West Vancouver Memorial Library


Perspectives on Our Shared History

Moderated Panel Discussion


Friday, November 3, 7 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., refreshments served


Our panelists each have unique and experienced perspectives to share. Join us to hear an author, community organizer, elected official and educator explore the meaning of reconciliation on a national, community and individual level. 


  • Bev Sellars, Award-winning author and former Chief of the Xatśūll First Nation
  • Charlene Seward, Community Engagement Manager at Reconciliation Canada
  • Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis, Elected Councillor and Official Spokesperson for the Squamish Nation
  • Lynne Tomlinson, Director of Instruction for the West Vancouver School District

Moderated by Alexander Dirksen, Manager of Strategy and Engagement for the First Nations Technology Council


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Special Events


Thursday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Welsh Hall 


We are delighted to be able to offer a live stream of sessions from Day 2 of TED Women 2017 in New Orleans. This year's theme is Bridges: "We build them, we traverse them, and sometimes we even burn them, for better or worse."


Refreshments served. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For the 9 a.m. session, please enter the Welsh Hall via the back lane behind the Library. 


Funded by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation. 



International Games Day

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall


More than 2,000 libraries around the world will celebrate the 10th annual International Games Day! Join us for board games with a professional games master, and other fun games like Minecraft.


SFU Writing Consult

Tuesday, November 7, 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. 


To register, please visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.   




Honouring Reconciliation — Reading Circle

Wednesday, November 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre, Seaview Room


Read and discuss Bev Sellars' acclaimed memoir, They Called Me Number One. Library staff will facilitate the discussion to expand our understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.


To register, please call the Gleneagles Community Centre at 604.921.2100 and use registration code 39359.   



Persian Book Club

Thursday, November 16, 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.



A Literary Evening with Terry Fallis

Wednesday, November 29 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Please join award-winning and bestselling author Terry Fallis for a stimulating evening of humour and storytelling as he reads from his highly acclaimed new book, One Brother Shy.



Monday, November 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


A compelling romantic drama based on the life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, an arthritic painter from Nova Scotia.



The Big Sick

Monday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Based on the true-life courtship of its writers, Pakistani-born aspiring comedian Kamil connects with grad student Emily, but their romance is beset by culture clashes and a mysterious life-threatening illness.



Their Finest

Monday, November 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


A young woman is recruited to a British film crew to make a propaganda film that will boost morale during World War II. 



Going in Style

Monday, November 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin star in this comic caper about three seniors facing financial problems who decide to rob a bank. 


Opera with Nicolas Krusek

Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15 and 29

12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Main Hall


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764) composed more than 30 operas during the Enlightenment period. Join us as we explore the operas of the greatest French composer of the Late Baroque.






Friday Night Concert — The Borealis String Quartet

Friday, November 24, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Main Hall


One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style and refined musical interpretation. Doors open at 7 p.m., come early for best seating!



Kay Meek Arts Insights

Thursday, November 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Executive Director Rob Gloor hosts Early Music Vancouver artistic director Matthew White for a discussion on the state of classical music in a modern Canada, and a look ahead to the upcoming presentation of Handel’s Messiah

In the Gallery

Mayrs Brothers Exhibition

November 16 – January 9


This exhibition brings together graphic design work and limited edition art books by all four Mayrs brothers, and highlights their unique and long-standing presence in the history of Canadian art. 


A principle exhibition will be shown concurrently at the West Vancouver Museum (November 7 – December 16), featuring paintings and drawings also produced by the Mayrs brothers.


English Corner

Fridays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24

10 – 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Mondays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27
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, November 7, 14, 21 and 28

7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East


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

Health + Wellness

Making and Registering a Representation Agreement

Monday, November 6, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Get your legal document in place BEFORE a health crisis! Learn how to complete a Representation Agreement form as provided on the Nidus website. Watch the steps for registering the completed document with the Nidus Personal Planning Registry.


Presented by Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

Lifelong Learning

Philosophers' Café — "Statue" of Limitations?

Thursday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welsh Hall


If a celebrated hero seriously loses public favour, should their honour(s) be withdrawn?






Financial Solutions for the Sandwich Generation

Thursday, November 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall 


Experts from BlueShore Financial will provide a number of financial solutions for those who are busy raising kids and helping parents. 



Genealogy Fair

Thursday, November 23, 2 – 4 p.m.

Main Hall


Curious about your roots or trying to expand your family tree? Experts will guide you through your research and teach you about the wide range of online and print resources available.


Getting Started with Library Ebooks - iPads and Tablets

Thursday, November 9, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check out ebooks with your library card. Please bring your device and library card with you to the session.


Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Register online




Tech Talk — Blogging and Podcasting

Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall West


Join Blogging and Podcasting Expert Shane Birley to discuss media, technology and getting your story out into the world. Online registration is recommended.



Learning Circle: Digital Marketing for Success

Saturdays, November 18 – December 9

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Computer Training Room


On Saturday mornings from November 18 to December 9, a small group of entrepreneurs and business community members will meet at the library to learn about the rapidly evolving world of digital marketing for online businesses.


Prerequisites: an email address and some familiarity with the Internet. Online registration is required. 



Getting Started with Instagram

Tuesday, November 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Sign up and get started with Instagram, the photography and video app that helps you share with your friends!

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and a tablet or smartphone. Register online



Computer Essentials Classes


Computer Essentials 1: The Mouse, The Keyboard and Windows

Wednesday, November 1, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Your first steps towards using a computer! A gentle, introductory class on how to use a mouse and keyboard, open and close a program and get started using the Windows operating system. No computer experience required. Online registration is required.



Computer Essentials 2: Files, Folders and Storage

Wednesday, November 8, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn the basics of file management in Windows. This class will take you through creating, moving and copying files, creating and managing folders, and transferring files to USB drives. Computer Essentials 1 (or equivalent experience) required. Online registration is required. 



Computer Essentials 3: Browsing and Searching the Internet

Wednesday, November 15, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Get started browsing the Internet. In this class, you'll learn how to use a web browser program, search for websites and use Google Maps. Computer Essentials 1 (or equivalent experience) required. Online registration is required. 



Computer Essentials 4: Accounts and Passwords

Wednesday, November 22, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn about online accounts by setting up an email address. This class will help you create an account, invent a strong password and teach you about staying secure online. Computer Essentials 3 (or equivalent experience) required. Online registration is required. 


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

1-2-3 Code! | Ages 4 – 8

Saturday, November 18, 2 – 3:15 p.m.



Bring your whole family and explore computational thinking and coding without computers.  Children should be accompanied by an adult — these activities are meant to be worked on together! Register online


Paws 4 Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m., Storyhouse


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. To register, please visit the Youth Department or phone 604.925.7408.



Pro-D Day Poetry Wordplay Workshop | Ages 9 – 12

Friday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m., Storyhouse


Using a mix of exciting performance and writing exercises, the WordPlay workshop allows participants to explore the building blocks of spoken word (or slam!) poetry in a safe environment. Online registration is required. 


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, November 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m.



Open to all high school students, Teen Advisory Group is an awesome and welcoming group that meets once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. Earn volunteers hours, meet other students and have a say in what happens in the Library. New members always welcome! Refreshments provided.


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed on Saturday, November 11 for Remembrance Day but will open its doors for a reception, hosted and funded by the Friends of the Library, following the 10:45 a.m. Ceremony at the Memorial Arch.


Meet Libby



Libby is a great new app that makes downloading ebooks from Library2Go easier!


Science Online

Discover Science Online, a comprehensive, curriculum-oriented research database with tons of great science and math resources. 

Library Family

Friends of the Library



The next Friends of the Library meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in Welsh Hall East. New members are always welcome!


WVML Foundation



Thank you to all our generous sponsors, attendees and volunteers who made the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation's Annual Fundraising Dinner and Speaker event with Daniel Burrus possible.


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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