Reading & Literary

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StoryTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children and caregivers can drop in and enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Perfect for preschoolers who love longer stories!

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. 

Location:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

*Please note this program is now full. If you are interested in Parent Child Mother Goose, a new session for Babes In Arms (children from birth to 9 months) takes place on Tuesdays at 9:15am Maplewood Centre, in partnership with NVDPL and Family Services North Shore. To register, submit an application online

Parent-Child Mother Goose® is a fun group experience that introduces babies aged 0-12 months and their caregivers to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Parents and caregivers gain skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. Infants benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication.

Brought to you by the NVDPL and North Shore Community Resources.

Location:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come and read to Virgil, the friendly Basset Hound!

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance therapy dog community service program that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.
 
Recommended for children ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each. 
 
Space is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served, however priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 
 
Registration required. Call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175 or visit the Capilano Information Desk. 
Location:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support & develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!  

Drop-in, no registration required! For more information call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141.

Location:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!  

Drop-in, no registration required!

Location:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Come and read to a calm, friendly therapy dog!

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading. 

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 or visit the Parkgate Children's Desk to register. 

 

Location:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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). Snacks (and inspiration!) provided. 

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12).  Questions? Email Jessie, the Teen Engagement Librarian, at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca.

No registration required! Drop in!

Location:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

StoryTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children and caregivers can drop in and enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Perfect for preschoolers who love longer stories

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

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

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

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


TEENS! Are you interested in becoming a Book Buddy?
Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca!

Register in person at the Children’s Desk, email hawkesj@nvdpl.ca or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Location:
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Family Storytimes is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a Saturday morning of stories and fun at the library.

Drop-in, no registration required! 

Location:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Come and read to Starr, the friendly Great Dane!

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading. 

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext.8144 or visit the Lynn Valley Children's Desk.

Location:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. 

Location:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

The Canadian Federation of University Women welcome anyone (you don’t have to be a female university graduate!) to drop-in and join their book club discussion.  Everyone is invited to join the discussion!Simply read the book before each meeting and drop in.

Check out what’s next on the reading list:

No registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 for information.

Location:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

StoryTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children and caregivers can drop in and enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Perfect for preschoolers who love longer stories!

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. 

Location:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

*Please note this program is now full. If you are interested in Parent Child Mother Goose, a new session for Babes In Arms (children from birth to 9 months) takes place on Tuesdays at 9:15am Maplewood Centre, in partnership with NVDPL and Family Services North Shore. To register, submit an application online

Parent-Child Mother Goose® is a fun group experience that introduces babies aged 0-12 months and their caregivers to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Parents and caregivers gain skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. Infants benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication.

Brought to you by the NVDPL and North Shore Community Resources.

Location:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Do you want to have a say in how the library serves teens? Or talk about the books you like? Or do fun stuff that helps out the library (and get volunteer hours)?  The Teen Advisory Group meets to do all that— and, of course, eat delicious snacks.  If you’re in grades 8 to 12, you’re welcome to join us!

 

For more info, email tag@nvdpl.ca or call Jessie at 604-990-5800, ext. 8176.

 

Location:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Come celebrate and enjoy literature from authors right here on the North Shore!

Join 12 local authors as they read from their diverse works, which are all part of the North Shore Authors Collection! Author readings begin at 6:30pm, and if you fall in love with a book, can purchase a copy starting at 7:45pm. 

Participating Authors

Evelyn Dreiling · Abdou Fall · Anne Farrer · Jon Ferry · Rosalind Ferry · Steve Galliford · Jiwen · Mary Tasi & Wade Baker · Sonia Garrett · Dietrich Kalteis · Ramona Materi · Garet Anderson

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

Location:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support & develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!  

Drop-in, no registration required! For more information call 604-984-0286 ext. 8141.

Location:
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!  

Drop-in, no registration required!

Location:
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Come and read to a calm, friendly therapy dog!

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading. 

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 or visit the Parkgate Children's Desk to register. 

 

Location:
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

StoryTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children and caregivers can drop in and enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Perfect for preschoolers who love longer stories

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 

Location:
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every other week at Parkgate Library to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

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 meets twice a month to discuss the nominated titles, conduct experiments, write reviews and more, and then votes for their favourite fiction and nonfiction books in the spring. Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 17 & 31
  • February 14 & 28
  • March 13
  • April 3 & 17
  • May 1

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

 

Location:
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

Family Storytimes is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a Saturday morning of stories and fun at the library.

Drop-in, no registration required! 

Location:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Come and read to Starr, the friendly Great Dane!

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading. 

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length. Children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext.8144 or visit the Lynn Valley Children's Desk.

Location:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

BabyTales is back!

Storytimes support and develop early literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Drop in and enjoy learning bounces, songs and rhymes in a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Perfect for pre-walkers!

All storytimes are drop-in! No registration required. For more info, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. 

Location:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

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