Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-10-19
Saturday, October 19
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Born a CrimeJoin us for a librarian-led discussion about Trevor Noah’s book Born a Crime.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.” – Publisher

Registration begins September 21.

Register at the Cameron branch or call 604-421-5454. Once registered, bring your library card to pick up your copy of the book from the branch. 

Sunday, October 20
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join us and learn how to make origami ghosts, cats, ninjas, tombstones and more!

Aiko Matsushiba has been certified by the Nippon Origami Association as an origami instructor and will be leading this session. She has held workshops at various community and resource centres as well as cultural events throughout the Lower Mainland.

Seating is limited to 15 participants. Register online, call 604-522-3971 or visit any branch.

Tuesday, October 22
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting in the Middle Years (6 - 12 years)

Tuesdays, October 1 to November 5

This is a supportive and educational series for parents of children ages t to 12. Understanding middle childhood development, encouraging social-emotional competency, responding to school and family life challenges, fostering positivie peer relationships, communicating effectively, understanding temperament, and technology guidelines, and strategies for effective, positive discipline in the middle years will be covered. The goal of this series is to provide parents with a forum to learn, to share and to discuss information and strategies to connect with their children and enrich their parenting experience.

Child care options may be available.

For Registration or more information contact: Information Children
778 782-3548

Tuesday, October 22
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a tour of job search and career materials at the library. Learn about the hidden job market, how to research companies and explore careers. Discover our resources on resumes, job interviews, cover letters and networking.

Tour begins on the second Floor, meeting room 2.

Register online, at any branch or call 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, October 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Come and join us for a night of well-paced reviews of mystery titles.

We will cover recent publications, new authors as well as unearth a few rewarding reads by authors lost in the stacks. If you or your friends are looking for an intriguing tale, and enjoy plodding through the twists and turns of crime/suspensful storytelling, this is the place to be. Everyone is welcome

Please register online, at any branch, or call 604-299-8955.  

Wednesday, October 23
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Learn about the threats to your online security and how to keep your information safe when using the Internet. Whether you are experienced with using computers or a beginner, this workshop will provide you with the information you need to be safe online. 

Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, or in person at the Tommy Douglas Library.

Registration begins Monday, September 2.

Wednesday, October 23
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Explore a range of local history, heritage, and cultural topics through the Burnaby Neighbourhood History Series. Community members are invited to bring their own stories, memories and questions to share. Presented in partnership by Burnaby Village Museum and Burnaby Public Library. Presentations are free, but space is limited.

How do we come to know our communities? What narratives and sense of place shape our connection to the lands we live upon? In this presentation, we will look at how dominant colonial narratives are embedded into the built environment, place names, heritage landscapes, and the very planning of our cities--contributing to exclusion and erasure of the local Coast Salish Nations who have lived on their unceded territories since time immemorial. How has “Heritage” contributed to the harms of colonialism? And what will it take to decolonize and re-Indigenize the stories, landscapes, and understandings of the places we call home? Led by Kamala Todd, Indigenous Community Planner and Filmmaker. 

Register online, call 604-436-5400 or visit any branch.

Thursday, October 24
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

2055 Rosser Avenue (at the corner of Lougheed)

Burnaby Public Library will be at the Brentwood Community Resource Centre every Thursday from 1:00-7:00 pm from September 19 to November 28. 

Come chat with us, get a library card, check out books, ask questions and more.

Everyone is welcome and special activities are scheduled during these times:

We’ll have an all ages storytime every week at 4:00 pm.
Sept 19: Community drop in
Sept 26: Community drop in 
Oct 3: BPL online resources and ebooks 
Oct 10: BPL online resources and ebooks
Oct 17: Community drop in
Oct 24: Community drop in 
Oct 31: Conversations with a community librarian (feel free to visit in your Halloween costume)
Nov 7: ESL conversation circle (1:30-3:00 & 5:30-7:00)
Nov 14: ESL conversation circle (1:30-3:00 & 5:30-7:00)
Nov 21: BPL online resources and ebooks
Nov 28 : BPL online resources and ebooks

We look forward to meeting you!

Thursday, October 24
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a session on personal estate planning and wills with Andrew Rebane, a wills and estates lawyer.  This workshop will cover the following questions:  

  • What is a will?
  • What are the requirements for making a will?
  • What should you include in your will?

Presented in partnership with People's Law School

Register online, at any branch or call 604-299-8955. 

Friday, October 25
10:15 am to 11:45 am

This is a program for Chinese families that includes songs, rhymes and storytelling in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Fridays, September 13 to November 8
(9 sessions in total)

Age: 0 - 5 years

Limit to 12 families (first priority will be for families who haven't attended the program this year; others will be put on the waiting list)

Registration starts on August 7. To register, please contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S at: 604-318-2731

This program is in partnership with SUCCESS Multiculteral Early Childhood Development (MECD) Services and funded by the Funded by Ministry of Children and Family Development.