Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-02-23
Tuesday, March 12
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm


When & Where: 

Tuesdays, February 12 to March 12
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm 
McGill Branch, 4595 Albert St

Reading Buddies is a program where teens and children are matched up for reading practice 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 community.

Children must be in grade 2, 3 or 4. Registered children must attend all five sessions.

Register in person at the McGill branch, located at 4595 Albert St. The program is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register early. Registration opens Tuesday, January 12.

Call 604-297-4599 for more information.

Wednesday, March 13
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, January 16 to March 13

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, March 13
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, January 16 to March 13

For more information, call 604-299-8955.

Wednesday, March 13
5:00 pm to 8:50 pm

Burnaby Public Library is pleased to present local writing organization, The Other Eleven Months who has hosted weekly write-ins around the Lower Mainland for over 12 years.

These are quiet, safe space events for writers of all kinds. If you can't find a place to focus and write, these events may be great opportunities for you to accomplish your writing goals.

Join us and meet fellow local writers!

Drop in, no registration required.

Wednesday March 13
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

PressReaderRead newspapers from all over the world on your mobile device or computer with PressReader – all for free! Come learn how.

Did you know... Burnaby Public Library offers free digital magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, ebooks, language lessons, and music? Each month a librarian will feature one of the library's digital resources, and show you how to use it.

Bring your own device (smartphone, tablet or laptop), or watch a demonstration. Ask questions about the featured digital resource or about any of the library's resources.

Held in the Juniper Room, across the hall from Cameron Library; register online, by calling the Cameron Library at 604-421-5454, or at any library Information Desk.

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

"SFU's Philosophers' Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interest of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafes are free to attend. No registration required."

Please join us for stimulating discussion on "Cannabis is legal. What’s next?" with Moderator Manav Sekhri.

Philosopher's Cafe logo

Wednesday, March 13
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. No advance registration taken. Please join us for this free program! More drop-in sessions on March 20, 27 and April 3,10,17, 24.

Thursday, March 14
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Age: 3 to 5 years.

Join us for a preschool Storytime! Stories, songs, and fingerplays - perfect for kids who love stories and might even sit still for them!

The first 15 minutes is a time to settle in, look at books with your child, play, and meet other families.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information, call 604-522-3971.

Thursdays, January 31 to March 14

Thursday, March 14
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Drop into our Tech Café and discover a world of online information brought to you by Burnaby Public Library.

Did you know that BPL has online resources such as:

Ebooks and digital audiobooks
E-magazines and newspapers
Music streaming
Online language learning
Online software and technology tutorials
Online auto repair

And more!

We will be showcasing many of our online resources. Come and see us, learn about what’s available to you and find out more at your library!

March Cafés will take place on Saturday, March 2, 1:30 to 4:30; Thursday, March 14, 2:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, March 30, 1:30 to 4:30.

Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Come celebrate International Women's Day and learn about the movement for women's suffrage in British Columbia, from Lara Campbell of Simon Fraser University. Ms. Campbell is a Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She teaches Canadian women’s and gender history and has published on the history of the Great Depression, the Vietnam anti-war movement, and the women’s suffrage movement in British Columbia. Free, but registration is required. Register online, or call 604-436-5400.