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:
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Canadian Federation of University Women welcome anyone (you don’t have to be a female university graduate!) to drop-in and join their book club discussion.  Everyone is invited to join the discussion!Simply read the book before each meeting and drop in.

Check out what’s next on the reading list!

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for information.

Location:
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 12:30pm 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, May 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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, May 28, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us to view lectures and discuss this MOOC (massive open online course) course on Justice. Justice, one of the most famous courses taught at Harvard College, is an introduction to moral and political philosophy, offering an opportunity to discuss contemporary dilemmas and controversies. Using the work of philosophers such as Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls, the course will  explore a critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. You’ll learn:

  • the fundamentals of political philosophy
  • an understanding of social justice and criminal justice, and the roles they play in the modern justice system
  • a deeper sense of the philosophy that underlies modern issues such as affirmative action, same sex marriage, and equality
  • the ability to better articulate and evaluate philosophical arguments and ask philosophical questions

No previous MOOC experience required and no need to commit to the whole course!

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

Location:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 2:00pm 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, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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, May 29, 2019 - 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, May 30, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Come find out why LGBTQ+ conversations matter for everyone, especially parents.  

1 in 5 students in British Columbia identify as not exclusively heterosexual. If that’s not your kids, it’s your kid’s friends...or your friend’s kids! Isolation is difficult for anyone, but LGBTQ+ kids face this at home, at school, and in our community. Interested parents are invited to join Michele and Caroline, LGBTQ+ identified parents, for an open discussion on building communities and homes that welcome diversity, and discover how compassion and connection benefit every child and every parent.

Caroline Wedderspoon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor on the North Shore, specializing in working with the LGBTQ+ community, and is also the parent of 4 children. Michele Fogal is a Communications Consultant specializing in diversity, a mother of 2, and a published queer author. You can find out more about their diversity work at DivineDiversity.com.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Documentaries and discussions! Come watch a short documentary and then stay to discuss it.

We’ll be viewing documentaries about social, cultural, political, scientific or environmental issues. 

June 1 - The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
Explore some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns" in 1930s United States, as well as witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

June 22 - My Farmland: The Changing Face of Canadian Farms
A look at the changing face of Canadian farms from the perspective of local farmers, Chinese immigrants, and investors.

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. 

Upcoming dates:

  • July 13 
  • August 3
  • August 24

Check back soon for upcoming documentary titles! 

Location:
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 2:00pm 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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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, June 4, 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, June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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 Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

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 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

 

Confused or curious about the idea of gender and sexuality being part of a spectrum? Interested in learning more about the joys and challenges of our LGBTQ/2S friends and family in our community? Not sure what LGBTQ/2S means?

Youth from the organization Qmunity will be presenting a fun and informative workshop to cover the following topics and more!

  • Definitions of terms related to gender and sexuality
  • An exploration of gender identity
  • A look at various myths and stereotypes around LGBTQ/2S youth
  • Examination of gender stereotypes and the connections between homophobia, transphobia and sexism
  • Realities of bullying, homophobia and transphobia at schools and in communities
  • Presenters sharing coming out stories

 

QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. They provide a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included.

 

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

Location:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us to view lectures and discuss this MOOC (massive open online course) course on Justice. Justice, one of the most famous courses taught at Harvard College, is an introduction to moral and political philosophy, offering an opportunity to discuss contemporary dilemmas and controversies. Using the work of philosophers such as Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls, the course will  explore a critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. You’ll learn:

  • the fundamentals of political philosophy
  • an understanding of social justice and criminal justice, and the roles they play in the modern justice system
  • a deeper sense of the philosophy that underlies modern issues such as affirmative action, same sex marriage, and equality
  • the ability to better articulate and evaluate philosophical arguments and ask philosophical questions

No previous MOOC experience required and no need to commit to the whole course!

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

Location:
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 2:00pm 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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 
 
Drop in! No registration required.
Location:
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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, June 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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 Parkgate Wednesday Evening Book Club
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome Wednesday, October 3  7:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Wednesday, November 7  7:30pm
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Wednesday, December 5   7:30pm 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Wednesday, February 6  7:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Wednesday, March 6       7:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Wednesday, April 3   7:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Wednesday, May 1  7:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Wednesday, June 5  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 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Drop by for a group discussion!

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?

No registration required! For information, please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

Location:
Monday, June 10, 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, April 15
    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?
     
  • Monday, May 13
    Is there truly such a thing as choice? How do we define agency?

    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?
     
  • Monday, July 8 NEW DATE: Monday, July 29
    The role of utopia: can we envision a better future? 
     

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, June 10, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Come meet your Mayor!

Newly elected Mayor Mike Little will be connecting with residents on issues of local importance and answering questions from the community.

Drop in for an informal chat with District of North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little.

All events are subject to change. Check back for updates. 

Location:
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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