Happy New Year!



Three cheers to the new year! We've got some exciting new programs for you to enjoy in 2019.


Are you a music buff? Test your prowess in our Name That Tune series. Looking to delve into some unique West Vancouver culture and history? Our brand new Local Voices program may be just what you're looking for. Got some curious young minds in your home? Check out our Get Creative Lab Club


We look forward to another great year with you at the Library!





Authors in Our Community —
In Harmony with the Tao by Francis Pring-Mill

Wednesday, January 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Join local author Francis Pring-Mill as he discusses the ideas contained in the Tao Te Ching and ways to apply them to daily life in the modern world.






Library Bound Book Club

Monday, January 28, 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 details and registration, call Assistive Services at 604.925.7437.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, January 17, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall East
Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.





Name That Tune

Tuesdays, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Are you good with song titles and artist names? Can you name a tune as soon as you hear a few notes? If this sounds like you, it’s time to put that knowledge to the test in our new Name That Tune program series.

January 22: Songs about Ice, Snow and Winter
January 29: Old Time Country
February 5: Television Theme Songs
February 12: Love Songs
February 19: Songs from Musicals
February 26: Post-World War II Songs


Friday Night Concert: Rumba Calzada

Friday, January 25, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall

Stirring up a mesmerizing Caribbean musical fusion, this JUNO nominated world-class Latin band makes powerful and joyful music that’s guaranteed to bring the house down every time.


In the Gallery


Dreamers & Designers: The Shaping of West Vancouver

Through to January 8, Art Gallery

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). 


Coastal Textures

January 8 – March 1, Art Gallery
Featuring the work of North Shore and Sunshine Coast artists who employ a variety of textile techniques to create weavings, felted works, macramé, quilting and needle point pieces that reflect BC’s rugged and unique landscape.





Indian Horse

Monday, January 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
If you missed our screening of Indian Horse at the Kay Meek Centre last fall, here is your chance to see this powerful adaptation of Richard Wagamese's award-winning book. Producer Christine Haebler will introduce the film and answer questions.





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


January program highlights:




Afterschool Drop-ins 

January 4, 17, 24 and 31. 

See our events calendar for full details.


School's Out: Tinker Time with littleBits | Ages 9-12

Friday, January 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Family Literacy — Sight Word Practice with Dash Robotics | Ages 5-7

Sunday, January 27, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.




Saving Recipes in Word

Monday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Protect Yourself Online

PART 1: Privacy

Tuesday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

PART 2Safety

Tuesday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


What Does the Internet Know About You?

Monday, January 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Make a Music Memory Slideshow

Tuesdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Please note: this is a three-part series.


Learning Circle: Digital Wellbeing

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 30 and February 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Please note: this is a 4-part series.





English Corner

Friday, January 11, 18 and 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

An enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills.





English Conversation Circle

Mondays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills.

Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays, January, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East
A weekly discussion group for English language learners.


Small Group Conversation

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 and 

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30.
SESSION 1: 10 – 10:40 a.m.
SESSION 2: 10:45 – 11:25 a.m.
SESSION 3: 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Practise your English with our English language facilitator and two other language learners.

Registration is required and opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m. To register, call 604.925.7403



Lifelong Learning


Introduction to the Canadian Workplace

Mondays and Wednesdays: January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and
30. February 4 and 6.
6 – 8 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

A free 10-session language program where participants learn how to communicate confidently in and around the workplace. Open to Work Permit Holders, International Students, Provincial Nominees, and Refugee Claimants. Presented by North Shore Multicultural Society and BC Settlement Integration Services. Participants must be able to attend all 10 sessions. To register, call 604.988.2931 or email office@nsms.ca.


Local Voices — Creating a Garden

Wednesday, January 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Look into the past from the perspective of a writer, hear how a master gardener built a garden that enhances her neighbourhood and learn how an immigrant from Italy created a bountiful vegetable garden. Speakers: Michael Kluckner, Nora Gambioli, Tish Davis. Presented in partnership with the West Vancouver Historical Society

Canadian Citizenship Preparation

PART 1: Tuesday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
PART 2: Wednesday, January 16, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Prepare for Canadian citizenship in this two-part workshop presented by North Shore Multicultural Society. To register call 604.988.2931.

Philosophers’ Café — Literacy

Thursday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

How does digital technology impact our understanding of literacy? As technology evolves, can a literate person become illiterate? How do communities manage the changing definition of literacy and ensure that literacy rates remain constant across generations?



Special Events


Storytime with the Mayor 

Saturday, January 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
Join Mayor Booth and other members of our Library family for a special storytime celebrating Family Literacy Week, Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and activities with our Family Literacy Passport.







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





Celebrate the Chinese Laba Festival | All Ages

Saturday, January 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Families will learn the story behind the Laba Festival, play games, learn about some new Chinese books for kids and more! Online registration is required.




Lego Mindstorm Club | Ages 10 – 13

Tuesdays, January 15 – February 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m., The Lab

Build and program a Lego Mindstorm robot over five weeks. Online registration is required. Participants must be able to attend all five sessions.


Drop-In: Tech Play | Ages 6+

Thursday, January 17, 24 and 31, 3:30 – 5 p.m., The Lab

Kids and families at all skill levels can learn and play with different technologies every week. Digital and screen-free options are offered. Children under 9 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.


Family Literacy —
Sight Word Practice with Dash Robotics | Ages 5 – 7

Sunday, January 27, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., The Lab

Kids and families will work together on identifying sight words and practise their motor and tablet skills by driving the Dash robot around The Lab. Online registration is required.


Get Creative Lab Club | Ages 8 – 10

Wednesday, January 30, February 6 and 13, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
The Lab

Each week kids work in groups to create something using the Library’s awesome collection of art/music apps and other technology. Online registration is required. Kids must be able to attend all three sessions.



School's Out


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 is required.



Family 1-2-3 Code! | Ages 4 – 8

Thursday, January 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., The Lab
Children and parents/caregivers will work together on building basic computational thinking skills without computers! Online registration is required.

Tinker Time with littleBits | Ages 9 – 12

Thursday, January 3 or 25, 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.

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. Drop-in, but space is limited to 12 children/families.

Matinée: Smallfoot | All Ages

Friday, January 4, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn’t know existed — a human. Rating: General. Length: 97 minutes. Drop-in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 





TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, January 14, 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 Hours

The Library will be closed for New Year's Day on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Happy New Year, everyone!



Connect with us!


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Practise your English at the Library



Join a Conversation Circle, borrow Language CDs, or learn online! More information.



Library Family


WVML Foundation



The WVML Foundation is accepting applications for positions on its Board of Directors. If you are passionate about your Library, we want to hear from you! Application forms, available at the Library and online, must be received via post, email or at the WVML Foundation Office by: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5 p.m.



Friends of the Library



Our Annual General Meeting and Election of the Executive will take place on January 30th at 12.30 pm in the Welsh Hall. Lunch will be provided! Nomination forms will be mailed out on Thursday, December 27; 

we invite all members to take part in this important process.





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