Event and Class Descriptions

  • Youth
    • Youth | Technology
    • Storytime
      • Babytime - Pre-Walkers | Birth - 12 Months

        Babies have incredible brains and it’s never too early to start immersing your little one in language. A program for our youngest library lovers (0 – 12 months old), our program for pre-walkers is full of songs, rhymes and fingerplays that you can easily incorporate into your baby’s daily routine. Attending is also a great way to connect with other families in the community.

        Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

      • Babytime - Walkers | 12 - 23 Months

        A program for 12 – 23 month-old babies on the move! Designed for wiggly, crawling and walking little ones, this program is full of songs, bounces, action rhymes and very short stories to build language skills.

        Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

      • Tales for Twos | 2Y

        Join us for a half hour of high-action rhymes, songs, fingerplays and short stories designed to keep your toddler engaged and happy while building important pre-reading skills and learning that books are fun!

        Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

      • Storytime Fun | 3 - 5Y

        Join us for a storytime full of books, rhymes, felt stories and puppets for 3 – 5 year olds. Children who have positive, fun experiences with language and books when they are young have an advantage when starting school. Research shows that five simple activities can help your child get ready to read and we focus on all five in storytime: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

      • Fun in French | All Ages

        A program for children of all ages to build the literacy skills used in our other storytime programs – but in French! Children will enjoy French stories, songs and more. Venez vous amuser en français avec des histoires, des marionettes et des chansons.

      • Fun in Persian | All ages

        Hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes in Persian and English. No previous language experience is necessary. All are welcome.

      • Family Storytime | All Ages

        A chance for families to hear stories, sing songs and learn new fingerplays and rhymes. Whenever possible, librarians will let you know how to modify an activity for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

        Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

    • Programs | Youth
      • Orff-Kodaly Music for Children | 4 – 5 Y

        Children experience the joy of making music through song, games, dance and instruments. This is a sampler class for young children to develop very basic music skills that may serve them in future music classes.

      • Book Buddies

        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.

      • Orff-Kodaly Music for Children | 2 – 3 Y

        Children experience the joy of making music through song, games, dance and instruments. This is a sampler class for young children to develop very basic music skills that may serve them in future music classes.

        Supported by a generous bequest from the estate of Robert Leslie Welsh, through the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation.

      • Parent-Child Mother Goose

        The Parent-Child Mother Goose program is a group experience for parents and their infants focusing 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.

      • Paws 4 Stories

        Kids with reading challenges can practise their oral reading skills by signing up to read with a certified Paws 4 Stories therapy dog. Research shows that reading to a dog is tremendously motivational for kids and also provides a calming, relaxed environment for children who may be feel hesitant or anxious about reading.

        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.

    • Movies | Youth

      From the newest releases to your old favourites, there's something for everyone. 

      Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or care-giver.

    • Special Events
    • Booktopia
    • Summer Reading Club
  • Culture
    • Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth
    • North Shore Writers Festival

      The North Shore Writers Festival is an annual celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by your North Shore public libraries.  

    • Literary
      • Authors in Our Community

        Celebrate the literary talent in our midst!

      • Author Talks

        The Library welcomes renowned authors throughout the year, giving you a chance to meet your favourite writers in person. 

      • Library Bound Book Club

        Are you looking for a way to visit the Library and be part of a book discussion group? Join our monthly afternoon book club!

        Includes transportation from your home to the Library; books will be provided.

      • Persian Book Club

        Read and discuss classical and contemporary Persian literary prose. Participants must be fluent in Persian. Sessions take place the third Thursday of the month. Led by Feloor Talebi.

    • Movies

      We screen thought-provoking and entertaining films. See you at the show!

    • Music
      • Concerts

        A generous bequest in support of music at the Library from the estate of Robert Leslie Welsh, through the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, allows us to host our free Friday Night Concert Series. We offer superb performances for every musical taste.

      • Music Appreciation

        Gain a deeper understanding of the music you love through insightful lectures by entertaining and knowledgeable speakers, stimulating discussions and some great on-screen performances.

    • In the Gallery
    • TED

      TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

  • Learning
    • ESL
      • Advanced ESL Book Club

        Are you ready to read a longer novel? Improve your reading skills, and practise English conversation in our ESL Book Club for advanced readers.

      • English Conversation Circle

        Improve your listening and speaking skills while learning about Canadian culture and local customs. For English language learners who possess a basic foundation in spoken English. No registration required.

      • English Corner

        English Corner is an enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills. This intermediate-level program runs from September through June each year. Facilitated by the Baha'i Community of West Vancouver in partnership with the Library.

      • ESL Book Club

        Improve your English by reading and discussing short novels. Suitable for intermediate-level English language learners. 

      • ESL Reading Club

        Improve your English by reading and discussing short stories and essays. Suitable for intermediate-level English language learners. Limited to 10 people.

      • Let's Talk!

        Let’s Talk! is a weekly discussion group for English language learners interested in improving their listening and speaking skills. No registration required. 

      • Small Group Conversation

        Practise your English with our English language facilitator and two other language learners. Registration required.

    • Genealogy

      Curious about your roots or trying to expand your family tree? With access to our great online resources, these informative programs will bring out your inner family historian!

    • Health + Wellness

      Programs on a variety of health and wellness topics by guest speakers.

    • Lifelong Learning

      The Library offers practical, lifestyle and educational talks.

      • Local Voices

        Local Voices celebrates our community—as it was and as it is—in the words of the people who live here. Our neighbours will share their work, studies, creative expression and community participation through dialogue, readings and performance. In partnership with the West Vancouver Historical Society.

    • Philosophers' Café

      Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies and the Library provide comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on the burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real-life experience desired. We'll provide the coffee; bring your own mug if you're able!

    • Civic

      We offer non-partisan civic programs that help our citizens stay informed and engaged. 

    • Technology & Computers

      The Library supports technology skills development, resilience and confidence. We help you digitally preserve your memories, tell your stories, express yourself, and explore new technologies. The programs, seminars and workshops that we offer are intended to connect people and solve problems through technology.

      • Use it
        • Computer Essentials

          This four-part series is a gentle introduction to using a Windows (PC) computer. You'll learn the parts of a computer, how to use a mouse and keyboard, what files and folders are and how to move them around, the basics of navigating the Internet and how to create an online account.

        • Device Clinic

          Sign up for a 30-minute appointment to receive individualized help using iPads, Androids and other mobile devices. Bring your questions and your device if you have one.

        • Drop-ins
        • Ebooks and Audiobooks

          Turn your mobile device into a library of free ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, available anytime from anywhere in the world. These classes will show you how.

        • iPad Essentials

          If you have your own iPad and want to learn how to use it, this series is for you! In three one-hour sessions, we will teach you what you need to know about using the tablet, adjusting its setting, going online and exploring the world of free apps.

        • iPad Learn and Loan

          If you don't own an iPad but would like to try one, sign up for our iPad Learn and Loan class. In three one-hour sessions, we will teach you what you need to know about using the tablet, adjusting its setting, going online and exploring the world of free apps. Between sessions you can borrow an iPad to practice on.

        • Social Media

          Dive into the most popular platforms for connecting and sharing online.  

      • Share it
      • Develop it
      • Create it
      • Imagine it
        • Tech Talks

          Offered monthly, our Tech Talks lecture series introduces you to exciting new technologies and how they affect your life. No experience necessary; curiosity and enthusiasm welcome!

  • Book Sale
  • Shred-it