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.
Christmas concert, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Poirier branch: Ring in the season with the festive spirit of the Dogwood Songsters. Enjoy Christmas songs and light refreshments. There is no charge for this free program and registration is not required.
Christmas program for people with developmental challenges, Dec. 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the program room at the Poirier branch: CPL invites people of all ages with developmental challenges and their caregivers for a special Christmas program. Community services librarian Teresa Rehman will tell Christmas stories and lead the group in carols and songs. Light refreshments will be served. To register, phone 604-937-4155; for more information, call Teresa at 604-937-4140, Local 234.
Gift bags: CPL book bags are tastefully designed, sturdy, reusable and make excellent gift bags for Christmas gifts. These all-purpose bags sell for $1 each at both Poirier and City Centre branches.
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.
Large-print books: Did you know that libraries carry large-print books? Drop by and check out Terry Fox Library's display of popular titles.
Are you always on the go? There's a way to fit bestselling fiction and non-fiction books into your busy lifestyle. Borrow books from Library to Go, Fox's digital e-book and audiobook collection. With Library to Go, you can download and listen to a diverse selection of audio books 24/7 on your PC, laptop, PDA, MP3 player or iPod - for free. You'll also find a large variety of downloadable e-books. Library staff can help you learn how to borrow these and load them onto e-book readers.
For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.
Celebrate the season: Join your friends and neighbours for traditional Christmas songs and stories on Dec. 20 at PMPL. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sing along to familiar carols and listen to winter tales read aloud on the big screen in the Inlet Theatre. Bring your own reusable mug and enjoy hot chocolate and treats after the program.
Teen volunteers: Port Moody teens, do you like working with kids, love to read and need volunteer hours for school? Apply to be a Teen Reading Buddy and help a younger student become a stronger reader. Teens are paired with little buddies in Grades 2 to 4 for nine weeks of shared reading. Teens must be available for Saturday mornings in January, February and March.
Exam study guides: Provincial exams are coming up. Students can brush up on their core skills by borrowing a Key Study Guide in any major subject. Study guides are based on the B.C. curriculum and cover core competencies with sample questions and answer keys. You can request a study guide online through the library catalogue or browse the reference copies in the library.
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.