West Vancouver Memorial Library

What's on – January

The New Year is the perfect time to visit your library. Whether you're looking for help with a new gadget you got for Christmas, want to catch a classic film, are ready to dive into ebooks, or just want a quiet place to kick back with a great book, we have the services, expertise and resources you need.  

Persian Book Club
Thursday, January 15, 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.

Authors in Our Community – Some Sort of Life
Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Naomi Wakan, Nanaimo’s first Poet Laureate, shares her book of memoirs, a collection of poems and essays revealing that life is bittersweet and ephemeral.

Sunday Movie Matinees – Oscar Classics – Casablanca
Sunday, January 25, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in this classic about an American expatriate who meets a former lover and the complications that ensue.

Friday Night Concert – The Paperboys
Friday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

A genre blending powerhouse that combines Irish jigs with everything from Mexican Son to country, funk, ska and soul. Doors open at 7 p.m. 
In the Gallery

Cabins to Quilts 
Thursday, January 15 – Monday, March 9

The pieces in this exhibition, created by members of the Lions Gate Quilters Guild, trace the evolution of the log cabin quilt from traditional to more innovative designs, and reflect West Vancouver’s transition from a cottage community to the modern city we see today. 

Things that Go
Until January 12

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

Philosophers’ Café – The Charter of Rights, Governments, Police, Intelligence Agencies and You Today
Friday, January 16, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall West

In good times and bad, there are interplays and trade-offs between rights, obligations, privacy and security. Hosted by guest speaker James Lymburner.


Can a Simple Sticker Help Us Act on Climate Change? 
Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Rob Shirkey, lawyer and founder of the environmental not-for-profit organization Our Horizon will present his proposal to require climate change information labels on gas pumps, a simple concept endorsed by top climate scientists. 

Getting Started With Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets*
Thursday, January 8, 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.  Online registration is available.

Introduction to Social Media
Tuesday, January 13, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall West

An overview of popular social media websites including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google Plus. 

Getting Started With Library Ebooks – Kobo*
Thursday, January 15, 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. Online registration is available. 

Handling Holiday Tech
Thursday, January 15, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Discuss how to get the most out of the gadgets that were left under the tree.

Computer Basics*
Friday, January 20, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

A gentle introductory class. No experience necessary. Registration is required.

Internet Plus*
Thursday, January 22, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Tips and tricks to get the most out of your time online! Online registration is available. 

iPad Learn and Loan*
Thursday, January 29, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Allow us to introduce you to the iPad! Patrons must have a valid West Van library card to loan the iPad for three weeks. Online registration is available.

Digital Buddies*
Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m., Saturdays, January 3, 17 and 31, 1 – 3 p.m. and January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events. This session runs until March 4.


English Corner
Fridays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. This session runs until March 6.
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, 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.

Parent Child Mother Goose ©
1 – 2.5Y, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., 0 – 1Y 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Mondays, January 5 – March 2 (no class February 9), Storyhouse

This group experience for parents and their infants focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication. Register now through the Family Services of the North Shore website.

Fun in French | 3 – 8Y
Sundays, January 11, 18 and 25, 1:30 p.m., Storyhouse

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


Pro-D Day Fun with Scratch! Introduction to Computer Programming | 9 – 13Y
Friday, January 16, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room

In this introductory class, kids will learn how programming language differs from everyday language using the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized computer. Kids will also use their new knowledge to create their own animations using Scratch, an educational program created at MIT. Registration is required and begins online at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 5. Please register each child separately.

Book Buddies | 6 – 12Y
Saturdays, January 17 – February 7, 10:15 a.m., Welsh Hall

Children will play literacy games and practice 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.

TAG Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 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.
Holiday Closure

New Year's Day

The Library will be closed for New Year's Day on Thursday, January 1. Happy New Year!
Student Centre

Homework Help

From practice tests to peer reviewed articles, we have the homework help you need to make this your best school year ever!

Grades 4 – 12!

Take our short survey and help us prepare for our new strategic plan. You could win a $100 Park Royal gift certificate! Survey deadline is midnight on January 7

Purchase Power

After the holidays, saving money is top of mind on many people's resolution lists. Start with Consumer Reports and get informed before you buy.

Sweet Sound of Free Music

Who doesn't like free music? Check out Freegal today and start downloading free MP3s, from reggae to hip hop, classical to indie. 
Library Family


Interested in donating to the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation? Click here  or call the office at 604.925.7425 for all the information you need. 


The Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting will be held on January 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall. Lunch is being provided!

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

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