Discussing & Connecting

Discuss and connect with others in the community.

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, November 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This program is full. Please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information- and stay tuned for upcoming MOOCs in the future! 

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. Join us to view lectures and discuss this course “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. No previous MOOC experience required.

Location:
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Drop in and stitch with some fellow knitting-enthusiasts from your community!

All are welcome, from beginners to experts. Bring your own needles and yarn, and come by our cozy Lantern Lounge for a knit and purl.

No registration required. Call 604-929-3727 ext.8166 for more information. 

Location:
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a repeat presentation of the MOOC: The Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley.

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.  Join us to view lectures and discuss this course

“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. No previous MOOC experience required.

Please register online, or, at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.


Location:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come Cook the Books with us and test out the best recipes! 

Get together with 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 recipes you’d like to try out.  At the meeting, you’ll share your experience with the recipe!

Next Meetings:

  • Cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld
    Thursday, November 22 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Parkgate Library

    Choose any of Jessica's books! The cook book Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy your Life of Virtue & Vice will be kept at the Information desk  for you to photocopy the recipes you’d like to try- just ask staff at the Information desk.
     
  • Middle Eastern Cookbooks
    Thursday, January 24 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Parkgate Library

    Choose any cookbook featuring Middle Eastern food! The cookbook Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou will be kept at the Information desk  for you to photocopy the recipes you’d like to try- just ask staff at the Information desk.

 

All are welcome to join us for this drop-in Club-there’s no registration required. Upload your pictures to Instagram with #NVDPLCookBookClub, or bring a device with pictures to show off your lovely creations!

No registration required. Drop in! For more information contact Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166

Location:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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

Next Meetings: 

 

 

For further information, contact Sara oremlands@nvdpl.ca or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

Location:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for an evening with local author Emily Wight, where she will discuss Dutch cuisine, the subject of her most recent cookbook Dutch Feast!

Emily will present photos of scrumptious Dutch food and there will be plenty of time to ask Emily questions about Dutch cooking and the recipes in her cookbook.

Emily Wight writes about food, science and motherhood, mostly, and is the author of two cookbooks: Well Fed, Flat Broke (2015) and Dutch Feast (2017), both from Arsenal Pulp Press. Most recently her work has also appeared in the anthology Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (2016) from Caitlin Press, science textbook called Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future (2017) from Oxford University Press, as well as Room Magazine, OCW, Sad Mag, and more. She is a cat hair-covered curmudgeon in stretch pants, but she will not hesitate to make you a thoughtful, lovely meal if you supply the wine.

Check Emily out on Facebook or Instagram

Location:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join local astrophysics PhD candidate Amita Kuttner for a talk on black holes!

Black holes have long captured our imagination, but rarely do we get to hear about how they actually work and what scientists are currently thinking about them. They may hold the keys to understanding many of the great mysteries in physics. Come learn about black hole history and basics, experimental evidence, as well as contemporary theories. 

Amita Kuttner grew up in North Vancouver and is completing her PhD in Astrophysics, specifically studying black holes in the early universe. Amita is a candidate for MP in Burnaby North - Seymour, and critic for Science and Innovation Policy for the Green Party of Canada. 

Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for information.

Location:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

Location:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Thank you for your interest in this program. Please note it is currently full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list. 

Join us for a special Parent-Child Mother Goose at Lynn Valley Care Centre! Seniors from the Care Centre will be singing along with families in this special and unique partnership program.

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a fun group experience that introduces babies aged 0-12 months and their caregivers to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Parents and caregivers gain skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. Infants benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication.

Space is limited. Register at the Children’s Desk or by phone: 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Location:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Do you want to have a say in how the library serves teens? Or talk about the books you like? Or do fun stuff that helps out the library (and get volunteer hours)? The Teen Advisory Group meets to do all that— and, of course, eat delicious snacks. If you’re in grades 8 to 12, you’re welcome to join us!

For more info, email tag@nvdpl.ca or call Rebekah at 604-990-5800, ext. 8176. 

Location:
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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, September 24
    The heart goes on, but does love? In the 20 years since Titanic swept the Oscars, epic romances, especially those that are doomed, continue to fascinate us. Why?
     
  • Monday, October 22
    20 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled sexual orientation did not preclude individuals from legislative human rights protection. How has the social discourse around sexuality evolved since?
     
  • Monday, November 26 
    Six girls were convicted of assault in 1998 for their role in the deadly attack on Reena Virk. What has the impact been on our understanding of gender-based violence?
     
  • Monday, January 28
    “Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault” asks, what are the processes and the technologies, by which we gain knowledge to determine the way we want to be in the world?
     
  • Monday, February 25
    In a gender binary world, we construct, support and perpetuate ideals of masculinity and femininity. What are these ideals today and how do we conform or challenge them?
     
  • Monday, March 25
    Living in an image-saturated world, gaps emerge between our own sense of self and media representations of an ideal self. How do such representations influence our sense of identity and affect our lives?
     
  • Monday, April 29
    In today's consumer capitalist spectacle, celebrities are held up as role models and spokespeople. Why? What are the promises and pitfalls of our obsession with celebrities?
     

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, November 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Looking to join a new book club? The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) North Vancouver is hosting a monthly drop in book club at Lynn Valley Library. Join them to discuss books and meet new people!  See below for what they're reading next.

  • September: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
    Tuesday, September 25 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • October: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    Tuesday, October 30 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • November: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    Tuesday, November 27 | 11:30am—1:30pm

Anyone and everyone is invited to join the discussion!Simply read the book before each meeting and drop in. Forfurther information, contact Alison Campbell at acampbell@nvdpl.ca or 604-990-5800, ext. 8118.

Location:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

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, November 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Capilano Tuesday Evening Book Club
 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, September 25  7:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, October 23        7:30pm
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Tuesday, November 27  7:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, January 22         7:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome Tuesday, February 26  7:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, March 26  7:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, April 23  7:30pm 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, May 28  7:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here

Location:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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? 
 
Next Meetings:
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!
 
All are welcome to join us for this drop-in club— there’s no registration required.
 
For more information contact  Sara:  oremlands@nvdpl.ca or phone 604-987-4471. ext 8161.
Location:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 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!

Location:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Do you want to have a say in how the library serves teens? Or talk about the books you like? Or do fun stuff that helps out the library (and get volunteer hours)? The Teen Advisory Group meets to do all that— and, of course, eat delicious snacks. If you’re in grades 8 to 12, you’re welcome to join us!

For more info, email tag@nvdpl.ca or call Rebekah at 604-990-5800, ext. 8176. 

Location:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Drop in and stitch with some fellow knitting-enthusiasts from your community!

All are welcome, from beginners to experts. Bring your own needles and yarn, and come by our cozy Lantern Lounge for a knit and purl.

No registration required. Call 604-929-3727 ext.8166 for more information. 

Location:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join local author Dr. Lawrence Matrick and North Vancouver RCMP Sergeant Bryan Fedirchuk for a talk on motor vehicle collision prevention and what to do if you are involved in a collision.

Collisions are just that, collisions — and they happen when we least expect them. Dr. Matrick, an experienced psychiatrist and local author, guides you through the necessary steps and actions that one should take following a motor vehicle collision. He will give assistance with doctor, lawyer and insurance forms as well as tips on sleeping disorders, anxieties, and relationship changes that can arise after a collision.

North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Bryan Fedirchuk will speak about driver distraction and collision prevention.

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

Location:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a repeat presentation of the MOOC: The Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley.

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.  Join us to view lectures and discuss this course

“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. No previous MOOC experience required.

Please register online, or, at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.


Location:
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

We live in interesting times. Your opinion matters.

Will the UK finally pull the Brexit emergency brake, or will they go off the cliff clutching Boris Johnson's imaginary parachute? Will the US and China drift into a Trade War . . . and how will Canada be affected? How will Trump respond when he discovers that the rest of the world continues to commercially engage with Iran? How much longer can Venezuela hold on . . . weeks, days? North Korea promised to do what? The US mid-term elections are drawing near, and Trump is besieged by a torrent of law suits. Refugees, Mueller's investigation, Chinese financial distress, and will Michael Cohen flip? BTW: What's the latest on the Kinder-Ottawa pipeline?

Upcoming topics:

November 15, 2018 - The U.S. Mid-Term electionsand the resulting consequences--political and criminal.

November 29, 2018 - Brexit and what will happen as the grains-of-sand start to run out.

Join us for a lively and free-ranging discussion of current world affairs.

No registration required. Drop in!

Location:
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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