Upcoming events & programs

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Wednesday Dec 12
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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 how you can use it.

December's Featured App: Mango Languages

MangoGoing travelling over winter break? Learn a new language or brush up an old one; you can even learn on your phone while you travel. Mango Languages offers fun, conversational lessons in over 70 languages, including English for speakers of over 15 other languages. Free with your library card.

Bring your own device (smartphone, tablet or laptop; if you have earbuds or a Bluetooth speaker, bring those too), or watch a demonstration. Ask questions about the featured app or about any of the library's resources.

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

Thursday, December 13
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

In this session Dr. Wong will discuss:

  • How emotional health is as important as physical health, affecting every aspect of our lives.
  • Recognizing the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, mood and other psychological conditions
  • key emotional health skills:emotional awareness and mindfulness, managing stress, managing thoughts and feelings and where to find help.

Free, but seating is limited, please register online, by phone or at any BPL information desk. 

Saturday, December 15
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Read this month’s chosen title and then come spend time with fellow book lovers discussing the book with a librarian. We meet at a new time, 11:00 am start, in the Willow Room of Cameron Recreation Centre.

Our selection for December is Exit West by Hamid Mohsin.

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"From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner--both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid's most ambitious and electrifying novel yet"--

FREE but space is limited.  Please register online.   Please phone first to find out if copies are available from the book club set.  You can reserve an individual copy online. Questions? Call 604-421-5454 or visit us in person at the Cameron Information Desk.

Saturday, December 15
11:00 am to 2:00 pm


knitting_yarn_colourfulCome show your projects and share in the fun of making something new.  Enjoy a couple hours of knitting and conversation. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone is welcome, all ages and all skill levels. Knitting needles and yarn are available for people to give knitting or crocheting a try.  Bring yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies to knit on.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Monday, December 17
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Get a little holiday cheer and join us for a sing-along of favourite Christmas carols. Lyric sheets provided. Songs will be led by a librarian, and accompanied on keyboard. 

Drop in, no registration. All ages, all voices, everyone is welcome! 

This sing-along will be repeated at McGill branch on Wed Dec 19.

NOTE: This is not a performance, this get-together is more fun when everyone sings together.

For more information, please call: 604-522-3971.

Tuesday, December 18
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Reason You WalkJoin us for a librarian-led discussion about ‘The Reason You Walk’ by Wab Kinew.

“When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who'd raised him.  By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.” – Publisher

This program is free, but space is limited.  Register in person at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch or by calling 604-436-5400. 

Registration for this program opens on November 20. 

Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, November 20 to pick up your copy of the book at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch second floor Reference Desk.  Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Wednesday, December 19
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Practice your English and meet other people in a friendly, relaxed environment at Cameron library. Each session, we will read a short story or news article together and discuss it in small groups. No preparation is required, but adult learners must have some knowledge of English to participate in group discussions. Please join us!

This program is FREE but space is limited, so register online, in person at any BPL information desk, or by phoning 604-421-5454. This program will take place in the Juniper Room of the Cameron Recreation Centre.

ESL Reading Circle

Wednesday, December 19
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Get a little holiday cheer and join us for a sing-along of favourite Christmas carols. Lyric sheets provided. Songs will be led by a librarian, and accompanied on keyboard. 

Drop in, no registration. All ages, all voices, everyone is welcome! 

This sing-along will be repeated at Tommy Douglas branch on Monday, December 17.

NOTE: This is not a performance; this get-together is more fun when everyone sings together.

For more information, please call: 604-299-8955.

Monday, December 31
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

balloons

Ages: 3 to 6

Your child can’t make it to midnight? Come celebrate the New Year at noon. Enjoy dancing, crafts, photo booth, and balloon drop at 12pm. 

Registration is required and begins December 10. Please indicate the name and age of the child in the registration form (name field). 

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

The Burnaby Public Library, in partnership with the People's Law School, presents an information session on Family Law. There will be a broad overview of the Family Law Act of BC, including child and spousal support and division of property.  Presenters Kevin Rosales and Vivian Tran are lawyers who practice in Family Law.  Please note this session is meant to provide legal information.  If you need legal advice please make an appointment with a legal professional.
Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please register online, at any BPL branch or by phoning 604-436-5400.

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