West Vancouver Memorial Library

The New Year Begins Here

Season's Greetings from all your friends at West Vancouver Memorial Library! Looking to kick your New Year off with tantalizing tech talks, and thought-provoking programs? Visit our events calendar today for our full suite of programming.


Authors in Our Community – Human Rights and Spirituality

Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Join local author Houchang Zargarpour as he discusses his new book, Human Rights and Spirituality.







Kay Meek Artists Confidential – Seeds

Wednesday, January 20, 1:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Join Kay Meek’s Executive Director, Jeanne LeSage, for an intimate behind-the-scenes discussion with the cast of the thought-provoking courtroom drama, Seeds.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, January 21, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Led by Feloor Talebi.


The Writer’s Studio – Writing Consult

Tuesday, March 1, 4 – 6 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room


Need an expert opinion on your writing? E.R. Brown, finalist for the Edgar and Arthur Ellis Awards, will be available for 45 minute consultations. Call 604.925.7403604.925.7403 to register — space is limited.


Granny Power

Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall


The Raging Grannies use songs and satire to protest injustice and raise awareness about the most urgent issues of our day. After the screening, the Vancouver Raging Grannies will sing songs and share their stories.


Friday Night Concert – Locarno

Friday, January 29, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall


Locarno, the Latin project of Juno-winning musician Tom Landa (The Paperboys), brings a contemporary edge to a blend of Mexican folk, Cuban son, and Latin soul.



Jazz Talks with Neil Ritchie

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


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


January 12: Duke Ellington

January 19: Be-Bop

January 26: Gerry Mulligan/Billy Strayhorn

In the Gallery

Works by Mong Yen and Monika van Wollen

Starts Thursday, January 14


Enjoy works by two artists, both of whom bring a love of nature and influences from other lands to their paintings.




Cultural Journey

Until Tuesday, January 12


This exhibition highlights the backbone of the Squamish Territory — the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Panels and photographs tell the story of some of the most extraordinary natural features found along the way.

Lifelong Learning

Philosophers’ Cafe – Nominating Newsmakers of 2015

Friday, January 15,10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall East


Who and what have made an impact locally or globally? Nominate your choice for newsmaker of 2015!






Let’s Talk About Mental Health Issues, Resources and Support

Tuesday, January 19, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall


Please join us for a conversation on mental illness and its impact on families, and learn all about the resources and support available.


From Eden to ISIS – Capilano Universe Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall


Capilano University’s Dr. Leonard George will present From Eden to Isis: The Eternal War for Control of the Imagination, revealing some of the ways that imagination’s power has been used through the centuries, and some of the battles for control of this power.


Let's Talk

Beginner: Tues, Jan 5 – March 8, 1 p.m. 

Intermediate: Weds, Jan 6 – March 9, 7 p.m.


Elizabeth Musto Room


Develop your English skills while discussing current events. Maximum 20 people. 




English Corner

Fridays, January 8 – June 17, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. 


Getting Started With Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets

Thursday, January 7, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room


Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check out ebooks with your library card. Register online.





Getting started with Facebook

Tuesday, January 12, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room


Discover Facebook, the most popular social media network! Register online.


Tech Talk – How to Make an Ebook

Thursday, January 14, 5:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Ever wondered what it takes to create an ebook? Join us to learn the process — from raw story to ready to sell!


Ipad Learn and Loan

Thursday, January 21, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Allow us to introduce you to the iPad! No experience necessary in this two hour tour, but patrons must have a valid West Van library card to borrow the iPad for two weeks. Register online.


Computer Basics*

Friday, January 29, 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. 



*For more information or to register, visit or call the Community Computing Centre Desk at 604.925.7405604.925.7405.


Celebration of Language Storytime | All Ages

Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m., Storyhouse


Join us for a special Family Storytime in celebration of Family Literacy Day! We will have songs, rhymes and stories in different languages for families to enjoy.



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, January 11, 18 and 25, 12:45 p.m., Storyhouse


Families with children aged six and under are invited to come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a certified Early Childhood Educator.


Pro-D Day Lights, Camera, Book Review! | Ages 9 - 13

Friday, January 15, 2 p.m., Storyhouse


Write your own book reviews and then film them so they can be uploaded to appear on our website. Parents/caregivers are asked to fill out a photo release form. Register online.



Fun in French | Ages 3 – 8

Sundays, January 17 – March 6, 1:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Enjoy French stories, songs and more! Venez vous amuser en Français avec des histoires, des marionettes et des chansons. Register online.


Pro-D Day Family Movie Matinee – Winnie the Pooh | All Ages

Monday, January 18, 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Bring the whole family, wear your pjs and bring your favourite stuffy! Drop-in but space is limited. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Paws for Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Session 1: Wednesdays, February 3, 10 and 17

Session 2: Wednesdays, February 24, March 2 and 9

Session 3: Wednesdays, March 30, April 6 and 13

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. Sessions are 15 minutes. 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. Registration for all three sessions opens at 10 a.m. on Frdiay, January 15 in the Youth Department


Pro-D Day Minecraft Mania! | Ages 8 – 12

Friday, February 5, 2:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Hone your building and problem-solving skills with Minecraft! Roam the landscape, craft tools, hunt for food, make a shelter and fight off a zombie to survive the night. Online registration starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 15.


Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble – The Monkey King | All Ages Concert 

Saturday, February 6, 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Join us as the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble presents Monkey King in celebration of the New Year! Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 15


Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Saturdays, February 13 – March 5, 2:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Play literacy games and practise reading skills with teen volunteers. Kids must be school-aged and able to read some English on their own. Online registration begins Friday, January 15 at 10 a.m.


TAG Meeting
Monday, January 18, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

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


Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed for New Year's Day, Friday, January 1, 2016. Happy New Year everyone!



The Library supports our community as it works together to understand the current refugee crisis and to find ways to help. Please visit our Refugee Settlement page today for more information. 



Hooked on Ebooks


Whether you're just getting started or thinking about creating an ebook of your own, we have something for you this January!




Choose from award-winning shorts, independent feature films, documentaries and classic TV — sign up with IndieFlix today!

Library Family


On Monday, December 7, long-time Friend of the Library Kay Alsop was made a Friend For Life by President Rosemin Ebrahim and dedicated Friend Robbie Innis. It couldn't have gone to more deserving person! 

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




The Foundation is thrilled to once again sponsor the live streaming in February of the 2016 TED Talks. This year's Dream theme promises to be eye-opening. Stay tuned for schedules.

For more information about the Foundation, visit our website or call 604.925.7425604.925.7425

West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1J8
General Inquires: 604.925.7400604.925.7400

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