Honouring Our Veterans


For the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War, the Library is launching Research to Remember: In Their Own Words, featuring interviews with three West Vancouver veterans: Harry Greenwood, Ted Langley and Barney Nunns.


An exhibition of the video recordings, with commentary by Veteran Ted Langley, will take place in the Library on November 11 at the Remembrance Day Open House hosted by the Friends of the Library. The Friends generously provided the financial support for this project.



Special Events


TEDxWVMLWomen 2018 — Showing Up

Thursday, November 29, Welsh Hall

Watch a live stream of four sessions from TEDWomen 2018. Check our website for the complete schedule and additional program details.





Honouring Reconciliation


Reading Circle: The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew

Wednesday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
A facilitated discussion with Library staff of Kinew’s intimate memoir, in which he shares the story of his relationship with his father and their journey towards reconciliation. Registration is required.







SFU Writer’s Consults

Tuesday, November 6, 4 – 6 p.m., Multimedia Studio
The SFU Writer’s Studio offers free, one-on-one 45-minute manuscript consultations. Registration is required.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, November 15, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall East
Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.

Library Bound Book Club

Monday, November 26, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

Are you looking for a way to visit the Library and be part of a book discussion group? Join our monthly afternoon book club! Includes transportation from your home to the Library; books will be provided.

For details and registration, call Assistive Services at 604.925.7437.

Authors in Our Community — 
Suitcase in a Jar by Becky Livingston

Wednesday, November 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Local author Becky Livingston shares her brave and unusual story of travelling with her daughter’s ashes for 26 months.




Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

November 5: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Benning stars as aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame, whose ailing health leads her to reconnect with a former lover, the much younger Peter Turner.

November 12: Ocean’s 8

Upon release from prison, legendary conman Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie assembles the perfect crew to try and pull off the heist of the century at New York City's annual Met Gala.

November 19: Finding Your Feet

Snobbish 'Lady' Sandra Abbott finds out her husband is having an affair. She seeks refuge with her estranged, free-spirited sister Bif, who convinces Sandra to join her at a community dance class.

November 26: Eighth Grade

You will take turns laughing and crying at this deeply affecting and refreshingly honest portrayal of adolescence in the social media age.





West Vancouver Youth Band Strings — Through the Ages

Sunday, November 4, 1 – 2 p.m., Welsh Hall
Ranging in age from 8 to 18-years-old, the WVYB is consistently praised for its mature sound and technical abilities.



Friday Night Concert: Beltango Trio

Friday, November 16, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall
Beltango has been entertaining audiences around the world with the traditional tango pieces of Astor Piazzolla, along with their own compositions from the “Balkango” opus.


The Metropolitan Opera Lectures

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Nicolas Krusek discusses the 2018/19 Met Opera performances.
November 7: Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea
November 14: Carmen by Georges Bizet
November 21: La Fille du Régiment by Gaetano Donizetti



In the Gallery


Dreamers & Designers: The Shaping of West Vancouver

Through to 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). 




Registration is now open for all November digital learning programs. For a full list of activities or to register, see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to November).


November program highlights:




School's Out: Digital Play — Get Creative! | Ages 6+

Monday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


School's Out: Family Stop Motion Animation | Ages 6 – 9

Monday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.



Discover Social Media

Friday, November 16, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Family Tech Play: Virtual Reality | Ages 9+

Saturday, November 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.





English Corner

Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills.





English Conversation Circle

Mondays, November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills.

Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East
A weekly discussion group for English language learners.



Lifelong Learning


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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

Thursday, November 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
The last installment in a special three-part lecture series presented by Dr. Garrett Polman.


Referendum Ready: Electoral Reform Info Session

Wednesday, November 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
UBC Political Science Professor Gerald Baier will provide a nonpartisan overview of the systems and key issues related to the upcoming referendum on BC Electoral Reform.

Genealogy Fair

Tuesday, November 13, 4 – 6 p.m., Main Hall
Our experts will guide you through your research and teach you about a wide range of online and print resources.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Local History Edition

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m., The Lab
Librarians from WVML and UBC will show you how to become an editor so you can help improve Wikipedia’s content about West Vancouver and the North Shore. Online registration is required.

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition

Wednesday, November 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m., The Lab
A guided introduction to researching your family history. Online registration is required.

Philosophers’ Café — Trophy Debate

Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Which is a greater Canadian event: the Grey Cup or the Stanley Cup?



Health + Wellness


North Shore Health Connections: Common Diseases and Treatment using Traditional Chinese Medicine
(in Mandarin)

Thursday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Presented by Dr. Liang Zhao, Eye and Systemic Disease Specialist.


North Shore Health Connections: Common Diseases and Cancer Prevention and Treatment (in Mandarin)

Thursday, November 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Presented by Dr. Hong Xu, Research Associate, Department of Molecular Oncology, BC Cancer Research Centre.



Special Events


School’s Out: Full of Beans | Ages 7 – 11

Monday, November 19, 2 – 3 p.m., Storyhouse
An action-packed hour of fun with school yard games, clapping songs & skipping rhymes. Online registration is required.




School’s Out Movie: Incredibles 2 | All Ages

Monday, November 19, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back — but this time Helen (Elastigirl) is in the spotlight. Rating: General; Length: 108 Minutes. Drop-in, but space is limited


Will’s Jams | All Ages

Saturday, November 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Welsh Hall
Catchy and kinetic, Will Stroet’s live concerts feature high-energy songs in English and French with fun actions and sing-along choruses. Drop-in, but space is limited. Doors open at 11:10 a.m.





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





TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, November 26, 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.




Parents and Educators

Getting Ready to Read:
Fostering Literacy Skills Workshop

Thursday, November 15, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Welsh Hall West
In this workshop for adults, parents and caregivers will learn how to promote the development of early literacy and language skills. Register online or by calling 604.925.7270 (quote program #49682).





Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11.


Join us for our annual Remembrance Day Open House, after the ceremony at the Memorial Arch.



Road to IELTS



Over 100 practice hours for the International Language Testing System.



Explore Local History Online



Gear up for the November 13 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with these great local history resources!  



Library Family


WVML Foundation



The WVML Foundation's annual fundraiser on October 23 was a huge success! 


Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our many generous sponsors. The Library Foundation's annual author event is an important fundraiser that allows for many enhancements to the Library’s resources, services and programs which benefit individuals of all ages.



Friends of the Library



Please join us at the Library for our annual Remembrance Day Open House, hosted and funded by the Friends of the Library.


Find great reads at bargain prices at the Friends of the Library book cart — all proceeds directly support your Library! 


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




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