You can register for programs online, by calling 403.260.2620, or in person at your community library. You’ll need a valid Library card number and PIN for each person attending the program. Both parents/caregivers and children must have valid library memberships to register for all parented children’s programs. Library cards are free; register online or at your community library. Download the July - August 2018 or September - October 2018 issue of Library Connect.

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From: 15/Aug/2018 - To: 28/May/2019

"Grump" Said the Grumblie!

Wiggle and giggle your grumblies away in this energetic program led by author Deborah Miller. For children and their parents/caregivers.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

1-2-3: Count With Me

Your toddler will love this introduction to numeracy and have fun with numbers using rhymes, songs, books, and active play.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

2018 Author in Residence Launch

Please join us as we welcome Marcello Di Cintio as our 2018 Author in Residence. Marcello will provide a reading from his newest book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets, and will outline plans for his residency. Marcello will also introduce some of Calgary’s most promising youth writers. Reception to follow.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series

Join us for presentations on a variety of topics along with discussion and time to visit.

Audience: Adults

75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

Gather and share tips on how to save on various household expenses including utilities, transportation, groceries, and personal items. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

A-B-C: You and Me

Read, sing, talk, and play together in this interactive circle time.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Advanced LinkedIn Profile Writing

Use your existing digital résumé to create a LinkedIn profile & explore networking online. Personal information, including social insurance number, is required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Alberta Culture Days Spotlight: Walter MacDonald White Bear

Enjoy music and storytelling with Cree Singer-songwriter Walter MacDonald White Bear. Learn about indigenous teachings for modern times while experiencing native flute, guitar, and vocals.

Audience: All Ages

Alberta Culture Days with Jake Joy

Join artist Jake Joy to create a cityscape painting with layers of watercolour and ink. All supplies included.

Audience: Adults & Kids

All About Animals

Explore the habitats and behaviour of animals and learn what their teeth tell us about them. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Babies Go Boo!

Dress up your baby and celebrate Halloween with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby Bookworms

Have fun sharing books, rhymes, and songs with your little one.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 13 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby Rhyme Time

Welcome your baby to the Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories that will make your baby smile.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby's Big Playdate

Let's play! Join us for a fun and social hour of discovery and exploration.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Beach Ball Babies

Bees buzzing, flowers blooming, sand squishing through toes. Celebrate the hot days of summer with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Beakerhead + EMMEDIA: Projection Mapping Workshop

Learn the tools and methods of projection mapping - the astonishing art of creating illusions through the wrapping of virtual content around a real world object. In partnership with EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Beakerhead. Limited seats available, register at Beakerhead.com.

Audience: All Ages

Beakerhead + EMMEDIA: Spectral Illuminations III

Local media artists will illuminate the beautiful, historic Memorial Park Library with the art of projection mapping. Projections will light up and animate surfaces throughout the building, interpreting the unique history of Alberta's first library. In partnership with EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Beakerhead.

Audience: All Ages

Bill’s Book Café with Brad Zumwalt

Entrepreneur and Founding Partner of Social Venture Partners, Brad Zumwalt, discusses a world full of unicorns, robots, and wonder (the future!) in Tim O’Reilly’s provocative book WTF; What’s the Future and Why It’s Up To Us.

Audience: Adults

Bill’s Book Café with Jacqueline Jenkins

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, UCalgary's English professor, Jacqueline Jenkins, explores this iconic literary classic which occupies a unique place in our collective imagination.

Audience: Adults

Book Discussion Group: Adult

Join other book lovers and discover new or classic titles in facilitated discussions.

Audience: Adults

Break the Cycle: Spend Less and Save More

Learn the top five goals needed in every financial plan, and discover ten habits to help you save money and reduce expenses. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Bubbling Potions

Join Mad Science for this highly visual and interactive workshop with exciting dry ice demonstrations and more.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Bubbling Potions for Families

Join Mad Science for this highly visual and interactive workshop with exciting dry ice demonstrations and more.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Building Wealth in Canada

Join us if you have been in Canada for more than two years and want to understand cash flow and how to create a financial plan. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Calgary Canzine 2018

Enjoy access to zines, artist books, and interactive workshops at Calgary's free annual Festival of Zines and Underground Culture. In partnership with Broken Pencil Magazine, Filling Station, and Wordfest.

Audience: All Ages

Calligraphy: Writing with Style for Teens

Learn a fun, interesting hand lettering style with a member of the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild. All supplies are included to complete a project.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Career Basics: Interview Skills

Improve your skills by learning about different types of questions and how to answer them. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Resume Development

Learn how to create a professional resumé to put your best foot forward. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Career Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one help with job searching skills, take part in practice interviews, revamp your resumé, or craft that all-important cover letter. Sign up on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audience: Adults

Chess in the Library

Play chess supported by coaching from the Calgary Chess/Junior Chess Clubs. Children under 12 must be with a parent or caregiver.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Choosing Quality Child Care

Learn about different options in child care, how those choices impact your child, access to subsidies, and questions to ask providers. In partnership with Children's Services.

Audience: Adults

Circle of Security

Learn strategies that support secure attachment, decipher children's behaviour, and make parenting less stressful. In partnership with Jan McInnis, RSW, Registered COS Parent Educator.

Audience: Adults

Citizenship and Civic Participation Class

Learn about Canada with the purpose of preparing yourself for the Citizenship Exam. In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Citizenship and Civic Participation Workshop

Learn about Canada with the purpose of preparing yourself for the Citizenship Exam in this in-depth workshop. Attendance is required for both sessions. In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Code Club

Learn to code by creating your own game, designing a website, and more. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

Code Create Celebrate

Celebrate Science Literacy Week and learn introductory coding concepts with a space-themed project based on the book, To Burp or Not to Burp. Powered by Kids Code Club Jeunesse.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Code Mobile

Join Code Mobile for fun, beginner-friendly, hands-on workshops that teach a combination of kinesthetic ‘unplugged’ activities as well as ‘plugged’ activities using visual coding tools through programs like Scratch and programmable robotics.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 7

codeTEEN: Intro to Game Design

Find out what makes a good game and develop basic coding skills as you create the games YOU want to play!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

codeTEEN: Intro to Web Design

Curious about web design? Learn HTML & CSS, which lets you create websites and customize sites like Tumblr, WordPress, and DeviantArt.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Coding Buddies

Learn the basics of coding and create your own game. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Colossal Calgary Playdate

Play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Come prepared to play with your baby or toddler at the biggest and best playdate ever.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Computer Skills for Job Seekers

Build basic computer skills as you explore useful online resources that can help you find your next career.

Audience: Adults

ConocoPhillips Reading Buddies

Teen volunteers and Library staff provide one-on-one reading support and fun literacy activities for young readers.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 8

Crack the Code

Bring the whole family for a fun introduction to computer programming.

Audience: All Ages

Create! Tiny Bookmaking

Create your own tiny book from recycled paper and tissue boxes and add drawings, stamps, or cut out words. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. In partnership with Wendy Lees, Community Art Facilitator.

Audience: Kids - Ages 4 to 12

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

Join us for an overview of popular, free online cloud-based storage and applications.

Audience: Adults

Dementia Awareness Training

Learn about dementia, risk reduction, available resources, and information on volunteer opportunities. In partnership with the Brenda Strafford Foundation.

Audience: Adults

Dementia Talks: Young Onset Dementia

Learn more about one family’s experience with Young Onset Dementia. In partnership with The Brenda Strafford Foundation

Audience: Adults

Dig Those Dinosaurs

What do you call a dinosaur that eats plants? Or meat? Learn all about dinosaurs with Mad Science.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Digital Safety for Parents

Learn about parenting in a digital society, including the internet, smartphones, and social media safety. In partnership with TELUS WISE.

Audience: Adults

Download and Enjoy: Music, Magazines, and Film

Learn how to download or stream free music, magazines, and films from the eLibrary to your device using RBdigital Magazines, Hoopla, Flipster, and Freegal.

Audience: Adults

Downtown Library Walking Tours

Enjoy walking tours of the East Village and Beltline communities surrounding Central and Memorial Park Libraries, and discover their unique literary and cultural histories.

Audience: Adults

Driving in Alberta

Newcomers will learn about available resources, obtaining licenses, safety regulations, insurance policies, and purchasing a vehicle. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults

Drop In Family Storytime with Special Guest Chantal Chagnon

Drop in for this special storytime with Chantal Chagnon from Cree8 as she shares stories from her culture.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Drop-in Family Storytime

Drop in for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Drop-In My First Music Lessons

Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Instrument provided, including piano.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 3 and up

Drop-In Piano Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Drop by for free music lessons with experienced piano teachers care of the Honens International Piano Competition & Festival and Morin Music Studio.

Audience: All Ages

eBooks and Library Apps Coaching

Drop in for help with eBooks and Library apps. Devices must be set up and ready to use before the program. Please be familiar with your device and passwords.

Audience: Adults

eBooks: A Library On the Go

Curious about eBooks? Library staff demonstrate how to download an eBook using OverDrive.

Audience: Adults

ELL School Success

English Language Learners are paired with teen volunteers to learn new words. Presentations provided for parents on how to support their child's language learning.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 8 with a parent/caregiver

ESL Coffee and Conversation

Practise your English speaking and listening skills in an informal drop-in setting. Coffee is provided.

Audience: Adults

ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate)

Practise your English listening and speaking skills in this six-week program.

Audience: Adults

ESL Writing Club

Practise your English writing skills in this six-week program. Intermediate English language skills are required. Register at 403.774.2544.

Audience: Adults

Explore Earth and Space

Investigate space travel, identify and classify trilobite fossils, explore rocks and minerals, or make an earthquake. In partnership with Science Literacy Week and Earth Science for Society.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 5 and up

Explore Trades Training

Discover how a free pre-apprentice program can help you build important skills. Intended for Indigenous people or those born outside of Canada. In partnership with Momentum.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers

Learn about different types of bulbs and how to plant them through interactive games. Led by Janet Melrose, Calgary's Cottage Gardener.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Family History Coaching

Drop in for help with genealogy research. In partnership with the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Child Custody and Parenting

Learn about the legal arrangements for children when their parents separate in Alberta.Topics include custody, guardianship and parenting agreements, courts, and travelling or moving with children. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Child, Partner, and Spousal Support

Learn about the law and terms of financial support when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Property Division

Discover how the law addresses property division when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Fire Truck and Crew Visit

Drop in to visit with firefighters and a have a close-up look at a fire truck. In partnership with the Calgary Fire Department.

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Fire Truck Storytime

Join us for a special family storytime with Engine 23, our exciting fire truck exhibit.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Flipbook Animation

Make your own cartoons by learning simple animation through creating flipbooks. In partnership with the Quickdraw Animation Society.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Folk Appreciation 101

Learn about the genres of folk with CKUA's Tom Coxworth, host of Folk Routes. This series will feature a one-hour talk followed by performances and demonstrations by local singer-songwriters.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Fundamental Forces

What makes the world go around? Explore mass, balance, centers of gravity, vortex, and centripetal force. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Game Changing Books: Hayy Ibn Yaqzan

Discover how Ibn Tufayl’s twelfth century Andalusian tale, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, played an important role in the culture of the West. Led by Dr. Karim Dharamsi, Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Game-Changing Books: A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

Enjoy a look at the development and contemporary applications of one of psychology’s most important theories. Led by Dr. April McGrath, Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Get Started with Technology

Join a beginner class which focuses on basic concepts and skills you need to use any technology successfully.

Audience: Adults

Get Your Resume Past the Gatekeepers

Boost your chances of getting your resumé noticed with tips from Joy Cohen, Author and Career Counsellor.

Audience: Adults

Growing Vegetables for Kids

Discover what plant parts we eat as vegetables and learn how to sow seeds/plant seedlings in a container. Take them home, watch them grow, and then eat them. In partnership with Calgary’s Cottage Gardener.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Guitar Circle

Join other guitar players of all levels and have fun learning and sharing new tunes.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Guitar Class

Learn basic cords and simple tunes in this beginner class.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Historic Calgary Week: Historic Walking Tour: Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park

Join us for a walking tour of the history and architectural features of Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park. Archival photographs will provide perspective.

Audience: Adults

Historic Walking Tour: Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park

Join us for a walking tour of the history and architectural features of Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park. Archival photographs will provide perspective.

Audience: All Ages

Homeowner Basics

Learn the costs of purchasing and maintaining a home, what is required to qualify for a mortgage, and whether it is better to rent or own. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Homeschooling 101

Learn the important points, beginning steps, and rights and responsibilities of providing home education in Alberta. In partnership with Alberta Homeschooling Association.

Audience: Adults

Homework Club for New Canadians

Get help with your homework, practise your English, and improve your grades. Participants must bring homework. In partnership with The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 17

Hour of Code for Teens

Get a taste of coding through fun interactive tutorials. Fix robot brains, make geometric art, or learn a new programming language - it's up to you.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Hour of Code: Go Wild

Get creative with all kinds of critters. Learn basic coding skills through fun animal-themed tutorials.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

How to Hire a Contractor

Learn the 10 steps to help ensure a surprise-free renovation. In partnership with the Better Business Bureau.

Audience: Adults

Hula Hoop Entertainer

Join us for an exciting Hula Hoop performance.

Audience: Adults & Kids

I'm With the Band: Led Zeppelin

Bring an instrument and your favourite Led Zeppelin tune to share with other musicians. Music chords and class structure will be provided.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

Idea Coaching

Join our Idea Coaches to learn about design thinking and how to better understand your audience, define your opportunity, and generate new ideas.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Indigenous Drumming Circle

Join Cree8 as they lead us in a drumming circle featuring traditional Indigenous songs and drumming.

Audience: All Ages

Innovations in Seniors' Health Series

Join us for a speaker series focused on innovations that optimize seniors’ health and wellness. In partnership with The Brenda Strafford Foundation.

Audience: Adults

Interactive Biofact Table

Explore a biofact table, games, activities, and trivia questions about wildlife in Calgary. In partnership with the City of Calgary.

Audience: Kids - Ages 4 to 12

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Online

Learn to sort and filter data, apply formulas, and create charts and graphs in your online spreadsheets.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Enhance your online slideshows with SmartArt graphics, videos, tables, and more.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Word Online

Create online professional looking documents including tables, bullets, and pictures.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Google Drive

Learn how to use Google Drive to share, save, and manage documents and information.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Online

Learn how to create an online Excel spreadsheet, including entering and formatting data as well as basic functions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint Online including design templates, transitions, and animations.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word Online, including creating, formatting, saving, and printing online documents.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Solid Foods

Learn about your baby's microbiota – how it changes, when to wean, and foods that may induce allergies. In partnership with the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Taekwondo

Discover street self-defense and Olympic Taekwondo in this 20-minute interactive demonstration introducing kids to basic moves. In partnership with Studio Group Martial Arts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 13

It's Magic

Join Richard Rondeau for an amazing and astounding magic show.

Audience: All Ages

It's Your Money: Credit Cards and Debt

Learn the difference between good and bad debt, and how to keep yourself out of the bad kind. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Keep in Touch

Find out how sensitive your fingertips are by touching objects when your other senses are tuned out. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Keeping the Home Language Alive

Learn from Calgary Board of Education staff about the importance of maintaining your home language and how to support your children in learning a new language.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Immigration Law - Spousal Sponsorship in Canada

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of applying from within Canada and putting together a successful application. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Owning a Condominium

Learn about condominium boards, bylaws, common property, and your responsibilities as a condominium owner.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

Learn how to plan your will, including appointing your executor, appointing a guardian for minor children, your legal obligations, and what happens if you die without a will. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: Korean

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Korean.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn English Storytime: Spanish

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Spanish.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn Online with the Library

Learn anything you want with great online tools like Lynda.com and Gale Courses. We'll show you how!

Audience: Adults

Learn to Draw

Come draw a fun lesson with Young Rembrandts as they teach drawing, the basis of all visual arts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

LEGO Club

Join us to build, create, and explore! LEGO provided.

Audience: Kids & Teens

Level Up! Gaming Club

If you love video games or tabletop gaming, this club is for you. Drop in to relax, snack, and play games of all kinds.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

LGBTQ+ Resources for Newcomers

Learn more about diversity in Canada including LGBTQ+ resources and becoming an ally. In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

LIBIN 101: Engaging Community on Heart Health, Research & Innovation

Join a researcher from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta (U of C, AHS) for a discussion on the human heart and current research.

Audience: Adults

Library Instrument Petting Zoo

Explore the musical instruments from the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, including violins, guitars, ukuleles, drums, and more! Music volunteers on hand to provide guidance.

Audience: All Ages

Live Art with Ian and Samuel

A live art demonstration with Samuel and Ian. Ian will be demonstrating an "acrylic pour" technique in collaboration with Indigenous art technique. Samuel is a Cree artist from Pukatawagan First Nation, Manitoba.

Audience: All Ages

Living Statues

Come and watch our living statue artists.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Lorna Crozier

Discover new poetry that is at once profound, original and lively, and yet so much fun! Hailed as a “storyteller, truth-teller, and visionary,” the celebrated Lorna Crozier gives us a mesmerizing new collection of poems in God of Shadows. Tickets $15 at wordfest.com

Audience: Adults

Magic Bean Garden

Join us for enchanted folktales and then prepare to get dirty while planting your very own magic garden.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 8

Magical Mystery Class

Learn some easy magic tricks using common objects to amaze your friends. In partnership with Richard Rondeau.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 9 to 17

Make it Messy Art: Ages 6 to 8

Get ready for fun, hands-on arts activities for kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Make it Messy Art: Ages 9 to 12

Get ready for fun, hands-on arts activities for kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Make it Messy Science: Ages 6 to 8

Get ready for fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Make it Messy Science: Ages 9 to12

Get ready for fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Marvellous Math for Preschoolers

Get your child thinking with numbers in this fun, early numeracy program. In partnership with EducationWise Inc.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Math Quest

Embark on a math quest. Explore the library while completing fun numeracy challenges that support what you learn in school. Caregivers are invited to stay & play. All math skill levels welcome.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Math Quest Marathon

Test your numeracy endurance. Join the library for a marathon of Math Quest challenges. Caregivers are invited to stay & play. All math skill levels welcome.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Meet a Police Officer

Meet a Calgary police officer and learn about their job and the tools they use every day. In partnership with Calgary Police Service.

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 17

Mineral Mania

Explore how rocks and minerals are formed. Make a volcano and take it home! In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Mini Me Yoga

Come out and play with Mini Me Yoga. You and your child will practice some breathing, participate in a yoga game, and some mandala colouring for relaxation. Please bring a nut-free healthy snack and water bottle. In partnership with Mini Me Yoga Calgary.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Mmmm ... Taste

Discover the yummy biology behind your taste buds. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Mobile Command Unit

Come and check out Calgary’s police station on wheels, and learn how CPS uses it to respond to emergencies. In partnership with the Calgary Police Service.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 9

My First Music Lesson: Guitar

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages

My First Music Lesson: Piano

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 5 and up

My First Music Lesson: Violin

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must bring their own violin. Participants may register for one session every two months. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages

My So-called Life (So Far): A Creative Nonfiction Youth Workshop with the Author in Residence

The real world is generous with stories and is filled with characters in need of an author. Teen writers (ages 15 to 18) will mine their own real-life experiences for stories, while transforming themselves and the people they know into compelling characters.

Audience: Teens - Ages 15 to 18

NaNoWriMo: Captivating Characters

Discuss what makes us root for the underdog, or love to hate the villain. Learn and share tips with your fellow writers. In partnership with the Calgary Chapter of NaNoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

NaNoWriMo: Phenomenal Plots

Discover how to get your readers turning the page by analyzing currently popular stories. In partnership with the Calgary Chapter of NaNoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

NaNoWriMo: Questions and Answers

Discover how you can write 50,000 words in one month. Bring all your writing questions. In partnership with the Calgary Chapter of NaNoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

Join other immigrant women to practise English, make friends, and learn about resources. Free childcare provided. In partnership with CIWA.

Audience: Adults

Old School Animation

Explore animation using old school animation techniques. In partnership with Nakoda AV Club.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

Online Shopping with Confidence

Learn to shop online safely. Discover how to review seller ratings, use online tools to shop, and minimize fraudulent activity. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Open Lab: Photography

Improve your photography and photo editing skills with help from experienced volunteers. Bring your camera (smartphone, tablet, or DSLR), and all your photography questions.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Opening Your Own Business

Learn more about starting your own business including business plans, registration, GST number, and more. In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Outer Space Jr. Explorers

Learn how astronauts work together as a team to adapt to the harsh conditions when living, working, and breathing in space. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Pet Shop

Learn how to be a responsible pet owner, including an awareness of the financial responsibilities involved, along with unexpected expenses. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 9 to 17

Piano Appreciation 101

Learn about the piano - the richest repertoire in classical music! Piano expert Charles Foreman will share the progression of piano music beginning with some of the earliest works played on the piano in its infancy to those of the 21st century, using examples of music performed during the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Planning Financially for Your New Arrival

Plan ahead for maternity and parental leave and be prepared for the expenses that come with a new arrival. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Police Cruiser and Simon the Safety Bear

Join us for a meet and greet with CPS’ mascot, Simon the Safety Bear. Then check out a real police car! In partnership with the Calgary Police Service.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Pop 'n Tot

It's adventure time for male caregivers and their babies! Features fun games, books, rhymes, and activities.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Puppy Room

Join us for an interactive hour of pet therapy. In partnership with Pet Access League Society (PALS).

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 17

Radical Robots

Explore some robots we use daily and the different sources that power them. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Read With Engine 23 Supported by Pembina

Join a firefighter from the Calgary Fire Department as we share stories and learn about fire safety. Supported by Pembina.

Audience: All Ages

Reading With Royalty

Celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new fun and glamourous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag queen and king performers. Supported by ATB Financial.

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 5

Reality is Optional Writing Club

Play with your words in this creative writing club for teens. Led by Kim Firmston, Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Robotics with Robogals for Girls!

Learn to code using LEGO Mindstorms robots. This program is designed especially for girls.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Rock 'N' Fossil Road Show

Enjoy an awesome collection of rocks and fossils and have your own pet rocks and favourite fossils identified by experts. In partnership with the Geological Survey of Canada.

Audience: All Ages

Rocket Building

Learn how to design, build, and launch a model rocket. In partnership with SpacePort.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Sand Art

Create beautiful and colourful pictures using coloured sand and sticky papers. In partnership with Amaze Arts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 14

School Support: Language Arts

Bring your writing assignments for help from trained volunteers. In partnership with the University of Calgary, Department of English.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School Support: Math

Bring your math assignments for help from trained volunteers. Explore digital resources to support school success.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School's Out

Unwind and give your brain a break. Take part in fun activities or just hang out and talk. In partnership with Calgary Afterschool. All teens are welcome.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

School's Out All Day

Drop in to the Library anytime on your PD Day for games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

School's Out for Tweens

Join us for fun activities, crafts, and games in this relaxing program for tweens.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

Settlement Services

Meet one-on-one with a settlement worker. Ask questions about language learning, immigration, employment, housing, and much more.

Audience: Adults

Sign Language for Babies

Communicate and bond with your child before he or she can speak, by learning basic ASL signs together. For babies age 6 - 12 months with a parent.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Sleep In 10 Days or Less!

Overcome common sleep challenges with young children and get tips on using a safe and gentle approach. For parents of babies. Led by Whitney Miller, Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Specialist.

Audience: Adults

Sleep Well

Learn how to get your little one into a routine and have your sleep questions answered. For parents of babies. Led by Kathy Carter, Sleep Specialist.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Cash Flow – Profit First!

Discover the simple way to manage cash flow so that your business is profitable. In partnership with Jos Willard Coaching.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Employer and Industry Research

Learn how to make informed business decisions, identify new opportunities, and better prepare for job interviews and networking. Led by Calgary Public Library staff

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Introduction to Business Research

Learn how to conduct simple business research using resources found in the Calgary Public Library and beyond.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Selling is a Science, Not Magic

Great sales people are made, not born. Transform yourself and learn how to be systematic, process oriented, and service focused. In partnership with E2 Coaching.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: The Top 5 Common Mistakes Startups Make

Learn why cash is king, why you can't do everything, and how to thrive while operating at a loss. For entrepreneurs within the first three years of operation. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: You’re getting audited!

Learn the basics of being prepared for the auditing process. In partnership with Jab Consulting.

Audience: Adults

Smart Tips for Newcomers

Visit with a knowledgeable immigration worker to get advice about life in Calgary, using public transportation, where to shop, and more! In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

St. Patrick's Island Storytime

Join us in the park amphitheatre for stories, songs, and rhymes (weather permitting).

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5

Story PALS

Trained Pet Access League Society (PALS) volunteers and their highly socialized dogs provide a calm, accepting presence for struggling readers to practise reading aloud in 15 minute one-on-one sessions.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Storytime with Lukes

Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, songs ,and Lukes Drugmart coffee. In partnership with Lukes Drugmart.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Talking Books Group

A monthly review of new titles from the Library's special collections for blind or visually impaired members.

Audience: Adults

Teachers Learning Code

Build skills and confidence to teach coding fundamentals to youth. For home-schooling parents, community group leaders, and educators. In partnership with Canada Learning Code.

Audience: Adults

Tech Mentors

If you find technology challenging, we can help. Get your questions answered or practise your skills with support from experienced volunteers. Any device is welcome.

Audience: Adults

TEDxCalgary Meetup

Watch a TED Talk video, share your thoughts with other curious explorers, and hear ideas on related topics. Visit www.MeetUp.com/TEDxCalgary-Community/ for topics.

Audience: Adults

Teens Create

Let your creative side shine! Make and trade buttons, craft with duct tape, and more.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Tell Me Your Story: A Writer in the Library with the Author in Residence

Do you have a personal story you want to share with our Author in Residence? Marcello is listening. Drop by his desk at the local library.

Audience: Adults

Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management

Self-assess your financial fitness, learn healthy habits, and get the resources needed to manage your money. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Thank You for Thanksgiving!

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

The Bottle Picker Monologues

Join us for a theatrical evening created by current and past bottle pickers that gives insight into their diverse experiences. In partnership with Downstage and Calgary Can. See http://www.downstage.ca/bpm2018 for details.

Audience: Adults

The Dutch Wife with Ellen Keith

Both beautiful and heartbreaking, this best-selling novel tells a fresh story about war atrocities and explores the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable.

Audience: Adults

The Great War on the Home Front

Learn about enemy aliens, the conscription crisis, the role of women, and more. Led by Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

The Path to Math

Learn successful tips and tricks to start your toddlers and preschoolers down the road to enjoying math. In partnership with EducationWise Inc.

Audience: Adults

The Royal Tyrrell Museum Virtual Visit

Take a tour of the museum without leaving the library! View their world-renowned galleries and exhibits. Marvel at creatures from ancient seas, explore Dinosaur Hall, and discover how life carried on after the asteroid impact that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. In partnership with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

The War at Sea 1914 - 1918

Learn about the clash of the dreadnoughts at Jutland, the rise of the submarine, and more. Led by Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

The Wheels On the Bus

Use music to get your preschooler up and moving! Play instruments, sing, dance, and create music together. In partnership with MasterWorX Music Therapy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

The World of Owls

Discover the awesome world of owls including species found in Alberta, their ecological importance, and threats in the wild. In partnership with Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

This All Happened: A Documentary Literature Workshop with the Author in Residence

Explore how to transform lived experience into literary art. Designed for adult writers.

Audience: Adults

Toastmasters International - Youth Leadership Program

Develop speaking and presentation skills, self-confidence, and strong leadership abilities.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Transfer Your Skills to a Different Industry

Explore new job markets and learn how to persuade potential employers to give you a chance. Led by Joy Cohen, Author and Career Counsellor.

Audience: Adults

Two Wheel View

Learn leadership skills, environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness through this bicycle mechanics course. Participants will earn a free bike at the end of the session.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 12 to 14

Ultimate Summer Challenge 2018

Are you up for the challenge? Join us for over 500 FREE programs and awesome prizes for kids, families and teens this summer! Don't forget to pick up your Challenge Map at any Calgary Public Library location. Find out more at calgarylibrary.ca/summer.

Audience: Kids - Ages up to 14

Understanding Aging: Alberta Ombudsman

Join us as we learn about who the Ombudsman is, and what they can do to assist seniors.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Driving for Seniors

Explore the ins and outs of driving as you age. Led by Marilyn Moldowan.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Identity Theft

Learn some of the ways that criminals are stealing your personal information, and how to protect yourself and your financial wellbeing. Led by Brian Holmes, Counterfeit & Fraud Prevention Coordinator Calgary Police Services.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Seniors Benefits

Join us for this presentation on the benefits offered by the Government of Alberta for seniors. Led by Trish Whyte, Seniors Services Division, Ministry of Seniors and Housing.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Upside of Downsizing

Learn the ins and outs of downsizing including how to manage clutter, stages of hoarding, and how to create a plan that works for you. Presented by Cindy Beaudet, Destinations Seniors Downsizing.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Wills and Estates

Learn how to plan your will, including appointing your executor, appointing a guardian for minor children, your legal obligations, and what happens if you die without a will. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Vacations on a Budget

Explore ways to save money while planning and during vacation so you can have fun without worrying about money. In partnership with Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Volunteer in Your Community

Find out important information about volunteering and available opportunities. Participate in a volunteer project by making a craft which will be donated to an agency and distributed next winter. In partnership with Youth Central.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Waiting: An Anthology of Essays

Join the launch of this stunning anthology, in which 32 writers discuss their experiences of waiting. The book is as much about hope as it is of waiting, embracing both widely-shared and surprising takes on the theme.

Audience: Adults

Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West

Join Dr. Jim Ellis along with activists and conservation groups in a discussion about water. Co-led by the University of Calgary Press and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: Academic Success in Junior/Senior High

Learn about different levels of ELL/ESL, core and option courses, guidance counsellors, and graduation requirements. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation. Register at 403.875.4662.

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: School Systems in Calgary

Learn about school systems, program choices, school fees and rebates, and homework help resources. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register at 403.230.7745.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Who You Know Can Help You Grow

Leverage current relationships, learn how to increase professional contacts, and expand your tool box of modern networking tools. In partnership with Opportunities Knock.

Audience: Adults

Wiggle, Giggle, Boo!

Join us for spooky stories, songs, and rhymes. Wear your costume-if you dare!

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Words and Wiggles

Learn new ideas for play with your preschooler in this active program that explores all five senses through movement, play, story, and song.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

You and the Blue

Learn about policing in our city as you join Calgary Police Service officers for an informal conversation about their work. In partnership with the Calgary Police Service.

Audience: Adults

Youth Employment

Register as a Youth Employment Centre client and receive job search, career or educational advice, and referrals to employers. For ages 15 to 25 years. In partnership with the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 15 to 25

Zine Making

Work with an artist to create your own mini-zine. In partnership with the Calgary School of Informal Education.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

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