featured announcements
North Shore Writers Festival
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6
NVDPL, Lynn Valley Branch.
 
Join us at the 20th annual North Shore Writers Festival! Friday evening, author Grant Lawrence will host the ever-popular annual literary trivia contest, and on Saturday you'll meet talented Canadian authors, listen to their inspiring stories, and explore their diverse works of literature.

Shred-it Fundraiser
Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Queen Mary School, 230 Keith Road West.
 
Save the date! Our shredding fundraiser is back. Securely shred confidential files and information, protect against identity theft, and help raise money for the library! Shredding will be by donation. Proceeds will support the Library's special collections and programs.
Tax receipts are available for donations of $25 or more.

NVCL Seed Library
 
Growing season is here again! Our burgeoning seed library has nearly 1000 packets of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, including early starters like cauliflower, leeks, onions, peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes. We lend seeds to the public, free of charge, with an aim to create greener spaces, encourage people to grow their own food, and facilitate community learning.

adult and general programs
April Computer Classes
All classes 7 - 8:30 p.m.

In April we bring you a class in self-publishing, as well as beginner and intermediate classes in Microsoft Word and Excel. Drop-in
 
Drop-In Book Club
Wednesday, April 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. Drop-in

Foreign Credential Recognition Process in Canada
Friday, April 5, 6 - 8 p.m.

If you are an immigrant with a degree or a license obtained from your home country, you don't want to miss this workshop. Participants will learn about the steps for foreign credential recognition in Canada, and the financial support that is available to them in their credentialing process. Registration required

Welcoming Spring
Saturday, April 6, 2 - 3 p.m. or 3 - 4 p.m.

Interested in learning how the rebirth of nature is celebrated in different cultures such as Iranian, Afghan, and others? Join us in the library for a fun and casual afternoon to chat about the traditions of this global celebration: Chahar-shanbe Soori, Norooz, and Sizdah-bedar; tasty snacks provided.This program has two sessions; choose 2 - 3 or 3 - 4 p.m. Registration required

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Dare to Be Heard
Monday, April 1, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

If you're a writer and want to read your work to a non-critical audience, why not join us? Dare welcomes writers at all stages of the journey, and interested listeners too. This is a North Shore Writers' Association event and takes place in the second floor boardroom. Drop-in

Workplace Culture and
Language Training for
Newcomers (Beginner level)
Mondays, April 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29, 6 - 8 p.m.

In this language program participants will learn how to communicate confidently in the workplace. Topics will include workplace communication, teamwork, office culture, effective networking, managing conflict, creating a resume, writing a cover letter, and job Interviews. Registration required

Seniors' Gathering:
Brain Gym, with Lori Wall
Tuesday, April 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to maintain an active state of mind, by sharpening your ability to think, remember and improve your focus while coordinating your physical body with mental functioning. Come learn some techniques to do daily to improve your mental fitness and manage stress. Drop-in

Urban Homesteading: Mudgirls
Wednesday, April 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about natural building materials? Join us for this talk with Mudgirl member Clare Kenney.The Mudgirls is a collective of women builders who use unprocessed, upcycled and site-based materials to create healthy, beautiful structures. Registration required

Capilano Universe Series:
Allies in Reconciliation
Thursday, April 11, 7 - 8:30  p.m.

Like most Canadian educational institutions, CapU is working to indigenize and decolonize its curriculum. Faculty members Judy Snaydon and David Geary will share their experiences as they negotiate the road toward reconciliation in Canada. Drop-in

Law Week Presentation:
Wills and Estates
Friday, April 12, 7 - 8:30  p.m.

Interested in learning about wills and estates? Join us for a presentation by Peter Bonny. Peter heads Ratcliff & Company's Wills and Estates group. His practice is primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate administration. Drop-in

English Conversation Club
Wednesdays, April 24 - May 29, 9:30 - 11:30  a.m.

In this program, participants will meet weekly to practice their English with a facilitator and community volunteers. New topics will be introduced in each session, creating a very enthusiastic and engaging setting. The program is suitable for anyone with intermediate English skills (LINC level 4-6). Participants must commit to attend all sessions. Registration required

Parenting Teens Support Group for Mandarin-Speaking Families
Thursday, April 25, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

In this monthly session, Mandarin-speaking parents will learn about a variety of topics, including communicating with pre-teenage and teenage children, Internet addiction and games, social media safety, dating and bullying. Registration required

Postures and Prompts
Friday, April 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Andrea Winterbottom, a certified Hatha yoga teacher and Federation of BC Writers member, will lead you through a series of pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (yoga postures) to open pathways to allow creativity to flow. Awaken your muse and take joy in writing to prompts that will prompt writing from within your core. Please bring your own yoga mat, pen and paper. Registration required

children's programs
LEGO Club
Saturdays, April 13, 27, 2 - 2:45 p.m.

For ages 5 and up. What can't you build with LEGO? Put your best building skills to the test! LEGO is provided and you're welcome to create and explore to your heart's content. Drop-in

Earth Day Crafternoon
Saturday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Join Denise Corcoran of Thrifty by Design for this Earth Day crafternoon! Use your imagination and create art with recycled materials! Drop-in

Children's Storytimes
Various days and times

The Library has a number of regular weekly storytimes for various age groups. Please see the calendar for dates and times. Drop-in

teen and tween programs
Get Involved!
Teen and Tween volunteering

The Library offers several volunteering opportunities for teens and tweens. Join our Teen Advisory Council, Tween Advisory Group, or the Teen Art and Promotion Group. Join the Read Along program, or help with library events! 

Homework Help!
Mondays, April 1 to May 27, 3:30-5 p.m.

For Tweens and Teens in grades 4 and up. Want to get help with your homework? Teen tutors will help you reach your academic goals. Preference will be given to those who have not yet participated in Homework Help in 2019.  Registration required

Board to Death
Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

For ages 16 and up. Come and play board games! All are welcome and new games are introduced regularly. This is a casual, fun, welcoming atmosphere and you don't have to be good at board games. Drop-in
 
Teen Gaming
Fridays, April 5, 12, 3:30 - 5:15 p.m.

For grades 7 and up. Drop into The Room to play your favourite "E" or "T" rated games for Wii or PS4, or play board games. Bring your own, or use ours. Drop-in

Battle of the *Board* Games
Fridays, April 5, 12, 26, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

For tweens in grades 4 - 7. Capilano Community Services Society youth workers host a weekly Friday board games drop-in for tweens in grades 4 -7. All are welcome and new games are introduced regularly. This is a casual, fun, welcoming atmosphere and you don't have to be good at board games to have lots of fun! Drop-in
 
Snack and Chat Day
Wednesday, April 10, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

For grade 7 - 12. What?! There's free food in the Library?! Come to the room to study, socialize, play some board games and share some awesome treats with your friends! Drop-in
   
Teen Book Club
Wednesday, April 24, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

For teens in grades 7 to 12. Love books? Come and talk about your favourite books with other teens. Books and snacks will be provided! Registration required   
 
Teen Movie Matinee
Friday, April 26, 3:30 - 6 p.m.

For teens in grade 7 and up. Bring friends and watch a movie in The Room. Refreshments provided! This month, we're showing The Hate U Give. Drop-in  
 
upcoming library closures
The library is closed for Easter on:
  • Friday April 19
  • Sunday April 21
  • Monday April 22