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Books Plus: Plants & Planetarium, coding, bikes, puppets

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.
Take a tour of the night sky in Canadian Planetariums’ mobile planetarium at the Coquitlam City Centre branch on July 15.


• Book a trip — a strange, froggy journey: Somewhere, someplace beyond the seven seas…puppeteer and master storyteller Elspeth Bowers will take you places you’ve never dreamed of and keep you laughing all the way. Book a trip to the library to hear stories, songs, and a puppet show on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Terrific Tuesdays: Teens and adults with developmental challenges (and their caregivers) can have some fun at Terry Fox library on the last Tuesday of each month for songs, stories, crafts and other fun activities. Join librarians on Tuesdays, July 26 and Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to noon.
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.


• Plant a Seed & See What grows: Has your child ever planted a seed and watched it grow? Here’s your child’s chance to get their hands dirty and learn about the exciting growing process, sponsored by the Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation: Poirier branch, Tuesday, July 5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Phone 604-937-4142 to register; City Centre branch, Wednesday, July 6, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Registration is required; phone 604-554-7334.
• Visit the Planetarium: Take a tour of the night sky in Canadian Planetariums’ mobile planetarium at the City Centre branch. Learn about planets, stars and First Nations mythology — enjoy a trip around the universe without ever leaving the library. This free program is for children ages five years and older only. Please call 604-554-7334 to register for your preferred time slot on Friday, July 15: 1 to 1:30 p.m., 1:45 to 2:15 p.m., 2:30 to 3 p.m., 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. or 4 to 4:30 p.m.
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.


• Get the library app: You can get the Port Moody Public Library app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Check due dates, renew items, manage your holds and much more — anytime and anywhere.
• Summer Code Camp: Kids eight to 12 years of age can sign up now for one of Port Moody library’s free code camps. Learn computer programming the fun way and create your own games and animation. Beginners can sign up for a Thursday session and kids who have coding experience can register for an intermediate session on a Friday. All sessions run from 2 to 4 p.m. and parent participation is required. Call 604-469-4577 to register; space is limited.
• Bike maintenance workshop: Learn basic bicycle maintenance tips and tricks from HUB, a non-profit organization whose mission is to get more people cycling. This two-hour session for teens and adults, sponsored by the city of Coquitlam, will cover the fundamentals of how your bike works and how you can easily have it running smoothly this summer. The workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 in the galleria space outside PoMo Public Library. Space is limited; to register, call 604-469-4577.
For more information, visit or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.