Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-03-26
Monday, May 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The first months and year of parenting can be an exciting and wondrous time, but it can also
be a time when parents feel overwhelmed, exhausted and isolated while juggling many

Come and meet other like-minded parents, have FUN, and enjoy conversations
based on topics such as understanding your emotions, setting realistic expectations,
parenting tips, self-care, sleep, parenting roles and more.

Mondays, May 27 to June 17 (4 sessions)

Pre-registration required.

To Register contact Information Children
778-782-3548 or infochld@sfu.ca 

Tuesday, May 28
10:10 am to 12:00 pm

In this interactive series, the focus is on understanding the unique challenges parents of children under age 5 encounter as their children move through the toddler and preschool years. Topics include but are not limited to: effective communication, the link between behaviour and temperament, understanding child development, having appropriate behavioral expectations, and responding to children’s misbehaviour in ways that promote growth and self regulation. Responding to temper tantrums, coping with separation anxiety, teaching social skills such as sharing and turn taking are a few examples of topics that can be included. Fun, free, and informative!

Tuesday mornings: April 16 to May 28
(No session May 7th)

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Some child-minding is avaliable.

To register, contact: 778-782-3548 or infochild@sfu.ca

Tuesday, May 28
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Are you doing research for work or for school? EBSCOhost is an online research platform where you can find peer-reviewed content and unlimited articles from popular and academic publications worldwide. With basic and advanced search options, EBSCOhost is reliable and easy-to-use. Come to the library and learn how to get the most out of it!

Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.

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

Registration starts on Monday April 8 at 10 am.

Tuesday, May 28
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Participants will learn about debt elimination options so that they can enter their golden years without the shackles of debt.

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.

Offered in cooperation with the Credit Counselling Society.

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

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Wednesday, May 29
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 the topic, "How can you trust someone you haven’t met? Can you establish good faith with someone online?" with Moderator Keith Caspell.

Wednesday, May 29 in the Juniper Room
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


The second workshop in a new series by the Credit Counselling Society, will improve your knowledge about credit.

The presenter will discuss credit myths, credit reports and ratings and credit scores.  As well strategies will be identified to help you protect or repair your credit.

The workshop will take place in the Juniper Room, in the Cameron Recreation Complex.

Please register online or at any BPL Information Desk. For more information call the Cameron Branch at 604-421-5454. 

Wednesday, May 29
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

In partnership with BPL, Vancity will be presenting this workshop on Retirement planning. This workshop will help you make informed decisions around retirement planning and will discuss making the right financial decisions so you can manage your money and your needs and wants within the reality of your finances. 

Register online at www.bpl.bc.ca/events or at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-299-8955.

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Lindsay Wong grew up in the Vancouver Lower Mainland with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo" -- Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire.

The eccentricities take a dark turn, however when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself.  At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. - Publisher

Lindsay Wong will read from her memoir, talk about her unique experience and take questions from the audience.

Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. The Woo-Woo is her debut memoir. It was a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and is a contender in the 2019 Canada Reads competition.

Please register online, at any BPL Information Desk or call 604-299-8955.

Friday, May 31
6:20 pm to 8:20 pm

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Lion (2016).

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

This film is rated G (Consumer Protection BC) and has a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Drop in, no registration required. For more information call : 604-522-3971, or ask at any information desk. 

Sunday, June 2
2:00 pm to 3:30 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. 

Sundays, May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and July 7 (we're closed on June 30)

No advance registration taken. Please join us for this drop-in program!