Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-11-18
Saturday, November 18
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

grey_and_green_socks_on_feetSweater weather is here.  Come show off your projects and share in the fun of making something new.  We spend a couple of hours knitting, crocheting, stitching and chatting with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone is welcome – all ages and all skill levels. Bring your yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies and get started! A limited number of needles and yarn is available for those who want to give knitting or crocheting a try.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Sunday, November 19; Sunday, November 26; Saturday, December 2; Sunday, December 3
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

CALLING ALL READERS! Here's your chance to read a play of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" aloud! All readers age 10 to 100 are welcome! A fun way to bring in the holiday spirit.

A librarian will direct our reading of "A Christmas Carol" script, using Dickens' original language as adapted for the stage by David Lawver, and shortened to suit our number of readers. Come to the first rehearsal with an idea of which character(s) you would like to read. Scripts will be provided.

We will meet in the Cameron Recreation Centre's Maple Room. Please come to all three rehearsals:
Sunday, November 19, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Sunday, November 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Saturday Dec 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (not 1:00-2:30)

On Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 we will "perform" for our friends, relatives and the public by reading aloud from our scripts.

FREE but space is limited: please register online, by calling 604 421-5454, or in person at the Cameron Library. Thanks to our partner, Cameron Recreation Centre.

Christmas Carol First Edition 1843

Tuesday, November 21
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

It's Financial Literacy Month and if you want to keep the money you have, you need to take the time to see how you can effectively spend within your means.

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn the 6 steps to budgeting which will help you take control of your finances and get a sense of peace of mind. Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Budgeting has gotten a bad reputation as something that is restrictive, boring and doesn’t work. Actually, a budget is simply a plan for your money based on your priorities and goals.

Have you ever wondered why some people are so good with their money and others aren’t? Likely someone taught them how to manage their money so they can create the life they want. Most of us weren’t born knowing how to intuitively manage our money, our parents likely didn’t discuss money let alone teach us, and it wasn’t part of the curriculum when we were in school, so we learn by the school of hard knocks.

However, here’s the good news - budgeting is skill set that anyone can learn! The better news is that we have broken down budgeting into six easy steps.

In the Budgeting 101 workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Set SMART financial goals
  • Understand the components of a budget
  • Track your expenses and identify areas of change
  • Plan and pay for irregular expenses
  • Create and manage savings for goals like emergency savings and fun things
  • Create a paycheque plan

This interactive and fun workshop will last 90 minutes. We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars and workshops on various financial topics.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs that have low enrollment may be cancelled. 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.

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

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.

Friday, November 24
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Board games and snacks will be provided. For youth grades 6 to 9. The event is free, all you need to do is 
register online or at any BPL information desk.

Wednesday, November 29
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

Thursday, November 30
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn how to ferment your own apple cider vinegar at home, with Laura Reid of Counter-Cultures. This demonstrative class will include a recipe booklet and sampling of healthful vinegar recipes such as infused vinegars and herbal oxymels.

Note: This is a demonstration.

Free, but seating is limited to 30 seats. 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.

Sunday, December 3
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Come hear Charles Dickens' classic "Christmas Carol" read aloud by our cast of community readers - a fun way to bring in the holiday spirit. Recommended for ages 10 through 100. Everyone is welcome!

A librarian will direct our reading of a "A Christmas Carol" script, using Dickens' original language as adapted for the stage by David Lawver. Join us in singing the Christmas carols that are part of the show! Christmas cookies (donated by Vancity) and tea will round out the performance.

After the performance, audience members will have the option to donate new toys or money to Burnaby Community Services' Christmas Bureau.

FREE but space is limited: please register online, by calling 604 421-5454, or in person at the Cameron Library.  The performance will be held in the Maple Room. Our thanks to the Cameron Seniors' Society, Vancity, and the Cameron Recreation Centre.

Dickens' Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 5
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thrifty Tuesdays helps you save money!

Join Burnaby Public Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn a 12 month plan to help you avoid the dreaded winter holiday bill hangover. Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

From the presenter

Most of us seem surprised with how quickly the holiday season arrives, even though it’s the same time every year! Have you ever wondered how you can plan ahead so the festive events don’t put so much stress on you and your wallet?The good news is that planning for a large annual event is a skill we can all learn and implement so the financial strain of the holidays is a thing of the past.

In the Christmas Without Credit workshop/webinar, you will learn to:

- Identify your priorities for the holidays so you can focus your efforts;
- Set a reasonable holiday goal that fits to your values;
- Set SMART financial goals so that you can create a plan that includes the cost, timeframe and how much your goal will cost you per paycheque;
- Identify the obstacles you may face to reaching your goal;
- Plan and pay for your holiday spending throughout the year;
- Find new opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones that don’t break your budget.

We take a “grab and go” approach – grab an idea or two and go try it. All participants will walk away with ideas, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars and workshops on various financial topics.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-522-3971 or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

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