Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2019-06-20
Wednesday, May 29
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 29 in the Juniper Room
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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The second workshop in a new series by the Credit Counselling Society, will improve your knowledge about credit.

The presenter will discuss credit myths, credit reports and ratings and credit scores.  As well strategies will be identified to help you protect or repair your credit.

The workshop will take place in the Juniper Room, in the Cameron Recreation Complex.

Please register online or at any BPL Information Desk. For more information call the Cameron Branch at 604-421-5454. 

Thursday, May 30
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Do you struggle when you get a huge car repair bill? Is it difficult to find funds to pay for a sudden illness in the family?

Join the Library and the Credit Counselling Society to learn about the 3 biggest budget breakers (the little expenses, the irregular expenses, and the emergency expenses) and strategies to eliminate them from everyday worry.

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: 604-436-5400, in-person, or online

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Lindsay Wong grew up in the Vancouver Lower Mainland with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo" -- Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire.

The eccentricities take a dark turn, however when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself.  At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. - Publisher

Lindsay Wong will read from her memoir, talk about her unique experience and take questions from the audience.


Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. The Woo-Woo is her debut memoir. It was a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, a finalist in the 2019 Canada Reads competition and is nominated for the 2019 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize.

Please register online, at any BPL Information Desk or call 604-299-8955.

Friday, May 31
6:20 pm to 8:20 pm

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Lion (2016).

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

This film is rated PG (Consumer Protection BC) and has a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes.

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

Sunday, June 2
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 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.

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!  

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