Events & Programs

Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, November 30
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

November is National Novel Writing month! 

Get inspired. Write the first chapter of your novel. Win prizes.
For Teens in grades 8 – 12.

Submission Deadline November 30.

Click here for full contest rules and entry guidelines.

Questions? Contact Rachel, Teen Services Librarian, at 604-297-4809 or email me.

Wednesdays, October 1 - November 12
10:45 am to 11:30 am

Age: Walkers to under 3 years

Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading - perfect for busy toddlers! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 11:00. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information call: 604-522-3971

Thursdays, October 2 to November 13
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Age: Newborn to pre-walkers

Songs, tickles, stories, and lap games - perfect for little tiny babies! The first 15 minutes is set aside for families to settle in, look at books together, and meet other families. Please arrive no later than 1:45. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

For more information call: 604-522-3971

Thursday, October 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A resume is a powerful tool in your job search that can lead to your job search success. Come to a free resume clinic presented by the Skills Connect for Immigrants Program in partnership with Burnaby Public Library. If you would like to have valuable feedback on your resume, please bring a copy with you. We will review your resume and make recommendations that will make it a powerful job search tool.

Space is limited for this free workshop. Please call 604-298-4720 to register or email

Thursday, October 2
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

And the River Still SingsJoin best-selling author Chris Czajkowski for an engaging talk and slideshow. Chris says about her latest memoir, And The River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller's Journey:

[It] is a review of all my wilderness adventures, starting with my childhood in England (where I would sneak out before sunrise to hear the nightingales sing, much to the horror of my mother who felt lack of sleep meant I would not be awake enough for school – and she was right!) and going through my decade of pack-packing and working around the world. I was always a loner and gravitated to wild country wherever I went: I travelled to 36 different countries and, including Canada, have lived in six.

I arrived in Canada in 1979 as a cow milker, but after two years in the east Okanagan, I high-tailed it to the Chilcotin where I have lived these last 33 years. I have built six dwellings in all, the first at Lonesome Lake not far from Bella Coola, about which period of my life I wrote Cabin at Singing River. Then I moved to Nuk Tessli, and finally Ginty Creek. I'm not going to tell you the end of the book, you will have to read it yourself!

Chris Czajkowski

Among her 10 other books is Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog, which is being reissued in a 10th anniversary edition.

This is a free event, but space is limited. Register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.

This event is part of a series of Adventure & History at McGill:

Mondays, October 6 to November 17
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parenting toddlers and preschoolers (18months - 4 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.

Optional childcare is provided. Pre-Registration is required - space is limited. Register in-person at library front desk or call 604.436.5420

Monday, October 6
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Would you like to spend an evening exploring the healing power of human connection through a gentle introduction to netweaving and creative expression? Bridge for Health and Burnaby Public Library present this free workshop by authentic leader and facilitator Laura Mack, and therapeutic art facilitator Kat Thorsen.

Laura Mack is a business consultant, facilitator and writer. She has a broad understanding of both the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurial life as well as the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with "netweaving," actively connecting those with similar interests and activities. She also is a volunteer facilitator of restorative justice with the North Shore Restorative Justice Society. 

Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is a Vancouver artist, craftivist and therapeutic art facilitator and is passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections. Kat facilitates arts and crafts workshops for all ages across the Lower Mainland and coordinates Frames Film Project, an arts-based program providing life- and employment skills for local at-risk youth. She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art in 2013.

Authentic human connection is paramount to our well-being and general overall health, and we can actively seek out it out through netweaving. Netweaving is the evolution of networking, allowing for more authentic connection, genuine communication and caring interaction. During this two-hour workshop, you will open your heart and experience the healing power of interaction through netweaving exercises, hands-on tools, group discussion and gentle creative expression. You'll have an opportunity to meet some really amazing people, share what you're most passionate about, and have some fun and laughter.  

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



Tuesdays, October 7 to November 18 (6 sessions - no session November 11)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Practice your English and meet people in a friendly, relaxed environment at the Metrotown library.  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.  Please join for us this free, drop-in program.

Wednesday, October 8
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

If you’ve never used a computer and want to give it a try, this class is for you. Find out what a useful tool a computer can be – learn to use a mouse and discover what you can do with Windows.
This class is free of charge but space is limited. Registration for October classes begins on Monday October 6th  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.

Wednesday, October 8
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.

Lynda Maeve Orr of the Burnaby Village Museum will give an illustrated talk about Grace Ceperley, Florence Hart, and Alice Hart who lived on the shores of Deer Lake in the early 1900s.

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 Carousel Activity Room of the Burnaby Village Museum at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. The other lectures in this series are:

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

Living on the Waterfront: Burnaby's Crabtown & Vancouver's Blenheim Flats
Wednesday, November 5, 7-8 pm

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