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 2017 issue of Library Connect.


Looking for incredible summer activities for the kids in your life? Register for the Library School’s Out Summer Learning program (for ages 0-5 and ages 6-12). Additionally, look below for the amazing 3 Things for Canada Action Squads (for ages 9-12) and Flash Action Squads (for ages 6-8). Find more info on Action Squads here under “Act.”

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From: 19/Aug/2017 - To: 29/May/2018

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

3 Things for Canada Action Squads

Be a community hero! Join us to work on a community project with teen volunteers that will make a difference for people, animals, the environment, and more! Details at www.calgarylibrary.ca/3things.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

50+ Lecture Series

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

Audience: Adults

A-B-C: You and Me!

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

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

Advanced LinkedIn Profile Writing

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

Audience: Adults

Angry Birds

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Animate Our Space

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days and animate our space! This event will include a variety of creative and hands-on art activities for the whole family.

Audience: All Ages

Author in Residence Workshops: Writing Deaf

Award-winning multi-genre authors Bruce Hunter and Adam Pottle both self-identify as deaf and have received recognition for their robust exploration of the disability and literary cultures. In this workshop they share their work and discuss how all writers can use their challenges to power up their writing and be heard. This event will include ASL interpreters and CART.

Audience: Adults

Author in Residence Workshops: Writing the (Urban) Wild

Using sources as diverse as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek and the works of Calgary authors including Juleta Severson-Baker and Erina Harris, this multi-genre presentation with Bruce Hunter, 2017 Author in Residence, showcases how writers find and write the wild amongst the urban.

Audience: Adults

Author in Residence Workshops: Writing What You Don't Know

Some say write what you know, but what about when you don't know? Research extends a writer's imagination and reach. Come hear about Calgary's rich resources upon which writers can draw for inspiration and imagination. Participants are encouraged to bring their research issues and questions for our expert panel of authors and researchers.

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

Author in Residence: 30th Anniversary & Homecoming

Celebrate 30 years of Library Authors in Residence! Join us as we welcome Bruce Hunter, award-winning author & poet as our 2017 Author in Residence. Get in on the homecoming party featuring past resident authors from Fred Stenson (1987) to Micheline Maylor (2016).

Audience: Adults

Author Presentation with Darlene Foster

Enjoy an author reading and presentation by Darlene Foster as she introduces her latest book Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. The main character, Amanda, is from Calgary!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 13

Babies Go Boo!

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

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

Baby Bookworms

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

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

Baby Rhyme Time

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

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

Baby's Big Playdate

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

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

Beach Ball Babies

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

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

Beakerhead + EMMEDIA: Projection Mapping Workshop

Learn the tools and methods of projection mapping - the astonishing art of creating illusions through the wrapping of virtual content around a real world object. In partnership with EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Beakerhead. To register, email production@emmedia.ca.

Audience: Adults

Beakerhead + EMMEDIA: Spectral Illuminations II

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

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Cafe with Anila Lee Yuen

Centre for Newcomers' CEO and self-confessed sci-fi geek, Anila Lee Yuen, sits down with Library CEO Bill Ptacek, to discuss politics and family in Bloodline (Starwars) by Claudia Gray.

Audience: Adults

Bill's Book Cafe with Michal Lavi

Film director and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery co-owner, Michal Lavi, explores risk and mountaineering through a lively discussion of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air with Library CEO Bill Ptacek.

Audience: Adults

Book Discussion Group: Adult

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

Audience: Adults

Bridges: 85th Anniversary of the Alberta Society of Artists - Reception and Guided Tour

In this exhibition, bridges evidence mechanical and human strength; link artistic media and creative methods; connect countries and geological phenomena; and unite body and soul, matter and spirit, inner and outer worlds. Exhibition: Friday, September 1 to Wednesday, September 27. Exhibition Guided Tour: 7:30 - 8:15 pm.

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. Please bring a ruler, pencil, and eraser. Paper and pen will be supplied.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Canadian Immigration Process

Learn about Canada's immigration policies including citizenship, sponsorship of family members, and applying for a Super Visa. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Canadian Mosaic

join us for family-friendly creative activities celebrating Indigenous culture and Canada 150. Contribute to a large-scale collaborative mosaic with found objects for design a unique bookmark to take home. In partnership with Wendy Lees, Community Art Facilitator.

Audience: All Ages

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 résumé 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 Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one help with job searching skills, take part in practice interviews, revamp your résumé 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

Coding Buddies Camp

Learn the basics of coding and create your own game in this week-long camp! 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, one-on-one help with your tax return. In partnership with the Financial Empowerment Collaborative and 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

Crack the Code

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

Audience: All Ages

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

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. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

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: 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

Dementia Talks

Join us for a fireside chat with experts on how to create a dementia-friendly community. In partnership with The Brenda Strafford Foundation. Library will be closed for this special event.

Audience: Adults

Dieppe: 75 Years Later

Learn about the planning, controversy, and aftermath of the dramatic 1942 raid on the French port of Dieppe which involved 5,000 Canadian troops. Led by military historian Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

Dinosaurs

Join palaeontologist Dr. Francois Therrien as he discusses the latest research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. View short films and sample fossils. In partnership with the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 12 and up

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

Drawing Fundamentals

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

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

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: 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

Genealogy for Beginners

Now is the time to start that family history project. Join us for some pointers to help you get started.

Audience: Adults

Get Your Resume Past the Gatekeepers

Boost your chances of getting your résumé noticed with tips from Joy Cohen, author and career counsellor.

Audience: Adults

Got a Minute? Film Festival

Enjoy a variety of one-minute silent short films including live action, experimental, documentary and animated shorts that delight the eye and challenge us to see the world in a different light. In partnership with Gotta Minute Film Festival.

Audience: All Ages

Gravity Wing

Explore the borders between folk and classical music, experimental electronica, and the sci-fi novel with award winning composer Clio Em. Accompanied by a chamber string ensemble and featuring films by visual artist Hali Rey. Reception to follow.

Audience: Adults

Great Reads for ESL Learners

Learn how to find good books, including graphic novels, book CDs, MP3s, and electronic formats and discover the benefits of reading for pleasure.

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

History Matters: Martin Luther After 500 years

Join Dr. Mark Konnert as he asks the question: Is the life and legacy of Martin Luther relevant today? In partnership with the University of Calgary .

Audience: Adults

Holiday Spending Treadmill

Join us for strategies on how to have a debt-free holiday and avoid going from Noël to nightmare when the bills arrive. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

Homework Club for New Canadians

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 17

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

Indigenous Beading Workshop for Beginners

Start your first pair of earrings or a pin, with featured artist Jessica Liening-Wolfe.

Audience: All Ages

Indigenous Drumming Circle

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

Audience: All Ages

Instrument Discovery Zoo

Join professional musicians as they explain and demonstrate the unique sounds of their musical instruments. In partnership with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Audience: All Ages

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Go beyond the basics as we explore formatting cells, using functions and formulas, managing data, and creating graphs. Basic Excel knowledge required.

Audience: Adults

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint

Learn more advanced PowerPoint techniques, along with a short review of basic PowerPoint functions.

Audience: Adults

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Join us for this intermediate level course on Microsoft Word 2010. Basic Word skills are required.

Audience: Adults

Interview Skills Workshop

Improve your employability in this interactive session that includes mock interviews. Personal information, including social insurance number, is required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Google Drive

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

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Instagram

Learn the basic skills to take, edit, and share photos and video on Instagram for mobile devices.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Learn how to create a spreadsheet, format data, and save and print your Excel document. Basic computer skills required.

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

Learn how to create a simple PowerPoint presentation and slideshow. Basic computer skills are required.

Audience: Adults

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

Learn how to type, format, save, and print a Word document. Basic computer skills are required.

Audience: Adults

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 Magic

Join Richard Rondeau for an amazing and astounding magic show.

Audience: All Ages

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

LARC: Communicating Science Across Borders

The Latin American Research Centre (LARC) and the Werklund School of Education host Jay Ingram and expert guests to explore how communicating science across fields, cultures, and borders helps us face global challenges today. In partnership with UCalgary.

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: Immigration Law - Overseas Family Sponsorships

Learn about family sponsorship legislation including who can be sponsored, minimum income requirements, and how long it takes to process. 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: 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

Learning Lab: eLibrary and Online Courses

Explore the many online resources available through the Library.

Audience: Adults

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 Web-based Email

Learn how to send and receive email messages using Gmail. Basic computer skills required. A valid cell phone number is required to register for this service.

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 résumé and register with LinkedIn prior to the session. Intermediate computer and English skills are required. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Magic Bean Garden

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 8

Make It Messy: Science Camp

Get ready for fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for kids in this week-long camp.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Make it Messy: Science!

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

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

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

Mastering Workplace Culture

Discover strategies and unspoken rules of the workplace that will help you get a job and keep it for the long run. Led by Matt Adolphe.

Audience: Adults

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

Mixed Media Abstract Collage Demonstration

Observe Kathleen Theriault who demonstrates and composes abstract art using various types of paper and acrylic paint, using the following design elements: line, shape, value, texture, and colour. Visitor input is welcome throughout the demo! In partnership with the Alberta Society of Artists.

Audience: Adults

My First Music Lesson: Guitar

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Sign up for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Participants must bring their own guitar. 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? Sign up for an introductory lesson with a music coach. 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

Natural Pain Relief Options in Childbirth

Explore ways to achieve a faster, easier birth experience without medication. Led by Sharon Loose, Calgary Birth Essentials.

Audience: Adults

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

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

Audience: Adults

Our History Through Images: Chateau Montebello

Enjoy a glimpse of luxury Canadian-style in the Roaring Twenties by looking at Quebec's Chateau Montebello in 1929. Led by Dr. Rob Surdu, 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

Outdoor Colossal Calgary Playdate!

Celebrate play and join delegate families from the International Play Association (IPA) Conference at Olympic Plaza for the biggest and best playdate ever! In partnership with YW Calgary Parent Link Centre and funded by the Government of Alberta.

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

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

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

Remembering Love with Wendy Portfors

An intimate account of the author's life after her husband was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. The book chronicles the journey from caregiver to being widowed, and the path from grief to healing.

Audience: Adults

Robotics with Robogals

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Rock 'N' Fossil Road Show

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

Audience: All Ages

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

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: 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: Leadership Skills

Learn how goal setting, decision making, motivating others, delegation, and networking are crucial skills you need to master to grow your business. In partnership with Doublet Management Consulting Ltd.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Selling is a Science, Not Magic

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

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: 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

Small Business Tuesdays: The Top 5 Common Mistakes Startups Make

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

Audience: Adults

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

St. Patrick's Island Storytime

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5

Story PALS

Trained Pet Access League Society 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

Supremely Skunks

Learn how skunks are misunderstood and are a great wild neighbor. In partnership with Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Talking Books Group

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

Audience: Adults

Teddy Bears' Picnic in the Community Garden

Bring your favourite stuffies for a family picnic in the garden with snacks, stories, and songs.

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

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

Thank You for Thanksgiving!

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with stories, rhymes, and songs.

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

The Artists Choice Exhibit: Lecture and Reception

Join us as we celebrate Alberta Culture Days with "The Artists Choice", an open-themed exhibit running September 29 to October 28, Art Wall, Main Floor, Central Library. The exhibit highlights the variety, depth, and breadth of recent individual pursuits within the juried membership of the Alberta Society of Artists. Lecture/Guided Tour with Guest Speaker Gerald St. Maur ASA SCA on "The Mind of the Artist". Light refreshments.

Audience: Adults

The Fascinating World of the Printmaker!

Explore the realm of self-expression through the process of mono-printing, using a manual printing press, producing a unique image on paper with vibrant colour and invariably satisfying results. Beginning and experienced artists are welcome. In partnership with the Alberta Society of Artists.

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 Winner's Circle with Gail Bowen

Canada's "Queen of Mystery" doesn't disappoint with her newest title in the nationally bestselling Joanne Kilbourn series. Bowen masterfully combines a tale of a modern, urban family combined with a spellbinding mystery.

Audience: Adults

Three Journeys by First Nations Leaders in 1886

Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Don Smith on Sir John A Macdonald's invitation to selected chiefs to visit Central Canada following the Riel Rebellion. In partnership with Chinook Country Historical Society.

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

Understanding Aging: Caregiver Stress

Learn strategies to care for yourself when caregiving for an elderly parent. Led by Chelsea Jani, RN BN, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care®.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Creating your Aging Plan

Growing older forces change. Making decisions, identifying choices, and conveying wishes doesn't have to be difficult. Learn how to have these vital conversations. Led by Fred Franchuk, Managing Partner, DBA Home Instead Senior Care®.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Home Safety

Learn how to remain safe at home. Complete a checklist to ensure your home is safe from any risks from falls and injuries. Led by Chelsea Jani, RN BN, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care®.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Let's Talk About Driving

Explore and discuss concerns about seniors driving, while learning helpful and realistic tips to reduce worry and risk. Led by Fred Franchuk, Managing Partner, DBA Home Instead Senior Care®.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: 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

Understanding Aging: Managing Your Finances in Retirement

Learn how to better manage your finances and make your money stretch for you in your retirement. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Services for Seniors

Learn about the services that are available for seniors in Calgary. Led by John Vaillancourt, MSc, Senior Manager Knowledge & Recreation, Kerby Centre; and Robyn Winograd, MSW, RSW, Director of Community Support Services, Jewish Family Service Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Aging: Travel Clinic for Seniors

Learn why it is important to visit a travel clinic before travelling abroad, plus medications, health tips, and resources for older adult travellers. Led by Stephanie Scott BScN, RN, Certificate in Travel Health™, Clinical Development Nurse Calgary Traveller's Health Services, Alberta Health Services.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Anxiety & Teens

Learn strategies to help your teen deal with anxiety. Led by Janet Stewart, R.Psych., Program Manager, Wood's Homes.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Connecting With your Teen

Learn how to increase your influence when having difficult conversations with your teen. Led by Sharon Cirankewitch, BA CYC, Addiction Counsellor, Youth Addiction Services, Alberta Health Services.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Gangs & Teens

Join us for an information session about teens and gang prevention. Detective Da Silva-Spence with the Guns and Gangs Unit, Calgary Police Service will lead a discussion on gang prevention, organized crime, current settings and trends in Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD Part 1

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD. Led by John Laing, R.Psych. (Prov), Rockyview School Division.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Raising Financially Fit Teens

Learn how to raise financially responsible youth, including paying for post-secondary education, moving out, and other valuable financial tips. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Social Media & Teens

Learn which social media apps teens are using today as well as the ways in which they are used. Led by Carey Lees, MLIS, Librarian, Calgary Public Library; and Jessie Campbell, MLIS, MAS, Librarian, Calgary Public Library.

Audience: Adults

Understanding Teens: Videogames & Youth

Discover the impact video games can have on the emotional wellbeing of youth and their families. Learn about current research, new ideas, and strategies for your home. Led by Robyn Mills, MSc, Community Health Promotion Services, Alberta Health Services.

Audience: Adults

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

Walk 150: Alexander Calhoun Library, SW

Walk for 6-8 km and explore the Elbow River Valley and surrounding neighbourhoods of River Park, Britannia, and Riverdale. The walk takes us through Sandy Beach Park, to hidden stairways and paths and fantastic escarpment viewpoints. Language of guides: English & Mandarin

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Bowness & Baker Park NW

Enjoy a family friendly walk through Bowness Park, across the Bow River to Baker Park, followed by a loop through Bowness. Join an optional picnic after the walk-bring food if interested.Led by Lori Beattie, author of Calgary's Best Walks. In partnership with Centre for Newcomers. Language of guides: English, Spanish and Tagalog. Meet at: Bowness Park Parking Lot (west parking/picnic areas) 8900 - 48 Avenue NW

Audience: Adults

Walk 150: Bowness Library, NW

Walk through the community of Bowness to the single-track hilly trails and a waterfall in Bowmont Natural Environment Park.

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)

Explore the neighbourhoods of Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst and Bow River Pathway, and Briar Hill.

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Memorial Park SW (Sep-Oct)

Walk from the Beltline to hilly Mount Royal, along the Elbow River pathway to Roxboro Natural Park, Erlton, and Lindsay Park. Language of guides: English and Arabic.

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Nicholls Family Library, SW (Westbrook LRT)

This hilly walk travels through the communities of Wildwood, into to the wilds of Edworthy Park, along the Bow River Pathway, and into Scarboro and Shaganappi. Language of guides: English & Tagalog

Audience: All Ages

Walk 150: Nose Hill Library NW

Enjoy a neighbourhood walk through the side streets of Brentwood, north to the pathways of Nose Hill Park where we'll enjoy a hilly wilderness wildflower walk to spectacular views from Calgary's highest point. Led by Lori Beattie, author of Calgary's Best Walks. Language of Guides: English, Amharic & other African Languages.

Audience: Adults

Walk 150: Southwood Library

We'll walk through the community of Haysboro followed by a pathway trek along the spectacular Glenmore Reservoir. Led by Lori Beattie, author of Calgary's Best Walks.

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: Academic Success in Junior/Senior High

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

Audience: Adults

Welcome to Canada: Calgary's School System (Hindi; Punjabi; Urdu) - Hindi

Support your child's education by understanding program choices, waivers and subsidies, report cards, and volunteer opportunities. Presented by the Calgary Bridge Foundation, In-School Settlement Program. Register by calling 403-777-6074.

Audience: Adults

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

Learn about credit history and scores, budgeting and saving. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register by calling 403.909.2178.

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

Welcome to Canada: School Systems in Calgary (Mandarin)

Learn about the school system in Calgary including resources for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. Register by calling 403.988.0099.

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

Wordfest Presents: Kate Hilton - Just Like Family

A witty and insightful exploration of juggling the demands of three husbands - a work husband, an almost husband, and an ex-husband - and figuring out the true meaning of family. Register at wordfest.com.

Audience: Adults

Wordfest Presents: Scaachi Koul - One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Koul's debut collection of alternately biting, hilarious, and touching essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada- "a land of ice and casual racism" -is as fierce as it is funny. Register at 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

Yoga at the Library

Celebrate National Yoga Month with a Gentle Yoga class that is great for beginners. In partnership with the Village Square Leisure Centre.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 13 to 99

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