BOOKS PLUS: Sleep, Christmas and science 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.



• Good night’s sleep: A good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good health, and sleeping problems are common among children and youth, leaving them feeling tired and irritable. If this goes on for too long, they may feel anxious or depressed. You can join a panel of speakers as they discuss strategies parents, children and youth can use to improve the quality of their sleep. This is a free, dial-up session in which the audience will listen to the panelists via phone connection and speakers. (If you prefer, you can join this session from home.) The session runs Thursday, Dec. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch. To dial in, phone 1-877-291-3022 and enter the code 4611577#. Registration is not necessary.

• Celebrate Christmas: On Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. in the new City Centre branch, in front of the fireplace, you can hear Emanuel Romanian Baptist Church choir — 50 singers of all age levels — sing carols in both Romanian and English, ending with the Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

For more information about any of these programs, visit The City Centre branch is located at 3000 Burlington Dr. and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.



There’s some seasonal fun going on in December at Terry Fox Library:

• Family Christmas Special: Celebrate the season with a night of festive family fun. Enjoy stories, sing carols and help decorate the library Christmas tree. Seasonal goodies will be served as well on Dec. 5 from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

• North Pole Science Lab: Unlock the mysteries of Christmas with the outrageously intelligent professor Janine the Jenius. Discover how Santa pops out of the chimneys so fast. Marvel at the flying Santa Cork, the ELF Burping Potion and a Canister Cannon launch. After all that science, everyone can cool down with Cryogenics and a Candy Cane Bubble Shower. This interactive science show is appropriate for kids big and small. Mark your calendar for Dec. 12, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free tickets are available now.

For more information, visit or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.



• Calling Port Moody teen poets: Submit your two best original poems about Port Moody’s past and become a part of the city’s centennial celebrations. The Centennial Youth Poet Laureate will help Port Moody make the most of its 100th birthday through poetry readings, public appearances and participation in arts events. As well as leadership and civic engagement opportunities, the Youth Poet Laureate will win a $500 prize and have his/her poem included in a centennial time capsule. All contest entrants will have their poems published in the School District 43 Journal of Writing and a runner-up will be awarded a $250 prize. The contest is open to Moody residents aged 13 to 18 years old. Applications are online at and submissions will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2013.

• 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 Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room. The book under discussion will be People of the Deer by Canadian author Farley Mowat.

• Spelling Bee: Registration starts Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. for Grade 4 and 5 students who want to test their spelling skills in PMPL’s annual contest. The Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre. Space is limited and in-person registration is required.

For more information, visit or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

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