill Branch or by calling 604-299-8955.  Registration for this month's discussion opens on August 30th.  Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, August 30th, to pick up a copy of the book at McGill Branch. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Thursday, September 28
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

加拿大入籍準備 (英文主講配合中文支援)

Join us for a 2-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship! The session will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. We will talk about topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This workshop will be held in English, with Chinese support available.

Please note the name and date of this event and register using the online registration form.

For more information, please contact Angel Tse (註冊或查詢,請聯繫謝小姐) at: 604 438 8214 ext. 104 or email at: atse@mosaicbc.org

Thursday, September 28 & Thursday, October 5
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

In cultural terms, food represents a lot more than nourishment. It can function as a touchstone of identity, a marker of class and status, a magic potion that heals or harms, and a divider or unifier of socio-cultural groups. In this seminar we will explore how groups and individuals use food habits, in particular restrictions and prohibitions, to create and bolster socio-cultural identities, and how food fads arise and evolve.

This event is part of the SFU Shadbolt Graduate Liberal Studies Program Big Idea Seminar Series. These free seminar-style classes provide participants with an opportunity to revisit, rethink and reframe influential ideas of Western culture in light of current topics of social importance. Seminars are presented by the program's students, alumni and PhD candidates.

This seminar is presented in two parts, so please plan to attend both days. Register online, in person, or by calling the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at 604-436-5400.

Friday, September 29
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This class will help you learn the basics of using a web browser to browse the internet. See common web site navigation features & use a search engine to perform simple searches.

Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.

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.