Life Skills

Develop life skills.

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, March 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

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

Many of us know the benefits of preparing for our one-day, some-day death. But sometimes it’s hard to get started. All this planning-ahead business feels overwhelming and fragmented. 

 
Based on three tools from Willow’s holistic and pragmatic workbook, 7 Tools for Making Sense of Life & Death, this event will guide you to explore the reality of your mortality in a fun and interactive workshop. Making sense of life and death before making practical arrangements will ensure that your end-of-life planning reflects your values and priorities. Whether you have days or decades left to live, thinking about and preparing for your death will inspire you to live your best life now.
 
In this workshop you will:
  • Articulate your core values and how they impact your living and dying.
  • Get present to your hopes and fears around your inevitable death.
  • Gain some clarity about who and what matter most.
  • Become inspired to get into action around how to live and die well.
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 or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 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.

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, March 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

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

Statistics verify that the uptake to actually complete Advance Care Planning in North America remains dismal despite many attempts to educate the public; there is the perception that it is an overwhelming task.

Join Advance Care Planning specialist Helen Aqua to learn some easy-to-do tasks to prepare for the eventuality of a sudden personal emergency - an illness or accident - that leaves a person unable to speak for themselves.  Helen will also present highlights from Dr. Daren Heyland’s Plan Well Guide. This workshop is relevant to adults of all ages from 19-90.

About the presenter:

Helen Aqua, a native Vancouverite recently spent 4 years studying various topics offered in Simon Fraser University’s Lifelong Learning End-of -Life Studies and then went on to qualify as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator from Respecting Choices. Helen’s studies have included learning about Death Doulas, Palliative Care Teams, the role of Social Workers and Spiritual Care Providers during serious illness. Through her company, Decide Now Consulting, Helen is now conducting presentations on a variety of topics relating to Advance Care Planning via Zoom and she looks forward to the time in-person discussions are once again possible.

 

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:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Calling all aspiring novelists, poets, screenwriters, and journalists!

The Teen Writer’s Group is a place where young writers can develop their skills, set aside dedicated time for writing, and get ideas from other teen authors. Each session will involve learning and practicing a writing skill and time to work on your own writing projects. Please bring something to write on (a notebook, laptop, or tablet work great).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Last year, the BC Parks Foundation helped youth and adults alike capture over one-million wildlife observations for scientists. This year they have an even bigger challenge for British Columbians: to get the most wildlife observations in ALL of Canada!

NVDPL is stepping up to the cause by helping the BC Parks Foundation rally kids of all ages in our community to become citizen scientists and take on the Foundation’s challenge. 

Becoming a NVDPL citizen scientist is simple: upload observations using iNaturalist and complete a NVDPL Nature Challenge activity booklet. Using this activity booklet, we want you to explore the outdoors and make as many observations as you can about the living things in your community! When you return your completed booklet, you can enter your name into our book prize draw. (But you don’t have to stop making nature observations using iNaturalist!)

 

Are you read for the challenge? Here’s what you do:

  1. Collect a NVDPL Nature Challenge activity booklet from your nearest NVDPL branch starting Friday, March 12.
  2. Have a parent help you access the iNaturalist app on your smart device or computer.
  3. Next, explore and make careful wildlife observations while completing your activity sheets. You can explore anything from BC parks to your own backyard!
  4. Make sure to take wildlife observation photos with iNauralist, if you are able! The observations on iNaturalist helps achieve the most observations in all of Canada.
  5. Once you complete your activity booklet, return to your NVDPL branch for a stamp and an entry into the book prize draw.
  6. Only the chosen winners will be contacted for the prize.
  7. Only one entry allowed per child.

NVDPL Nature Challenge Booklets will be available starting March 12. Winners of the book draw will be chosen and contacted by March 31.

 

Discover the BC Parks Foundation and the Parks Foundation iNaturalist Project here: https://bcparksfoundation.ca/projects/wildlife-forever/bc-parks-inaturalist-project/

Learn more about iNaturalist here: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

Location:
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

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.

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, March 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

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

Are you concerned about your mental health? An overview of mental disorders and ways individuals can contribute to their own mental health are discussed.

Information courtesy of volunteers from the Senior Health and Wellness Institute. 

 

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.

Location:
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Want to up  your  cooking game with some help from a professional chef? Join Chef Mark on Zoom for step-by-step help making a simple vegan Tomato Ragu & Pasta!

Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or a cooking novice, you’re welcome to join other teens for an afternoon of side-by-side kitchen help! Participants will receive a list of ingredients beforehand, and the library can assist in providing ingredients as necessary. Open to ages 12-18. Chef Mark of Crisp Cuisine has been a chef for 15 years. He loves cooking because there is an endless supply of knowledge to learn about when it comes to food.

This program is presented in partnership with North Vancouver City Library. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Register online. For more information, email Jessie: [email protected]

Location:
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:30am 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, March 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Calling all Junior Chefs! If you are between 8 to 10 years old, grab a cookbook, an apron and join other aspiring chefs on Zoom.  
 
It’s your birthday!! Bake and decorate a cake and we will help you blow out the candles. Choose a cake recipe from a library cookbook in the kid’s collection or from your home library cookbook collection.  All seasoned and beginner chefs are welcome. Put the icing on the cake and register for a Zoom link, which you will received a couple of days before we meet. 
 
Make sure you save a slice or two to show off or email a photo to [email protected] and we will share our baked morsels for everyone to see during our Zoom birthday party.  
 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

Location:
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you know NVDPL offers free access to e-newspapers and e-magazines?

Come and learn more about PressReader, NVDPL's main resource for accessing e-newspapers and e-magazines. With PressReader, you can access over 7,000 publications from over 100 countries in 50+ languages. The PressReader platform allows you to customize your reading experience, gain international perspectives, and engage with topics of interests through our bookmark, share, translate, and comment features.

Join us to learn how to access current newspapers and magazines from around the world on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Please bring your device with you if you wish to follow along.

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

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.

Location:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:00am

Want to up  your  cooking game with some help from a professional chef? Join Chef Mark on Zoom for step-by-step help making a simple vegan Tomato Ragu & Pasta!

Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or a cooking novice, you’re welcome to join other teens for an afternoon of side-by-side kitchen help! Participants will receive a list of ingredients beforehand, and the library can assist in providing ingredients as necessary. Open to ages 12-18. Chef Mark of Crisp Cuisine has been a chef for 15 years. He loves cooking because there is an endless supply of knowledge to learn about when it comes to food.

This program is presented in partnership with North Vancouver City Library. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Register online. For more information, email Jessie: [email protected]

Location:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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. 

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

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.

 

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.

Location:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

How will you tell your story? StoryLab is NVDPL’s new digital creation and storytelling facility at Lynn Valley Library.

In this quick virtual tour by Zoom, we will walk you around the fabulous new StoryLab facility and answer your questions. At this time, public bookings are limited due to COVID.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Register online. 

Location:
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 3:00pm

How will you tell your story? StoryLab is NVDPL’s new digital creation and storytelling facility at Lynn Valley Library.

In this quick virtual tour by Zoom, we will walk you around the fabulous new StoryLab facility and answer your questions. At this time, public bookings are limited due to COVID.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. 

Register online. 

Location:
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 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.

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, March 29, 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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

Location:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
 
Grief over the death of a loved one is a universal experience. The complex grief over the death of one’s child can only be fully understood by someone who has experienced such a loss. 
 
Here in North Vancouver is a chapter of an international peer-support group for bereaved parents called The Compassionate Friends (TCF). The chapter leaders, Jan Bryant and Cathy Sosnowsky, will share their personal grief journeys and how The Compassionate Friends continues to support parents whose children have died at whatever age and from whatever cause. They will also offer hints for how to help parents in grief.
 
 
About Cathy and Jan 
 
Cathy Sosnowsky’s teenage son died in a freak accident over 20 years ago.  Besides playing a leadership role in North Shore’s TCF chapter, she gives writing towards healing workshops and has authored three books based on her grief journey: Holding On: Poems for Alex; Snapshots: A Story of Loss, Love and Life; and Finding Heartstone: A Taste of Wilderness. Learn more about Cathy: www.cathysosnowsky.com 
 
Jan Bryant joined TCF after her ten-year-old daughter, Lindsay, died from a fall. Jan is a semi-retired Counsellor and Educator, parent and grandmother, birder, singer, artist, knitter, and all-around creative handy person. Learn more about Jan: www.janbryant.ca   
 

This meeting will be held on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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. 

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

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.

 

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.

Location:
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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.

This program will be held via Zoom. The session will start at 2:00pm, however, you're welcome to tune in as early as 1:45pm to test your technology.

The session can be accessed via: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/96690503411?pwd=NnlCSEh0K24zWmZCcWR5eHlreVRxZz09

Location:
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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