Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-12-15
Monday, January 20
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This is a program for Chinese families.

Songs, rhymes and storytelling in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents.

Limit to 12 families (first priority for families who haven't attended the program this year; others will be put on the waiting list.)

Mondays, January 13 to March 2
(No session on February 17 for Family Day)

Please note: *Registration must be done IN PERSON at the Metrotown Branch* - registration opens November 13

For more information please contact Teresa at: 604-318-2731

This program is in partnership with SUCCESS Multicultural Early Childhood Development (MECD) Services and is funded by Ministry of Children and Family Development

  

Monday, January 20
10:15 am to 11:45 am

This program is conducted in Korean

Songs, rhymes and storytelling in English and Korean!

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents.

Limit to 12 families (first priority for those families who live in Burnaby and haven't attended the program this year; others will be put on the waiting list.)

Mondays, January 6 to March 9
(No session on February 17 for Family Day)

To register call or email Monica Lim: 604-468-6064  monica.lim@success.bc.ca

This program is in partnership with SUCCESS Multicultural Early Childhood Development (MECD) Services and is funded by Ministry of Children and Family Development

  

Monday, January 20
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: walking to 2.5 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.

For more information, call 604-421-5454.

Mondays, January 6 to March 2
(No program on February 17 - library is closed for Family Day)

Monday, January 20
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Celebrate Family Literacy Week in the library by making cool mini books, bookmarks, and storytelling dice! Use the dice to help you imagine stories to write in your new book. A collection of great books will also be available to read and check out.

Ages 5 to 12. Program is drop In. No registration required. Please arrive before 4:00pm. All kids under 10 need to bring an adult who will participate.

For more information, call 604-522-3971.

Monday, January 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment. Each week a librarian will lead a discussion on a variety of topics. Some knowledge of English is recommended. Free, no registration required.

Mondays, Jan 13 - March 9.

For more information, call 604-299-8955 or visit any branch.

Application deadline: Monday, January 20
9:00 pm

What is Reading Buddies?

Reading Buddies is a program where teens and children are paired up for one-on-one reading in a safe, fun and friendly environment. The goals of this program are to provide children with extra reading practice and to provide teens with leadership skills and an opportunity to engage with the community. 

Children must be starting grade 2, 3 or 4; teens must be entered in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Reading Buddies rotates through Burnaby Public Library locations. In 2020, Reading Buddies will be offered in the winter at McGill. For details on a specific location please click on the links below. For general details on the Reading Buddies program, please continue reading this page. 

How to Apply?

You must apply separately for each Reading Buddies location. Download the application form and return the completed form to the Information Desk at any BPL branch.
Application deadline is Monday, January 20th!

  • Reading Buddies at McGill: Tuesdays at 4:00 - 5:30 pm, February 11th - March 10, 2020.  

What qualifications do I need to be a Teen Reading Buddy?

  • In grade 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Patience and enthusiasm
  • Strong English-language skills and an ability to communicate well
  • A willingness to work and cooperate with fellow teens and coordinators
  • Must be available for all five sessions of the program
  • Resident of Burnaby (No residents of other municipalities can be accepted)

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to attend training. Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

If you have any questions, email the Teen Services Librarian, Andrea Lukic, or call or text 604-314-2480.

Tuesday, January 21
10:15 am to 10:45 am

Age: newborns to walking.

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories.

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

For more information, call 604-421-5454.

Tuesdays, January 7 to March 3

Tuesday, January 21
11:00 am to 11:45 am

For babies!

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

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

For more information, call 604-436-5420.

Tuesdays, January 14 to March 3

Tuesday, January 21
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: 2.5 to 5 years

Join us for songs and stories.

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

For more information, call 604-421-5454.

Tuesdays, January 7 to March 3

Tuesday, January 21
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

For babies!

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

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

For more information, call 604-436-5420.

Tuesdays, January 14 to March 3

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