Winter/Spring Programs

For programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at the Main Library or call 519-756-2220. Registration for winter/spring programs starts Monday, January 5, 2015.

Drop-In Programs

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

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

Main Library

Practice your spoken English in a relaxed social setting. Newcomers to Canada, 19 years and older, who want to improve their English and make new friends are welcome. The program runs every Tuesday evening at the Main Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting on January 6, 2015 Just drop in!

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St. Paul Knitters Circle (Ages: 18+)

December 18th, 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. No registration required. Just don't forget your knitting projects! For ages 18 and up. Drop in.

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BPL Genealogy Club

January 7th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Library Auditorium

Interested in tracing your family tree? Not sure where to start or perhaps you’ve hit a dead end in your research. The BPL Genealogy Club meets once a month. Learn about various resources that may help you with your research and talk to fellow genealogists. New members welcome!

Seniors @ BPL

Our new Seniors @ BPL group is happy to present an afternoon of learning and connecting. Please join us for these very informative programs. These programs are free and you don't have to be a Brantford Public Library cardholder to attend.
Registration is required. Call 519-756-2220 and ask for the Information Desk to register.

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Makerspace Afternoon

January 6th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Join us for a Makerspace afternoon. We'll be demonstrating BPL's new digital equipment. We have some pretty amazing equipment available for the public to use in our new Digital Media Lab. Come in and see this new technology and how seniors could use it for things they'd never thought of!

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Wills & Estates

February 11th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

This program on Wills & Estates will teach us about the benefits of having a will and Powers of Attorney in place, and why this is so important. Our speaker will provide an entertaining and informative session on the things you actually need to have in order.

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Heritage Seeds & Gardening

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

Main Library Auditorium

In March we'll be having a speaker who will tell you about Heritage Seeds and where you can get them. We'll also have someone talke to us about small scale gardening for all of you who are thinking of downsizing.

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Downsizing

April 8th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Thinking about downsizing? We are planning to bring in a knowledgeable speaker on the ever-popular topic of downsizing. The kids are gone, the house is big and the yard work a tad challenging! We're just lining up our speaker, so check online for updates.

Basic Computer Course Series

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Introduction to Word Processing

January 13th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Learn how to type, format, spell check, save, and print a Microsoft Word document. Only 9 spaces available. Registration is required.

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Mousing and Keyboarding

January 14th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Get some hands-on practice using a computer mouse and keyboard with some fun activities. A great introduction for absolute beginners. Only 9 spaces available. Registration required. Note: 1 session only

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Introduction to the Internet

January 27th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Learn to search the Internet, access websites, and print information in this hands-on session.Only 9 spaces available. Registration is required.

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Intermediate Word Processing

February 10th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Increase your word processing skills by learning how to change the page layout, create lists, insert tables, and add clip art. Basic computer skills and experience using Word required.Only 9 spaces available. Registration required.

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Drop-in Email Program

February 19th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Are you new to email? Drop in and learn the basics of Gmail and Hotmail. Note: 1 session only.

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Introduction to PowerPoint

February 24th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Third Floor Computer Lab

Learn to create basic PowerPoint presentations. Basic computer skills required. Only 9 spaces. Registration required.

Note: This computer seminar is offered in 2 sessions for 45 minutes each time.

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Introduction to Excel

March 10th, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Third Floor Computer Lab

Learn to create basic Excel spreadsheets and workbooks. Basic computer skills required. Only 9 spaces. Registration required.

Note: This computer seminar is offered in 2 sessions for 45 minutes each time.

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Twitter 101

March 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Don't know a tweet from a hashtag? Find out more about Twitter, how to tweet, post pictures and videos on this popular social media service. Only 9 spaces available. Registration required. Note: 1 session only.

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Introduction to Pinterest

March 19th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Create a Pinterest account and learn how to organize and share online images. Only 9 spaces available. Registration required. Note: 1 session only.

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Drop-In Facebook Program (NEW!)

April 14th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Drop in and learn how to set up your own Facebook account, find friends, upload photos, and choose privacy settings. Participants must have a current, active email account.

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Introduction to Ancestry

January 21st, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Main Computer Lab

Are you new to Ancestry and having problems navigating around the site? If so, come in and learn some tips and tricks to get you started. Registration is required. Only 9 spaces available.

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First World War Military Records

February 11th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Main Computer Lab

Most Canadians have ancestors who served in the military during the First World War. With the centenary of the Great War quickly approaching, the BPL staff is here to help you learn more about their service. Topics will include: searching military service records online, including Attestation Papers; War Diaries; the London Gazette and other sources.
Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Researching Canadian Cemeteries Online

March 25th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Trying to find out where your Canadian ancestors are buried? We will show you some websites that may help. Registration required.

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.

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Tech Help Clinics

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

Main Library Community Room

If you have a question about your new E-reader, drop in to our Tech Help clinic on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Children's Programming Room. No registration required. Please note: If this drop in time doesn't work for you just give us a call or fill out the Book A Librarian form for some one-on-one help.