Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-06-24
Friday, May 24
6:45 pm to 8:15 pm

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of He Named Me Malala (2015).

An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for depictions of violence. It has a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes.

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

Saturday, May 25
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Raptors, such as eagles, hawks and owls, are protected under the provincial government because they are an integral part of our ecosystems.

Join us for a talk by the OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society where you’ll learn:

• How raptors help maintain a healthy ecosystem,
• How to identify raptors in Burnaby (they’re more common than you think!),
• How conservation efforts help injured or orphaned raptors.

This program involves live birds. See two rescued raptors up close!

Suitable for audiences ages 6 and up, this program might not be suitable for younger siblings.

Register online, at any branch, or call 604-522-3971.

Sunday, May 26
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!  

Sunday, May 26
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Origami tulipsCome and celebrate Asian Heritage Month with us and learn to make origami tulips.

Aiko Matsushiba has been certified by the Nippon Origami Assoication as an origami instuctor 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.

Free, but seating is limited to 20 participants. Please register by phone at 604-522-3971, in person, or online.

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
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, 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. 

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, a finalist in the 2019 Canada Reads competition and is nominated for the 2019 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize.

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