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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. 

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From: 26/Feb/2021 - To: 30/Apr/2021

Alberta Bear Care (Ages 6 to 8)

Alberta is home to two different species of bears, who are very important to our environment. During this presentation, we will learn how bears live in the wild, and what we humans can do to help protect our bear neighbours!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Alberta Bear Care (Ages 9 to 12)

Alberta is home to two different species of bears, who are very important to our environment. During this presentation, we will learn how bears live in the wild, and what we humans can do to help protect our bear neighbours!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Am I at Risk? My Kidney Health

Anyone can develop kidney disease, but some are at higher risk. As well, most people don’t know they have kidney disease because 80% of your kidney function can be lost without any symptoms. Learn how to recognize early warning signs, what kidneys do, the major causes and risk factors, and what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Amazing Arboreals (Ages 6 to 8)

Many reptiles and amphibians have adapted to life in and on trees. Featuring live animals, animals like treefrogs, tree monitors, tree pythons, chameleons, iguanas, and other cold-blooded creatures that live under the canopy.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Amazing Arboreals (Ages 9 to 12)

Many reptiles and amphibians have adapted to life in and on trees. Featuring live animals, animals like treefrogs, tree monitors, tree pythons, chameleons, iguanas, and other cold-blooded creatures that live under the canopy.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Astronomy for Youth

View the night sky with your eyes, binoculars, and a telescope. We’ll explore galaxies, nebula, planets, and much more!

Audience: Teens - Ages 10 and up

Astronomy with RASC: Astronomy of the Spring Sky

Learn about the constellations and great objects you can see in the night sky as we warm up in the season of Spring.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Explore the Moon

Take a trip with us to visit our own Moon! Learn about craters, rocks and missions to our nearest neighbour.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Explore the Solar System

We travel to all 8 planets and far beyond. We’ll teach you how to see these planets from your backyard!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Galaxies

What are galaxies? We leave our own Milky Way Galaxy and travel around the universe to explore these immense regions of billions of stars.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Observing the Night Sky

Take a trip around our very own Galaxy and Beyond! Learn about constellations, nebulae, galaxies and much more!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Planet Jupiter

We will travel to the Solar System’s largest planet, Jupiter. Learn all about this great gas giant and the missions that visited there.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Planet Saturn

We will take a trip to the great ringed planet and learn the secrets that lurk at the Solar System’s second largest planet.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

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 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Being a Woman Firefighter

Join Deb Bergeson, a 23 year member of the Calgary Fire Department, Deputy Chief and a female firefighter, as she hosts an enjoyable and wide-ranging Q & A session on the many different aspects of being a female firefighter. This will appeal especially to girls and women who are thinking about a career as a firefighter or are simply curious.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 7 and up

Better Choices, Better Health®

This six-week workshop will teach you how to reduce fatigue, improve your sleep, manage stress, and eat healthier, all while practising goal setting and decision making. Register at https://app.bookking.ca/ahlpcalgarypub/courses/index.asp or phone 403.943.2584.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Better Choices, Better Health®: Chronic Pain

This six-week workshop will help you discover techniques to control your chronic pain, and to manage your overall health while making everyday tasks easier.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Book Discussion Group: Bucket List Books

We all have them. The books we’ve been meaning to read; the ones we neglected in school; the ones that languish on our shelves. Good news! The time has come to read these timeless classics. Join like-minded readers the second Wednesday of every month for a lively online discussion.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Book Discussion Group: Food for Thought

Join fellow foodies online and explore different cookbook authors, cuisines, food memories, techniques and more, as we share what we’re eating and reading. Each month has a different theme and is jam packed with kitchen tips, tricks, and resources.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Career Transitions

Thinking of moving to a new career? Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid-life and how to smoothly transition to a new career through networking and resumé strategies during this online program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Interview Skills

Win over your job competition by improving your interview skills. Learn about different types of questions and how to answer them effectively during this online program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Networking

How can you find a job during the pandemic? Learn how to network with people effectively over LinkedIn and using other methods without leaving your home so you can find a job during this online program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Resume Development

Are you looking for a job? Learn how to create a professional resumé to put your best foot forward during this online program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Chinook Blast Book Launch with Radical Books

Join us during Chinook Blast for author readings and a book launch featuring eight local authors. A moderated Q and A will follow the readings.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Climate Action: Design your Yard

Learn how to create a well-thought-out, environmentally responsible and functional yard by using water wise trees and shrubs in your design. Join this YardSmart program that will leave your yard beautiful, your water bills smaller, and your environment happy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Creative Writing Club

Register to play literacy games, work on your creative writing, explore different writing styles, and get help on your school writing assignments--all online!

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 14

Cree Language and Culture Class

Register for this on-line beginner Cree language course with Elder Ernest Poundmaker, who will teach the Y Cree dialect and provide insights into the culture of the largest Indigenous population in Canada.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Domestic Violence: The ‘Shadow Pandemic'

1 in 3 Albertans experiences domestic violence in their lifetime. The panel will discuss domestic violence (DV) in Alberta before COVID-19 and unravel in-depth what has been dubbed as the ‘Shadow Pandemic’: the harrowing rise of DV during COVID-19.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Drama for Teens: Devised Theatre - Finessing (Part 2)

Starting with a scene idea, use theatre games and acting activities to advance a script towards performance. Facilitated by professional actor and theatre creator, Erica May-Wood.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Devised Theatre - What is it? (Part 1)

In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will use theatre games and writing activities to experience how a group can work collectively to create an idea for a play. Facilitated by professional actor and theatre creator, Erica May-Wood.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drawing Class: Cat

Cats are popular pets and they’re fun to draw. We will draw our cat from a front view. This allows us to see the symmetry of its body. We will add details like tall ears, almond-shaped eyes, and long whiskers. A simple background pattern completes our scene. Applying what you learn: Can you draw a different colored cat in a new scene?

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing Class: Funny Food (Ages 6 to 8)

In this lesson we stretch the limits of our imagination as we draw funny foods. We will transform ordinary fruits into colorful fish including a great big whale. What fruit do you think we will use for the whale? Learn how to differentiate foreground elements from background elements.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing Class: Funny Food (Ages 9 to 12)

In this lesson we stretch the limits of our imagination as we draw funny foods. We will transform ordinary fruits into colorful fish including a great big whale. What fruit do you think we will use for the whale? Learn how to differentiate foreground elements from background elements.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing Class: Ice Cream Sundae (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw a delicious-looking ice cream sundae. This wonderful still life drawing features three big scoops of ice cream in a large bowl. We top our dessert with whipped cream, cherries, and candies. Bright colors added a festive mood to our tasty treat.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing Class: Ice Cream Sundae (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw a delicious-looking ice cream sundae. This wonderful still life drawing features three big scoops of ice cream in a large bowl. We top our dessert with whipped cream, cherries, and candies. Bright colors added a festive mood to our tasty treat.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing Class: Winter Bird

A winter scene that highlights a realistic colourful bird perched on top of a snow-covered branch. The white snow will provide a great contrast for our beautiful bird.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Earth & Beyond: Ocean Observations and Deep Sea Ecosystems with Ocean Networks Canada

Underwater volcanoes spewing plumes of toxic gases? Creatures that live more than 2,000 m below the ocean's surface in extreme temperatures and total darkness? Explore hydrothermal vents with Ocean Networks Canada’s underwater cabled scientific observatories!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Earth & Beyond: Young Stars amid External Radiation and Colliding Clusters

Summary: Stars can irradiate each other and prevent each other from forming planets. Star clusters can collide with each other and fling comets and asteroids at exoplanets.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Eight Legged Kittens - How to Keep Pet Bugs (Ages 6 to 8)

Tarantulas and other bugs are interesting and low-maintenance pets. Learn the basics of properly caring for them.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Eight Legged Kittens - How to Keep Pet Bugs (Ages 9 to 12)

Tarantulas and other bugs are interesting and low-maintenance pets. Learn the basics of properly caring for them.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

ELL Conversation Circle (Intermediate)

Join this free, online conversation group to practice speaking English, meet new virtual friends, and learn about local community and culture. The program is open to all adults (ages 18+) with limited spaces available. Please register for all three classes in this session.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture: Celebrating Black History Month - The Global Online Edition

Join us for the Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture where members of the Afro Canadian/ Caribbean communities come together to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and share their vibrant cultural traditions with other communities from across Canada.

Audience: Adults

Exploring Religion: A Niche of Their Own - The Nuns of Baoshan

Baoshan, a little-known Chinese Buddhist sacred site, includes rare inscribed niches with portrait-statues of the deceased. This provides our largest in situ collection of records of seventh-century Chinese Buddhist nuns. In this talk explore the inscriptions and images of four nuns and discuss what this can tell us about their practices.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: Dante (1265-1321) – An exploration of his life and his religious culture

This year marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, who is best known for his Divine Comedy, a journey through the afterworld. In this talk you will get to know Dante’s action-packed life and his literary descent to the pit of Hell, and ascent through Purgatory to Paradise.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: Seeing Salvation

Dr. Muessig will discuss her new book that looks at the phenomenon of stigmata in premodern Christianity. Among the examples discussed will be Francis of Assisi and Catherine of Siena who were believed to have borne the five wounds of Jesus. She will show that then, as now, these claims were believed by some and dismissed by others.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: The Dance of Atheism

Atheism and Theism, or perhaps materialism and religion, have been locked in a dance of mutual influence for at least three centuries. This talk looks at the history of this dance and draws out some lessons for both sides. We will see that they have much more in common than at first appears.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Law Workshop: Property Division

Learn how to effectively divide your matrimonial or common law property with Calgary Legal Guidance. You will be informed on how to divide your assets, debts, obligations and property rights, when your relationship breaks down, and what steps are involved.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Law Workshop: Separation and Divorce

Do you know the difference or the processes involved with separation and/or divorce? Calgary Legal Guidance will guide you and inform you about the various stages, differences, and what your rights are.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Storytime

Join us online for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy. Takes place twice daily at 10:30 AM and 1:15 PM, Monday through Saturday.

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

Flipbook Animation

Make your own cartoons! Learn some animation basics by creating and animating your own flipbook! Please have the following materials ready for the program: paper, drawing utensils (pencil, eraser, pen etc), colouring materials (markers, pencil crayons, etc.), stapler.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Girls in STEM: Make your own flappy game!

Learn the basics of coding by using drag-and-drop programming to customize and make your own flappy game! Join our presenter to explore basic concepts of coding and follow along to learn how these concepts can be applied to making your own game.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Model Eardrum

Join our presenter in a fun demonstration of building a model eardrum that will explore the world of biology and physics! This demo shows both the structure of the ear, while also demonstrating frequency and pitch in a fun and hands-on way.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Healthy Living: Arthritis - An Introduction to Osteoarthritis

Join us to learn what Osteoarthritis is, how to manage the symptoms, and the various treatment options available.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Celiac Disease - Going Gluten-free

Join us to learn about celiac disease, eating nutritiously on a gluten-free diet, and strategies to avoid and limit cross-contamination at home and when eating out.

Audience: Adults

Healthy Living: Conserving Your Energy

Learn how to identify the different types of fatigue and what makes it worse. Gain strategies for managing your fatigue.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Dietitian Question & Answer - Weight Management

Join us as we talk about weight management, and how it is a part of managing chronic conditions. This class is for adults who are interested in learning more about weight management to manage their chronic conditions, such as prediabetes, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well and Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Join us to learn about the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and how food and lifestyle choices can help you manage the symptoms.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well for Good Health

Discover how eating well can lead to good health and how fat, fibre, and sodium are a part of healthy eating.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well with Fatty Liver Disease

Join us to learn what non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is, and get food-related recommendations to manage it.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Fibromyalgia - Facts and Function

Join us to learn about fibromyalgia and the treatment options available. Discover how you can maintain and improve function through exercise.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Living Well with Stress

Join us to learn about the sources and signs of stress, healthy ways to cope with and manage stress, and develop a personal plan to address the stress in your life.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - The Top 5 Tips to Reduce Calories

Join us as we give you strategies to help prevent eating too many calories

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - The Truth About What Works in Weight Management

Join us to learn how to evaluate what you are eating, and how meal patterns, food choices and portion sizes affect how much you eat.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Pacing for People with Chronic Pain

Explore the important relationship between energy levels and chronic pain. Learn why pacing is an important tool and three ways to apply pacing to your daily activities.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Steady on Your Feet

Learn about the risks of falling and discover ways to decrease the chances of falling and avoid potential injuries.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: The 4 P's of Eating Healthy - Cooking Demo Edition

Join us as we review the tips on how to put nutrition knowledge into practice, and the 4 P’s: Plan, Purchase, Prepare and Pack. This class includes a cooking demonstration.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Tips for Eating: Prediabetes & Diabetes

Join us as we give you tips to eat healthy while managing prediabetes and diabetes, and learn about how different foods can affect your blood sugars. This class is for adults who are diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, and for those who are interested in preventing diabetes.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Try a Little Self-Kindness

Learn how you can improve your ability to positively cope with chronic health conditions through self-compassion instead of self-criticism. Gain strategies for daily life.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Understanding the Experience of Grief

Join us as we provide information and support for people that are grieving a loss, and for those that support them. You will learn what grief and loss look like, how they impact daily life, how to best help someone that is grieving a loss, how to take care of yourself while grieving, and how to cope on special days, anniversaries and holiday.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Waking Up to Healthy Sleep

Join us to discover what interferes with sleep and practical ways to improve your sleep.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Your Kidney Health

Learn more about chronic kidney disease, treatment options, and how you can preserve your kidney health.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

History Wrangler Rob Lennard Presents: Three Alberta Stories

In this presentation, Rob Lennard gives the history of the Bow Valley Ranch via story and song, tells a story about the Alberta soldiers who fought in The Battle of Vimy Ridge, and includes a segment of "Fistful of Alberta History" -- short history subjects from his Twitter Corral.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Hobbies for All Ages: 21st Century Naturalists

Learn about the natural world around you while contributing to research with Citizen Science! Become a 21st century naturalist by using iNaturalist to share observations of flora and fauna. Then help Calgary compete in the City Nature Challenge against 325 cities worldwide in documenting biodiversity in your neighborhood April 30-May 3.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 13 and up

Hobbies for All Ages: Jazz

Expand your love for music and really impress your friends! Join Jodi Proznick, Juno nominated bassist and jazz educator, in a guided jazz listening session. Jodi will take a closer look at Miles Davis' iconic album "Kind of Blue" and dive into jazz theory for beginners.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 14 and up

How Farmers Care for Their Animals (Ages 6 to 8)

Learn about livestock welfare in Alberta with experts from Alberta Farm Animal Care.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

How Farmers Care for Their Animals (Ages 9 to 12)

Learn about livestock welfare in Alberta with experts from Alberta Farm Animal Care.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Immigrant Arts Festival (IMAF)

Join us to discover a range of art forms, styles and cultural backgrounds, and hear success stories from immigrant artists. Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI), an Arts Council based in Calgary, Alberta was founded in 2019 to connect immigrant artists with the existing arts community in Calgary.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Indigenous Beading Workshop

Create your own fully beaded medallion and learn more about Indigenous beading practices in this free six week virtual workshop, led by Alberta Otter from Wild Rose Creations. Beading kits will be provided.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Indigenous Book Discussion Group

This program led by Indigenous facilitator Michelle Robinson, provides an interactive, inclusive space for readers who want to be more knowledgeable about reconciliation and also discover great Indigenous titles and authors. Everyone welcome!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Chess Strategy

You're pretty confident in your chess abilities, and now you want to learn some more advanced tactics and strategies to win against your opponent. For players who already know the rules and have some playing experience.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Introduction to Chess

Are you new to chess? Interested in learning about the timeless strategy game, but don't know where to start? Learn how the pieces move so you're ready to play your first game! For complete beginners only.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Introduction to Chess Strategy

You know how the pieces move, but you're still struggling to beat your dad at chess... Learn some basic tactics and strategy so you're ready to win some games! For players who already know the rules.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Latin Language and Roman Culture for Teens: Carpe Diem!

Latin and Roman culture have fascinated us for over 2,000 years. Learn the fundamentals of Latin by exploring ancient to early modern texts. Immerse yourself in Roman history, culture, and society. No previous experience is necessary!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Law at Your Library: Landlord and Tenant

Are you renting, but are unsure of what is required of you? Allow Calgary Legal Guidance to help inform you on your rights and duties as either a landlord or a tenant, in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act. Learn about what to do in the event that you need legal help and what procedures there are.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Law at Your Library: Power of Attorney and Personal Directives

Planning for the future in the instance that you may be at a loss of independence, come and learn about how to appoint a representative of your interests in personal, medical, financial or legal matters. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Law at Your Library: What We Need to Know When Appointed Representative/Executor/Agent for Estate Law

Join Calgary Legal Guidance to learn about what your duties are as an appointed executor. Learn about what the next steps may be, and how to effectively manage the estate.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

Plan your future with Calgary Legal Guidance’s session on wills and estates. Learn the terminology, such as what an executor is, their duties, and when a guardian is required. Learn about how to plan your will, and what will happen to your property and dependent children in case you pass away before creating one.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Learn to Code: Earth Day

In this workshop, students will create their own plastics-themed Scratch coding activity while addressing world issues and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Learn to Code: Hour of Code

In this ice-breaker project using scratch, kids will create a character to introduce themselves in creative and fun ways. Perfect for all levels of coding experience. Learn how to design characters, make them move, code background changes, and much more!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Learn to Code: Let’s Draw (Art)

Unleash your inner artist and create a digital masterpiece using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch. Learn to use the pen tool, steps, and turns to transform your computer into a spirograph-making machine!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Learn to Code: Let’s Play Sports

Tag - you’re it! Join us as we build a simple tag game including scoring, costume changes and sound. Participants will build the project using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch, and have the opportunity to set the stage, add characters, and make the game their own!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Learn to Code: Our Heroines

Celebrate iconic Canadian women by coding a video game with Scratch.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Live at Noon

As we navigate isolating lockdowns, masking, and even mourning, what does it mean to care for others? What is the role of architecture in creating a feeling of belonging? What stories of occupation and conflict can be amended with new ways forward? Join d.talks in conversation with K. Jake Chakasim and Neena Verma on diaspora and belonging.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Living Fully: Gratitude and Perspective – Harnessing a Positive Outlook

The most powerful tool you have to get through difficult times is your mind. Your thoughts can determine how circumstances will impact you. Learning how to manage your thoughts and how to practice gratitude and have a positive outlook can build your resiliency and improve your well-being.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Meet Calgary's French and French-Canadian Founders and Pioneers

Rouleauville, Calgary’s historic French Quarter and now known as the Mission District, was incorporated as a village in 1899. It was named in honour of Judge Charles-Borromée Rouleau and his brother Doctor Édouard-Hector Rouleau, influential French-Canadian settlers. Explore the little known history of this fascinating part of Calgary’s history.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: An Exploration of "Non-Judgment" in the Context of Mindfulness

Explore the idea of judgment in general and the pros and cons of judging. Look at how we judge aspects of ourselves and others. Also, compare and contrast judgement and discernment, and look at the mindful realities that everything exists in a dynamic relationship with everything else and that nothing is ever pure. Led by Dr. Allan Donsky.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: How to Use the Breath for Stress Relief

Our breath is the most accessible, effective and practical tool to deal with the fire of acute stress and turn down the flame of chronic anxiety. Learn how to use your breath to calm and regulate yourself to deal with life’s challenges. Led by Dr. Phil Blustein.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: COVID 19 and its Impact on Children’s Immunity

It has been over one year since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and we are now learning about its impact on the health of children and their immunity. Join Dr. Susa Benseler, MD, PhD, and Dr. Jim Kellner, MD for an evening discussion around the resiliency of children during the pandemic.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: One Health - The Connections Between Livestock and Human Health

One Health is a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. Join Dr. Herman Barkema, DVM, PhD and Dr. John Gilleard, PhD to learn more about the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

My Kidney Health for Seniors

Anyone can develop kidney disease, but some are at higher risk. As well, most people don’t know they have kidney disease because 80% of your kidney function can be lost without any symptoms. Learn how to recognize early warning signs, what kidneys do, the major causes and risk factors, and what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 55 and up

Open Minded Chats: Speaking Disability Arts… Arts and Disability - Know the Difference to Making a Difference

This illustrated presentation provides a historical grounding for disability arts alongside current artistic approaches fostering mental wellness. Participants will learn about mad arts, cripping, DDMAAC, DDMSTC, and discover a cross-section of art strategies and organizations, locally and beyond, supporting a wide cross-section of our society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Opening Eyes

Join historian Don Smith as he explores how journalist Buffalo Child Long Lance (1891-1932) who lived in Alberta in the early 1920’s, Calgary high school teacher John Laurie (1899-1959), and Alberta author Hugh Dempsey (1929- ), all helped to make Indigenous history better known to non-Indigenous Canadians, and especially Albertans.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Organ Donation – with a focus on kidney donation

Right now, hundreds of Albertans are waiting for a transplant with their health declining as they wait. Of those waiting, 78% are waiting for a kidney. Learn more about the different types of organ and tissue donation, who can donate, how to become a donor, and more. Will cover general topics with a focus on kidney donation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parenting Skills: Baby sign language

Listen to your baby before they can even talk! The benefits of baby sign language include reduced frustration, early communication and brain development. My Smart Hands Instructor, Therapeutic Counsellor, and Positive Discipline Parent Educator Melody Hazelton gets you started with your little one. For parents of kids 6m-2yrs, but all are welcome.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parenting Skills: Baby Sleep newborn-4mo

Do your eyes hurt as you read this description? You might need the help of Sara Davis, Pediatrician RN and Cheerful Mornings Sleep Consulting Founder. Sara will teach you what to expect from your newborn’s sleep schedule and lay down foundations for healthy sleep. Designed for parents with babies newborn-4 mo.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parenting skills: Dual Language Reading

Learn how to help your child read in dual languages. Dual Language trained teacher, Lina Dilov, will showcase how to read in two languages, teach you all about identity text is and how to use them to help your child. Best suited for parents of children ages 4-10.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parenting Skills: Positive Discipline

Gather tools in your parenting tool belt! Avoid power struggles, learn kind yet firm techniques, teaching natural consequences, encouragement vs. praise and more. Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, My Smart Hands instructor, and Therapeutic Counsellor Melody Hazelton will show you how. For parents with kids of all ages.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parkinson’s Speech and Swallowing Disorders

Learn how speech and swallowing can be impacted by Parkinson’s disease, when to see a speech-language pathologist, and gain some treatment strategies. In partnership with Alberta Health Services Healthy Living Program.

Audience: Adults

Personal Finance for New Canadians - Part 1: Tips and Secrets Smart Canadians Know

Learn how to choose the right bank, and how to use effective money management skills to build your credit history. Also, learn the advantages and the dangers of using debit cards, credit cards, and ATMs, and how to understand your pay statement. As well learn how to file your annual income tax return, and where to go for support.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance for New Canadians - Part 2: Building Wealth in Canada

Learn to create a realistic budget, define your own financial plan, and effectively manage your money. Also, learn about Cash Flow, the difference between “good debt” and “bad debt”, the difference between your “wants” and “needs , and the key features of RRSPs, RESPs and TFSAs, and how they can help you put your financial plan into action.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: 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.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Credit Rating IQ - Understanding Your Credit Report

Learn how the credit reporting system works, how it impacts you, and learn how to maintain or improve your rating.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Don’t Get Scammed

For those who want to better understand fraud and how to protect themselves from being scammed. Explore different types of fraud, identity theft, and advertising and sales tactics. Learn what steps to take to protect yourself and what actions to take if you are a victim.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Fraud Protection for Seniors

Learn how you can protect yourself against fraud. Learn what fraud is and how it works. Identify the signs of fraud and how to act on your suspicions. Learn about the top three scams operating today. Also learn why seniors are targeted so often and what to do if you become a victim of fraud.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Know Your Money

Develop the financial knowledge to be able to make informed decisions about money. Learn how to read and understand a pay stub and its relationship to a T4 slip. Develop a basic understanding of credit lenders, credit scores, and credit reports including what they mean and actions that can improve your score, decision making relating to banking.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Managing Your Finances in Retirement

For Seniors who want to better understand the different stages of retirement, how to better manage their finances, and why it is so important.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Parenting - Are You A Good Financial Role Model?

Learn how to assess where you stand as a financial role model, and the Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management. Also learn about available resources to help kids get their financial house in order. Lastly, learn about S.M.A.R.T. goals and effective goal setting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Parenting - How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Learn to understand the challenges of raising money-smart kids, along with tips (on giving allowance, budgeting, credit cards, cell phones, and virtual spending) to help you raise kids who are financially responsible. Also learn how to address age appropriate money matters for young children, pre-teens, teenagers, and emerging adults.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Stretching into Savings

For those who want to learn how to save more and spend less. Saving and reducing spending often go together to achieve success. Learn how to set savings goals, create a budget, develop a savings plan, and how to invest your savings to achieve your savings goals.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: The Journey Out of Debt

For those looking to manage their debt. Learn about how credit works, the benefits and risks of credit, the cost of credit when making minimum payments, how debt accumulates, how payday loan companies operate, debt repayment options, how to deal with creditors and collection agencies, and how to take control of your finances.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Tax Returns: Benefits and Credits for All

Are you receiving everything that you are entitled to? A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will discuss benefits and credits for all taxpayers. Learn all about the Canada Child benefit, Child Disability benefit, Disability tax credit, GST, Canada Workers benefit, Climate Action Incentive and more!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Tax Returns: Disabilities Tax Credits

A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will discuss Disability Tax Credits: eligibility, application, claiming the deduction and gateways to other government programs. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to get the biggest return in your taxes!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Tax Returns: Simple Returns 101

A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will be walking through how to file a simple tax return, plus will answer the some burning questions like why do we pay taxes and how are they used? What are your rights and responsibilities as a tax payer? Learn all of these answers and more in this program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture: An Afternoon with Professor Francis X. Clooney

As a Catholic theologian, priest, and Jesuit with a PhD in Hindu studies, Clooney’s research conforms to expectations in theology, religious studies, and Hindu studies. Underlying his work are resonances between Catholicism and Hinduism. The lecture considers his 40-year career balanced at the point where two great religions meet.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Petrocity

From the redevelopment of our downtown since the 1950s, to petroleum infrastructure and administrative labour, to the role of indigenous communities, explore how developments in Calgary both reflected and transformed petroleum development throughout Canada.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Philosophy Now: Meditation and Insight

What is meditation? Is it the same thing as mindfulness? What different kinds of meditation are there? What kinds of insights do people get from meditating? Explore some philosophical and personal reflections on these questions with presenter Dr. Noa Latham.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Philosophy Now: What Is a Book?

Imagine two copies of The Handmaid’s Tale on your bookshelf. In one sense, there are two books, but in another sense there is only one. How can both of these claims be true? This seemingly mundane puzzle gives rise to a variety of thorny philosophical and linguistic issues. Explore and consider potential solutions with Dr. David Liebesman.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Polyglot

A polyglot is someone who knows or uses more than one language. Learning through play is a powerful tool! Learn a new dance while learning and practicing Spanish in this 30-minute play session. Beginners to advanced Spanish speakers welcomed. Get ready, get moving, and clear the dance floor!

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 10

Reptiles of Australia

Join us and meet some of the lizards, snakes, and frogs that call “Down Under” home!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Researching Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and Western Metis Ancestors

Join genealogy educator Christine Woodcock as we explore resources for researching HBC and Western Metis ancestors. Christine’s interest in Scottish genealogy led her to research Scots who came to Canada to work for the HBC and stayed to start the families that are part of the Metis Nation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Robogals: STEM Escape Room!

With a focus on STEM and the female experience enjoy interactive, inspiring and empowering workshops that incorporate teamwork and learning in a fun and challenging way. Robogals UCalgary is a nonprofit organization run by university students aiming to reduce the gender gap within STEM.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Secrets of Silk (Ages 6 to 8)

Caterpillars, spiders, and weaver ants all have something in common. Silk! Let's explore the hows and whys of silk and the bugs that make it.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Secrets of Silk (Ages 9 to 12)

Caterpillars, spiders, and weaver ants all have something in common. Silk! Let's explore the hows and whys of silk and the bugs that make it.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Small Business Tuesdays: Advanced Financial Statements

This is an advanced session explaining the more advanced and complex concepts of financial statements, including: accruals, amortization, accelerated depreciation, accrued payables, work in process, non-operating income, goodwill, earnings per share and cash and accrual accounting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience During COVID - Five Ways to Finance Your Business

Cash flow has been a persistent problem for so many businesses through this pandemic. This workshop will discuss options for getting money to start and grow your business. This workshop will explore five ways to raise funds, from loans to grants, and everything in between. There will be info for startups and existing businesses alike.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Financial Ratios and Why They Matter to Your Business

This is a basic session explaining the calculation and interpretation of financial ratios which help answer questions such as “Am I getting a return on my investment”? Learn how to calculate key financial ratios for your business, to understand the meaning of those calculations, and how to interpret the results to better manage your business.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Understanding Financial Statements

This is a basic session explaining the terms and concepts of financial statements. It is designed to enable you to review and understand your financial statements, and ask key questions such as: How is the business doing?, Did we make money this year?, What does my P&L tell me?, Where is my cash coming from and where is it going, and more.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Starting Your Investment Journey

Investing can be part of a healthy financial future, providing you with greater personal freedom, a sense of security, and the ability to afford the things you want in life. Join us as we explore the benefits of starting your investment journey and how to avoid common investing mistakes and fraud.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Sticky Science

Get sticky with Scientists in School! Discover the science of sticky. Make your own glue from food products and test them to see how they hold. Participants will be provided with a science kit containing the materials needed for a hands-on science adventure. Kits will be available for pick-up from the library before the start of the program.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Story Pals Online

Pet Access League Society (PALS) volunteers and their highly socialized dogs provide a calm, accepting presence for children to practise reading aloud. During the program, young readers are paired with different dogs for several 10-minute sessions to read aloud. Readers must have their own book pre-chosen and available to read to the dog.

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

Supremely Skunks (Ages 6 to 8)

Learn all about one of Alberta’s most misunderstood creatures. During this program, skunk life histories and behaviour are discussed, and participants may discover that skunks actually make good neighbours!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Supremely Skunks (Ages 9 to 12)

Learn all about one of Alberta’s most misunderstood creatures. During this program, skunk life histories and behaviour are discussed, and participants may discover that skunks actually make good neighbours!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Take a Stand Against Family Violence

Do you want to support someone impacted by family violence and abuse, but aren't sure how? Learn how to identify forms of abuse, ways to respond positively to victims, and how to connect them to resources. Join us and take a stand. Your response to a victim can make a life-changing difference.

Audience: Adults

Talking Trash: Composting our way to zero waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the food and yard waste in the green cart? Join us for a virtual tour of The City’s composting facility and learn how we produce nutrient-rich compost in just 60 days. We’ll look in-depth at what materials are accepted and why. Reducing our waste helps nature and our environment thrive-we can show you how.

Audience: Adults - Ages 12 and up

Tech Mentors

Technology can be challenging, but we’re here to help! Volunteers with strong computer skills will work with you one-on-one to answer your tech questions. Learn how to use platforms like Zoom; get help or practice your skills with new software, websites, or devices; or connect with useful Library resources like ebooks, movies, and online learning.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Bentall Lecture on Christian Education and Theology: An afternoon with Professor Carolyn Muessig

It is often assumed that women had no leadership roles in Christianity until relatively recently. The past holds surprises and one of them is that some women were preachers in Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Professor Muessig examines what these women taught and assesses their almost-forgotten legacy as religious educators.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Great Outdoors: Managing Bears

Join John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, as he discusses grizzly bears in Kananaskis and beyond. You will understand the process of grizzly bear population census and their latest counts. Then learn the local aversive conditioning program, the process to reduce bear-human incidents.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Multisensory Storytelling and Accessible Research

Join us for this talk on multisensory storytelling and accessible research sharing the lived experience of people with disabilities. Learn how research designs can examine personal experiences through multiple senses and explore life stage transitions through visual media.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Travels in Our Mind: Famous Greek Isles

Greece’s Cycladic Islands are in our dreams, especially Santorini and Crete. With travel photos and videos, let’s admire Athens and then take ferries in pursuit of antiquity. The influence of Renaissance Venice in the Mediterranean can be seen in the buildings still in use. In the town of Paros, we will glimpse Good Friday celebrations.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Travels in Our Mind: Moments in India – Part 1

India is a vast country. The South and West are the focus of this two-part tour. In Part 1, travel photos and videos place us in a warm, pulsating culture. In the big city of Chennai and southwards we visit marvellous temples adorned with complexly carved deities. We cross the Western Ghats to Trivandrum, and the tip of the sub-continent.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Travels in Our Mind: Moments in India – Part 2

In Part 2 of this travel tour of South and West India, we slowly sail in a house boat on the Kerala backwaters. Another boat tour glides along Periyar Lake to see wild birds. We see Kathakali dancers in Kochi, Indo Saracenic architecture in Mysore, and old churches in Goa. And, Mumbai draws together the threads of the historic and the modern.

Audience: Adults

Uncovering the Origin of Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays with the VERITAS Gamma-Ray Observatory

After more than 100 years since the first discovery of cosmic rays, their astrophysical origin is beginning to be understood. This lecture will describe recent advances in our understanding using multi-messenger observations of neutron stars, supermassive black holes, and supernova remnants combined with VERITAS high-energy gamma-ray observations.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Underwater Reptiles (Ages 6 to 8)

From Sea Turtles to Anacondas to crocodiles, many reptiles and amphibians call the water home. Featuring a mix of video and photo footage as well as live animals this show takes a deep dive into the world of aquatic animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Underwater Reptiles (Ages 9 to 12)

From Sea Turtles to Anacondas to crocodiles, many reptiles and amphibians call the water home. Featuring a mix of video and photo footage as well as live animals this show takes a deep dive into the world of aquatic animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Virtual Family History Coaching

Was one of your pandemic projects creating a family history? We are taking Family History Coaching virtual! Experienced staff will be available to provide one-on-one consultation via Zoom on any aspect of genealogy or family history from getting started to busting those brick walls.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Virtual Reading with Royalty

Celebrate inclusion and diversity with our glamorous family-friendly online storytime program, led by local drag queen, king and monarch performers. Join the fun, come dressed in your best outfit, cape or crown!

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8

Water Rangers

Learn about the importance of water and watersheds by taking a virtual journey down the Bow River. Along the way, you will meet many wetland friends that teach us what is happening to our watersheds. Learn how you can help our wetland friends by becoming a Water Ranger today!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Wetlands Wildlife (Ages 6 to 8)

Alberta is home to many kinds of wetlands, which are famous for the great variety of animals living in them. Discover what kinds of animals live in wetlands ecosystems, why wetlands are so important, and what you can do to help your local wetlands wildlife.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Wetlands Wildlife (Ages 9 to 12)

Alberta is home to many kinds of wetlands, which are famous for the great variety of animals living in them. Discover what kinds of animals live in wetlands ecosystems, why wetlands are so important, and what you can do to help your local wetlands wildlife.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Where Palaeontology and Archeology Meet: Exploring the Late Pleistocente/Holocene Palaeontological Record in Alberta

The past ~14,000 years have seen dramatic changes in Alberta. Join Dr. Chris Jass, Curator of Quaternary Palaeontology, Royal Alberta Museum to hear about new research that straddles the palaeontological and archaeological record in Alberta.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Yoga at Home

Join Yoga Shala Calgary for free yoga classes from the comfort of your home, to calm both the body and mind so you can become more at ease. All ages and abilities welcome.

Audience: All Ages

Yoga for Teens

Join this 4-week yoga and meditation course focusing on building confidence and empowerment. Students will learn meditation techniques, move through yoga sequences, and use journaling prompts to support personal growth.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

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