Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-02-22
Friday, February 22
10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Fridays, February 1 to March 8 (6 sessions)

This program is for Chinese-speaking parents or caregivers with children, 0 to 6 years old.

The objective of this program is to help parents recognize, understand and deal with their parenting concerns, such as health, safety, child development and behaviors.

Registration is required. Limited to twelve families.

Please note: registration must be done in person at the Tommy Douglas branch.

This program is in partnership with SUCCESS Multiculteral Early Childhood Development (MECD) Services


Friday, February 22
6:25 pm to 8:30 pm

We <3 the 80s! Join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of The Karate Kid (1984).

Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles from the East and faces the difficult task of making friends. He becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader's ex-girlfriend. Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate. Daniel then prepares himself both mentally and physically for the fight of his life.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) and has a runtime of 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Drop in, no registration required.

Friday February 22
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Oh no! The library closed and you and your family are stuck inside! Use your mystery-solving skills in our library escape room!

Sign up as a group (up to 10 people) or just your family (we might pair you up with another trapped family). Work your way through the closed library using book knowledge, library skills and puzzle logic to escape.

For families with children 8+ years old; enthusiastic younger siblings are welcome but keep in mind the puzzles will be challenging.

Registration required - in person at the Cameron Branch or call 604-421-5454.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your start time as we will not be able to accommodate late-comers.

Library Escape

Tuesday, February 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Money is one of the major sources of conflict in a relationship; join us for a presentation from the Credit Counselling Society on how to manage this dicey topic.

Couples will learn about each other’s money values, triggers and goals and work together to create a manageable and tension-less plan. Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

This interactive and fun workshop is 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 and resources.

Please register online or at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-522-3971.

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Tuesday, February 26
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas branch. 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. No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!  

Wednesday, February 27
5:00 pm to 8:50 pm

Burnaby Public Library is pleased to present local writing organization, The Other Eleven Months who has hosted weekly write-ins around the Lower Mainland for over 12 years.

These are quiet, safe space events for writers of all kinds. If you can't find a place to focus and write, these events may be great opportunities for you to accomplish your writing goals.

Join us and meet fellow local writers!

Drop in, no registration required.

Wednesday, February 27
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

"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 interest of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

All cafes are free to attend. No registration required."

Please join us for stimulating discussion on, "What do you know about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)? Is the process of addressing the issues of colonization with Canada’s Indigenous peoples working? What are the benefits and drawbacks of the TRC?" with Moderator Sukh Gill.

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Wednesday, February 27
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Break out of your reading rut and join us for a book discussion circle with a new book each month. We will explore new fiction and non-fiction in a friendly atmosphere led by our McGill librarians.

In February we will explore the non-fiction title, No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.

In No is Not Enough: Resisting the new shock politics and winning the world we need, Klein embraces a lively conversation with the reader to expose the forces behind Trump's success and explain why he is not an aberration but the product of our time--Reality TV branding, celebrity obsession and CEO-worship, Vegas and Guantanamo, fake news and vulture bankers all rolled into one. And she shares a bold vision, a clear-eyed perspective on how to break the spell of his shock tactics, counter the rising chaos and divisiveness at home and abroad, and win the world we need. - Publisher

This program is free, but space is limited. Please register in person at McGill Branch or by calling 604-299-8955. Registration for this month's discussion opens on January 30. Once registered, bring your library card to McGill Branch to pick up a copy of the book. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Wednesday, February 27
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Come participate in a new series of Credit Counselling workshops, newly hosted by Cameron branch!  We start with the basics but will have two others later in the year.

If you want to better manage the money you have, take the time to make a plan for your money based on your priorities and goals. With seven steps, you can gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

The workshop will take place in the Juniper Room, Cameron Recreation Complex. Please register online or at any BPL Information Desk. For more information call Cameron Branch at 604-421-5454. 

Thursday, February 28
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Join us for a presentation by the Credit Counselling Society to learn about ways to increase your cash flow and reduce expenses while living on a reduced income (CPP, OAS, other pension, etc.) to avoid relying on lines of credit to help you get by.

Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

This interactive and fun workshop is 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 and resources.

Please register by phone at: 604-436-5400, in-person, or online