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Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch

350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1

Canada

604-331-3603; infovpl.ca

Type: Library

Web site: http://www.vpl.ca

Events: https://www.vpl.ca/events/

Catalog URL: http://vpl.bibliocommons.com

Twitter account: @VPL

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch maintains a collection of 1.4 million items and acts as a system-wide resource for 22 branch locations. A substantial amount of material is retained for reference only use in the Central library; this includes periodicals, newspapers and government documents.

The Special Collections department (reference only materials) maintains a very strong local history collection, in print and photos, as well as children's materials and rare books.

The Popular Reading Library, Multilingual services, and the Children's Library all have extensive circulating collections.

The level of non-fiction collections at Central support comprehensive, sustained independent study, undergraduate and graduate course work in some areas, and professional levels in some areas.

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Upcoming events

Apr
2
Opera Speaks! (Thursday, April 2 at 7pm)
April 2 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Walter White, Hannibal Lecter, Dexter Morgan, Sweeney Todd: they fascinate and frighten. Why do we love to watch them, over and over again? What do they teach us about our world and ourselves? A panel of experts explores the popularity of sociopaths and psychopaths in literature, film, television, and popular culture.

In partnership with Vancouver Opera (starfishian)… (more)
Apr
8
Incite: Deni Béchard, Lisa J. Shannon and Michael Wuitchik (Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm)
April 8 2015 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Deni Béchard reads from Bonobo, Inc., an exploration of the disappearing Bonobos and the Congolese rainforest they call home. Activist Lisa J. Shannon reads from Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen, which tells the emotional story of an expatriate's return to the Congo, and Michael Wuitchik's My Heart Is Not My Own is a fictional look at a Sierra Leonean nurse/midwife who disappears at the hands of rebels, and the Canadian doctor who returns to Sierra Leone to find her.

Part of Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas series.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest (starfishian)… (more)
Apr
14
Neil McKinnon - The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday (Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm)
April 14 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Award-winning author and Stephen Leacock Medal finalist, Neil McKinnon reads from his new book The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday, a hilarious tale about a romantic octogenarian who claims to be the world's greatest lover but discovers that he's been looking for love in all the wrong places. (starfishian)
Apr
15
Overcoming Obstacles - Authors reading (Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm)
April 15 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Everyone has a story to tell and a journey to take in life. Debbie Holmes, author of How to Help Others Without Losing Yourself and June Ariano-Jakes, author of Addiction: A Mother's Story, present two unique books that address how to work through obstacles and move forward when life throws you curve balls.

In partnership with Powerful Paths Publishing. (starfishian)… (more)
Apr
22
Incite: Jane Urquhart and Emily Urquhart (Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm)
April 22 2015 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

A rare Incite event featuring mother and daughter. Beloved Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads from her new novel The Night Stages. She's joined by Emily Urquhart who reads from her debut non-fiction book, Beyond the Pale, inspired by her daughter who has albinism.

Part of Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas series.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest (starfishian)
… (more)
Apr
23
Ashley Little Presents "Anatomy of a Girl Gang" (Thursday, April 23 at 7pm)
April 23 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Award winning novelist Ashley Little presents Anatomy of A Girl Gang. Cast out by mainstream society, a gang of 5 teenage women in Vancouver called the Black Roses lash out. They terrorize Vancouver with a raw, restless urgency, setting fire to the world around them to try to erase their painful pasts.

Anatomy of a Girl Gang won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been optioned for television.

VPL gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. (starfishian)
… (more)
Apr
25
Jabbering with B.C.: Poetry Reading and Discussion (Saturday, April 25 at 3pm)
April 25 2015 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Canadian poets Kevin Spenst, Raoul Fernandes and Elena E. Johnson read from their recent works, discuss their writing processes, and take questions about poetry and writing. (starfishian)
Apr
27
Self-Publishing (Monday, April 27 at 7pm)
April 27 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

After writing a book, there are many obstacles that you face as an author when trying to decide how to publish your work.

Debbie Holmes and June Ariano-Jakes will present the pros and cons of the self-publishing world while giving you some tips on what your next steps should be. Come join us for a conversation about self-publishing and working towards bringing your words to the public!

In partnership with Powerful Paths Publishing. (starfishian)
… (more)
Apr
27
Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City (Monday, April 27 at 7pm)
April 27 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Celebrate National Poetry Month by investigating food and poetry as a means of cultural and social activism and community building.

Features:
Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver
A collaborative reading by scientist and author Mark L. Winston (Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive) and award winning poet Renee Sarojini Saklikar (Children of Air India)
Readings from author and poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner and the Thursdays Writing Collective.
Presentation and honey tasting with Hives for Humanity.

In partnership with SFU Centre for Dialogue (starfishian)
… (more)
Apr
28
The Songs and Lives of West Coast Loggers (Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm)
April 28 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat present a program of B.C. loggers' songs, 1900-1945. The songs and accompanying historical photographs authenticate the work and world of B.C. loggers.

A partnership event with Canadian Folk Workshop. For more information: jon_bartlett@telus.net (starfishian)
May
2
Dinosaurs in my Garden? The World of Birds and Birding with Dr. Peter Candido (Saturday, May 2 at 7pm)
May 2 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Numbering over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse group of vertebrates on earth. Explore some of the amazing abilities of birds and learn about some of the species found in the Vancouver area and beyond with Dr. Peter Candido. (starfishian)
May
4
Piece of Mind Opening Reception (Monday, May 4 at 6pm)
May 4 2015 (6:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

An interactive evening of mingling with artists and psychologists; become a part of the exhibition by drawing a piece of your mind on our communal canvas that will be exhibited in the gallery. Experience the panel of artists and psychologists discussing what art and psychological health means to them.

In partnership with the B.C. Psychological Association. (starfishian)… (more)
May
5
Judy Yung, Historian and Eddie Fung, Texas Cowboy (Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm)
May 5 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Judy Yung, author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, will show slides, read poetry and tell stories of the Chinese who were detained at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay and Victoria, B.C.

Eddie Fung, author of The Adventures of Eddie Fung, will share how his Chinese upbringing and life as a Texas cowboy helped him survive 42 months of captivity as a prisoner of war of the Japanese during World War II.

In Celebration of Asian Heritage Month (starfishian)… (more)
May
6
Incite: Russell Smith, Adam Lewis Schroeder and Kristi Charish (Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30pm)
May 6 2015 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Three modern voices take the stage for an evening of dark humour with a hint of the supernatural. Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith reads from his new story collection Confidence, Adam Lewis Schroeder reads from All-Day Breakfast and Kristi Charish reads from her "kick-ass" supernatural thriller Owl and the Japanese Circus.

Part of Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas series.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest (starfishian)… (more)
May
8
Ruff Sex: Fighters, Wingmen, and Female Mimics with Dr. David Lank (Friday, May 8 at 7pm)
May 8 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Ruff sandpipers have three types of males that differ distinctly in breeding plumage, courtship behaviour, and genes. Learn how and why dark plumaged territorial males, light plumaged co-displaying associates, and rare 'female mimics' co-exist and which ones females prefer with Dr. David Lank. (starfishian)
May
9
Owls and Ducks in Cities, OH MY! (Saturday, May 9 at 7pm)
May 9 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

A Bird Week double header on urban birds. First, owls were a common feature of farmland one or two generations ago, but have become increasingly difficult to find. How have owls been able to adapt to urbanization in the last 30 years and what challenges do they face, with Sofi Hindmarch. Then we look at waterfowl grazing adaptations and how land use planning can shift behaviour to better co-exist with these important species, with Holly Middleton. (starfishian)… (more)
May
10
Dead Poets Reading Series (Sunday, May 10 at 3pm)
May 10 2015 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)

Five poets/poetry-lovers/readers/writers bring to life the works of their favourite deceased poets. Each reader will give a brief presentation on the life and work of their chosen poet, followed by a poetry reading.

For more information, visit the Dead Poets Reading Series website. (starfishian)
May
12
Ian Weir Presents 'Will Starling' (Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm)
May 12 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Award–winning local author Ian Weir presents his critically acclaimed recent work, Will Starling. It's 1816 and young Will Starling returns to London after serving as a surgical assistant on the battlefields of the continent. To re-establish himself, he is drawn into an uneasy association with the Doomsday Men, grave-robbers who supply London's surgeons with cadavers for research. Could the murder and mayhem that follow be the machinations of a larger conspiracy at work?

VPL gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. (starfishian)
… (more)
May
13
Meet Me in Venice (Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm)
May 13 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

Award-winning journalist and author Suzanne Ma will read from her exciting new book, Meet Me in Venice: A Chinese Immigrant's Journey from the Far East to the Faraway West which documents the true story of 16-year-old Ye Pei, a young Chinese woman who immigrates to Italy in the hopes of reuniting with her mother and providing her family with a better future. Suzanne will talk about her five-year adventure researching and writing the book, and about the importance of immigrant stories unfolding all around us. (starfishian)… (more)
May
14
Asymmetrical Press, The Minimalists, and Exile Lifestyle Present: WordTasting Tour 2015 (Thursday, May 14 at 7pm)
May 14 2015 (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

Not just a book reading, not just another event—a meaningful experience. From minimalism and travel to storytelling and humor, this tour provides a taste of something for everyone.

The Minimalists, Colin Wright, Josh Wagner, Shawn Mihalik, Skye Steele, and special local guests present an evening of WordTasting: readings, stories, live music, questions, and answers.

Seating is limited. (starfishian)
… (more)
May
20
Incite: Guy Vanderhaeghe, Mark Anthony Jarman and Joan Thomas (Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30pm)
May 20 2015 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Enjoy an evening with three seasoned voices from CanLit. Guy Vanderhaeghe reads from Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, a timely collection focusing on masculinity; Mark Anthony Jarman reads Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, where an acutely lonely man finds the beauty in life; and Joan Thomas reads from The Opening Sky, in which an urbane, progressive family is forced to confront past tragedy.

Part of Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas series.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest (starfishian)
… (more)
May
26
Roger Housden: Keeping the Faith Without a Religion (Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm)
May 26 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)

Having faith doesn't require a religious code or practice. Bestselling author and lecturer Roger Housden, reads from his book Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. Learn to express faith, love, and generosity by trusting in the present moment.

In partnership with Banyen Books (starfishian)

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