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, March 25, 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, 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, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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, March 26, 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, March 26, 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, March 26, 2019 - 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:

 

 

 

  • Wednesday, May 22
    YUM by Theresa Nicassio

 

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  (604) 987-4471. ext 8175.
Location:
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 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, March 27, 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:
Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 27, 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, March 28, 2019 - 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 Lynn Crawford

    Thursday, March 28 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Parkgate Library

    Choose any of her books! The cookbook Pitchin' In 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, March 28, 2019 - 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 and discuss the works of a specific mystery writer.  

Next Meetings:                                                                              

  • Novels of Tana French   (all)                                                                                                                                                               

Thursday, March 28 | 3:00pm-4:00pm     

                                                                                                                                                                                        

Thursday, April 25 | 3:00pm-4:00pm 

If you want to read the stories in chronological order (including the short stories and novella) it goes: Cold Granite, Dying LightBroken SkinFlesh HouseBlind EyeDark BloodDI Steel’s Bad Heir DayShatter The BonesStramashClose to the BoneThe 45% Hangover22 Dead Little BodiesThe Missing and the DeadIn the Cold Dark GroundNow we are Dead, and the most recent Logan novel: The Blood Road.

 

Thursday, May 23 | 3:00pm-4:00pm 

 

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

Location:
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 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 Baha'is of North Vancouver. 

Drop in! No registration required.

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

In October of 2018, Canada became the 2nd country in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational use. What does this mean for Canadians?

Join Neil Boyd, Professor and former Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, and Scott Bernstein, lawyer and Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, for a discussion of cannabis legalization in Canada. They’ll cover:

  • The history of drug prohibition and policies in Canada
  • Federal and Provincial roles for drug policy and addressing substance use
  • The legalization of cannabis for recreational use and what outcomes Canadians can expect
  • The impact of legalization on medical cannabis

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

About the Presenters

Scott Bernstein is Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition based in Simon Fraser University, where he leads the organization’s work on legal regulation of drugs. Through his own legal practice and with Vancouver-based non-profit Pivot Legal Society, Scott has participated in strategic litigation focused on advancing human rights of people who use drugs, including challenging municipal anti-harm reduction bylaws, advocating for access to prescription heroin treatment, and defending Insite, North America’s first sanctioned injection site in the Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts. Prior to joining CDPC, Scott was a program officer with the Global Drug Policy Program of Open Society Foundations in New York. There, he supported collaboration within a global reform movement targeted at the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session through grant-making, policy expertise and strategic planning, as well as supporting a nascent drug policy reform movement in Africa.  Scott has a MS in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from the University of British Columbia.
 
Neil Boyd is a Professor and former Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, educated in law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is the author of seven books, many academic articles, and many reports for government agencies. He is a frequent media commentator, particularly on law and policy related to both legal and illegal drugs. His most recent book, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future, was co-authored with Senator Larry Campbell and journalist Lori Culbert. The book was short-listed for the Donner Prize, and was the winner of the George Ryga Award for social awareness in literature.
Location:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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, April 2, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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, April 3, 2019 - 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, April 3, 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, April 3, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

We live in interesting times. Join us for a lively and free-ranging discussion of current world affairs with facilitator Michael Wood. 

Here's what we're chatting about next:

March 7: Social Media—Great for connecting with friends, but toxic in politics? Facebook says it provides the connecting wire and has no responsibility for what people say, like telecomm companies. Really? 
March 21: Pipeline —The cheapest way to move Alberta's oil & natural gas to Pacific ports for is by pipeline. Some say "Let's do it!"; others say "Are you crazy?". Is there a middle ground?  
April 4: Middle East —OPEC is only marginally important, Qatar has been ostracized, Syria & Turkey have daggers drawn, and Saudi Arabia uses a bone saw in diplomacy.  Yeeeesh...what's next? 
April 18: Brexit —March 29th is/was “Drop-Dead-Day” for the UK.  Retract Article 50? Ask for extension? Another referendum? OMG! 
May 2: U.S. Politics: —Prosecutors (Special, Federal, State & Congressional) are concluding investigations on Trump like sharks attracted to chum. Will “The Donald” need a bigger boat? 
May 16: Cyber Warfare —The perfect crime: low cost, maximum damage, and plausible deniability. Welcome to asymmetrical warfare in the 21st century.  Do you do online banking? 
 

No registration required. Drop in!

Location:
Thursday, April 4, 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:
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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, April 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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, April 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Does your child need some extra encouragement with their reading? Book Buddies can help!

Book Buddies is a Library program that helps children aged 6-11 who need support and encouragement in maintaining and improving their reading skills. Children are matched with a teen volunteer, and for half an hour each week the Book Buddies read aloud to each other, choose books to take home, and do literacy-based activities, such as word games. This program is a reading mentoring program, it does not teach reading. 

6 sessions of 30 minute timeslots. Registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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

Location:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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