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 new exhibit in the gallery this month is Domestic Savages, an exhibition of collages by Dominique Norville and Jane Stanier.This exhibit will be on display from December 6 - 29.

    December 13
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Are you exploring careers or looking for a job? Want to know how to find unadvertised jobs and access the hidden job market? We'll introduce you to VPL's extensive job and career resources. Everyone is welcome.

    Eager to start exploring? See our Career and Job Search guide online.

    Offered through VPL's Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre in partnership with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and WelcomeBC.

    December 13
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn about the Inspiration Lab's sound recording equipment. Find resources and get help with your digital project from library staff.

    For more information on sound recording, visit our Sound Recording help guide.

    December 13
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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.

    Led by Marpole Oakridge Family Place.

    December 13
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Searching for and landing the right job to continue your career involves more than submitting a well-tailored resume that lists your experiences and accomplishments. A powerful job search strategy absolutely involves how you build your personal marketability through building connections.

    In this 2 hour interactive workshop which includes group activities, Majid will introduce you to some concepts of how you can develop your own personal brand and make it known to the right people by improving your key skills and expanding your network.

    Some of the areas that will discussed:

    Skills for Building Connections
    Map a Path to Expand Your Network
    Tools and Techniques of Networking
    Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills



    MBA in Market Research
    Brand Measurement Expert
    Employment Mentor

    Date & Time:

    December 13, 2017 (Wednesday)


    Room 108, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver


    This event is free and everyone welcome but participants need to register as seats are limited. Please have your proof of permanent residency document ready on the day of the event.

    For online registration please follow this link:


    For inquiries and phone registration please contact:

    604-408-7274 Ext.2055 (Please leave a voice message and your contact info in case I am not available)


    Email: farhad.farhangfar@success.bc.ca

    December 13
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • *Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be screening Unarmed Verses as originally scheduled.

    Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.

    Removed from their young Dene mother's care as part of Canada's infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

    Running length: 79 minutes.

    Voucher system in place and available at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

    December 13
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • The world generates vast quantities of data and this data can shape our lives. In response, governments, organizations, and companies are allowing access to the data they are producing, collecting, and using to support knowledge sharing and innovation. Learn what open data is, what types of open datasets are available, and how open data can be used in this introductory course.

    This class is part of the Open Data Essentials series.

    December 13
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Omar El Akkad's American War imagines a United States at the outbreak of a second Civil War triggered by an environmental catastrophe. El Akkad is an award-winning Canadian journalist of Egyptian background, reporting on the war in Afghanistan, the Guantànamo Bay trials, the Arab Spring, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    With moderator Laura Lynch, award-winning CBC journalist and host.

    American Sign Language interpretation provided.

    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

    Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

    December 13
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • The new exhibit in the gallery this month is Domestic Savages, an exhibition of collages by Dominique Norville and Jane Stanier.

    This exhibit will be on display from December 6 - 29.

    December 14
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 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 Family Favourites. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look at new books in the food and drink category on the VPL website.

    If you choose, email us your food photo(s) and recipe(s) by Wednesday, December 6 so they are ready to share at the session. If possible, please include the cover of the cookbook in your image.
    December 14
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: "Self Publishing 100: Introduction to Ebooks" or equivalent knowledge.

    Want to share your story with the world? Learn how to create your own ebook using Sigil software. This hands-on workshop explores how to format text, add images and turn a digital manuscript into a digital masterpiece.

    Eager to get started? Check out our Self Publishing in Ebook Format Subject Guide.
    December 14
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.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.

    December 14
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.