Life Skills

Develop life skills.

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

 
In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 
 
 
About Jon Kabat-Zinn 
Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.
 
 
Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for more information. 
 
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Take control of your money with budgeting and financial goal setting. Budgeting is one of the most valuable tools for taking control of your money. Learn how to track your income and expenses to provide a road map for achieving financial wellness. Learn to distinguish between needs versus wants, how to set short, medium and long term financial goals, along with strategies for keeping within your budget.
 
Presented by Thao Tran. Thao’s parents came back from the Vietnam War and built a stable and loving family from their bare hands and warm hearts. Following her father, Thao loves to work with families and individuals to empower them to build a better relationship with money and to be the experts of their lives. Thao holds an MBA in Finance and is trained in accounting. Thao is a life coach and is studying to be a registered professional counselor.
 
Presented in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver
 
 
 
Registration required. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.
 
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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.

No registration required. 

Instead of meeting onsite, this program will be delivered via Zoom.

For more information, please call 604-929-3727 ext. 8166.

Location:
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Wish you were better at using your phone? Want practice setting up your iPad, downloading apps, or using Zoom?

Tech tutors pairs people who would like to become more comfortable with everyday technology with teen volunteers who can help them get there. Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one session with a teen volunteer at the Parkgate Library. 

Note: these sessions take place in person.

Registration required. Register in-person or by calling 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. For more information, email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca.

Location:
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 1:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 12:50pm to test your technology. 

Location:
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 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.

No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Please note that this program is now going to be held via Zoom rather than at the Parkgate Branch. Please email Moira at myhillm@nvdpl.ca if you would like the Zoom link.

 

The ocean encircles the globe, forming the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides a huge range of services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity, and recreation that enhance our sense of well-being. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focuses on the Ocean.

The course will provide  a knowledge base that brings to you to the science and fascination of the ocean. Marine scientists have teamed up with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your education, are professionally involved in ocean issues or seek to know more about your local coastline, the fish you eat or the climate that the ocean regulates; we invite you to join us on this voyage of discovery.

You can expect to learn:

  • The physics, biology, chemistry and the geology of the ocean
  • How human interactions with the ocean impact its resilience
  • The rules and regulations governing ocean use and related economics of ocean ecosystems
  • Sustainable solution options for natural resource use, habitat protection, fisheries, and coastal systems

This NVDPL program is related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14:

 

To learn more about the MOOC, visit https://oceanmooc.org/

Want to know more about MOOCs? Attend An Introduction to MOOCs

 

 

Registration required. Register online, call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166, or email leev@nvdpl.ca for more information.

Meetings will take place over Zoom.

Location:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable.

We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11 who already are able to read; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute session. In this virtual format, the supervising librarian(s) will be rotating between all nine buddy groups, so each pairing won’t be supervised the entire time. We recommend having a parent sticking around nearby to provide technical support if necessary!

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.

Registration required. Register online to receive a Zoom invite prior to the session. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.
Location:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Would your child benefit from practice reading in a comfortable one-on-one environment?

Book buddies is a six-week program that pairs developing readers with teen volunteers to practice reading together and play literacy games. You can sign up for a 30-minute session at Capilano Library. Book buddy participants must be at least 6 years old, and should already be able to read at a basic level.  

Please note that this session will take in-person. 

Registration required. Register in-person or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for info.
Location:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Book buddies is a one-on-one reading program to help young readers get more comfortable.

We match up developing readers with teen volunteers to read together and play literacy games for 30 minutes each week. Book buddies is available for kids ages 6-11 who already are able to read; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute session. In this virtual format, the supervising librarian(s) will be rotating between all nine buddy groups, so each pairing won’t be supervised the entire time. We recommend having a parent sticking around nearby to provide technical support if necessary!

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.

Registration required. Register online to receive a Zoom invite prior to the session. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.
Location:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

 
In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 
 
 
About Jon Kabat-Zinn 
Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.
 
 
Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for more information. 
 
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 10:30am 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.

No registration required. 

Instead of meeting onsite, this program will be delivered via Zoom.

For more information, please call 604-929-3727 ext. 8166.

Location:
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 1:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 12:50pm to test your technology. 

Location:
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 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.

No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

 
In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 
 
 
About Jon Kabat-Zinn 
Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.
 
 
Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for more information. 
 
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

 

وصیتنامه سندی قانونی است که نشان میدهد میخواهید پس از مرگ ماترک شما به چه صورت تقسیم شود. ماترک شما شامل چیزهایی است که متعلق به شما است (دارایی ها) و آنچه به دیگران بدهکارید (بدهی ها). یک وصیتنامه روزآمد به نماینده (وکیل) شما کمک میکند پس از مرگتان آنچه خواست شما بوده است را برآورده سازد.

این جلسه در پلتفرم زوم برگزار می شود. برای شرکت در این جلسه به میکروفون و بلندگو یا هدست نیاز دارید. به صورت آنلاین ثبت نام کنید تا پیش از جلسه لینک دعوت به زوم برای شما ارسال شود. چنانچه پرسش یا مسأله ای دارید، با شماره تلفن

تماس بگیرید.   604-984-0286، داخلی 8144

 

درباره­ی برگزارکننده:

فرانک قربانی از ارائه­دهندگان خدمات خانواده­ی تیم توانمندسازی مالی ونکوور بزرگ است. فرانک با اشتیاقی که برای کمک به تازه­واردان و افراد کم­درآمد برای کسب سواد مالی، دسترسی به مزایای دولتی، و بهره­وری حداکثری از سرمایه­ خود دارد، تسهیلگر کارگاه­های آموزشی سواد مالی به زبان­های فارسی و انگلیسی است. فرانک دارنده­ی مدرک کارشناسی و هم­اکنون در حال تحصیل در مقطع کارشناسی ارشد در رشته­ی مشاوره­ی هنردرمانی است. اوهمچنین در زمینه­ی امور مالی آموزش فردی ارائه می­دهد.

 
 
Financial Literacy: Wills & Estates (presented in Farsi)
 
A Will is a legal document that states how you want your estate to be divided once you die. Your estate includes what you own (called assets) and what you owe (called liabilities). An up-to-date Will helps your estate representative (Executor) take care of your wishes when you die.
 
This session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.
 
Register online to receive a Zoom invite prior to the session. If you have questions or concerns, please call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.
 
About the Presenter: Faranak Ghorbani is part of Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s Financial Empowerment team. Faranak facilitates financial literacy workshops in both Farsi and English with her passion to helping newcomers and people with low-incomes to become financially literate, access government benefits and make the most of their money. Faranak has a BA and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Art Therapy.  She also provides one-on-on financial coaching.
 
 
Presented in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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.

No registration required. 

Instead of meeting onsite, this program will be delivered via Zoom.

For more information, please call 604-929-3727 ext. 8166.

Location:
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 1:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 12:50pm to test your technology. 

Location:
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 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.

No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Please note that this program is now going to be held via Zoom rather than at the Parkgate Branch. Please email Moira at myhillm@nvdpl.ca if you would like the Zoom link.

 

The ocean encircles the globe, forming the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides a huge range of services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity, and recreation that enhance our sense of well-being. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focuses on the Ocean.

The course will provide  a knowledge base that brings to you to the science and fascination of the ocean. Marine scientists have teamed up with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your education, are professionally involved in ocean issues or seek to know more about your local coastline, the fish you eat or the climate that the ocean regulates; we invite you to join us on this voyage of discovery.

You can expect to learn:

  • The physics, biology, chemistry and the geology of the ocean
  • How human interactions with the ocean impact its resilience
  • The rules and regulations governing ocean use and related economics of ocean ecosystems
  • Sustainable solution options for natural resource use, habitat protection, fisheries, and coastal systems

This NVDPL program is related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14:

 

To learn more about the MOOC, visit https://oceanmooc.org/

Want to know more about MOOCs? Attend An Introduction to MOOCs

 

 

Registration required. Register online, call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166, or email leev@nvdpl.ca for more information.

Meetings will take place over Zoom.

Location:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

 
In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 
 
 
About Jon Kabat-Zinn 
Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.
 
 
Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for more information. 
 
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.
 
 
 
Location:
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 10:30am 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.

No registration required. 

Instead of meeting onsite, this program will be delivered via Zoom.

For more information, please call 604-929-3727 ext. 8166.

Location:
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 1:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 12:50pm to test your technology. 

Location:
Monday, November 15, 2021 - 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.

No registration required.

Location:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Please note that this program is now going to be held via Zoom rather than at the Parkgate Branch. Please email Moira at myhillm@nvdpl.ca if you would like the Zoom link.

 

The ocean encircles the globe, forming the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides a huge range of services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity, and recreation that enhance our sense of well-being. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focuses on the Ocean.

The course will provide  a knowledge base that brings to you to the science and fascination of the ocean. Marine scientists have teamed up with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your education, are professionally involved in ocean issues or seek to know more about your local coastline, the fish you eat or the climate that the ocean regulates; we invite you to join us on this voyage of discovery.

You can expect to learn:

  • The physics, biology, chemistry and the geology of the ocean
  • How human interactions with the ocean impact its resilience
  • The rules and regulations governing ocean use and related economics of ocean ecosystems
  • Sustainable solution options for natural resource use, habitat protection, fisheries, and coastal systems

This NVDPL program is related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14:

 

To learn more about the MOOC, visit https://oceanmooc.org/

Want to know more about MOOCs? Attend An Introduction to MOOCs

 

 

Registration required. Register online, call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166, or email leev@nvdpl.ca for more information.

Meetings will take place over Zoom.

Location:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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