Special Events & Concerts

Special events and concerts at the Library.

Join us for a Virtual Presentation with award nominated children’s author Frieda Wishinsky.

Frieda Wishinsky's ‘How to Become an Accidental Genius’ is nominated for a 2021 Red Cedar Book Award and she has also written picture books, chapter books and non-fiction. Frieda will talk about her process of finding interesting stories in the lives of famous people and how she uses personal stories in writing both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest book ‘How to Become an Accidental Activist’ will be coming out this Spring!

Join us as Frieda shares how her real life experiences inform her writing. The presentation is suited to children in grades 4-7.

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

Individuals may register online. Classes from North Vancouver District Elementary Schools are also invited to attend.

For more information, contact Rachel at brownr@nvdpl.ca or 604-929-3727, ext. 8152. 

Location:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 

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

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.

 

About Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.

Location:
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

This year, National Canadian Film Day is April 21st. We have selected the Canadian film Meditation Park (2017) which is set in Vancouver!

Meditation Park is the gentle and often humourous story of devoted Chinese-Canadian wife and mother Maria Wing, whose life is altered when the discovery of her husband's infidelity forces her to confront how powerless she truly is. Maria's efforts to find out the truth send her on a journey of liberation.

The film is free to stream from CBC Gem: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/films/meditation-park/38e815a-00f09bd5905

You can watch it on your own time or watch it together with our librarian and other community members. We will be starting the film at 6pm. The movie has a run-time of 90 minutes, so we will have a short discussion around 7:30pm. 

 

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

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.

Location:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 

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

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.

 

About Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.

Location:
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 

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

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.

 

About Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.

Location:
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Yes! It's Trivia Time! Round up your clan for four rounds of fact-filled festivities! Teams must have at least one adult or teen but can be of any size as long as they are in the same home together.

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

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175. Zoom link will be sent to those registered in advance of the meeting date.

Location:
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us to view Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MasterClass on mindfulness and meditation!  

In this MasterClass, Jon Kabat-Zinn shares suggestions for reducing barriers to a daily meditation practice, including how to meditate in a range of different positions, how to tame and befriend the restless or unhappy mind, and how to bring  mindfulness to everything from yoga to exercise as part of a well-rounded practice. Through a series of six guided meditations, he illuminates how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress, pain and suffering and help move toward greater levels of health and well-being. Members will leave this class feeling inspired by Kabat-Zinn's liberating wisdom and empowered with the tools and perspective needed to cultivate a lifelong mindfulness practice of their own. 

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

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.

 

About Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn is internationally recognized for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher, widely credited with bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He has spent more than 50 years at the forefront of the Western mindfulness movement. He has written seminal scientific papers and 14 books on the subject, contributing to the growing popularity of mindfulness in mainstream medicine, health care and education, as well as within corporations, the tech world, prisons, government and professional sports.

Location:
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

What does it mean to be of Canadian-Asian heritage? UBC Department of Asian Studies together with Heritage Vancouver presents this special virtual event during Asian Heritage Month to delve deeper into the lives and experiences of Asian-Canadians living in Vancouver today.

Register for free here! If you have any questions contact the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society at office.vahms@gmail.com

Location:
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

VAHMS Director Jimmy Yan brings together a diverse panel of Asian-Canadian performers and academics to explore, compare and contrast various forms of Asian musical theatre. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore these art forms with our creative panelists.

Register now for free here! If you have any questions contact the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society at office.vahms@gmail.com

Location:
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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!  The book title for May is Life according to Og the Frog by Betty Birney.

We're hosting this virtual program on Zoom.  A Zoom invite will be emailed to you a couple of days before we meet. What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Registration required. Register online or call Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

VAHMS is pleased to present the first ever National Asian Heritage Month Showcase in partnership with Festival Accès Asie (Montréal) and the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba (Winnipeg). This event will bring together artists from Montréal, Vancouver and Winnipeg working in the dance, music and multidisciplinary fields for this first-ever national program. Working in collaboration, these three organizations will present this showcase online on Saturday, May 29 at 5PM, followed by a discussion period with the artists. VAHMS will be presenting a musical collaboration between Vi An and Alcvin Ryūzen Ramos. 

 
Registration coming soon! 
 
If you have any questions, contact the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society at office.vahms@gmail.com
Location:
Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Get ready for hiking season! Join us for an evening with Stephen Hui and Taryn Eyton. Stephen and Taryn present their new books, published by Greystone books. These titles are your essential guides to trails near Vancouver! 

About Stephen Hui 

Stephen Hui is the author of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, a #1 B.C. bestseller. Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, a guide to 55 new hikes, is his second book. Find out more at 105hikes.com.

About Taryn Eyton

Taryn Eyton is a hiker, adventure traveler, and Leave No Trace master educator, who spent six years researching and writing about outdoor gear for MEC. She founded happiestoutdoors.ca. Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia is her first book.

 

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 604-984-0286, ext. 8144. 

Location:
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm