Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-11-19
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

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.

Monday, November 20 (5th of 6 sessions)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


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

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.  

Drop in and join us for this free program! 

Monday, November 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Does government owe safe drinking water to its residents? What can we rightfully expect from our government as population increases and densifies and infrastructure ages?  What can we, as residents, do to conserve water?  Join us for stimulating discussion at the library!

Moderator: Kalpna Solanki

"Thinking the unthinkable, imagining the impossible, and discussing the improbable

SFU’s Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafés are free to attend. No registration is required."

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

Back by popular demand!

Burnaby Public Library, in cooperation with the People's Law School, is pleased to invite you to join lawyer Don Drysdale for a free class on personal estate planning and wills.

FREE but space is limited. Please register online, in person at the library, or by calling 604-299-8955.

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

Since the fall of the Taliban, Afghan women have entered the media as reporters, directors, writers and producers. Misogyny still prevails in Afghanistan, but media have given women the means to influence public affairs by disseminating information about their social, economic and political realities. Mightier Than the Sword follows three young women who are using media to navigate a path towards gender equality in a nation deemed the most dangerous country for women in the world. Presented by SFU's Roberta Staley.

Roberta Staley is a Vancouver-based, award-winning magazine editor and writer with experience reporting from the developing world and conflict and post-conflict settings. Staley has reported from Afghanistan twice: in 2015 to film the documentary Mightier Than The Sword, and in 2012, where she undertook stories on literacy, gender equality, health and culture for magazine clients. She finished a master's degree at Simon Fraser University this spring in the Graduate Liberal Studies department.

This event is part of the SFU Shadbolt Graduate Liberal Studies Program Big Idea Seminar Series. These free seminar-style classes provide participants with an opportunity to revisit, rethink and reframe influential ideas of Western culture in light of current topics of social importance. Seminars are presented by the program's students, alumni and PhD candidates. Register online, in person, or by calling the Tommy Douglas Branch at 604-522-3971.

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

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

A power of attorney agreement gives someone the legal power to take care of your financial and legal matters.  This seminar will look at power of attorney issues including when you should have the document, the types available, and the attorney's powers and responsibilities.

Free but space is limited. Please register online, in the library, or by phone at 604-299-8955.

Offered in cooperation with the People's Law School 

Wednesday, November 22
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Metrotown library. 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. The conversation circle will also be on Wednesday  November 29 , 7:00-8:30 pm. Drop in and join us for this free program!