West Vancouver Memorial Library

65 Years at WVML

Taken by an unknown photographer, this photo shows the construction of West Vancouver Memorial Library’s main building in 1949 – 50 with the Memorial Arch visible in the background. You can find many more historical photos through our digital collection

The Library is commemorating its 65th anniversary this Remembrance Day. Everyone is welcome to our open house after the service at the Memorial Arch.


Mothers, Children and Relationships – An Author Panel Featuring Michael Christie and Steena Holmes
Saturday, November 14, 2:30 p.m., Welsh Hall 

Join Giller Prize longlist nominee Michael Christie and New York Times bestselling author Steena Holmes in a discussion about the various themes integrated within their powerful new novels. Moderated by the CBC's Grant Lawrence. 

Persian Book Club 
Thursday, November 19, 2 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room 

Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literature. 

Authors in Our Community – When the River Wakes Up
Wednesday, November 25, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall West

Alyson Quinn’s novel examines the relationship between Abigail and her brother, exploring the collision of Western beliefs and African Shona mysticism. 
Monday Movie Matinees

Woman in Gold
Monday, November 2, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Helen Mirren stars in this drama based on the true story of an elderly Jewish refugee who fights to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, which was plundered by Nazis during WWII.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Monday, November 9, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Based on the bestselling novel, the unlikely tale of an old man who escapes from a nursing home on his 100th birthday, and the hilarious adventures that follow! English and Swedish, with subtitles.

Far from the Madding Crowd
Monday, November 16, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

In this stunning adaptation of Hardy’s classic Victorian novel, beautiful and independent farm owner Bathsheba Everdene must choose between three very different suitors. 

Le Week-End
Monday, November 23, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

In this bittersweet comedy, a long-married British couple return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.  

Magic in the Moonlight
Monday, November 30, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy follows professional conjurer and spiritual skeptic Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) as he begins to fall for the talented young medium he was sent to debunk.

Opera with Nicholas Krusek 
Wednesdays, November 4, 18 and 25, 12:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

This series focuses on operas by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi. There is no session on November 11.


Friday Night Concert – Ambleside Orchestra Young Musicians' Showcase 
Friday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

Enjoy a special concert featuring the winners of the Ambleside Orchestra Youth Awards! Read more

Friday Night Concert – The VCC Jazz Orchestra 
Friday, November 27, 7:30 p.m., Main Hall

Led by trumpeter, composer and educator Alan Matheson, the VCC Jazz Orchestra will play big band hits from the 20s to the present, and some holiday favourites. Read more.
In the Gallery

Celebrating 65 years 
Until Sunday, November 22, Art Gallery

Take a journey through the decades and explore the dynamic and exciting history of your West Vancouver Memorial Library. 


Cultural Journey 
Monday, November 23 – Tuesday, January 12, Art Gallery

This exhibition highlights the backbone of the Squamish Territory — the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Panels and photographs tell the story of some of the most extraordinary natural features found along the way. 
Lifelong Learning

Résumé Clinic
Monday, November 9, 6 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall West 

Need help improving your résumé? Book a 30-minute appointment with an expert from Training Innovations. More information


Going Green to Save Money

Tuesday, November 10, 9 - 10 a.m., Online

Director Jenny Benedict and Green Team member Julie Backer will describe how our Library became the first in Canada to be awarded LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. A Community Economic Development Network webinar. More information.

Genealogy and Family History for Beginners
Thursday, November 12, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall 

Led by genealogy experts, this workshop will teach you the concept of genealogy and family history, and provide you with easy steps to start finding your ancestors.

Cover Letter Clinic 
Monday, November 16, 6 – 8 p.m., Welsh Hall West 

Need help improving your cover letter? Book a one-on-one appointment with a career expert from Training Innovations. More information

Genealogy and Family History for Researchers
Thursday, November 19, 2 p.m., Welsh Hall

Learn research skills to find evidence and documents about your ancestors, and valuable resources to simplify your research. 

Philosophers’ Cafe – Election Reflection 
Friday, November 20, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall East

What were the significant events in the lead-up to the election and during the campaign? What do the results mean for Canada? 

English Corner 
Fridays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m., Welsh Hall 

Enjoy English conversation while making new friends. 


Let’s Talk
Wednesdays, November 4, 18, and 25, 7 p.m., Elizabeth Musto Room

Develop your English skills while discussing current events. No program on November 11. Maximum 20 people. 

Device and Tablet Clinic
Thursday, November 5, 2 – 4 p.m., and Saturday, November 21, 12 – 4 p.m., Welsh Hall West 

Book a half-hour appointment with the Community Computing Centre to get help with your mobile device.


Ipad Learn and Loan
Thursday, November 12, 10:30 a.m., Welsh Hall West 

Introducing the iPad! Bring your West Van library card to borrow an iPad for three weeks. Register online

Getting Started with Pinterest
Saturday, November 14, 10:30 a.m., Computer Training Room 

Sign up and get started with Pinterest, the social and visual site that gets you inspired and organized! Register online

Getting Started with Library Ebooks – iPads and Tablets
Thursday, November 19, 2:30 p.m., Computer Training Room 

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

For more information, visit or call the Community Computing Centre Desk at 604.925.7405.

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
Mondays, November 2 and 9, 12:45 – 2:15 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 certified Early Childhood Educator.

Holiday Puppet Show | Ages 3+ 
Friday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Welsh Hall 

The family will love our merry, festive half-hour puppet show to get you into the holiday spirit. Online registration begins Monday, November 16. Please register each child separately. 

(Library) Card Tricks! 
Kindergarten – Grade 3: Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Storyhouse
Grades 4 – 7: Thursday, November 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Storyhouse

Parents and caregivers are invited to discover how to access ebooks, magazines, reading practice help and more amazing things only available for free through the Library. Register online.

Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker Special Introduction | Ages 4+ 
Saturday, November 28, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Welsh Hall 

Meet the Goh Ballet’s Executive Producer as she takes you through the story and artistic process behind The Nutcracker. Meet and greet with some of the show’s more elaborate characters and experience some of the magic behind this beloved holiday classic. Online registration begins Sunday, November 1. Please register each person separately. 

Writing Workshop with Tanya Lloyd Kyi – Survival 101 | Ages 9 – 12
Friday, November 27, 1 p.m., Storyhouse 

Create your own characters, then drop them into emergency situations! Register online

Pro-D Day Fun with Scratch! Introduction to Computer Programming | Ages 9 – 13
Friday, November 27, 2:30 p.m., Computer Training Room

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. No computer programming experience is required. Register online

Book Buddies | Ages 6 – 12 
Saturdays, November 28 – December 19, 10:15 a.m., Storyhouse

Play literacy games and practise 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. Online registration begins Monday, November 2

TAG Meeting
Monday, November 23, 7 p.m., Storyhouse

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is an awesome and welcoming group who meet once a month to discuss teen collections and programming. New members always welcome! Refreshments provided.

Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed for Remembrance Day on Wednesday, November 11. Join us at the Library for an open house following the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Memorial Arch. 

2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan

Our 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan sets a new direction for the next five years at the Library. View a preview video here and read the full document on our website.

FOL Receive Community Award!

Congratulations to our beloved Friends of the Library for winning a West Vancouver Community Award for civic engagement. We're so thankful for all that you do in support of the Library. 

West Van History Lesson

As the rain falls and the temperature drops, now's the perfect time to settle into a comfy chair to explore the fascinating history of West Vancouver. Check out these great books of West Van through the ages. 


Now you can watch independent films through our website! Choose from award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. Watch selections from Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. Sign up for an account and create your own film festival!

Magazines on Screen

Have you seen the new tablet in the Peter J. Peters Reading Room? It connects you directly to Zinio, a database with many of your favourite magazines. Start reading today! 
Library Family


The Friends of the Library November meeting has changed to November 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Welsh Hall — see you there! Thank you to all the patrons who supported the Friends at their October Book Sale. 

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



Join us on November 19 for our 3rd Annual Fundraising Author and Dinner Event with the internationally acclaimed author, actor and playwright, Ann-Marie MacDonald.

For more information about the Foundation, visit our website or call 604.925.7425. 

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

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