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.
• Stories, games and crafts: Read, play and create with CPL in this drop-in event coordinated for adults with developmental disabilities, their family, friends and caregivers. This program runs Jan. 30 and Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Poirier branch.
• School success: Children and teens are invited to join Reading Buddies and Parlez-Nous en Francais! for help with reading and French Immersion topics or to accumulate volunteer service hours. Reading Buddy applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 22. For more information and registration forms, visit coqlibrary.ca, School Success.
• Income Taxes 101: In partnership with EZ Cloud Accounting, learn how income tax returns work for individuals and small businesses, what types of deductions are available and common mistakes you should be aware of. Drop in on either of these two dates: Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the City Centre branch or Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Poirier branch.
• English Language Learner Book Club: Are you interested in joining a book club dedicated to English language learners? You’ve come to the right place. Drop in to a monthly book club at the City Centre branch and discover the joys of meeting to talk about books: Tuesdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 17, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Info: www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• SFU Philosopher’s Café: The Philosopher’s Café program brings the conversation from the university to the community. Join moderator Marilyn Medén Monday, Jan. 27 in the ParkLane Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the following topic: Is confirmation bias always bad? How does favouring information that confirms our previously held beliefs or biases affect us in our daily lives? This program is drop-in, no registration required.
• Learn about winter safety for newcomers: Are you ready for a Canadian winter? Learn the do’s and don’ts of winter safety at a presentation Thursday, Jan. 30 in the Inlet Theatre from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is presented in partnership with the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee.
• Self-Care for Busy Moms: Do you feel tired and drained? Wish that you had more energy and time for yourself? Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library’s ParkLane Room, life coach and registered counsellor Kandice Dondona will explain the four types of self-care and how to utilize them in your daily life. Babies under a year old are welcome with their moms; childcare is not provided. Visit portmoodylibrary.ca or call 604-469-4577 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.
• Adults Colouring Club: Colouring is not just for kids anymore. Head to Terry Fox Library — in the newly revamped Port Coquitlam community centre, — to chill out and colour. Librarians will provide the colouring pages and pencil crayons. This program is on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. — drop in.
• A Meditation on Mindfulness: This workshop is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness-based meditation. Included are an overview, Q&A and exploration of mindfulness with a guided meditation. This runs Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 to 8 p.m., Call or visit the library to register.
• Learn Coding with Lego Robot EV3s: Calling kids ages nine to 13 years: Add some excitement to your Saturday by learning to code a Lego EV3 Mindstorm robot. Participants will program the robot to follow instructions and watch it drive around the room Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so call or visit the library to register.
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.