Discussing & Connecting

Discuss and connect with others in the community.

Join us for great coffee and great discussions!

Whether you are well-seasoned in Book Clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our new Morning Coffee Book Club at Lynn Valley Library. We’ll supply the coffee; you just have to show up ready for a good discussion! 

This month, we’re chatting about Ruth Ozeki's, A Tale for the Time Being. Please read the book before the meeting.

See a staff member for help finding this title!

For further information or to sign-up, contact David: milnerd@nvdpl.ca

Location:
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Join us at Lynn Valley Library for a live web cast of the TED 2017 Conference: The Future You. Watch sessions live with other community members and enjoy refreshments. All sessions are free and no registration is required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
We're streaming TED all week long, Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28 at our various branches. See our event program  for presentor and program details!
 
 
 

 


 


 

Location:
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:15am to Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Come out to join us...we’re Talking TED Talks at the Library.

Enjoy viewing and discussing individual TED Talks at Parkgate Library with other community members. Local resident Oliver Hung will be facilitating the first several sessions.

Check out the schedule:

  • January 9: Dan Gilbert's “The Surprising Art of Happiness”
  • January 23: Daniel Kahneman's “The Riddle of Experience vs Memory”
  • February 27: Ken Robinson's “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
  • March 13: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “The Danger of a Single Story”
  • March 27: Hans Rosling's “The Best Stats You've Ever Seen”
  • April 10: Susan Cain's “The Power of Introverts”
  • April 24: David Autor's “Will Automation Take Away Our Jobs?”
  • May 8: Brave Brown's “The Power of Vulnerability”
  • June 12: Pamela Meyer's “How to Spot a Liar”
  • June 26: Kang Lee's “Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?”
  • July 10: Dan Pink's “The Puzzle of Motivation”

Register at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Come practice your English language skills in a fun group of other new speakers.
 
Meet new people, learn English, and have fun! This program is presented in partnership with the Bahá’ís of North Vancouver.
 
Register at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 or call for more information.
Location:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Do you like to experiment with new recipes and chat about your experiences? Come Cook the Books with us and test out the best recipes!
 
Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 26 at Capilano Library from 2:00pm—3:00pm
 
Join us as we discuss the cookbook Real Food, Real Good, by Michael Smith. 
 
All are welcome to join us for this drop-in club— there’s no registration required.
 
Get together with your fellow food-enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test! Every month we’ll select a new cookbook from the NVDPL collection and you pick the recipe (or two!) you’d like to try out. At the next meeting, you’ll share your experience with the recipe: what worked, what didn't? Did you have difficulty with any of the ingredients? What would you do next time to make it better? Did it BOMB or is it now in your Favourites File? The Cookbook of the Month will be available at Capilano Library for you to photocopy the recipes you’d like to try— just ask at the Information Desk!
 
For more information contact Carys: brownc@nvdpl.ca
Location:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Have you read, watched, listened to or thought about anything recently that inspires you enough to share and discuss with others? Local issue you’d like to chew over with other locals? 
 
Drop by for a group discussion!
 
For information, please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Join the Armchair Detective Society: a Book Club for Mystery Lovers
 
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 27 at Capilano Library from 3:00pm—4:00pm


This month we will be reading the novels of Laurie King, specifically her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. The first book “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” begins the adventure: In 1915, young Mary Russell meets Sherlock Holmes on the Sussex Downs, and becomes his apprentice-in-crime. You can choose one or more of her books in this series to read from the library collection. 

This drop in book club is for anyone who loves a good mystery and who also loves talking about them!  Each month we will read the works of a specific mystery writer. 

For further information, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.  
Location:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us on Fridays for Family Fun Time!
 
Drop in to our open room for games, music and general play time. Parents, relatives and caregivers are welcome! We’re opening up our space for you to use as your very own lounge room on Friday mornings.
 
No registration required! Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 for information. 
Location:
Friday, April 28, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us to talk about My Brilliant Friend  by Elena Ferrante!

Beginning in the 1950s in Naples, this is the story of the friendship between Elena and Lila. The world these two friends inhabit is small, casually violent, and confined to the poor neighbourhood where they grow up. This book is fierce, intense, highly emotional and utterly captivating. There’s nothing else like it.

No registration required- simply drop in if you've read the book! 

 

Location:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join us every Wednesday for a brand new MOOC course from UBC—Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science Part 1.

Starting on February 15, Parkgate Library will begin showing lectures the UBC MOOC, Chinese Thought:  Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science – Part 1.  We’ll meet every Wednesday, except for the fourth Wednesday of the month, and the program will run for as long as it takes to complete the lectures (estimated completion time 2 to 3 months). Depending on how well participants receive this MOOC, we will continue with Part 2 when we wrap up with Part 1.

Massive online courses, or MOOCs, are free courses offered by universities and other post-secondary institutions, and open to anyone. Join other community members at the library every Wednesday to view and discuss lectures.  If you are unable to attend the first lecture, or will need to miss lectures, no problem — you can catch up from your own, or from the Library’s computers.  Call us to find out how, and to register, at 604 929 3727, ext. 8166. Or, register online.

Location:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us to talk about H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. 

When her father dies and Helen is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. A book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love.

No registration required- simply drop in if you've read the book! 

Location:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us on Fridays for Family Fun Time!
 
Drop in to our open room for games, music and general play time. Parents, relatives and caregivers are welcome! We’re opening up our space for you to use as your very own lounge room on Friday mornings.
 
No registration required! Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 for information. 
Location:
Friday, May 5, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us on Saturday May 6 for a TALK and a WALK. We're showing the film Powerground, by local writer and filmmaker Trevor Carolan, followed by a walk in the local forest, guided by David Cook. 

Filmmaker Trevor Carolan will introduce the film, and following the screening, we'll discuss some of the topics and issues raised in the film. The day will finish with a walk to nearby Roche Point Forest, guided by local biologist David Cook. 

We’ll start the day with coffee, tea and snacks, and a light lunch will be provided.    

Register online by clicking "REGISTER" above or by calling 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 

 

Powerground: the Life and Breath of the World, by Trevor Carolan

Acclaimed Cascadian writers and ecologists rethink how we can win back the Earth in a time of Eco-crisis

Climate change, global warming, deforestation—with so many conflicting messages, has the millennial generation already heard enough about the environmental crisis? Many are confused and wonder if it has simply gotten too complicated to win back the Earth. This documentary film faces up to the sea of chatter. Narrator and director Dr. Trevor Carolan works with an international network of writers, ecologists and planners of sustainable communities. They join him in sharing critical ideas about eco-interconnectedness and the power of place—the concept Nobel Prize economic laureate Jeffrey Sachs argues is “the emerging meta-narrative for the 21st century.” These visionaries have stories to tell about their relationship with the land, showing how language and literature, songs and poetry, bring us close to the truth of a place and its problems. That place is North America’s west coast bioregion, Cascadia.

 

Roche Point Forest is part of the historic Roche Point Creek Watershed, a rich and unique wildlife area, and an integral part of the Cates Wildlife Corridor, containing old-growth Douglas-firs, one of which is used by bald eagles for nesting. Apart from Lighthouse Park, Roche Point Forest (a tiny portion of which has been designated as park land) is the only remaining low-elevation old-growth area on the North Shore. 

David’s focus for the walk will be on the area’s old-growth characteristics. The walk will begin and end at the library, and take just over an hour to complete.

Location:
Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Come out to join us...we’re Talking TED Talks at the Library.

Enjoy viewing and discussing individual TED Talks at Parkgate Library with other community members. Local resident Oliver Hung will be facilitating the first several sessions.

Check out the schedule:

  • January 9: Dan Gilbert's “The Surprising Art of Happiness”
  • January 23: Daniel Kahneman's “The Riddle of Experience vs Memory”
  • February 27: Ken Robinson's “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
  • March 13: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “The Danger of a Single Story”
  • March 27: Hans Rosling's “The Best Stats You've Ever Seen”
  • April 10: Susan Cain's “The Power of Introverts”
  • April 24: David Autor's “Will Automation Take Away Our Jobs?”
  • May 8: Brave Brown's “The Power of Vulnerability”
  • June 12: Pamela Meyer's “How to Spot a Liar”
  • June 26: Kang Lee's “Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?”
  • July 10: Dan Pink's “The Puzzle of Motivation”

Register at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Monday, May 8, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Have you read, watched, listened to or thought about anything recently that inspires you enough to share and discuss with others? Local issue you’d like to chew over with other locals? 

Drop by for a group discussion!

For information, please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:15pm

Join us every Wednesday for a brand new MOOC course from UBC—Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science Part 1.

Starting on February 15, Parkgate Library will begin showing lectures the UBC MOOC, Chinese Thought:  Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science – Part 1.  We’ll meet every Wednesday, except for the fourth Wednesday of the month, and the program will run for as long as it takes to complete the lectures (estimated completion time 2 to 3 months). Depending on how well participants receive this MOOC, we will continue with Part 2 when we wrap up with Part 1.

Massive online courses, or MOOCs, are free courses offered by universities and other post-secondary institutions, and open to anyone. Join other community members at the library every Wednesday to view and discuss lectures.  If you are unable to attend the first lecture, or will need to miss lectures, no problem — you can catch up from your own, or from the Library’s computers.  Call us to find out how, and to register, at 604 929 3727, ext. 8166. Or, register online.

Location:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for a lively conversation about this fascinating novel.

This is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, four brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact--both tragic and redemptive--will transcend the lives and imaginations of the book's characters and readers.

No registration required. Join us if you've read the book! 

Location:
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join us at the Capilano Library for an evening with local author Shelley O’Callaghan.

Shelley will discuss her newly published book How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake, a memoir that takes the reader through a summer at the lake, from the opening of the cabin in the spring to its close-up at Thanksgiving. It weaves tales of the family with the history of the area going back to early indigenous settlements, and ponders the essence of a family retreat and the importance of going beneath the surface of that which we cherish in life. O’Callaghan unveils her devotion to a place that has nurtured five generations of her family. The importance of family traditions and the family’s connection with the environment resonates throughout the book. She finds herself questioning the role her family has played in the recognition of indigenous people’s relationship to the land. 

How Deep is the Lake will be available for sale and signing.

Register online by clicking "REGISTER" above or at 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

Location:
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us on Fridays for Family Fun Time!
 
Drop in to our open room for games, music and general play time. Parents, relatives and caregivers are welcome! We’re opening up our space for you to use as your very own lounge room on Friday mornings.
 
No registration required! Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 for information. 
Location:
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us every Wednesday for a brand new MOOC course from UBC—Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science Part 1.

Starting on February 15, Parkgate Library will begin showing lectures the UBC MOOC, Chinese Thought:  Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science – Part 1.  We’ll meet every Wednesday, except for the fourth Wednesday of the month, and the program will run for as long as it takes to complete the lectures (estimated completion time 2 to 3 months). Depending on how well participants receive this MOOC, we will continue with Part 2 when we wrap up with Part 1.

Massive online courses, or MOOCs, are free courses offered by universities and other post-secondary institutions, and open to anyone. Join other community members at the library every Wednesday to view and discuss lectures.  If you are unable to attend the first lecture, or will need to miss lectures, no problem — you can catch up from your own, or from the Library’s computers.  Call us to find out how, and to register, at 604 929 3727, ext. 8166. Or, register online.

Location:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

In partnership with SFU, come join a lively discussion with moderator Oliver Hung at the Philosophers' Cafe.

Occurs every third Wednesday of the month from January to May 2017, 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the Program Room at NVDPL.

 

Wed., Jan. 18th -  Is dressing provocatively a matter of freedom or responsibility?

Wed., Feb. 15th -  How much pleasure is too much?

Wed., Mar. 15th - Why we do we regret?

Wed., Apr. 19th - How is duty created and accepted?

Wed., May 17th - Should a politician's religious beliefs be a factor in an election?

 

A drop in - free event.

For more information call 604-984-0286 EXT:8144

Location:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Join us on Fridays for Family Fun Time!
 
Drop in to our open room for games, music and general play time. Parents, relatives and caregivers are welcome! We’re opening up our space for you to use as your very own lounge room on Friday mornings.
 
No registration required! Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 for information. 
Location:
Friday, May 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm

Come out to join us...we’re Talking TED Talks at the Library.

Enjoy viewing and discussing individual TED Talks at Parkgate Library with other community members. Local resident Oliver Hung will be facilitating the first several sessions.

Check out the schedule:

  • January 9: Dan Gilbert's “The Surprising Art of Happiness”
  • January 23: Daniel Kahneman's “The Riddle of Experience vs Memory”
  • February 27: Ken Robinson's “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
  • March 13: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “The Danger of a Single Story”
  • March 27: Hans Rosling's “The Best Stats You've Ever Seen”
  • April 10: Susan Cain's “The Power of Introverts”
  • April 24: David Autor's “Will Automation Take Away Our Jobs?”
  • May 8: Brave Brown's “The Power of Vulnerability”
  • June 12: Pamela Meyer's “How to Spot a Liar”
  • June 26: Kang Lee's “Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?”
  • July 10: Dan Pink's “The Puzzle of Motivation”

Register at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Drop by the fireplace area for an informal chat with North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton.
 
All Meet Your Mayor chats take place from 10:45am—12:00pm, subject to change. Please check back prior to attending to ensure no changes have been made. 
 
No registration required. 
Location:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
10:45am to 12:00pm

Do you like to experiment with new recipes and chat about your experiences? Come Cook the Books with us and test out the best recipes!

Get together with your fellow food-enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test! Every month we’ll select a new cookbook from the NVDPL collection and you pick the recipe (or two!) you’d like to try out. At the next meeting, you’ll share your experience with the recipe: what worked, what didn't? Did you have difficulty with any of the ingredients? What would you do next time to make it better? Did it BOMB or is it now in your Favourites File? The Cookbook of the Month will be available at Capilano Library for you to photocopy the recipes you’d like to try— just ask at the Information Desk!

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 24th at Capilano Library from 2:00pm—3:00pm

Join us as we discuss the cookbook Cooking For Jeffrey, by Ina Garten.

All are welcome to join us for this drop-in club— there’s no registration required. For more information contact Carys: brownc@nvdpl.ca

Location:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

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