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.
• English practice groups: Practise your English in a small group setting. Weekly drop-in conversation groups are open to people 19 years and older and are led by volunteers from Share Family and Community Services. There are groups for beginner, intermediate and advanced English speakers at the City Centre and Poirier library branches. See coqlibrary.ca for the current schedule. There’s a maximum of 25 people at each meeting, so come early to make sure you get in.
• Library Link: Get a free library card, then borrow books and movies in our CPL’s little library on wheels. Library Link serves the communities of Maillardville and Mundy Park on Wednesdays, Riverview and Burke Mountain on Thursdays and Fridays, and Cottonwood on Saturdays. See the full schedule at coqlibrary.ca.
• Halloween escape room: Test your wits — and your nerves — while puzzling your way out of a devilishly devised escape room. Students in Grade 5 and up can work in groups of up to six people (small groups may be merged to form larger ones). Drop in to Room 127 at the City Centre branch Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. to try it out.
• Halloween activities: Kids from pre-school to middle grades can join librarians for fun, carnival-style activities and you could win prizes. Drop in to Room 136 at the City Centre branch Oct. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
• Lendable tech: Kids, study the night sky, learn coding and programming and play educational games with lendable tech. Ozobot Bits, Sphero SPRKs, Sky-Watcher telescopes and Playaway LaunchPad tablets can be borrowed from either branch or on the Library Link. Place a hold today. For more information, head to coqlibrary.ca.
Info: www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• IELTS vs. CELPIP: Know the difference and succeed on both: In this Oct. 29 workshop put on by SUCCESS (2 to 4 p.m. in the library’s ParkLane Room), you will learn key study tips, find study materials and learn how to practice for the CELPIP and IELTS tests (the only approved English tests for immigration purposes). Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604-468-6022.
• Family trivia night: Test your book knowledge at Port Moody library’s family trivia night. Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., teams of up to six people can enter a fun competition to be named Trivia Champions. This event is recommended for families with children seven and older. Register your team by visiting portmoodylibrary.ca or calling 604-469-4577.
• Good night sleep clinic for babies and toddlers: Oct. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m., join sleep consultant Jolan Holmes in the ParkLane Room for a presentation on baby and toddler sleep. Holmes will focus on common sleep questions, including how many naps does baby need, baby nap transitions and developmental milestones. Register for this program at portmoodylibrary.ca or call 604-469-4577.
Info: library.portmoody.ca or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.
• Saturday Storytime: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more every Saturday, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. — drop in.
• Adults Colouring Club: Colouring is not just for kids anymore. Come chill out and colour. Terry Fox Library will provide the colouring pages and pencil crayons Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. through Nov. 25 (no program Oct. 14 or Nov. 11). Just drop in.
• Geri-arctics Ellesmere Island Expedition with Chris Cooper: Join a journey of discovery to the land of the ice bear. Local adventurer Chris Cooper will recount his eighth journey to Canada’s High Arctic along with friends who love to explore. But there is a twist: The average age of this group of adventurers is nearly 70 and they each hauled their own gear — 70 kg worth — along the Makinson Inlet, Ellesmere Island for 30 days. This special event will be filled with stories and photographs of human resilience and the marvels of nature Oct. 28, 7 to 8 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.