Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-06-20
Monday, June 17
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This class will help you learn the basics of a web browser. See common web site navigation features and use a search engine to perform simple searches.

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 May 6 at 10 am.

Tuesday, June 18
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Book cover for I Hear She's a Real Bitch by Jen Agg
Join us for a librarian-led discussion about Jen Agg's book I Hear She's a Real Bitch. From the publisher: "Studded with Agg’s frank and often hilarious observations on an industry in which sexism has been normalized, I Hear She’s a Real Bitch is more than just a story about starting a restaurant: it is a rallying cry for a feminist revolution in the culinary world."

Registration for this program opens on May 18. Register in person at the Tommy Douglas Library or by calling 604-522-3971. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, May 18 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, June 19
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

If you’ve never used a computer and want to give it a try, this class is for you. Find out what a useful tool a computer can be! Computer classes take place in the Multipurpose Space on the second floor. 

Please register by phone at: 604-436-5400, in person, or online

Registration starts May 9 and is limited to 12 persons.

Wednesday, June 19
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 19
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a librarian-led discussion about the novel Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese.

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a dying father. What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon's end. A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. - Publisher

Registration for this program opens on May 22. Register in person at McGill Branch or by calling 604-299-8955. Once registered, bring your library card on, or after, May 22 to pick up a copy of the book at McGill Branch. Participants are asked to complete the book in advance of the event.

Friday, June 21
6:50 pm to 8:20 pm

In honour of National Aboriginal History Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Smoke Signals (1998).

Based on the book by Sherman Alexie, Victor and Thomas, two young Native Americans, leave their small town to retrieve the remains of Victor's father and discover the ties that bind these two very different young men to one another and embraces the lessons they learn along the way.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) for coarse language and scenes of violence. It has a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes.

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

Sunday, June 23
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!  

Thursday, June 24
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us and the People's Law School to learn about immigration law and staying in Canada. An immigration lawyer will discuss issues faced by permanent and temporary residents, including workers, students and visitors. Register at any branch, online or call 604-436-5400. 

Tuesday, June 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Participants will learn ways to increase income, reduce expenses and live on a retirement income without having to rely on credit to get by.

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.

Offered in cooperation with the Credit Counselling Society.

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

Credit Counselling Society Logo

Wednesday, June 26
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Need help with a computer, device or website? You've come to the right place - sign up for a One-to-One Tech help session! Book a 30-minute session with a librarian for personalized assistance, as well as an introduction to any of the library's digital resources that can be useful to you. Bring your own device, or we will use a library Windows 7 laptop. 

Before you arrive, set clear goals for yourself of what you want to learn.
Bring the usernames and passwords you need to access your device and your accounts (including email and app store). If you are bringing your own device, be sure to charge it first and bring your charger and connecting cables. Please note that library staff:

  • May not be able to work with devices set up in languages other than English.
  • May not be able to provide assistance for some non-standard hardware or software.
  • Cannot reset your passwords for you.
  • Cannot repair equipment, or troubleshoot hardware and software problems.

Please register for your session in person at the Cameron Library Information Desk or by calling 604-421-5454. Wednesday sessions are held in the Juniper Room of Cameron Recreation Centre, across the hall from the library.