Event and Class Descriptions

  • Youth
    • 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. 

      • Gleneagles Family Storytime | All Ages

        Join us at the Gleneagles Community Centre for a storytime for families with children ranging in age from babies to six-year-olds. 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
      • 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

        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.

        A parent or caregiver must attend with the child. We are unable to accommodate younger or older siblings as this program is tailored specifically to two – three year-olds.

        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. 

      • 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 Tutor-in-Residence and a learning partner for six 40-minute sessions.

    • 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. 

    • Lifelong Learning

      The Library offers practical, lifestyle and educational talks.

      • 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
    • Technology & Computers

      Whether you are a beginner and would like a gentle introduction to computers, or want to keep on top of new technologies, we have a class for you!

      • Computer Basics

        A gentle introductory class on how to use a mouse and keyboard, open and close a program, use Windows and take your first step onto the Internet. No computer experience required.

      • Ebook Classes

        These programs will help you get a handle on library ebooks and downloadable audiobooks.

      • 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.

      • Internet and Online Searching

        For those who have completed the Computer Basics course, want to improve their searching skills and learn more about using the Web. This class will cover Google searches, Google Maps, Wikipedia and more.

      • Internet Plus

        Already skilled at browsing the web? Learn advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of your time online! This class is designed for those who are already comfortable with computer basics and Internet browsing, and will cover history, tabs, keyboard shortcuts and more.

      • iPad Learn & Loan

        Take this two-hour introductory session and then borrow one of our iPads for two weeks to practice what you've learned. This class is open to patrons who have a valid West Van Library card and who do not own their own device.

      • Social Media

        Dive into the most popular platforms! In this series we cover a different topic each month.  

      • Special Topics

        In addition to our regular technology programming, the Library offers a varying assortment of classes on new and exciting technology each month. Whether you're looking for iPad instruction, social media security tips or one-on-one help in understanding your new device, we have a class for you!

      • Tech Talks

        Come learn and talk about technology. No experience necessary; curiosity and enthusiasm welcome!