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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  • Are you a budding writer looking for constructive feedback on your latest short story or part of your novel? In this collaborative peer workshop, you will critique the works of writers just like you, who will in turn share their thoughts on your own writing. You'll meet other developing writers, hone your critical eye and receive a fresh perspective on your creative work!

    Registrants must bring four printed copies of their writing to be critiqued. Fictional prose only: either a short story or a brief excerpt from a novel. The piece must be a maximum of 1500 words.

    May 28
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • This workshop is part of our 2016 Seedy Saturday series!

    During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering, harvesting, pest control and when to save seeds.

    Seeds will be available. Bring some to share if you have them! The event is free but seating is limited.

    Please re-register at www.kccmay2016.eventbrite.ca or at the branch.

    In partnership with Cedar Cottage Food Network Society.

    May 28
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • The Impressions big band brings the sounds of Cuba and Brazil to the Library with a program featuring the exciting Latin rhythms that have greatly influenced jazz and popular music. You'll hear old standards updated with a foot-tapping twist plus rousing interpretations of traditional Latin tunes, performed with the power and grace that only a modern big band can deliver.

    In partnership with Impressions Big Band.

    May 28
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy practicing 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.

    In order to be ready for the Book Club meeting, please register and pick up the book to read before the scheduled date.

    May 28
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Love to tell stories and invent amazing characters? Be the hero of your own story and show your creativity as you share your adventures in character.

    For ages 8-12.

    May 28
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 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.


    May 29
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Join Resident Audio Expert, Pietro Sammarco, for this four-hour workshop where participants learn about the various ways the human voice, sound effects and music can influence the meaning of a story. Participants explore how to successfully add narration and sound effects to video projects.

    Other classes in the Sound Lesson series are:

    • Capturing Audio for Video Projects
    • Introduction to Foley and Sound Effects
    • Editing using Audacity and Reaper
    • Sharing your Video Project

    Presented by TELUS Optik Local

    May 30
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn about the Inspiration Lab's video (VHS, 8mm), 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.

    May 30
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Need help getting started with eBooks, free online courses, or finding what you need at the library? We can help! Join us for a 45 minute session available between 2 and 4 p.m. on Mondays.

    May 30
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pietro Sammarco, VPL's Resident Audio Expert, is available for 45-minute bookings to meet and mentor filmmakers and community members with an interest in creating great audio for their projects.

    Presented by TELUS Optik Local

    May 30
    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.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.

    May 30
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Want to plan a vacation online but don't know where to start?

    This class will introduce you to a few of the many travel sites available to help you get started - from transportation and accommodation to finding things to do when you arrive.

    May 30
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.