Events & Programs

Fridays, July 17 to August 14
3:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Program Registration Full:
The following information is archived for pre-registered parents and children only.

Reading Buddies

2 sessions: 3:30 - 4:15 pm OR 5:00- 5:45 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 Metrotown Library starting June 1st.

Children must be going into grade 2, 3 or 4 in September.

Questions? Please phone the Metrotown Branch Library at 604-436-5420 for more information.

Tuesdays, July 21 to August 18
7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Age: 2 ½ and up

Join us for songs and stories and an activity!

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

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Wednesdays, July 22 to August 19
10:15 am to 10:45 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

Wednesdays, July 22 to August 19
11:15 am to 11:45 am

Age: Newborn to walking

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories.

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

For more information call: 604-421-5454

Saturdays, July 25 to August 29
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Age: Newborn to 2 ½ years

Join us for lively stories, rhymes and songs for infants and their dads, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. No registration is required. Enthusiastic siblings are welcome.

For more information call: 604-436-5420

Friday, July 31
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Instruction, board games, snacks and pizza will be provided. For youth grades 6 - 9.

The event is free, all you need to do is register online or at any BPL Information Desk.

Questions? Ask any BPL information desk or contact Teen
Services Librarian Rachel (604-297-4809) or email me.

Tuesday, August 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Burnaby Public Library and Bridge for Health are presenting this workshop. Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events (i.e. difficult child delivery, loss of a loved one, divorce, etc.). Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga upon the recommendation of their health care providers in order to cultivate, "the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyperarousal, and to separate past from present (Dr. Bessell van de Kolk)." Traumatic stressors can result in chronic pain, disordered eating addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Trauma-informed yoga can help by introducing better coping skills, and helping to connect to the present moment. In this 2 hour lecture you will learn more about how yoga can be used to empower trauma survivors to live connected and embodied lives.

Nicole Marcia, MA, E-RYT 500, our guest speaker, has been a yoga teacher, therapist, and trainer since 2004. In 2009, she was awarded a master's degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. Nicole is the director of training of Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations, and a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and Langara College Continuing Studies.

Everyone is welcome but registration is required. To register, call 604-436-5400 or register online.

Wednesdays, August 5 to 26
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Ages 5 to 12 with an adult who will help build

We’re crazy about building with cardboard and paper! Drop in to make newspaper forts, marble mazes, a giant cardboard camera, and the best photo op EVER!
We’ll use cutting knives and hot glue guns, so every family team must have an adult who will participate.
No registration required. Come early: space is limited.

Wednesday, August 5
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

For years, books and comics have inspired movies. Each week we’ll watch a movie from one of the last six decades.

Holes - 2003

2 pm, 117  minutes
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
Common Sense Media Rating:  10 up

Caregivers must accompany children 10 and under.
No registration required, but space is limited.

Wednesday, August 5
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Pop up library Come visit Burnaby Public Library's booth at the Wesburn Family Fair, hosted by Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services!  We're going to have a Pop-Up Library with material for all ages that you can browse and borrow, as well as a craft that the whole family will enjoy.  This event is free and there'll be other fun activity stations, a wading pool, hot dogs, and more!

Questions?  Call Kelsey, Community Outreach Librarian at 604-436-5426 or email us.