Programs

For programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at either library location or call the Main Branch at 519-756-2220 or theSt. Paul Branch at 519-753-2179.

Registration for Winter programs begins Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Drop-In Programs

St. Paul's Knitters Circle

St. Paul Knitter’s Circle (Ages: 18+)

December 21st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

This informal knitting group meets at the St. Paul Library on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Drop-in for company, conversation, tea and advice from other knitters. Bring your knitting projects!

Let's Knit

Let’s Knit

December 28th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Do you like to knit or crochet? Bring in your projects and drop-in for company, advice and the occasional guest expert. Everyone welcome. 

BPL Chess Club

BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8+)

January 13th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Main Branch

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Here’s an opportunity to learn the game, or to practice the skills that you already have. A member of the Brantford Chess Club will offer basic  instruction and tips on how to improve your game. Just drop-in! 

Adults & Seniors Events

Registration is required for all programs, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Historical Architecture of Brantford

Seniors @ BPL Event: Historical Architecture of Brantford

January 10th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Featuring Craig Newsome, Principal/Chairman of MMMC Architects. Registration required.

Creating an age-friendly community

Seniors @ BPL Event: Creating an Age-Friendly Community: The Community Impact Report

February 14th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Featuring Lucy Marco, President, Grand River Council on Aging. Registration required.

Wills & Estates

Wills & Estates

March 1st, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Join us for an information session with local lawyer, Jamie Hitchon. Registration required.

Healthy Aging

Seniors @ BPL Event: Healthy Aging

March 21st, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Featuring Dr. Stacey Cooper-Latimer of Lifestyle Balance Solutions. Registration required.

Royal Journey

NFB Film Club - Royal Journey

January 23rd, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Paul Branch

The National Film Board of Canada Film Club's programming offers up a rich and varied selection of short and feature-length films.

Royal Journey, 1951 (51 mins.)
A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Stops on the royal tour include Québec City, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the Trenton Air Force Base in Toronto, a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Regina and visits to Calgary and Edmonton.

Registration is required, call 519-753-2179 to register.

Bluefin

NFB Film Club - Bluefin

February 20th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

The National Film Board of Canada Film Club's programming offers up a rich and varied selection of short and feature-length films. Just drop in!

We will be showing:

Bluefin, 2016 (53 mins.)
In the stunning documentary Bluefin, director John Hopkins crafts a tale of epic stakes set in the “tuna capital of the world.” Filmed in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the film explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans. Hopkins documents this phenomenon with breathtaking cinematography and brings the issues into sharp focus, at the heart of which lies a passionate concern for the fate of these giant fish.

Registration is required, call 519-753-2179 to register.

Angry inuk

NFB Film Club - Angry Inuk

March 20th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Paul Branch

The National Film Board of Canada Film Club's programming offers up a rich and varied selection of short and feature-length films.

Angry Inuk, 2016, (88 mins.)
In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Registration required, call 519-753-2179 to register.

The Pedlar

NFB Film Club - The Pedlar

April 17th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Paul Branch

The National Film Board of Canada Film Club's programming offers up a rich and varied selection of short and feature-length films.

We will be showing:

The Pedlar, 1982, (54 mins.)
The Pedlar is a dramatic film based on the short story by W.D. Valgardson, A Place of One's Own. Tired of the rootless, lonely existence of a travelling merchant, a man searches for a place to settle down, and someone to share his life.

Registration is required, call 519-753-2179 to register.

Get Crafty!

Health & Wellness

Stop Smoking Workshops

Stop Smoking Workshop

January 4th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Main Branch

Join Barbara Dawson, of the Brant County Health Unit, for a 3-hour program where you will receive information and resources, including a FREE 5-week kit of NRT patches. Registration Required.

Call 519-753-4937 EXT. 455 to register.

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

January 8th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

Release stress and tension! Enjoy guided mantra meditations led by representatives from Lotus Meditation.

Essential oils series

Essential Oils: A Series - St. Paul Branch

January 18th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

St. Paul Branch

The use of quality essential oils can lift your mood and reduce stress, boost your immune system, and offer healthier alternatives for household cleaners. Let Jenny Crawford of doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied.

January 18 - Natural Weight Loss Management

February 15 - Emotional Aromatherapy

March 15 - Mommy & Kid Science

April 12 - Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Essential oils series

Essential Oils: A Series - Main Branch

January 23rd, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

The use of quality essential oils can lift your mood and reduce stress, boost your immune system, and offer healthier alternatives for household cleaners. Let Jenny Crawford of doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied.

January 23 - Natural Weight Loss Management

February 27 - Emotional Aromatherapy

March 27 - Mommy & Kid Science

April 24 - Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

Tai Chi

Tai Chi at the Library

January 17th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Main Branch

Join us for a mid-week 30-minute break from stress and noise! We’re partnering with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi (Brantford) to bring you strength, flexibility, and stillness. Our introductory lessons are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Session 1: January 17, 24 & 31, February 7

Session 2: February 14, 21 & 28, March 7

Session 3: March 14, 21, 28, April 4

Community Health Series

Community Health Series

March 22nd, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

St. Paul Branch

A 3-part series on community health and wellness living. Presented in partnership with the Grand River Community Health Centre.


March 22: All about the GRCHC - Learn about everything they have to offer.
April 5: Eat healthy on a budget (and other tips on nutritional health).
April 19: Stay active! Discover free activities at the GRCHC.

Writing & Language

Writers Support Circle

Writers Support Circle

December 18th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Sit down with the Brantford Writers Circle! We meet as equals to share our writing and a friendly exchange of ideas. Email Robin Harding at rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

December 19th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

For newcomers to Canada, 19 years and older, who want to improve their English and make new friends.

Lifescapes

Lifescapes: A Memoir Writing Program

January 9th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Branch

What are your stories? We meet biweekly for writing guidance and support, and publish an annual anthology of short memoirs.

Please contact rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Onsite Settlement Specialist

Onsite Settlement Specialist

January 11th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

YMCA Immigrant Services offers free settlement and integration services including information, referrals to community resources, one-to-one advice and mentorship, help accessing social and professional networks, and other ways to help you navigate Canadian life and culture. Just drop in, or call 519-752-4568 for more information. 

Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry

April 25th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Create a black-out poem in honour of National Poetry Month! A recycled paper program. 

Genealogy & Local History

Basic Computer Series

MS Word

Introduction to Microsoft Word

January 30th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

1-hour workshops are held in the Computer Lab at the Main Branch. Space is limited and registration is required. Call us at 519-756-2220 to register or for more information. 

Create your own Website

Create Your Own Website

January 17th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Create your own website using a free online web-hosting platform to showcase your small business or hobby. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. 

MS Excel

Introduction to Excel

February 27th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

1-hour workshops are held in the Computer Lab at the Main Branch. Space is limited and registration is required. Call us at 519-756-2220 to register or for more information. 

Online Tutorials

Introduction to Online Tutorials

March 27th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Branch

1-hour workshops are held in the Computer Lab at the Main Branch. Space is limited and registration is required. Call us at 519-756-2220 to register or for more information. 

Tech Help Clinics

Clinics are held from time to time and will appear below. One-on-one assistance with digital devices can be scheduled with the Library's  Book a Librarian service.

Tech Time

Tech Time! Tech Help Clinics

December 18th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Library

Need some help downloading e-books, audio books and using our online services? Then drop-in for Tech Time! We can help get you started.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to make the drop in
time then give us a call and “Book A Librarian” for
some one-on-one help.