October is always a busy month at the Library.


People of all ages are hungry for new learning and social opportunities following the summer break. Luckily, we have so many things for you to choose from!


Want to get up close and personal with the candidates for mayor and council in the upcoming local general election? Check out our Vote Smart — Lightning Rounds with the Candidates  event. Looking to further your understanding of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples? Consider signing up for our Honouring Reconciliation Reading Challenge. Interested in supporting your Library? Pick up a ticket for the WVML Foundation's annual fundraising speaker and dinner evening with acclaimed Canadian author Will Ferguson.


We look forward to seeing you around the Library this month!



Special Events


Vote Smart — Lightning Rounds with the Candidates

Saturday, October 13, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall


Be at the table with the candidates for Mayor and Council to talk about what matters to you. Using a "lightning round" format, small groups will meet with the candidates for a few minutes at a time, making a personal connection while asking questions and raising issues.


Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Online registration required. 



Honouring Reconciliation


Learning Circle: Indigenous Language Revitalization

Tuesday, October 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Linguist Dr. Peter Jacobs will lead this talk on the language revitalization efforts of the Squamish Nation. Followed by a brief introduction to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) language.


Reading Circle — Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Saturday, October 20, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Explore Richard Wagamese’s powerful novel Indian Horse, in a discussion facilitated by Library staff. Online registration is required.





Author Talk: Fate and The Goddess of Yantai with

Ian Hamilton

Thursday, October 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join award-winning author Ian Hamilton as he discusses his latest publications.







Persian Book Club

Thursday, October 18, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall East

Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian.


Authors In Our Community — Circumstantial Enemy by

John Bell

Wednesday, October 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
A journey to freedom through hatred, betrayal, lust and revenge.


Book Launch — Dreamers and Designers: The Shaping of
West Vancouver

Friday, October 26, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Main Hall
Francis Mansbridge and John Moir trace the fascinating history of West Vancouver. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, cash bar. In partnership with the West Vancouver Historical Society.


Library Bound Book Club

Monday, October 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room
Our new monthly afternoon book club includes transportation from your home to the Library. Registration required. For more information or to register, call 604.921.2160.





Doc-tober! Film Series

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

A special film series where we will be screening popular and acclaimed documentaries throughout October.





Friday Night Concert: The Fretless

Friday, October 12, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall
This Juno award-winning Canadian fiddle foursome is pushing
traditional Irish folk music to a new place. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Music Talks with Neil Ritchie

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join Neil Ritchie as he celebrates the unique styles of five different artists from the worlds of film, opera, jazz and more.

  • October 2: Jonas Kaufmann
  • October 9: Anita O’Day


The Metropolitan Opera Lectures

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
A new lecture series with Nicolas Krusek, based on the Met's 2018-19 Live in HD season being shown at Cineplex theatres. 

  • October 3: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
  • October 10: Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saens
  • October 24: La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini
  • October 31: La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi



In the Gallery


Gleneagles Pottery Studio Instructors Exhibition

Through to October 19, Art Gallery

This eclectic exhibit demonstrates the wide variety of styles and approaches employed by the talented staff of the pottery studio at Gleneagles Community Centre.


Dreamers & Designers: The Shaping of West Vancouver

October 23 – January 8

A special exhibit, in partnership with the West Vancouver Historical Society, to celebrate the launch of Dreamers and Designers: The Shaping of West Vancouver (Harbour Publishing). 



Technology — Adults

Registration is now open for all October digital learning programs. For a full list of activities and registration information, see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to October).


October program highlights:




English Conversation Circle

Monday, October 1, 15, 22 and 29
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


Improve your listening and speaking skills.





Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

A weekly discussion group for English language learners.


English Corner

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26,, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welsh Hall

An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills.



Lifelong Learning


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursday, Oct 11 and 25, 12:30 – 2 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room
Bring your project and share ideas, techniques and conversation with other knitters and crocheters. All skill levels welcome.



After the Armistice: Peace and its Consequences

Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
A three-part lecture series presented by Dr. Garrett Polman.
October 18: Peace in Europe
October 25: Creation of the Middle East
November 1: Consequences

Philosophers’ Café — Who Are You?

Thursday, October 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Stanley Park Windstorm — Then and Now

Saturday, October 27, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall
Presented by Urban Forester, Bill Stephen.



Health + Wellness


North Shore Health Connections —
The Canadian Medical System

Thursday, October 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Presented in Mandarin, with English translation available.




When Your Partner has Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia

Tuesday, October 9, 7 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Dr. Kirkpatrick discusses loving a partner with dementia.

Personal Planning Webinar Series —
Tips on Making a Will

Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Aging Eyes: Macular Degeneration

Thursday, October 18, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Presented by optometrist Dr. Bart McRoberts.

Personal Planning Webinar Series —
Consent to Health Care & Facility Care

Tuesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
What are the consent rights of health patients?

North Shore Health Connections —
Parent-Child Relationships

Thursday, October 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Presented in Mandarin, with English translation available.

Personal Planning Webinar Series —
The Planning Continuum

Tuesday, October 30, 10:30 – 11:50 a.m., Welsh Hall
Representation agreements, enduring powers of attorney, wills.



Special Events


Halloween Puppet Show | Ages 3+

Friday, October 26, Welsh Hall
Join us for a half hour of spooky fun!

Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m. Please register each child separately. 
10:30 – 11 a.m. or 4 – 4:30 p.m.





The Library offers great drop-in storytimes for children of all ages. For complete details, please visit our online events calendar (navigate to October).



Early Years


Parent-Child Mother Goose


A group experience for parents and their children that focuses on the pleasure and power of rhymes, songs and stories together. Register online at familyservices.bc.ca.

Wednesdays, October 10 – December 12
11:30 – 12:30 p.m., Storyhouse

Wednesdays, October 10 – December 12
10:15 – 10:45 a.m., Storyhouse





Pill Bugs, Wood Bugs, Roly-polies Oh My! | Ages 7 – 12

Friday, October 19, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Come play with these curious little crustaceans and learn why they are perfectly adapted to live in our wet forest environment. Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m.





TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, October 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Open to all high school students, Teen Advisory Group meets once a month to discuss what happens in the Library. Refreshments provided.







Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8



North Shore Community Conversations

Thursday, October 11,
1:30 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall



What does place mean to you? Participate in a community conversation with newcomer immigrants and long-time residents of the North Shore.


Space is limited, register online by October 9.


Get into learning this fall



Expand your knowledge and build new skills. Choose from Lynda.com tutorials, Mango Languages and online course platforms like Coursera, EdX and Open 2 Study.  



Library Family


Friends of the Library



Have you checked out the Friends of the Library book cart? Find great reads at bargain prices — all proceeds directly support your Library! Freshly restocked 12 months a year in the Library Main Hall.


Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28, 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Welsh Hall. 


WVML Foundation


WVML Foundation Annual Speaker & Dinner Fundraiser with Will Ferguson

Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m., Capilano Golf and Country Club



Tickets are now available for this not-to-be-missed event with one of Canada's most acclaimed authors. Hurry before they sell out! Additional details available here.





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