Books Plus: Bitcoin & Excel, plus Halloween fun

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.

PORT MOODY

• Bitcoin and Blockchain for beginners: Bitcoin is constantly in the news but what is it and how does it work? Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Inlet Theatre, SFU PhD student Philippa Adams will demystify cryptocurrency and explain blockchain technology. Call the library at 604-469-4577 to register.
• Learn Microsoft Office — Excel: Join librarians Oct. 23 and 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. for a hands-on Microsoft Excel workshop for beginners and those who want to refresh their knowledge of this high-demand program. The workshop consists of two sessions. Check the library’s website for the follow-up PowerPoint workshop. Call 604-469-4577 to register.
• Seniors Health: Diabetes: Join Dr. Fatma Taha Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library’s ParkLane Room for the second in a series of workshops on health topics for older adults. Each workshop will include important information, expert advice, and takeaways. This session will focus on treating and managing diabetes. Call the library at 604-469-4577 to register.
For more info, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

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TERRY FOX

• Pop-up library at Hyde Creek rec centre: Terry Fox Library is on the road and will be popping up Fridays at Hyde Creek rec centre. At Fox’s home away from home, you can borrow books and DVDs, place holds and participate in children’s storytime. You can even call in advance to have your holds brought to Hyde Creek for pick-up. The pop-up runs Fridays, Oct. 26 to Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to noon, with storytime at 11:30 a.m.
• Ukulele Jam: All “uked” up and no place to jam? All levels of experience are welcome at Terry Fox Library’s fun and relaxed ukulele circle on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (drop-in).
• English Practice Group: Practise English in a friendly, social situation. Presented in partnership with Share Family and Community Services on Thursdays from Oct. 25 to Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. t noon (drop-in).
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.

COQUITLAM

• Halloween activities for kids: Join librarians for Halloween fun, including: an escape room puzzle for groups of up to six students in Grades 4 to 7 (parents can also join), plus activities for kids ranging from preschool to the middle grades. Small prizes will be given out. The fun happens Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m. in Rooms 127 (escape room puzzle) and 136 (activities) at the City Centre branch. Just drop in, no registration required. 
• B.C. referendum information session: The referendum’s mail-in voting period is Oct. 22 to Nov. 30 so be informed before you cast your vote. This session will explain proportional representation voting systems and consider the pros and cons of changing how we vote in B.C. The information session happens Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 136 at the City Centre branch. No registration necessary — just drop in.
• Introduction to virtual reality: People ages 14 to 30 years can find out what virtual reality (VR) is all about in this one-day workshop. Spend the morning exploring the history of VR, the future career opportunities and skills needed to work in the field. The afternoon will be filled with hands-on activities where you will build your first VR application. Lunch is not included. This standalone class can be taken Saturday Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 137 at the City Centre branch. Register by phoning 604-554-7334. This program is a partnership with the Advanced Education Institute of Canada.
• Tech training: Microsoft I: Learn the essential features of Microsoft Word 2010, including inputting, editing and formatting text, copying and pasting, and saving files, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2 to 3 p.m. in the City Centre branch computer lab. Register online at www.coqlibrary.ca or phone the Help Desk at 604-554-7323.
For more information about any of these programs, visit www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St. 

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