Upcoming events & programs

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Wednesday, November 22
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women have entered the media as reporters, directors, writers and producers. Misogyny still prevails in Afghanistan, but media have given women the means to influence public affairs by disseminating information about their social, economic and political realities. Mightier Than the Sword follows three young women who are using media to navigate a path towards gender equality in a nation deemed the most dangerous country for women in the world. Presented by SFU's Roberta Staley.

Roberta Staley is a Vancouver-based, award-winning magazine editor and writer with experience reporting from the developing world and conflict and post-conflict settings. Staley has reported from Afghanistan twice: in 2015 to film the documentary Mightier Than The Sword, and in 2012, where she undertook stories on literacy, gender equality, health and culture for magazine clients. She finished a master's degree at Simon Fraser University this spring in the Graduate Liberal Studies department.

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. Register online, in person, or by calling the Tommy Douglas Branch at 604-522-3971.

Wednesday, November 22
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Always wanted to write? Come Write In @ Cameron! Need something to kickstart you? Try NaNoWriMo!

Every November, over 400,000 people take the NaNoWriMo Challenge for National Novel Writing Month: to write a 50,000-word draft of a novel in just one month. Youth under 18 can set their own word-count goal. Sign up for a free account at www.nanowrimo.org - or, if you're under 18, at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org. Then grab your laptop, tablet, or paper and give it a try!

Wed Nov 22 and Wed Nov 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Juniper Room (across the hall from the library) will be specially open for writers to work and encourage each other - whatever you want to write (novel, short story, memoir, poetry, essay), and whether or not you sign up for NaNoWriMo. Sessions will be hosted by NaNoWriMo veteran and freelance writer Cheryl Minns. Free tea and wifi will be available.  FREE but space is limited, so come on time; drop in, no registration.

You can do it!

Come Write InVanCoWriMo

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 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. The conversation circle will also be on Wednesday  November 29 , 7:00-8:30 pm. Drop in and join us for this free program! 

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

A power of attorney agreement gives someone the legal power to take care of your financial and legal matters.  This seminar will look at power of attorney issues including when you should have the document, the types available, and the attorney's powers and responsibilities.

Free but space is limited. Please register online, in the library, or by phone at 604-299-8955.

Offered in cooperation with the People's Law School 

Thursday, November 23
10:15 am to 10:45 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!

Thursdays, October 19 to November 30

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Thursday, November 23
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!

Thursdays, October 19 to November 30

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Thursday, November 23
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Do you want a more professional resume or cover letter, but don't quite know where to start? This free workshop will help you:

  • Develop skills to create a targeted resume.
  • Learn to write strong cover letters and gain attention of local employers.
  • Get help with preparing a reference list to complete your job search tool kit.

This event is presented in partnership with ISS of BC. To register, please call 604-436-5400 or register online. For more information about this program please contact Sabine Schreiber at ISS of BC at 604-395-8000 ext 1276 or by email at sabine.schreiber@issbc.org

Thursday, November 23
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Lynda.com includes more than 16,000 courses on software programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Photoshop,including tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and
WordPress. There are courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. If you want
to acquire more business & technology skills, AND are proficient in using the computer, then this
session is for you.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse and have a valid Burnaby Public
Library card.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday,
October 23 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.

Thursday, November 23
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Back and muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety: everyone experiences worry and physical or emotional pain at some point in their lives. This workshop will explore methods to manage with emotional and muscular tension. You will learn recent research and discover ways to deal with pain and anxiety with direct and indirect approaches.

Alena Minova is a CanStat certified Alexander Technique teacher, a postural correction technique which is taught at major performance arts schools across the globe. It is an effective scientific method to work with excessive tension and pain. It is widely known among professional dancers, musicians and actors to cope and reverse repetitive strain injuries and performance anxiety; though there are benefits everybody can experience from applying Alexander skills in everyday life.

There are currently 13 CanStat certified practitioners of Alexander Technique in Vancouver. The Alexander Technique specialists begin their rigorous training with a formal  three years full- time study and continue to hone their skills every day during their career.  Alena Minova is a certified Yoga Instructor. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis and studied with Elise Browning Miller. For more information, please visit: http://alexandertechniquetoday.com/ 

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.

Thursday, November 23
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

"Aya Shimamura has just been released from a Canadian internment camp and repatriated to Japan with her father. Arriving in American-occupied Tokyo while still grieving the loss of her mother, she faces an uncertain future in a culture reeling from the humiliation of defeat." - Trilby Kent, The Globe and Mail

Take part in our fiction book discussion circle and share your thoughts in a librarian-led discussion of the The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake.

This program is free, but space is limited. Register in person at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch first floor Information Desk or call 604-436-5410. Registration for this program opens on October 30.

Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, October 30, to pick up a copy of the book at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch first floor Information Desk. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

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