Fall Programs

For programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at the Main Library or call 519-756-2220. Registration for fall programs starts Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Drop-In Programs

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

September 9th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Just drop in!

Note: The Cafe will end on June 24, 2014 and resume on September 9, 2014.

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St. Paul Knitters Circle (Ages: 18+)

September 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.

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BPL Genealogy Club

September 17th, 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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Protect Yourself From Online Fraud and Scams

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

Main Library Auditorium

Wednesday, October 1st is National Seniors' Day and the library will start off our Seniors @ BPL series of fall programs with a presentation by Laura Collier, a crime prevention officer from the Brantford Police. She is going to talk about how to protect yourself from online fraud and scams. This should be of great interest to seniors, who often feel more vulnerable to these things, especially when they're just learning about the Internet and how to use it. Registration is required.

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Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan

November 4th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

The Seniors' Committee will host a presentation by Gary Burns. Gary is a great traveller himself and has shared his tips for seniors when travelling to a number of groups. He will talk about his Cherry Blossom tour to Japan, and also some helpful hints for senior travellers. Registration required.

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Celebrate the Season

December 9th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

To celebrate the holiday season we will be having some entertainment to get us in the spirit. The seniors' committee will host a presentation of music and song. Christmas goodies will also be available. Registration is required.

Investment 101

Investing your money doesn't need to be difficult or scary, and it pays to educate yourself about the basic principles as well as the options available to you. Should you leave the family cottage to your children? Are you worried that it's too late to invest your money effectively - or wondering if you have enough to start? Come and hear what the experts have to say.

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Vacation Properties

September 16th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Featuring George Ketsetzis of Investors Group. Registration required.

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Investing for Beginners

September 18th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Featuring Magdalena Bzowski of Primerica Financial. Registration required.

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DIY Financial Planning? The Power of Expert Advice

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

Main Library Auditorium

Featuring Julie Nixon of Investors Group. Registration required.

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Keith G. Richards: Author, Blogger, Technical Analyst

October 9th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Ready for the next step in smart money management? Learn how ordinary investors can incorporate technical analysis into their investment decisions. Registration required.

Life and Style

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Seasonal Skin Care

October 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Protect and nuture your skin during cold, dry weather without compromising your health, your budget or the environment. Featuring Justyna Jurczykowska. Registration required.

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Crafts Inspired By Pinterest: Snow Globes

November 12th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Auditorium

Have you seen BPL's Pinterest page yet? It's full of clever and easy crafts to make, so let's make some! Space and materials are limited, so sign up early. Registration required.

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Seasonal Home Decor

December 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Surround yourself in the joy and beauty of the season! Featuring local designer Michelle Mahoney. Registration required.

Basic Computer Course Series

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Introduction to Word Processing

September 9th, 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 (NEW!)

September 10th, 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 Facebook

September 23rd, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Main Library - Computer Lab

Set up your own Facebook account, find friends, upload photos, and choose privacy settings. Only 9 spaces available. Registration is required.

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Drop-in Email Program (NEW!)

September 24th, 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 the Internet

October 7th, 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

October 21st, 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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Introduction to PowerPoint

November 4th, 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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Twitter 101 (NEW!)

November 5th, 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 Excel

November 18th, 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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Introduction to Pinterest (NEW!)

November 24th, 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.

Basic Genealogy Course Series

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Finding Death Notices on the Internet

September 24th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Looking for free online Canadian death notices to help you with your family research? We will show you some sites that may help. Registration required.

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Introduction to Ancestry

October 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 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

November 5th, 7:00 - 8:30 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.

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 Secrets to Building Atmosphere (Hint: It Starts with Plot)

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

Main Library Community Room

Guest Instructor: Melodie Campbell
Registration required.

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The Starting Line: How to Create Great Story Openings

November 1st, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Community Room

Guest Instructor: Larry Brown
Registration required.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Know Your Writing, Tailor Your Pitch, Sell Your Book

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

Main Library Community Room

Guest Instructor: Lorie Lee Steiner
Registration required.

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Smashwords and eBook Publishing for Indie Writers

November 19th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

Guest Instructor: Mark Leslie
Registration required.

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Aspiring Authors Gala Showcase

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

Main Library Auditorium

Come and celebrate the work of our aspiring authors! Featuring special guest author Hope Nicholson. Registration is required for participants but absolutely everyone is welcome to join the audience!

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

September 8th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Library - Main Floor

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 2014 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 2014 Evergreen Award will be announced in the fall of 2014.

Adult Summer Reading

July 2 to August 30

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 30th – and remember, the more you read and review, the more chances you have to win a Book Lovers prize pack!