West Vancouver Memorial Library

September to Remember

September's an exciting month at your library. We return to our Sunday hours after Labour Day so you can spend more time taking advantage of our collections and top-notch programming. Our events calendar is overflowing with options — from Democracy Cafes to Author Panels, eclectic concerts to climate talks, we've got something for every interest and age. We hope to see a lot of you this month! 


Author Talks – Three’s a Thrill Mystery Suspense Panel
Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Join Mauro Azzano, Robin Spano and Sam Wiebe, winner of the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award, as they share their latest novels and writing experiences. 

Persian Book Club
Thursday, September 17, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.

Chapter and Verse – Starting, Running and Choosing Books for Book Clubs
Saturday, September 19, 1 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Interested in starting a book club? Don’t miss this afternoon of cover-to-cover book club basics to help your book club thrive.

Friday Night Concert – Kutapira
Friday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

This dynamic local percussion band performs a high energy fusion of Zimbabwean-style melodies and Afro-Latin rhythms on wooden marimbas and drums.

Jazz Talks with Neil Ritchie
Tuesdays, September 15, 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall

Join longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie for his entertaining seminars touching on various aspects of jazz from across the decades.

September 15 – Alberta Hunter/Count Basie 
September 22Peggy Lee
September 29The Current Crop
In the Gallery

West Vancouver District Art Instructors Exhibition
All month long, Art Gallery

This exhibition demonstrates the wide variety of media, styles and approaches used by the West Vancouver District art teachers in the creation of their own work.
Lifelong Learning

The Bank of Mom and Dad – Money, Parents and Grown Children
Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Derrick Penner is the author of The Bank of Mom and Dad: Money, Parents, and Grown Children, and a journalist with the Vancouver Sun. He will discuss financial issues that families are currently facing, and provide valuable suggestions for clear, honest communication.

What is Macular Degeneration and Who is at Risk?
Thursday, September 10, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall West

Dr. Bart McRoberts will inform you about macular degeneration and its long term effects, including its symptoms and the latest research.

Climate Change and the Ecology of Rocky Shores
Saturday, September 12, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join expert marine ecologist Dr. Chris Harley for an interesting discussion on the ongoing effects of changing river flow, ocean warming and ocean acidification on marine ecosystems in B.C., including the shorelines of Lighthouse Park.

Addiction, Recovery and Healing for Individuals and Families
Monday, September 14, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Join Annie McCullough, co-founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, in discussing the current state of addiction and recovery in Canada. 

Democracy Cafe
Mondays, September 21 and 28, and Tuesday, October 6, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join us for non-partisan community conversations about Canadian democracy.

September 21 Civics 101
September 28 – Democratic Values, Experiences and Current Election Issues 
October 6 – Overcoming Voter Apathy + Public Life Beyond the Vote

Let’s Talk
Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events.


English Corner
Fridays, September 11, 18 and 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. 

Tech Talk – Creating Impactful Presentations
Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Does presenting in front of a group give you the chills?

Fear not, in this talk, you'll learn hot tips, tools and techniques for creating pleasing, effective and professional presentations.

Computer Basics*
Thursday, September 3, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

A gentle introductory class on how to use a mouse and keyboard, open and close a program, use Windows and take your first step onto the Internet. No experience with computers is necessary. Register at the Community Computing Centre. 

Internet Plus*
Thursday, September 10, 2 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. Online registration.

Getting Started with Facebook*
Saturday, September 12, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room 

Discover Facebook, the most popular social media network. Online registration

E-Reader and Tablet Clinic*
Tuesday, September 15, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall West

These appointment-based clinics are designed to offer one-on-one help with ebooks and e-readers, tablets, email, digital content and apps! Bring your own device if you have one. Register at the Community Computing Centre.

Getting Started With Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets*
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check-out ebooks with your library card. This session is specifically for people with iPads, tablets and smartphones. Online registration.

* Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the Community Computing Centre Desk at 604.925.7405.  
Summer Reading Club 2015

Medal Ceremony!
Friday, September 11, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall

Time to celebrate! Everyone who read for at least 50 days this summer will be awarded a medal — remember to hold onto your reading calendar to receive your medal at the ceremony!

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

Parent Child Mother Goose
September 28 – December 7 (no class October 12), Toddlers: 9:15 a.m., Infants: 10:30 a.m., Storyhouse, 

This group experience for parents and their babies focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Registration is online through the Family Services of the North Shore and begins Tuesday, September 1 at 9 a.m.

Cap Kodaly Orff | Ages 4 – 5
Sundays, October 18 – December 6, 10:30 a.m., Storyhouse

Children experience the joy of making music through song, games, dance and instruments. These sample classes are a great introduction to the Kodaly Orff method, which also develops skills that children will carry with them into further music lessons. This program is only open to children who have never been in a Kodaly Orff class before. Due to demand, registration will be by lottery in the Youth Department. Names for the lottery will be taken Tuesday, September 1 - Wednesday, September 30

Pro-D Day Build a Robot with the Raspberry Pi! | Ages 9 – 13
Friday, September 25, 2:30 p.m., Computer Training Room

Program your own light-up robot and try out some basic computer programming. Registrants must have taken a previous Raspberry Pi class through the Library or have previous experience with Scratch. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2

Properties Family Hub Kids App Club | Ages 8 – 12
Thursdays, September 24 – November 5, 3:15 p.m., Chartwell Elementary School

Apps are fun to use alone, but even better in a group! Use iPads and apps to experiment, create and learn new things in this fun-filled seven week technology program. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2; registrants should be able to attend all sessions. This program is offered in partnership with the Properties Family Hub Society.

Paws 4 Stories | Ages 6 – 12
Wednesdays, October 7, 14 and 21, 4 p.m., Youth Department

Kids with reading challenges can practise their oral reading skills by signing up to read with a certified Paws 4 Stories therapy dog in 20 minute sessions. Kids must be school-aged, able to read some English on their own and comfortable reading with a dog and the dog’s adult handler. Register in the Youth Department, or by phone at 604.925.7408, beginning Tuesday, September 1. This series will be repeated in November and December

Pro-D Day Get Spooky with the RaspBOOrry Pi! | Ages 9 – 13
Friday, October 23, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Computer Training Room

Practise your computational thinking skills while working on spooky Halloween themed coding activities! Participants must have taken a previous Raspberry Pi class or be familiar with using Scratch. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 25.

If you are registering multiple children, please register each child separately. Please note that you will have to use a different email address for each child you register.

TAG Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

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

Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 7. Enjoy the long weekend!

End of Summer Hours

We resume our regular hours on Sunday, September 13 and will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. We can't wait to see even more of you!

School Fuel

Students, school's just around the corner. Kick back into gear with practice tests, peer reviewed articles and so much more with Learning Express. Make this your best year yet!


Starting September 1, we want to see all of the scenic and silly, hidden and hilly places your library card turns up. Send us your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #wheresyourcard. At the end of the month we’ll award a prize to the winning submission.

Popping up at Coho Fest!

We're so excited to be part of the Coho Festival this year — visit the Library tent on Sunday, September 13 in Ambleside Park. Check out some books, chat with staff and take advantage of our mobile Wi-Fi. See you at the Festival!

Bag One Fast!

Our stylish, rugged, 100 per cent cotton bags are going fast. Picks yours up today at the Registration Desk for just five dollars plus tax. Show your Library love everywhere you shop! 
Library Family


Friends, the next FOL meeting is set for September 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall. Hope to see you all there!

Interested in becoming a Friend of the Library? New members are always welcome. Join us today!



Join us on November 19 for our 3rd Annual Fundraising Author and Dinner Event with the internationally acclaimed author, actor and playwright, Ann-Marie MacDonald.

For more information about the Foundation, visit our website or call 604.925.7425. 

West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1J8
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