West Vancouver Memorial Library

What's on – November

Ah November..the month when the sog sets in and daytime is superseded by darkness. We're here to brighten up your November with marquee author talks, our writer in residence, magnificent movies and amazing music. Sure it's cold and wet, but we've cooked up a sizzling events calendar for you this month. See you soon!  

Author Talk – The Life and Art of Harry and Jessie Webb
Wednesday, November 5, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Harry (1927-1995) and Jessie Webb (1930-2011) were among an influential group of artists, poets and jazz musicians living on the North Shore and in Vancouver in the 1950s.  Join their daughter Adrienne Brown as she discusses their heart-wrenching and triumphant story.

Author Talk – North of Normal
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Join Cea Person as she speaks about her highly unusual life in the wilderness and as an international model.

Authors in our Community – M.O.R.E: A New Philosophy for Exceptional Living
Wednesday, November 26, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall

Using the steps of the MORE philosophy, Alyson Jones' book will lead you on a path to start moving, recognize opportunities and face reality — dare to be different and to live an exceptional life!

Author Talk – Oh My Darling
Thursday, November 27, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Our writer in residence Shaena Lambert will read from her critically acclaimed book of stories and discuss the fiction writing process.

Writer in Residence
November 27 – 30, 12 – 3 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Are you an aspiring writer? Sign up for a 30 minute consultation with novelist, short story writer and teacher Shaena Lambert. Bring an outline, synopsis and/or up to five typed pages of your work. Call 604.925.7403 for more information or to register.

Persian Book Club
Thursday, November 20, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

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

Special Friday Night Concert – An Evening with Bramwell Tovey
Friday, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

Join us for a special evening with Bramwell Tovey, Musical Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium.

Opera with Nicolas Krusek
Wednesdays, November 5, 12 and 19, 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Don't miss this series on beloved operas by Czech composers. Highlights will include The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana and The Devil and Kate and Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak.
In the Gallery

Things That Go
All month long

Boats, buses, trains and cars — enjoy these images from the Library's Historical Photograph Collection which documents West Vancouver's growth and development from its beginnings to the bustling community it is today. These images and our entire collection can be viewed at digital.westvanlibrary.ca.
Monday Movies – First World War Screenings

War Horse
November 3, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

The story of a remarkable friendship between a young man and his horse and the extraordinary role the horse plays in the war.


All Quiet on the Western Front
November 10, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Considered to be one of the finest movies ever made about the First World War. This Academy Award winner is considered to be culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.

Joyeux Noel
November 17, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Academy Award winner, based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of the First World War and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. French with English Subtitles.

November 24, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Starring a young Mel Gibson, the story of two young men sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during the First World War.
General Learning

Philosophers’ Café: Organ “Donation” or “Confiscation”?
Friday, November 21, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall East

What could some Canadians stand to gain and what could some stand to lose if organ donation / confiscation were compulsory in Canada?

Getting Started With Library Ebooks: Kobo*
Thursday, November 6, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website with your Kobo. Online registration is available.


E-Reader and Tablet Clinic*
Thursday, November 13, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall East

Book your appointment for one-on-one assistance with iPads, Androids, e-readers and more.

Online Tools for Self-Publishing
Wednesday, November 19, 4 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Learn about the best self-publishing tools available online.

Getting Started With Library Ebooks: iPads and Tablets*
Thursday, November 20, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website with your iPad or tablet. Online registration is available.

Introduction to Ebooks and E-Readers
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall West

Learn about the basics of ebooks and e-readers at this informative seminar.

Digitized: Discover West Vancouver’s History
Wednesday, November 26, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall West

Learn about the new tools at the library to view and interact with the library’s digital collection of photos, video and text.

Computer Basics*
Thursday, November 27, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

A gentle introductory class. No experience is required.

Digital Buddies*
Saturdays, November 1, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. and November 8 and 22 at 1 p.m., Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Multimedia Lab

Sign up for help from a teen volunteer on how to create an email account or use your email more effectively.
*Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405.

Let's Talk
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events. This session runs until December 17.


English Corner
Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, 24 and 28, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. This session runs until December 19.
Youth Events
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

Storyhouse Family Drop-In | Birth – 6Y
Mondays, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m., Storyhouse

Families with children aged six and under are invited to come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a qualified Early Childhood Educator.

Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker Special Introduction | 4Y+
Saturday, November 29, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Meet Executive Producer and former Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada, Chan Hon Goh as she takes you through the story and artistic process behind Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Meet and greet with some of the show’s more elaborate characters and experience some of the magic behind this beloved holiday classic. Registration is required for this free event. Tickets will be available in the Youth Department beginning Monday, November 3.


Pro D-Day: Play the Pi-ano! Introduction to Computer Programming | 9 – 13Y
Friday, November 21, 10 a.m., Computer Training Room

Learn to think like a computer and use it as an instrument! In this introductory class, kids will learn how programming language differs from everyday language using the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized computer. A registration lottery runs until November 5. Contact wvmlyouth@westvanlibrary.ca or 604.925.7408 to enter. This course will be repeated on December 4.

Pro D-Day: Kids Movie – Maleficent | All Ages
Friday, November 21, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

The untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.
Time: 98 Minutes, BC Film Classification, Rating: Parental Guidance. Drop-in but space is limited.

TAG Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

Make a difference! Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a forum for West Vancouver teens to have their say in teen collections and programming. Refreshments provided.
Holiday Closure

Remembrance Day

The Library will be closed for Remembrance Day on Tuesday, November 11. Please join us for an open house after the ceremony at the Memorial Arch.
Library Family

Friends of the Library

On Remembrance Day, the Friends of the Library invite you to attend an open house following the ceremony at the Memorial Arch. As well, the final Friends meeting of 2014 is November 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall — all Friends are encouraged to attend.  Interested in becoming a Friend? Here's everything you need to know.

Library Foundation Event

Join us on November 20 for an exclusive dinner event with the extraordinary Joseph Boyden as he takes you on a journey through time with his award-winning novel, The Orenda. Tickets are on sale now. Details.

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

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