Books Plus: Anime convention & Lego movie

This feature, written by librarians with Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, is published each Thursday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries.


There’s some summer learning and fun set for Coquitlam Public Library, including:
• July 23 (Poirier branch, 10:30 a.m.) and July 24 (City Centre branch, 1:30 p.m.), experience Green Screens and Robo-Goodness! Battle zombies, swim in a pool of lava, or stand on an airplane wing — with CPL’s green screen, you can get a photograph of something you didn’t do during summer vacation. Also, program and play with Sphero robots. Registration is not needed for this free program—just drop in.
• July 30 (Poirier branch, 10:30 a.m.) and July 31 (City Centre Branch at 1:30 pm), see Burnaby Summer Theatre’s production A La Commedia! This year’s play is inspired by Italy’s Commedia Dell’Arte. The show features masks, music, slapstick and more! Registration is not needed for this free program. Please arrive early to ensure a seat as space is limited.
• Movie: The Lego Movie 2: On Aug. 6 (Poirier branch, 10:30 a.m.) and Aug. 7 (City Centre Branch at 1:30 pm), watch CPL’s screening of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (rated PG, one hour, 47 minutes). Synopsis: Emmet, Lucy and their friends fight an army of Duplo invaders who are trying to destroy everything in Bricksburg. Registration is not needed for this free program but arrive early to ensure a seat as space is limited.
• Innovation Hub open house: Try out the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and motion-tracked hand controllers. Users can explore outer space, conquer a fear of heights, paint in a 3D space, and more. See 3D printers in action and learn how to create your own designs using high-powered creative software. Open house happens Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the City Centre branch. Next session for VR: July 19. Next session for 3D printing: July 26.
• Coquitlam Public Library anime convention: Youths from 11 to 19 years old, head to CPL’s City Centre branch Aug. 27 for a half-day celebration of anime culture, featuring an art marketplace, a cosplay contest, an Osu! tournament, a scavenger hunt, a karaoke contest and more. This event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm in Rooms 127, 136 and 137, and the computer lab. To compete for prizes in Osu! or cosplay, or to display and sell your original artwork at the marketplace, you must register in advance at For more information, contact librarian Chris Miller at 604-554-7339 or
Info: The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.

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• Ukulele jam: Bring your own ukulele and jam Tuesday, July 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn and play new songs together. This is for people who know basics (C, G, and F chords). Call 604-469-4577 to register or register online at
• Family trivia night: Test your book knowledge at PMPL’s family trivia night July 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teams of up to six people can compete against each other to be named the Port Moody Public Library trivia champions. Register online at or call 604-469-4577.
• Summer Fun Fest: July 27 from 1 to 3 p.m., join librarians for an Alice in Wonderland-themed carnival in the library. There will be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, an escape room and other games. Come in costume for a chance to win a prize. Call 604-469-4577 to register or register online at Note: a separate registration will be done on-site for the escape room.
Info: or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

• Stories Galore and More: Visit your local park this summer for puppets, stories, crafts and lots of fun, presented by the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee and the Terry Fox Library. This program runs through Aug. 8 on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Gates Park and on Thursdays, same time, at Sun Valley Park — drop in.
• Tiffany Stone puppets, poetry and props: Join poet Tiffany Stone for poems and rhymes about flaming flamingos, baaaad animals and rainbow-coloured clothes. There will be rhythm and rhyme and plenty of time for everyone to participate in the fun with words Tuesday, July 23, 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Leigh Square bandshell — drop in.
• Babytime: Make language fun. Help your baby develop speech and language skills — enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers, and you can spend time after the program to meet and socialize. The program runs Fridays in July, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. — drop in.
Info:, the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page or 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. 

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