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.
• Design-your-card contest: Attention, junior artists. Enter the CPL contest and you could have your design featured on new children’s Coquitlam Public Library cards. There is a category for traditional illustration (which includes crayon, pencil crayon, felt marker, watercolour, oil paint and more) and for computer-generated graphics. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in both categories but only first-place entries will be featured on a library card. The contest is open to children five to 11 years old who live in Coquitlam. Submit your entry by email, mail or in person no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
• Lendable Tech: Study the night sky, learn coding and programming, and play educational games with CPL’s lendable tech. Ozobot Bits, Sphero SPRKs, Sky-Watcher telescopes and Playaway LaunchPad tablets can be borrowed from either branch and on the Library Link. For more information, visit coqlibrary.ca.
• HEROS Emergency Preparedness Program: The city of Coquitlam wants to make sure you and your family are ready in an emergency situation. Topics covered include assembling emergency supplies, protecting yourself inside and outside of your home or place of work, and family communication and reunification. The next session is at the Poirier branch Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Registration: coqlibrary.ca.
Info: www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• Lindsay Wong author reading: The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family: In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman grows up in a dysfunctional Asian family that blames its woes on the “woo-woo.” Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of ghosts and demons, otherwise known as the woo-woo. Join Fox librarians for an evening with award-winning author Lindsay Wong as she discusses and reads from her memoir. Books provided by Western Sky Books will be available for purchase and signing Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free but register at www.lindsaywong-tf.eventbrite.ca to reserve a spot.
• Pre-retirement: CPP and OAS benefits: Learn about the retirement and survivor benefits you may be eligible for from the government of Canada. This information session will cover Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security benefits and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, including new provisions such as the Canada Pension Post Disability Benefit. Learn how to plan for retirement and make sure you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — drop in.
Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca, the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page or 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo.
• NaNoWriMo Write-ins: National Novel Writing Month challenges you to write a 50,000-word book in one month. Join librarians Nov. 4 and 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for write-ins. PMPL will provide space, story ideas, prizes and support — all you have to do is write. These are drop-in sessions, no registration required.
• Frauds and scams: Nov. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library’s ParkLane Room, Port Moody Police Department will tell you how to protect yourself from common frauds and scams. Register online at portmoodylibrary.ca or by calling 604-469-4577.
• Canadian citizenship prep: Thinking about taking the Canadian citizenship test? Learn how to prepare and pick up study tips in this workshop with MOSAIC that will run Nov. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 604-636-4712, Ext. 107 to register.
Info: library.portmoody.ca or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.