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.
• Author event with Jeremy Allingham: Investigative journalist Jeremy Allingham’s new book, Major Misconduct, scrutinizes the detrimental role that fighting plays in ice hockey and dives deep into the lives of three former hockey fighters who, years after their playing days ended, are still struggling with the pain and suffering that comes from on-ice fighting. This event will be held at the City Centre branch, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register online at coquitlam.libnet.info/event/3626061.
• Chess club: If you’re interested in a friendly game of chess or want to learn how to play, drop in to chess club at the Poirier branch. Players and learners of all ages are welcome and chess sets will be provided. This program takes place every Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
• English Language Learner Book Club: Are you interested in joining a book club dedicated to English language learners? Drop in to a monthly book club and discover the joys of meeting to talk about books. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the City Centre branch.
• Stories, games and crafts: Read, play, and create with us in this drop-in event coordinated specifically for adults with developmental disabilities, their family, friends and caregivers. This program takes place Thursday, Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Poirier branch.
Info: coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• Tech fair: On Saturday, Feb. 15, drop by the city hall galleria between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to experience different kinds of technology. View demos, try out gadgets and chat with guest tech experts from MakerLabs, Bricks 4 Kidz, Coquitlam Public Library, Heritage Woods and Port Moody secondary school robotics, and more — no registration required, just drop in.
• Stress management for moms: Do you feel tired and drained? Wish that you had more energy and time for yourself? On Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon in the library’s ParkLane Room, life coach and registered counsellor Kandice Dondona will explain what stress is and how to reduce it using various strategies and relaxation tools. Babies under a year old are welcome, as childcare is not provided. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca or call 604-469-4577 to register.
• The PMPL Singers: Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m., join librarians in the ParkLane Room for a night of singing. You will learn new songs and join voices — no previous singing experience needed. To register, call 604-469-4577 or visit portmoodylibrary.ca.
Info: library.portmoody.ca or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.
• PoCo Sticks and Stitches: Calling all knitters and stitchers. Work on your knitting, crochet or needlework projects while chatting with other crafters on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Next meetings are Feb. 20 and March 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — drop in.
• Introduction to website building with HTML & CSS: HTML and CSS (cascading style sheets) are the backbone of all websites. Knowledge of these programs is a necessity for things like web development, creating marketing emails or even blogging. By learning HTML and CSS, you can share information with others and become a builder, not just a consumer, of the web. In this hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop, you will learn how to create a web page. This program by Canada Learning Code runs Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call or visit the library to register.
• Teen Advisory Group: Come tell Terry Fox Library what teens want. Participation in this group looks great on your resume and you get volunteer hours — and there are snacks. Next TAG meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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 inside the Port Coquitlam community centre, 2150 Wilson Ave.