Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-10-21
Saturday, October 28
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it's between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulness, the practice of nonjudgmental awareness can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others.  In this workshop, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and the author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, as a result enhancing our relationships and helping us reach our goals.

Chapman highlights five key elements of mindful communication—silence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and responding—that make it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. Other topics include: 

  • Identifying your communication patterns and habits
  • Uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication
  • Staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can repond wisely and skillfully
  • Learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate and flexible in our relationships 

Free but seating is limited. Please register online, by calling 604-299-8955 or in person at the Library.

Monday, October 30
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services and Burnaby Public Library are back at Wesburn Community Centre (4871 Parkwood Avenue). We're bringing library services and activities for young kids directly to your neighbourhood – for free!

Participate in indoor play using the Imagination Playground. The Imagination Playground is made up of large, modular blocks that kids can stack and build, providing a fun way to let your child's creativity shape the play. 

Browse, borrow, and return library material at the Pop-Up Library. There'll be plenty of books for all ages, and you'll be able to learn about library services and register for a library card.

Come join in the neighbourhood fun!

Monday, October 30
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting Toddlers and  Preschoolers  

(1 - 5 years)

In this interactive series, the focus is on understanding the unique challenges parents of children under age 5 encounter as their children move through the toddler and preschool years. Topics include but are not limited to: effective communication, the link between behaviour and temperament, understanding child development, having appropriate behavioral expectations, and responding to children’s misbehaviour in ways that promote growth and self regulation. Responding to temper tantrums, coping with separation anxiety, teaching social skills such as sharing and turn taking are a few examples of topics that can be included.

Mondays, September 25 to November 6

To register, contact: 778-782-3548 or infochild@sfu.ca

Monday, October 30
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This second class will teach making a budget, applying multiplication and division formulas, and
making a chart or graph from a spreadsheet. The first class is Monday, October 23 10:30-12:30.

Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using computer, keyboard and mouse.

This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for classes begins on Monday,
September 25 at 10:00am. Please register in person at Tommy Douglas, or call 604-522-3971. This
class is held in the Tommy Douglas computer lab.

Monday, October 30
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: walkers to 2 ½ years

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories. Perfect for busy toddlers!

No registration required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information, call 604-421-5454.

Mondays, September 18 to November 20
*No session October 9 - Thanksgiving*

Monday, October 30th
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Ages 4 to 12 years old

Make your very own pet ghosts and more at this Spooktacular Halloween Makerspace event!

This free program is drop-in.Caregivers are required to accompany children 10 and under.

Monday, October 30
6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

This workshop is designed to help family caregivers who are considering residential care options for a person with dementia.  General information will be provided on how to access residential care in the community, as well as a review of some important considerations when choosing a facility.  The session will also explore the challenges families face when making decisions about residential care, and how to review some strategies for preparing for the transition. This is a FREE program, but pre-registration is required.  To register call the Alzheimer Society of BC at 604-298-0780 or email info.burnaby@alzheimerbc.org


Tuesday, October 31
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: 1 and 2 years.

Join us for a Halloween themed Storytime! Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers!

The first 15 minutes is a time to settle in, look at books with your child, play, and meet other families.

No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Tuesdays, October 10 to November 14

For more information, call 604-522-3971.


Tuesday, October 31
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: newborn to pre-walkers.

Lap bounces, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, for babies and the adults who love them!

The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families.

No registration is required. Come early - space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information, call 604-436-5420.

Tuesdays, September 26 to November 15

Tuesday, October 31
10:10 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting in the Middle Years (6 - 12 years)

Tuesdays, October 3 to November 7

This is a supportive and educational series for parents of children ages 6 to 12 years. Understanding middle childhood development, encouraging social-emotional competency, responding to school and family life challenges, fostering positive peer relationships, communicating effectively, understanding temperament, and strategies for effective, positive discipline in the middle years will be covered. Parenting styles and coping with the stresses and strains of parenting will also be included.  The goal of this series is to provide parents with a forum to learn, to share and to discuss information and strategies to enrich their parenting experience.


Contact 778.782.3548  or infochld@sfu.ca