BOOKS PLUS: History, environment, more

Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries

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 PoCo.

• Drop-in tech help: Librarians are available to answer your computer and technology questions. Ask them about internet searching, email, eBooks, tablets, social media, etc. or get help practising your skills. If you have questions about your tablet or eReader, bring the device with you. Registration is not required for the following days: April 20, City Centre branch, computer lab, 2 to 3 p.m. (for more information, call 604-554-7330); or April 13 and 27, Poirier branch, Meeting Room 8 (information: 604-937-4144).
• Preparing final wishes: Many families have little idea of the decisions, work and costs for making final arrangements at the time of need. Funeral advisors will share information you can use to prepare your family so as to reduce the burden, pressure and costs of arranging a funeral, cremation or burial. The presentation is by Frederick Margel, a funeral and cemetery advisor, and runs 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room. To register for this free program, leave a message on the library’s registration line, 604-937-4155.
For more information about any of these programs, visit The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.

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• History author panel: On April 23, local authors David E. Burnell, Steven Carter, Ralph Drew, Larry Jacobsen and Ruth Kozak will discuss their historical fiction and non-fiction books and the research process behind their work. Enjoy a lively discussion with other readers, authors and history fans over light refreshments. Call 604-469-4577 to reserve a seat for this panel discussion, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fireside Reading Room.
• B.C. images and stories: B.C. is one of the world’s most breathtaking places. Join painter and photographer Frank Townsley, the author of British Columbia: Graced by Nature’s Palette, as he shares some incredible images capturing this province’s landscapes, flora and fauna. On April 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library’s ParkLane Room, Townsley will discuss photography, the regions of our province and the stories behind some of his inspiring shots. Call 604-469-4577 to reserve a seat for this free program. 
For more information, visit or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

• Restore-our-planet Diet: Join Patricia Tallman, author of the Restore-our-planet Diet: Food Choices, Our Environment and Our Health, for a special event at Terry Fox Library in celebration of Earth Day. You’ll learn about a diet that mitigates climate change and conserves water while also preventing disease and optimizing athletic performance. This session is set for Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is appreciated.
• Ukulele jam: Whether you are a ukulele newbie or a seasoned strummer, join librarians for an evening with fellow uke enthusiasts. Participants will play a wide range of music, from traditional ballads to popular hits from the 1950s to today. Take part on the last Tuesday of each month. The first session is April 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, visit or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.

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