Featured Announcements
Kilby Memorial Teen Art Contest
Deadline: Sunday, May 5.
 
The theme of NVCL's 10th Annual Kilby Memorial Teen Art Contest is In Between. The contest calls for teens to showcase their creativity and capture the heart of the North Shore.

North Shore Authors Collection
Applications open till June 30.
 
NVCL, the North Vancouver District Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library proudly present a new collection to showcase the gifted writers in our midst:
The North Shore Authors Collection. It will showcase local content in all three libraries for one year, starting in the Fall. If you are a local writer interested in having your book featured, we invite you to apply! Applications are open until June 30.

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! 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
May Computer Classes
All classes 7 - 8:30 p.m.

In May we offer introductory classes in Windows and Mac. 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). Registration required

Workplace Culture and
Language Training for
Newcomers (Intermediate level)
Mondays and Thursdays, April 29 - May 13, 6 - 8 p.m.
 
Please join us for this free intermediate-level language program; participants will learn how to communicate confidently in the workplace. Participants must have an English level of at least CLB 5 or higher. Registration required

Bridge the Gap:
Let's Talk Intermediate Math!
Wednesday, May 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Laurie Beesting is a math educator of 28 years and now author of an innovative math program and book: Bridge the Gap Math™ This talk will cover issues surrounding parent/student challenges and priorities, as well as explore and demonstrate practical tips and methods from the program. Drop-in

Dare to Be Heard
Monday, May 6, 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

Seniors' Gathering,
with Ivan Tang
Tuesday, May 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Ivan Tang is deputy director for the Lonsdale Energy Corporation and will talk about its work in providing clean and efficient energy to residential and commercial buildings in the Lonsdale area. Find out about its ongoing construction, why and what is that smoke coming out of City Hall, and how it is helping the community and the environment. Drop-in

Drop-in Book Club
Wednesday, May 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. For more information, please see our book club page. Drop-in

Urban Homesteading: Veggies 101
Wednesday, May 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Inspired to grow your own food? Perhaps you are a brand new gardener, or you've been growing flowers for years and are excited to learn something new. Join us for this workshop with the Edible Garden Project. You'll learn how to plan and plant your first vegetable garden, from seed to table. Registration required

Parenting Teens Support Group for Mandarin-Speaking Families
Thursday, May 23, 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, May 31, 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
It's All in the Facts! Recycling Game
Wednesday, May 1, 7 - 7:45 p.m.

This week, our It's All In The Facts! storytime has a special guest! The City's Zero Waste Coach will be visiting and bringing along the recycling game. Have fun while learning about living green in North Vancouver! Drop-in

May the Fourth Be With You!
Saturday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

May 4 is Star Wars day at NVCL! Bring the whole family, come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character and take part in fun, Star Wars related activities:
  • Star Wars Craft: Make a Chewbacca paper fortuneteller. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Program Room, no registration required.
  • Star Wars Photo Booth: 1 - 3 p.m. in the 1st Floor Program Room, no registration required.
  • Screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. 2 - 4:30 pm in the 3rd Floor Program Room, registration required. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence.

LEGO Club
Saturdays, May 11, 25, 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

Block Lettering and
Wooden Name Sign Workshop
Saturday, May 18, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Interested in learning about block lettering and wooden name signs? Join us in a workshop for grades 3-6 and their parents; learn to draw fun and artistic block letters, and complete the two-part workshop with a finished wooden name sign, designed by you! Registration required

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! 

Teen Gaming
Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 31, 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, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

For tweens in grades 4 - 7. This event takes place in the 1st floor program room, and features a casual, fun, welcoming atmosphere - you don't have to be good at board games to have lots of fun! All are welcome and new games are introduced regularly. Hosted by Capilano Community Services Society youth workers. Drop-in
 
Snack and Chat Day
Wednesday, May 8, 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
   
Pet De-stress Day
Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday May 22, 3 - 6 p.m.

Are you feeling stressed out? Time spent with an animal can improve your mood, assist in managing blood pressure and stress hormones, and reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation - which all adds up to feeling less stressed! Come hang out with Ptolemy the therapy cat at the Tuesday session, or meet Daisy the therapy dog on Wednesday. Drop-in 
 
Tools for Managing Stress
Thursday, May 23, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Engaging and practical, this dynamic and youth-focused workshop introduces mindfulness tools to help youth tackle stress from the inside out! Teens are invited to try out simple strategies to reduce stress, manage emotions, reactivity, and acknowledge choice in difficult situations. Drop-in 
 
Teen Movie Matinee
Friday, May 24, 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 Solo: a Star Wars Story. Drop-in  
 
Recycling and Sustainability Workshop
Thursday, May 30, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Fact or fiction: you can throw a dirty coffee cup in the recycling bin? Know the answer? Want to find out? Join Lianne, the Zero Waste Coach from the City of North Vancouver, and learn more about recycling, sustainability, and how you can do your part! Drop-in  
 
Upcoming Library Closures
The library is closed for the Victoria Day weekend on:
  • Sunday May 19
  • Monday May 20