Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Join author Nilofar Shidmehr as she guides us through her collection of short stories Divided Loyalties!

Nilofar Shidmehr will provide a short introduction to her writing style and professional background. She will read from her most recent collection of short stories, Divided Loyalties, followed by a Q&A.

About Nilofar:
Nilofar is a poet, a scholar, and the author of six books in English and Farsi, including Shirin and Salt Man, a BC Book Prize finalist. She writes and delivers lectures on women’s rights, migration and diaspora, and social and political issues in Iran. A specialist in literature and cinema of modern Iran, she teaches in the Continuing Studies program at Simon Fraser University.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

 

Location:
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 1, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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.

Location:
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 4:00pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 1, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Susan Orlean's The Library Book.

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the devastating 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times’ bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a never-before-done way. Along the way, you will meet some of the colourful real-life personalities of the LAPL all the way back in the 1880s, including a teenager, an adventurer, and a fruit farmer.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age.

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award, this book explores race, class, and privilege with lightness and verve.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Settle in with a cuppa home brew and chat with other book folk!

We’ll supply the books; you just have to read the book and join us via Zoom ready for a good discussion! 

All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. Whether you are well-seasoned in book clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our Afternoon Tea Book Club live via Zoom.

This month, we're reading The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton!

Registration required to receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you need help locating a copy of the book, please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. An email address is required for registration. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the program.

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

 

Location:
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 8, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 8, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

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 hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Waubgeshig Rice's Moon of the Crusted Snow.

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people struggle to battle confusion, panic, and hunger, along with some disruptive outsiders arriving to the community. Fast-paced and without a word out of place, this story shows us how a community can reach to its past to overcome catastrophe.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Anne Griffin's When All Is Said.

This is the story of Irishman Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each, he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves, and triumphs.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys.

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this novel is set about 100 years after Colson Whitehead’s award-winning book The Underground Railroad. In this novel in the Jim Crow South, teenaged Elroy is sent to a brutal reform school called the Nickel Academy for a crime he did not commit. There, he struggles to hold onto Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s ringing assertion, “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” The trials that Elroy and the other boys go through at the school are reprehensible, but Whitehead leads you through the story with aplomb.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 15, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 15, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Who says Monday mornings can’t be fun? Are you looking to join a book club but don’t know where to start? Join us for Monday Morning Book Club! Just have the book read before the meeting and drop in! 

This month, we're reading and discussing There, There by Tommy Orange

Registration is required in order to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

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!

For more information about Monday Morning Book Club, email David at milnerd@nvdpl.ca.

Location:
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Develop your reading skills at Book Buddies!

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; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute online session.

Registration is required. Register online or contact Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca 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:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Need some after-school assistance? Sign up for Homework Help!

Homework help is a one-on-one mentoring session where students can get some extra help on assignments from older students for 30 minutes each week. We match up young students who need help with teen volunteers to work together to complete assignments or practice concepts. Homework help is available for kids ages 8+; participants must have access to the internet for their 30 minute weekly online session.

Teens: are you interested in volunteering as a homework helper? Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca to sign up!

Registration is required. Register online or email Jessie at the address above 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, October 22, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

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