Upcoming events & programs

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

It's never too early for parents or caregivers to learn some easy to implement techniques to teach kids about savings, giving, and spending.

Schools are not able to spend a lot of time on this subject and it's an important skill kids will use for the rest of their lives. Why don't you join us and get the basics to set up a good financial foundation for your child(ren)!

NOTE: This presentation is for parents.

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

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Wednesday, March 27
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing. If you have basic computer skills but are baffled by word processing, this course is for you.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

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

Registration starts Monday, February 25 at 10 am.

Wednesday, March 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, March 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, "Who are allies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and how can they help aid the process of understanding Indigenous issues? What does building an improved understanding look like to you?" with Moderator Sukh Gill.

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

City of Burnaby Emergency Program Office logoBurnaby Public Library and the City of Burnaby Emergency Management Department are please to help you stay safe in case of a disaster. 

Earthquakes and other natural disasters can happen without warning and take many forms. Ensure that you, your family, and neighborhood are prepared by learning how to minimize home hazards, assemble emergency supplies, and develop a family reunion plan.

In Burnaby we believe that the more work we do today, the more we can help the residents and businesses in our community.

Please register online or by calling the Cameron Branch: 604-421-5454. This program will take place in the Juniper Room of the Cameron Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, March 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 fiction and non-fiction in a friendly atmosphere led by our McGill librarians.

In March we will explore Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.

‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

Mesmerizing, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world - 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 February 27. Once registered, bring your library card to pick up a copy of the book at McGill Branch. Partcipants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Friday, March 29
6:40 pm to 8:30 pm

Join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Whip It (2009).

Bliss Calendar is a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family's footsteps of compliance and conformity, Bliss discovers a way to put her life on the fast track, literally. She lands a spot on a rough-and-tumble roller derby team and becomes 'Babe Ruthless', the hottest thing on eight wheels.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for sports violence and sexual and coarse language. It has a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes.

Drop in, no registration required.

Saturday, March 30
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Drop into our Tech Café and discover a world of online information brought to you by Burnaby Public Library.

Did you know that BPL has online resources such as:

Ebooks and digital audiobooks
E-magazines and newspapers
Music streaming
Online language learning
Online software and technology tutorials
Online auto repair

And more!

We will be showcasing many of our online resources. Come and see us, learn about what’s available to you and find out more at your library!

March Cafés will take place on Saturday, March 2, 1:30 to 4:30; Thursday, March 14, 2:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, March 30, 1:30 to 4:30.

Monday, April 1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Do you have questions about workplace law? This presentation will provide an overview of the essentials of the Employment Standards Act, which sets the minimum standards that every employer and employee must follow regarding hours paid,vacation and termination.

Presenter David Turner is a partner at EKB legal firm with a civil litigation practice, including employment law. This free program is offered in partnership with the People's Law School. Registration is required. Please register online, at any BPL information desk, or by phone at 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, April 3
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.

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