WVML Foundation's Annual

Fundraising Speaker and Dinner Evening


Join us for a thoroughly enjoyable evening with acclaimed Vancouver author, David Chariandy. He has received many nominations for literary awards, winning the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Award and the Ethel Wilson Book Prize for his second novel, Brother. Most recently, he received the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for excellence in writing.

Tuesday, October 22

420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver

6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner


Tickets available beginning September 3 through the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation by phone: 604.925.7425, email: foundation@westvanlibrary.ca or at the Account Services Desk.



Shared Journeys


Shared Journeys is a new program that embraces West Vancouver's rich cultural diversity, bringing people together through stories, conversation and activities. Full details at wvml.ca/sharedjourneys


Lectures | Where We Came From

Superdiversity — How Today’s Migration Patterns Are Changing Canadian Cities

Thursday, September 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Daniel Hiebert, Professor of Geography at UBC and co-creator of the Superdiversity website, will talk about how today’s migration patterns are changing Canadian cities.


Does Canada’s History of Racism Continue to Shape Our Communities?

Thursday, September 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
UBC Associate Professor Henry Yu will discuss a better way to understand historical wrongs and provide insight into where we are now and where we are going in the future.


One Book, One Community


We invite you to participate in our inaugural One Book, One Community initiative, a District-wide reading and discussion program that encourages West Vancouverites to come together and explore ideas by reading a single book: Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. 


Read independently, discuss it with your own book club this year, or attend a Library Book Chat! Copies of the book and a supporting guide are available at the Information Desk. 


Book Chat

Saturday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Discuss and explore ideas in  our One Book, One Community title selection: Homes: A Refugee Story. Led by library facilitators, these chats will provide you with the opportunity to talk about the compelling themes in the book while making new connections. Registration is required.




SFU Writer’s Consults

Tuesday, September 3, 4 – 7 p.m., Lawson Creek Meeting Room
Need an expert opinion on your writing? The SFU Writer’s Studio offers free, one-on-one, 45-minute manuscript consultations. Please phone 604.925.7403 to register.


Authors in Our Community: Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No 

Thursday, September 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West

When parenthood is not in the mix, how might life unfold? Kate Kaufmann discusses her book on the life impacts of not having children.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, September 19, 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.


Library Bound Book Club

Monday, September 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Musto Lounge
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 more information, please phone 604.925.7403.




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 artists.

September 10: Aretha Franklin
September 17: Montserrat Caball
September 24: Quincy Jones



In the Gallery


Graphite Tales: Nick Bantock

Through to September 16, Art Gallery

Many know Nick Bantock as the author and illustrator of Griffin and Sabine, which rocked the publishing world when it debuted in 1991. Graphite Tales features different kinds of drawings, some from previously published books and others from a new series of ‘graphite narratives,’ accompanied by unique 100-word stories.




Registration is now open for September digital learning programs! 


For a full list of activities see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to September). 



September program highlights:




Tell Your Storytory | Grades 6-8

We are looking for keen writers and/or cartoonists who would like to create their own project and turn it into a real Library ebook!

Online applications open September 4 at 10 a.m.


Introduction to Augmented Reality | Ages 10-13

Wednesday, September 11 and 18, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Learn, explore and think critically about augmented reality through hands-on experience and by asking big questions about the role it plays in our lives.


Family Tech Play: Osmo | Ages 6-8

Thursday, September 12, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Families will have hands-on fun practicing coding and problem-solving together using Osmo educational games.


School’s Out! Programming with the Circuit Playground | Ages 10-13

Friday, September 20, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of electronics using the Circuit Playground, a series of small microcontroller boards with LED lights and sensors.




Learn to Code Websites

Monday, September 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You'll learn the difference between HTML, CSS and JavaScript and be given tasks for hands-on practice. 


Taking and Editing Photos with Your iPad

Thursday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn tips and tricks for taking great photos with your iPad! We'll also cover free apps that can help you edit your photos to look their best.

Introduction to Augmented + Virtual Reality | Ages 9 to Adult

Tuesday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Journey to a land far, far away with our VR View-Masters and try out augmented reality apps and books where 3D dinosaurs, bugs and more come to life right in front of your eyes!


Sharing Files with Google Drive

Friday, September 27, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Learn how to work online with Google Drive. In this hands-on class, you will navigate Drive's homepage, upload files and share files with others.



English Conversation Circle

Monday, September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills while learning about Canadian culture and local customs.




Let’s Talk!

Tuesday, September 10, 17 and 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

A weekly discussion group for English language learners interested in improving their listening and speaking skills.


English Corner

Friday, September 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills. Facilitated by the Baha’i Community of West Vancouver.


Lifelong Learning


Introduction to the Canadian Workplace

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 3 – October 3, 6 – 8 p.m.,

McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Learn how to communicate confidently in and around the workplace in this ten-part program. Presented by North Shore Multicultural Society. Registration required.


Introduction to the Alexander System

Tuesday, September 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Do you experience back pain, muscle pain, fatigue or anxiety? Join CanStat certified Alexander Technique teacher Alena Minova to learn about methods to cope with emotional and muscular tension.


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursday, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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.


Let the Board Games Begin!

Saturday, September 7, 2 – 5 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Our Gamer-in-Residence will introduce the games and provide assistance while you play.


Amazing Adventures! Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
and Daintree Rainforest

Thursday, September 12, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Join veteran travel writer Michael McCarthy as he travels the globe.


Philosophers’ Cafe — Trauma

Thursday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Research indicates that various kinds of trauma have a significant impact on our social interactions. What impacts and what means of healing have you observed?


Honouring Reconciliation: Indigenous Plant Walk

Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Lighthouse Park

An exciting learning experience with ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph of Squamish Nation. Enjoy a workshop at Sk’iwitsut House, followed by an hour-long walk through the park. 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 September).




Special Events

Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony

Friday, September 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Main Floor
Students will receive a medal for reading for 50 days or more this summer. Remember to bring your blue reading calendars! Refreshments provided. Drop in any time between 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.



Paws 4 Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m., Storyhouse

Kids can practise their reading skills by signing up for a 20-minute appointment to read with a certified Paws for Stories therapy dog.


School's Out!


Movie Matinée: The Secret Life of Pets 2 | All Ages

Friday, September 20, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Welsh Hall
On a family trip to a farm, Max and Duke encounter many creatures that elevate Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster, who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha and give Liam a little more freedom. Running Time: 86 minutes. Rating: General.



TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, September 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse
Open to all high school students, TAG is the Teen Advisory Group that meets once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. New members welcome! Snacks provided.





Holiday Hours



The Library will be closed Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2.


Regular Sunday hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) resume September 8.

Our New 2019 Book Club Selections



We've curated a list of engaging and thought-provoking reads that are sure to fuel discussion at your next book club meeting. View the 2019 Book Club Selections list, and take advantage of the package of questions, reviews and other information we've prepared for each title. Just search the catalogue for "Book Club Packages" or ask us at the Information Desk.



Want to Write In That Workbook?



The Youth Department has workbooks for young learners in all subjects including writing, reading and math. You can complete the activities inside the workbooks without photocopying (or worse, writing inside the book!)


Writing Cover kits come with a transparent, dry-erase sheet and marker that lets you write, erase, and re-write while keeping the book clean and usable for others.


Check out one today!


Reading Chariandy




Register to join us on October 15 as we discuss the literary works of David Chariandy, this year’s featured writer at the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation's annual fundraising event. Visit our website for full details.


Library Family


WVML Foundation



WVML Foundation Annual Speaker and Dinner Event Fundraiser with award-winning author David Chariandy


Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m.


Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 3. Full details on the Foundation Events webpage.


Friends of the Library



Thank you to everyone who supports us by purchasing items from our Book Cart. Just a reminder that all sales are cash only.


The next Friends' meeting is Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Welsh Hall East. Everyone is welcome.




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










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