West Vancouver Memorial Library

What's on – December

The holidays are upon us, a time of giving, of family, friends, wonderful food and warm nights by the fire. It's also a time when your library comes alive with festive concerts, playful puppet shows, holiday movies and so much more of what makes this season great. Plan your holidays around us for a merry, informative, culture-filled holiday season. 

Persian Book Club
Thursday, December 18, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. Led by Feloor Talebi.

Friday Night Concert – Vancouver Bach Choir
Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

The VBC returns, along with two guest soloists, to perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and a selection of traditional carols.

Opera with Nicolas Krusek
Wednesday, December 3, 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Don't miss this series on beloved operas by Czech composers. Highlights will include The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana and The Devil and Kate and Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak.

Sunday Afternoon Concert – The Laudate Singers
Sunday, December 14, 2 p.m., Main Hall

Bring the whole family to this fun all-ages holiday concert.

Festive Music in the Main Hall
December 17 – 19, 2 p.m., Main Hall

A selection of both classical and popular music of the season, performed by pianist Jerri Mercer.
In the Gallery

Things That Go
All month long

Boats, buses, trains and cars — enjoy these images from the Library's Historical Photograph Collection which documents West Vancouver's growth and development from its beginnings to the bustling community it is today. These images and our entire collection can be viewed at digital.westvanlibrary.ca.
General Learning

Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, December 6, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Christopher Stinson of UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum will share his expertise in the identification, behaviour and ecology of frogs, salamanders, snakes and marine mammals.

Philosophers’ Café: Our Best Way to Give?
Friday, December 19, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall East

What are pros and cons of philanthropy? Is it providing significant benefits to society? Could additional taxation or some other solution serve us better?

Getting Started with Library Downloadable Audiobooks*
Thursday, December 4, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use downloadable audiobooks using the OneClickdigital App. Online registration is available.


Holiday Gadgets
Thursday, December 4, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Learn more about the types of tablets and devices that are coming out this holiday season.

Cloud Computing: An Introduction
Tuesday, December 9, 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West

What is ‘the cloud’? How can files be stored on the Internet? Find out this and more at this introductory lecture. Learn how to easily store, share and create documents and photos using Dropbox, Google drive, and much more.

Learn Skype!*
Thursday, December 11, 2 p.m., Multimedia Lab

Learn how to sign up for an account and use Skype in time for the holidays. Call the Community Computing Centre to sign up for a 50 minute session. Sessions start at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pre-requisite: basic computer skills.

Digital Buddies*
Wednesdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 5 p.m., Saturdays, December 6, 12:30 p.m. and December 13, 1 p.m., Multimedia Lab

Sign up for a one-on-one appointment with a teen volunteer for help creating an email account or using your email more effectively.
*Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405.

Let's Talk
Wednesdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events. This session runs until December 17.


English Corner
Fridays, December 5, 12 and 19, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. This session runs until December 19.
Youth Events
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

Storyhouse Family Drop-In | Birth – 6Y
Mondays, December 1 and 8, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m., Storyhouse

Families with children aged six and under are invited to come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a qualified Early Childhood Educator.

Christmas Puppet Show | 3Y+
Friday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Welsh Hall

A half-hour puppet show to get you into the holiday spirit. Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

Fun in French | 3 – 8Y
Sunday, December 7, 1:30 p.m., Storyhouse

A program to build all the literacy skills used in our other storytime programs–but in French!


Will Stroet Live! | All Ages
Saturday, December 13, 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall

Award-winning children’s musician Will Stroet connects with kids through high-energy, interactive and educational music in English and French. Drop-in, but space is limited.

TAG Meeting
Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

Make a difference! Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a forum for West Vancouver teens to have their say in teen collections and programming. Refreshments provided.
Kids Movie

Movie Matinee – Home Alone
Saturday, December 20, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Eight-year-old Kevin gets left behind when his family goes on a Christmas vacation. He ends up protecting the house with hijinks from two incompetent burglars trying to break in. Drop-in but space is limited.

BC Film Classification Rating: Parental Guidance

Holiday Closure

Christmas and New Years

The Library will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26; open Saturday, December 27 – Friday, December 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed for New Years Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.
Happy holidays everyone!
Library News

Do we have your email address?

Our telephone notification system no longer works
. We can still let you know when your holds are available or if you have overdue fines. Stop by an information desk today and provide us with your email address. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Best Books of 2014 – Library Choice Awards

What’s your pick for the best book of 2014? Share your choice with us during the month of December by posting it to our gallery wall display or Facebook page for a chance to win a prize!

Bag a Great Gift!

Bag a great gift this holiday season with one of our stylish, rugged, 100 per cent cotton book bags on sale now at the registration desk for just $5 plus tax. They're going fast!

Free for All

Is there a bibliophile on your holiday gift list and you don’t know what to get them? With thousands of free titles waiting for you to download, the gift of e-reading is sure to satisfy this year! Curious? Find out more.
Library Family


Looking for the perfect gift for the library-lover on your list? Why not donate to the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation? Click here  or call the office at 604.925.7425.


The Friends hosted another successful Remembrance Day reception this year with over 600 visitors — thank you to all who came! Another huge thank you to everyone who supported the Friends' fundraising efforts in 2014. Best wishes to all for a happy, joyous holiday season!

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

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