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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  • Enjoy practising your English conversation and reading skills in a supportive environment while learning about culture and meeting new people. This program is most suitable for intermediate speakers.

    October 01
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • This will be conducted in Chinese.


    A fun and interactive way to share your favourite Chinese materials (including books and articles) with other enthusiastic readers. Bring a few must-read titles, authors or themes you'd like to share. Tell us why you enjoyed them and, if you like, read a short passage. A reading list will be compiled by a Library staff member.



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    October 01
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Six writers with a few minutes to grab your attention and bring you into their world:

    • Connie Braun
    • Brian Scholl
    • Mala Ashok
    • Victoria Fedulova
    • Evan Holmes
    • Lynsey Jack

    The authors will showcase their works, published and unpublished.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.

    October 01
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Are you interested in preserving your loved-ones' personal stories? In this two-part workshop, learn about getting started with an oral history project and how the Inspiration Lab at Central Library can support you. Topics include digital project basics, using Inspiration Lab hardware and software, and the fundamentals of interviewing.

    Part One is an introduction to oral history projects and the Inspiration Lab.

    Part Two is held in the Inspiration Lab at Central Library and lets you explore the available resources while being supported by VPL staff.
    October 01
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • This series of workshops is for learners who have some experience using a computer keyboard and mouse. Learn how to look for information on the Internet and how to download and save, and email basics. You can sign up for one session or you can sign up for a whole series.

    October 1 and 15: Internet, download and save

    November 5 and 19 and December 3: Email basics and file attachment.

    Chương trình vi tính dành cho học viên người Việt đã biết sử dụng bàn phím và chuột của máy vi tính. Học viên sẽ học cách tìm thông tin trên net, cách tải xuống máy, và email căn bản.

    October 01
    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 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.


    October 02
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • "I've got this idea for a novel…" But where to start? How do you begin to find ideas, and then organize those ideas into a novel? Join writer in residence Sam Wiebe for a workshop focused on getting you started with writing novels. Using a variety of examples, we'll talk about finding and developing ideas, creating realistic characters, writing a great first sentence, the pros and cons of outlining, and more. Perfect for readers and writers at all levels.

    October 02
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Actor and director Derek Kwan discusses the creation of his award-winning documentary, Taste of Identity.

    Along with a screening of the film, Derek will provide a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process and talk about how VPL's Inspiration Lab can play in supporting local filmmakers realizing their own vision.

    October 02
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Brush up your resumé and dress to impress! In this exclusive event, open to all job seekers looking for work, T&T Supermarket will be hiring for several positions including storefront, retail, operations and administration.

    This is a Vancouver WorkBC event in partnership with the Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre at the Vancouver Public Library.

    October 03
    10:00 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 (Mondays, September 19 - November 28, excluding Thanksgiving on October 10).

    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 03
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to use the mouse and the computer keyboard, and get an overview of basic computer functions. This is a 90 minute, hands-on course.

    October 03
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.