Reading & Literary

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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
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 25, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm

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 us to discuss At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. 
 

While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into his father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening. 

Drop in! No registration required. Simply read the book before the meeting and come on out!

Location:
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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
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, May 2, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm
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, May 9, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm

Join us for a cup of tea and a lively discussion! Next Meeting: Thursday May 11th from 2:30pm–3:30pm All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. This month we’re reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. 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 newAfternoon 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.

Free, no registration required.

Location:
Thursday, May 11, 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, May 16, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm

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
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, May 23, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm

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

Join us for an interesting book club discussion on The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma:

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, 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, the 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. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

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

Location:
Thursday, June 15, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for an interesting book club discussion on H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald:

As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H. White’s tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White’s struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

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

Location:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm