Programs & Events for Teens

2021 Red Cedar Book Award nominee Tanya Lloyd Kyi will present on her book, Mya’s Strategy to Save the World.

Tanya is the author of more than twenty-five books for children and young adults, both fiction and non-fiction.  In Mya’s Strategy to Save the World, Mya, who aspires to be a U.N. representative, launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving of a phone.

Join us as Tanya shares how her real life experiences inform her writing!

The presentation is suited to children in grades 4-7.

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

For more information, contact Danielle at [email protected] or 604-984-0286 ext. 8184

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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.

Zoom Teens
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

Comics and graphic novels are finally being taken seriously as an artform and it's about time! The narrative magic created when words combine with pictures can be an incredible reading experience.

We invite you to try your hand at this artform whether you are a regular doodler or haven't tried drawing since you were a kid - you will get a lot of guidance and support from instructor and professional artist Kathleen Gros!

This is a four-part workshop and participation at all four sessions is strongly requested. See below for workshop details!

 

Session One: Sunday, March 7 | 2pm-3:30pm

  • Theme: Generating Ideas/Storytelling
    • Talk through ideas of storytelling & how to build a short comic from an initial idea.

Session Two: Sunday, March 14 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Composition
    • Talk through strategies for panel layouts, and how the eye is directed around the page.
    • As well as how different choices can elicit different reactions from the reader.

Session Three: Sunday, March 21 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Inking & Colouring
    • Talk through concepts of colour theory & different methods of bringing a comic to a “finished” state.

Session Four: Sunday, March 28 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Share your comic with other attendees! 
  • Open Q&A geared towards the specific attendees' interests.

 

Suggested Supplies:

The following items will help you make the most of this workshop. Please contact the below number or email [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about supplies.

  • Some loose paper—printer paper is fine. You could also get a 9x12 pad of bristol if you wanted to try out a more “professional” type of paper. However printer paper is absolutely fine!
  • Pencils (any type between HB & 3H)
  • 2 fine liner pens (0.7 + 0.3 size) and a brush pen
  • Something to colour with—coloured pencils/pencil crayons recommended
  • A ruler
  • An eraser

Instructor information: Kathleen Gros is a cartoonist living in Vancouver, BC. She is the creator behind JO: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of). She sits on the board of the charitable organization, the Cloudscape Comics Society. Find more of her work at kagcomix.com

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

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. 

Zoom 3
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 2:00pm

One of humanity's biggest questions is, "are we alone?" Astronomers are searching our vast universe for signs of extraterrestrial life. How do we know what to look for? Where and how are we looking for life? We'll fly on a cosmic tour to look for places with the potential for life, and visit the robots and spacecraft that are helping us search along the way.

This event is open to Adult, Teens, and older children. 

About the presenter: Rachel Wang, an astronomer at the HR MacMillan Space Centre, is a graduate from UBC's Department of Physics and Astronomy. She loves to share her passion and knowledge about the universe with learners of all ages.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

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. 

Zoom 3
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Comics and graphic novels are finally being taken seriously as an artform and it's about time! The narrative magic created when words combine with pictures can be an incredible reading experience.

We invite you to try your hand at this artform whether you are a regular doodler or haven't tried drawing since you were a kid - you will get a lot of guidance and support from instructor and professional artist Kathleen Gros!

This is a four-part workshop and participation at all four sessions is strongly requested. See below for workshop details!

 

Session One: Sunday, March 7 | 2pm-3:30pm

  • Theme: Generating Ideas/Storytelling
    • Talk through ideas of storytelling & how to build a short comic from an initial idea.

Session Two: Sunday, March 14 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Composition
    • Talk through strategies for panel layouts, and how the eye is directed around the page.
    • As well as how different choices can elicit different reactions from the reader.

Session Three: Sunday, March 21 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Inking & Colouring
    • Talk through concepts of colour theory & different methods of bringing a comic to a “finished” state.

Session Four: Sunday, March 28 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Share your comic with other attendees! 
  • Open Q&A geared towards the specific attendees' interests.

 

Suggested Supplies:

The following items will help you make the most of this workshop. Please contact the below number or email [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about supplies.

  • Some loose paper—printer paper is fine. You could also get a 9x12 pad of bristol if you wanted to try out a more “professional” type of paper. However printer paper is absolutely fine!
  • Pencils (any type between HB & 3H)
  • 2 fine liner pens (0.7 + 0.3 size) and a brush pen
  • Something to colour with—coloured pencils/pencil crayons recommended
  • A ruler
  • An eraser

Instructor information: Kathleen Gros is a cartoonist living in Vancouver, BC. She is the creator behind JO: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of). She sits on the board of the charitable organization, the Cloudscape Comics Society. Find more of her work at kagcomix.com

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

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. 

Zoom 3
Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 2:00pm

Looking for a ideas to create a socially conscious craft? Meet Zines!

Zines (pronounced zeen, as in maga-zine) are handmade publications that resemble little magazines or chapbooks. They’re a great place to share your ideas about the world, record your opinions, write your memoire, or start a comic.

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use basic materials to make a small zine, and then work on writing and illustrating our own chapbooks, with the option of contributing your zine to a future project at the library!

Teen Zines is open to young people ages 11-18.

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. 

Register online. For more information, email Jessie: [email protected]

Zoom Teens
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Want to up  your  cooking game with some help from a professional chef? Join Chef Mark on Zoom for step-by-step help making a simple vegan Tomato Ragu & Pasta!

Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or a cooking novice, you’re welcome to join other teens for an afternoon of side-by-side kitchen help! Participants will receive a list of ingredients beforehand, and the library can assist in providing ingredients as necessary. Open to ages 12-18. Chef Mark of Crisp Cuisine has been a chef for 15 years. He loves cooking because there is an endless supply of knowledge to learn about when it comes to food.

This program is presented in partnership with North Vancouver City Library. 

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. 

Register online. For more information, email Jessie: [email protected]

Zoom Teens
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Comics and graphic novels are finally being taken seriously as an artform and it's about time! The narrative magic created when words combine with pictures can be an incredible reading experience.

We invite you to try your hand at this artform whether you are a regular doodler or haven't tried drawing since you were a kid - you will get a lot of guidance and support from instructor and professional artist Kathleen Gros!

This is a four-part workshop and participation at all four sessions is strongly requested. See below for workshop details!

 

Session One: Sunday, March 7 | 2pm-3:30pm

  • Theme: Generating Ideas/Storytelling
    • Talk through ideas of storytelling & how to build a short comic from an initial idea.

Session Two: Sunday, March 14 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Composition
    • Talk through strategies for panel layouts, and how the eye is directed around the page.
    • As well as how different choices can elicit different reactions from the reader.

Session Three: Sunday, March 21 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Inking & Colouring
    • Talk through concepts of colour theory & different methods of bringing a comic to a “finished” state.

Session Four: Sunday, March 28 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Share your comic with other attendees! 
  • Open Q&A geared towards the specific attendees' interests.

 

Suggested Supplies:

The following items will help you make the most of this workshop. Please contact the below number or email [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about supplies.

  • Some loose paper—printer paper is fine. You could also get a 9x12 pad of bristol if you wanted to try out a more “professional” type of paper. However printer paper is absolutely fine!
  • Pencils (any type between HB & 3H)
  • 2 fine liner pens (0.7 + 0.3 size) and a brush pen
  • Something to colour with—coloured pencils/pencil crayons recommended
  • A ruler
  • An eraser

Instructor information: Kathleen Gros is a cartoonist living in Vancouver, BC. She is the creator behind JO: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of). She sits on the board of the charitable organization, the Cloudscape Comics Society. Find more of her work at kagcomix.com

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

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. 

Zoom 3
Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

Want to up  your  cooking game with some help from a professional chef? Join Chef Mark on Zoom for step-by-step help making a simple vegan Tomato Ragu & Pasta!

Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or a cooking novice, you’re welcome to join other teens for an afternoon of side-by-side kitchen help! Participants will receive a list of ingredients beforehand, and the library can assist in providing ingredients as necessary. Open to ages 12-18. Chef Mark of Crisp Cuisine has been a chef for 15 years. He loves cooking because there is an endless supply of knowledge to learn about when it comes to food.

This program is presented in partnership with North Vancouver City Library. 

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. 

Register online. For more information, email Jessie: [email protected]

Zoom Teens
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Comics and graphic novels are finally being taken seriously as an artform and it's about time! The narrative magic created when words combine with pictures can be an incredible reading experience.

We invite you to try your hand at this artform whether you are a regular doodler or haven't tried drawing since you were a kid - you will get a lot of guidance and support from instructor and professional artist Kathleen Gros!

This is a four-part workshop and participation at all four sessions is strongly requested. See below for workshop details!

 

Session One: Sunday, March 7 | 2pm-3:30pm

  • Theme: Generating Ideas/Storytelling
    • Talk through ideas of storytelling & how to build a short comic from an initial idea.

Session Two: Sunday, March 14 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Composition
    • Talk through strategies for panel layouts, and how the eye is directed around the page.
    • As well as how different choices can elicit different reactions from the reader.

Session Three: Sunday, March 21 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Theme: Inking & Colouring
    • Talk through concepts of colour theory & different methods of bringing a comic to a “finished” state.

Session Four: Sunday, March 28 | 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Share your comic with other attendees! 
  • Open Q&A geared towards the specific attendees' interests.

 

Suggested Supplies:

The following items will help you make the most of this workshop. Please contact the below number or email [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about supplies.

  • Some loose paper—printer paper is fine. You could also get a 9x12 pad of bristol if you wanted to try out a more “professional” type of paper. However printer paper is absolutely fine!
  • Pencils (any type between HB & 3H)
  • 2 fine liner pens (0.7 + 0.3 size) and a brush pen
  • Something to colour with—coloured pencils/pencil crayons recommended
  • A ruler
  • An eraser

Instructor information: Kathleen Gros is a cartoonist living in Vancouver, BC. She is the creator behind JO: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of). She sits on the board of the charitable organization, the Cloudscape Comics Society. Find more of her work at kagcomix.com

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

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. 

Zoom 3
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 2:00pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Are you a bit of a book nerd? Do you want to have a say in library programs and teen book displays? The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly to give input on library programs, spaces, and activities, and it counts towards your volunteer hours! TAG is for teens grades 8-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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.

Zoom Teens
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 4:00pm

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).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Are you a bit of a book nerd? Do you want to have a say in library programs and teen book displays? The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly to give input on library programs, spaces, and activities, and it counts towards your volunteer hours! TAG is for teens grades 8-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This spring (May 2021), Freehand Press will be publishing his memoir The Bridge: Writing across The Binary, in which local author Keith Maillard details his experiences growing up nonbinary in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s in West Virginia. His stories get at the heart of the problems of the rigid gender binary, and what it was like to grow up never knowing how or where he fit. This is an engaging, entertaining, and informative book -- Keith is a master storyteller and doesn't assume that his readers already have an understanding of gender or what "nonbinary" means. He simply shares his own experiences in this generous and engaging memoir. 

Please join us for this special event, where Keith will read from his book and discuss some of his experiences with those attending. 

 

Keith Maillard is the award-winning author of fourteen novels, one collection of poetry, and two memoirs -- including The Bridge. He has taught in the Creative Writing Program at UBC for over thirty years and lives in Vancouver.

This meeting will be held on Zoom. You can watch the film with the group at 2:00pm, or watch on your own and join us at 3:00pm for a great discussion!

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.

Zoom 3
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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.

Zoom Teens
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:00pm

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).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

ATTENTION TEENS!

Are you a bit of a book nerd? Do you want to have a say in library programs and teen book displays? The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly to give input on library programs, spaces, and activities, and it counts towards your volunteer hours! TAG is for teens grades 8-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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.

Zoom Teens
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 4:00pm

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).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at [email protected] for more information.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Zoom Teens
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm