BOOKS PLUS: Teen poetry slam, book club and family fun
Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.
• Teen Poetry Slam: On Thursday, April 28, CPL is hosting its annual Teen Poetry Slam for competitors in Grades 8 through 12. A panel of judges will score the performers to determine first, second and third place. Winners will earn prizes totalling $150 in value. The slam runs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Program Room at the Poirier branch. The rules: Each poet can perform one poem only, in three minutes or less. The poem must written by the poet and can be any type: rhyming, non-rhyming, prose, narrative, etc. The poet may not be accompanied by another person or use props, costumes, musical instruments or recordings. Also, anyone who is not competing can read a poem during the open-mic session from 6:45 to 7 p.m. Open mic poems can be original or written by someone else. No one may read an open mic poem and compete in the slam. To register for the slam, call Chris at 604-937-4140, Ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Play and Learn Events at Coquitlam Centre: On the last Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., join library staff at Coquitlam Centre mall (near the Toy Jungle, in front of London Drugs) for monthly Play and Learn storytimes, songs and crafts. The next program is on April 27: Trees and Other Natural Treasures. No registration is required for these free programs — just drop-in.
• Spring Storytimes 2011: Spring Babytime — Songs, rhymes, bounces and stories for babies under two years old and their caregivers. No registration required. For more information about storytimes, phone 604-937-4142 (Poirier) or 604-927-3561(City Centre).
• Borrowing Library eBooks — Poirier Branch, April 26 from 3 to 4 p.m.; City Centre branch, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m.: Are you wondering how to borrow eBooks from CPL's Library to Go, the digital eBook and audiobook collection? Attend this hands-on session, where we will demonstrate how to: download and authorize Adobe Digital Editions; search for and borrow an eBook; transfer the book to an eReader; return an eBook. After the demonstration you will have a chance to try it yourself, either on your own eReader or laptop computer. (Note: library eBooks are not compatible with Kindles.) To register, contact Jay at 604-937-4148, Ext. 2 or email@example.com; include your phone number when you register.
For more information about any of these programs, visit www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 3000 Burlington Dr. and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
TERRY FOX (POCO)
• Meet and mingle with the Friends of Terry Fox Library Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity for local residents to chat with local candidates running in the May 2 federal election.
• Canada Newsstand: Relax at home or visit the library to find out more about the Federal election with Canada Newsstand. This online resource allows you to read current and archived full-text news from 219 major and rural newspapers. Drop by the library for a demo.
For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Terry Fox Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo.
• Inlet Book Club: New members are welcome — just drop in. This book discussion group meets in the afternoon on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be on May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. The book up for discussion at the May meeting is Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup, the author of the international bestseller Slumdog Millionaire, Six Suspects is a multilayered tale of murder, corruption and redemption.
• Ex Libris Talking Book Club: This discussion group is primarily for print-disabled or visually impaired persons but everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. The book under discussion for the May meeting is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, a modern classic that depicts life in China before it became a world power. This novel traces the cycle of life through one family. The books for these readers can be print, large print, CD or Daisy, so everyone can participate.
• Family Fun Night (drop-in) is set for Tuesday, April 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. Children aged three to six years and their caregivers are invited to celebrate spring at a garden-themed family fun night. This program focuses on building skills children need for beginning school and includes a storytime, game and craft. No registration is required but space is limited.
For more information, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.