West Vancouver Memorial Library

What's on – September

September means shorter days, cooler nights and a chock-a-block events calendar at your library. From Storytimes to First World War Centenary talks to ESL discussion groups, we've got something for everyone — come see what we have planned for you this month!

Authors in our Community – Canoe Crossings
Wednesday, September 3, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Join Sanford Osler on a journey through British Columbia’s rich and colourful canoe culture from the first people to inhabit North America all the way to the present day.


Authors in Our Community – Catching Cancer: The Quest for its Viral and Bacterial Causes
Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Claudia Cornwall discusses her most recent book, a medical history that introduces readers to the investigators who created a new way of looking at cancer and its causes.

Author Panel: Book Some Time for Crime
Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m., Welsh Hall

Spend an afternoon on the edge of your seat with four local mystery authors. Part of North Shore Culture Days.

Persian Book Club
Thursday, September 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.
Monday Night Movies

Monday, September 8, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

A touching father/son drama about a grumpy old man who is convinced he has won a huge sweepstake prize and wrangles his son into a cross country trip to collect his money.


Ladies in Lavender
Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Two elderly ladies have their world turned upside down when a young man washes up on the beach outside their home.

Grand Budapest Hotel
Monday, September 22, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

A wonderful cast tells an epic story, witty at times, but also showcasing the poverty ridden period of Europe in the 30s.
In the Gallery

West Vancouver District Art Instructors Exhibition
All month

Experience the diverse and accomplished works by West Vancouver District art teachers. The exhibition demonstrates the variety of media, styles and approaches employed by the instructors in the creation of their own art.

Friday Night Concert – Jaclyn Guillou’s Dinah Washington Project
Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

Vancouver jazz songstress Jaclyn Guillou performs this CBC produced tribute to gospel, jazz and blues icon Dinah Washington. Part of North Shore Culture Days. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Jazz Talks with Neil Ritchie
10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy this popular series with longtime CBC producer Neil Ritchie.
Tuesday, September 23 – Jazz Singers: The Stylists
Tuesday, September 30 – Latin and Blues in Jazz
First World War Centenary

Lecture Series
Thursdays, September 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 6:30 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Historians Garrett Polman (PhD Chicago) and Allan Orr (M.A. UBC) present four different lectures on the causes of the First World War and its peace arrangements in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Philosophers’ Café: World War Won?
Friday, September 19, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall East

The First World (or “Great”) War started in August 100 years ago. How might the world be different today without this major conflict?

Let's Talk
Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17 and 24, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events. No registration required.


ESL Book Club
Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:30 a.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Join our free ESL Book Club to read and talk about novels by best-selling Canadian authors. Registration will be by random draw. To add your name to the list, complete and submit the form by Friday, August 29.

English Corner
Fridays, September 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends.

Getting Started with Library Downloadable Audiobooks*
Thursday, September 4, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use Library downloadable audiobooks with the OneClickdigital website. Online registration is available.

Getting Started with Pinterest*
Thursday, September 11, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Get inspired and organized with Pinterest! Online registration is available.

Computer Basics*
Friday, September 12, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

A gentle introductory class. No experience necessary.

Safe and Secure
Thursday, September 18, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall

Join Cpl. Findlay of the West Vancouver Police Department for a discussion on online safety and how to protect yourself against fraud. No registration required.

Getting Started With Library Ebooks: Kobo*
Thursday, September 18, 2 p.m., Computer Training Room

Learn how to use the BC Library Ebooks website. Online registration is available.
*Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the Community Computing Centre at 604.925.7405.
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

Cap Kodaly Orff Music for Children | 2 – 3Y
Fridays, October 17 – December 5, 11:30 a.m., Storyhouse

Children experience the joy of making music through song, games, dance and instruments. These sample classes are a great introduction to the Kodaly Orff method. Names for the registration lottery will be taken between September 2 – 30.

Parent-Child Mother Goose ®
Mondays, October 20 – December 15, Toddler Classes: 9:15 a.m., Infant Classes: 10:30 a.m., Storyhouse

The Parent-Child Mother Goose program is a group experience for parents and their young children focusing on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Online registration begins Tuesday, September 2 through the Family Services of the North Shore.

Properties Family Hub Book Club and App Club | 8 – 12Y
Book Club: Tuesdays, September 16 – November 4, App Club: Thursdays, September 18 – November 6, 3:15 p.m., Chartwell Elementary School Portable Classroom

In the App Club, kids will have a blast making new discoveries using a variety of tablets and apps in this fun-filled technology program. The Book Club will let kids learn, laugh and share together while discussing great books. Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.

Book Buddies | 6 – 12Y
Session One: Tuesdays, September 16 – October 7, Session Two: Tuesdays, October 14 – November 4, 3:45 p.m., Welsh Hall

Children will play literacy games and practise 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 in order to register for the program. Two sessions are available — registration for session one begins Tuesday, September 2 and registration for session two begins Monday, September 22.

Paws 4 Stories | 6 – 12Y
Session One: Wednesdays, October 1, 8 and 15, Session Two: Wednesdays, October 22 and 29, Session Three: Wednesdays, November 19, 26, and December 3, 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 20 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. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, September 2. Participants are asked to sign up for one session only.

Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony
Friday, September 19, 7 p.m., Main Hall

Join us as we award medals to our K – 7 Summer Reading Club members who read for 50 days or more over the summer!

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

Mark your calendars, TAG is back in September! The Teen Advisory Group — it’s like a student council for the Library — plans and promotes teen events, makes suggestions for the teen collection and provides book, movie and music reviews. Refreshments are provided. Interested in joining? Please attend this first meeting.
Holiday Closure

Labour Day

The Library will be closed for Labour Day, Monday, September 1. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!
TEDx West Vancouver

TEDx Speakers Recommend...

TEDx West Vancouver takes place on September 27. Check out this list of recommended titles from the TEDx presenters — sign them out from your library today!
Book Bag Bonanza

Bag One Before They're Gone

These stylish, rugged, 100 per cent cotton book bags are on sale now at the registration desk for just $5 plus tax. A great look for a great cause.
Music Mayhem

The Sweet Sound of Free Music

Freegal is sure to get your feet tapping. Find millions of free songs on the Sony Music label, from bluegrass to hip hop, new age to rock. Start downloading your favourite artists today and give your ears the treat they deserve!
Lifelong Learning

MOOC Learning

These Massive Open Online Courses mean that you never have to stop learning. Learn more about MOOCs and other free educational sites on the web on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in the Welsh Hall.
Community Awards

Nominations Open

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2014 Community Awards until September 30. Nominate someone today!
Library Family

Friends of the Library

The next Friends meeting is set for September 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall. Interested in becoming a Friend? Here's all the information you need

Library Foundation Event

Join us on November 20 for an exclusive dinner event with the extraordinary Joseph Boyden as he takes you on a journey through time with his award-winning novel, The Orenda. Tickets will go on sale starting September 20 online or at the library registration desk.

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

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