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Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch

350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1


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

A Tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Blue Lobster (Thursday, September 10 at 7pm)
September 10, 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian master of literature and magic realism, once stated "I loved cinema so much that I threw myself into it for the same reasons I wrote novels and stories, and that I've worked in journalism: it was another way of telling a story." He wrote over 50 scripts for Mexican movies during the 60s and 70s.

The Vancouver Public Library presents a special screening of La langosta azul, or The Blue Lobster, the only film Gabriel Garcia Marquez was directly involved in producing, with live musical accompaniment. Jon Beasley-Murray (Associate Professor in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian studies at U.B.C.) discusses Gabriel Garcia Marquez's larger body of work.

In partnership with the Festival Itinerante de Artes Audiovisuales Colombianas and the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. (starfishian)
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Dead Poets Reading Series (Sunday, September 13 at 3pm)
September 13, 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)
Completely Mixed Up (Monday, September 21 at 7pm)
September 21, 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art.
Completely Mixed up is a groundbreaking display of creativity exploring what it means to be of mixed Asian North American Heritage. This collection is sure to become a classic in the mixed race literary/arts canon, inspiring present and future generations to define, for themselves, what it means to be 'mixed up'. Local artists and writers will present their work from the anthology and engage in a panel discussion.
In partnership with: Rabbit Fool Press (starfishian)
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Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury and Prescriptions for Reform (Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm)
September 23, 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
During the past 35 years, the influence of pharmaceutical money and professional self-interest have misled the public about mental disorders and corrupted our mental health system. The result is an ethical, legal and public health crisis. Robert Whitaker will tell the story of how this corruption took place, the social injury it causes, and share resources toward solutions and reform.

In partnership with Vancouver Unitarians (starfishian)
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Dr. Holmes on Life, Love, Lust (Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm)
September 24, 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
The subject of sex remains deeply personal--even taboo--in this day and age. It is a social minefield capable of inducing both distress and hysterical laughter. Sex therapist, clinical psychologist, and author Dr. Margarita Holmes tells us why through her dazzling humour and straightforward answers to the provocative questions.
Dr. Holmes is a popular, no-nonsense sex therapist in the Philippines.
In partnership with the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in BC (starfishian)
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Authors Unbound Uninterrupted (Monday, September 28 at 7pm)
September 28, 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
What happens when local poet, storytellers and musicians come together for a night of readings, music and fun? Come and join us for an evening of entertainment and inspiration provided by six local People of the Page:

Mauro Azzano - Novelist
Margo Bates - Novelist
Kempton Dexter - Short Stories and Music
Pattry Emry - Non-Fiction / Memior
Ron Kearse - Non-Fiction / Memior
Lillja Valis (and her Musicians Enrico Renz & Lawren Nemeth) - Poetry and Music.

In partnership with Canadian Author, Vancouver (starfishian)
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SFU Writer's Studio 15th Anniversary Reading: E.R. Brown (Monday, October 5 at 7pm)
October 5, 2015 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Author E.R. Brown reads from his novel Almost Criminal, and shares insights into the writing process, and about innovation and experimentation in the crime and mystery genre. Almost Criminal is a critically-praised debut novel that was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Arthur Ellis Award, and named a 2014 Book of the Year by the 49th Shelf.
In partnership with The SFU Writer's Studio. (starfishian)
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