Programs

For Main programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at the Main Library or call 519-756-2220. To register for St. Paul programs sign up the Information Desk at the St. Paul Branch or call 519-753-2179.  Registration for Fall programs is still open.

Registration for Winter programs begins Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Drop-In Programs

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

February 28th, 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!

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St. Paul Knitter’s Circle (Ages: 18+)

March 2nd, 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!

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Let’s Knit

March 9th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Main Library

Do you like to knit or crochet? Bring in your projects and drop-in for company, advice and the occasional guest expert.

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Colouring for Adults

February 27th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Library

Join us for a stress-relieving evening of colouring! Materials will be provided, or bring your own projects.

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BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8-99)

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

Main Library - Community Room

Have you ever wanted to learn chess?  Here’s an opportunity to learn the game, or to practice the skills that you already have. A member of the Brantford Chess Club will offer basic  instruction and tips on how to improve your game. Just drop-in! 

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Container Gardening

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

Main Library

Join Diane from Walter's Greenhouse and Garden Centre for tips on making a beautiful garden container.

Seniors @ BPL

Seniors @ BPL provide informative and entertaining programs for older adults! All programs are free of charge and start at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Main Library. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended, call us at 519-756-2220 to register.

If you are interested in volunteering on the Seniors @ BPL Committee, please contact us at 519-756-2220.
 

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Wills and Powers of Attorney (Ages: Seniors)

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

Main Library Auditorium

A local lawyer will be visiting to talk about estate planning. Registration Required.

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Fitness and Nutrition for Seniors

April 12th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Auditorium

A representative from the Grand River Community Health Centre's PACE program will talk about how to keep fit and healthy as you age. Registration Required.

Health & Wellness

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Mindful Relaxation

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

Main Library

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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Mindful Relaxation, St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul 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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Restorative Meditation

March 6th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Library

Join us for guided meditation and tension relieving stretches. Featuring Paul and Katrina Azevedo.

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Smoking Cessation Workshop - Stop Smoking

March 9th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Main Library

Serious about quitting smoking? 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.

Get Crafty!

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Recycled Paper Craft: Bowls, St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Learn to fashion charming decorative bowls out of recycled magazines. Registration Required.

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Recycled Paper Craft Bowls

March 21st, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Library

Learn to fashion charming decorative bowls out of recycled magazines. Registration Required.

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Decorative Plates, St. Paul Branch

April 12th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Have you ever wanted to make your very own decorative plate? Join us for a fun and rewarding craft. Registration Required.

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Decorative Plates

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

Main Library

Have you ever wanted to make your very own decorative plate? Join us for a fun and rewarding craft. Registration Required.

Basic Computer Series

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Macs for Beginners

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

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn to navigate desktops, dashboards and Safari using our Digital Lab iMacs. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 6 spaces available for this workshop.

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Introduction to Online Tutorials

March 7th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

Learn about free and user-friendly online tutorials. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Digitize Your Family Album

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

Main Library Computer Lab

We will show you how to use your Library’s amazing new maker space technology to convert your old photographs, slides & VHS tapes into digital format. Please bring your photos, slides & VHS tapes to the program! Registration Required. Only 9 spaces available.

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Create Your Own Website

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

Main Library Computer Lab

Create your own website using a free online web-hosting platform to showcase your small business or hobby. Basic computer skills required. Registration Required. 9 spaces only.

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Tech Talk with Amy - Social Media

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

Main Library

Every session will feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing Social Media on April 19th. Just drop in!

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Tech Talk with Amy - Wireless & Bluetooth

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

Main Library

Every session will feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing Wireless & Bluetooth on March 22nd. Just drop in!

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3D Printing Technology Workshops

March 4th, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Main Library

Explore the amazing world of 3D printing with David Durand from ETATech3D Limited. Join us for four informative sessions Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Note:  Registration is required for each session.

*JAN. 14 – Introduction to the World of 3D Printing is postponed until a later date.
JAN. 28 – 3D Printing Technology Overview
FEB. 11 – 3D Scanning and Sculpting
MAR. 4 – 3D CAD Modelling & Free Software Review
 

Genealogy & Local History

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First World War Military Records

March 6th, 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.

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BPL Genealogy Club

March 1st, 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! Just drop-in.

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Afternoon Tea with Agnes MacDonald: An 1867 Tea Party

February 25th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library

Join us for a Victorian Tea with Lady Agnes MacDonald, wife of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. Light refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Writing & Language

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English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

February 28th, 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!

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The Brantford Poetry Workshop

March 2nd, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Library

The BPW invites you to share the poetry you have written (and the poetry you like) with other local poets, in a supportive atmosphere that encourages constructive dialogue.

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 Time! Tech Help Clinics

February 27th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Library

Need some help downloading e-books, audio books and using our online services? Then drop-in for Tech Time! We can help 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.