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.
Living Library runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Poirier branch: This is your opportunity to have a 20-minute, one-on-one talk with someone who has had different life experiences than your own. Break free from stereotypes and misconceptions or just chat with interesting people and learn about their lives. This session will include: an immigrant discussing life in Libya; a doctor speaking about the challenges facing professionals who immigrate to Canada; a project co-ordinator and board member of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers; young Muslim adults working to promote peace; a person with bipolar disorder discussing the challenges of living with mental illness; and a legal information outreach worker discussing legal aid. No registration is required for this free program - just drop in. A light lunch will be served.
Teen advisory council: Teens from middle and high school are welcome to volunteer with the teen advisory council. Meeting once a month during the school year at the City Centre branch, the council helps shape library programs, policies and collections for teens. The council usually meets on the third Monday of the month. Call Chris at 604-937-4140 for the date and time of the next meeting, or email email@example.com.
For more information about any of these programs, visit www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 3000 Burlington Dr. and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
Coffee Mug Club: Terry Fox Library's book club puts books lovers in touch with one another. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, so the next meeting is Oct. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - and new members are welcome. The book club is currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. The novel consists of letters and as these unfold, the reader learns about the history of the German occupation of Guernsey. This charming novel is populated with delightful characters that stay with you long after the last page is turned.
For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Terry Fox Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.
Red Cedar Readers: Kids in Grades 4 to 7 are invited to read Canadian books and vote for their favourites to win the Red Cedar Award. Meet other readers and share lively discussion. Snacks will be provided. Kids must have a PoMo Library card as they will need to borrow books during this program. Registration is open for this program, which starts Nov. 17 and takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every second Thursday until April 26.
Family fun night: Children ages three to six years and their parents/caregivers are invited to participate in fun learning activities Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library's ParkLane Room. This program focuses on building the skills children need for kindergarten and includes a storytime, game and craft.
Inlet Book Club: The only thing better than reading a book is talking about books with friends. This book discussion group meets in the ParkLane Room from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. At the next meeting Nov. 2, the book discussed will be The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning. This powerful tale is about Azuba and her husband, Nathaniel Bradstock, who is captain of a commercial vessel. Powning draws a wonderful picture of Azuba's life for the first five years of their marriage, which she spends on dry land in Whelan's Cove. Then, circumstances force Nathaniel to bring his wife and five-year old daughter on board ship with him. There begins a memorable journey that describes the realities of sea life in 1862. New members are welcome.
For more information, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.