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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  • A WorkSafeBC orientation for Arabic speaking newcomers to learn about :

    * Rights and responsibilities in the workplace for both worker and employer

    * Strategies to identify and talk about the dangers of the workplace

    * Report unsafe working conditions rules

    Online Flyer

    August 25
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Questions about job interviews? Come to one of our free drop-in sessions and talk to a professional Career Advisor.

    Registration required. Please arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the workshop.

    In partnership with WorkBC Employment Services Centre - YWCA.

    August 25
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Newcomers: we help you find the information you need to start working in British Columbia.

    Explore your career and job options in this free workshop. Basic computer skills are required, and you must be a newcomer and legally able to work in Canada.

    Offered through VPL's Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre in partnership with WelcomeBC.

    Eager to start exploring? See our career and job search guide online

    August 26
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Have questions about immigration issues? Guest speaker Darla Tomeldan, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, will speak about immigration to Canada and will answer questions regarding:

    • Federal Express Entry
    • Work Permits
    • Labour Market Impact Assessment
    • Status Restoration
    • Temporary Resident Visa.

    A MOSAIC event in partnership with the Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre.

    August 26
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Read some good books, enjoy lively discussions and make new friends on the second and fourth Friday of every month. For more information and book titles contact the library.

    August 26
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thinking of starting a small business? Already running a business, but need more information? Learn where to find help with small business planning, market research, financial assistance and more.

    Drop in, seating is limited.

    Eager to start exploring? See our Small Business subject guide online.

    Presented in partnership with WelcomeBC.

    August 27
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Are you a budding writer looking for constructive feedback on your latest short story or part of your novel? In this collaborative peer workshop, you will critique the works of writers just like you, who will in turn share their thoughts on your own writing. You'll meet other developing writers, hone your critical eye and receive a fresh perspective on your creative work!

    Registrants must bring four printed copies of their writing to be critiqued. Fictional prose only: either a short story or a brief excerpt from a novel. The piece must be a maximum of 1500 words.

    August 27
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn about editing video with Adobe Premiere Pro. Find resources and get help with your digital video project from library staff. Drop in any time during the session.

    For more information regarding digitization please see our Help guides.

    August 28
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Every Sunday, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join our team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

    Weekly Family Programs are free with admission to the Gallery.

    Admission is by donation on Tuesday evenings.


    August 28
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Want to edit your recorded audio with REAPER? In this class, we'll practice the basics of sound editing, including splitting clips, importing audio, and working with multiple tracks. Learn best practices for saving and sharing your work.

    In advance, you can visit the REAPER study guide.

    August 29
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Join our group for a lively discussion on the last Monday of every month. . Titles are selected by the group. For more information please contact the Oakridge branch.

    August 29
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Six writers with a few minutes to grab your attention and bring you into their world:

    • Cullene Bryant
    • Cynthia Sharp
    • Kester Reid
    • Mia Susan Amir
    • DG Thiel
    • Wanda Mae Anderson

    The authors will showcase their works, published and unpublished.

    Want to share your work at New Voices? Email programs@vpl.ca with the subject line "New Voices" for details.

    August 29
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.