Fall Programs

For programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at the Main Library or call 519-756-2220. Registration for summer programs starts Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Drop-In Programs

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

September 8th, 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. Just drop in!
Note: The Cafe will resume on September 8th.

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Let’s Knit

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

Main Library Auditorium

Do you like to knit? Knitters of all levels are invited to join us for great company,
advice and to learn some new techniques from guest instructors including
local expert, Nadia Bechtold. Just drop in and remember to bring your knitting
projects! Starts October 7.

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St. Paul Knitters Circle (Ages: 18+)

September 17th, 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! For ages 18 and up. Drop in.

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BPL Genealogy Club

September 16th, 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!

Celebrate Culture Days @BPL  

Create, Participate & Share - September 25, 26, 27, 2015
 

Culture Days

Travis the Balloonist

September 26th, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Main Library Auditorium

Travis the Balloonist will be here to demonstrate the art of balloon modeling. Watch as he takes an ordinary balloon and turns it into something extraordinary. He will also teach us about the history of balloons and show you how to make your very own balloon dog. Everyone is welcome!

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Digital Media Lab Photo

September 26th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Digital Media Lab

Visit the world during Culture Days! Stop by our Digital Media Lab and get your picture taken in front of our green screen in one of our fun cultural locations. We will e-mail you your photograph the following week.

Celebrate Ontario Public Library Week
October 18th to 24th

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Reptile Program - Fun for the Whole Family

October 24th, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Main Library Third Floor Auditorium

Here is your chance to get up close and personal with your favourite reptiles! Join us for a live animal show with amphibians, lizards, turtles, snakes and more!

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Halloween Makeup for Teens (Ages: 11-18)

October 24th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Library Program Room

Learn how to create and apply your own special FX makeup using ingredients you have around the house. For ages 11-18.

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Candy Contest!

October 18th - October 24th

Main Library and St. Paul Avenue Branch

Stop by and guess how many jellybeans we have in the jar! The person who guesses correctly (or closest) will win the jar of jellybeans!

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“Mystery” Book in a Bottle Contest

October 18th - October 24th

Main Library and St. Paul Branch

We have placed an entire book inside a bottle, can you guess the title? If you think you know the answer e-mail us at info@brantford.library.on.ca for a chance to win a prize!

Seniors @ BPL

This Fall our Seniors @ BPL committee has some informative and entertaining programs
for you! This is a great time to connect with others and meet new people. All programs are
free of charge and start at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Main Library.
Registration is required. Call 519-756-2220 and ask for the Information Desk to register.

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National Seniors Day: Focus on Seniors in Brantford

October 1st, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Celebrate National Seniors Day with us! Learn all about services available in Brantford and how to access them.

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David McKee: Brantford’s Town Crier

November 11th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

David has successfully brought pagentry and style to Brantford events since 1991! This year he will be representing Brantford at the World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand. Come and hear his
story.

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Celebrating the Season

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

Main Library Auditorium

Enjoy refreshments, entertainment and a little something seasonal.

Money Matters

Financial Literacy for Seniors
Investing your money doesn’t need to be difficult or scary.
It pays to educate yourself about the basic principles as well
as the options available to you. Come hear what the experts
have to say!

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Wills and Powers of Attorney

October 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Get advice from a local will and estate attorney. Registration Required.

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How Much Money Do You Really Need For Retirement?

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

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Get advice from a registered investment associate. Registration Required.

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Frauds and Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Finances

October 29th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Advice from regional police services. Registration Required.

Life and Style

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Create the Bedroom of Your Dreams

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

Main Library Auditorium

Your bedroom is your refuge, your comfort zone, the place where you re-fuel and prepare for tomorrow morning. Turn a nightmare into a dream space. Learn how to make the most of your bedroom without breaking the bank! Featuring local designer and colourist, Michelle Mahoney.

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Costume Magic!

October 15th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Having trouble making your own Hallowe’en costumes, or just looking for inspiration? Join historical costumer, Joy Dingman for tips on how to make your costumes safer to wear and easier to make! Non-sewers welcome.

Health & Wellness

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Restorative Meditation

September 12th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Main Library Program Room

Join us for guided meditation and tension relieving stretches. Featuring Paul and Katrina Azevedo. Just drop in!

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Everyday Relaxation Techniques

September 19th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Main Library Program Room

Discover relaxation techniques for everyday life situations and creative ways to enhance personal wellness in your life. Join Brad Mears to learn about deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

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Everyday Relaxation Techniques - St. Paul Branch

November 7th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Discover relaxation techniques for everyday life situations and creative ways to enhance personal wellness in your life. Join Brad Mears to learn about deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

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Smoking Cessation Workshop - Stop Smoking

October 8th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Room

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

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

Thursday, October 8 / 5:00 p.m. OR Thursday, November 5 / 1:00 p.m.

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Paperback Pumpkins

September 17th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Registration required.

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Paperback Pumpkins at St. Paul

September 30th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Registration required.

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Marshmallow Flower Cupcake Toppers at St. Paul

November 4th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Registration required.

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Marshmallow Flower Cupcake Toppers

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

Main Library Auditorium

Registration required.

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DIY Cards and Tags at St. Paul

December 9th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Avenue Branch

Registration required.

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DIY Cards and Tags

December 10th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Registration required.

Basic Computer Course Series

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Mousing and Keyboarding I

September 8th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Practice using a computer mouse and keyboard with fun activities. A great introduction for absolute beginners. Only 9 spaces available. Registration required. 

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Word Processing I: Creating a Document

September 15th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Computer Lab

Learn how to create, format, use and save a document. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Word Processing II: Working with Pictures and Graphs

September 22nd, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn how to insert, format, use and save images and tables in a document. Basic computer skills AND previous experience using word processing software required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Email For Beginners

September 29th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn to use your web-based e-mail account with confidence! Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Google 101

October 6th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn how to search the Internet effectively, access web sites safely, and print information. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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All About… Facebook

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

Main Library Computer Lab

New to Facebook? We can help. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Spreadsheets I: Create a Workbook

October 20th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn how to create, format, use and save a workbook. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Spreadsheets II: Working with Formulas and Graphs

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

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn how to insert, format and use common functions as well as display information in graphs and charts. Basic computer skills AND experience using spreadsheets required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Mousing & Keyboarding II

November 3rd, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Practice using a computer keyboard and mouse with fun activities. Great practice for beginners. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Macs for Beginners

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

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn to navigate desktops, dashboards and Safari using our Digital Lab iMacs. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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All About…Twitter

November 17th, 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Unable to tell a tweet from a hashtag? We can help. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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All About…Pinterest

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

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn how to share and organize pictures online. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Introduction to PowerPoint

December 1st, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Third Floor Computer Lab

Learn to create a basic Powerpoint presentation. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Introduction to Ancestry

October 7th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Computer Lab

Are you new to Ancestry and having problems navigating 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

November 4th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Computer Lab

Learn to search military service records online including Attestation Papers, War Diaries, The London Gazette and other sources.
Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

Writer's Workshop Series

What is a writer? Someone who writes. What is an author? A writer who shares their work with the world. We want to help you do both. Come to our workshops and set your inner storyteller free!

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The Next Great Canadian Novel

October 14th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Library Auditorium

Have a story idea and don’t know where to start? Then come to this twopart workshop with published author Catherine Astolfo and learn how to create characters who fuel the plot. Discuss your own work and gain insight into how the experts do it. Registration Required.

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Building a Short Story

October 28th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Library Auditorium

Learn how to construct a short story in this two-part series! Participants will outline a rough draft under the guidance of guest author, Larry Brown. Registration Required.

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Poetry: All About Process, Perception and Performance

November 12th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Join an informal gathering of people with a shared interest in developing and promoting poetry. Featuring George Whibbs. Registration Required.

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The Benefits of Self-Editing

November 18th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

You have written your masterpiece. Now what? Pre-publishing tips from author and editor, Lorie Lee Steiner. 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

August 31st, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Library Community Room

Need help with your new device? Then drop in for Tech Time!
Bring in your MP3 player, tablet, e-reader, cell phone, laptop .. or whatever device you have, and we will get you started. We won’t make you an expert, but we can help you get that e-book or audiobook downloaded! 

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.

Evergreen Award

Evergreen Award LogoThe Evergreen Award is part of the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading program. It gives adult library customers the opportunity to vote for their favourite work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction.

 

The nominated titles for the 2015 Evergreen award are:

Start reading now and be ready to enter the monthly prize draw. For every title you read, you may fill out a ballot at the library for a chance to win a prize basket. Ballots are available at the library or on our website. The winner of the 2015 Evergreen Award will be announced in the fall of 2015.

Adult Summer Reading

June 29 to August 31

You’re planning to relax and enjoy some good books this summer, right? Excellent. Now, we want you to get the most out of your reading experience, so be sure to participate in the Adult Summer Reading program. It’s free, easy, and open to all BPL cardholders 19 years of age or older. Simply submit brief reviews of the books you read either at the library or on our website before August 31st – and remember, the more you read and review, the more chances you have to win prizes!