Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-03-26
Thursday April 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a presentation by the Credit Counselling Society to learn about ways to increase your cash flow and reduce expenses while living on a reduced income (CPP, OAS, other pension, etc.) to avoid relying on lines of credit to help you get by.

Gain skills you probably didn't learn in school, but will use for the rest of your life!

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.

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

Thursday, April 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a lively panel discussion on several aspects of the housing crisis on a local, provincial, national and worldwide basis. Panelists and general topics include:

  • Patrick Condon, UBC Professor, Urban Design: Why is housing so expensive? We need housing policies at all levels of government.
  • Karen O'Shannacery, Burnaby homeless advocate: Homelessness in Burnaby -- challenges and solutions.
  • Michael Geller, architect/planner and developer: Alternative forms of "gentle densification."
  • Jeffrey Yu, New Vista Society: Housing options for seniors including the role of charities.

Please register by clicking on the link above or by calling any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-436-5400.

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

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin is a good reminder for everyone to learn about the basics of taxes, insurance and estate planning to get your financial household in order as a part of your end of life plans.

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.

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

Credit Counselling Society logo

Wednesday, May 1
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 1
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 "Our mothers: how does this relationship impact our lives?" with moderator Valerie Malla.

Philosopher's Cafe logo

Friday, May 3
10:45 am to 4:15 pm

If you need some basic computer help, you've come to the right place. Drop by the One-to-One Tech help sessions for the 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, May 3
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Crazy Rich Asians (2018).

Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for sexual and coarse language and scenes of nudity. It has a runtime of 2 hours.

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

Saturday, May 4
10:30 am to 12:45 pm

In honour of Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).

Years before he met Luke and Leia, before he helped overthrow the Emperor, Han Solo started where all heroes start: at the bottom. Join your most favorite scoundrel in the galaxy on an adventure you'll never forget! Throughout his death-defying adventures among the criminal scum of the Star Wars Universe, Han will meet the one who will become his closest ally, Chewbacca! Watch as Han matches wits with the infamous gambler Lando! Follow Han on the journey that will put him on course to his destiny.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for scenes of violence and suitable for children over the age of 10 (Common Sense Media). It has a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Drop in, no registration required.

Saturday, May 4
2:00 pm to 4:15 pm

In honour of Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of The Force Awakens (2015).

Luke Skywalker has vanished, and both the Resistance and the sinister First Order are searching for him. Crack pilot Poe Dameron obtains a clue to his whereabouts, but when everything goes wrong, a droid called BB-8 becomes the centre of the search, along with scavenger Rey and stormtrooper deserter FN-2187, who have found the droid.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for scenes of violence and is suitable for children over the age of 10. It has a runtime of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Drop in, no registration required.

Mondays, May 6 AND 13 - Must attend both sessions
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The first class will teach basic commands and functions of MS Excel: creating a new spreadsheet, entering, deleting and formatting data, sorting information and creating basic formula, plus saving and printing. The second class will teach making a budget, applying multiplication and division formulas, and making a chart or graph from a spreadsheet. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.

Prerequisite: 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.

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