Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-06-20
Wednesday, June 5
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Drop into our Tech Café the first Wednesday of each month 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, June 5
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.

Thursday, June 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Learn about how you can use Twitter, one of the most popular social media platforms, to connect with an international community of users on a variety of topics such as news, politics, content creation, and daily musings. If you’re curious about Twitter but haven’t used it much, this session is for you! #lifegoals #lifelonglearning #YOLO

Laptops are provided for the session. Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.

Please register online, or in person at the library.  For more information call 604-299-8955.

Registration starts May 9 and is limited to 12 persons.

Friday, June 7
6:40 pm to 8:25 pm

In honour of National Aboriginal History Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Indian Horse (2017).

Follow the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese's award winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada's Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people.

This film is rated 14A (Consumer Protection BC) for scenes of violence, sexual violence and coarse language. It has a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes.

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

Sunday, June 9
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!  

Wednesday, June 12
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, June 12
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 "According to Buddy DeSylva and Lew Brown, 'The best things in life are free.' What are the best things in life, and are they really free?" with moderator David Kaufman.

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Thursday, June 13
9:45 am to 4:15 pm

If you need some basic tech help, you've come to the right place. Drop by the One-to-One Tech help sessions for the tech support you need. 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.

Friday, June 14
6:40 pm to 8:15 pm

In honour of National Aboriginal History Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002).

In 1931, Molly and her younger cousins, Gracie and Daisy, were three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. The three girls begin an epic journey back to Western Australia, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that has been built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for scenes of abduction. It has a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes.

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

Sunday, June 16
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!  

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