West Vancouver Memorial Library

Opening: March 1!


Join us for the opening of West Vancouver’s digital learning place, The Lab, on Thursday, March 1. Come in and see how our custom-built space transforms learning into a collaborative and creative experience.


3:30 p.m.  Opening Remarks & Ribbon Cutting


3:45 – 6 p.m.  Stay and play with our new technology tools!

  • Green Screen Photo Bomb
  • Preserve a Memory Station
  • Make a Gizmo 
  • Take a Trip in Virtual Reality
  • Robotics Maze Race

For more information, please visit wvml.ca/labopening.


Program registration opens February 22 at wvml.ca/thelab.


The Library is deeply grateful to the District of West Vancouver and the donors of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation for providing the funding for the project.

Special Events

Lunar New Year —

Erhu Music with Lan Tung

Saturday, February 17, 12 – 12:30 p.m., Main Hall


Join Lan Tung, Artistic Director of the Orchid Ensemble and Sound of Dragon Music Festival, as she plays traditional Chinese music to celebrate Lunar New Year.



Timeless Art of Tea Brewing

Saturday, February 17, 1 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall


Learn about ancient Chinese tea culture in a traditional Kung Fu Tea presentation by Xiao Yang and Erick Smithe. Includes tea tasting.


Online registration opens Thursday, February 1 at 10 a.m.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, February 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.



An Evening with Eve Lazarus

Wednesday, February 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Join North Shore author Eve Lazarus for a discussion of her latest book, Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator. 


Known internationally as Canada’s Sherlock Holmes, John F.C.B. Vance helped detectives solve some of the most sensational murder cases of the 20th century.


Monday Movie Night—
Battle of the Sexes

Monday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Based on the electrifying 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. 


Music Talks with Neil Ritchie 

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


Join longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie as he celebrates the unique styles of different vocal superstars from the worlds of jazz, chanson, country, rock and opera.





February 6 — Yves Montand

February 13 — Dolly Parton

February 20 — Freddie Mercury

February 27 — Marilyn Horne



Friday Night Concert —
Ambleside Orchestra

Friday, February 23, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall


The Ambleside Orchestra is a growing, multi-generational community orchestra that attracts musicians from all walks of life. Join us for an evening of chamber music including the works of Paganini, Brahms and Walton.

In the Gallery

Leisure Pursuits

Through to February 27, Art Gallery


Featuring images from the Library’s historical digital collection, this exhibition documents the community’s enthusiasm for sports and leisure. Favourite activities include badminton in the 1920s, skating in Ambleside Park during the 1950s and strolling along the Ambleside Sea Walk, circa 1985.



English Corner

Fridays, February 2, 9 16 and 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Monday, February 5, 19 and 26

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


For English language learners who possess a basic foundation in spoken English.



Let's Talk!

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Develop your English language skills while discussing current events.

Lifelong Learning

Philosophers' Café —

A Meaningful Life

Thursday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies and the Library provide comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on the burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real-life experience desired. 


February topic: What constitutes a meaningful life?


Photobook Workshop

Thursday, February 1, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Join us for a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to create a personalized photo book online. Please select the photos you would like to use before the workshop, and save them to your email, on a USB drive or in another digital format. Online registration is required.



Raspberry Pi for Adults —

Make a Digital Camera

Tuesday, February 6, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Use the Library’s Raspberry Pi computer kits to build a simple digital camera and learn basic code to make it operate. No coding experience required. Online registration is required.



Tech Talk —

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality

Wednesday, February 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Join Dr. Richard Smith, SFU professor and Director of the Master of Digital Media Program at the Centre for Digital Media, for a discussion on the issues, challenges and implications of these emerging technologies. Online registration is recommended.



iPad Photo Editing

Tuesday, February 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn about some free apps that can help you turn your digital snapshots into works of art. Please bring your own iPad and your Apple ID password for downloading apps. Online registration is required.



Discover Online Audio

Tuesday, February 27, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Take a tour of the ways to listen to great stories online, through podcasts, audiobooks and streaming radio.

Online registration is required.



Computer Essentials 

February 7 – 15, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room

Your first steps towards using a computer! A gentle, introductory class that takes you from learning about the mouse and keyboard to learning about Windows, files, the Internet and creating and online account. No computer experience required.

Please note: this is a four-part series.



PART 2: FILES, FOLDERS AND STORAGE — Thursday, February 8


Thursday, February, 15


Registration is required. To register, please call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 or visit us in person. 

Special Events

Year of the Dog Family Storytime

| All Ages

Saturday, February 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Storyhouse


Celebrate the Year of the Dog by joining us for a special storytime with Norman, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 



Lunar New Year Costumes and Crafts | Ages 5+

Saturday, February 17, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.



Bring in the Lunar New Year by making crafts and trying on traditional Chinese costumes. Online registration opens Thursday, February 1 at 10 a.m.



Celebrate the Chinese Spring Lantern Festival | Ages 4+

Saturday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Join staff from the Panda Pocket Chinese Learning Centre for fun activities including stories, trying traditional food, decorating lanterns and more. 


Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. All are welcome; the program will be delivered in both Mandarin and English.



Norooz Egg Painting | All Ages

Saturday, March 17, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.



Let’s get ready for Norooz by decorating eggs for the Haftseen table! Come join this fun, family-oriented activity. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration opens Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m.


The Library offers a number of wonderful drop-in storytimes for children of all ages. For complete details, please visit our online events calendar.

Early Years

Family Tech Play | Ages 4+ 

Friday, February 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with fun technology like iPads, Little Bits and Sphero Robots. Screen-free coding games, like Cubetto, Kibo and Code-A-Pillar will be fun for all ages to try. Children under 8 years must attend with a caregiver.


Please register online


Ballet 101 | Ages 6+

Sunday, February 11, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Ballet 101 provides an opportunity for families to learn about ballet as a storytelling medium. Learn basic positions, discover how to convey emotions through movement, try out some dance steps and watch professional dancers. Presented by the Kay Meek Centre and Ballet Jörgen, and supported by the West Vancouver Community Foundation.


Online registration is required.


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, February 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.



Open to all high school students, Teen Advisory Group is an awesome and welcoming group that meets once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. Earn volunteer hours, meet other students and have a say in what happens in the Library. New members always welcome! Refreshments provided.


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 12


New Asian Language Books



Dig deeper into Asian languages with our Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections on the Main Floor. Look at our New Titles page to find recent additions to these collections. 

Library Family

Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall. Luncheon provided. 


WVML Foundation



The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation is currently accepting applications for positions on its Board of Directors. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Apply online

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

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