2018 Annual Community Report


We are grateful to the many people who contributed to our success in 2018, and to everyone who continues to work every day to make our Library the place where wonder sparks, possibilities emerge and minds thrive.


Discover our 2018  achievements in our Annual Community Report, now available online or at any of the Library service desks. 







Readings in the Park with Daniel Kalla

Tuesday, August 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m., John Lawson Park
Celebrate and enjoy the literary arts with international bestselling author and Vancouver-based doctor Daniel Kalla. No registration is required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Presented in partnership with the Harmony Arts Festival.


SFU Writer’s Consults

Tuesday, August 6, 4 – 7 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Need an expert opinion on your writing? The SFU Writer’s Studio offers free, one-on-one, 45-minute manuscript consultations. Please phone 604.925.7403 to register.

Author Talk: The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood

Monday, August 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Former West Vancouverite Shelley Wood will talk about her bestselling debut novel, The Quintland Sisters, a fictional coming-of-age story bound up in one of Canada’s strangest true tales: the ‘miracle’ birth of the Dionne quintuplets in Northern Ontario in 1934.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, August 15, 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.


Library Bound Book Club

Monday, August 26, 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 more information, please phone 604.925.7403.



In the Gallery


Graphite Tales: Nick Bantock

Through to September 16, Art Gallery
Many know Nick Bantock as the author and illustrator of Griffin and Sabine (1991). Graphite Tales features different kinds of drawings, some from previously published books and others from a new series of ‘graphite narratives,’ accompanied by 22 unique, 100-word stories.


First Thursdays Art Walk

Thursday, August 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Art Gallery

The Library is pleased to partner with the West Vancouver Community Arts Council for First Thursdays Art Walk — an inaugural celebration of art in West Vancouver, featuring self-guided tours of local galleries, public art and community spaces.





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




August program highlights:




Discover Your Digital Library

Friday, August 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how you can access free books, movies, music and courses online with your Library card!

Digitization Basics

Monday, August 12, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Come for an overview of how to use the Library's digitization equipment to convert photos, films and cassette tapes from analogue to digital formats.


Getting Started with Listening to Podcasts

Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Curious about podcasts? Take a tour of the most popular podcasts and learn how you can access this free form of entertainment.




Drop-in: Get Creative | Ages 6+

Friday, August 9 and 23, Wednesday, August 21, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Kids at all skill levels can create something using the Library’s awesome collection of art and music apps. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Drop-in, but space is limited to 12 children/families.

Drop-in: Make + Play | Ages 6+

Thursday, August 8, 15 and 22, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Kids and families at all skill levels can learn and play with screen-free
technologies. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied be a
parent/caregiver. Drop-in, but space is limited to 12 children/families.



Lifelong Learning


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Share ideas, techniques and conversation. All skill levels welcome.





Let the Board Games Begin!

Saturday, August 3, 2 – 5 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Bring your gaming spirit and try out new-generation board games at the Library! Our Gamer-in-Residence will introduce the games and provide assistance while you play.


Pathways to Permanent Residency

Work Permit Holders: Tuesday, August 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

International Students: Tuesday, August 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Welsh Hall

Together we will take a look at the federal and provincial programs that offer Permanent Residency status. Participants will get useful resources and learn how to improve their immigration profile. Presented by North Shore Multicultural Society. For more information and to register, please contact: Masha Rademakers at mashar@nsms.ca or 604.973.0463.





Small Group Conversation

Tuesdays, August 6 – 27.
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.
Community Computing Centre

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







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





Storytime at John Lawson Park | All Ages

Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m., John Lawson Park
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes at the park! Storytime will be held next to the playground. If the outdoor storytime is cancelled due to rain or poor air quality, join us at the Library.


Preschool Drop-in Play + Storytime | Ages 2 – 5

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Storyhouse
Enjoy interactive free-play in the Storyhouse and a short storytime at 11:40 a.m.


Family Storytime | All Ages

Fridays, 10:30 – 11 a.m., Storyhouse
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Storyhouse

Hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes.


Fun in Farsi Drop-in: Stories, Songs and More | Ages 2 – 4

Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Storyhouse

Gather with other families to practise Farsi language and literacy
skills with traditional songs, fun stories and more. This drop-in
gathering is led by Farsi-speaking parents from the North Shore.
Farsi speakers of all levels are welcome. All children must be
accompanied by an attentive parent or caregiver.






Movie Matinée: Wonder Park | All Ages

Monday, August 26, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall

Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. Running time: 86 minutes.

BC Film classification: General

Drop-in, but space is limited. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.




September Youth Program Registration


Online registration for most September programs (including the
September 20 School’s Out Day) opens Wednesday, August 7 at 10
See our online Events Calendar at westvanlibrary.ca for a full list
of September offerings.







Modified Holiday Hours



The Library will be open for BC Day on Monday, August 5,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Library is closed on Sundays, July 7 –
September 1. 



One Book,
One Community



The Library invites community members to participate in our inaugural One Book, One Community initiative, a District-wide reading and discussion program that encourages West Vancouverites to come together and explore ideas by reading the book Homes: A Refugee Story by Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr Al-Rabeeah.


Connect to this program by reading independently, attending a Library Book Chat or discussing it with your own book club this year. Copies of the book and a supporting guide are available at the Information Desk. For more information, please visit wvml.ca/sharedjourneys



Library Family


WVML Foundation



Coming soon: New WVML Foundation Video


Please watch the Library website for the August launch of the Foundation’s new video, which provides an inside view of the wonderful enhancements to the Library and programs made available by the generous contributions of our Donors and Sponsors. We would also like to thank our Library staff who made this story of giving come alive!

Foundation Author and Dinner Event: October 22



Our annual Fundraising Author and Dinner event with award-winning author David Chariandy is fast approaching.  Mark your calendars now — tickets go on sale September 3.  We hope to see you there!



Friends of the Library



Find great books and DVDs at bargain prices at the Friends of the Library Book Cart in the Main Hall.


A big thank you to our volunteers who work diligently every day sorting and stocking the Book Cart with these great finds, with all proceeds benefiting our Library. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 since January 2019!




West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
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General Enquiries: 604.925.7400










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