West Vancouver Memorial Library

2016 Annual Community Report


We are grateful to the many people who contributed to our success in 2016, and to everyone who continues to work every day to make our Library the place where wonder sparks, possibilities emerge and minds thrive.


Discover our 2016 accomplishments in our Annual Community Report, now available online or at any of the Library service desks. 


Readings in the Park — 
Cea Sunrise Person

Tuesday, August 8, 4 – 5 p.m., John Lawson Park


Join national bestselling author Cea Sunrise Person as she discusses her new memoir, Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself. As part of the Harmony Arts Festival Readings in the Park series, the talented local memoirist will talk about her life as a writer and the art of memoir writing, and will also share stories about her enigmatic family, her unconventional upbringing and her unique life journey.


The Readings in the Park series is sponsored by Bridgewater Tile.



Persian Book Club

Thursday, August 17, 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.

In the Gallery

Gordon Smith: Serigraphs

Through to August 21, Art Gallery


For seven decades, Gordon Smith has explored the mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpting with zeal and intensity. A key figure in the history of Modernist painting in Canada, and long-time resident of West Vancouver, Smith counts the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award among his many accolades. 


The serigraphs he creates with long-time collaborator and printmaker Marius Soska complement his painting, collage and photographic practices. 



Intro to Scanning

Thursday, August 3, 2 – 4 p.m.,
Multimedia Lab, Lower Level


We will get you set up to start scanning your photos, film or slides in this one-hour lesson. Bring sample photographs and we'll show you how to use our high-quality scanners in the Multimedia Lab. 


To register, please phone 604.925.7405, email meetings@westvanlibrary.ca or visit the Community Computing Centre. 



Internet Plus

Thursday, August 24, 2 – 4 p.m.,
Computer Training Room


Already skilled at browsing the web? Learn advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of your time online! This class is designed for those who are already comfortable with computer basics and Internet browsing, and will cover history, tabs, keyboard shortcuts and more. Register online


Storytime at John Lawson Park
| All Ages

Wednesdays, August 2 – 30, 10:30 – 11 a.m.,

John Lawson Park

A chance for families to hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes. Whenever possible, librarians will let you know how to modify an activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 


This event is weather-permitting. If it is raining, we will have storytime at the Library.



Summer Family Storytime
| All Ages

Fridays, August 4 – September 1, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

and Saturdays, August 5 – September 2, 11:30 a.m.
– 12 p.m., Storyhouse


Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 



Celebration of Language:
Fun in Korean | All Ages

Saturdays, August 5 – 26, 1:30 – 2 p.m.,



Hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes – in English and Korean! No previous language experience is necessary, all are welcome.


Movie Matinée: Beauty and the Beast | All Ages

Friday, August 11, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman (Emma Watson) who fall in love.




BC Film Classification: Parental Guidance. 

Running time: 130 minutes.


Drop-in, but space is limited.


Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for B.C. Day on Monday, August 7.


Reminder: The Library is closed on Sundays from July 2 to
September 3


2017 Book Club Selections



Starting to plan your fall book club? Check out our new Book Club Packages!



Need a break from the sun?



Visit our Community Computing Centre where you can digitize your slides and photos, record a podcast or test drive a tablet. 


Honouring Reconciliation, Hearing the Truth: Reading Circles

Starting September 19, 2017



This fall, the Library will be offering Reading Circles where we will explore Bev Sellars’ frank and poignant memoir, They Called Me Number One, in which she shares her personal account of her residential school experience and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.


Library staff will facilitate each Reading Circle discussion to expand our understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.


Book Club packages will have a reading guide and an Indigenous history guide of information about local Coast Salish peoples and places.


Online registration opens Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. For more information, please visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.


Library Day at the PNE!

Wednesday, August 23, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.



If you don't already have a Library card, here's a great reason to get one!


InterLINK and the PNE are offering a special Library Day at the PNE. Show any BC Library Card at the gate and get a pass for $5 (one discount per person). 

Library Family

Friends of the Library



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. 


The next Friends of the Library meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in Welsh Hall East. New members are always welcome!





Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunity


The Annual Dinner and Speaker Event for the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation will be held on October 24, 2017, with celebrated author and futurist, Daniel Burrus.


The Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes you to partner with us for this exciting event. For details, please contact us at foundation@westvanlibrary.ca.

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

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