Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-03-26
Wednesday, April 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Vancity in partnership with the library will be presenting this workshop. This seminar will outline and discuss the legal and financial aspects of setting up and running a small business. It will also cover different business structures and the advantages and disadvantages of each and general information for small business owners. Presenting this workshop will be both a financial business advisor and a lawyer. Seating is limited. Please register by phone at 604-299-8955, in person, or online

Friday, April 5
10:30 am to 3:40 pm

FULL - Registration is closed for this program

Drop by the One-to-One Tech Help sessions for tech support. If you need some tech help, you’ve come to the right place. We are happy to help you with your basic tech needs, as well as introduce you to our online resources! Bring in your own device, or we will use library equipment.  Book a 30 minutes slot with a librarian for personalized assistance with your computer needs.

Please register by phone at 604-436-5400 or in person at Bob Prittie Metrotown, Reference desk.

Sunday, April 7
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dawn Livera, ArtistThis is a repeat of January's program and we ask that if you have taken it, please allow another person to take this class.

Many people believe that they "cannot draw". This workshop will help you discover your own hidden drawing abilities in a playful and relaxed way. 

At this workshop you will:

  • Loosen up and convince yourself that you can draw,
  • Learn a few drawing exercises that you can do to improve your drawing skills,
  • Discover some principles and elements of art.

Dawn Livera is a Burnaby based mixed media and textile artist who believes that making art should not be the private domain of the "talented" or "learned" few. Rather, everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is "good enough". 

Seating is limited to 12 participants, please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Join us for an informative seminar on planning your future with Dignity Memorial.

Most families are poorly prepared and have little idea of the decisions, the work and the costs for making final arrangements at the time of need.  Funeral and Cemetery Advisor Charles Choi will share information you can use to reduce your family's burden, pressure and cost of arranging a funeral, cremation or burial.

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

Wednesday, April 10
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 April 10
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Download and enjoy e-books and audiobooks from Burnaby Public Library's Library to Go - all for free! The Libby app from Overdrive makes it easy. Come learn how! Note: Access to BPL's Library To Go is available only for Burnaby residents.

Did you know... Burnaby Public Library offers free digital magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, ebooks, language lessons, and music? Each month a librarian will feature one of the library's digital resources, and show you how to use it. Ask questions about the featured digital resource or about any of the library's resources.

Bring your own device (smartphone, tablet or laptop), or watch a demonstration.

Held in the Juniper Room, across the hall from Cameron Library; register online, by calling the Cameron Library at 604-421-5454, or at any library Information Desk.

Friday, April 12
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Start the Spring day with a walk to Central Park to look for birds. You may see hummingbirds, thrushes, warblers, kinglets, chickadees, sparrows, finches, and ravens. Librarian and experienced birder Neill Vanhinsberg will lead the group and give tips on viewing birds in Burnaby parks. Bring your own binoculars and meet in the program room. Space is limited for this group activity and registration is required. Please register online,  one registration per person, or phone 604-436-5400.

Saturday, April 13
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Join us and learn to make Easter Origami crafts.

Aiko Matsushiba has been certified by the Nippon Origami Association as an origami instructor 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 604-299-8955, in person, or online.

Monday, April 15
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how you can read newspapers online, or the back files of newspapers? Do you want to keep in touch with all the news from another country? Do you want to keep up with what is happening around the world? Did you know that you can access thousands of online newspapers, from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages, for free? Then sign up for this course to see how you can access PressReader and Canadian Newsstream!
Basic computer knowledge and a valid Burnaby Public Library card is necessary to register.

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

Registration starts Monday, March 18, at 10 am.

Tuesday, April 16
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a Law Week presentation by Jack Micner (Barrister & Solicitor with Spry Hawkins Micner) who will discuss the following topics:

  • What is probate?
  • What to do if there is no Last Will?
  • Is probate always necessary?
  • What are the duties of an Executor?
  • How to calculate and reduce probate fees?

NOTE: This talk is an introduction to the topic and is in no way meant to be exhaustive. Should you require more time or information, please book time with a legal professional.

This program is presented in partnership with People's Law School.

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

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