Discussing & Connecting

Discuss and connect with others in the community.

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales! We’re posting the pages of a story throughout local parks and trails, creating an interactive literacy experience for families! Join a children’s librarian as we walk through the story, or venture out on your own to read the story as you explore the park or trail.

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141 for information.

Viewlynn Park is located at 2555 Viewlynn Drive, North Vancouver, BC.

Stories only available during the times posted above.

Location:
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Come learn about the North Shore’s old-growth forests and where to find them!

Biologist David Cook will explore what an old-growth forest is and  how it has very different ecology and structure to a second-growth forest. Learn where the remaining fragments of old-growth forest can be found on the North Shore as well as how those fragments survived logging, and why some isolated and lonely veteran trees were left when others were clear-cut. You’ll learn how to identify an old-growth forest and veteran trees!

Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175

Location:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Come tell us all about your recent reads and share with other book lovers!

Have you read a book that you want to rave (or rant) about? Looking for suggestions about what to read from others in the community?

Come to one, some, or all of our drop-in Bring Your Own Book Club sessions this summer! You can discuss books you’ve read as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, or any book at all. If you’re able to, bring the book(s) that you are reading so others can see what you’re talking about and maybe even browse a few pages!

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in  libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Join us for lively discussions with Moderator Reema Faris!

  • Monday, June 10 
    What are the strengths and weaknesses of the idea of family as a building block of society? Can we envision a different sort of social structure? 
  • NEW DATE: Monday, July 29
    The role of utopia: can we envision a better future? 
  • Monday, September 9
    What does knowledge mean and how is it produced? Why and how does our contemporary society value different forms of knowledge?
  • Monday, October 7
    Are you a critical thinker or are you a contrarian? What's the difference between the two and how does this distinction impact political polarization in Canada?
  • Monday, November 4
    Does critical thinking play a role in your voting choices or is it all about your heart?
  • Monday, December 2
    How do the genres of autobiography and fiction cross over? What are your expectations when reading a person's life story?

Reema Faris is a Ph.D student with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her research focuses on popular culture and feminism. An MA in Graduate Liberal Studies (SFU 2015), she holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia (1983) and MBA from the University of Toronto (1990). 

No registration required. Drop in! 

Location:
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Thank you for your interest in Brews and Books. Please note this session is now full. Interested in more events like this? Register for another one of our Brews & Books events this summer!

 

Join us at Bridge Brewing to hear the authors of the picture book The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain: The True Adventures of Coola and Grinder talk about our very own local grizzlies who live on Grouse Mountain!

Bridge Brewing Company
1448 Charlotte Rd, North Vancouver
7:00pm-8:30pm 

Authors Shelly Hrdlitschka and Rae Schidlo together with illustrator Linda Sharp will give an engaging talk about grizzlies, and Cooler and Grinder in particular. Adults over 19 can enjoy a cold local brew but readers of every age can partake in the talk and Bridge’s delicious menu items. Books will be available for purchase. Seating is limited and may be standing room only. If you’d like food or drinks, please arrive between 7:00pm-7:30pm.

Location:
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales! We’re posting the pages of a story throughout local parks and trails, creating an interactive literacy experience for families! Join a children’s librarian as we walk through the story, or venture out on your own to read the story as you explore the park or trail.

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141 for information.

Parkgate Plaza is located at 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver, BC.

Stories only available during the times posted above. 

Location:
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a lively and free-ranging discussion of current world affairs with facilitator Michael Wood. 

There seems to be no end to world-wide drama. Brexit marches forward, with no one quite sure where they are going; Donald Trump might end up playing checkers with Bernie Madoff; Mexico has elected a left-leaning populist President; Brazil has elected a right-leaning populist President; Venezuela might actually disappear; Pakistan is headed to the IMF (again); China & India are both stirring; And it looks like the Middle East could have an Arab Autumn. 

Join us for a lively discussion of current events on the world scene!

No registration required! Drop in!

Location:
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Documentaries and discussions! Come watch a short documentary and then stay to discuss it. We’re viewing documentaries about social, cultural, political, scientific or environmental issues. 

Upcoming dates:

Saturday August 3 at 2pm - Caregivers Club
A candid and intimate portrait of three caregivers, each taking care of a spouse or patient with dementia.
 
 
Saturday August 24 at 2pm Skinhead
Brad  was a white 18-year-old punk, in and out of trouble with the law, a street brawler already in his fourth high school, a kid without direction and a prime target for a neo-Nazi recruiter promising comradeship in a gang of “like-minded” men, a place where Brad could finally find what he wanted most: belonging.  Skinhead tells Brad’s story — how he spent 13 years in “the movement,” climbing the ranks from skinhead rabble-rouser to the Canadian boss for an ultra-violent US gang called Volksfront.

 Drop in! There is no registration required but if you'd like to sign up to receive emails and program materials in advance of each session, please click "Register" and provide an email address. 

Location:
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join local resident Wayne Smith for some casual Barber-Shop style singing. Wayne will provide lyrics and music for popular songs, mostly from the 40s and 50s, and will provide piano accompaniment.

Free. No registration required. For more info, call 604-929-3727 ext. 8166.

Location:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join us to view lectures and discuss this ongoing MOOC (massive open online course) on Anthropology of Current World Issues. This course will allow you to better understand the world around you through utilising the anthropological lens. You will learn about the way in which anthropology as a discipline can shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and material culture.

The course wants to challenge you to reflect on your own perspective when thinking about these issues, how you see the world, and how we all engage with difference and sameness on a daily basis.

Instructors will interview notable anthropologists and follow some around the world and into their field to explore the issues, the people they work with, and their place in the world.

You’ll learn:

  • The basic skills of the anthropological toolkit
  • How to better understand cultural differences and sameness
  • How to better engage in cultural comparison
  • How to see the world from a range of perspectives and points of view
  • How to understand key anthropological concepts and methods
  • A knowledge and understanding of current world issues relating to identity, power and everyday life as experienced in a variety of places by a variety of people

No previous MOOC experience required and no need to commit to the whole course! We will start the course on August 6 and move through it chronologically for approximately 10 weeks, but you are free to jump in at any point!

Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come tell us all about your recent reads and share with other book lovers!

Have you read a book that you want to rave (or rant) about? Looking for suggestions about what to read from others in the community?

Come to one, some, or all of our drop-in Bring Your Own Book Club sessions this summer! You can discuss books you’ve read as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, or any book at all. If you’re able to, bring the book(s) that you are reading so others can see what you’re talking about and maybe even browse a few pages!

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales! We’re posting the pages of a story throughout local parks and trails, creating an interactive literacy experience for families! Join a children’s librarian as we walk through the story, or venture out on your own to read the story as you explore the park or trail.

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141 for information.

Kirkstone Park is located at 2300 Kirkstone Road, North Vancouver, BC.

Stories only available during the times posted above. 

 

Location:
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join Biologist Darren Colello for an interactive presentation about Wildlife in BC!

British Columbia is home to incredibly biodiverse ecosystems. At this educational and entertaining program, Darren Colello highlights endangered species and habitats in BC. He also discusses animal behaviour and adaptations to the environment. Accompanied by stunning wildlife photography, educational videos, and archaeological biofacts, Darren will showcase many species native to this province.

About Darren

Darren has always been interested in the natural world.  He is a biologist, educator and wildlife photographer with over twenty-five years’ experience observing animals and their natural behaviours. Learn more at www.northwestwildlife.com.

Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

 

Location:
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join us to view lectures and discuss this ongoing MOOC (massive open online course) on Anthropology of Current World Issues. This course will allow you to better understand the world around you through utilising the anthropological lens. You will learn about the way in which anthropology as a discipline can shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and material culture.

The course wants to challenge you to reflect on your own perspective when thinking about these issues, how you see the world, and how we all engage with difference and sameness on a daily basis.

Instructors will interview notable anthropologists and follow some around the world and into their field to explore the issues, the people they work with, and their place in the world.

You’ll learn:

  • The basic skills of the anthropological toolkit
  • How to better understand cultural differences and sameness
  • How to better engage in cultural comparison
  • How to see the world from a range of perspectives and points of view
  • How to understand key anthropological concepts and methods
  • A knowledge and understanding of current world issues relating to identity, power and everyday life as experienced in a variety of places by a variety of people

No previous MOOC experience required and no need to commit to the whole course! We will start the course on August 6 and move through it chronologically for approximately 10 weeks, but you are free to jump in at any point!

Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever thought about sharing the memories, stories, and experiences of your life through a memoir?

Join local Wayne Smith for a monthly program to exchange storytelling tips and inspiration from fellow aspiring memoirists.  You can write to memoir prompts, share stories with others or just listen.  The program will focus on memoir writing, and will allow participants to explore different media for recording memoir, from books to audio recordings to various other multimedia.

Register online or at 604-929-3727 ext. 8166  

Location:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Geologist David Cook for a visual presentation about North Shore’s mountains!

The natural attributes of Vancouver make it one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Many have chosen it as their home on the basis of its magnificent setting. The jewel in the crown of that setting is the backdrop of spectacular mountains on the North Shore. We tend to think of those mountains as static, but in terms of geological time, the forces that created them are immense and have taken place over periods of time difficult for us to understand in relation to our short time on this Earth. This PowerPoint presentation will focus on that jewel and will attempt to put its genesis into perspective.

Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

Location:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Come tell us all about your recent reads and share with other book lovers!

Have you read a book that you want to rave (or rant) about? Looking for suggestions about what to read from others in the community?

Come to one, some, or all of our drop-in Bring Your Own Book Club sessions this summer! You can discuss books you’ve read as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, or any book at all. If you’re able to, bring the book(s) that you are reading so others can see what you’re talking about and maybe even browse a few pages!

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales! We’re posting the pages of a story throughout local parks and trails, creating an interactive literacy experience for families! Join a children’s librarian as we walk through the story, or venture out on your own to read the story as you explore the park or trail.

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141 for information.

Parkgate Plaza is located at 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver, BC.

Stories only available during the times posted above. 

Location:
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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