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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 A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson.

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. 

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

 

Location:
Monday, January 17, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 4:00pm 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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Capilano Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Capilano Thursday Afternoon Book Club:

 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
September 16 at 2:00pm (Online via Zoom)
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
October 21 at 2:00pm (Online via Zoom)
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
November 18 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
January 20 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
February 17 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
March 17 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
April 21 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
May 19 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 2:00pm
Join us for a very special author event featuring 2021 Red Cedar Book Award nominated author Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane! 
 
Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Her grandparents, maternal and paternal, come from Wiikwemkoong. Her parents are residential school survivors. Karen is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Treaty Seven region. She is cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. She is also in completion of a PhD in Educational Policy Studies/Indigenous Peoples Education with the University of Alberta. Karen lives in Calgary.
 
Karen is the winner of the 2021 Norma J. Fleck Award and has been nominated for a 2022 Red Cedar Book Award. Karen will speak about her nominated book PowWow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance.
 
This presentation is geared to students in grades 4-7. Members of the public may also register to attend the virtual presentation via Zoom. Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the event. Questions can be emailed to Rachel Brown at brownr@nvdpl.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:
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 4:00pm 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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Capilano Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Capilano Tuesday Evening Book Club:

 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
September 28 at 7:30pm (Online via Zoom)
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
October 26 at 7:30pm (Online via Zoom)  
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
November 23 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)   
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
January 25 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
February 22 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
March 22 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
April 26 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
May 24 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:30pm

Are you a book-loving teen who wants to get volunteer hours for improving the library?

Then the Teen Advisory Group is for you! We are a council of enthusiastic, kind teens who meet monthly to make the library a better place. The TAG tackles everything from décor and displays to offering insight on teen collections and library policies. Plus, there’s food!

TAG is for humans grades 8-12. Note: this event takes place in person, except for the January 26 meeting.

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

Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 

 

UPDATE: The January 26 meeting will take place online via Zoom. 

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

 

Location:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Parkgate Tuesday Afternoon Book Club:

 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
October 5 at 2:30pm 
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
November 2 at 3:00pm 
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
December 7 at 3:00pm 
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
February 1 at 2:30pm 
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
March 1 at 2:30pm 
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
April 5 at 2:30pm 
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
May 3 at 2:30pm 
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
June 7 at 2:30pm 
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 
 
 
 
Join us through Zoom.
 
Time: 2:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/87948883844?pwd=cmZWcXB0UDlWUTBBUlhrcktlK1Uydz09
 
 
Meeting ID: 879 4888 3844
Passcode: 294558
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 2:30pm

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Not your average book club! 
 
Formerly known as the ARC Book Club, this is a club where we read Advance Reading Copies of soon-to-be-published books and share our reviews! We meet monthly to discuss our books with fellow bibliophiles. 
 
Read & Review Teen Book Club is for grades 7-12. Note: this event takes place in person. 
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID.
 
Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for info. 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Parkgate Wednesday Evening Book Club:

 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
October 6 at 7:30pm 
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
November 3 at 7:30pm 
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
December 1 at 7:30pm 
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
February 2 at 7:30pm 
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
March 2 at 7:30pm 
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
April 6 at 7:30pm 
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
May 4 at 7:30pm 
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
June 1 at 7:30pm 
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 
 
 
 
Location:
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 7:30pm

Looking for a book club with a digital twist? Join us at Libby Book Club! We pick top reads from the Libby app by OverDrive and discuss them every month on Zoom.

Register online to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion. Join us every month, or just for the meetings you prefer. Copies of these titles are available as both eBooks and audiobooks in Libby. Contact info@nvdpl.ca if you need help getting a copy.

 

2021-2022 Schedule for Libby Book Club:

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (September 9 at 10:30am)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (October 7 at 10:30am)

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (November 4 at 10:30am)

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (December 2 at 10:30am)

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders (January 6 at 10:30am)

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (February 3 at 10:30am)

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison (March 3 at 10:30am)

All Systems Red by Martha Wells (April 7 at 10:30am)

The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (May 5 at 10:30am)

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticaat (June 2 at 10:30am)

 

We're hosting this virtual program on Zoom. Register online to receive a link to join the meeting.  What you'll need to attend:  A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Not your average book club! 
 
Formerly known as the ARC Book Club, this is a club where we read Advance Reading Copies of soon-to-be-published books and share our reviews! We meet monthly to discuss our books with fellow bibliophiles. 
 
Read & Review Teen Book Club is for grades 7-12. Note: this event takes place in person. 
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID.
 
Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for info. 
 
Location:
Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Kids! Get your hands on the newest book and read it first!
 
Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. In this club, you will have the chance to read and review brand new books that haven’t even hit the shelves! You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished books and choose one to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books we’ve read.
 
Books will be available for pick up at Lynn Valley, Capilano and Parkgate libraries. 
 
 
Registration required. For information, call Danielle at 604-984-0286, ext. 8184.
 
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, February 3, 2022 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Have you read everything on your TBR (to-be-read) pile?! Do you love to read but never seem to have time for it? Get cozy, grab a book, and enjoy a night in!

Carve out some time for yourself, get into your comfy clothes, grab your favourite beverage, and settle in for a cozy night of reading in the comfort of your own home.

Contest alert! Connect with us on social media @nvdpl to show us what you’re reading when you Stay Home and Read! Each month we’re giving away a Stay Home and Read prize pack valued at $25!

To enter: 

  1. Read at home on February 5. 
  2. Follow NVDPL on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram
  3. Post a picture to your preferred social media channel and tag the library to be entered into the draw. 


Need suggestions on what to read next?

Try out Personal Picks! Tell us what you like to read and our expert staff will provide personalized picks, just for you. Get started at www.nvdpl.ca/takeout or email info@nvdpl.ca

Location:
Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 7:00pm

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 4:00pm 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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Lynn Valley Wednesday Afternoon Book Club:

 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
October 13 at 2:30pm 
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
November 10 at 2:30pm 
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
January 12 at 2:30pm 
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
February 9 at 2:30pm 
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
March 9 at 2:30pm 
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
April 13 at 2:30pm 
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
May 11 at 2:30pm 
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
June 8 at 2:30pm 
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 
 
 
Location:
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 2:30pm
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. 
 
This month we’re reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. If you need help locating a copy of the book, call your local branch!
 
 
Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting.
 
If you're joining us via Zoom, you’ll need: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam OR your smartphone/tablet.
 
 
Location:
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Lynn Valley Thursday Evening Book Club:

 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
October 14 at 7:30pm 
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
November 18 at 7:30pm 
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
January 13 at 7:30pm 
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
February 10 at 7:30pm 
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
March 10 at 7:30pm 
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
April 14 at 7:30pm 
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
May 12 at 7:30pm 
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
June 9 at 7:30pm 
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
 
Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 
 
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 7:30pm

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 4:00pm 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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Capilano Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Capilano Thursday Afternoon Book Club:

 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
September 16 at 2:00pm (Online via Zoom)
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
October 21 at 2:00pm (Online via Zoom)
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
November 18 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
January 20 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
February 17 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
March 17 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
April 21 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
May 19 at 2:00pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
Location:
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 2:00pm

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award.

The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more. Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring.

Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca. NVDPL will feature virtual author presentations by Red Cedar nominated authors in 2022 – stay tuned!

 

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. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 4:00pm 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! Discover new “Books to Talk About” and join a community of booklovers at NVDPL. Simply read the book and join us at the meeting!

Register online for the time and location that’s most convenient for you to receive meeting instructions and information in advance of the discussion! Join us every month or just for the meetings you prefer. If you miss a meeting but still want to discuss the book, you can also join us at a different time or location. Click here to see all six Books to Talk About book clubs.

Copies of the next book will be available to pick-up from Capilano Library. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!
 

2021-2022 Schedule for the Capilano Tuesday Evening Book Club:

 
This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As a Man by Lorimer Shenher
September 28 at 7:30pm (Online via Zoom)
Local author Lorimer Shenher candidly discusses his late-in-life journey of transitioning from female to male. In this memoir, he recounts his childhood in Alberta where he excelled at sports but struggled with his gender identity,  his move to Vancouver to join the VPD, and his experiences as the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton.  Shenher’s writing is thoughtful, plain-spoken, and draws the reader in. Learn more.
 
Petra by Shaena Lambert
October 26 at 7:30pm (Online via Zoom)  
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Canadian author Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics. Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love. Learn more.
 
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
November 23 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)   
Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.  By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. Learn more.
 
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
January 25 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her withdrawn mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.  But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Will Gifty find her answers in science or religion? Learn more.
 
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui 
February 22 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
In this non-fiction book, Vancouver-born Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui undertakes a road trip from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland in an attempt to discover the origin and enduring popularity of Canadian "chop suey" style Chinese restaurants that seem to exist in every city and even in most tiny towns. During her research, she also discovers hidden history within her own family. Both parts are equally engaging, and full of surprises for both Hui and the reader. Learn more.
 
And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
March 22 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest in northern Ontario, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.  Their story is intertwined with a young photographer who is seeking stories from survivors of the catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century.  A meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a 2015 Canada Reads nominee and the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. The book has since been adapted into a film. Learn more.
 
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
April 26 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
A propulsive, richly entertaining novel about the adventure-seeking Dolan brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval. Set in Spokane, Washington at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers. Learn more.
 
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
May 24 at 7:30pm (In Person & Online via Zoom)
The stories that make up How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values.  Thammavongsa is a master at homing in on pivotal moments - moments of exposure, dislocation, and messy feeling that push us right up against the limits of language.  Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2020) and the National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2020). Learn more.
 
 
 
 
Location:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:30pm

Are you a book-loving teen who wants to get volunteer hours for improving the library?

Then the Teen Advisory Group is for you! We are a council of enthusiastic, kind teens who meet monthly to make the library a better place. The TAG tackles everything from décor and displays to offering insight on teen collections and library policies. Plus, there’s food!

TAG is for humans grades 8-12. Note: this event takes place in person.

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

 

Proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. 

 

Location:
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a virtual book club?  If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book club is for you!  Bring a book you have read and share the story with everyone attending.  If you need a recommendation, below are a few suggestions.  Register for the dates you can attend and a Zoom link will be emailed 2 or 3 day to you before we meet on that date. 

What you'll need to attend:  a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam.

February 27  Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

March 27       Books by Andrew Clement

April 24          Books by Betty G. Birney

May 22          The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to register.

Location:
Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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