Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-09-25
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
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

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.

Friday, September 29
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join John Reid, librarian and astronomy enthusiast, to look at the moon through a 12 inch reflecting telescope. He will talk about the moon’s scientific and cultural significance, then bring everyone outside to observe it. If the weather does not cooperate, there will be an indoor presentation. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. Space is limited and registration is required (one name per registration). Please register online, at any BPL information desk or
by phone at 604-436-5400.

Saturday, September 30
10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Join facilitators amateur gardener, Revel Kunz, who grew organic food for her B&B and Nadine Styan of My Garden Coach for a talk on how you can prepare your garden for the new year.




This presentation will cover the following:

  1. Preparing for winter,
  2. Composting, create your own fertilizer,
  3. Harvesting through winter and,
  4. Exchange! Bring your seeds, harvest, pictures and stories of successes and challenges of this year.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, or online.

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

Sunday, October 1
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Mikulec_Portrait_with_blue_shirtCommunity leader, educator, and philanthropist, Barbara Mikulec is recognized for seniors’ advocacy and philanthropy in education.  Watching Barbara in action will inspire and empower you.  The word in the neighbourhood, is that this event is "Not to be missed!"

Barbara is vice-president of the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC (COSCO).  Mikulec received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of British Columbia in 1969, and educated students at Van Horne Elementary in Vancouver until her retirement.  

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at 604-522-3971, or online.

 

Tuesday, October 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

Perhaps you're a babysitter or work only during the winter holidays, this workshop will teach you some ways to manage irregular income. If you are doing precarious (hourly, seasonal, commission, contract, and or self-employed) work, this is the seminar for you. 

Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Irregular income can come in many different forms including self-employment, contracting, casual work/hours, fluctuating hours, commissions, tips, and even bonuses. One of the major challenges with irregular income is not being able to predict income which makes budgeting very difficult.

It is very easy to get caught in a cycle of relying on credit to supplement lean months which can lead into a downward spiral of credit and debt. It also requires discipline to not overspend when the income is high.

The good news is that there are 3 different systems that you can try to help you manage irregular income so that you feel as though you’re in control and still have money for fun things.

In the Irregular Income workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Understand and determine which of the three systems will work for you;
  • Create a household budget;
  • Track your expenses so you know exactly where your money is going;
  • Plan and pay for irregular expenses like car maintenance, clothing and shoes, and pet bills even though your income fluctuates; and
  • Learn savings strategies so that you can manage through the irregularity of your income.

This workshop is 90 minutes and builds upon participants’ experiences with irregular income.

You’ll be able to share your ideas and learn from others. We take a “grab and go” approach – grad 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, October 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

grey_and_green_socks_on_feetSweater weather is here!  Come show off your projects and share in the fun of making something new. 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.

Thursday, October 5
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Library is pleased to present Seniors First BC (formerly BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support) for a 90-minute workshop, which will provide older adults with information to protect their finances, to recognize and respond to financial abuse, and to access resources for further assistance. They will focus on the importance of advance planning, forms of financial abuse through joint bank accounts and powers of attorney, and strategies to deal with financial abuse.

This workshop was developed with funding from Employment and Social Development Canada and its delivery has been funded by the Province of British Columbia, Gambling and Fundraising Branch.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so 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.

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