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 the St. Paul Branch at 519-753-2179.

Adult Summer Reading

While you're relaxing with some good books this summer, remember to join the Adult Summer Reading club! 

It's free and open to all BPL cardholders 18 years of age and older.

Read a book or e-book or listen to an audiobook and submit your review online or in person at the library.

All elgible ballots will be entered in a draw to win great prizes!

Reviews will be accepted from June 23 to September 1. 

Watch for more information coming soon. 

Drop-In Programs

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - Main Branch

May 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Drop-in for company, conversation and advice from other knitters. 

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

May 29th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

This program is for newcomers to Canada, 19 years and older, who want to improve their English and make new friends. 

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - St. Paul Branch (Ages: 18+)

May 31st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

Drop in for company, conversation and advice from other knitters. 

Onsite Settlement Specialist

Onsite Settlement Specialist

May 25th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

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. 

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

June 20th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

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! Just drop-in.

Bell Homestead

Bell Homestead National Historic Site

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

Main Branch

Take a journey through more than one hundred years of Bell Homestead history. Built in 1858, this sturdy homestead became the first Canadian residence for Alexander Graham Bell and his parents in 1870. Here, he discovered the fundamental principle upon which his most famous invention – the telephone – would work. This presentation speaks about the eleven years that the Bells called Brantford home, as well as the site’s evolution as a National Historic Site, through great stories and photographs.

Presented as part of the Retired Teachers of Ontario Talk Series in partnership with the Brantford Public Library

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

June 11th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

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

Seniors Events

Informed about Immunization

Seniors @ BPL Event: Informed about Immunization

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

Main Branch

Vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease at any age -- and some childhood immunizations do not provide lifelong immunity. Find out what immunizations adults need to keep healthy. Featuring Sarah Grittani of Brant County Health Unit. 

Our town Brantford

Seniors @ BPL Event: Our Town: Brantford

July 25th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Discover Brantford through film and story! Stop by for a viewing of Our Town: Brantford along with Lillia Dockree of the Brant County Museum and Archives. 

Home & Hobbies

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - St. Paul Branch (Ages: 18+)

May 31st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

Drop in for company, conversation and advice from other knitters. 

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - Main Branch

May 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Drop-in for company, conversation and advice from other knitters. 

House proud

Jump Into Spring: A St. Paul’s Speaker Series: House Proud

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

St. Paul Branch

Make spring cleaning count! Get the assistance of an organizational professional. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Other events in this series:

Garden Ready

Wallet Strong

Faux tie-dye

BPL Craft Series: Faux Tie-Dye DIY - St. Paul Branch

June 6th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Wallet strong

Jump Into Spring: A St. Paul’s Speaker Series: Wallet Strong

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

St. Paul Branch

Find out 75 ways to save on household expenses from a Credit Counselling Society expert. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Other events in this series:

Garden Ready

House Proud

Faux tie-dye

BPL Craft Series: Faux Tie-Dye DIY - Main Branch

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

Main Branch

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Budgeting for vacation

LifeSmart Series: Budgeting for Vacation

June 20th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Main Branch

Save money and play smart! With a little preparation, you can concentrate on enjoying your vacation instead of worrying about money. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Other events in this series:

Food and Finance

Owning a Home 101

Create your own zentangles

Create your own Zentangles

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

Main Branch

De-stress and get inspired while designing geometric patterns that will satisfy any colouring enthusiast! 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Confetti bowls

BPL Craft Series: Decorative Confetti Bowls

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

Main Branch

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Owning a home 101

LIfeSmart Series: Owning a Home 101

July 18th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Is owning or renting better for you? Learn about the costs involved in purchasing and maintaining a home, and whether you qualify for a mortgage. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Other events in this series:

Food and Finance

Budgeting for Vacation

Potpourri strawberry sachets

BPL Craft Series: Potpourri Strawberry Sachets

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

Main Branch

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Arts & Culture

High society

Musical Matinees - High Society

July 9th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Relax and join us for some of the most entertaining musicals ever produced.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1st, call 519-756-2220 to register.

We will be showing High Society, (1956, 1 hr., 51 mins.)

An American in Paris

Musical Matinees - An American in Paris

July 23rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Relax and join us for some of the most entertaining musicals ever produced.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1st, call 519-756-2220 to register.

We will be showing An American in Paris, (1951, 1 hr., 55 mins.)

Oklahoma

Musical Matinees - Oklahoma

August 13th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Relax and join us for some of the most entertaining musicals ever produced.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1st, call 519-756-2220 to register.

We will be showing: Oklahoma (1955, 2 hrs., 25 mins.)

La la land

Musical Matinees - La La Land

August 27th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Relax and join us for some of the most entertaining musicals ever produced. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1st, call 519-756-2220 to register.

We will be showing La La Land, (2016, 2 hrs., 8 mins.)

Health & Wellness

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

June 11th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

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

Stop Smoking Workshops

Stop Smoking Workshop

May 24th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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.

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Healthy Family Workshop - St. Paul Branch

May 24th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Explore alternatives for a healthy and safe home for babies and toddlers, taking home a free colic blend. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Healthy Family Workshop - Main Branch

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

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Explore alternatives for a healthy and safe home for babies and toddlers, taking home a free colic blend. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils

Essential Oils for the Men in Your Life

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

Main Branch

Make and take home a beard care blend, naturally sourced deodarant, and a robust shoe deodorizer while discussing a toxin-free lifestyle with Jessica Honcoop of Young Living Essential Oils. Perfect as a gift for Father's Day! 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Toxin Free Home Workshop - Main Branch

June 26th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Transition to new cleaning alternatives, and bring home a mini DIY First Aid kit. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Toxin Free Home Workshop - St. Paul Branch

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

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Transition to new cleaning alternatives, and bring home a mini DIY First Aid kit. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Lovin’ Summertime Workshop - St. Paul Branch

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

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Get the most out of summer with your natural insect repellent. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Lovin’ Summertime Workshop - Main Branch

July 24th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Get the most out of summer with your natural insect repellent.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Back to School Workshop - St. Paul Branch

August 9th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Learn which essential oils to use for focus, concentration, mental alertness, clarity, and boost the immune system. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Back to School Workshop - Main Branch

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

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 representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Learn which essential oils to use for focus, concentration, mental alertness, clarity, and boost the immune system. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Writing & Language

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

May 29th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

This program is for newcomers to Canada, 19 years and older, who want to improve their English and make new friends. 

Onsite Settlement Specialist

Onsite Settlement Specialist

May 25th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

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. 

Creative writing circle

Creative Writing Circle

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

Main Branch

Sit down with the Brantford Writers Circle, a small group of writers who meet as equals in a friendly exchange of ideas about each other's work. Contact Robin at rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

June 20th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

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! Just drop-in.

Digitizing local history

Digitizing Local History

June 14th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Branch

Your history is important. Bring your pictures or watch to learn how to digitize, document, and share your personal family and local history collections. Two sessions available. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1st. Call 519-756-2220 to register.

Technology & Computer Skills

Market your home business

Market Your Home Business

May 29th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Do you need to promote a small or home-based business? Let us help you create basic promotional items. In this workshop, you'll learn how to design your own flyers, brochures, and business cards using MS Office. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register

Man-writing

Basic Budget Tracking

June 26th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Impress yourself and gain confidence in your money management skills. Use MS Excel to set a simple budget, track incoming funds and outgoing expenses, and make financial calculations easy. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register. 

Online learning

Learning 24/7

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

Main Branch

Online databases are for more than academic research. Ours contain training tutorials, easy-to-understand health information, music lessons, knitting patterns, and more. Come discover what lifelong learning is all about. 

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Smartboard fundamentals

Smartboard Fundamentals

August 21st, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Smartboards are everywhere - at school, at work, and at the library! Learn how to set them up as portable monitors, use their interactive touch-screen features, and develop confident presentation skills.

Registration required. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 1. Call 519-756-2220 to register. 

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

May 28th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Looking for help with e-books and audio-books or using our online services? Grab you latest gadget - tablet, e-reader, cell phone, laptop, MP3 player, and we'll 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.