Events & Programs

Monday, June 1
6:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Burnaby Food First is hosting a free session on how you can welcome bees into your gardens.

Registration is required. Please email or call 604-618-3581.

Thursday, June 4
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Celebrate Environment Week and learn about the local environment!

The Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society is pleased to present an entertaining and educational talk about the Byrne Creek watershed. Come and enjoy gorgeous photos, posters and maps, and fun stories about this urban oasis.

No registration is required for this free program, suitable for all ages.

Friday, June 5
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

BROKE--Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion---is pleased to present the documentary film White Water, Black Gold. The film is an investigative point-of-view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year-journey across Western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world's thirstiest oil industry: The Tar Sands.

The program is free, but space is limited, so please register by calling the Tommy Douglas Library at 604-522-3971.

The filmmaker, David Lavallee, will be in attendance to discuss the film, his next project and to show its trailer.

White Water, Black Gold has received the following awards: Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Winner of the Platinum Award at the Oregon Film Awards, and Winner of the John Muir Award at the Yosemite Film Festival.

Friday, June 5
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Join Sean and Billy for a free workshop where you will learn about 7 common financial mistakes the average person makes and how to overcome them. Various financial strategies will be discussed. Attendees will learn:

  • why they should not focus on how much they make but instead on how much they keep
  • how to start their retirement fund at a discount
  • strategies to minimize the biggest expense in a Canadian household
  • how a $3 coffee a day is not really a $3 coffee a day
  • how to use tax saving strategies to fast track their financial goals

Sean, a Division Director at Investors Group Financial Services, understands the value of a solid financial plan. Billy’s information will help you achieve your financial goals.  Some Cantonese or Mandarin translation is possible.

Registration is required. Please register by phoning the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch at
604-436-5400 or register online.

Saturday, June 6
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Look for Burnaby Public Library in the annual Hats Off Day Parade and come visit our booth! The Parade runs along Hastings St from Beta Ave to Boundary, 10-11 am. This year's parade theme is "Hollywood," so we'll be costumed as characters from children's books that have been made into movies, including Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz. Watch for our decorated book cart drill team choreography! Then come down to our booth, on Hastings at Ingleton, pick up a Summer Reading Club bookmark and make yourself a button.

For more information, including road closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect that day around McGill Branch, check

Harry Potter with Hedwig and Hogwarts Express book cart

Tuesdays, July 7 to August 25
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Calling all builders! Kids ages 5 –12 are invited to drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to play with the library's extensive LEGO collection. Moms and dads can join the fun too!

No registration required. Come early: space is limited.

Adults must accompany children younger than 10.

Tuesday, June 9th
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

E-Books To GoHave a mobile device (smartphone, iPod Touch, tablet) or an e-reader or laptop? Did you know you can get e-books, audiobooks, and apps for FREE... through your library! Just in time for summer travels. Come learn how, in this demonstration session.

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

Tuesday, June 9
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Three Souls, by Janie ChangThree Souls by Janie Chang is a captivating tale of romance and revolution set in China in 1935.  The Ghost of a young woman named Leiyin watches her own funeral from above, distressed that she has been denied entry to the afterlife.  Beside her are three souls: the rational yang, the impulsive yin, and the wise hun who tell her that to enter the afterlife she must make amends. Leiyin revisits her life in a desperate bid to make amends, and to understand herself and what she was willing to sacrifice for love and freedom.

Janie Chang is a Canadian novelist and a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.  Born in Taiwan, she now lives in Burnaby.  In her writing, Janie draws upon family history. She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals, and about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War. 

Three Souls is her first novel. It was longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

 Free, but space is limited. Please register online, in person at the Metrotown First Floor Information Desk, or phone 604-436-5410.

Monday & Tuesday, June 15 & 16 (2 sessions)
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Burnaby Public Library and MOSAIC are presenting a free two-day workshop on preparing for the Canadian citizenship test. Classes are in English with Mandarin support. It will cover topics such as Canadian geography, economics, history, government, voting, rights and responsabilities, culture, symbols, and a lot more.

Registration for this workshop is required. To register please call Tim Chow at 604-435-8214 or email, or register online

Wednesday, June 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Getting yourself ready to enter into the work field can be a stressful process. While having the right education and work experience is a good start, how can you market yourself effectively and know what your potential employers are really looking for? A free and informative program presented by Training Innovations in partnership with Burnaby Public Library, this workshop will address key attitudes, skills and job qualifictions BC employers have identified to be important in today's competitive job market and highlight personally relevant techniques, communication and interpersonal skills to help you stand out in your job search and succeed in your chosen career.

The following will also be covered:

  • Job qualifications
  • Canadian industry knowledge, resources and standards
  • Communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace
  • Continuing education and career advancement in the workplace

This workshop is free, but registration is required. You can register online, in person or by phone: 604-299-8955.