You're Invited: Community Technology Fair


Touch, test and tinker with technology at this fun, all-ages event 
for the whole family!


Friday, May 24, 12 – 7 p.m., Lower Floor



Tech Talks • Virtual Reality Roller Coaster • Augmented Reality Zoo • Preserve a Memory • Let's Get Musical • Zen Coding • Robot Jokes •  Speaker’s Corner • And More!


For more information, visit



Special Events


Friends of the Library Annual Shred-It Day

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Library parking lot

For a minimum $5 donation, toss your confidential documents in the secure paper shredder at this Friends of the Library fundraiser. All proceeds benefit your Library. Check out our events calendar for further details and FAQs.





Author Talk: The Achiever Fever Cure by Claire Booth

Wednesday, May 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
A frank, funny and inspiring story of recovery from constant striving, fatigue and feelings of inadequacy to a more joyful life.






SFU Writer’s Consults

Tuesday, May 7, 4 – 7 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room
The SFU Writer’s Studio offers free, one-on-one, 45-minute manuscript consultations. Please phone 604.925.7403 to register.


Book Club Social at the Properties Family Hub

Thursday, May 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Chartwell Elementary School (portable classroom)

This month we will be discussing North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Counterculture Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person. To register, please call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.


Persian Book Club

Thursday, May 16, 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.


Emerge 18: The Writer’s Studio Anthology

Wednesday, May 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West
Enjoy short readings from writers of the SFU Writer’s Studio 2018 cohort, and learn how you can become involved in the local writing community.





Jane Coop & David Stewart — Masterworks for Piano and Violin

Friday, May 3, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Main Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Come early for best seating.

We welcome back esteemed Canadian pianist Jane Coop with violinist David Stewart for a program of masterworks for piano and violin by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.



In the Gallery


Booktopia Teen Art Exhibition

May 1 – June 2, Art Gallery

Drop by the Library to view dozens of pieces created by artists attending secondary schools in West Vancouver. In partnership with the West Vancouver Art Museum.



First Thursdays Art Walk

May 2, June 6, July 4 and August 1

6  8 p.m., Ambleside to Dundarave

The Library is pleased to partner with the West Vancouver Community Arts Council for First Thursdays Art Walk — an inaugural celebration of art in West Vancouver, featuring self-guided tours of local galleries, public art and community space.




Registration is now open for all May digital learning programs. For a full list of activities or to register, see (navigate to May).


May program highlights:




Family Make + Play Club | Ages 4 – 9

Thursday, May 2, 9 and 16 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Kids and families at all skill levels can learn and play with screen-free technologies. Families should be able to attend all sessions. Online registration is required.


Tell Your Story | Grades 6 – 8

Wednesday, May 29 and June 5, 12 and 19, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

We're looking for a small group of keen writers and/or cartoonists who would like to create their own project and turn it into a real Library ebook! This is a new project at the Library, and we are excited to learn with participants during this pilot program. We invite those interested to apply online by May 12 at 10 a.m.




Learn to Code with Python

Monday, May 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Curious about coding? We’ll get you started in this gentle hands-on introduction. Note: Learners must attend both sessions.


Make a Then-and-Now Photo

Thursday, May 9 and 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Taking inspiration from our Local History Collection, learn how to create a then-and-now photo. Note: Learners must attend both sessions.


Record with the iPad Piano Keyboard 

Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Play with a small piano keyboard, iPad and basic recording software.


Robotics Drop-in 

Wednesday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A chance for community members to come to The Lab and take on challenges using robots.





English Corner

Friday, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Practise your English conversation skills.





English Conversation Circle

Monday, May 6, 13 and 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Improve your listening and speaking skills.


Let’s Talk!

Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East
A weekly discussion group for English language learners.


Small Group Conversation

Tuesdays, May 7 – 28; Wednesdays, May 8 – 29.
10 – 10:40 a.m.
10:45 – 11:25 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Community Computing Centre

Registration opens Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. To register visit the Information Desk or call 604.925.7403.


Lifelong Learning


Unwind: Knitting & Crocheting Circle

Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Share ideas, techniques and conversation. All skill levels welcome.





Let the Board Games Begin!

Saturday, May 4, 2 – 5 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Socialize and play board games with our Gamer-in-Residence. Children under 10 must attend with an adult. To register, please call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.


Finding Your First Professional Job in Canada

May 6, 9 and 13, 6 – 8 p.m., McDonald Creek Meeting Room

Develop essential skills to finding your way into the Canadian job market. Presented by North Shore Multicultural Society. For more information and to register, contact or 604.988.2931, ext. 242.


Travel Tales! Australia

Thursday, May 9, 2 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Enjoy adventure stories with veteran travel writer, Michael McCarthy.


Being Mortal — Film Screening and Discussion

Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

How can the medical profession better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence and dignity? Online registration opens Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m.


Wilderness Safety

Wednesday, May 15, 7 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Heading out for a hike? Planning a camping trip? Learn essentials of outdoor travel to ensure your adventures are fun and safe. Presented by North Shore Rescue.


Philosophers’ Café: Free Speech

Thursday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall
What are the costs of “free” speech? What are its potential benefits?





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





*Online registration for Kids and Family events is now open! See for more information.




*Fairy Tale Puppet Show: The Frog Prince | Ages 3+

Friday, May 3, 10:30 – 11 a.m. OR 4 – 4:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
A chance for our youngest story lovers to celebrate Booktopia! Join youth librarians for a special presentation of the classic fairy tale The Frog Prince. Please register each child separately.

Movie Matinée: Mary Poppins Returns I All Ages

Sunday, May 5, 2 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall
Mary Poppins—the beloved nanny from the Banks’ childhood—arrives to save the day and take the family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. Drop-in, but space is limited. Children under 10 must attend with a parent or caregiver. Running time: 2 hours. Rating: General

*Illustration Workshop with Hilary Leung | Ages 9 – 12

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

Join picture book author and illustrator Hilary Leung as he shares his best drawing tips. Participants will learn the magic of collaboration and will leave with a book of their own!

*The Story of Mulan | Ages 6+

Saturday, May 11, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Storyhouse

Kids and families can learn about Hua Mulan, a legendary Chinese warrior from the Northern and Southern dynasties period. This is an interactive program led by instructors from the Pocket Panda Chinese Learning Centre. Children under the age of 9 must attend with an adult.



Special Events


West Vancouver Schools Coding Quest Arcade

Thursday, May 30, 3:15 – 5 p.m., Welsh Hall


Join students from West Vancouver schools as they showcase the educational video games they designed using Scratch programming language.






TAG Meeting | Ages 13+

Monday, May 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Storyhouse

Open to all high school students, Teen Advisory Group meets once a month to discuss what happens in the Library. Refreshments provided.






Holiday Closures



The Library will be closed for Victoria Day on Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20



Volunteer to be a Library Champion!

Information Session: May 8



The Library Champions Project is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants. Library Champions are trained to do outreach to other new immigrants, telling them about the programs, services and resources that are available in libraries and out in the community.


For more information or to register for the May 8th Information Session, visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.



Library Family


WVML Foundation



The Foundation’s Annual Donor Appreciation event occurred on April 12, focusing on “Lens to the Future.” After some delightful social mingling, and welcome from Foundation Chair Andreas Thompson, Library Board Chair Jillian Stirk and Library Director Jenny Benedict, guests enjoyed presentations in The Lab and Welsh Hall. Upstairs, guests were invited to share their input on current and aspirational possibilities at the Library.


The Foundation is very grateful to its Donors who make so much possible for the Library and our community.



Friends of the Library



We can't wait to see everyone at our annual Shred-it Day on Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Library Parking Lot. All shredding is done on site and there will be several volunteers available to help unload vehicles. See you there, rain or shine!




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








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