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The Vancouver Learning Guide is your destination to discover free non-formal learning events in Vancouver. The members of the Vancouver Learning City envision Vancouver as an adventurous, open-minded, and compassionate community where curiosity is valued and encouraged, where learning new things is safe and fun and seen as a worthwhile way of life.

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  • The program will match enthusiastic volunteers who live or work in the City of Vancouver with newcomers to introduce them to Vancouver's cycling network and vibrant culture. Matches will meet weekly and take part in cycling-related activities together around the city this summer.

    IF YOU ARE

    •Passionate about cycling and familiar with Vancouver's cycling network

    •Enthusiastic about sharing their community with newcomers

    •Eager to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures

    •Available on a weekly basis between July 1st – September 30th 2017.

    •Able to pass a Criminal Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector


    June 14
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Get involved in Vancouver's first ever Newcomer Bike Host Program!

    The program will match enthusiastic volunteers who live or work in the City of Vancouver with newcomers to introduce them to Vancouver's cycling network and vibrant culture. Matches will meet weekly and take part in cycling-related activities together around the city this summer.

    IF YOU ARE

    •Passionate about cycling and familiar with Vancouver's cycling network

    •Enthusiastic about sharing their community with newcomers

    •Eager to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures

    •Available on a weekly basis between July 1st – September 30th 2017.

    •Able to pass a Criminal Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector

    June 14
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Women's Peer Support Program is now accepting applications for the FALL TRAINING 2017 14 Saturdays from September 9th to December 9th, 2017 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

    Application Deadline is: Saturday - Aug 5, 2017 midnight (Priority given to residents of Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver)

    •Are you an immigrant or refugee woman interested in helping other newcomer women adjust to their new lives in Canada?

    •Would you like to learn more about facilitation, leadership skills and individual peer support?

    •Are you interested in sharing your experiences and stories with other women?

    •Would you like to run a 10-week peer support group or provide individual peer support for women in your community?


    June 26
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Wonder what English language learning resources are available at the Central Library? This free 45-minute tour can be arranged by local ESL instructors for their adult students.

    If you are unable to book a tour or want to do it on your own, check out our ESL Self-Guided Tour available in a quiz format.

    Please email programs@vpl.ca

    June 29
    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Practise basic computer skills, email and internet searching, find ebooks and online newspapers with help from library staff. Drop in any time during café hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    June 29
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for a special presentation and reading in honour of Wade Davis, one of Canada's most celebrated authors and recipient of the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.

    The evening will also include a prize presentation to Rolf Knight, winner of the 2017 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Presented in partnership with the Writers' Trust of Canada and Dr. Yosef Wosk.

    June 29
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Story Circle is a drop-in program designed especially for adults with developmental disabilities, their family, friends, and caregivers. Join us in an accessible, relaxed, and fun community setting for stories, music, and more!

    June 30
    10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • If you have a social media account and have specific questions, drop in any time to this hands-on help session facilitated by library staff. Learn more about the features and settings of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and other popular platforms.

    This class is part of the Social Media Essentials series.

    June 30
    1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Using the InDesign template we created in Part 1, we will insert a manuscript, optimize the text, apply paragraph and character styles, insert images, a table of contents and learn how to add metadata.

    Requirement: participants must have attended Format a Print Book Using InDesign: Part 1.

    June 30
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Join us Friday afternoons for family friendly movies!

    When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin, and Nemo take off on a life-changing quest to find them, with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who's convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation, and gallons of fun!

    June 30
    3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment.

    Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends.

    This class is most suitable for intermediate speakers.



    June 30
    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Calling all foodies! If you love paging through cookbooks and trying new recipes, then this is the club for you.

    Each month we will choose a different theme and provide a list of cookbooks for you to choose from. Select one or two recipes that appeal to you. Go home and try them out. Then come to our monthly meeting ready to share your experiences with stories and photos!

    This month our theme is Burgers. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look our new books in the food and drink category in BiblioCommons.

    If you choose, email us your food photo(s) and recipe(s) by Wednesday, June 28 so they are ready to share at the session. If possible, please include the cover of the cookbook in your image.

    Future dates and themes:

    • Aug 1: Ice Cream

    Please note: Most of these sessions require individual registration - please see our calendar for details.

    July 04
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.