West Vancouver Memorial Library

Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth



This fall, the Library is offering programs and activities to honour the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada, facilitate shared learning and promote understanding of our shared history. The Library will continue to offer programs and activities in subsequent years to promote knowledge, understanding and dialogue, recognizing that reconciliation is an ongoing practice which will shape our community for the next 150 years and beyond. 


For more information and program details, please visit wvml.ca/reconciliation


Image credit: Carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all Indian Residential School Survivors. The carved panels represent the unique cultures of former First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
Used with permission.  


Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth —
Reading Circles

Tuesday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Welsh Hall

Saturday, September 30, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Additional reading circles: October 3, October 25, October 30 and Novembre 15. Various times and locations


Read and discuss Bev Sellars' acclaimed memoir, They Called Me Number One. Library staff will facilitate each Reading Circle discussion to expand our understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.


For more information or to register, please visit wvml.ca/reconciliation or phone 604.925.7403. Please register for only one of the available sessions. 




Persian Book Club

Thursday, September 21, 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.



A Musical Evening with
Grant Lawrence

Wednesday, September 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall


Please join award-winning author, CBC personality and singer Grant Lawrence as he brings his new rock ‘n’ roll memoir, Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries to the Library for an intimate evening of readings, storytelling and live music.


Kay Meek Arts Insights

Thursday, September 21, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Executive Director Rob Gloor hosts conversations with artists and community leaders on music, theatre, and film in Canada, with a focus on the Kay Meek Arts Season.


In the Gallery

West Vancouver Art Instructors Exhibition

Through to September 25, Art Gallery


Aiming to inspire people to create art at any age, this exhibition demonstrates the wide variety of media, styles and approaches employed by instructors in the Arts & Culture Division of the District of West Vancouver in the creation of their own art.



Stories, Lessons and Conversations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

September 28 – November 5

Opening ceremony: Thursday, September 28, 
2 p.m. 


An educational display, exploring the history and impact of residential schools, through images and documents from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.


English Corner

Fridays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Monday, September 11, 18 and 25
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


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



Let's Talk

Tuesday, September 12, 19 and 26

7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East


Develop your English language skills.

Health + Wellness

Using Mindful Eating to Manage Diabetes

Tuesday, September 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall West


Clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator Ellen MacKay will discuss mindful eating strategies that will help improve food choices, our enjoyment of food and our overall health.

Lifelong Learning

Beyond the Buzz — Navigating Online Media

Thursday, September 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall 


In this era of "fake news" and "alternative facts", it can difficult to make sense of the media landscape. Learn how to interpret what you are reading online and about the tools available to filter what comes across your screen.



Philosophers' Café — Nietzsche

Thursday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Friedrich Nietzsche observed, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Was he right?


Computer Essentials 1: The Mouse, The Keyboard and Windows

Wednesday, September 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Computer Training Room


Your first steps towards using a computer! A gentle, introductory class on how to use a mouse and keyboard, open and close a program and get started using the Windows operating system. No computer experience required.


Registration is required. Please call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 or visit us in person.



Discover Social Media

Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Learn about the most popular social media platforms and which ones are best for you. Register online



Creating Documents and Letters with MS Word

Tuesday, September 12, 2 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn how to use this popular word processing program to create polished-looking letters, lists and more. Some computer experience required. Register online



Computer Essentials 2:
Files, Folders and Storage

Wednesday, September 13, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn the basics of file management in Windows. This class will take you through creating, moving and copying files, creating and managing folders and transferring files to USB drives. Computer Essentials 1 (or equivalent experience) required.


Registration is required. Please call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 or visit us in person.



Getting Started With Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets

Thursday, September 14, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check out ebooks with your Library card. Please bring your device and Library card with you to the session. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Register online



Computer Essentials 3: Browsing and Searching the Internet

Wednesday, September 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Computer Training Room


Get started browsing the Internet. In this class, you'll learn how to use a web browser program, how to search for websites and how to use Google Maps. Computer Essentials 1 (or equivalent experience) required.


Registration is required. Please call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 or visit us in person.



Tech Talk — Email Zen:
Getting to Zero

Wednesday, September 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Learn how to use the features of Microsoft Outlook to effectively deal with email and achieve inbox nirvana (no items store in the inbox), and ensure tasks and requests don't get overlooked. Register online




Computer Essentials 4:
Accounts and Passwords

Wednesday, September 27, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Computer Training Room


This class will help you create an email account, invent a strong password and teach you how to stay secure online. Computer Essentials 3 (or equivalent experience) is required. 


Registration is required. Please call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 or visit us in person.


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

Mid-Autumn Festival Crafts
| Ages 4+

Saturday, September 30, 1 – 3 p.m.



Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with instructors from the Pocket Panda Chinese Learning Centre. Participants will learn about the origin of the Festival, decorate lanterns, make plasticine rabbits and sample mooncakes. This program is offered in both English and Mandarin. Children ages 4 – 8 should be accompanied by an adult. 


Online registration is required. 


Gleneagles Pop-Up Library
| All Ages

Thursday, September 21, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre


Missed the Medal Ceremony? Pick up your Summer Reading Club medal at our pop-up library! Little ones can participate in a storytime at 3:30 pm, older kids can try out Spheros or iPads. People of all ages can play a board game, borrow/return materials, sign up for a library card or get started with downloading ebooks. 



Pro D Day Raspberry Pi Magic
| Ages 9 – 13

Friday, September 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Practise your computational thinking skills while working on magical coding activities! Participants must have taken a Raspberry Pi class at the Library before or have experience with Scratch. Registration is required. 



Pro D Day Matinée: Boss Baby 
| All Ages

Friday, September 22, 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) is a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, carries a briefcase and is on a secret mission to discover why babies are losing their market share of love. In order to accomplish this mission, he will have to join forces with his wildly imaginative 7-year-old brother, Tim.


BC Film Classification: General. Running time: 98 minutes.



Properties Family Hub Kids Tech Play | Ages 8 – 12

Thursdays, September 28 – October 12, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Chartwell Elementary School, portable classroom


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with fun technology like iPads, Little Bits and Sphero Robots. Working in pairs and small groups, kids will get the chance to experiment, have fun and build their tech skills. No previous experience is required – just bring your curiosity! Registration is required. 


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, September 25, 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 volunteers hours, meet other students and have a say in what happens in the Library. New members always welcome! Refreshments provided.

Special Events

Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony

Friday, September 15, 7 – 8 p.m.

Main Hall


Everyone who read for at least 50 days this summer will be awarded a medal!  Readers should bring the green sheet on which they tracked their reading.



Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Labour Day Weekend on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4.


Regular Sunday opening hours will resume September 10. 


Are you thinking about a career change?



Find great resources on our Job Search & Careers page.


Back to school – for the first time!



Growing a reader? Check out our Youth Department's favourites for new Kindergarteners



Library Family

Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Library are great champions of the West Vancouver Memorial Library. We are active volunteers and quiet supporters working together to enrich Library programs, collections and services. 


The next Friends of the Library meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in Welsh Hall East. New members are always welcome!


WVML Foundation



The Annual Dinner and Speaker Event for the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation will be held on October 24, 2017, with celebrated author and futurist, Daniel Burrus. 


Tickets available as of September 1 through the WVML Foundation by phone: 604.925.7425, email: foundation@westvanlibrary.ca or at the Library Account Services Desk.

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

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