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BOOKS PLUS: Tri-City libraries mark Earth Day

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.


Earth Day: On Monday, April 23 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch, Coquitlam Public Library celebrates Earth Day (April 22) by presenting Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie. Director Sturla Gunnarsson interweaves a key lecture given by the legendary Canadian scientist and environmentalist with scenes from his life and lifetime - the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years. In his lecture, Suzuki looks unflinchingly at the strains on the interconnected web of life and offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival. This program is free but space is limited. Phone 604-937-4155 to register.

Monday Night Book Club: Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? The library hosts two Monday book clubs (one in the afternoon and one in the evening) where members meet once a month to discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting. New members are always welcome. To register for the evening club, call Jason at 604-937-4148, Ext. 238. On Monday, May 8, the Evening Book Club will discuss Annabel by Kathleen Winter, a novel about an inter-sex child born and raised in a remote coastal Labrador village. The club meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the board room at the Poirier branch.

Go clubbing: CPL also has several book club titles that are available for loan to community book clubs. To reserve a title, call or email Kathy or Lynn at 604-937-4140.

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.


Homework help: It's almost time to wind up those final school projects and you can Terry Fox Library to achieve homework success. Experienced and knowledgeable library staff can help students quickly find the resources they need to be successful. Staff can assist in finding the answers to tough homework questions, sourcing trusted print and digital information, researching essays and writing bibliographies. Students in Grades 6 to 12 can access "live" online tutoring in math, science and social studies through the Homework Tutors link on the Fraser Valley Regional Library website (

Visit the information desk for more information about this free service.

Students can also visit the library for: study space, free wi-fi, internet and word processing stations, and photocopy and printing services (available for a small fee).

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.


Night Readers Book Club: New members are welcome, so drop in and share your insights on selected books with other people, while learning about their reactions to the same books. The Night Readers will meet on Wednesday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the ParkLane Room to discuss A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. (Synopsis: Two Ukrainian sisters who have spent as little time as possible together are suddenly united with a common purpose. They want to stop their 83-year-old father's infatuation with a busty, blond bombshell. Are they up to the challenge?)

Baby Sing and Learn Drop-in: Parents and caregivers can sing, rhyme and play with their babies in this interactive literacy program. Join librarians in the Storytelling Circle on Mondays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 2 p.m. for a half-hour of fun. Research shows that sharing songs and rhymes with your baby helps brain development, attachment, and language skills. English language learners and parents of multiples are particularly encouraged to attend.

Celebrate Earth Day: April 22 is Earth Day. Not sure what you can to do for the planet? Why not borrow an energy meter from PMPL and figure out which electrical appliances are draining the most energy - and money from your budget. When you plug an appliance into the energy meter, it calculates energy consumption and cost as well as measures voltage, current, wattage, kilowatt-hours and standby current. Each meter comes with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.

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