Spring/Summer 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 Friday, May 1, 2015.

Drop-In Programs

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

June 2nd, 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 end on June 23rd and resume on September 8th.


Let’s Knit

May 27th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Main Library Auditorium

Do you like to knit? Or curious about starting? Knitters of all levels are invited to join us for great company, advice, and to learn a few new techniques courtesy of guest expert, Nadia Bechtold. We'll have some needles and yarn for you to practice with, or bring your own! Everyone welcome. Registration required.


St. Paul Knitters Circle (Ages: 18+)

June 4th, 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.


BPL Genealogy Club

May 27th, 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.


National Senior’s Month Feature: Alzheimers

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

Main Library Auditorium

Please join us for an information session featuring Laurie Ball from the Alzheimers Society as well as Darla Fortune and Sian Lockwood from the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance. We'll learn about the services available in Brantford and also how research teams are working with long-term care home and community partners to discover and create new designs in dementia care and support.

Life and Style

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Stress Relief Through Restorative Meditation

June 6th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Main Library Auditorium

Join us once a month for a relaxing meditation session and tension relieving stretches. Please note the shift to an earlier time for the season. Featuring Paul Azevedo. No registration is required, just drop in. NOTE: On May 2nd this program will be held in the Children's Program Room.

Basic Computer Course Series


Introduction to the Internet

June 2nd, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

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


Drop-in Email Program

June 16th, 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.


Intermediate Word Processing

June 23rd, 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.


Twitter 101

July 7th, 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.


Introduction to PowerPoint

July 14th, 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.


Introduction to Pinterest

July 28th, 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.


Introduction to Excel

August 4th, 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.


Drop-In Facebook Program

August 18th, 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.

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

June 1st, 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.

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!