featured announcements
Issues that Matter:
Robotics, Artificial Intelligence,
and Virtual Reality
Wednesday, May 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Our new information series, Issues that Matter , launches May 23.  Dr. Richard Smith of SFU will talk to us about artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality. We have heard these terms before, but what do AI and robotics mean for the future of work and business? Is this really happening as quickly as we think it is? Join us for a thought-provoking evening!

Registration required

Raising Bilingual Children
Thursday, May 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide parents with answers to their questions about raising multilingual children, as well as hands-on strategies and information . The presenter is Anne Rimrott, Ph.D., consultant for multilingual families. As both a language acquisition expert and a parent juggling four languages in her own family, Anne is in a unique position to support families raising multilingual children. Drop-in

adult and general programs
May Computer Classes
Various days, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

In May we are offering classes in social media, as well as audio recording and video editing.

Urban Homesteading:
Victory Gardens for Bees
Wednesday, May 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Lori Weidenhammer, aka Madame Beespeaker, as she reveals the surprising biodiversity of bees that pollinate the flowers, fruits, and vegetables in your back yard. Learn how to create a bee-utiful garden that attracts these essential pollinators, and other beneficial insects, with edible flowers and herbs . Drop-in

Capilano Universe: Divine!
An Evening with Michelangelo

Wednesday, May 2, 7 - 8:45 p.m.

Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the most celebrated artists in history. In this lecture, Dr. El-Hanany will trace the development of Michelangelo's personal style, turbulent life and relations with patrons. Dr. El-Hanany is an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance. Drop-in

Dare To Be Heard
Monday, May 7, 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
Tuesday, May 8, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Linda McGowan, the consumer advocacy manager for TransLink, will be here to talk about the many services offered by HandyDART to riders with disabilities. Drop-in

NVCL Drop-in Book Club  
Wednesday, May 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion on The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See. For more information, see our book club page . Drop-in

Grow and Cook with Herbs
(planting and potluck sessions)
Saturday, May 19, 2 - 4 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

May 19 - Planting Session: participants will  receive a small herb box containing seeds such as basil, parsley or thyme, instructions on how to grow the herbs, and recipe suggestions.

Aug 24 - Potluck Session: participants will bring dishes that they've made using the herbs from the planting session. Participants will have an opportunity to meet, eat, learn and discuss dishes from different cultures. Made possible by the Library Small Grants Program.

Registration required. Participants should make sure that they are able to attend both sessions. Please register for each event separately. Limit of one participant per household.
View in calendar and to register online
Postures and Prompts
Friday, May 25, 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.

Registration required

Writing with Writers:
Writing Unforgettable Suspense,
Plot, or Characterization?
Wednesday, May 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you know if you're writing mystery, suspense, or a thriller? Does it matter? If you're confounded or confused about your genre, you're not alone. In this hands-on workshop, author Karen Dodd will show you how to write an unforgettable story, regardless of genre, by creating characters with depth.

Registration required

children's programs
Reading Link Challenge
Wednesday, May 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
at The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way.

Reading Link Challenge is a quiz program for children in grades four and five, who read and become familiar with six books. The teams then compete to answer questions about characters, plots and settings. You're invited to be part of the audience supporting North Shore teams! 

Saturdays, May 12, 26, 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

Children's Storytimes
Various days and times

The Library has a number of regular weekly storytimes for various age groups. Please consult our calendar for full details.  Drop-in

teen and tween programs
Kilby Memorial Teen Art Contest
Deadline: May 6

NVCL's 9th annual Kilby Memorial Teen Art Contest and reception reflect this year's theme: The Story Begins. The contest calls for teens to showcase their creativity and capture the heart of the North Shore.
Intro to Maya and Digital Animation
Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Want to learn the basics of digital animation?  Meet with Emily Carr University animation department's student art mentors for hands-on tutorials. Learn about animation using Autodesk's Maya 3D software, share your art and get feedback from university student mentors.

Registration required
Teen Advisory Council
Tuesdays, May 1, 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

For grades 8 to 12. Develop your leadership skills while having fun helping to plan and promote programs and events for teens. You will also get a chance to provide input on teen services and materials at the library. 
Registration required

Teen Gaming
Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, 3:30 - 5:45 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  

Teen Art and Promotion Group
Tuesday, May 8, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

For teens in grades 8 to 12. Do you love art and/or graphic design? Join the Teen Art and Promotion Group! You will get to create art and promote Library programs. You may also get involved with curating teen art, or assisting with creating themed decorations for the teen room.

Registration required

Snack and Chat Day
Wednesdays, May 9, 23, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

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 Movie Matinée
Friday, May 25, 3:30 - 6 p.m.

For grade 7 - 12. Bring friends and watch a movie in The Room. This month, we're showing Justice League. Refreshments provided! Drop-in

library closures
We have the following closures for the Victoria Day long weekend:

Sunday, May 20
Monday, May 21