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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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  • Celebrate and learn about the rich history of Jewish life in Canada and the continued efforts to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, and progress.

    View the exhibit during branch hours until November 30.

    In partnership with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.

    November 20
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Britannia Art Gallery is proud to feature two new exhibits in November: In Their Midst, portraits in oil by artist Cara Bains, and Birds, Rustics & Landscapes, oil paintings & assemblages by Marti Wright.

    These exhibits will be on display from Nov 1-Dec 1, during regular opening hours.


    November 20
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Career confusion? Questions about job interviews? Is your resume not getting you results? Come to one of our free drop-in sessions and talk to a professional Career Advisor.

    In partnership with WorkBC

    November 20
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • For men and women who want to exchange languages in a group setting. Languages available will depend on the group. Participants will be matched up after registering at the open housefor weekly sessions that run until November 29.

    In partnership with Language Partners BC.

    November 20
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Do you want to share your story? Learn the process of turning your own life into a comic in this five-week workshop series. The goal is for you to use the approaches and techniques from the series in your personal projects outside of class.


    In this workshop we'll explore how images can affect a reader's senses and imaginations. Learn to access the images from your own memory and to incorporate them into your own comics.

    Materials will be provided. No previous drawing or writing experience necessary.

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    We appreciate and acknowledge the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library whose generous support has made the writer in residence program possible.

    November 20
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Local writers with a few minutes to grab your attention and bring you into their world:

    • Paul Shore
    • Parvaneh Saatchi
    • Santi Gomez
    • Merrilee Robson
    • Sarah Jamieson

    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.
    November 20
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate and learn about the rich history of Jewish life in Canada and the continued efforts to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, and progress.

    View the exhibit during branch hours until November 30.

    In partnership with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.

    November 21
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Britannia Art Gallery is proud to feature two new exhibits in November: In Their Midst, portraits in oil by artist Cara Bains, and Birds, Rustics & Landscapes, oil paintings & assemblages by Marti Wright.

    These exhibits will be on display from Nov 1-Dec 1, during regular opening hours.


    November 21
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.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

    November 21
    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn how to use the professional networking service LinkedIn for your work or business. Explore how to highlight your skills and experience, connect with employers in your field, and create a professional profile. This is an introductory class for beginners with an active LinkedIn account. Basic ability to use a keyboard and mouse is required.

    This class is part of the Social Media Essentials series.

    November 21
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

    November 21
    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

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    November 21
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.