Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

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

Join the discussion as we go over Richard Wagamese's  Indian Horse.

Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he's a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he's sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he'll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he's led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows.

After a year of Zooming, we will meet outside on the plaza to discuss our summer reads. NOTE: this event may move online depending on
evolving public health orders or weather. Please be sure to bring a mask.

Copies of this book are available throught the library catalogue.  There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, 

Register online or call 604.929.3727 ext. 8154 or email leev@nvdpl.ca

Location:
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you have a ‘book problem’?!

You might if you:

  • Can’t stop reading
  • Can’t stop talking about what you read
  • Are always telling people what to read

The Parkgate Society & North Vancouver District Public Library have a solution!

Every week this summer, NVDPL will be on location the in the plaza at the Parkgate Community Centre to talk books. Join librarian Vicki Lee to talk about what we are reading, why we like (or don’t like) it, and what we’ve learned. We will discover new titles, new authors, new genres, new bookish resources, and new reading friends. So whatever you like to read, however you like to read it, come and talk among kindred spirits.

This is an outdoor, in-person event. Wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. NOTE: this event may move online depending on evolving public health orders. 

No registration required but seating will be limited according to public health orders.

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales!

We’re reading “We All Play” by Julie Flett. The pages of this story will be posted throughout Fairmont Park, creating an interactive literacy experience for families!

Get outside to enjoy a great read this summer.

Directions to Fairmont Park.

(Weather permitting)

No registration required. For more information, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8172.

Location:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

You may not be able to go afar, so why not do some exploration from the patio chair. Get yourself a copy of the book, read it before the meeting and join us on Zoom!

This month, we're reading and discussing Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari

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:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Do you have a ‘book problem’?!

You might if you:

  • Can’t stop reading
  • Can’t stop talking about what you read
  • Are always telling people what to read

The Parkgate Society & North Vancouver District Public Library have a solution!

Every week this summer, NVDPL will be on location the in the plaza at the Parkgate Community Centre to talk books. Join librarian Vicki Lee to talk about what we are reading, why we like (or don’t like) it, and what we’ve learned. We will discover new titles, new authors, new genres, new bookish resources, and new reading friends. So whatever you like to read, however you like to read it, come and talk among kindred spirits.

This is an outdoor, in-person event. Wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. NOTE: this event may move online depending on evolving public health orders. 

No registration required but seating will be limited according to public health orders.

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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 News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

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, August 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for an outdoor reading adventure at Trail Tales!

We’re reading “We All Play” by Julie Flett. The pages of this story will be posted throughout Fairmont Park, creating an interactive literacy experience for families!

Get outside to enjoy a great read this summer.

Directions to Fairmont Park.

(Weather permitting)

No registration required. For more information, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8172.

Location:
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Do you have a ‘book problem’?!

You might if you:

  • Can’t stop reading
  • Can’t stop talking about what you read
  • Are always telling people what to read

The Parkgate Society & North Vancouver District Public Library have a solution!

Every week this summer, NVDPL will be on location the in the plaza at the Parkgate Community Centre to talk books. Join librarian Vicki Lee to talk about what we are reading, why we like (or don’t like) it, and what we’ve learned. We will discover new titles, new authors, new genres, new bookish resources, and new reading friends. So whatever you like to read, however you like to read it, come and talk among kindred spirits.

This is an outdoor, in-person event. Wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. NOTE: this event may move online depending on evolving public health orders. 

No registration required but seating will be limited according to public health orders.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you!  If you're not in Grade 3 and would like to join the 30 minute book discussion, you are welcome to join other Super Kids.

Book titles and dates:

      August 19 - The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary

     Septenmber 16 - A Boy called Bat  by Elana Arnold

     October 21 - El Deafo (graphic novel) by Cece Bell

     November 18 - The World according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Register for individual dates you wish to join a book discussion and you'll receive a Zoom link 2 to 3 days before the event.

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

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

Location:
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Come practice your letters and literacy skills in a fun and interactive scavenger hunt!

Grab a scavenger hunt sheet from the Capilano Library and explore outside the library building.

When you’ve located all of the items, return your sheet to the library to be entered into a prize draw!

This scavenger hunt is best suited to young toddlers entering preschool.

 

No registration required. For more information, call 604-987-4471, ext. 8172.

Location:
Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 10:00am to Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

Do you have a ‘book problem’?!

You might if you:

  • Can’t stop reading
  • Can’t stop talking about what you read
  • Are always telling people what to read

The Parkgate Society & North Vancouver District Public Library have a solution!

Every week this summer, NVDPL will be on location the in the plaza at the Parkgate Community Centre to talk books. Join librarian Vicki Lee to talk about what we are reading, why we like (or don’t like) it, and what we’ve learned. We will discover new titles, new authors, new genres, new bookish resources, and new reading friends. So whatever you like to read, however you like to read it, come and talk among kindred spirits.

This is an outdoor, in-person event. Wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. NOTE: this event may move online depending on evolving public health orders. 

No registration required but seating will be limited according to public health orders.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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!

Join the discussion as we go over Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale

Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong.

After a year of Zooming, we will meet outside on the plaza to discuss our summer reads. NOTE: this event may move online depending on
evolving public health orders or weather. Please be sure to bring a mask.

Copies of this book are available through the library catalogue.  There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, 

Register online or call 604.929.3727 ext. 8154 or email leev@nvdpl.ca

Location:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you have a ‘book problem’?!

You might if you:

  • Can’t stop reading
  • Can’t stop talking about what you read
  • Are always telling people what to read

The Parkgate Society & North Vancouver District Public Library have a solution!

Every week this summer, NVDPL will be on location the in the plaza at the Parkgate Community Centre to talk books. Join librarian Vicki Lee to talk about what we are reading, why we like (or don’t like) it, and what we’ve learned. We will discover new titles, new authors, new genres, new bookish resources, and new reading friends. So whatever you like to read, however you like to read it, come and talk among kindred spirits.

This is an outdoor, in-person event. Wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. NOTE: this event may move online depending on evolving public health orders. 

No registration required but seating will be limited according to public health orders.

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You may not be able to go afar, so why not do some exploration from the patio chair. Get yourself a copy of the book, read it before the meeting and join us on Zoom!

This month, we're reading and discussing Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. 

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:
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you!  If you're not in Grade 3 and would like to join the 30 minute book discussion, you are welcome to join other Super Kids.

Book titles and dates:

      August 19 - The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary

     Septenmber 16 - A Boy called Bat  by Elana Arnold

     October 21 - El Deafo (graphic novel) by Cece Bell

     November 18 - The World according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Register for individual dates you wish to join a book discussion and you'll receive a Zoom link 2 to 3 days before the event.

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

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

Location:
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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 The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.

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, September 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In her first book, Finding the Mother Tree, UBC's Dr. Suzanne Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths. She shares her amazing story of discovering the communication that exists between trees, and shares her own story of family and grief.

The North Shore libraries invite you to a heartfelt and dynamic conversation between Dr. Simard and CBC's Shelagh Rogers. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is FREE and will be held over Zoom and registration is required - click for Eventbrite registration.

This event is brought to you by North Shore Reads, a collaboration between North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library.

 

 

About Dr. Suzanne Simard:

Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the author of the book, Finding the Mother Tree.

She is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; and has been hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s Avatar) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.

Suzanne is known for her work on how trees interact and communicate using below-ground fungal networks, which has led to the recognition that forests have hub trees, or Mother Trees, which are large, highly connected trees that play an important role in the flow of information and resources in a forest. Her current research investigates how these complex relationships contribute to forest resiliency, adaptability and recovery and has far-reaching implications for how to manage and heal forests from human impacts, including climate change.

Suzanne has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and presented at conferences around the world. She has communicated her work to a wide audience through interviews, documentary films and her TEDTalk “How trees talk to one another”.

About Shelagh Rogers:

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist at the CBC, currently the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, a radio program devoted to writing in Canada.

In 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Also that year, she was inducted into the Order of Canada as an Officer, for promoting Canadian culture, adult literacy, mental health and truth and reconciliation. In 2016, she received the first-ever Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She holds eight honorary doctorates. Shelagh is currently Chancellor of the University of Victoria.

100 years ago this year, her great-grandmother Edith Rogers was the first woman, and the first Métis woman, elected to the Manitoba Legislature. Shelagh is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria.

Location:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you!  If you're not in Grade 3 and would like to join the 30 minute book discussion, you are welcome to join other Super Kids.

Book titles and dates:

      August 19 - The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary

     Septenmber 16 - A Boy called Bat  by Elana Arnold

     October 21 - El Deafo (graphic novel) by Cece Bell

     November 18 - The World according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Register for individual dates you wish to join a book discussion and you'll receive a Zoom link 2 to 3 days before the event.

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

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

Location:
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

 

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you!  If you're not in Grade 3 and would like to join the 30 minute book discussion, you are welcome to join other Super Kids.

Book titles and dates:

      August 19 - The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary

     Septenmber 16 - A Boy called Bat  by Elana Arnold

     October 21 - El Deafo (graphic novel) by Cece Bell

     November 18 - The World according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Register for individual dates you wish to join a book discussion and you'll receive a Zoom link 2 to 3 days before the event.

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

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

Location:
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm