Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00
Friday: 9:00 to 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00*

*Closed Sundays followed by a holiday Monday

Click here for closure dates

Programs and Events: Winter 2017

The Library has a full slate of programs and events for all ages. Click here to see what's coming up this winter.

Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

•  See the Winter Story Time schedule at the City Centre branch  NEW!

•  See the Winter Story Time schedule at the Poirier branch  NEW!

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Science Al!ve: Girls in Science

Girls in grades 3 to 5 are invited to join this six-week science camp to make discoveries involving acids and bases, constellations, and gravity, among other things. The popular program is presented by Science Al!ve from SFU. Meetings will be:

Mondays, January 23 - March 6 (no class offered on Family Day, February 13), 4:00 - 5:30 pm
City Centre Branch
Room 137

Science AL!VE logoGirls in Science is free, but space is limited. Visit www.sciencealive.ca for application forms, or call the library at 604-554-7334 for more information. Science AL!VE is sponsored by Actua, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower youth through science.

Parent-Child Mandarin Mother Goose Program

MotherGooselogoforwebWednesdays, January 25 – March 15
10:00 – 11:30 am

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way

This program is in Mandarin and is for parents and children four years old and under.

The Parent–Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience focusing on the pleasure and power of using songs, rhymes, and stories. Parents are helped to gain the skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns through connecting sound, rhythm, and meaning of language.

For more information or to register, please phone Teresa Hsieh at 604-468-6024 (Mandarin).

This program is presented in partnership with SUCCESS Multicultural Early Childhood Development Project.

Science Expo 2017

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Thursday, May 11, 3:30 - 8:30 pm
City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way


The library is hosting it's second annual Science Expo. Like last year, it will include students from elementary, middle and high schools across the Tri-Cities. We will award cash prizes, trophies and medals to the students with the top projects. Follow the link for more details.

Have a Say in the Tri-Cities Children's Accord

The Tri-Cities Children’s Accord recognizes the importance of supporting early and middle childhood development in the Tri-Cities. 
Share your opinions on the Accord through this survey.

Play & Learn at Coquitlam Centre

Play & Learn at Coquitlam CentreJoin us at Coquitlam Centre mall for Play & Learn story times, songs and crafts! Location: the lower level in front of the Bay Time: the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


First Fiction: Chapter Books to Read on Your Own

smiling alienPick up a First Fiction booklist in the Children's area at the Library. Children who are reading independently will find great books for all interests, including adventure books, classics, books about animals, funny reads and more. How many can you read?

All Aboard for Kindergarten

All Aboard for Kindergarten booksA checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories. Some books will be for fun, some will help you start a discussion, and all will help your child learn to love reading!
Click here for your copy and hop on board the reading train!


Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.

  • Computer Buddies
  • Teenaged tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills. The program uses the Computer Lab at the City Centre Branch..
  • Parlez-Nous Francais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Coquitlam Public Library Visits Daycares and Preschools

    Storytime1We will visit your daycare or preschool facility and provide a half hour, literacy-based story time using age-appropriate materials. We can tailor our story time to the theme of your choice.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to visit facilities based in private homes.


    Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library

    Family ReadingEarly literacy workshops for parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds.



    Try Tumblebooks for kids. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and nonfiction books for preschoolers.
    To access from home, click the link above.
    Beside 'Tumblebooks' click 'Login required' to log in with your library barcode (no spaces) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) then click the 'Tumblebooks' link.

    Essayez BiblioEnfants pour les enfants d'âge préscolaire.
    Ici vous trouverez des livres numériques, des vidéos, des casse-têtes, et des jeux.

    Click the image for today's book.


    Come back tomorrow for
    another new book!

    Tri-Cities Community Resource Map

    community services familyThe Tri-Cities community resource map for families is now available in English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Organizations include libraries, health services, family drop-in programs, food banks, and ELSA providers.

    The map also lists phone numbers for many community services including parent support, English language practice and literacy help, as well as local parks and recreation centres.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)