West Vancouver Memorial Library

Happy Earth Month!


Spring has officially sprung, and warmer, sunnier days are soon upon us. We feel so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful natural environment — that's one of the many reasons why sustainability is one of the Library's core values.


Help us celebrate and honour the natural riches of our community by attending one of our many April Earth Month activities!


From movie nights to nature walks to a special salmon release, we have fun and educational Earth Month activities for people of all ages. See our event listings below for all the details.

Special Events

North Shore Writers Festival

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welsh Hall and Main Floor


Back for its 19th year, the North Shore Writer's Festival is an annual celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by your North Shore public libraries.





Visit northshorewritersfestival.com for all the details.




NSWF Literary Trivia Quiz Night

Friday, April 20, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Main Hall


Gather your teammates, test your mental mettle and compete for prizes and glory while having fun with our host Grant Lawrence! Register in teams of three to six at nswftrivia@gmail.com. Participants must be 19 years or older.



TED2018 — The Age of Amazement

Tuesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 14

Welsh Hall

Come and enjoy a live stream from TED2018 being held in Vancouver, enjoy refreshments and meet your neighbours. Program and details at wvml.ca/ted

Technology — All Ages

Registration is now open for all April digital learning programs


We have a wide choice of registered programs, drop-ins and meet-ups happening in The Lab every day in April!





For a full list of activities and registration information, see wvml.ca/labcalendar (navigate to April)



We are especially excited about the following digital learning opportunities being offered this month:




Ebooks with the Libby App (in Mandarin)

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This hands-on session, offered in Mandarin, teaches you how to access ebooks on your mobile device using the free Libby app. Bring your tablet or smartphone along with your Library card, and get ready to start reading on the go! Online registration is required.


Tech Talk — Drones: A Look into the Future

Wednesday, April 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Library is pleased to partner with Coastline Robotics to provide an overview of drone technology and some insights into what’s to come in the future of drones. Online registration is required. 




Drop-In: Make + Play | Ages 6+

Every Thursday, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Have screen-free fun with Lego, KEVA planks and other materials to spark your imagination. Try out something new, get a challenge from our Library staff or work on your own project. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.


Family 1-2-3 Code! | Ages 4 – 8

Saturday, April 28 , 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Children and parents/caregivers will work together on building basic computational thinking skills – without computers! We'll use our Kibo and Cubetto robots, Code-a-Pillar, board games and more.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, April 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

Welsh Hall East


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian.



A Discussion with Charles van Sandwyk — Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

Wednesday, April 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


The pieces of Charles van Sandwyk take viewers on an immersive journey into the past where fairies and animals share stories about the simple pleasures in life. Come and hear Charles in person as he shares stories and discusses how he creates his stunning artwork. 


Earth Month: Movie Night —

An Inconvenient Sequel:

Truth to Power

Monday, April 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Al Gore returns a decade after his powerful climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, to take an urgent but optimistic look at the progress we are making towards a sustainable energy revolution.


Opera with Nicolas Krusek

Wednesday, April 4, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 – 1787) gained prominence with dramatic and radical new operas. 

In the Gallery

Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

Through to April 27, Art Gallery


Whether it is a hand painted watercolour or a limited edition hand bound book, the work of Charles van Sandwyk continues to inspire and enchant. 


English Corner

Friday, April 6, 20 and 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Welsh Hall


Friday, April 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

McDonald Creek Room


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.







English Conversation Circle

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30,

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, April 3, 17 and 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,

Welsh Hall East


Develop your English language skills while discussing current events.

Lifelong Learning

Earth Month: Memorial Park Tree Walk

Saturday, April 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.,

(Meet in the Main Hall)


Join horticulturist Egan Davis for a walk in and around Memorial Park to learn about the trees in our neighbourhood. Register online




Earth Month: Philosophers' Café
— Caring for Our World

Thursday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall


April topic: If we care about the world, how can we care for it? 

Special Events

Music with Marnie | All Ages

Saturday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Welsh Hall


Dance away your Saturday morning to music by Marnie who will perform funky, educational and interactive tunes that will have kids dancing and singing along during every song.


Drop-in, but space is limited.



Earth Month: Adopt-a-Fish Salmon Release | All Ages

Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Library front entrance and McDonald Creek, Memorial Park


Pick up your Salmon Release Certificate at the Library and then head to Memorial Park to release a baby Coho Salmon into the wild! The Streamkeepers Society will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance.



Earth Month: Adopt-a-Fish Storytime | All Ages

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Storyhouse


Join us for a special fish-themed storytime in honour of Earth Month!


Booktopia: the Literary Arts Festival for Young People is in its 14th year! Online registration opens on Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. for the following programs:


Growing Up is Optional: Poetry For All | All Ages

Thursday, May 3, 7 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall


Fairy Tale Puppet Show: Little Red Riding Hood | Ages 3+

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

Welsh Hall


Raspberry Pi Build-a-Story | Ages 9 – 13

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Lab


Illustrator’s Workshop with Ashlyn Anstee | Ages 9 – 12

Tuesday, May 8, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Storyhouse



More information about Booktopia available here.


The Library offers a number of wonderful drop-in storytimes for children of all ages. For complete details, please visit our online events calendar (navigate to April).

Early Years

Orff Kodaly Music for Children | Ages 4 – 5

Saturdays, April 21 – June 23 (no class May 19 or June 9)

3:45 – 4:45 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.


Online registration opens Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.


Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Fridays, May 4 – 25, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Storyhouse


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.


Online registration opens Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m..



Paws 4 Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Friday, April 13, 20 and 27, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Storyhouse


Kids with reading challenges can practise their oral reading skills by signing up for 15-minute reading sessions with a certified Paws 4 Stories therapy dog. To register, please visit or call the Youth Department at 604.925.7408.


Teen Advisory Group Meeting
| Ages 13+

Monday, April 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse


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


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Easter on Friday, March 30; Sunday, April 1; and Monday, April 2.  



McDonald Creek Meeting Room 



Our newest meeting space is now available for booking. It’s the perfect place for holding meetings of up to 10 people.


Rates and details available on our Room Rentals page.



New Collections for People with Print-related Disabilities



The Library now offers access to thousands of audiobooks, magazine and newspaper collections, and described video available through CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Services).   
For eligibility and details, please see Assistive Services.

Naxos World Music


This addition to our Naxos streaming music libraries lets you experience music and artists from around the globe, including the Smithsonian’s Folkways recordings. Find it on our Online Music page.


Library Family

Friends of the Library



Congratulations to the Friends' Executive Committee, whose members were all re-elected by acclamation at the February Annual General Meeting. The next Friends of the Library meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall.


Save the date for the Friends' Annual Shred-It Fundraiser, coming up on Saturday, May 26


WVML Foundation



SAVE THE DATE: WVML Foundation Annual Speaker & Dinner Fundraiser 


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6 p.m., Capilano Golf and Country Club

You won’t want to miss hearing Will Ferguson, an award winning travel writer and novelist. Mr. Ferguson is a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, 419. His latest novel, The Shoe on the Roof, has enjoyed literary acclaim.


Additional details will be released at a later date.

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

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