BOOKS PLUS: Philosopher's Café plus Christmas events

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.



• Philosophers’ Café: Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver that are open to everyone and have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Poirier branch, the topic is “Rising health care costs and our aging society”: There will be enormous consequences for Canada when our largest demographic starts to age. What will some of the consequences be and how should we deal with it? Moderator is Amir Kamyabnejad, who is completing an MA in biomedical engineering at SFU and has special interests in philosophy, religion, history and politics.

• 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.



• Seniors’ Christmas Tea: Terry Fox Library presents a special party for seniors, who can spread some holiday cheer while listening to stories, singing carols and enjoying tasty refreshments. The tea runs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

• Outreach services: Do you know someone who is unable to visit the library or who is no longer able to read print? Outreach Services provides MP3 and DAISY discs to people who are unable to read print materials and delivers a variety of books and library materials to customers who are homebound. To learn more about Outreach services, visit the library or call 604-859-7141.

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.



• Kids Book Club: Registration begins Dec. 8 as kids in Grades 5 to 7 are invited to read some great books and share their opinions with others. Fun activities and snacks provided. Call Irene 604-469-4692 for more information. The club meets on alternate Thursdays from Jan. 17 to March 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Adult Learners Book Club (drop-in): This club meets once a month to talk about a book written in simple language. On Dec. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the book The Way It Works by William Kowalski will be discussed. Join other club members for this opportunity to read more, practise English conversation and make friends. All adult learners, including ESL, are welcome.

• 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.

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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