Books Plus: Science fun, tech talk & dementia info

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.

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.

• Science Week Virtual Reality Experience: Celebrate Science Literacy Week with Fox librarians and experience the thrill of virtual reality. You can try out a mix of VR games as well as educational experiences. This program is intended for ages 10 and up or 48 inches or taller. Participants must read and sign a waiver (parents/guardians must sign the waiver for minors). This drop-in program runs Friday, Sept. 21, noon to 4 p.m.
• Science Week Playground: Come to Fox’s Science Week Playground, where there will be a selection of the library’s technology to try; build wild structures with Keva planks, experiment with Makey Makey or build a boat out of recycled materials and see if it can float on Wednesday Sept. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. (drop in).
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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• Storytimes: PMPL’s preschool programs will be starting again. Drop-in to Babytime for songs, rhymes, bounces, lullabies and a chance to bond with your baby on Mondays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. or Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 p.m. Storytime is active family fun for all ages on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. All preschool programs begin the week of Sept. 17. Storytimes and Babytimes are drop-in programs — no registration is required.
• Learn Microsoft Office — Word: Join PoMo librarians Sept. 18 and 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. for a hands-on Microsoft Word workshop for beginners and those who want to refresh their knowledge of this high-demand program. The workshop consists of two weeks. Check the library’s website for follow-up Excel and PowerPoint workshops. Call 604-469-4577 to register.
For more information, visit or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

• Dementia Friends: As the population of our province ages, we will all be affected by dementia — as friends and family members, neighbours and people in the labour force. Discover how you can make your neighbourhood a better, safer place for people with dementia Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Centre branch, in Room 127. This is a free program; register at

• Author visit: An evening with Tima Kurdi: Local author Tima Kurdi talks about her book, The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home. Kurdi is the aunt of Alan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015. The talk is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at the City Centre branch in Rooms 136 and 137. This is a free program; register through
• Stargazing: Join astronomer Bill Burnyeat Sept. 19 or 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Poirier branch parking lot for a chance to view the heavens through a telescope, and learn about the night sky. For children, teens and adults; families welcome. If the weather is not suitable, the program will move indoors to the Nancy Bennett Room, where Burnyeat will provide a talk and slide show. For more information, call librarian Chris Miller at 604-554-7339 or email
• Tech Training: Introduction to Email: Discover the essential functions of email, including: sending, receiving and forwarding email, saving a contact, attaching documents and images, and printing. Happens Thursday, September 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the City Centre Branch Computer Lab. This is a free program, register online through
• Family Storytime: Join Coquitlam librarians for family storytime and enjoy songs, stories and rhymes for children ages birth to six years old Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 137 at the City Centre branch. Registration is not needed, just drop in — and afterwards, stay for…
• Coquitlam council candidates Meet, Greet and Eat: Come by and meet local candidates running for Coquitlam mayor and council in the Oct. 20 civic election Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:30 to 3:30 Rooms 136 and 137 at the City Centre branch. Drop-in, no registration required. Light refreshments will be served.
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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