Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-03-26
Tuesday, April 16
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Book cover for Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Join us for a librarian-led discussion about Anthony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential : adventures in the culinary underbelly. From the back cover of the 2007 edition: "A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material."




Registration for this program opens on March 16. Register in person at the Tommy Douglas Library or by calling 604-522-3971. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, March 16 to pick up your copy of the book at the Tommy Douglas Library Information Desk. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Wednesday, April 17
2:00 pm to 4:00 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!

Wednesday, April 17
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 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 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 "How and where do you enjoy art?" with Moderator Manav Sekhri.

Philosopher's Cafe logo

Thursday, April 18
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A power of attorney is your written appointment of someone to manage your financial affairs. It is valid during your lifetime, even if you become incapacitated.This talk is an introduction to the topic. If you require more information, please book time with a legal professional.

Presenter Jack Micner is a wills and estates lawyer with Spry | Hawkins | Micner.This free event is offered in partnership with People's Law School. Please register online, at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-436-5400.

Thursday April 18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library, in partnership with the People's Law School, invites you to join lawyer Andrew Rebane for a free class on Pesonal Estate Planning and Wills.

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.

Please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, in-person, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 24
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lynda.com includes more than 16,000 courses on software programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and also tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. There are courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. If you want to acquire more business and technology skills then this session is for you. Please bring your own headphones.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse and have valid Burnaby Library card.

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

Registration starts Monday, March 18, at 10 am.

Wednesday, April 24
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, "Deconstructing FOBS: what does it mean to be "fresh off the boat"? What are the effects of this dialogue surrounding immigrants and people of colour? Who benefits from this type of language and how?" with Moderator Sukh Gill.

Wednesday, April 24
7:00 pm to 8:20 pm

There is a big variety of medicinal plants and seeds in nurseries and stores, join us for a presentation to learn how to build an apothecary garden that suits your needs.

An herbal garden can be both beautiful and useful; learn which herbs to plant, what parts of medicinal plants to harvest, and how use it safely.

Anastasiia Dushyna is a botanical pharmacology specialist with more than 11 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and knowledge of European medicinal plants.

Please register online or at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-421-5454.

Wednesday, April 24
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 new fiction and non-fiction in a friendly atmosphere led by our McGill librarians.

In April we will explore the fiction title, Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: his boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. He can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and he can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On his desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. How does he arrange to skip town to avoid the wedding? Simple – accept all the invitations.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost. Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy. - Publisher

Andrew Sean Greer is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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 March 27. Once registered, bring your library card to McGill Branch to pick up a copy of the book. Participants are asked to complete the book prior to the event.

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