Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2018-11-17
Monday, October 1 to Friday, November 30
(All day)

Burnaby Public Library wants to feature your art on next year’s Teen Summer Reading Club promotion! Send us your original art work inspired by the theme “Rise Up!” If you are the winner, your art will be featured on our posters, flyers, website, and other promotional material. You will also receive a $50 gift certificate to DeSerres!

Please submit your finished piece to any BPL information desk or via email with the subject line “BPL Teen Summer Reading Club 2019 Art Contest Entry” by Friday, November 30th. Be sure to sign the waiver form, so we can share your art work next year! For more information, check out our Special Events page.

For teens grades 8 - 12.

Saturday, November 17
10:15 am to 11:00 am

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.

Saturdays, November 3 to December 8

For more information call: 604-421-5454.

Saturday, November 17
11:00 am to 11:30 am

Ages: Everyone is welcome, but the emphasis will be on stories for ages 3 up.

No registration is required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Saturdays, October 27 to December 1

Saturday, November 17
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

playing osmo

Ages 7 to 9.

Registration is required. Class is currently full. Please call Tommy Douglas Library (604-522-3971) or visit in person to join the waitlist.  

Come check out coding games with Osmo, an iPad compatible game that uses manipulatives to practice block coding skills.

All children under 10 will need to bring an adult who will participate. When
you register, please indicate the name of the child (not the caregiver).

For more information, call 604-522-3971.

Saturday, November 17
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to join us for informal chess games, facilitated by Curtis Lister of the Burnaby Junior Chess Club. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required, but space is limited - arrive early! Parents of children under 10 years old are asked to remain in the program room.

Fall Dates:
Saturdays, October 6 to November 24

Saturday, November 17
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

playing osmo

Ages 10 to 12

Registration is required. Class is currently full. Please call Tommy Douglas Library (604-522-3971) or visit in person to join the waitlist.

Come check out coding games with Osmo, an iPad compatible game that uses manipulatives to practice block coding skills.

All children under 10 will need to bring an adult who will participate. When you register, please indicate the name of the child (not the caregiver).

For more information, call 604-522-3971.

Tuesday, November 20
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of programming Sphero, a small round tech toy controlled by an app on a tablet or smartphone. Make it roll around, change colours and navigate through mazes.

Adults must attend the program with children younger than 10. Registration is required and opens on October 30. When you register, please indicate the name of the child (not caregiver).

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Wednesday, November 21
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: walkers to 2 ½ years

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories. Perfect for busy toddlers!

No registration required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Wednesdays, September 19 to November 28

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, November 21
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2 and 3 years.

Singing, dancing, clapping, and reading - perfect for active young children!  No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All family members welcome!

Wednesdays, September 19 to November 28

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, November 21
1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Have you always wanted to start your writing career? “Come Write In” at the Tommy Douglas branch! 

From the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website, "(NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."

Every November, over 400,000 people take the NaNoWriMo Challenge. People under 18 can also participate, sign up for a free account and then grab your laptop, tablet, or paper and give it a try! 

Writers can use the branch’s Adult Programming Room and find encouragement to write whatever you want to write (novel, short story, memoir, poetry, essay), whether or not you sign up for NaNoWriMo. Tea and wifi will be available.

FREE but space is limited, so come on time; drop in only.

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