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BOOKS PLUS: Book clubs, babies & friends at Tri-City libraries
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.
• Parlez-nous Français: You can improve your French in CPL’s after-school French homework and conversation club. French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practise with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills. Teen volunteers will earn community service hours. The club will meet on Fridays from Jan. 27 to March 9 in the program room at City Centre branch; meetings run from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Teens or kids who are interested in joining should Chris Miller, young adult services librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Book clubs: Monday Afternoon Book Club meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the program room at the City Centre branch; the Monday Night Book Club meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the board room at the Poirier branch. The clubs meet once a month to discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting, and new members are always welcome. To register for the evening club, call Jason at 604-937-4148, Ext. 238; to register for the afternoon club, call Janice at 604-937-4140. Alternately, you can just drop-in. The afternoon club next meets Feb. 6 to discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, a story of the love affair between Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway, set predominantly in 1920s Paris.
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.
• Friends of the Library: Friends of the Library are volunteers who promote library services in the community. They initiate and support library programs and fundraising activities in co-operation with library staff. The Friends’ most recent project resulted in the purchase of a 50” plasma TV and Blu-ray DVD player, which are used for many of the library’s programs. Friends also raise awareness of the library with local politicians and community representatives. The library’s most enthusiastic support comes from Friends, who are open to new members who want to meet great people and share their special skills, work together and support their local library. The next meeting is at Terry Fox Library, Jan. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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.
• Baby Sing and learn drop-in: Parents and caregivers can sing, rhyme and play with their babies in this interactive literacy program. Join other parents in the Storytelling Circle on Mondays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 2 p.m. for 30 minutes of fun. Research shows that sharing songs and rhymes with your baby helps brain development, attachment, and language skills. English language learners and parents of multiples are particularly encouraged to attend.
• Book Buddies: Book Buddies pairs Teen Buddies with Little Buddies in Grades 2 to 4, who need extra reading help for 40 minutes of reading and fun. There are four session times (10, 10:40 or 11:30 a.m. or 12:10 p.m.) available on Saturdays from Jan. 28 to March 10. Call 604 469-4577 to register your child.
• Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults: Do you want to write a book? On Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., author Lois Peterson will give a workshop explaining the craft elements required to write children’s and young adult fiction. Space is limited. Call 604-469-4577 to register.
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.