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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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  • Divert textiles from ending up in the landfill and bring repair skills back to use with patches, darning and stitches. Materials and machines provided. No experience necessary and all are welcome!

    In partnership with Frameworq.

    April 23
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Join a group of book lovers for a lively discussion on the 3rd Monday of the month. Books are chosen by the group. For more information and book titles contact Terry Salman Branch.

    April 24
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.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.

    April 24
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 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 Indian Cooking. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look our new books in the food and drink category in BiblioCommons.

    If you choose, email us your food photo(s) and recipe(s) by Friday, April 21 so they are ready to share at the session. If possible, please include the cover of the cookbook in your image.

    Future dates and themes:

    • May 15: Burgers
    • Jun 19: Ice Cream

    Please note: Most of these sessions require individual registration - please see our calendar for details.

    April 24
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Story Circle is a monthly drop-in program designed especially for adults with developmental disabilities, their family, friends, and caregivers. Join us in an accessible, relaxed, and fun community setting for stories, music, and more!

    April 25
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.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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    April 25
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 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.

    April 25
    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.

    April 25
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Join us for an evening with Canadian Sculptor, Ruth Abernethy, and hear about her artistic career and new book Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal.

    Contact the Joe Fortes Branch for more information and free registration: 604.665.3972


    April 25
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Looking for a job? Want to know how to find unadvertised jobs? Want to explore new career options? We'll introduce you to VPL's extensive job and career resources – learn how to access hundreds of job ads; locate resources to improve resumes, cover letters and interviews using the most current tools; and explore career options.

    Presented in partnership with WelcomeBC.

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

    April 26
    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. Drop in any time during the session.

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

    April 26
    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.

    April 26
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.