Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2018-08-19
Thursday, September 13
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Ever had the chance to step back and think of your career? Join us for this informative workshop by ISSofBC on the various aspects of thinking about choosing a career.

We will explore the importance of the assessment of your values, interests, transferable skills and personality style. Come to our workshop where we will go over these factors including the following: 

  • Mentoring and networking 
  • Conducting research meetings 
  • Framework and strategies for career exploration

This program is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), a central hub of refugee services and information. It is free to attend but space is limited. Registration is available for this program online, in person at the library, or by phone at 604-436-5400.

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Saturday, September 15
11:00 am to 2:00 pm


knitting_yarn_colourfulCome show your projects and share in the fun of making something new.  Enjoy a couple hours of knitting and conversation. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone is welcome, all ages and all skill levels. Knitting needles and yarn are available for people to give knitting or crocheting a try.  Bring yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies to knit on.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Monday, September 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Public Library, in partnership with the People's Law School, presents an information session on immigration law.
The overview will include:

  • Immigration issues faced by permanent residents.
  • Immigration issues faced by temporary residents, including workers, students and visitors.

The speaker, Robert Leong, is a lawyer who immigrated to Canada from Singapore and now practices exclusively in immigration and citizenship law in Canada. Free, but seating is limited. Please register online or at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, September 18
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The ability to handle yourself well at an interview is a skill you can learn. Come, join our workshop and learn tips on the the following:

Interview preparation and readiness
Understanding employer's motives behind each interview question
Closing the interview and creating a lasting good impression
Professional follow-up

To register, please call 604-299-8955 or register online. For more information about this program, please contact Janet Salvador at 604-684-3599 ext 1652 or email janet.salvador@issbc.org.

Tuesday, September 18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Tommy Douglas Library. 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. No advance registration taken. Please join us for this free drop-in program!

Thursday, September 20
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

knitting_yarn_colourfulCome show your projects and share in the fun of making something new.  Enjoy a couple hours of knitting and conversation. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.

Everyone is welcome, all ages and all skill levels. Knitting needles and yarn are available for people to give knitting or crocheting a try.  Bring yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies to knit on.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

Thursday, September 20
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for this fun, free, and interactive workshop and get your finances in order!

Participants will learn about the various types of financing including: secured, unsecured, joint, secondary, and short-term/high interest credit. 

They will also learn about leasing versus buying a vehicle, mortgages, and student loans.

Free, but space is limited. Please register online or at any BPL information desk.  For more details call 604-299-8955.

Presented in partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Monday, September 24
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join amateur astronomer John Reid for a stargazing talk and telescope tour .Telescopic targets will include double stars and star clusters. Meet in the program room to discuss stargazing, then view the night sky through the telescope in the civic square..If it's a cloudy night, John will discuss beginner's amateur astronomy,show you how to set up a telescope, and tell night sky stories. Open to all ages. Dress warmly!

Space is limited and every attendee must be registered separately. Please register online or at any BPL information desk. For more details, call 604-436-5400.

Tuesday, September 25
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


knitting_yarn_colourfulCome show your projects and share in the fun of making something new. Enjoy a couple hours of knitting. Crochet, stitch and chat with like-minded people. We are an informal, friendly group.  Everyone is welcome, all ages and all skill levels.

Bring your yarn and needles, scissors, and supplies and get started! A limited number of needles and yarn is available for those who want to give knitting or crocheting a try.

Free drop-in. No registration required.

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

Thrifty Tuesdays helps your money go further!

It's never too early for parents or caregivers to learn some easy to implement techniques to teach kids about savings, giving, and spending.

Schools are not able to spend a lot of time on this subject and it's an important skill kids will use for the rest of their lives. Why don't you join us and get the basics to set up a good financial foundation for your child(ren)!

NOTE: This presentation is for parents.

From the presenter

Canadian households have some of the highest levels of debt in the world. The reasons are complicated and diverse however much can be attributed to the fact that people just don’t know how to manage their money.

Most of us weren’t born with money management talent, we weren’t taught by our family, and we didn’t learn in school. However, there’s hope because money management is a skill.

We need to help our children understand the benefits of smart money choices so they can go from financially fit kids to financially successful adults. We want to shed some light on the mystery of money management.

In the Raising Financially Fit Kids workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify what the consequences of not teaching children about money;
  • Recognize what kids are learning from us to create their money history;
  • Start the conversation around money values;
  • Introduce money management to your children at an appropriate age;
  • Use an allowance as a strategy to teach money skills;
  • Identify teachable moments in everyday life;
  • Help your children to save, spend and give wisely; and
  • Teach your children that money is a tool to be used wisely.

The session will give you plenty of opportunity to share your best practices as well as ask questions of other parents and the facilitator.

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, resources and the full curriculum upon request.

For more information, visit the Credit Counselling Society's website to view free webinars and workshops on various financial topics.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs that have low enrollment may be cancelled. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

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

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