West Vancouver Memorial Library

Our Library's Future: Our Facility

Open House: Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


The West Vancouver Memorial Library invites you to a presentation on our plans to preserve and enhance the West Wing.  Architects from SHAPE and ph5 will speak about the designs for the exterior and the interior renovations. Learn how the redesign will serve our community better, and have your questions answered. Click here for more information. 


Bring a friend.  Bring a neighbour.  Share this invitation with a newcomer in our community.


Authors in Our Community – Peter Busby and Trevor Carolan

Wednesday, February 24, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Mother Tongue Publishers presents a joint launch of Peter Busby’s The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd and Trevor Carolan’s Literary Storefront: The Glory Years: Vancouver’s Literary Centre 1978 – 1985.



Persian Book Club

Thursday, February 18, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room


Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Led by Feloor Talebi.


A Walk in the Woods

Monday, February 29, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall


This adventure-comedy follows two old friends as they push themselves and each other to the limit on the Appalachian trail.


Jazz Talks with Neil Ritchie

Tuesdays February 2 and 9, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Join longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie for his unique seminars touching on various aspects of jazz across the decades.



February 2: Frank Sinatra

February 9: Today's Piano Stars

In the Gallery

Far Out and Up Close – An Exploration in Ink, Oils and Watercolours

Starts Thursday, February 18


This show features the young artist duo Roxana Beiklik and Zann Hemphill. Both artists use their own personal styles to express the energy of open space and chance encounters that have contributed to their art.



Works by Mong Yen and Monika van Wollen

Until Monday, February 15


Enjoy works by two artists, both of whom bring a love of nature and influences from other lands to their paintings.

Lifelong Learning

Write a Fortune – Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, February 6, 12:45 p.m., Storyhouse


Mark the Chinese New Year with a calligraphy writing workshop! Learn about the history of this ancient practice and then create your own beautiful signs for the New Year. All ages are welcome. Children will receive a small gift for the New Year.


Advance Care Planning

Friday, February 12, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall


Dr. Sue Hughson from Dying with Dignity Canada will discuss how people can prepare their Advance Care Plans, while providing an opportunity for everyone to talk about the safe and positive ways of planning for illness or debilitation.


The Healthy Heart – Ways to Prevent Heart Disease

Monday, February 22, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall


Learn about the risks and causes of heart disease and how to maintain a healthy heart with Dr. Kevin McLeod.


Philosophers’ Cafe – At 65 Years Should One Retire, Retreat, Repeat or Retry?

Friday, February 26, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


As boomers are becoming seniors and living longer, what new challenges and opportunities are presenting themselves?


Let's Talk

Beginner: Tuesdays,1 p.m. 

Intermediate: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.


Elizabeth Musto Room


Develop your English skills while discussing current events. Maximum 20 people. 




English Corner

Fridays, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall


Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. 


Getting Started With Library Ebooks – Kobo

Thursday, February 4, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room


Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check out ebooks with your library card. Register online.





Tech Talk – Introduction to Podcasts

Thursday, February 11, 5:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West


Learn what podcasts are, how they’re made, how to find and listen to them, where to get started recording your own, and discover some recommended podcasts to check out.


Internet and Online Searching

Friday, February 12, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room


Improve your web searching skills. This class will cover Google searches, Google Maps, Wikipedia and more. Register online.


Getting started with Twitter

Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room


Sign up and get started with Twitter and connect with the world! Register online.


Getting Started With Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m., Computer Training Room


Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website, place holds and check out ebooks with your library card. Register online.


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 – Kindergarten

Mondays,12:45 p.m., Storyhouse (no session Feb. 8)


Families with children from birth to kindergarten are invited to come and celebrate learning in a fun, relaxed environment led by a certified Early Childhood Educator.



Paws for Stories | Ages 6 – 12

Session 1: Wednesdays, February 3, 10 and 17

Session 2: Wednesdays, February 24, March 2 and 9

Session 3: Wednesdays, March 30, April 6 and 13

4 p.m., Youth Department


Kids with reading challenges can practise their oral reading skills by signing up to read with a certified Paws 4 Stories therapy dog. Sessions are 15 minutes. Kids must be school-aged, able to read some English on their own and comfortable reading with a dog and the dog’s adult handler. Register for all three sessions in the Youth Department



Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble – The Monkey King | All Ages Concert 

Saturday, February 6, 11:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Join us as the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble presents Monkey King in celebration of the New Year! Register online.


Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12

Saturdays, February 13 – March 5, 2:30 p.m., Storyhouse


Play literacy games and practise reading skills with teen volunteers. Kids must be school-aged and able to read some English on their own. Register online.


TAG Meeting
Monday, February 22, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a welcoming group who get together to discuss teen collections and programming. New members welcome! Refreshments provided.

Spring Break

Orphaned Wildlife (OWL) Rehabilitation Society Presentation | All Ages 

Monday, March 14, 1 p.m., Welsh Hall


Educators from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will do a presentation about birds of prey and talk about their work in conservation and rehabilitation. Part of the program will include a visit with their education birds!


Register online starting Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m.



Apps Galore! | Ages 8 – 12

Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m., Storyhouse


Experiment, create and learn new things in this fun-filled technology program. Learn code, solve a medical mystery or make the perfect piece of pottery — all on an iPad! 


Register online starting Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. 


Fun with Scratch! Introduction to Computer Programming | Ages 9 – 13 

Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room


In this introductory class, you'll learn how programming language differs from everyday language using the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized computer. You'll also use your new knowledge to create your own animations using Scratch, an educational program created at MIT. No previous computer programming experience is required. 

Register online starting Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. 


Easter Puppet Show | Ages 3+

Thursday, March 17, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall


Hop over to the Library for an egg-citing puppet show featuring the Easter Bunny! Register online starting Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m.

Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 8. Happy Family Day everyone!

TED 2016!

Live Streaming TED Talks, February 15 – 19

We are excited to once again offer a live stream of the full TED2016 Conference being held in downtown Vancouver. This year's Dream theme will be eye-opening! Details available on our website.


Maps of the Stacks

There's a new mapping feature in our catalogue so you can see exactly where items in the Library are located. When you find a title, click Map It and follow the floorplan to the highlighted area. 



BC Heritage Week


From February 15 – 21 celebrate BC's Distinctive Destinations during Heritage Week. Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages all week long for "distinctive" historical West Van photos. 

Library Family

Friends – Shred It and Forget It

Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 
Back by popular demand, for a minumum $5 donation, the Friends invite 

you to toss all your unwanted personal paper into the secure shredder that will be stationed in the Library’s west parking lot. All proceeds will benefit the Library.

Interested in becoming a Friend of the Library? New members are always welcome. Join us today!




The Foundation is delighted to be a part of the plans to improve the West Wing!

For more information about the Foundation, visit our website or call 604.925.7425604.925.7425

West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1J8
General Inquires: 604.925.7400604.925.7400

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