Community Announcements










Burnaby Water Polo Club is now accepting registration for our Boys and Girls Beginners Water Polo (6-13 years of age).  Our program runs from September to April.  After 2 years of tryouts we fully developed an additional summer program too. Practices are at Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby on Saturdays from 3PM – 5PM. Games are played on Sundays with locations to be announced. As per parents requests we added a swimming practice on Tuesdays starting at 7pm.

Do you enjoy swimming?  Do you like team sports? Try water polo!  It’s a great way to develop your water skills and it is a lot of fun as well!

Not sure if you would like it?  Come and give it a try for free.  Boys and girls are invited to join us for one of our free introductory water polo clinics on Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 or October 5, 12 from 3PM-5PM at Bonsor Pool.  Please feel free to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

Call us at 778-328-2657 , or email to for more information, or visit our website at










Reading Buddies

What is Reading Buddies?

Reading Buddies is a program where teens and children are paired up for one-on-one reading in a safe, fun and friendly environment. The goals of this program are to provide children with extra reading practice and to provide teens with leadership skills and an opportunity to engage with the community.

Children must be starting grade 2, 3 or 4; teens must be entered in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Reading Buddies rotates through Burnaby Public Library locations. In 2019, Reading Buddies is offered in the winter at McGill, and the fall at Metrotown. For details on a specific location please click on the links below. For general details on the Reading Buddies program, please continue reading this page.

How to Apply?

You must apply separately for each Reading Buddies location. Download the application form and return the completed form to the Information Desk at any BPL branch.

  • Reading Buddies at Metrotown: Wednesdays at 4:00 – 5:30 pm, October 30 – November 27, 2019.
  • Reading Buddies at McGill: Check back in fall for the winter dates!

What qualifications do I need to be a Teen Reading Buddy?

  • In grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Patience and enthusiasm
  • Strong English-language skills and an ability to communicate well
  • A willingness to work and cooperate with fellow teens and coordinators
  • Must be available for all five sessions of the program
  • Resident of Burnaby (No residents of other municipalities can be accepted)

Will I be trained as a Reading Buddy?

Training will be provided. Successful applicants are expected to attend training. Ongoing training will be provided at each session as needed.

If you have any questions, email the Teen Services Librarian, Andrea Lukic, or call or text 604-314-2480.

How to Draw Manga with Janice Liu Part 1

Part 1: Thursday Oct. 3, 2019 – 4-6pm

Part 2: Thursday Oct. 10, 2019 – 4-6pm

Join teaching artist Janice Liu of Young Artists’ Place ( at the Metrotown Library for a Manga Art workshop. Manga broadly refers to Japanese comics, or any comics or illustration inspired by the distinctive art style of Japanese comic creators. Participants in this two-part workshop will first design their own original manga characters, and learn how to draw the proportions of the human body from the front, side, and 3/4 view. Then, we’ll create our own comics featuring those characters!

Artist Bio:
Janice Liu is the artist and co-creator of the children’s graphic novel Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤. Her comic shorts have been published in various teen & literary magazines, and in the comic anthology Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women. Janice has been teaching art since 2013, and is the owner and teaching artist at Young Artists’ Place in Burnaby, where she runs art & comics classes. She is also a creative writing and comics instructor at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.

Registration opens on Monday Sept. 16, 2019. This program will be held on the 2nd floor of the Bob Prittie (Metrotown) branch in the multipurpose room.

This program has two sessions. To register for this program you must be available for Part 2.  Registering for Part 1 automatically registers you for Part 2.

Questions? Email the Teen Services Librarian, Andrea Lukic, or text or call 604-314-2480.

Burnaby/New West Ringette has an event this Saturday, September 21st.  For more information, click here.