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BOOKS PLUS: Reading clubs for kids and adults

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.


Reading Buddies: A paired reading program for teens in high school and youngsters in Grades 1 to 4, Reading Buddies runs almost year-round at CPL. It's a great way for kids to practise reading and for teens to accumulate volunteer service hours. The spring session of Reading Buddies will be held: Wednesdays, Feb. 8 to March 7, at the Poirier branch and Thursdays, Feb. 9 to March 8, at the City Centre branch; times: 3:30 to 5 p.m. for teens and 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for kids. Application forms are available at the information desk in both branches as well as at The application deadline is next Wednesday, Jan. 25. Teen volunteers who are new to the program will be required to undergo a criminal record check at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment.

Since Reading Buddies is a one-to-one reading program, a volunteer is needed for every child. If there more kids than teens apply, the library will determine successful applicants by doing a lottery-style draw. Any children not selected are placed on a wait-list. All applicants are notified of their child's status.

For more information, call Chris at 604-937-4140, Ext. 208, or email him at

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


Choosing to Smile: Visit Terry Fox Library for an informal and uplifting evening with authors Michelle Rickaby and Glenda Standeven, whose book Choosing to Smile tells the life stories of three friends who "happened" to have cancer. Learn how this book came to be and ask questions about the writers' unique experiences. This will be a light-hearted evening with plenty of laughter and autographed books will be available for sale. Meet the authors of Choosing to Smile, Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. You can also drop by the library and have a look at its display uplifting books that celebrate life's significant moments.

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.


Pre-school Storytime: Join librarians on Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Storytelling Circle for Pre-school Storytime. Help your 18-month to five-year-old child get ready to read with stories and songs. The earlier you expose a child to language, song and rhyme, the better. Storytime helps children build vocabulary, develop fine and gross motor skills, develop social skills, learn how to participate in a group setting and form a positive, fun association with books and learning. Research shows that all these activities encourage healthy brain development.

Adult Learner Book Club: PMPL has a new book discussion group for readers who are learning English. The Adult Learners Book Club will meet once a month and discuss a book written in simple language. At the Feb. 8 meeting, an abridged version of the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery will be discussed. This is a new opportunity for club members to read more, practise English conversation and make new friends. All adult learners, including ESL, are welcome.

Night Readers Book Club: New members are welcome, so drop in and share your insights of selected books with other people and learn about their reactions to the same books. The Night Readers next meet Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in PMPL's ParkLane Room to discuss Saturday by critically acclaimed author Ian McEwan. This is a day-in-the-life novel that follows Henry Perowne on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003. A respected London neurosurgeon, Perowne should be content but he worries about impending war and the changes he has seen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His thoughts reveal an undercurrent of fear that can be seen as a by-product of our times.

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