Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-10-21
Monday, October 23
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This first class will teach basic commands and functions of MS Excel - creating a new spreadsheet,
entering, deleting and formatting data, sorting information & creating basic formula, plus saving
and printing. The second class is Monday, October 30 10:30-12:30

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday,
September 25 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

Wednesday, October 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Get AppyDid you know you can get online versions of popular magazines and newspapers, for free, through your library? Come learn how! 

This class will cover Burnaby Public Library's downloadable and streaming digital magazine and newspaper collections: RBDigital (formerly Zinio), PressReader, Canadian Newsstream, EbscoHost, and Qikan Chinese electronic magazines. Consumer Reports, New Yorker, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, House Beautiful, Elle, Maclean's, Vancouver Magazine, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Washington Post - thousands of newspapers and magazines from all over the world, in English, Chinese and other languages, all for free.

Bring your fully charged electronic device(s) to class. Make sure you have the accounts, user names and passwords you'll need to download apps or install programs on each device. Class will be held in the Juniper room of Cameron Recreation Centre, across the hall from the library.

FREE but space is in this hands-on workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register online, by calling 604-421-5454, or in person at any library branch.

Coming next month: class in BPL's free languages and music apps!

Monday, October 30
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This second class will teach making a budget, applying multiplication and division formulas, and
making a chart or graph from a spreadsheet. The first class is Monday, October 23 10:30-12:30.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday,
September 25 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.

Wednesday, November 15
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

If you’ve never used a computer and want to give it a try, this class is for you. Find out what a
useful tool a computer can be!

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.

Wednesday, November 15
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Get AppyDid you know you can learn a new language or listen to music, for free, through your library? Come learn how! 

This class will cover Burnaby Public Library's apps for taking conversational lessons in dozens of languages, including English (Mango Languages), and streaming thousands of classical and jazz music recordings (Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz).

Bring your fully charged electronic device(s) to class. Make sure you have the accounts, user names and passwords you'll need to download apps or install programs on each device. Class will be held in the Juniper room of Cameron Recreation Centre, across the hall from the library.

FREE but space is in this hands-on workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register online, by calling 604-421-5454, or in person at any library branch.

Monday, November 20
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This class will help you learn the basics of using a web browser to browse the internet. See common
web site navigation features & use a search engine to perform simple searches.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

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
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.

Wednesday, November 29
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

This class will teach you about the threats and risks to online security and how to keep your information safe when using the Internet. We will cover topics like using social media security settings, shopping online without putting your information at risk, and identifying phishing emails. Not sure what “phishing” means? We will also cover the terms and concepts you need to know to discuss online security. Whether you have lots of experience with using computers or you are just beginning to learn, this workshop will provide you with the information you need to keep yourself safe online. 

This program is based on resources from Serene Risc's Cybersecurity 101. Serene Risc is a Canadian organization that has assembled experts to develop free online cybersecurity training and provide public libraries with resources to present the information to members of the community. To find out more, visit https://www.serene-risc.ca/en.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

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.