Thank you for another great year!


Every December, we can't help but look back and feel a little nostalgic about all the great experiences and memories we've built up over the past year.


2018 was full of new connections, milestones and celebrations for us — thank you so much for being a part of it! We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you, and can't wait to see you in 2019.



The Library will be closed for the Holidays Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26.

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, December 27 – Monday, December 31.

Closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019.


Happy Holidays, everyone!





West Van Reads Aloud — Celebration Tea

Thursday, December 6, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall
We made an audiobook! Recording of Pat Carney’s On Island is now complete and will be available for print disabled Canadians through NNELS, thanks to our community volunteer readers. Join us at this Afternoon Tea to celebrate the launch of this new project!

Library Bound Book Club

Monday, December 17, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

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.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, December 20, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall East
Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.



Holiday Movie


The Man Who Invented Christmas

Monday, December 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Get in the holiday spirit with eggnog, cookies and a twist on a classic: the magical story behind the story of Charles Dickens' timeless tale, A Christmas Carol.



Sunday Afternoon Holiday Concert


The Laudate Singers

Sunday, December 16, 2 – 3 p.m., Main Hall
For the Laudate Singers, every concert is a joyful celebration. The Choir combines technical artistry with the ability to make all kinds of choral music accessible, luminous and transcendent. Bring the whole family to this fun all-ages holiday concert and sing-a-long.



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 December digital learning programs. For a full list of activities or to register, see (navigate to December).


December program highlights:




Afterschool Drop-ins 

December 4, 5, 6, 11 and 13, 3:30 – 5 p.m. 

See our events calendar for full details.


Family Tech Play: Green Screen Holiday Photos

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Family Tech Play: Jingle Bots

Saturday, December 15, 2:30 – 4 p.m.


School's Out: Drop-in: Digital Play | Ages 6+

Friday, December 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.




Connect Online with Voice and Video

Wednesday, December 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Getting Started with Instagram

Thursday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Holiday Party Inspiration with Your Digital Library

Friday, December 14, 2:30 – 4 p.m.





English Corner

Friday, December 7 and 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills.





English Conversation Circle

Monday, December 3, 10 and 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills.

Let’s Talk!

Tuesday, December 4, 11 and 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East
A weekly discussion group for English language learners.



Lifelong Learning


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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.


Philosophers’ Café — A December Celebration

Thursday, December 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
If you could create a December festival (a one-size-fits-all celebration), what would it include?




Special Events


Holiday Puppet Show | Ages 3+

Friday, December 14, 10:30 – 11 a.m. or 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Join us for a puppet show and songs to get into the holiday spirit. Online registration is required.






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




School's Out


MATINÉES — Drop-in, but space is limitedChildren under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Happy Feet | All Ages

Thursday, December 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! Rating: General. Length: 87 Minutes. 

Frozen | All Ages

Friday, December 28, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna conspires to change the weather conditions. Rating: General. Length: 102 Minutes.


Tinker Time with littleBits | Ages 9 – 12

Thursday, January 3, 10:30  11:30 a.m., The Lab

Come build, test and re-build your own inventions with hundreds of littleBits and accessories. Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, December 4 at 10 a.m.


Extreme Lego Challenges | Ages 7 – 12

Thursday, January 3, 12 – 1 p.m., Storyhouse

An action-packed hour of lego building, challenges and activities. Online registration opens Tuesday, December 4 at 10 a.m.


Family 1-2-3 Code! | Ages 4 – 8

Thursday, January 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., The Lab

We'll use our Kibo and Cubetto robots, Code-a-Pillar, board games and more to make guesses, see patterns and solve problems. Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, December 4 at 10 a.m.


Drop-In: Digital Play | Ages 6+

Friday, January 4, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.,  The Lab

Kids can learn and play with technology like iPads, robotics, virtual reality, Raspberry Pi and more. 





TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, December 17, 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.







Festive Fiction


Grab a mug of hot cocoa and check out our staff recommendations for great books to curl up with over the Holidays.



Looking for Online Reads and Movies?



With RBDigital, you can access magazines, ebooks, audiobooks and streaming indie films for free—all in one app! Go to to learn how to get started.



Library Family


WVML Foundation



Now in its 32nd year, the Foundation provides an avenue for private donors and corporate sponsors to partner in a legacy of giving to the Library. 


Read about the Foundation's 2018 highlights in the annual WVML Foundation Newsletter.



Friends of the Library



Holiday Greetings and a happy and healthy 2019 to everyone, and thank you for your support in 2018!


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




West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1J8
General Enquiries: 604.925.7400








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