BOOKS PLUS: Tri-City library programs cover healthy brains, human rights and kids' reading
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.
• The Healthy Brain and Memory Loss: On Monday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch, Dorothy Leclair, support and education co-ordinator from the North Fraser Alzheimer Resource Centre will discuss: ways to reduce your risk factors for developing brain disease; how to keep your brain healthy; when to be concerned about memory loss and; what services are provided by the Alzheimer Society of BC. Registration is required for this free program; phone: 604-937-4155.
• Act of Dishonour: In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, Coquitlam Public Library and Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities present Act of Dishonour, a drama from the National Film Board of Canada, on that day from 1 to- 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch. Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by members of the Soroptimist. The film is about Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be who lives in a remote village in northern Afghanistan. Respecting the deeply conservative local customs, she and her fiancé, Rahmat, have little contact yet cherish a special bond. The arrival of a film crew briefly opens a window on a new world for Mena, a foray beyond the boundaries of convention that leads her inexorably down a dangerous road. Written and directed by Nelofer Pazira, Act of Dishonour is a compelling drama in which East and West, love and honour, modernity and custom clash with tragic consequences. Registration is required for this free program; call 604-937-4155.
• Play and Learn Events at Coquitlam Centre: On the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., join librarians at Coquitlam Centre mall for storytimes, songs and crafts near the Toy Jungle, in front of London Drugs. No registration is required for these free programs, just drop-in.
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.
March Storytimes at Terry Fox Library include:
• Babytime: Discover the pleasure of reading with your baby. Babytime for children up to 12 months and their caregivers will run on Wednesdays, March 28 to April 18, 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. Experience the warmth and enjoyment of cuddling with your baby while listening to nursery rhymes and stories. Babytime is free and you can reserve a space for you and your baby beginning March 14.
• The More we Read Together pre-school storytime: These storytimes include books, fingerplays, songs and flannelboard stories. Join librarians and their puppet friends for some cozy fun. Storytimes are on Mondays, March 5 to 26 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
• Pyjama Storytime: Bring the entire family to the library for half an hour of stories, songs and rhymes. Children are welcome to come in pyjamas and bring a stuffed toy. These storytimes take place on the first Wednesday of the month. The next storytime is on March 7 from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.
• Saturday Storytime: Visit the library on the third Saturday of each month and enjoy stories fingerplays and songs that will entertain and delight kids of all ages. The next Saturday Storytime is on March 17 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
• Ex Libris Talking Book Club: This discussion group is primarily for print-disabled or visually impaired persons, although everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be on Friday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. The book under discussion will be Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, the second in a delightful series of books by Gilman about senior citizen Emily Pollifax, the most unlikely of spies.
• Family Fun Night: Kids ages three to six years can drop in to PMPL’s Family Fun Night craft program. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, join librarians from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ParkLane room. Families will do a craft, listen to stories, and learn songs and rhymes. Parents will take home easy ideas and activities to help get their pre-schooler ready for kindergarten.
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.