Discussing & Connecting

Discuss and connect with others in the community.

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?

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, September 24, 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, September 25, 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, September 25, 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, September 25, 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, September 25, 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 Carys:  brownc@nvdpl.ca or phone 604-987-4471. ext 8175.
Location:
Wednesday, September 26, 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, September 26, 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, September 26, 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, September 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Come join us for an evening with local author Linden Carroll as we discuss her book: Olive.

Ostracized at birth by her family, Olive’s life is that of an opportunist and black marketer. She uses sex, guile and music to move up, but everything has a price, and her children must bear the cost. Olive epitomizes the spirit and soul of the British people through two world wars; though impoverished, they still retained their strength, comradery and dignity while bearing the burden of the atrocities inflicted upon them.

Linden Carroll was born in England, and currently resides in British Columbia. She spends part of the year in the Cascade Mountain area of Northern Washington and enjoys long walks with her dog.

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

Location:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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 Sharon Hapton
    Thursday, September 27 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Parkgate Library

    Choose any of Sharon's books! The cook book The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook 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.
     
  • Cookbooks by Deb Perelman
    Thursday, October 25 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Parkgate Library 

    Choose any one of her cookbooks! The Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites is available for you at the Information Desk for you to choose recipes you’d like to try- just ask staff at the Information Desk and we will photocopy the recipes for you. 

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, September 27, 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: 

  • Novels of Jussi Adler-Olsen
    Thursday, September 27 | 3:00pm—4:00pm
     
  • Novels of Iona Whishaw - with SPECIAL GUEST Iona Whishaw
    Thursday, October 25 | 3:00pm—4:00pm

    Back from her tour over east, Iona will be discussing her Lane Winslow series—including the latest release: A Sorrowful Sanctuary. There will also be giveaways and an author reading.

    Iona Whishaw has been a youth worker, social worker, teacher and an award winning High School Principal, who continued with her writing throughout her working life. Receiving her Masters in Creative writing from UBC, Iona has published short fiction, poetry, poetry translation and one children's book, Henry and the Cow Problem. The Lane Winslow mystery series is her first foray into adult fiction.


 

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

 

Location:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:00pm 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 Bahá’ís of North Vancouver.

Location:
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Imagine a library where the books are people and reading is a conversation…

Be a part of a worldwide project using respectful dialogue to better understand your community. The Human Library is intended to provide a safe, neutral space to explore your curiosity through respectful conversations with people in your community.

Come to this event as part of BC Culture Days and meet artists and creators with diverse life experiences who will be “loaned” to you for twenty-minute sessions. You can “read” with one or more "books", depending on availability. Book titles will be available online mid-September.

For more information, email Ean at henningere@nvdpl.ca or call 604-984-0286 ext. 8144.
 

Location:
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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, October 2, 2018 - 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, October 2, 2018 - 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, October 2, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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, October 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a brand new 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.

Registration is required.  Beginning August 1st, please register online or by phone at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166

Location:
Wednesday, October 3, 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, October 3, 2018 - 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, October 3, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Come out to join us...we’re talking TED Talks at the Library!

Enjoy viewing and discussing individual TED Talks at Parkgate Library with other community members. Local resident Oliver Hung will be facilitating the sessions.

September 6

  • “What makes something go viral?” with Dao Nguyen
  • "The rapid growth of the Chinese internet” with Gary Liu

October 4

  • “The happy secret to better work” with Shawn Anchor               
  • “Happiness and its surprises” with Nancy Etcoff

November 1

  • “Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality” with  Anil Seth
  • “Do we see reality as it is?” with Donald Hoffman

December 6

  • “How young blood might help reverse aging” with Tony Wyss-Coray
  • “The psychology of your future self” with Dan Gilbert
Location:
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 2:30pm 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?

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

No registration required. Drop in!

Location:
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 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 Bahá’ís of North Vancouver.

Location:
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

NOTE: Registration opens at 9:00am on September 14!

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, October 5, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:00pm

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