Events & Programs

Monday, November 3
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Would you like to learn more about spinal stability and ways that you can improve your health, performance and well-being? Come and get some free chiropractic advice and view demonstration exercises to keep you healthy and prevent injuries. Bridge for Health and the Burnaby Public Library present this free workshop by Dr. Richard Cho.

Dr. Richard Cho will be presenting information about spinal stability, with a focus on seniors. He will complete a stress survey with the audience, cover 7 easy stability exercises and complete a demo of SEMG (surface electromyography). He is a graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic and is licensed to practice chiropractic in the province of British Columbia. He is certified in the use and evaluation of x-rays and is an active isolated stretch therapist. He continues to pursue professional development in a diversity of areas including advanced foot biomechanics and orthotic therapy, knee injuries, chronic pain and spinal adjusting.

Registration is required for this event. Please register online, or call 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A safe and healthy working environment is one of the most important factors in the smooth operation of any business.  All business owners are hoping to put an end to the work related accidents, or at least effectively deal with the accidents that have occurred.  The WorkSafeBC officer will introduce you to workplace safety and the insurance knowledge that business owners need to know, as well as services provided by WorkSafeBC.

Topics include:

  • Who is WorkSafeBC?
  • How does WorkSafeBC work?
  • What do you need to know about WorkSafeBC?
  • WorkSafeBC mandate, jurisdiction, regulation and services.
  • Where to go when you need help to deal with WorkSafeBC?

Come and listen to Michael Song, Occupational Hygiene Officer, WorkSafeBC

To register for this free program please call 604-558-4909 or email



企業工作環境安全是企業順利運作的重要因素。任何業主都希望能杜絕工作意外的發生,或者有效地處理已發生的意外。卑詩省工作安全局 WorkSafeBC 的官員將為您介紹企業業主需要了解的工作安全和保險知識,以及 WorkSafeBC 提供的服務。






•当您需要工作安全局时,应该去哪里寻 求相应的帮助? 

语言: 普通话

演讲者: Michael Song, Occupational Hygiene Officer, WorkSafeBC


电话: 604-558-4909



Wednesday, November 5
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings this fall for a lively series on local history. Speakers include Burnaby Village Museum and Burnaby Archives staff, as well as local historians and environmentalists.

Local historians, Eric Damer of the Burnaby Village Museum and Terry Slack, will share their knowledge and research about these two waterfront communities in the early 1900s. The City of Burnaby Archives will provide a chronological compilation of photographs of life on the Burrard Inlet from both a personal and industrial perspective. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories of living on Burnaby's waterfront.

Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Archives, the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Public Library, the Heights Neighbourhood Association, and the Burnaby Historical Society. This talk will take place at the McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street.

Ladies of Deer Lake: the Women of Hart House & Fairacres
Wednesday, October 8, 7-8 pm

South Burnaby on Film: Home Movies From the Metrotown Area, 1930s-1960s
Wednesday, October 15, 7-8 pm

Burnaby's Waterways: the Brunette River Watershed
Wednesday, October 22, 7-8 pm

Edmonds Community History: Early History of the Area
Wednesday, October 29, 7-8 pm

Advance registration for this free event is required. Please call the Metrotown branch at 604-436-5400 or register online.

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

When & Where:

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tommy Douglas Library, 7211 Kingsway

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successfull applicants are expected to attend training.
Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Tommy Douglas Library
Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

How do I apply?

Due to the popularity of the program, only some applicants will be accepted as a Teen Reading Buddy. You must submit an application form and interview successfully before you are officially accepted into the program.

  • Application form: Please print out the teen application form [PDF], fill it in and drop it off at your local Burnaby Public Library branch. Applications should be dropped off at any Burnaby Public Library Information Desk. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 19, 2014.
  • Interview: You will be invited to a short, informal interview at the library on either Wednesday, October 8 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or Thursday, October 9 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. This is an opportunity for us to meet you and answer any questions you may have. The interviews will be done in groups.
  • Criminal record check: If you interview successfully, you will need to obtain a criminal record check at your local RCMP detachment. More information will be provided at the interview.


Please call Rachel Yaroshuk, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Thursdays, November 6 to December 4
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

What is Reading Buddies?

Reading Buddies is a reading program where teens and children are paired up for one-on-one reading in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Younger children will gain practice reading with a caring teen mentor. Teens will develop leadership experience and community involvement.

How do I sign up?

Sign up in person at Tommy Douglas Library starting September 19, 2014.

Questions? Please contact the Kathryn, Children's Librarian at the Tommy Douglas Library at 604-522-4825 or email us for more information.

Thursday, November 6
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This is a free, public workshop presented by the Burnaby Mental Health & Substance Use Advisory Committee, from the Fraser Health Authority.  A panel discussion will look at various workplace issues affecting mental wellness, and the local resources and services available to support them.

The panel will include Tara Wolf, Fraser Health Consumer & Family Involvement Worker; Mike Broderick, Fraser Health Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor; and a live-in caregiver to share their experiences.  A Q&A session will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be provided.

This is a drop-in session, no registration is required.

Fraser Health

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Learn the basics of word processing. This course will introduce the essentials of creating a document on MS Word 2007. If you have basic computer skills but are baffled by word processing, this course is for you.
Basic computer knowledge is necessary to register.
This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for November classes begins on Monday November 3rd 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.

Fridays, November 7 - 28
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Age: Birth to 18 months

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

For more information call: 604-299-8955

Wednesday, November 12
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGBC) for an information session on how to navigate the path to professional accreditation and registration with APEGBC. This workshop, with speakers from APEGBC and S.U.C.C.E.S.S., will provide an introduction to foreign trained professionals on registering with the association. Come and meet with volunteers from SUCCESS and APEGBC's Burnaby/New Westminster branch. The program breakdown is as follows:

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Registration

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM: Presentation

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Q&A

Advance registration for this FREE session is required. Register online or call the Metrotown information desk at 604-436-5400.

Wednesday, November 12
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Between - Angie Abdou Join BC author Angie Abdou in a reading from her latest novel, Between, an intriguing portrait of two women in culture clash. Vero, struggling in her marriage, hires an insightful Filipina nanny her children call LiLi. Vero insists that LiLi is part of their family, and goes to great lengths to ease her conscience. But as Vero grapples with her overextended role as a mother, LiLi silently bears the burden of a secret she left behind at home. Abdou deftly tackles the issue of international nannies by satirizing contemporary love, marriage, and parenthood when they get entangled with class, career, labour, and desire.

"There are no easy targets in Between, Angie Abdou's fiercely engaged novel... Smart and fast, both troubling and funny, Between accelerates as you read, a crisis looming all the while the idea of home holds hope. You won't see the ending coming. But it's right when it arrives." - Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park and The Blue Light Project

Angie AbdouAngie Abdou has a PhD in English literature from the University of Calgary and teaches full time at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist in the CBC's 2011 Canada Reads competition. She is also the author of The Canterbury Trail and Anything Boys Can Do. Abdou lives in Fernie, British Columbia with her husband and two young children.

Books will be available for sale at the event (cash only).

FREE but space is limited; register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.