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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  • 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada and WelcomeBC.

    October 28
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Are you learning English? Come to our free 45-minute tour to discover what English language learning materials are at the Central Library.

    If you cannot come to the tour, check out our ESL Self-Guided Tour.

    October 28
    10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.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.

    October 28
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • VPL writer in residence Sam Wiebe is offering 45-minute one-on-one consultations to aspiring writers.

    To request an appointment, please email programs@vpl.ca with the following information:

    1. A brief introduction, including your writing experience to date and what you hope to gain from the consultation. Please also include any questions about specific aspects of your work you would like the writer in residence to consider.
    2. A maximum of 10 pages or 2,500 words of your work - typed in Arial font size 12, and double spaced with each page numbered in the bottom right hand corner. (Submissions that are not double spaced will not be considered.)
    3. The appointment date and time that you would like to attend. A full listing of consultations can be found here.

    Every effort will be made to satisfy requests for a consultation with the writer-in-residence, however, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your interest.

    October 28
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Create a short autobiographical film describing a significant event in your life that had a powerful impact. Have fun collaborating with other older adults (55+) and share a bit of history in this free 10-week workshop (Fridays, September 30 - December 9, excluding Remembrance Day on November 11),

    Note: This workshop series, Digitizing the wisdom of our elders: From digital storytelling to life learning (2014s0436), was made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Age-Well National Centres of Excellence.

    Participants will have the opportunity to fill out an optional short questionnaire for research purposes before and after the course. This is not required to attend the course and results will be kept confidential.

    In Partnership with Simon Fraser University

    October 28
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us Friday afternoons for family friendly movies!

    Pumpkin King Jack Skellington is bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine. Jack longs to spread the joy of Christmas. His merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

    October 28
    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy meeting new people while practising your spoken English in a supportive environment.

    This class is most suitable for intermediate students.

    October 28
    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • What is homelessness? What do you think about homelessness in Vancouver?

    Moderated by Letizia Romei.

    In partnership with SFU Philosophers' Café.

    October 28
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the Inspiration Lab's video (VHS), audio (cassette) and photo (slides, negatives, photos) digitization equipment. Find resources and get help with your digital project from library staff. Drop in any time during the session.For more information regarding digitization, please see our Help guides.

    October 29
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Radio plays were once the most popular form of entertainment, and are still beloved today. Join writer in residence Sam Wiebe in the Inspiration Lab and learn more about the history of radio plays by studying some classics, then write and perform your own! We'll discuss format and storytelling structure, then work to write a short radio play. You will then have the opportunity to perform and record your work using the Inspiration Lab's recording studios. For ages thirteen to eighteen.

    October 29
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet local author Patrick Blennerhassett and learn about the 1956 Olympic Field hockey gold medal winner, Balbir Singh. Sr. Balbir Singh is now over 90 and lives in anonymity in the Lower Mainland. A Forgotten Legend tells Balbir's extraordinary story along with the development of India since Independence.

    A Forgotten Legend

    October 29
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.