Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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!

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 books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 26
Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

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, January 29, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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 over 6 sessions 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. 

30 minute timeslots, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Note: there is no session on Thursday, February 28.

 

Location:
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and
discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading and drop in for one session or all four! For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Drop in! No registration required. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.

Location:
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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 over 6 sessions 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. 

30 minute timeslots, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Note: there is no session on Thursday, February 28.

 

Location:
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Is one of your New Years resolutions to read more? Having trouble making time to read in your busy schedule? Want to get together with fellow book lovers and do what you love —read?

Then Parkgate Library’s Silent Reading Party is for you! The Silent Reading Party is just what it sounds like: a bunch of folks get together in a shared space and (silently) read! Bring your own book or ask a librarian to help you choose your next read from the library stacks. You can come for the full two hours, or drop in for an hour. Our cozy upstairs Lantern Lounge is the perfect place to settle into a good book for an hour or two without interruptions!

Drop in! 

 

Location:
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and
discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading and drop in for one session or all four! For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Drop in! No registration required. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.

Location:
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

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!

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 books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 26
Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to read the book and show up ready for a good discussion! 

Here's what we're reading next: 

 

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 at Parkgate Library.

No registration required. Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.  

Location:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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 over 6 sessions 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. 

30 minute timeslots, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Note: there is no session on Thursday, February 28.

 

Location:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and
discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading and drop in for one session or all four! For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Drop in! No registration required. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.

Location:
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Join us at the library for stories that are out of this world! 

We’ll go on an intergalactic storytelling adventure and even get the chance to watch a video of REAL astronauts reading from space!!

For ages 3 and up. Drop in. 

 

Location:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

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 over 6 sessions 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. 

30 minute timeslots, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Register at 604-984-0286, ext. 8141.

Note: there is no session on Thursday, February 28.

 

Location:
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Canada is pleased to present From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books, a digital catalogue of picture books by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors and illustrators.
 
Come help us celebrate this wonderful new resource that includes 100 recommendations for picture books by Indigenous authors, many illustrated by Indigenous artists, published in Canada over the last 25 years and currently in print. View the digital catalogue.
 
Many of the titles will be available to look at or sign out. Print copies of the From Sea to Sea to Sea catalogue will be available to take home.
 
Register online or at  604-984-0286, ext. 8141.
Location:
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and
discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading and drop in for one session or all four! For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Drop in! No registration required. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.

Location:
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

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!

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 books in the spring. Find more information about at www.redcedaraward.ca.

Meeting Dates:

  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 26
Register today at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.
Location:
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm

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 26, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Thank you for your interest in Paws 4 Stories. Please note this program is full but there may be space at Capilano Library. Learn more. 

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 required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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