Shared Journeys is a new program that embraces West Vancouver’s rich cultural diversity, bringing people together through stories, conversation and activities. By exploring what we have in common, as well as our differences, this program inspires openness, respect and curiosity. Shared Journeys invites us to make new connections and to help build a strong and welcoming community. wvml.ca/sharedjourneys
Launch Event: Thursday, July 4, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Main Hall
Join us to celebrate the launch of Shared Journeys at a special event featuring a traditional welcome by Chepximiya Siyam’/Chief Janice George of the Squamish Nation, a performance by the Vancouver
Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the announcement of our One Book, One Community title selection. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome!
Shared Journeys Photo Exhibition: I’ve Not Always Been Canadian
July 3 – August 7, Main Floor
Assembled by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, this exhibit explores the stories of immigrants and refugees about what it means to belong and to fully embrace a Canadian identity—as told to storyteller Lina de Guevara. Photographs by photojournalist Quinton Gordon.
To the Moon and Beyond: Skype a Space Expert
Friday, July 19, 2 – 2:45 p.m., Welsh Hall
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing — bring your space science questions and join us for a live Skype session with an expert from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. This event is all ages. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Persian Book Club
Thursday, July 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.
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
We screen thought-provoking and entertaining films. See you at the show!
July 8: If Beale Street Could Talk —
A woman in 1970s Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.
*July 15: First Man — A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
*July 22: Apollo 11 — This 2019 documentary is crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
July 29: The Children Act: — As her marriage crumbles, a judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principles. Screenplay by Ian McEwan, based on his novel.
*Special screenings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
In the Gallery
First Thursdays Art Walk
Thursday, July 4, 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.
Graphite Tales: Nick Bantock
July 23 – September 16, Art Gallery
Many know Nick Bantock as the author and illustrator of Griffin and Sabine, which rocked the publishing world when it debuted in 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.
Registration is now open for all July digital learning programs. For a full list of activities or to register, see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to July).
July program highlights:
Monday, July 8, 22 and 29, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Drop in to The Lab to work on your digitization projects using our equipment and software.
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This hands-on session teaches you how to access ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) using the free Libby app. Get ready to start reading and listening on the go!
Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Looking to start learning a new language? Join us to learn how to register for and use the online Mango Languages resource.
Let the Board Games Begin!
Saturday, July 6, 2 – 5 p.m.
McDonald Creek Meeting Room
Socialize and play board games with our Gamer-in-Residence. Children under 10 must attend with an adult. To register, please call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.
Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle
Thursdays, July 4, 11, 18 and 25, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
McDonald Creek Meeting Room
Share ideas, techniques and conversation. All skill levels welcome.
Mandarin and Farsi Focus Groups
Mandarin: Saturday, July 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 12 – 1 p.m.
Farsi: Thursday, July 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. OR 7 – 8 p.m.
Help us plan for the future! Share your thoughts on belonging and inclusion with the Library. Light refreshments provided. To register, please visit the Information Desk or call us at 604.925.7403.
The Library offers great drop-in storytimes for children of all ages. For complete details, please visit our online events calendar (navigate to July).
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.
Storytime at John Lawson Park | All Ages
Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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.
Family Storytime | All Ages
Fridays, 10:30 – 11 a.m., Storyhouse
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Storyhouse
A chance for families to hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes.
Storytelling, Songs, and Crafts with Lisa Lewis
| Ages 6 – 9
Tuesday, July 9, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Storyhouse
Join Lisa Lewis, a Squamish Nation author, as she reads her book Tsunaxen’s Journey and teaches traditional Squamish songs and crafts. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register online.
You Can Write! Workshop with Mahtab Narsimhan
| Ages 9 – 12
Thursday, July 11, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m., Storyhouse
Learn about the craft of writing great fiction with award-winning author, Mahtab Narsimhan (The Third Eye, The Tiffin, and Mission Mumbai). Mahtab will share tips and tools to make your writing shine. Register online.
Summer Reading Club
Sign up for the 2019 Summer Reading Club! Visit the Information Desk in the Youth Department to get started.
Read-to-Me Club | Ages 3 – 6
Join a club designed for parents with children who cannot yet read independently. Keep a record of the reading and fun literacy challenges you have done together in a special booklet and drop in for weekly stickers, stamps and reading suggestions.
Summer Reading Club | K – 7
Get ready for a summer of fun! Members will receive a package including a Reading Record, Reading Calendar, Bookmark and Schedule of Events. Report your reading, earn badges and attend special programs for a chance to win fabulous prizes. A great way to spend your holidays!
Teen Reading Club | Grades 7 – 12
Designed especially for teen readers, this club offers a prize for every third book read and reviewed.
Modified Holiday Hours
The Library will be open for Canada Day on Monday, July 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Library is closed on Sundays, July 7 – September 1.
Join Us in Honouring Jenny Benedict
Thursday, July 11, 4 – 5 p.m., Welsh Hall
After nearly nine years of service, Library Director Jenny Benedict is retiring from West Vancouver Memorial Library. The WVML Board and staff invite the community to express their appreciation for her service at this special celebration event.
Canadian Road Trip
Whether it's an epic road adventure or a trip to the cabin, take some Canada along with you on your summer adventures to curl up, stretch out or jam along to. See our Canadian summer reading and music list.
New Addition to Our Local History Collection: West Van. News (1926 – 1933)
In collaboration with the West Vancouver Archives, the Library recently digitized The West Van. News newspaper (1926 – 1933) for our Local History Collection. The newspaper is an important part of West Vancouver history, and provides a glimpse into the daily lives and social activities of West Vancouver residents. See the first issue (April 9, 1926) here.
This project was made possible by generous funding from the West Vancouver Historical Society and the Friends of the West Vancouver Memorial Library.
The Foundation Welcomes New Directors
The Board is delighted to announce that Mehran Farmanara, Heather Kaart and Wendy Reece are starting two-year terms on the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation Board.
The Board also welcomes Keith Tyler as the new Foundation Coordinator. Office hours for the Foundation are now Mondays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 – 9 p.m.
Save the date! Tuesday, October 22
Mark your calendars for the Foundation's Annual Author and Dinner Event, featuring acclaimed Vancouver author David Chariandy.
Friends of the Library
Thank you to everyone for supporting our Friends of the Library Shred-it Day and Book Sale. Together we raised:
Shred It: $3,830
Book Sale: $3,195
All proceeds benefit our Library.