Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-12-14
Wednesday, January 15
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

Wednesdays, January 15,22,29, February 5,12,19,26, March 4,11,18,25

For more information call 604-436-5400.

Sunday, January 19
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas branch. 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. 

Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 (we're closed on February 16)

No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!  

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.

Wednesday, January 22
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

Wednesdays, January 29, February 5,12,19,26, March 4,11,18,25

For more information call 604-436-5400.

Sunday, January 26
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas branch. 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. 

Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 (we're closed on February 16)

No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!  

Wednesday, January 29
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

Wednesdays,February 5,12,19,26, March 4,11,18,25.

For more information call 604-436-5400.

Sunday, February 2
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas branch. 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. 

Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 (we're closed on February 16)

No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!  

Wednesday, February 5
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

Wednesdays,February 12,19,26, March 4,11,18,25.

For more information call 604-436-5400.

Sunday, February 9
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas branch. 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. 

Sundays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1, 8, 15 and 22 (we're closed on February 16)

No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!  

Wednesday, February 12
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

Wednesdays, February 19, 26, March 4,11,18,25.

For more information call 604-436-5400.

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