BOOKS PLUS: Book clubs for kids and adults
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.
• Red Cedar Reading Group: Each year, Canadian authors and illustrators create many wonderful books for children, some meant to entertain, others to educate. For kids in Grades 4 to 7, CPL’s Red Cedar Reading Group will meet every three weeks until late April, discussing books and conducting cool and sometimes strange activities related to them. Running from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., the meetings will be held Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Jan. 10 and 31, Feb. 21, March 13, April 3 and 24. Except for the first meeting on Nov. 22, which will be in the board room, meetings will be held in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch. To register, email email@example.com.
The Red Cedar Young Readers’ Choice Awards (www.redcedaraward.ca) are given annually to the authors and illustrators of the best Canadian children’s books, as chosen by kids in B.C.
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.
• Coffee Mug Club: You can connect with other books lovers at the Terry Fox Library. The club is currently reading Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson. This touching story begins with the news that the narrator’s brother has gone missing at sea. As Lisa waits for news of her brother, she reflects on many episodes of her life, including her ability to communicate with the spirit world. Monkey Beach gives us insight into the Haisla culture and the challenges people face when they seek balance between traditional and modern values. Descriptions of the beautiful and mystic landscapes of northern B.C. mirror Lisa’s journey as she struggles to accept loss and death in her life. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Nov. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. New members are welcome.
For more information about the club or more great books, drop by the library and have a look at the popular book displays, chat with library staff about their favourite books and find out how to experience the new socially interactive catalogue, where you can create book lists and share your favourite books.
For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.
• Family fun night: Kids aged three to six years can drop in to PMPL’s family fun night craft program. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, you can join library staff from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ParkLane room. Families will build their own fall tree and listen to autumn-themed stories, songs and rhymes. Parents will take home easy ideas and activities to help get their pre-schooler ready for kindergarten.
• Share English practice groups for adults: Want to improve your English? Here is the answer. Come to the library’s ParkLane Room on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join other English learners in this free program put on by Share Family and Community Services. Participants will practise English, make new friends and find out about their community.
• Night Readers book club: Have you read or are you reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein? You can share your insights with other people and learn about their reactions to the book. The Night Readers are meeting Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. This intriguing novel is narrated by a dog named Enzo, who has a clear goal” lead a good dog life so that next time around he will live life as a man. He knows this will happen because he saw a television program about reincarnation. He studies his person, Denny, closely and gives us his doggy perspective of Denny’s race car driving, marriage to Eve, birth of Zoe, Eve’s death and the subsequent custody battle for Zoe.
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.