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. Download the September - October or the November - December 2017 issue of Library Connect.

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From: 17/Oct/2017 - To: 31/Dec/2017

"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

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 Simple Approach to Improvisation

Learn the basic principles and processes of music that will build your improvisation skills. Please bring your own instrument.

Audience: Adults & Teens

A Wake for the Dreamland with Laurel Deedrick-Mayne

Winner of the Alberta Readers' Choice Award, this captivating coming-of-age tale follows three young friends who are transported from the well-loved, familiar haunts of their pre-war Edmonton to the villages and trenches of WWII.

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 Resume Writing

Update your existing digital resumé, cover letter, and references to target specific employers. Personal information including SIN is required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Angry Birds

Learn about physics by catapulting Angry Bird stuffies! In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Author in Residence Workshops: Words Alive

Learn how to use your body, voice, and presentation space to express yourself, and engage an audience with the written and spoken word.

Audience: Adults

Author in Residence Workshops: Writing Craft

Join poet and novelist Catherine Graham to learn how to assess your own writing objectively. For beginner and experienced writers.

Audience: Adults

Author in Residence Workshops: You're Never Too Old (Or Young) To Start Writing

Do you have a story burning inside you? Come and learn from Bruce Hunter, 2017 Author in Residence, about life writing as empathetic enquiry. Life writing is a broad form of expression that encompasses poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and reflects not only a life, but how it is lived.

Audience: Adults

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

Better Choices, Better Health ®

Discover and practise the life skills needed to take control of your health, including goal setting, problem solving, and communication. In partnership with Alberta Health Services. Register at 403.943.2584.

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Cafe with Eric Volmers

As the entertainment writer for the Calgary Herald, Eric has written profiles of some of the best authors in the business. Join Eric as he engages in a lively discussion with Library CEO, Bill Ptacek, about John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Cafe with Glenn Dixon

The author of Juliet's Answer sits down with Library CEO, Bill Ptacek, to discuss his best-selling memoir, and the complex nature of love.

Audience: Adults

Book Discussion Group: Adult

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

Audience: Adults

Books Centre Stage: A Christmas Carol

Join Theatre Calgary's Learning and Engagement team (and special guests as available) for a lively conversation comparing Charles Dickens' book A Christmas Carol to the on-stage adaptation. Discover how works of great imagination are brought to life through theatrical magic!

Audience: Adults

Bounce & Roll

See what happens when you bounce and roll different types of balls in this energetic discovery of physics. In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

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

Building Blocks for Social Change: Business Models for Social Enterprise

Explore how to develop a sustainable business model to support the success and scale of your social innovation. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Building Blocks for Social Change: Human-Centered Design

Learn how design thinking can transform your business or non-profit. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Building Blocks for Social Change: Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact

Explore how to test, validate, and adapt your innovation to achieve impact. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Building Blocks for Social Change: Social Entrepreneurship 101

Discover your passion and path to change the world. Join us to learn more about how you can improve the world while making a profit. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Building Blocks for Social Change: Storytelling for Change

You're out there changing the world but how do you communicate it? Join us to develop your skills as a storyteller. In partnership with Calgary+Acumen.

Audience: Adults

Buying Your First Home In Canada

Learn the steps that must be taken to achieve the dream of owning a home in Canada. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults

Calligraphy: Writing with Style for Teens

Learn the basics of this unique form of hand lettering from a member of the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild. All supplies are included.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Cantonese Storytime

Practise English with other parents and children who speak Cantonese.

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

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: Mid-Life Career Change

Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid-life, including resumé strategies. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Resume Development

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

Audience: Adults

Career Cafe: Agribusiness

From farming to food production, learn about the agriculture industry. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

Audience: Adults

Career Cafe: Education

Join us for a noon hour talk on career opportunities that support teachers and the education community. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

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

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.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

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 beginning 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

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program at the Library

Receive free help with your tax return. In partnership with the Financial Empowerment Collaborative & First Lutheran Church. For eligibility requirements and to register email taxes@makingfaithmatter.ca.

Audience: Adults

Computer Technology Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one volunteer help for all your basic computer questions.

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

Cows, Contracts, and Characters

Enjoy the story of Hank Pallister who knew the life, hardship, and humour inherent to our ranching history, as told by his wife Joyce Pallister. In partnership with Chinook Country Historical Society.

Audience: Adults

Crack the Code

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

Audience: All Ages

Create A Greeting Card

Learn a fun lettering style from a member of the Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild to make your very own special card. All supplies are included.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

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

Audience: Adults

Creative and Curious Thinkers' Book Discussion Group

Come together to talk about game-changing ideas and best innovative reads in a facilitated discussion.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Crime Lab

With a list of suspects and clues from a crime, use forensic science techniques such as chromatography and fingerprinting to solve the mystery! In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Critical Cinema: Cinematography

Join us for this specially curated series of screenings followed by guided conversation, featuring Haskell Wexler's cinematography in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). In partnership with Calgary Cinematheque.

Audience: Adults

Critical Cinema: Landscape

Join us for this specially curated series of screenings followed by guided conversation featuring the landscape of South Dakota in Terrence Malik's Badlands (1973).In partnership with Calgary Cinematheque,

Audience: Adults

Critical Cinema: Master Directors

Join us for this specially curated series of screenings followed by guided conversation, featuring Wong Kar-Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000). In partnership with Calgary Cinematheque.

Audience: Adults

Dealing with Feelings

Explore playful, practical, and effective tools in a fresh approach to dealing with anger and anxiety between parents and children. Led by local author Deborah Miller.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 9 with a parent/caregiver

Diaspora: Reception and Artists Tour

Discover how Alberta artists imagine and present dispersion or migration. Coordinated by the Alberta Society of Artists. Exhibit runs November 5 to 30.

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

Drawing for Kids

Learn to draw realistically using a step-by-step method. In partnership with Amaze Arts Studio.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 7

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

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

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

East or West with Sudhir Jain

Local author Sudhir Jain once again uses his versatile writing skills to deliver an eclectic and charming collection of linked short fiction that explores the gulf between East Indian and western cultural values, and the universal drive to get ahead.

Audience: Adults

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

Effective Business Communication

Develop your workplace communication skills, including email, working across generations, and conflict management. Participants attending all four sessions will receive a certificate. Led by Matt Adolphe.

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

Enrich Your Kids

Learn how to teach your children about money, budgeting, savings, and more. Introduce the concept of money in this kid-friendly program aimed at adults. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Entrepreneurs in Action

Bring business ideas to life with proper planning, marketing & sales. Participants must attend all three sessions. Personal information including social insurance number is required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

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

Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers

Learn about different types of bulbs and how to plant them through interactive games. Each child receives a container of bulbs ready to plant in the spring! Led by Janet Melrose, Calgary's Cottage Gardener.

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

Falling Leaves

Red, yellow, orange, and brown. Come and listen to stories and rhymes featuring leaves, colours, and fall.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 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

Family Sponsorship: Parents, Grandparents & Dependent Children

Do you want to know how you can sponsor a family member? Join us to learn about Family Sponsorship Applications. In partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Family Sponsorship: Spouse, Common Law & Conjugal Partner

Join us to learn about Family Sponsorship Applications and how you can sponsor a partner. In partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Family Storytelling: Grandmother Turtle

Join us for Indigenous stories, songs, rhymes, dancing, and drumming. In partnership with Awo Taan Healing Lodge. All families welcome.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 6 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

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

Great Debates: Secondary Suites

Enjoy a lively conversation on the issue of secondary suites and the regulations that affect them. In partnership with the University of Calgary Debate Society.

Audience: Adults

Happy 5th Birthday, Saddletowne Library!

Join us for National Library Month as we celebrate Saddletowne Library's 5th birthday with music, stories, entertainment, and treats for the whole family!

Audience: All Ages

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

HUSHA with Sandi Wosminity

Part personal memoir, part inspirational parenting guide, HUSHA is the compelling story of a single mother's journey, and the greater challenge of raising healthy, resilient children in today's world.

Audience: Adults

I Love Water!

Explore how water supports life on our planet through hands-on activities and learn what you can do to help protect this precious resource. In partnership with Green Calgary.

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

I'm With the Band: 90s Rock

Nirvana, Green Day, and Pearl Jam. Bring any instrument and gear up for this jam session. Pick up new songs by ear or with provided sheet music. For musicians with some experience.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

I'm with the Band: The Beatles

Are you a John, Paul, George or Ringo? Find out. Bring any instrument and gear up for this jam session. Pick up new songs by ear or with provided sheet music. For musicians with some experience.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 15 and up

Idea Coaching - Unleash Your Creativity

Need some help coming up with great ideas? Our talented community experts will guide you or your small team through some great brainstorming activities and provide an introduction to design thinking.

Audience: Adults

Idea Igniters: Sparking Conversations to Energize & Inspire You

Explore with the University of Calgary, topics we all read about and care about, and encounter in our daily lives. Enjoy a conversation about the things that matter. This Idea Igniters will be on 'Shifting Energy Perspectives'. Join UCalgary researchers as they share their discoveries about how energy is escaping your home, and how healthy environments, renewable energy and a sustainable economy are all connected!

Audience: Adults

Indigenous Drumming Circle

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

Audience: All Ages

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 how to use Microsoft Word Online, including creating, formatting, saving, and printing online documents.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to the Library's Free Online Courses

Learn how to access 300 free online courses for professional and personal educational development.

Audience: Adults

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

Jingle Bell Babies

Celebrate the festive season with stories, songs, and finger plays especially for babies.

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

LARC Film Series: La Jaula De Oro

Enjoy a screening of the award-winning Mexican film La Jaula De Oro by Diego Quemada-Díez (in Spanish and Tzotzil with English subtitles), followed by an expert-led discussion. In partnership with the Latin American Research Centre at UCalgary. (Please note: title has been corrected from La Juala in Library Connect)

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Copyright

Learn about Canadian Copyright law and find out how you can adhere to federal guidelines and also protect your intellectual property. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Fraud Prevention

Arm yourself with knowledge about fraud and learn how to protect yourself from scams. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Immigration Law - Work and Study Permit Applications

Learn the details in qualifying for a work or study permit from within Canada. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Landlord and Tenant

Learn your rights, responsibilities, and legal procedures as a tenant and a landlord. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Legal Information - Beyond the Basics

Are you curious about a particular legal issue? Learn about legal resources and research strategies in this hands-on program. In partnership with Alberta Law Libraries.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Legal Information - We’ll Make It Easier

Are you curious about the law? Learn about freely available, quality legal and community support information in this hands-on program. In partnership with Alberta Law Libraries.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Personal Directives and Power of Attorney

Learn how to plan for possible loss of independence and appoint substitute decision-makers for your personal, medical, and financial matters. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

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

Law Connect 2017: Free Legal Clinic

Need legal help? Register to book a free appointment with a lawyer. In partnership with Pro Bono Law Alberta, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, and Calgary Legal Guidance. To register, call 403.541.4804 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from September 27 to October 11. Space is limited.

Audience: Adults

Law Connect 2017: Legal Resources Fair

Ask questions and connect with the wide range of community public legal service organizations available at this four-hour fair.

Audience: Adults

Law Connect 2017: Non-Governmental Statutory Declaration Clinic

If you are without ID, drop by the Calgary Legal Guidance booth to get your free, non-government photo identification. No appointment or registration required.

Audience: Adults

Law Connect 2017: Wills and Estates

Learn how to plan your will in this one-hour adaptation of our popular wills and estates program. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: Korean - 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 - Spanish

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

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

Learning Lab: Finding Jobs Online and the Hidden Job Market

Overview of online job boards and tools for understanding and navigating the hidden job market.

Audience: Adults

Learning Lab: Introduction to Business Research

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

Audience: Adults

LEGO Club

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

Audience: Kids & Teens

LEGO Contest

Create something fun or spectacular with LEGO at home (no kits, please!). Bring it to the library and you could win a prize!

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 12

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

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

LinkedIn: Get Your Profile Up and Running

Create a LinkedIn profile. Bring an electronic copy of your resumé and register with LinkedIn prior to the session. Intermediate computer and English skills are required. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Making Healthy Choices: Food Finance

Discover how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans for you and your family. In partnership with Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival: In Pursuit of Peace

Explore civilian mediation as a response to conflict in this film that features four canadian peacemakers as the venture into the world's hottest conflict zones.

Audience: Adults

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival: Neighbourhood Utopia

This film follows the residents of a working class Montreal neighbourhood as they rally against real estate developers.

Audience: Adults

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival: To the Ends of the Earth

Concerned citizens living amidst the extremes of oil and gas extraction bear witness that it's time to use human ingenuity to rebuild society for the better.

Audience: Adults

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 and play. All math skill levels welcome!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

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: 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 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

NaNoWriMo: Groovy Genres

From romance to sci-fi, we'll help you find where your story belongs, and how to make the genre work for you on this crazy NaNo adventure. In partnership with the Calgary chapter of NaNoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

NaNoWriMo: Inspired Ideas

Every great novel starts with an idea! We'll cover different ways to find your next bright idea and avoid death by plot boredom.In partnership with the Calgary chapter of NanoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

NaNoWriMo: Questions and Answers

Yes, you really can write 50k words in a month. Let us unlock all the secret strategies that will help you make the most of your story. In partnership with the Calgary chapter of NaNoWriMo.

Audience: Adults

National Child Day: Read With Engine 23 Supported by Pembina

Join a firefighter from the Calgary Fire Department as we celebrate National Child Day and every child's right to be safe.

Audience: All Ages

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

Newcomer Conversations: Starting a Business in Canada

Are you interested in starting your own business? Meet with experienced entrepreneur, Craig Elias, who can answer your questions.

Audience: Adults

Oil's Deep State with Kevin Taft

Kevin Taft, a former leader of the official opposition in Alberta, brings a fresh perspective to the politics of global warming through the insight he gained as an elected politician with an insider's view of the role of the oil industry. With a PhD in Business, Taft's not-to-be-missed discussion will cover the concept of "deep state" and reveal how global warming and democracy are related.

Audience: Adults

One Last Cast with Bruce Masterman

One Last Cast is a literary journey from award-winning Alberta journalist and storyteller that speaks to anybody who loves nature, whether in an urban park, deep in the wilderness, or dreaming about the wilds from the comfort of an armchair.

Audience: Adults

Our History through Images: Confrontation at Oka

Explore the histories of Indigenous resistance, focusing on the 1990 Oka, Ontario crisis. Led by Dr. Sean Carleton from Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Our History Through Images: Image and Reality in WWII Canada

Despite many uplifting images the public viewed during WWII the reality at home was often quite different. Explore those differences with Dr. Jeff Keshen from Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Papa Time

Here's a chance for fathers and their babies to share books, learn new skills, and enjoy fun language activities together.

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

Planning for Retirement

Plan for the retirement you desire using a comprehensive checklist, guides, and online calculators. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Pop 'n Tot Time

Dads and babies will have a blast at this playful storytime.

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

Raising Financially Fit Kids

Learn more about how to teach kids about savings, giving, and spending. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Read With Engine 23 Supported by Pembina

Join a firefighter from the Calgary Fire Department as we share stories and learn about fire safety!

Audience: All Ages

Reality is Optional Writing Club

Play with your words in this creative writing club for teens. Led by local young adult author Kim Firmston, Director of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society's Reality Is Optional kids' writing club.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Robotics with Robogals

Calling all future engineers! Learn to code with LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

School Support: Language Arts

Drop in with your English Language Arts assignments to get help from trained volunteers, and connect with digital resources that support school success.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School Support: Math

Drop in with your Math assignments to get help from trained volunteers, and connect with digital resources that 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

Science of Toys

Toys are more than just fun - they're science! Learn about motors, energy, and the centre of gravity through toy-based activities. Then, take home your own Mad Science spring-thing.

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

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. Led by Carolina Spriggs-Zastre.

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

Small Business Tuesdays: Advanced Financial Statements

Learn about more complex concepts of financial statements such as accrued payables, depreciation, and more. In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Ethical Business Practices

Learn how the Better Business Bureau's eight standards of trust , work to create a framework for running an ethical business. In partnership with the Better Business Bureau.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs

Explore how to manage business growth by identifying key ratios, what numbers to monitor, plus financing and tax strategies. For entrepreneurs beyond their third year of operation. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Getting Money - What Lenders and Investors Want

Find out what information is used to evaluate a loan request and the steps to prepare for a presentation. In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Presentation Skills for Entrepreneurs

Learn how to present your ideas and concepts effectively for maximum impact. In partnership with Learn Square Inc.

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

Social Media for Small Business Professionals

Be where your customers are! Learn how to use social media to promote your small business to your client community.

Audience: Adults

Spanish Storytime - Spanish

Practise English with other parents and children who speak Spanish.

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

Story PALS

Trained Pet Access League Society 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

Support Your Teen with Career Exploration

Help your teen with career exploration. Parents will learn about post-secondary educational options and career planning resources. In partnership with CBE and SAIT.

Audience: Adults

Survive & Thrive After Job Loss

Learn how to move forward after job loss or changes in your career. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Tackle Debt

Find out how to manage your current credit and build borrowing power for the future by dealing with your debts today. Presented by Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Talking Books Group

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

Audience: Adults

TEDxCalgary Meetup

Watch a TED Talk video, share your thoughts with other passionate and curious explorers, and hear ideas on topics such as education, citizenship, and more. 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

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

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 Unsolved Riddle(s) of Stephen Leacock with Voyageur Storytelling

Join Ontario storytellers, Leslie and Paul, as they bring to life renowned Canadian author and humourist, Stephen Leacock, through his writings and tales, including Leacock's 1936 journey to Calgary.

Audience: Adults

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

Think Big: Approaches to Pain

Join Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, as they look at inspiring and innovative solutions for the problem of pain.

Audience: Adults

Time to Choose: Career Resources for Teens

Learn about online resources to help teens investigate careers and explore post-secondary education programs across Canada. Parents welcome.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 13 and up

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

Teens will learn leadership skills, environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness through this 8-week bicycle mechanics course. Participants will earn a free bike at the end of the session.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 11 to 16

Upgrading and Financing your Education

Learn about the available financial resources for newcomers to help you reach your educational goals; including student loans, scholarships, grants, and bursaries. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults

Waiting for Santa

Join us as we get ready for Christmas with stories, rhymes, and songs.

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

Walk 150: Alexander Calhoun Library, SW - Christmas Lights Walk

Christmas Lights Walk: We'll walk through the neighbourhoods of Elbow Park and Mount Royal to soak up the festive light displays. Post-walk hot chocolate and goodies will be served to celebrate the season and the Walk 150 initiative. Thanks to Analog Cafe and Corbeaux Bakery for the generous donation of post-walk drinks and tasty treats!

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Central Library SE

Walking north, we'll climb to Crescent Heights and views of the Bow River, downtown, and the Rockies. Explore the nature trails on McHugh Bluffs before dropping into quirky Sunnyside to look for gargolyes and the Art Car. We'll cross the Peace Bridge and travel the Bow River Pathway on return.

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Louise Riley Library, NW (Lions Park LRT)

Join Lori Beattie, author of Calgary's Best Walks, for an urban walkabout. Explore the neighbourhoods of Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst and Bow River Pathway, and Briar Hill.

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Memorial Park Library (November)

Walk from the Beltline to Lindsay Park and along the Elbow River pathway. Hidden pathways and pedestrial bridges let us connect the communities of Roxboro, Rideau, Elbow Park, Mount Royal, and Mission on foot.

Audience: All Ages

Water: Reception with Dr. Cassandra Dam

Alberta artists ponder the concept of water in this exhibition coordinated by the Alberta Society of Artists. Exhibit runs November 1 to 29.

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: Employment and Workplace Communication

Learn about job search strategies, networking, and communicating effectively. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register at 403.909.1923.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Welcome to Canada: Employment and Workplace Communication (Hindi/Urdu)

Learn about job searching and communicating effectively. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register by calling 403.999.7941.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Welcome to Canada: Financial Literacy (Arabic)

Join us for an information session about money management and bugeting, including credit history, credit score, and how to save money. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register by calling 403.875.4662.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Welcome to Canada: Parenting Your Child in a Dual Culture

Learn some tools for raising children in a dual culture. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register by calling 403.990.2931.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

What's in Your Backyard?

Discover with fun facts and games how Alberta's animals are anything but average. In partnership with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 and up

Where I Live Now with Sharon Butala

This memoir from a much beloved author is a study of aging, relationships, and rural gender roles. It also offers insight into our connection with nature, something Butala tackled years earlier with her Governor General Award-nominated book, The Perfection of the Morning.

Audience: Adults

Winter Celebrations Around the World

Join for us for stories, songs, and rhymes that reflect multicultural winter celebrations around the world.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5

Wordfest presents Alan Doyle

Following the fantastic success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, musician, actor, and Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time. Tickets: $20 + GST from wordfest.com

Audience: Adults

Wordfest presents Ken Dryden

Bestselling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden presents the story of NHLer Steve Montador (who was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2015). It examines the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and the greatest future risk of the game: head injuries.Tickets: $20 + GST from wordfest.com

Audience: Adults

Wordfest presents Nate Blakeslee

Once abundant in North America, wolves were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. Nate Blakeslee presents the enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.Tickets: $20 + GST from wordfest.com

Audience: Adults

Wordfest presents Scott Kelly

This stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. Scott Kelly presents a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colourful formative years.Tickets: $20 + GST from wordfest.com.

Audience: Adults

Words and Wiggles

Check out our updated program! 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

WP Puppet Theatre Celebrates Canada 150

Join us for a screening of our gray jay video created by over 150 participants. Puppet making and reception to follow.

Audience: All Ages

Write-In Workshops with Calgary NaNoWriMo

Lacking motivation or fresh out of creative space? Join other Calgary NaNoWriMo members to write your novel, connect with other writers and obliterate writer's block!

Audience: Adults

WWII: Dunkirk

Learn the full story of Dunkirk, including the experiences of our country's troops, and the Canadian pier-master. Presented by military historian Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

WWII: U-boats Against Canada

Discover more about German submarine attacks in Canadian waters during 1942, a critical year in the Battle of the Atlantic. Led by military historian Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

Your Home's History

Explore resources to help you uncover the history of your house. In partnership with Calgary Heritage Initiative, the City of Calgary archives, and the Glenbow Museum.

Audience: Adults

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