Due to the popularity of the Summer Reading Club performers, tickets are now required. Free tickets will be available at the George Mackie Library for pick up in person starting July 14 for Master Puppeteer and Storyteller Elspeth Bowers on Friday, July 21, 10;30 am – 11:30 am. Don’t miss Elspeth as she takes you on a Summer Reading Club Walk on the Wild Side with stories, songs, and a puppet show.
Teens are invited to a Saturday Pop-Up Button Making Workshop on Saturday, July 22. Drop in anytime between 2 pm – 4 pm to create images inspired by your favourite books or your own artwork, using coloured markers, pencils and collage materials. All supplies will be provided, just bring your ideas.
What else is happening at the George Mackie Library?
Thursdays until August 10, 10:30 am – 11 am
Make language fun! Start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills – enjoy bouncing, singing, rhyming and stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies AND caregivers. Suitable for babies 23 months and younger.
Tuesdays until August 8, 10:30 am – 11 am
Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years.
Thursdays until August 10, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Love Lego®? We provide the LEGO®, you bring your imagination! Come play, create, and experiment. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Paws 4 Stories
Saturday, July 15, August 19, 2 pm – 3 pm
Paws 4 Stories is a St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that promotes improvement in children’s reading skills. When a child reads with a dog, they start to relax and forget about feeling nervous about reading. Dogs make very supportive listeners! Therapy dogs and their volunteers will listen to children who want to practice reading aloud. This is a free program forages 6 and up. Space is limited! Please register by phone or in person after 10 am on the day of the program for your 15-minute reading session.
Walk on the Wild Side with Elspeth!
Friday, July 21, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Wild and Crazy! Wild and Hilarious! Wild and Wooly! Wild and Free! Come and experience Master Puppeteer and Storyteller Elspeth Bowers who will take us on a Summer Reading Club Walk on the Wild Side with stories, songs, and a puppet show. Please note: Tickets are required for the George Mackie Library program. Free tickets will be available at the George Mackie Library for pick up in person starting July 14.
Friday, July 28, 2 pm – 2:45 pm
Creeping, crawling, leaping, flying – Urban Safari’s rescued wild animals move in all kinds of ways. Come meet some animals and hear their stories. Learn how to protect and care for animals in the wild. Please note: Tickets are required for the George Mackie Library program. Free tickets will be available at the George Mackie Library for pick up in person starting July 21.
Friday, August 4, 11 am – 11:45 am
Up, up and away! Join the Mad Scientists and investigate the power of air with hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft. Be amazed as you discover some of the wild and wonderful behaviours of air. Please note: Tickets are required for the George Mackie Library program. Free tickets will be available at the George Mackie Library for pick up in person starting July 28.
Wednesday, August 16, 2 pm – 2:45 pm
Walk on the Wild Side with ventriloquist Kellie Haines and her puppet friends Magrau the bird and Kamilla the frog. Enjoy stories, songs and dancing. Watch and wonder just who is doing all the talking. Lots of laughs and opportunities to join in the fun with this show. Please note: Tickets are required for the George Mackie Library program. Free tickets will be available at the George Mackie Library for pick up in person starting August 9.
Sphero SPRK+ Launch Party
Wednesday, July 26, 2 pm – 4 pm – George Mackie Library
Come and meet FVRL’s newest addition to the collection! Sphero SPRK+ is a small, robotic ball that you control with a smartphone or tablet. Make it roll around, change colours or run a program that you create yourself. Drop in to see how the Sphero SPRK+ works and give it a try!
TEENS AND ADULTS – MAY – AUGUST 2017 PROGRAMS
Saturday Pop-Up Button Making Workshop for Teens
Saturday, July 22, August 12, 2 pm – 4 pm Drop in for our Saturday workshops and leave with shiny new buttons. Create images inspired by your favourite books or your own artwork, using coloured markers, pencils and collage materials. All supplies will be provided, just bring your ideas.
Book a Librarian
You have questions; we have answers – on any topic! If you have a question that will take a while to answer, you can book an appointment with FVRL staff. Book a Librarian means you will have uninterrupted time with one of our information experts. These one-on-one appointments are meant to help you with technology or get you started on any topic.
Settlement Workers – Punjabi/English
Tuesdays, May 9, 23, July 18, August 1, 15, 29, 1 pm – 5 pm
Are you a newcomer to Canada who needs help adjusting to your new life? Free and confidential services are offered to help newcomers – with all their needs – during the process of settling into their new community. Settlement and Integration Services are free for immigrants, refugees and their families in BC.
Poetry Night in Punjabi
Tuesdays, July 18, August 15, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Come hear two published poets/authors read and discuss their work and answer questions from the audience. This evening is offered in collaboration with Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Uttari Amrika and Punjabi Lekhak Manch – Vancouver.
Teen Night: Pizza and Games
Tuesdays, July 25, August 29, 5 – 7 pm
Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.
Second Tuesday of the month, 7:15 – 8:30 pm (July 11, August 8)
Fourth Thursday of the month, 1 – 2:30 pm (July 27, August 24)
Join us to discuss books in a casual setting. New members are welcome. Books are provided.
Walk & Talk: Practice your English and Enjoy a Walk
Thursdays until August 24, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Practice speaking English and, meet new friends while enjoying weekly evening walks together.
Knit & Stitch
Fridays until August 25, 2 pm – 4 pm (except July 28)
Pack up your needles and yarn and head to the library. Knitting, crocheting, quilting and weaving are fun ways to connect across the generations. Join members of all ages and abilities to share ideas, techniques, and good conversation.