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BOOKS PLUS: Practise French or English, enjoy some music

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.

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.


Learn to Appreciate Chinese Opera, April 16, 1 to 4 p.m., Poirier branch: Rosa Cheng and members of the Vancouver Cantonese Opera present a program in Chinese and English. Chinese opera display, 1 to 3 p.m.: Observe the makeup process of a Chinese opera performer, just as if you were visiting the backstage of a theatre before a performance and get a look at costumes and accessories. History and performance from 3 to 4 p.m. Seats are limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call Shirley at 604-937-3221.

Indian Classical Vocal Concert with Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation, April 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Poirier branch: This vocal performance will feature principal Asha Lohia and the teachers and students of Guru Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji. Space is limited for this free program. To register, phone 604-937-4155.

French Club in April and May (dates TBA), 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the program room at the City Centre branch: Improve your French in the library's new after-school French homework and conversation club. French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practise with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills. Teen volunteers will earn community service hours. Teens or kids who are interested in joining should call or email Chris Miller, young adult services librarian, at 604-937-4140, Ext 208.

Borrowing Library eBooks - Poirier Branch, April 26 from 3 to 4 p.m.; City Centre branch, May 3, 3 to 4 p.m.: Are you wondering how to borrow eBooks from CPL's Library to Go, the digital eBook and audiobook collection? Attend this hands-on session, where we will demonstrate how to: download and authorize Adobe Digital Editions; search for and borrow an eBook; transfer the book to an eReader; return an eBook. After the demonstration you will have a chance to try it yourself, either on your own eReader or laptop computer. (Note: library eBooks are not compatible with Kindles.) To register, contact Jay at 604-937-4148, Ext. 2 or [email protected]; include your phone number when you register.

For more information about any of these programs, visit The City Centre branch is located at 3000 Burlington Dr. and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.


Visit the Terry Fox Library to get help with reading and writing. Did you know that 40% of adults in British Columbia lack the reading and writing skills they need to thrive in today's knowledge-based society? Terry Fox Library's staff is happy to connect adult learners with free learning materials and referrals to literacy tutoring programs. Upgrade your reading, writing and vocabulary skills at ongoing classes Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Register through Coquitlam Continuing Education, 604-936-4261.

You can also drop by the library and practise English in a friendly, social situation each Thursday, 12:30 to 2 p.m. (presented in partnership with Share Family and Community Services).

For more information, visit or the Terry Fox Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo.


Baby Sing and Learn (drop-in): Join the Story Circle on Mondays until May 16 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. or Thursdays until May 19 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. For babies up to 18 months, this is an interactive program of songs, rhymes and stories. This program encourages bonding and promotes early speech and language development.

Night Readers Book Club: New members are welcome, drop in on this book discussion group that meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in PMPL's ParkLane Room. On April 27, Gone, Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane will be discussed. Set in a working class neighbourhood of Boston, this fourth outing for private investigators Kenzie and Gennaro has them investigating a difficult and disturbing case. What is the connection between a jailed drug dealer named Cheese and the kidnapping of four-year-old Amanda McCready?

Federal Election Confusion?: Port Moody librarians have put together a non-partisan election binder and display with information on local candidates, party platforms and other useful election information.

For more information, visit or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.