West Vancouver Memorial Library

Library Collections Are Back on the Shelves in Our Bright and Beautiful New Space


Please join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of our new space with an afternoon tea, tours, games and more on Tuesday, March 28 
from 2 – 4 p.m.




2 p.m.  Afternoon Tea Reception

2:30 p.m.  Opening Remarks and Ribbon Cutting - West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith, Memorial Library Foundation Chair Margaret Rosenfeld, Memorial Library Board Chair David Carter

2:45 – 4 p.m.  Tours and Games


North Shore Writers Festival 2017

Friday, April 7 – Saturday, April 8

North Vancouver City Library and City Hall Atrium


Back for its 18th year, the NSWF engages readers with author talks, workshops, trivia and more. Visit northshorewritersfestival.com for all the details.



SFU Writing Consult

Tuesday, April 4, 4 – 6 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


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. 

This program runs the first Tuesday of every month, now to December 5. To register, please visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.


Offered in partnership with Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio.



Persian Book Club

Thursday, April 20, 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. 



Booktopia Author Event –
Steve Sheinkin

Wednesday, May 10, 7 – 8 p.m., Storyhouse


Sheinkin will discuss his captivating new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. Online registration opens Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.


Captain Fantastic

Monday, April 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


A loving but strict survivalist father and his six children are forced to reintegrate into society after living deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest for a decade. A unique and moving family drama buoyed throughout by humour and heart. 



Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Monday, April 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Join us for a special documentary screening in honour of Earth Month! After realizing that billions of dollars of good food is thrown away each year in North America, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive—literally and figuratively—into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. Producer and star Jen Rustemeyer will introduce the film and answer questions at the end.

In the Gallery

A Lasting Impact: The Effect of Residential Schools on the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations

March 29 – April 30, Art Gallery


This exhibition provides insight into how the residential school experience has affected BC First Nation communities. 


Presented by the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

Lifelong Learning

Earth Day Panel — Storytelling and Climate Change

Saturday, April 22, 2  – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Please join local author Claudia Casper, ecofiction expert Mary Woodbury and climate solutions educator Deborah Harford in celebrating Earth Day! 


In this session, our Earth Day panelists will discuss Casper's compelling novel The Mercy Journals, the current issues around climate change and the role of storytelling in making a difference and shaping the future. 



Philosophers’ Café – Environmental Change

Thursday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welsh Hall 


Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” What environmental change do you wish to see? What change must you first seek in yourself? A Café in honour of Earth Month, with moderator Randall MacKinnon.


Let's Talk!

Welsh Hall East

BEGINNER: Mondays, April 3 and 10,
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


INTERMEDIATE: Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25,

7 – 8:30 p.m.


Let's Talk is a weekly discussion group for English language learners interested in improving their listening and speaking skills. 


English Corner

Friday, April 7
10 – 11:30 a.m., Storyhouse


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. No registration required.


Getting Started with Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets

Thursday, April 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Learn how to use Library2Go, place holds and check out ebooks with your Library card. This session is specifically for people with iPads, tablets and smartphones. Please bring your device and Library card with you to the session. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet, and an email address. Register online



Getting Started with Facebook

Tuesday, April 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Discover Facebook, the most popular social media network! Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and a Facebook account. Register online.



Tech Talk – Creating a Positive Online Presence

Wednesday, April 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall West


Join experts from UBC's Digital Tattoo Project as they encourage you to think about your online presence, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen. Learners of all ages will enjoy this engaging presentation. Register online.



Internet and Online Searching

Thursday, April 13, 2 – 4 p.m.
Computer Training Room


For those who have completed the Computer Basics course, want to improve their searching skills and learn more about using the Web. This class will cover Google searches, Google Maps, Wikipedia and more. Register online.


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, March 27 – May 15 (no program April 17), 12:45 – 2:15 p.m., Storyhouse


Come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a certified Early Childhood Educator. A snack for children will be provided. This is a drop-in program and space is limited. Caregivers are required to stay with their children throughout the program. 


For more information, contact the Youth Department at 604.925.7408.



Easter Puppet Show

| Ages 3+

Friday, April 7, 10:30 – 11 a.m. or 4 – 4:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Hop over to the Library for an egg-citing half hour of puppets and song. Register online. Please register each child separately.



Off Kodaly Music for Children | Ages 2 – 3

Fridays, April 21 - June 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Children experience the joy of making music through song, games, dance and instruments. This is a sampler class for young children to develop very basic music skills that may serve them in future music classes. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child. Register online.


Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, April 21 – May 12, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.



Play literacy games and practise reading skills with teen volunteers during this one-hour program. Online registration opens Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.



Properties Family Hub Kids Tech Play | All Ages

Thursdays, May 4 – June 8, 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Chartwell Elmentary School


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with some awesome new technology from the Library! No previous experience required. Online registration opens Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

Pop-Up Libraries

Our pop-up libraries come to you! Get a Library card, borrow and return books and DVDs, listen to a story, play games and more! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome, but registration is encouraged.


Gleneagles Pop-up Library
| All Ages

Thursday, April 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre


Little ones can participate in a storytime at 3:30 p.m.



Properties Family Hub
Library Hour | All Ages

Fridays, April 21 – June 2 (no session May 19),
10 – 11:15 a.m., Chartwell Elementary School


Little ones can participate in a storytime at 10:30 a.m. 

Earth Month

Bee Aware | Ages 5 – 12

Saturday, April 8, 1 – 2 p.m.



Meet our stingless mason bees! Learn fun bee facts and make a take-home bee house. All participants should bring a dry, clean and empty soup can. All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online.



Adopt-a-Fish Storytime

| All Ages

Saturday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.



Join us for a special fish-themed storytime.



Adopt-a-Fish Salmon Release
| All Ages

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

Library front entrance and McDonald Creek, Memorial Park


Pick up your Salmon Adoption Certificate outside the Library and then head to Memorial Park to release a juvenile salmon into the wild! The Streamkeepers Society will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. 

Booktopia: A Literary Arts Festival for Young People*

*Online registration is required for all programs and opens Wednesday April 5 at 10 a.m.


Puppet Show: Three Billy Goats Gruff | Ages 3 – 6

Friday, May 5, 10:30 – 11 a.m. or 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


A fairy tale puppet show presentation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff for our youngest book lovers to celebrate Booktopia.




Illustration Workshop with Cale Atkinson

| Ages 9 – 12

Tuesday, May 9, 4 – 5:15 p.m.



Join picture book author and illustrator Cale Atkinson as he shares his artistic process and drawing tips. 



Author Event: Steve Sheinkin
| All Ages

Wednesday, May 10, 7 – 8 p.m., Storyhouse


Sheinkin will discuss his captivating new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. 



Comics Workshop with Faith Erin Hicks
| Ages 9 – 12

Thursday, May 11, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Storyhouse


Learn the basics of making your own mini comic with professional cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks. Bring your stories and characters to life using only pencils, paper and a few staples!



Raspberry Pi: Build-a-Story!

| Ages 9 – 13

Saturday, May 13, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Storyhouse


Combine your storytelling skills with coding to create a wacky fill-in-the-blank story using Scratch on the Raspberry Pi.


TAG Meeting

Monday, April 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse


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


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Easter on Friday, April 14, Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17.



Science Online



Science Online is an excellent source of trusted information on topics ranging from astronomy to natural disasters, and everything in between! A great asset for school science projects, and useful for learners of all ages.


Get started here!



Vimy Ridge 100th Year Anniversary Commemoration

Sunday, April 9



The West Vancouver Legion, Branch 60, will be hosting a parade and ceremony on April 9 to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

1:45 p.m. Parade form up (Marine Drive at 18th Street)

2 p.m. March off


2:15 p.m. Commemoration service (West Vancouver Memorial Arch)


Reception to follow at the West Vancouver Legion (580 - 18th Street)


Learn more about the people and events of the two world wars from the resources on our First and Second World Wars webpage.


Library Family




The Friends of the Library are great champions of the West Vancouver Memorial Library. We are active volunteers and quiet supporters working together to enrich library programs, collections and services.


Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Computer Training Room. New members are always welcome!






The WVML Foundation is proud to have supported the creation of the new Musto Lounge, and we hope everyone comes to see and enjoy the new space.


To donate, or for more information about the Foundation, please visit our website or call 604.925.7425

West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1J8
General Inquires: 604.925.7400

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