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 (5th of 6 sessions)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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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

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.

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.

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! 

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 

Thursday, November 23
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Back and muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety: everyone experiences worry and physical or emotional pain at some point in their lives. This workshop will explore methods to manage with emotional and muscular tension. You will learn recent research and discover ways to deal with pain and anxiety with direct and indirect approaches.

Alena Minova is a CanStat certified Alexander Technique teacher, a postural correction technique which is taught at major performance arts schools across the globe. It is an effective scientific method to work with excessive tension and pain. It is widely known among professional dancers, musicians and actors to cope and reverse repetitive strain injuries and performance anxiety; though there are benefits everybody can experience from applying Alexander skills in everyday life.

There are currently 13 CanStat certified practitioners of Alexander Technique in Vancouver. The Alexander Technique specialists begin their rigorous training with a formal  three years full- time study and continue to hone their skills every day during their career.  Alena Minova is a certified Yoga Instructor. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis and studied with Elise Browning Miller. For more information, please visit: http://alexandertechniquetoday.com/ 

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so 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.

Monday, November 27
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for an informative seminar on U.S. Estate Planning for Canadian Residents, offered in cooperation with Vancity.

Vancity will discuss:

  • Forms that need to be filed  (revised forms)
  • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
  • What you need to know as a Canadian with U.S. real estate & investments
  • U.S. Estate Tax implications and strategies

Guest speaker: Tim Brisibe

Free but space is limited, and registration is required online, in person at the library, or by phone at 604-299-8955.

Monday, November 27 (6th of 6 sessions)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

diverse_people_seated_in_circle

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! 

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