West Vancouver Memorial Library

Have You Visited Our New Space Yet?



Our bright, beautiful and accessible new space opened on March 28 with a celebratory — and extremely well attended! — Grand Opening & Afternoon Tea. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a smashing success. 


If you haven't yet had a chance to visit, we look forward to showing you around our comfortable new seating and gathering spaces, welcoming Assistive Services Office and freshly reorganized collections.



Booktopia Author Event –
Steve Sheinkin

Wednesday, May 10, 7 – 8p.m., Storyhouse



Join Three-time National Book Award winner Steve Sheinkin as he discusses his captivating new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Register online






Persian Book Club

Thursday, May 18, 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. 


Bard on the Beach with Christopher Gaze

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall


Join Christopher Gaze, founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, as he provides an in-depth look at the Festival experience and Bard’s 28th season, which takes audiences from ancient Greece to modern-day Venice and Vancouver. Presented in partnership with Bard on the Beach.

In the Gallery

Booktopia Teen Art Exhibit

May 2 – June 4, Art Gallery


This exhibition explores the range of talent found within the West Vancouver secondary school body, a showcase of youthful imagination, expression and design.

A partnership between the West Vancouver Memorial Library and the West Vancouver Museum.


Lifelong Learning

Personal and Estate Planning Basics – Plan to Make a Plan

Thursday, May 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Interested in learning about wills and estates? Join Carolyn van der Linden as she discusses everything you need to know to start your personal and estate planning. Van der Linden will explain the importance and purpose of wills, representation agreements, powers of attorney and other related documents. Presented in partnership with the People's Law School




Glenn Ryder – An Old School Naturalist

Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall


Please join Phil Henderson, a zoologist and environmental consultant, as he discusses the life of legendary Glenn Ryder – a devoted B.C. naturalist who rejected a formal education for one in the woods.



Philosophers’ Café –
Top-Down Leadership

Thursday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welsh Hall 


If a dictator can be said to make the trains run on time, do you necessarily believe they are on the right track? With Moderator Randall MacKinnon.


Let's Talk!

Welsh Hall East

BEGINNER: Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 and 29,
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


INTERMEDIATE: Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m.


Let's Talk is a weekly discussion group for English language learners interested in improving their listening and speaking skills. 


English Corner

Fridays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26,
10 – 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. No registration required.


Getting Started with Twitter

Tuesday, May 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Sign up and get started with Twitter, the social news site that connects you with the world!

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Online registration is required.



Tech Talk – Online Tools for Writers

Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall West


This session will include resources for the writing, editing and self-publishing process. Online registration is recommended. 



Watch, Listen and Learn –

Discover your Digital Library

Thursday, May 11, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Welsh Hall East


Learn how you can access free books, movies, music and courses online with your Library card! Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Register online.



Device Clinic

Saturday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Sign up for a 30-minute appointment to receive individualized help using iPads, Androids and other mobile devices. Bring your questions and your device if you have one. Contact the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 to register. 



Internet Plus

Thursday, May 18, 2 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Already skilled at browsing the web? Learn advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of your time online! This class is designed for those who are already comfortable with computer basics and Internet browsing, and will cover history, tabs, keyboard shortcuts and more. Register online.


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

| Ages 0 – 6

Mondays, March 27 – May 15, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.



Come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a certified Early Childhood Educator. A snack for children will be provided. This is a drop-in program and space is limited. Caregivers are required to stay with their children throughout the program. 


For more information, contact the Youth Department at 604.925.7408.


Pro-D Day Movie Matinée –Sing | All Ages

Friday, May 19, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall


A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.


BC Film Classification: General. Running time: 108 minutes. Drop-in, but space is limited! Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 



West Vancouver Schools Coding Quest Arcade | All Ages

Friday, May 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Join students from 10 West Vancouver schools as they showcase the educational video games they designed using the Scratch programming language. See demos, try out the games, enter a prize draw and celebrate the accomplishments of our community's young innovators. This is a drop-in event and all are welcome.

Pop-Up Libraries

Our pop-up libraries come to you! Get a Library card, borrow and return books and DVDs, listen to a story, play games and more! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome, but registration is encouraged.


Gleneagles Pop-up Library
| All Ages

Thursday, May 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre


Little ones can participate in a storytime at 3:30 p.m. 



Properties Family Hub
Library Hour | All Ages

Fridays (no session May 19),
10 – 11:15 a.m., Chartwell Elementary School Portable


Little ones can participate in a storytime at 10:30 a.m. 

Booktopia: A Literary Arts Festival for Young People

Online registration is required for all programs.


Puppet Show: The Three Billy Goats Gruff | Ages 3 – 6

Friday, May 5, 10:30 – 11 a.m. or 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


A fairy tale puppet show presentation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff for our youngest book lovers to celebrate Booktopia. Register online.




Illustration Workshop with Cale Atkinson

| Ages 9 – 12

Tuesday, May 9, 4 – 5:15 p.m.



Join picture book author and illustrator Cale Atkinson as he shares his artistic process and drawing tips. Register online.



Author Event: Steve Sheinkin
| All Ages

Wednesday, May 10, 7 – 8 p.m., Storyhouse


Three-time National Book Award winner Steve Sheinkin will discuss his captivating new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Register online.



Comics Workshop with Faith Erin Hicks | Ages 9 – 12

Thursday, May 11, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Storyhouse


Learn the basics of making your own mini comic with professional cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks. Bring your stories and characters to life using only pencils, paper and a few staples! Register online.


TAG Meeting

Monday, May 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is an awesome and welcoming group that meets once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. New members always welcome! Refreshments provided.


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Victoria Day Weekend on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22. 


Researching a Term Paper?




EBSCOhost’s MasterFile Premier and Academic Search Elite databases are an excellent, trusted source for research papers and assignments.


You can search both from our homepage search box. Enter your topic keywords, click on ARTICLES, and have your library bar code ready. Need help? Ask us!  


All Candidates Meeting:

West Vancouver–Sea-to-Sky

Wednesday, May 3,
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre



Join your neighbours and meet the candidates in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding for the upcoming 2017 BC election! Citizens will have the opportunity to co-create questions to pose to candidates.


Hosted at the Gleneagles Community Centre. Sponsored by North Shore Community Resource’s Democracy Café, in partnership with the West Vancouver Memorial Library.


Become a Library Champion!

Tuesday, May 2, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West 



Are you a new immigrant looking for volunteer work experience? Better communication skills? More confidence? New friends? A better understanding of your community? The Library Champions Project offers all of these things and much more! 


Attend this information session for more information and to see if you qualify for this great volunteer opportunity. More information.


Library Family

Friends of the Library – Shred It and Forget It! Event



Shred It and Forget It!

Saturday, May 27
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Library, west parking lot


Is your home overflowing with piles of confidential documents? For a minimum $5 donation, toss them all in the secure paper shredder at this Friends of the Library fundraiser. 


All proceeds will benefit your Library. Thank you to Shred-itTM for donating its resources to this fundraiser. 





The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation is proud to support Booktopia, the West Vancouver Literary Arts Festival for Young People. To find out more about Booktopia, please visit booktopia.ca


To donate, or for more information about the Foundation, please visit our website or call 604.925.7425.

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

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