West Vancouver Memorial Library

Booktopia is Back for Its 14th Year!


This year's festival features an impressive line-up of internationally renowned presenters, a teen art exhibit, an illustrator's workshop and much more! Join us at the Library and at the Kay Meek Centre Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 12.


Program details available below and on the Booktopia webpage See you there!


Booktopia is a partnership between the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation and West Vancouver Schools.


Special Events

A Special Evening with Cherie
Dimaline: Canada Reads Finalist

Thursday, May 10, 7 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall


Métis author Cherie Dimaline reads from her Governor General and Kirkus Prize award-winning novel, The Marrow Thieves, a finalist for this year's Canada Reads competition.


Online registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot.





Friends of the Library: Shred-It

Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Library parking lot


Is your home overflowing with confidential documents? For a minimum $5 donation, toss them all into the secure paper shredder. All proceeds benefit your Library.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, May 17, 2 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian.



Kate Bird — City On Edge

Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Join author Kate Bird for a talk about her latest book, City On Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes.



Authors in Our Community —

The Last Truth by
Brian Thomas-Peter

Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Join local author Brian Thomas-Peter as he discusses his novel, The Last Truth – a psychological journey towards mayhem and the struggle to find meaning and hope, before all is lost. 


Friday Night Concert —

Jasper Wood and David Riley

Friday, May 25, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall


Wood and Riley received the 2004 East Coast Music Award for "Best Classical Recordings" for works of Igor Stravinsky and continue to garner rave reviews for their combined talents. Join us for a thrilling night of music as they present a recital of duos by Dvorak, Prokofiev and more. 

In the Gallery

Booktopia Teen Art Exhibition

May 1 – June 3, Art Gallery


Drop by the Library to view dozens of spectacular pieces created by artists attending secondary schools in West Vancouver.

Technology — All Ages

Registration is now open for all May digital learning programs


We have a wide choice of registered programs happening in The Lab every day in May. Want to use The Lab in your spare time? Ask us about our many weekly drop-ins!


For a full list of activities and registration information, see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to May)



We are especially excited about the following digital learning opportunities being offered this month:




Tech Talk: Technology Made for Seniors

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Take a close look at technological devices and services that are designed specifically for seniors, or because of their ease of use can be embraced by seniors to improve their independence, quality of life and access to information. Online registration is required. 


Raspberry Pi and Basic Robotics for Adults

Various dates and times

Learn about coding and computers with our Raspberry Pi and Basic Robotics for Adults sessions in May.




Intro to Augmented + Virtual Reality | Ages 9 – 12

Friday, May 18, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

School's out, so journey to a land far far away with our virtual reality View-Masters. Kids can also try out our augmented reality books where 3D dinosaurs, bugs and more come to life right in front of their eyes! Online registration is required.


Family Robotics | Ages 4 – 5

Saturday, May 26, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Play and learn together as a family. We will help parents/caregivers introduce the most basic concepts of computational thinking with robotics using lots of movement, conversation and fun. Online registration is required. 


English Corner

Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25

10 – 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Monday, May 7, 14 and 28

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


For English language learners who possess a basic foundation in spoken English.



Let's Talk!

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,

Welsh Hall East


Develop your English language skills while discussing current events.

Health + Wellness

Understanding Dementia and the 10 Warning Signs

Tuesday, May 15, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall West


What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease? Learn about illnesses that cause dementia, the 10 warning signs, how the brain is affected and treatment options. Presented by the Alzheimer Society British Columbia.




The Brain on Drugs: An Inside Look at Opioid Addiction

Thursday, May 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Many communities around the world are currently battling an opioid epidemic. Learn about the science behind addictions and how communities can help mitigate harm. 



What Reiki Can Do for You — and Your Pets

Tuesday, May 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Discover how Reiki can help to improve your health issues, calm stress and relieve anxieties — and can be good for your pet's issues too!

Lifelong Learning

Smart Woman, Smart Investor

Wednesday, May 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Bring your mothers, daughters and friends for an entertaining evening of education and empowerment! Financial experts will discuss the basic principles of investing, and also cover a wide number of issues commonly faced by women when managing their finances. 




Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Monday, May 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall


Taking an all-hazard approach, North Shore Emergency Management will provide information to help participants create an emergency plan and kit so they become more resilient during a disaster.



Seniors' Roommate Registry Information Session

Thursday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.  12 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Hollyburn Family Services Society is exploring the idea of developing a program that connects senior homeowners and seekers. Join us at this information session to learn of the potential benefits of a Seniors' Roommate Registry.



Library Crafternoon:

Re-purposing Old Books

Saturday, May 12, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Join us for an afternoon of adult crafting where we will re-purpose vintage books destined for the recycling depot into functional and ecologically-chic creations. All supplies will be provided. Online registration is required. 



Experts in Our Community — 

Stories from the Deep with Erika Bergman

Wednesday, May 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Submarine pilot and talented storyteller Erika Bergman will discuss her life as a National Geographic Explorer and her compelling research on the glass sponges of Howe Sound.



Philosophers' Café — Inside Canada's Prisons:

Punishment or Rehabilitation?

Thursday, May 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


Do you think rehabilitation can be accomplished in our current incarceration system? What challenges does our system face? Guest: Neil MacLean, retired Correctional Service Canada manager



Community Photo Walk

Saturday, May 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Put your photographer's hat on and join our Visual Arts expert Michael Markowsky as he introduces you to the art of photography, and leads you on an interactive photo walk around beautiful West Vancouver. 

Special Events

West Vancouver Schools Coding Quest Arcade

Thursday, May 31, 3 – 5 p.m., Main Hall


Join students from 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.


Booktopia: the Literary Arts Festival for Young People is in its 14th year!


Online registration is now open for the following programs:



Growing Up is Optional: Poetry For All | All Ages

Thursday, May 3, 7 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall


Puppet Show: Little Red Riding Hood | Ages 3+ 

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

Welsh Hall


Raspberry Pi Build-a-Story | Ages 9 – 13

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Lab


Illustrator’s Workshop with Ashlyn Anstee | Ages 9 – 12

Tuesday, May 8, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Storyhouse


Journey to the West: Chinese Storytelling and Crafts | Ages 6+

Saturday, May 12, 2 - 3:15 p.m., Storyhouse



More information about Booktopia available here.


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


Booktopia Movie Matinée: Ferdinand | All Ages

Saturday, May 5, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Ferdinand is a big bull with a big heart who must overcome challenges when he's mistaken for a dangerous beast. BC Film Classification: G.



Movie Matinée: Paddington 2
| All Ages

Friday, May 18 2:30- 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. BC Film Classification: G.


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, May 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse


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


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Victoria Day on Monday, May 21.


Book Donations



Are you spring cleaning, downsizing or moving? The Friends of the Library welcomes donations of high-quality hard cover and paper back books.


For more information, visit our Book Donations webpage.


Ancestry Library Edition



Explore your roots! Access the popular ancestry database and much more on our Genealogy & Family History webpage.


Recommendations from Novelist



Have you noticed the Recommendations in our catalogue? They display under “Explore Further” when you look up a title, and also when placing a hold if you click on “While you wait.”


Start browsing here.


Library Family

Friends of the Library



We look forward to seeing everyone at the annual Friends of the Library Shred-It day on Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library parking lot.


Be on the lookout for upcoming information about our annual book sale on June 7 - 9. 


The next Friends of the Library meeting & Strawberry Tea will be on Wednesday, June 27, 12:30 - 2 p.m. in the Welsh Hall.



WVML Foundation



SAVE THE DATE: WVML Foundation Annual Speaker & Dinner Fundraiser 


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6 p.m., Capilano Golf and Country Club

You won’t want to miss hearing Will Ferguson, an award winning travel writer and novelist. Mr. Ferguson is a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, 419. His latest novel, The Shoe on the Roof, has enjoyed literary acclaim.


Additional details will be released at a later date.

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