Libraries & Literacy: From meditation to movies

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.

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.

• Family Day storytime: Parents and kids of all ages are invited to try games and activities to celebrate Literacy Day Monday, Feb. 18, 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the City Centre branch in Rooms 136 and 137. Just drop in — no registration required.
• Pro-D day movie: Incredibles 2: Take a break Friday, Feb. 22 and watch The Incredibles battle a mind-control menace known as Screenslaver in Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 (127 minutes, rated PG). The movie will screen from 1:30 to 3:40 p.m. at both the Poirier and City Centre branches. Registration not required — just drop in.
• Friends of CPL shred-a-thon: Come to the Friends’ first ever shred-a-thon event and get started early on spring cleaning. Securely shred your confidential documents with bonded professionals Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Poirier branch. Limit of four 100-lb. banker boxes per person/family; no metals, plastics, photographs or negatives. Admission to this event is by donation; suggested minimum is $5 per banker box. All proceeds benefit the library. This event is sponsored by Green Machine Shredding.
Info: The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.

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• SFU Philosopher’s Café: Talking hospitality: This award-winning program brings the conversations from the university to the community. Feb. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., participants will be discussing hospitality customs: quaint cultural artifact or the sign of a healthy society? Join moderator Keith Caspell in the library’s ParkLane room — no registration required.
• Basics of Digestive Health: Head to PMPL’s ParkLane Room Wednesday, Feb. 6th from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn about how to improve your digestive health with naturopathic doctor Jyoti Mistry. The presentation will discuss common digestive symptoms and ailments, trigger foods, tips to improve digestion and more. Call 604-469-4577 to register.
• Mindfulness: reducing stress and increasing well-being: Mindfulness has been found to be of great benefit for mental and physical health. This presentation in the city’s ParkView Room will introduce the practice of mindfulness, the neuroscience behind it and its benefits for well-being. Join psychologist Erika Horwitz Thursday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. when she will provide practical strategies to learn to manage stress and negative thinking. Presented in partnership with BC Psychological Association. Call 604-469-4577 to register.
Info: or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.

• Beginner ukulele lessons: Join local ukulele instructor Patrice from Paliatsky Music Lessons for this special 4 week beginner session. You’ll be strumming tunes in practically no time! Call or visit the library to register. Space is limited. Ages 10 and up Saturdays, February 9 – March 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
• Tri-City Wordsmiths: Increase your knowledge and skill in the literary arts with the Tri-City Wordsmiths. Visit for more information and monthly topics. Saturdays, Feb. 2 and April 6, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Contact the library to register.
• Saturday storytime: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more Feb. 9, 11 to 11:30 a.m. — drop in.
Info:, the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page or 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. 

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