This feature, written by librarians with Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam, is published each Thursday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries.
• Playaway Launchpads: Sturdy little tablets are available for borrowing and pre-loaded with games for kids from preschoolers to Grade 2 about math, transportation, nature, engineering, shapes and colours, animals and more. No WiFi needed and no download time required. Find Launchpads at both branches and on the Library Link.
• Speed networking with employers and service providers: Kick off Tri-Cities Newcomer Employment Week at Coquitlam Public Library and connect with employers and service providers to share your skills and experience. This program takes place at the City Centre branch Nov. 18, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.. Register online at tricitieslip.ca.
• Library Link: Get a free library card and borrow or return books and movies in CPL’s friendly little library on wheels. Library Link serves the communities of Maillardville and Mundy Park on Wednesdays; Riverview and Burke Mountain on Thursdays and Fridays; and Cottonwood on Saturdays. See the full schedule at coqlibrary.ca.
• Baby storytime: Stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes help children gain pre-reading skills and develop a love of reading. Parents and caregivers, stay with your children and join in the fun: City Centre branch on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Poirier branch: Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Info: www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• Writers Fest: Saturday, Nov. 16, join librarians for a day of writing at the Port Moody Public Library’s Writers’ Fest. There will be an ebook publishing seminar, a panel on plotting, a teen writing workshop with YA author Tanya Boteju and a session on how to market your book. There will also be an opportunity to browse local author tables, talk to authors, and pick up a new book — or five. Check portmoodylibrary.ca for information about individual events and to register for a particular workshop.
• Writers in our Midst #13: The spirit of the Gallery Bistro lives on. Writers in our Midst is a popular reading series of fiction, poetry and performance previously hosted by the Gallery Bistro, which was destroyed by fire in July. Head to the library’s Fireside Reading Room Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a family-friendly affair and a great opportunity to hear (and maybe even meet) local writers. Tea and coffee will be served. Drop-in, no registration required.
• Change Maker’s Book Club: Meet Tom Longboat: Kids ages seven to 11 and their caregivers can join librarians in the ParkLane Room Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for an adult-child book club for budding activists and non-fiction readers. Read a picturebook biography and come to the club to delve deeper into the change maker’s life with fun activities and thoughtful discussion. This month’s read will be Meet Tom Longboat by Elizabeth MacLeod and illustrated by Mike Deas. Register online at portmoodylibrary.ca or by calling 604-469-4577.
Info: library.portmoody.ca or 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr.
• Adults Colouring Club: Colouring is not just for kids anymore. Head to Terry Fox Library to chill out and colour. Fox will provide the colouring pages and pencil crayons on Mondays through Nov. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. — drop in.
• PoCo Sticks and Stitches: Calling all knitters and stitchers. Work on your knitting, crochet or needlework projects while chatting with other crafters on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Next meetings are Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. — drop in.
• Saturday Storytime: Introduce kids to the love of books and language with storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more on Saturdays through Dec. 14 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. — drop in.
Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca, the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page or 604-927-7999. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo.