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You can register for programs online, by calling 403-260-2600, or in person at your community library. You’ll need a valid Library card number and PIN for each person attending the program. Both parents/caregivers and children must have valid library memberships to register for all parented children’s programs. Library cards are free; register online or at your community library. 

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From: 19/Oct/2021 - To: 30/Dec/2021

Baby Rhyme Time - Virtual

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

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

Bedtime Storytime - Virtual

Join us online for evening, cozy bedtime stories, songs, and finger plays for the whole family to settle and get ready for bed. Takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

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

Family Storytime - Virtual

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8

Story Pals Online

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

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

Words and Wiggles - Virtual

Discover new ways to play with your preschoolers by exploring your home and neighborhood. Engaging sensory activities, songs and stories will bring families together on Zoom to play and share.

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

5 Pillars of Sustainable Career Mastery

Grow your career, insulate yourself from unplanned changes, write resumes that get results, and learn interview skills that get job offers. Manage workplace relationships and navigate your career into a place where you are looking forward to Mondays. Unique 5-part series covering personal branding, and other hot topics for aspiring executives.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

A Writer's Guide to Personal Branding, Bios, and Self-Promotion

Learn how to create compelling social media content, an artistic statement, author bio and personal branding to engage editors, agents, and readers without selling your soul or emptying your pocketbook. Suitable for both emerging and established writers looking to clarify their artistic practice and create an authentic online presence.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

Aging in Place: Cognitive Decline and Decision Making

How to assess cognitive decline and how to use that information to decide when someone is no longer capable of making sound decisions. Learn the legal steps to make this decision and how to protect your loved older adult.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: Is it time to hang up the car keys?

How do you know when it is time to hang up the car keys? (hint: it doesn't have to do with age) Learn Alberta's laws on older drivers and how you can improve safety and performance behind the wheel!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: My Finances

Think about the state of your finances and your sources of income now. What will they be like when you are 70, 80,or 90? Explore the options available to you when it comes to the financial decision making process, especially if or when you are not able to manage your finances.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: My Health

What is your state of health like now? How will it change in 10,15, or 20 years? Explore what can you do now to help ensure a healthy future, and who will make decisions about your health care when you cannot.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: My Home

Think about the home you live in now. Do you plan to live there when you are 80 or 90? Explore the long term issues around continuing ownership, such as major repairs, as well as future options if you are currently renting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: Serious Illness Planning

We take a look at ways you can think and plan ahead for the unexpected serious illness. Look at ways to prepare your medical, legal and financial plans should something go awry.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: Supports and Services

Will you use the same types of transportation you use now when you are older? What safety concerns do you have as you age? What supports and services may you need to live independently? Explore these and related questions around supports, services, transportation and safety.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place: When It's Time to Move Out

It's time to leave your house, but now where do you go? Learn of the many options of next home options, including the differences between "Supportive" and "Assisted" living.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

AI in Action

Is artificial intelligence going to take over the world? Learn how the field of artificial intelligence is growing everyday! Discover how computers are able to learn in similar ways humans and learn how learn how AI impacts a variety of different workforces.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 11 to 16

Astronomy with RASC: Meteors

It’s the Geminid Meteor Shower this month! Learn how to watch the sky for meteors during annual meteor showers.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Dwarf Planet Pluto

We take a trip to the near edge of the Kuiper Belt and explore the Dwarf Planet Pluto. Discovered in 1930, we visited this small world 85 years later in 2015.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Planet Neptune

We take a trip to our Solar System’s 8th planet and explore this ice giant in detail. Spacecraft from Earth have only visited once. Will we go back?

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Winter Sky

Learn about the constellations and great objects you can see in the night sky during the dark of Winter.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Babies Go Boo!

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

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

Baby 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 Rhyme Time - Virtual

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

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

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

Bedtime Storytime - Virtual

Join us online for evening, cozy bedtime stories, songs, and finger plays for the whole family to settle and get ready for bed. Takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

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

Book Discussion Group: Adult

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Book Discussion Group: Food for Thought

Not your average cookbook club! Join fellow foodies online as we share what we’re eating and reading. Each month we'll explore titles that discuss our relationship with food - culturally, socially, historically, and emotionally. Formats may range from chef's memoirs, food writing and works of fiction to more traditional recipe collections. Dig in!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Book Launch - Borrowed Time By George Webber

Join us for an exhibition of documentary photography and micro-essays highlighting the growth and evolution of the entrancing city of Calgary. George Webber’s latest portfolio preserves much of Calgary’s recent past and immediate present through a colourful kaleidoscope of intimate glimpses. Register at the link in the blue box below.

Audience: Adults

Books & Ideas: Every Concussion Experience is Different - Women Writers in Conversation

When concussion strikes, it can be life changing. And because much less is known about women’s concussions, who better to describe the experience than women writers? Moderator Angie Abdou sits down with contributors to a new anthology to help unravel the challenges of reclaiming skills, identity, and creativity in the aftermath of a concussion.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Bubbling Potions

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

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

Building an Anti-Racist City: Thought leaders share their perspectives

This free, virtual panel discussion is hosted by the Calgary Public Library, ActionDignity, and Habitus Collective. It is part of The City of Calgary’s creation of a Calgary Community Anti-Racism Action Strategy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Building Blocks

No hard hats or steel-toe boots required at this construction site! Learn about different shapes and their respective strengths and become a civil engineer, as you design your own tower or bridge. How strong will your designs be? Please have the following materials for the program: tape, cardboard, popsicle sticks, and/or recyclables.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Busy Bookworms

Play, explore, and share stories and songs in this active program for older babies.

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

Career Basics: Career Transitions

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Interview Skills

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Networking

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Resume Development

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Coaching

Drop in for free advice from a career coach. Meet one-on-one with an expert who can help you with job searching skills, interview techniques, writing resumés and cover letters, and answering your career questions. Sign up on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audience: Adults

Caring for Carnivores (Ages 6 to 8)

Alberta’s carnivores need your help! Join us as we discover the many different species of the carnivore family living in Alberta, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of these misunderstood animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Caring for Carnivores (Ages 9 to 12)

Alberta’s carnivores need your help! Join us as we discover the many different species of the carnivore family living in Alberta, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of these misunderstood animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Chat With Our Resident Writers

A deep dive into "public" and what access means from an urban infrastructure perspective for a community library. What is the relationship between the public realm and the community? Join our WriteON resident writers, Nowshin Matin and Linus Tan, in conversation to share their research on the role of public infrastructure at a neighbourhood scale.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

Children's Artist in Residence: Comic Telephone

Join our Children's Artist in Residence, Isabelle Ackroyd, as she takes you through the process of creating a comic. The group will draw their own comic strip and work on a collaborative game of comic telephone. Each participant will create their own panel and it will be added to the group comic creating a funny and unique story.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

Children's Artist in Residence: Superhero Creation

Join our Children's Artist in Residence, Isabelle Ackroyd, as she takes you through the process of designing a superhero character, and teaches you how to make characters of your own!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Code Club

Learn to code by creating your own game, designing a website, and more with one-on-one help from teen volunteers and Library staff. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

Coding Buddies

Learn the basics of coding and create your own game with one-on-one help from teen volunteers and Library staff. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Coding in Scratch

In this introduction to coding in this workshop will put their problem-solving and creativity skills to the test. Working through challenges and develop the skills needed to build their very own online games!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

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 Waste Explorations

Practicing sustainability should not be rocket science, and you can easily incorporate green actions starting from your home. Join Green Calgary for our Community Waste Exploration to learn more about waste, recycling, and organics in Calgary. You will receive tips, support, and a free Waste Journal to help you on your waste journey.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Composer in Residence: Final Concert

Join famed Calgary composer, saxophonist, and 2020 Calgary Public Library Composer in Residence, Daniel Pelton, for an unforgettable evening of original music with a 17-piece chamber orchestra. Immerse yourself in new compositions created during his residency and hear the stories behind them.

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 Writing Club

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 14

Digging for Dinos

Travel back in time to learn more about the pre-historic creatures that roamed the Earth. Students will become captivated as they participate in this hands-on workshop that will expand their knowledge of dinosaurs and inspire them to use their imaginations. ROAR!

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 6

DIY Investing: Understanding the Fundamentals of Investing on Your Own

Self-directed investing is popular with new and long-time investors. Learn if this investing approach is right for you and the fundamentals to opening a trading account, researching and trading investments and avoiding common DIY investing mistakes.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Download and Enjoy: Music, Magazines, and Film

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

Audience: Adults

Drawing with YR: Holiday Cards

Learn basic drawing skills in this fun, hands-on workshop as you create your very own holiday card with a hand-drawn festive scene.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Drawing with YR: Holiday Fun! (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will be creating a fun cartoon drawing featuring a nutcracker character making a silly face. This is going to be so much fun!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: Holiday Fun! (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will be creating a fun cartoon drawing featuring a nutcracker character making a silly face. This is going to be so much fun!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: It’s almost Halloween (Ages 6 to 8)

We will transform a normal home, into a haunted mansion, giving it a more neglected and eerie appearance. Broken windows, crooked doors, and leering eyes reinforce the haunted theme of our composition.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: It’s almost Halloween (Ages 9 to 12)

We will transform a normal home, into a haunted mansion, giving it a more neglected and eerie appearance. Broken windows, crooked doors, and leering eyes reinforce the haunted theme of our composition.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Rainbow Giraffe

Join us as we draw a giraffe with an imaginative color scheme. Our giraffe’s head will be decorated with uneven spots. Vibrant, contrasting colors produced eye-catching color combinations.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Drawing with YR: Treehouse Fun! (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw a wonderful treehouse constructed from familiar shapes, like rectangles, squares, and triangles. The vertical boards of the treehouse are great examples of parallel lines.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: Treehouse Fun! (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw a wonderful treehouse constructed from familiar shapes, like rectangles, squares, and triangles. The vertical boards of the treehouse are great examples of parallel lines.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Who likes presents?

Today we will draw a cartoon bunny and he is so excited to be getting gifts during the holiday! Colourful patterns decorate our gift-wrapped presents.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Drop-In Creative Writing Café!

Writers 11-18, there’s a seat at the table for you! Join us for a weekly co-writing time throughout the summer. As a community of writers, we’ll use techniques like writing prompts and sprints as well as dedicated time for you to write in the company of others. Come for one, some, or all – everybody’s welcome at the Creative Writing Café!

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 18

eBooks: A Library On the Go

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

Audience: Adults

ELL School Success

Children develop their English language literacy skills while parents learn how to support their children’s language learning.

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

Encryption Workshop

Unravel the mystery of encryptions through current and historical examples. Learn how computers protect vital information and create your own secret message that only people with the correct key can unlock!

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 10

English Conversation Group (Intermediate)

Meet new people and practice your English language listening, speaking, and comprehension skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Intermediate level.

Audience: Adults

English Conversation Group (Intermediate, Virtual)

Meet new people and practice your English language listening, speaking, and comprehension skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Intermediate level.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Law Workshop: Child Custody and Parenting

Come and learn about what rights and responsibilities you may have with child custody and parenting, and the law associated with it. Learn the terminology, and procedures, such as orders or different custody arrangements.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Law Workshop: Property Division

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Storytime

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

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

Family Storytime - Virtual

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8

Film Screening of 'Signage'

'Signage' is a short film that takes an in depth look at the topic of isolation, with a focus on the unique experience of seniors. Join us for an intimate screening followed by an engaging discussion facilitated by Seniors' Acting Lab.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Fireplace Tales

Join us for cozy stories by the fireplace.

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

Flipbook Animation

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

For Women Entrepreneurs: Your Numbers, Your Story

Learn what is critical to success including: how to review and understand financial statements, how to calculate and understand key financial ratios, how to review your cash management practices, how to better manage your business to ensure maximum results, how to measure and monitor operational efficiency, how to determine profitability and more!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Foundation for 3D Printing

Bring your imagination to life as you build 3D printable objects in this interactive workshop! Learn how designers, engineers and architects utilize computer assisted drafting to generate their 3D designs through the online platform TinkerCAD ®. Join us and learn to design, build and create your very own 3D models in this workshop.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 9 to 14

Frightfully Fascinating--the Truth About 'Scary' Creatures (Ages 9 to 12)

Halloween is almost upon us! Did you decorate with scary spiders and bats? Complete your spooky holiday with some not-so-scary science about these misunderstood animals. You'll even get a chance to meet a real live tarantula!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Get Started with Technology

Technology can be overwhelming, but we're here to help. This beginner class focuses on basic concepts and skills you need to use any technology successfully.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Ghoulish Ghost Stories

Join us after dark, for a spooky storytime by candlelight in Central Memorial Park! Local storyteller Calum Lykan will share ghost stories from his native Scotland. Program is weather dependent.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Give the Gift of a Holiday Letter

Surprise friends and loved ones with a special gift in their mailbox. Join us and learn unique and eye catching tips to put some pizazz in your holiday greetings. We'll guide you from a blank page to a completed letter ready for the mailbox. Don't forget your pen and paper!

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 13 and up

Graduate College November Lunch and Learn

Join the Graduate College to learn about how the brain and gut may be related to neurogenerative conditions, presented by Suzie Lee, and a new sensor that may revolutionize the diagnosing of gout, presented by Tanille Shandro. The event will be moderated by Graduate College Scholar, Valeriya Volkova.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Group Banjo Class

Learn some of the basics of playing the banjo in this group class.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Group Guitar Class

Learn guitar basics in this group class. Limited guitars available from the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Group Ukulele Lessons

Learn to play the ukulele! Strumming, chording, rhythm, and note learning! Participants build a songbook of fun repertoire to share with friends and family. Limited ukuleles available from the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Halloween Pet Parade

Bring yourself and your furry friends for a costumed pet parade through Central Memorial Park. There will be prizes for the best costume, so come ready to impress our judges! Registration starts at 2:30 pm and the parade begins at 3:00pm.

Audience: All Ages

Hockey Storytime

Join us for stories about Canada's national pastime -- hockey!

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

Hot Topic: Making the Most of LinkedIn for Your Career

Join us as Andrea Adams, Host of HR ShopTalk, talks about how you can optimize your LinkedIn profile for your job search and gives tips and tricks on what you should be doing.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Hot Topic: Upgrading Your Job Search

Join us as Eddie Diaz, Branch Manager at Maxsys, talks about improving your job search with a special focus on the logistics / warehousing / supply chain industry.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Human Rights Poetry Night

Join us for a virtual Human Rights poetry event uniting Alberta’s two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, and their current Poet Laureates. Titilope Sonuga, Edmonton’s Poet Laureate and Natalie Meisner, Calgary’s Poet Laureate will be performing their Human Rights related pieces and also discussing the impact of the arts on Human Rights advocacy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Impromptu Play

Calling all creative minds! Join in on the fun with this program that smashes theatre games and imagination. Be ready to move for this program! Our creation will need characters (hint: that's you!) and costumes (hint: there are so many options around your house!). We will collaborate to create a play and perform it with your program classmates.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Indigenous Book Discussion Group

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Enhance your online slideshows with SmartArt graphics, videos, tables, and more. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Chess

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Introduction to Chess Strategy

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Introduction to Google Drive

Learn how to use Google Drive to share, save, and manage documents and information. An email address is 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. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word Online, including creating, formatting, saving, and printing online documents. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Mindfulness: Building Resiliency (Adults)

This program will provide an overview of mindfulness & meditation. You will learn what mindfulness is, why we do it and how it builds resiliency. We’ll practice meditation techniques that you can use to relieve stress, feel better & build confidence in your abilities to meet and manage uncertainty.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Mindfulness: Building Resiliency (Ages 12 and up)

This program will provide an overview of mindfulness & meditation. You will learn what mindfulness is, why we do it and how it builds resiliency. We’ll practice meditation techniques that you can use to relieve stress, feel better & build confidence in your abilities to meet and manage uncertainty.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Jazz 101: How to Listen to Jazz

We’re back with our third session of Jazz 101. CKUA Radio’s host of A Time For Jazz, Kodi Hutchinson, will cover how to listen to jazz and jazz history from 1960 to 1990. Discover Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, and Smooth Jazz.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Jazz 101: Is Jazz Still Evolving?

In our final session of Jazz 101 CKUA Radio’s host of A Time For Jazz, Kodi Hutchinson will cover jazz history from 1990 to the present and will discuss current trends in jazz.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Jazz 101: Jazz Standards

We welcome back CKUA Radio’s host of A Time For Jazz, Kodi Hutchinson, to discuss jazz standards and the evolution of a song. Jazz history from 1945 to 1960 will also be discussed. Join us for this second session of Jazz 101 if Bebop, Cool Jazz, and Hard Bop are your thing.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Jazz 101: What is Jazz?

Join CKUA Radio’s host of A Time For Jazz, Kodi Hutchinson, and discover jazz history from 1890 to 1945. This is part one of a four-part series.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

Job Desk

Meet with a trained career coach who can help with job searching, resume and cover letter development, interview skills, and more. Drop in on the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Meetings are typically 15 minutes.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Kitchen Chemistry

Explore everyday chemistry in the kitchen by investigating chemical properties and reactions that occur between fats, sugars and starches.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Law at Your Library: Immigration Law - Spousal Sponsorship in and out of Canada

Do you have a partner that you would like to sponsor to live with you? Calgary Legal Guidance is happy to inform you on the procedures that you need to go through, how to qualify, what your obligations are, and costs associated to sponsorship.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Law at Your Library: Power of Attorney and Personal Directives

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Learn Online with the Library

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

Audience: Adults

LEGO Club

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

Audience: Kids & Teens

Level Up! Gaming Club

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

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Level Up! Gaming Club: Get Started with Dungeons and Dragons

Curious about D&D, but don’t know where to start? Learn the basic rules, create a character and leap into your first epic adventure in this online program.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Literal Selfie (Adults)

Essayist Vivian Gornick says the persona you create “is the one who has the wherewithal to rescue experience from chaos and turn it into art.” In this workshop, we’ll breakdown the craft of creative nonfiction. With memoir sales surging, learn how to flip the lens and turn your own chaos into art.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Literal Selfie (Teens)

Essayist Vivian Gornick says the persona you create “is the one who has the wherewithal to rescue experience from chaos and turn it into art.” In this workshop, we’ll breakdown the craft of creative nonfiction. With memoir sales surging, learn how to flip the lens and turn your own chaos into art.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Mad Machines

Learn how simple machines make our lives easier by exploring levers, wheels, axles and pulleys. Participants make and keep a Mad Science Drag Racer.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 11

Make it Science: Good Clean Fun

Investigate surface tension; explore the chemistry behind bath bombs; and make your own to use at home. It’ll be an explosion of chemical fun! Participants will be provided with a science kit containing the materials needed for this hands-on adventure. Kits will be available for pick-up from the library before the start of the program.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Make it Science: Sticky science

Discover the science of sticky. Make your own glue from food products and test them to see how they hold. Participants will be provided with a science kit containing the materials needed for this hands-on adventure. Kits will be available for pick-up from the library before the start of the program. Allergens: Kits contains wheat and jello powder.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Micro:bit Game Creation

While using a drag and drop coding interface and a Micro:bit to bridge the gap between programming and hardware, students will create a handheld game! Working through challenges, they will be introduced to programming ideas and concepts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 13

Mini-Medical School: Regenerative Medicine: Airway Organ-on-a-Chip

With the evolution of technology, we now have the ability to grow microscopic organs to advance research without the use of animal models. Please join Dr. Simon Hirota, PhD, and Dr. Mark Gillrie, MD, PhD, to learn more about a new technology that will improve healthcare research on a global scale. REGISTER ONLY AT THE LINK IN THE BLUE BOX BELOW.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: Vaccine Hesitancy

Explore the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy. With the availability and ease of access to vaccines, why is there still hesitancy to get vaccinated? Join Dr. Jim Kellner, MD, and Dr. Cora Constantinescu, MD, for an evening discussion on vaccine hesitancy. REGISTER ONLY AT THE LINK IN THE BLUE BOX BELOW.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

Join other immigrant women to practice English, make friends, and learn about resources. Children are welcome to join their mothers.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Nikola Tesla: Tamer of Electricity (Ages 13 to 16)

Learn why Tesla's inventions are so important and experience demos of a plasma globe, levitating light bulb, and theremin. Develop your interest in science while exploring the work of eminent scientists.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 16 independent of a parent/caregiver

Open Minded Chats: Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions

Join us for an engaging overview of the in-depth program developed to support women in the treatment of their addictions. This introduction to the trauma-informed, gender-responsive addiction treatment for women will include an overview of Aventa’s addiction treatment programs and facility, client demographics and outcomes, and community resources.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Open Minded Chats: Engagement & Support for FASD

With a conversational format speakers highlight how we all understand and respond to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is our mission to make life better for anyone impacted by FASD.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Open Minded Chats: Mental Health Support in the Early Days of Refugee Settlement

Learn about the mental health supports provided through the Centre for Refugee resilience program at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. We feature a refugee resilience educator, therapist, and a community volunteer who will speak to the strength in working from a holistic approach to supporting newly arrived refugees' mental health.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Open Minded Chats: Writing A Way to Wellness

Wakefield Brewster; poet, performer, community leader, and father, will be sharing his experiences in this presentation. Join a dynamic conversation including performances of selected pieces that speak to our social fabric today, and in-depth Q&A about the contents, origins and life stories behind the poetry.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Outlining for Outliers

If plotting and outlining make you panic, this workshop is for you. Using the w-structure, neuroscience principles, and the theory “character as plot,” uncover tangible ways to bring cohesion and clarity to a work-in-progress. Learn to write, rewrite and revise with intention even if you wrote an entire manuscript with no idea what you were doing.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Break the Cycle - Spend Less and Save More

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: 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.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Programming in Scratch

In this introduction to coding in this workshop will put their problem-solving and creativity skills to the test. Working through challenges and develop the skills needed to build their very own online games!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Publishing in the New World Order

Famed author and writing teacher, Anne Lamott, recently said if she were to start writing today, she would self-publish. In this workshop, we’ll examine the current literary landscape in the context of publishing, including Substack, small press, Big 4, and hybrid, plus querying, agents and submission best practices.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Putting Southern Alberta on the Map

Come explore the cartographic history of southern Alberta from the first explorers to the beginnings of the modern era and discover how to access the related maps. Along the way, listen to the narrative describing their creation and learn about the interesting ways that researchers are using the information within them to tell their own stories.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Pyjama Storytime

Snuggle into your jammies and join us for sleepy stories, lullabies and finger plays for the whole family.

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

Reading Buddies

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

School Support: Math

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School's Out 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

Seasonal Green Decorating

Spark your creativity and learn how to incorporate natural greenery into your seasonal decorations. An expert gardener will demonstrate how to create a low waste, low cost, holiday creation with a horticultural twist!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Sign Language for Babies

Communicate and bond with your child before he or she can speak by learning basic ASL signs together.

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

Small Business Tuesdays: Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs

Designed for entrepreneurs beyond the first 3 years of operation, this session will enable you to understand the management of growth and expansion, identify the key numbers to understand and monitor, learn the tactics of seeking out financing, and effective tax strategies.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Song in My Heart Part 1 – Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland

The opportunity to sing overseas on tour with my choir provided unique moments in experiencing these countries. Dublin was worthy of special attention. Throughout, we visited evocative sites, including Blarney in Ireland and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Clips from our singing in historic vaulted chambers convey the glory of song.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Song in My Heart Part 2 – Scotland and England

On my own now, the emphasis on arts led to festivals. The largest, Edinburgh Festival, reveled in quantity, quality and quirky. The smallest, Broadstairs Folk Week, displayed quirkiness with living traditions. All cities and towns boasted historic architecture. And central Liverpool boasted of great new buildings in its post-Beatles renewal.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Speech & Language Development for Babies & Toddlers

Learn how to support your child’s speech and language development at home, right from day one! We’ll go over what you should expect during the first 3 years, simple activities for babies and toddlers, common misconceptions, when to get help, and answer all your questions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Speech & Language Development in Preschool & Kindergarten

Learn how you can support your child’s speech and language development at home! We’ll go over what skills are expected to develop from age 3-6 years, simple activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners, common misconceptions, when to get help, and answer all your questions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Story PALS

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Story Pals Online

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

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

Talking Trash: Let's Talk About Food Waste!

Did you know 94% of Canadians are motivated to reduce their household’s avoidable food waste? Don’t give up on that droopy celery just yet! Join us during Waste Reduction Week to learn how simple actions can add up to a big reduction of food waste while saving you time, effort and money.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Talking Trash: To recycle or not to recycle?

That is the question we'll answer! If you have ever pondered over what you can recycle and why, this workshop is for you! Bring your difficult questions to a recycling talk designed to reduce your recycling anxiety and help move our community towards zero waste. Reducing our waste helps nature and our environment thrive-we can show you how.

Audience: Adults - Ages 12 and up

Tech Mentors

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Tech Mentors - Virtual

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Teens Create

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

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

The Ancient World: Money, Banking, and the Birth of Modern Art

When it comes to art, few of us would equate the birth of modern art in 15th century Italy with money lending and powerful banking families. The new religious ideas combined with the Medici’s innovation of the financial system resulted in the timeless masterpieces by the Renaissance masters, which continue to influence us to the modern day.

Audience: Adults

The Ancient World: Pre-Islamic Persia - A Hidden History

Who were the Achaemenids, Parthians and Sasanians? Although they are known to western audiences primarily through their encounters with the Greeks and Romans, these Persian empires were actually three distinct empires who ruled between the 6th c. BCE and the 7th c. CE. This talk will introduce the legacies of these three empires.

Audience: Adults

The Ancient World: The First Capital of Italy!

With a population of 1,000, Corfinio can be easily overlooked as it sits in central Italy’s mountains. But ancient Corfinium led a rebellion against Rome in one of the rare wars that the Romans did not win. This talk will take us from the classical glories of this place, through its important status in the Middle Ages to the present day.

Audience: Adults

The Chair of Christian Thought Lebel Lecture in Christian Ethics: An Afternoon with Dr. Warren Kinghorn

Brain sciences dominate mental health research and those who live with mental illness are often encouraged to understand unwanted experience and behaviour as a neurobiological problem or even as a chemical imbalance. Dr Kinghorn draws on Thomas Aquinas’ idea of the human as wayfarer to argue for a holistic approach to mental health care.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Kitchen Table Classroom: Parenting in the Digital Age

With so much time spent online, it can be hard to know how to support our kids to navigate their digital world. For Media Literacy Week, join Shannon Clarke of Edmonton Public Library to focus on the “do’s” of digital citizenship and practical tips to help your family stay safe online and leave a positive digital footprint. Registration link below.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Animal Welfare at the Calgary Stampede

Join us to learn about the research projects that have been done at the Calgary Stampede on bulls, broncs, chuckwagon horses, and animals used in other events. The talk will also highlight how the Stampede has tried to improve animal welfare by working with the University of Calgary.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Digital Literacy Skills for Remote Care

Caring professionals are at the heart of the world’s response to COVID-19, but the current global health crisis has transformed the nature and focus of how they provide that care. Join us to learn about the digital literacy skills needed to maintain essential care now.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Organic Solar Cells

The boom of the Internet of Things and indoor farming means energy needs are going to skyrocket. Join us to learn about research that is going to change what we know about electricity generation; creating organic solar cells that are lightweight, easy to fabricate, flexible, and have high performance under low light conditions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on the Calgary Model for Dog-Bite Prevention

‘The Calgary model’ has prevented thousands of dog-bite injuries and trauma, and has influenced policy in Canada and internationally. Calgary’s new rules for dog-owners will take effect in January 2022, but won’t lead to major reductions in dog-bite injuries without more collaboration with citizens, non-profits, and public health. Learn more!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on the Treatment of Postconcussion Symptoms

Annually, 350,000 Canadians will suffer of a concussion and up to 30% will have persistent symptoms beyond 3 months. Now, recent scientific advances have opened new treatment opportunities that we will explore in this talk.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The View from Shore: New Perspectives on the Archaeology of the 1845 Franklin Expedition

The discoveries of the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror hold tremendous promise for achieving a better understanding of events that led to the fatal outcome of the 1845 Franklin northwest passage expedition. Dr. Douglas Stenton will discuss the on-going research and will highlight some of the key shoreline discoveries and results.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Think Big: A Night Out with Your Brain - Let's Get Deep About Sleep

How do our sleeping patterns, behaviours and habits change throughout our lives? What factors impact our quality of sleep? Join host Jay Ingram and experts from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute as they discuss how evidence-based research is impacting our understanding of sleep and how it changes throughout our lives.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Ukulele Jam

Bring your ukulele and join us for a jam session! Enthusiasts of all levels and other instruments are welcome to join. Limited ukuleles are available from the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Valuing the Health of Service Members

Join a conversation about the evolution of how our community has, and is, supporting the physical and mental health of Canadian Forces members, veterans, and emergency service personnel. Led by Jordan Witzel, UCalgary, and Board Member Field of Crosses. In Partnership with CCHS.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Virtual Family History Coaching

Are you interested in building your family tree? Volunteers from Alberta Family Histories Society and Calgary Public Library staff will be available to provide one-on-one consultation via Zoom on any aspect of family history from getting started to busting those brick walls.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Virtual Reading with Royalty

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8

We Are All Made of Stardust but Gold, Silver and Platinum Are Neutron Stardust

All elements other than hydrogen and helium are made in stars within different death throes. We’ll see how stars make these elements and expel them into the interstellar medium to pollute the next generation of stars. We’ll also see the different ways of making elements by showing how observed abundances have changed throughout cosmic history.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Weirdly Wonderful Insect Life Cycles (Ages 6 to 8)

What’s better than a juggler on a unicycle? A bug with a life cycle! Baby dragonflies are underwater hunters with extendable jaws. baby ladybugs are like black and orange alligator. it’s like the most amazing circus show ever! Learn all about it with live animals and real specimens.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Weirdly Wonderful Insect Life Cycles (Ages 9 to 12)

What’s better than a juggler on a unicycle? A bug with a life cycle! Baby dragonflies are underwater hunters with extendable jaws. baby ladybugs are like black and orange alligator. it’s like the most amazing circus show ever! Learn all about it with live animals and real specimens.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: Living Skillfully with Covid

How the cultivation of compassion can provide you with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of Covid with ease and grace. Led by Anne Mahoney.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS. What is it and how to do it. Is your intention for stress relief, pain control, increased productivity, skillful action or transcendence of the self? Led by Dr. Phil Blustein.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: Overcoming Self-Sabotage - The Science and Spirituality of Creating Change

Do you feel stuck in certain patterns of behaviour? Learn about the different levels of the mind and how to target each level in order to create lasting change. Led by Katie Turner.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: Resting in Every Moment - A Mindful Way to the Harmony of Silence

Following a mindful practice, this presentation will help you experience the capacity to rest in the middle of conflicting thoughts and feelings. You will perhaps recognize a harmony and gentle relationship between all parts of yourself. Led by Dr. Allan Donsky.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Words and Wiggles

Learn new ideas for play by exploring all five senses through movement, play, story, and song.

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

Words and Wiggles - Virtual

Discover new ways to play with your preschoolers by exploring your home and neighborhood. Engaging sensory activities, songs and stories will bring families together on Zoom to play and share.

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

World of Owls (Ages 6 to 8)

Did you know that Alberta is home to 11 species of owls? Join us to learn how to identify local species by sight and sound, and discover how you can help your local owls!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

World of Owls (Ages 9 to 12)

Did you know that Alberta is home to 11 species of owls? Join us to learn how to identify local species by sight and sound, and discover how you can help your local owls!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Yoga at Home

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

Audience: All Ages

You Look Good For Your Age: Books and Ideas at the Calgary Public Library

“You look good for your age” is often seen as a compliment. In reality, it shows how strong ageism is in our society. Calgarian Rona Altrows edited an anthology by 29 women authors, who take on aging and ageism through their writing. Rona brings that experience to a chat with Rosemary Griebel. Includes readings by several contributing writers.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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