Reading & Literary

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Spring Break Page Turners
Tuesdays & Thursdays | March 14, 16, 21 & 23 | 10:30am-11:30am

Just for kids ages 8-12: a brand new book club where you get to pick what YOU want to read and talk about!

Join the Page Turnersfor Spring Break and have fun talking everything BOOKS. Do you have a favourite author or book you love? A favourite graphic novel or comic series you think everyone should check out? Then join us at Capilano for this Spring Break series!  The sessions will include book slams, a chance to write book reviews, some creative writing or drawing, a scavenger hunt in the library, and more!

For the first session, please bring a book of your choice (that you’ve read!) with you! 4 sessions; recommended to sign-up for a minimum of 2 sessions.

Register at 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

Location:
Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am

Join the Armchair Detective Society: a Book Club for Mystery Lovers

Next Meeting:
Thursday, March 23 at Capilano Library from 3:00pm—4:00pm
We’re discussing the novels of ANN CLEEVES.

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.  This month we will be reading the novels of Ann Cleeves, award-winning creator of  the DI Vera Stanhope series set in Northumberland and the DI Jimmy Perez series set in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands...
You can choose one or more of her books to read from the library collection. 

For further information, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.  

Location:
Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Let’s Talk Canada Reads everyday from March 27 to March 30! 

Come join us for a discussion of the Canada Reads books. In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite Canadian book.

One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year. We will listen to the panelists via CBC podcasts, then have our own discussion about the books. Come on out to join us for the discussions!

For full detail on the books and their defenders, see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Monday, March 27, 2017 -
11:30am to 1:00pm

Let’s Talk Canada Reads everyday from March 27 to March 30! 

Come join us for a discussion of the Canada Reads books. In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite Canadian book.

One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year. We will listen to the panelists via CBC podcasts, then have our own discussion about the books. Come on out to join us for the discussions!

For full detail on the books and their defenders, see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
11:30am to 1:00pm

Stories are the result of what happens in a writing workshop environment, learning to discover one’s inner voice. Attend this FREE creative writing group!

Join Una Bruhns and Deborah Kelly in a Creative Writing Adventure. Encourage your creativity through prompts, stories, vignettes, poems, musings and haiku. Learn to translate your inner voice into the printed word by writing from slices of your lives and everyday life experiences.  All levels welcome.

Bring paper, pen and any creative work you would like to share.

This is a drop-in program.

Location:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Let’s Talk Canada Reads everyday from March 27 to March 30! 

Come join us for a discussion of the Canada Reads books. In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite Canadian book.

One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year. We will listen to the panelists via CBC podcasts, then have our own discussion about the books. Come on out to join us for the discussions!

For full detail on the books and their defenders, see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
11:30am to 1:00pm

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every other week at Parkgate Library to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

Join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award! The Club meets twice a month to discuss the nominated titles, conduct experiments, write reviews and more, and then votes for their favourite books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8 
  • March 29 
  • April 12
  • April 26

*No sessions during Spring Break. Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
3:45pm to 4:30pm

Join us for a discussion of this interesting book set in Italy shortly after the Second World War.

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.

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Location:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Let’s Talk Canada Reads everyday from March 27 to March 30! 

Come join us for a discussion of the Canada Reads books. In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite Canadian book.

One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year. We will listen to the panelists via CBC podcasts, then have our own discussion about the books. Come on out to join us for the discussions!

For full detail on the books and their defenders, see http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
11:30am to 1:00pm

Drop-in to a FREE lively discussion about this wonderful book! We're talking about The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. 

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990's Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture. 

For information, call  604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm
A new session of Book Buddies starts April 4! 
 
Book Buddies is a one-on-one reading mentoring program for children aged 6 to 11. It is especially useful for those who could benefit from some extra support and encouragement.
 
Children meet weekly with a trained teen volunteer to read aloud to each other, choose books to take home, and do literacy activities.
 
Please call or come in to get more information, or to register your child for nine, half-hour sessions. 
 
Registration required. Register at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm

Come join us for a special talk about the Battle of Vimy Ridge!

April 9, 2017 is the 100thAnniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a turning point in World War I.  Walter Draycott, North Vancouver pioneer and historian, was a topographer at Vimy Ridge and recorded the events in his diary. 

Join author and military historian Hugh Brewster and NVMA Archivist Janet Turner for an evening commemorating the anniversary with a discussion of the Battle and Draycott’s participation. Come by to view Draycott’s diaries, maps and more, as well as time to ask questions! This program is for all ages who would like to learn more about WWI, or who are interested in Canada’s military history, and local history.

Register online by clicking "REGISTER" above, or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Presented in partnership with North Vancouver Museum and Archives, and The Writers' Union of Canada. 

Location:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Drop-in to a FREE lively discussion about this wonderful book! We're talking about Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. 
 

2015 Giller Prize Winner, Fifteen Dogs, is a convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic.

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

Location:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Join us for a celebration of Canadian literature brought to you by your North Shore public libraries – North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and West Vancouver Memorial – as well as by the North Shore News.
 
Enjoy headlining authors Deborah Campbell, Anosh Irani with JJ Lee, and Zoe Whittall with Shaena Lambert. Click here to find out more about the 2017 Schedule. 
The 18th annual event takes place over two-days and offers literary lovers and hundreds of festival-goers a host of events including a Local Author’s Book Fair, a Literary Trivia Night, and inspiring author readings. The festival is capped off by a free reception to celebrate not only our presenters, but the greater North Shore Literary community and Writer’s Association.
 
Location:
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:30pm to Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every other week at Parkgate Library to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

Join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award! The Club meets twice a month to discuss the nominated titles, conduct experiments, write reviews and more, and then votes for their favourite books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8 
  • March 29 
  • April 12
  • April 26

*No sessions during Spring Break. Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
3:45pm to 4:30pm

Join us for an interesting book club discussion about Birdie, by Tracey Lindberg:

Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Call 604-987-4471 ext. 8175 for more information.

Location:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

The story of a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one-and that exception becomes the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: mother and dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons.

Join us of Thursday, April 20th for a discussion on this fascinating family drama. 

Location:
Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Join us for a cup of tea and a lively discussion!
 
This month we’re reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. At this meeting, we’ll select our next book!
 
Whether you are well-seasoned in Book Clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our new Afternoon Tea Book Club at Parkgate Library. We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to show up ready for a good discussion.
 
For further information, contact Paul (paul@nvdpl.ca)
Location:
Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

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

Stories are the result of what happens in a writing workshop environment, learning to discover one’s inner voice. Attend this FREE creative writing group!

Join Una Bruhns and Deborah Kelly in a Creative Writing Adventure. Encourage your creativity through prompts, stories, vignettes, poems, musings and haiku. Learn to translate your inner voice into the printed word by writing from slices of your lives and everyday life experiences.  All levels welcome.

Bring paper, pen and any creative work you would like to share.

This is a drop-in program.

Location:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every other week at Parkgate Library to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

Join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award! The Club meets twice a month to discuss the nominated titles, conduct experiments, write reviews and more, and then votes for their favourite books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8 
  • March 29 
  • April 12
  • April 26

*No sessions during Spring Break. Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
3:45pm to 4:30pm
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 for an interesting book club discussion on Fifteen Dogs, by Andre Alexis:

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Call 604-987-4471 ext. 8175 for more information.

Location:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for an interesting book club discussion on The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill.

When Keita, a boy on the island of Zantoroland is targeted for his father’s outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family’s survival. He escapes into Freedom State—a wealthy island nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders in the community of AfricTown. Keita can stay safe only if he keeps moving and eludes the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death. As Keita surfaces from time to time to earn cash prizes by running local road races, he has to assess whether the people he meets are friends or enemies. Keita’s very existence in Freedom State is illegal. As he trains in secret, eluding capture, the stakes keep getting higher. Soon, he is running not only for his life, but for his sister’s life, too. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Call 604-987-4471 ext. 8175 for more information.

 

Location:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

Stories are the result of what happens in a writing workshop environment, learning to discover one’s inner voice. Attend this FREE creative writing group!

Join Una Bruhns and Deborah Kelly in a Creative Writing Adventure. Encourage your creativity through prompts, stories, vignettes, poems, musings and haiku. Learn to translate your inner voice into the printed word by writing from slices of your lives and everyday life experiences.  All levels welcome.

Bring paper, pen and any creative work you would like to share.

This is a drop-in program.

Location:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

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