West Vancouver Memorial Library


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


Persian Book Club

Thursday, January 18, 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.


Friday Night Concert —
Tambura Rasa

Friday, January 26, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall


Tambura Rasa’s unique blend of Balkan, Middle Eastern, Indian and Latin roots musical styles is a thrilling musical experience. Featuring an impressive lineup of hotshot musicians. Doors open at 7 p.m., come early for best seating. 



Music Talks with Neil Ritchie —
Sara Vaughan

Tuesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall


The human voice is the most personal and emotive instrument in music. Join longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie as he celebrates the unique styles of different vocal superstars from the worlds of jazz, chanson, country, rock and opera.

Art Appreciation

Kay Meek Arts Insights

Saturday, January 13, 2 – 3 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Join theatre artist Nicola Cavendish, curator and host of the Kay Meek Play Reading Series, for a preview of the eight plays to be presented in the 2018 series in the Kay Meek Studio Theatre (January 15 – 20). 

In the Gallery

Mayrs Brothers Exhibition

Through to January 9, Art Gallery


This exhibition brings together graphic design work and limited edition art books by Bill, Frank, David and Charles Mayrs, and highlights their unique and long-standing presence in the history of Canadian art. In partnership with the West Vancouver Museum.



Leisure Pursuits

January 10 – February 27, Art Gallery


Featuring images from the Library’s historical digital collection, this exhibition documents the community’s enthusiasm for sports and leisure. Favourite activities include badminton in the 1920s, skating in Ambleside Park during the 1950s and strolling along the Ambleside Sea Walk, circa 1985.



English Corner

Fridays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Mondays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


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



Let's Talk!

Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Develop your English language skills while discussing current events.


Lifelong Learning

Philosophers' Café —

Regulation of the Drug Industry

Thursday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welsh Hall


How should the drug industry, especially big pharmaceutical conglomerates, be regulated?





Canadian Citizenship Preparation Workshop

Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Prepare for Canadian Citizenship at this two-part workshop. Topics covered will include Canada's history, geography, symbols and government, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


To register or for more information, please contact North Shore Multicultural Society at office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931.



Making a Mark! Drawing as a Form of Thinking for Non-Artists

Wednesday, January 24, 7 – 8:45 p.m., Welsh Hall


In this interactive presentation, Art History Instructor Sandra Seekins will explain how drawing helps individuals to develop a number of skills, ranging from improved memory and enhanced hand-eye coordination to enriched self-awareness and better problem-solving strategies.

Health + Wellness

Don't Worry, Be Happy:

Understanding the Nature of Worry and Anxiety

Thursday, January 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Everyone experiences worry from time to time, but many people do not understand what it is or how it works. This talk aims to demystify the nature of worry and help people better understand worry in themselves and loved ones.


Presented by Dr. Rami Nader, Registered Psychologist, in partnership with the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic.


Device Clinic

Wednesday, January 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Welsh Hall East


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.


Registration is required. To register, please call or visit the Community Computing Centre at 640.925.7405.



Watch, Listen and Learn —
Discover your Digital Library

Tuesday, January 11, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn how you can access free books, movies, music and courses online with your Library card! Take a tour of 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



Tech Talk —
Understanding Bitcoin

Wednesday, January 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


You may have heard of Bitcoin, but what is it exactly, and how does it work? Join Darra Hofman, PhD candidate at UBC's School of Library and Information Studies, to learn about blockchains, the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Register online.



Intro to Web Coding

Thursday, January 18, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Have you always wanted to learn to code but don't know where to start? Join us and learn the basics of HTML and CSS, the foundations of web design. Online registration is required. 



Connect Online with Voice and Video

Tuesday, January 23, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


Learn how to keep in touch with family and friends using popular online services like Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime and Google Hangouts. Register online



Stay Safe & Secure Online

Thursday, January 25, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall West


From creating strong passwords to recognizing spam and sophisticated scams, discuss how to stay safe and secure in the online environment. Register online



iPad Classes


iPad Essentials Part 1: Using the Tablet

Wednesday, January 10


Your first steps towards using an iPad! This gentle, introductory class will cover the differences between iPads and other tablets, the buttons and parts of your device and how to type, tap, swipe and interact with your iPad. No iPad experience required


Learn and Loan: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Multimedia Lab, Lower Level

Online registration is required.




Bring Your Own Device: 2 – 3 p.m.

Welsh Hall West

Online registration is required.




iPad Essentials Part 2: Settings and WiFi

Wednesday, January 17


Learn how to go past the basics of your iPad. This class will take you through changing the settings of your iPad (font size, passcode and more), connecting to the Internet with wifi and the fundamentals of tablet-based web browsing.


Learn and Loan: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Multimedia Lab, Lower Level

Online registration is required.




Bring Your Own Device: 2 – 3 p.m.

Welsh Hall West

Online registration is required.



iPad Essentials Part 3: Apps

Wednesday, January 24, 2 – 3 p.m.

Computer Training Room


Learn all about apps! This class will help you navigate the App Store, find useful and secure apps and download them to your iPad. Online registration is required. 

Special Events

Winter Break Tech Free Play | Ages 9 – 13

Wednesday, January 3, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with technology like Sphero robots, Little Bits and more. Kids will work in pairs and small groups to experiment, problem-solve and learn something new. Online registration is required.



Winter Break Library Scavenger Hunt | Ages 5+

Thursday, January 4, 2 – 3 p.m., Storyhouse


The Library is full of hidden mysteries and surprises! Join us for a winter break scavenger hunt to uncover all sorts of fun! Kids under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. Register online



Pro-D Day Make Your Own Book Commercial | Ages 9 – 13

Friday, January 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Love books? Love the spotlight? Join professional actor, voice-over artist and theatre instructor Marcie Nestman to create your own book commercial! Participants will collaborate in groups to write, perform, and have fun. Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.


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

Parent Child Mother Goose


Weds, January 10 – March 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.




Weds, January 10 – March 14, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



The Parent-Child Mother Goose program is a group experience for parents and their infants focusing on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children's crucial early years and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication. 


Register online through Family Services of the North Shore 



Orff-Kodaly Music for Children

| Ages 2 – 3

Fridays, January 19 – March 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. 


Online registration opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m



Family Tech Play | Ages 4+ 

Friday, February 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with fun technology like iPads, Little Bits and Sphero Robots. Screen-free coding games, like Cubetto, Kibo and Code-A-Pillar will be fun for all ages to try. Children under 8 years must attend with a caregiver.


Online registration opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.


Pro-D Day Movie Matinée: LEGO Ninjago | All Ages

Friday, January 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Welsh Hall


Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. Running time: 102 minutes. BC Film Classification: General. Drop-in, but space is limited. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.



Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, February 2 – 23, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.



Children will play literacy games and practise their reading skills with teen volunteers during this one-hour program. Kids must be school-aged and able to read some English on their own in order to register for the program.


Online registration opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.



Gleneagles Kids Tech Play

| Ages 8 – 12

Tuesdays, February 20 – March 13, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Gleneagles Community Centre


Spend time tinkering, coding and playing with fun technology like iPads, Little Bits and Sphero Robots. Working in pairs and small groups, kids will get the chance to experiment, have fun and build their tech skills. Online registration is required and opens Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, January 15, 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 for New Year's Day on Monday, January 1. Happy New Year, everyone!


Instruments for Wee Musicians



Start the new year by introducing your little one to music making! Borrow one of several kits: Boomerwhacker Powerpack, Glockenspiel, Percussion Fun, Floor Tom-tom Drum and more.



Welcome Newcomers



Practise and improve your English while making new friends in our ESL programs

Library Family

Friends of the Library



Interested in becoming a Friend of the Library? New members are always welcome. Our first meeting of 2018 will be held on Wednesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Welsh Hall East. Please Join us!


WVML Foundation



A generous bequest enables the Foundation to provide concerts at the Library. To find out how you can donate and support your Library, 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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