Shared Journeys: Connecting Our Stories


Make new connections and help build a strong and welcoming community at this panel featuring Winnie Yeung, author of Homes: A Refugee Story (our One Book, One Community title); Chepximiya Siyam’/Chief Janice George, hereditary chief and master weaver from Squamish Nation; Ahmad Danny Ramadan, award-winning Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ refugee activist; and Maureen Lee, District Principal of Student Support Services for the West Vancouver School District.


Moderated by Alexander Dirksen, this discussion will explore the ways that stories connect us and the diverse journeys to this place.


Friday, November 1

7 – 9 p.m., Main Hall


For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.



Special Events


Meet the Mayor

Saturday, November 2, 2 – 4 p.m., Main Hall
Mayor Mary-Ann Booth will provide information on current municipal issues, followed by questions and discussion.








Remembrance Day Service

Monday, November 11

A reception, hosted by the Friends of the Library, will follow the Memorial Day parade and service at the Memorial Arch. The parade begins at 10:45 a.m., with the service at 10:55 a.m.
Everyone is welcome and we hope you will join us.



Shared Journeys



Winter Celebrations

Saturday, November 23, 1 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall

Let’s celebrate winter together by sharing our traditions! Learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Yalda, Donghzi and more, make festive crafts and enjoy holiday treats. 










Amazing Adventures! South Seas

Thursday, November 14, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Join veteran travel writer Michael McCarthy as he travels the globe.






Persian Book Club

Thursday, November 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.


North Shore Authors Collection Celebration

Thursday, November 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Main Hall

Meet and mingle with our talented local authors while exploring their diverse works and ideas.


Library Bound Book Club

Monday, November 25, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Musto Lounge

Join our monthly afternoon book club! Includes transportation from your home to the Library; books will be provided. This program is now fully registered. Please contact Assistive Services, 604-925-7437, to ask about the waiting list.





Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


The Best of Enemies – November 4

Gloria Bell – November 18

POMS – November 25








West Vancouver Youth Band Strings — An Afternoon of Night Musik

Sunday, November 3, 2 – 3 p.m., Main Hall

Join us for an afternoon of classical music that will feature Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik.






Learning Korean Through K-Pop (All Ages)

Monday, November 18, 1 – 2 p.m., The Lab

Join speaker and storyteller Hoon Choi and concert pianist Hey-Jung Choi as they discuss the power and joy of K-pop and its deep connections to Korean culture and language. All ages are welcome.


Friday Night Concert: Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band

Friday, November 22, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall

Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band take Chicago Blues down to New Orleans for a unique and vibrant sound. Doors open at 7 p.m.



In the Gallery


Halikium/Wade Baker: Sculptor, Graphic Designer, Carver

Through to November 12

This exhibition documents the creation of Panel of Knowledge, a new addition to our Permanent Art Collection by Coast Salish
artist Halikium/Wade Baker.


Cementing the Future

November 13 – January 13, 2020

Featuring photographs from the Library’s local history collection, this exhibition explores West Vancouver in its formative years. Many of the images document the amazing structures and feats of engineering that dot the North Shore skyline.





Registration is now open for November digital learning programs! 


For a full list of activities see (navigate to November). 



November program highlights:




Drop-In: Tech Play | Ages 6+

Tuesday, November 5, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Kids and families at all skill levels can learn and play with different technologies. Children under the age of 9 must have a caregiver stay and play with them.


Family Music Making: Record with the iPad Piano Keyboard | Ages 6 – 9

Thursday, November 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Kids and caregivers play with a small piano keyboard, iPad and basic recording software.


Family Music Making: Peter and the Wolf Meets Robotics | 

Ages 6 – 9

Saturday, November 30, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Kids and caregivers listen to a reading of Peter and the Wolf, then work together as a family to program a Sphero robot with music.





Getting Started with Audacity

Monday, November 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m
Join us for a hands-on introduction to Audacity, an audio editing and recording software.


Ebook Creation: Designing a Cover with Canva

Thursday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to use Canva, a free design program, to design your book cover.


Computational Thinking with Raspberry Pi

Wednesday, November 13 and 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Discover the foundations of computational thinking and computer programming skills using Raspberry Pi. Please note: this is a two-part series. Learners must attend both sessions.

Ebook Creation: Formatting with Sigil

Thursday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to use Sigil, a free ebook creation program.

Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality

Friday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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




English Corner

Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Practise your English conversation skills. Facilitated by the Baha’i Community of West Vancouver.


English Conversation Circle

Mondays, November 4, 18 and 25 (no program November 11), 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!

Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

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

Lifelong Learning


Plant-Animal Communications with Daniel Mosquin

Saturday, November 16, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall

Explore the latest research behind how plants communicate with each other and with animals.






Philosophers’ Cafe — How Do You Make a Home?

Thursday, November 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

How do you make a home? What are the qualities of “a home” for you, and how do you cultivate those qualities in your relationships and surroundings?

Genealogy Learning Circle


Curious about your roots or trying to expand your family tree?
Register online for one, two or all three workshops.





Adding DNA to Your Genealogy and Family History Tools

Thursday, November 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Taking Care of Your Family’s Artifacts

Friday, November 15, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Using FamilySearch

Wednesday, November 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m., The Lab


Health + Wellness


Healthy Information: Finding and Evaluating Health Resources in the Library and Beyond

Thursday, November 7, 1 – 3 p.m., The Lab

This workshop will explain how to find and evaluate good health information from a variety of sources.









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




Fun in Farsi Drop-In: Stories, Songs and More | Ages 5 and under

Mondays October 21 – November 25 (No classes October 28 or November 11), 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Storyhouse
Gather with other families to practise Farsi language and literacy
skills with traditional songs, fun stories and more.




Paws 4 Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, November 22 – December 13, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Storyhouse

Kids can practise their reading skills by signing up for a 20-minute appointment to read with a certified Paws 4 Stories therapy dog.




School's Out!


Family Green Screen Stop Motion Animation: LEGO!

Monday, November 18, The Lab

Ages 5 – 8: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m., (adults must attend and participate)
Ages 9 – 12: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

An action-packed hour of Lego building, challenges and activities!




Parents and Educators


Picture Books 101 Workshop

Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Welsh Hall

Learn what makes a good book for each developmental stage, how to find themed books in the catalogue and which books stand out as the best and brightest new releases.



We Want to Hear from You!


As the Library works on the next strategic plan, this is a chance for youth in Grades 5 – 12 to share their thoughts and opinions. Come out and participate in a fun, interactive discussion and make your voice heard (and have some pizza while you’re at it!)
Online registration is encouraged.


Pizza Chat: Your Future Library | Grades 5 – 7

Thursday, November 14, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Storyhouse

Pizza Chat: Your Future Library | Grades 8 – 12

Monday, November 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse (takes place during the regular TAG Meeting time)






Remembrance Day









Following the Remembrance Day reception, the Library will remain open until 5 p.m.


Check Out Our Newest Permanent Art Piece!



On October 4, the Library unveiled its newest addition to the Permanent Art Collection. Halikium/Wade Baker’s Panel of Knowledge: Tyee Salmon and Eulachon is a wonderful new addition to the McDonald Creek Meeting Room.

Learn about the artist and his work by visiting the exhibition in the Gallery on our website.

Funding for this art piece was provided by the Friends of the Library.

Health + Wellness



With so many ways to access consumer health information, it’s more important than ever to cultivate strong health literacy skills. Our November 7 workshop includes a tour of our Health + Wellness collection, as well as the most trusted online resources. 


Summer Reading Club



The Youth Department awards Summer Reading Club trophies to the schools with the highest percentage of students who both registered for and completed the 50 day reading challenge. The 2019 trophy winners are:
•    Lion’s Bay
•    Hollyburn
•    Westcot




Library Family


WVML Foundation


David Chariandy with Andreas Thompson, WVML Foundation Chair


140 guests enjoyed David Chariandy’s moving speech on the role of the library in our lives at the Annual Fundraising Dinner and Speaker Event. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. To donate, or for more information about the Foundation, please visit our website or call 604.925.7425.

The Foundation requests your feedback


We would very much like to hear your feedback on both the event and other fundraising possibilities. Please take a moment to answer a few questions in this survey.


An invitation for new Foundation Board members


If you are interested in becoming a part of this hard-working Board, please read the more detailed information on our webpage


Friends of the Library



In honour of our veterans, the Friends of the Library will host the Remembrance Day reception, a tradition since 1975. Library doors will open after the laying of the wreaths. Refreshments will be served by the Friends and music will be provided by the Dundarave Players.  


We will remember.
Please join us.




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








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