West Vancouver Memorial Library

Celebrate Heritage Week

British Columbians are invited to embrace, explore and enjoy their heritage spaces and places during Heritage Week (February 13 – 19). Please join us in commemorating our community's history with a special screening of Through the Gate: The Great Northern Cannery Story on Saturday, February 18,

2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall.


This fascinating documentary traces the life of the Great Northern Cannery, a multi-ethnic fishing village in West Vancouver, from its inception in 1891 to its closing in 1968. Filmmaker Gary Prendergast, who spent much of his childhood at the Cannery, will introduce his film and answer questions at the end. See you at the show!


SFU Writing Consult

Tuesday, February 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. 

This program runs the first Tuesday of every month, February 7 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, February 16, 2 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. No registration required, led by Feloor Talebi. 



Authors in our Community - When I Become Invisible by Maret Johanson

Wednesday, February 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Molly’s idyllic life in a sleepy town begins to unravel when a young farmhand starts working for her family. As their lives intertwine, suspicions and resentment begin to tear the young family apart. A decision to try to right a wrong leads to tragic consequences for all of them – no one sees what’s coming.


Maret Johanson has been working in mental health, academia and as a family therapist for over 35 years. This is her first novel. 



Grant Lawrence in Conversation with Cea Sunrise Person

Friday, February 24, 7 – 9 p.m.
Main Hall


Join national bestselling author Cea Sunrise Person to celebrate the launch of her much anticipated new memoir, Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself. In this session, moderated by CBC's Grant Lawrence, Person will read from her moving book and also discuss her childhood, family and life as a writer.


Space is limited. Online registration opens Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m.


Friday Night Concert – The Koerner Piano Trio

Friday, February 17, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall


The Koerner Piano Trio, the ensemble-in-residence at the Vancouver Academy of Music, is comprised of three of Vancouver's most prominent musicians who individually have distinguished careers as featured soloists, chamber musicians and teachers of international repute. Their programme includes work by Dvorák, Piazzolla and Hatzis.


Doors open at 7 p.m., come early for best seating! Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.




Music Talks with Neil Ritchie 

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Join music specialist Neil Ritchie for unique seminars on a variety of musical topics. Please arrive 15 minutes early if you require listening assistance technology. 


February 07 – John Coltrane/Ben Webster

February 14 – Luciano Pavarotti

February 21 – Bob Fosse

February 28 – Rudolf Nureyev


Groundhog Day

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall


Head out of your burrows to watch a special screening of the classic comedy, Groundhog Day! Bill Murray stars as an arrogant weatherman who finds himself repeating February 2nd over and over again. 

In the Gallery

Outside to Inside

Through February 19, Art Gallery


This exhibition explores the pathway of Jane Kenyon’s art-making journey — from responding to the environment around her in detailed, meticulous and contemporary embroidery to learning to paint her inner world with abstract expressionism.  



Nature Studies

February 22 – March 26, Art Gallery


In response to a sense of chaos in the world at large, artist Sibéal Foyle has found great joy in observing and drawing the detail of insects, birds and plants. She finds it humbling and awe-inspiring to observe the minutiae of what was previously overlooked, ignored or taken for granted.

Lifelong Learning

Philosophers’ Café – Love

Thursday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welsh Hall 


If all we need is love, is love all we need? Do we need love in order to seek and acquire the other things we need? With Moderator Randall MacKinnon.


Let's Talk!

Welsh Hall East

BEGINNER: Monday, February 6, 20 and 27
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


INTERMEDIATE: Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.


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


English Corner

Fridays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10 – 11:30 a.m. 
Welsh Hall


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


Tech Talk – Drones, A Look into the Future

Wednesday, February 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


At this special session, Coastline Robotics will have several drone models on hand for participants to disover and explore. Drone pilot Ronald Meza will also be flying a micro first-person-view drone inside the Library. This will be a must-see event for drone enthusiasts, young and old!

Online registration is recommended.



Device Clinic

Saturday, February 18, 2 – 4 p.m.

Multimedia Lab, Lower Level


Sign up for a 30-minute appointment to receive individualized help using iPads, Androids and other mobile devices. Bring your questions and your device if you have one. Please visit or call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405 to register.



Getting Started with Twitter

Tuesday, February 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Computer Training Room


Sign up and get started with Twitter, the social news site that connects you with the world!

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



Getting Started with Library Ebooks – Kobo

Thursday, February 2, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn how to use Library2Go – the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check-out ebooks with your library card. This session is specifically for people with Kobo e-readers (black and white screens). Please bring your Kobo and library card with you to the session. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Register online



Watch, Listen and Learn – Discover your Digital Library

Thursday, February 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Learn how you can access free books, movies, music and courses online with your library card! Take a tour through all of the fantastic digital resources you have access to that might allow you to cancel some of your paid subscription services. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Internet and an email address. Register online.



Computer Basics

Thursday, February 16, 2 – 4 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 computer experience required. To register, please call the Community Computer Centre at 604.925.7405.


Digital Buddies

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays


Get individualized help with email from a teen volunteer. Please call the Community Computer Centre at 604.925.7405 to set up an appointment.



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

Fun in French

| Ages 3 – 8

Sunday, February 5, 1:30 – 2 p.m. 



A program for children aged 3 – 8 years-old to build all the literacy skills used in our other storytime programs, but in French! Children will enjoy French stories, songs and more. Venez vous amuser en français avec des histoires, des marionettes et des chansons. Online registration is encouraged.



Storyhouse Family Drop-in

| Ages 0 – 6

Monday, February 6, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.



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. 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 wvmlyouth@westvanlibrary.ca or 604.925.7408.


Music and Stories from China: Comedy and Music

| All Ages

Saturday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


An hour of interactive musical comedy with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and storyteller/comedian, Gerardo Avila. Drop-in, but space is limited.




Properties Family Hub
Library Hour | All Ages

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6 – 7 p.m.

Chartwell Elementary School


Our pop-up library comes to you! Get a Library card, borrow and return books and DVDs, get help from a librarian, listen to a story, play a family game and much more. All are welcome but registration is encouraged. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 



Gleneagles Pop-up Library

| All Ages

Thursday, February 16, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre


Little ones can participate in a storytime at 3:30 p.m., people of all ages can play a board game, borrow/return materials, sign up for a Library card or get started with downloading ebooks. Registration is encouraged and open now. Drop-ins throughout the program are also welcome!



Pro-D Day Raspberry Pi Free Play
| Ages 9 – 13 

Friday, February 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m.



Have fun and practise your computational thinking skills with the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer. Are you new to the Raspberry Pi? Our librarians will help get you started. Are you a Raspberry Pi expert? Work on your own project or try some of our super challenges! All skill levels are welcome.


Online registration opens Wednesday, February 1 at 10 a.m.



Movie Matinée – Trolls

| All Ages

Friday, February 10, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall


When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day.


Drop-in, but space is limited. BC Film Classification: General. Running time: 93 Minutes. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.



Spring Break Programs

Online registration opens Tuesday, February 14
at 10 a.m.


The Library is pleased to offer a series of fun and interactive spring break programs in March: Nowruz Egg Painting (March 12), Full of Beans play time (March 14), Beginner Robotics (March 15), Raspberry Pi Magic (March 21) and a Ginalina concert (March 25). Register online as of Tuesday, February 14 at
10 a.m.


TAG Meeting

Monday, February 20, 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 Closure


The Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday,
February 13


Wishing you all a restful long weekend!


NoveList Plus: Our Newest Online Resource



NoveList Plus, a readers’ guide to fiction and nonfiction including audiobooks, provides access to information on over 200,000 titles. Find titles by subject or genre and get reviews and summaries. Includes series, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.


Explore this great new resource on our Reading Guides page!

Library Family




The Friends of the Library was pleased to re-elect our Executive Committee at our January 25 Annual General Meeting. Interested in becoming a Friend of the Library? New members are always welcome. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:30 p.m.. Please join us!


The next Friends of the Library Booksale will take place on March 2 (members presale) and March 3 and 4 (regular sale).




Next month, we will be celebrating Nowruz – the Persian New Year. Thanks to a generous bequest to the Foundation, the Library has an enviable collection of Persian resources. For more information, visit us at the Information Desk or call 604.925.7403.

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

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