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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  • Langara will be offering a range of one & two week camps for teens aged 13-17. With camps in arts, business, computer programming, geography, journalism, and writing, there are plenty of options for high school students to explore their practical and creative sides. Camps start at $275, and will run Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, July 4 - August 12. All camps are held at Langara's main campus, just minutes from the Langara-49th Skytrain station. Registration now open. For details, visit http://www.langara.ca/summer-camps.

    July 04
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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

    July 25
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn about the Inspiration Lab's video recording equipment. Find resources and get help with your digital project from library staff. Drop in any time during the session.

    For more information on Video Recording, please visit our Video Recording Help guide.

    July 25
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • This class is for learners who have some experience using a computer keyboard and mouse. Learn about computer files and folders and how to move them between a computer and a portable storage device.

    Want more information? Check out our Computer Survival Guide.

    July 25
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 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.

    July 25
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Pietro Sammarco, VPL's Resident Audio Expert, is available for 45-minute bookings to meet and mentor filmmakers and community members with an interest in creating great audio for their projects.

    Presented by TELUS Optik Local

    July 25
    4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Do you want to change your relationship with food?
    • Why do you eat the way you do?
    • Change your thinking, change your eating
    • Part One needs to be taken before Part Two

    Please join a Dietician from Vancouver Coastal Health OASIS program for a free, interactive workshop and learn about healthy weight management. Part One needs to be taken before Part Two. Registration required. Please see link.


    July 26
    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Kiidk'yaas (ancient tree) was the name given by the Haida Nation to the 300 year-old spruce that grew in Haidi Gwaii. In 1997 a tormented soul named Grant Hadwin willfully destroyed this solitary, sacred tree. In the controversy that ensued Hadwin was vilified by every quarter of the community. One month later he disappeared and was never seen again.

    Revisit The Golden Spruce (2005 Governor General's Award winner) to understand the reasons that drove Hadwin to such an extreme act.

    Join us Thursday July 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Alice MacKay room for the 2015 documentary Hadwin's Judgement, based on John Vaillant's book.

    July 26
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Excited to record the rich stories of your friends and family? Library staff will teach you how to set up your interview space and recording device, as well as provide tips for creating a high-quality oral history recording. Use the recording devices provided in our Inspiration Lab or feel free to bring your own.

    Other classes in the Storytelling with Interviews series are:

    • Introduction
    • Tips and Best Practices
    July 26
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Practice 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.

    July 26
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 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 suitable for intermediate speakers.

    July 26
    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.