Marvelous Mondays! July 3 to August 25

Your whole family will enjoy Marvelous Monday! Programs are for All Ages. All Marvelous Mondays programs are 45-60 minutes in length and take place at the Main Library.

Marvelous Monday Morning Programs are Drop In.

All Marvelous Monday Afternoon Programs require tickets as space is limited. Tickets are available 1 hour before start of event and can be picked up at the Information Desk.

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Marvelous Mondays! - Bunch of Munsch! (Ages: All)

August 21st, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Main Library

How much Robert Munsch can we squeeze into a library program? There's so "Munsch" to love!

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Marvelous Mondays! - Mad Science (Ages: All)

August 21st, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Library

This high energy science themed show will thrill scientists of any age!

This program requires tickets as space is limited. Tickets will be available starting at 1:30 p.m. and can be picked up at the Information Desk.

Summer Programs - July 3 to August 25

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Get Ready for Kindergarten (Ages: 3-4)

August 22nd, 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Main Library

Register for either July or August for this 4-week Kindergarten readiness program. Each week we will focus on curriculum milestones, STEM learning and social skills in a fun and interactive format. Registration Required.

Registration for the 4-week program in July or August opens on May 2nd. To register call 519-756-2220.

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Book to Movie (Ages: All)

August 22nd, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Main Library

Come on in and enjoy some of your favourite family films adapted from well-loved stories!

We will be showing:

July 25 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, 90 mins, rated PG)

August 1 - Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011, 91 mins., rated G)

August 8 - Horton Hears a Who, (2008, 86 mins., rated G)

August 15 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2015, 81 mins., rated PG)

August 22 - How to Train your Dragon (2010, 98 mins., rated PG)

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Baby and Me - Main Branch

August 23rd, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

Babies start learning early literacy skills right from birth. This baby storytime focuses on baby-parent bonding, rhythm and rhyme, and interactive stories and songs. After storytime, stay and play with us and meet other families.

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Stories & Stretches (Ages: All)

August 23rd, 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Harmony Square

We're breaking out of the library! Get pumped with fun stories and songs that will get you movin' and groovin'!

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Backyard Tales (Ages: 0-6)

August 23rd, 2:30pm - 3:15pm

St. Paul Branch

Join us in our backyard for a fun-filled family storytime designed to prepare young children for school. Weather permitting.

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Art Cart (Ages: All)

August 24th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

St. Paul Branch

We supply the materials and you create a unique masterpiece of your own!

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Family Fun

August 24th, 10:30am - 11:00am

Main Branch

Let's all read together! Parents, grandparents and caregivers will enjoy stories, puppets, songs and more with their toddlers and preschoolers.

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Picassos in the Making (Ages: 6-12)

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

Main Library

Let your inner artist go wild each week by getting creative with different art tools, techniques and styles.

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Lego Club (Ages: All)

August 24th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Library

Design and build your own Lego creations or complete Lego challenges!

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IMAGineers! (Ages: All)

August 18th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Main Library & St. Paul Branch

Learning and having fun go together at the library! Come and learn sequential thinking, logical reasoning, and coding concepts with Ozobots and other fun tech toys!

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Fantastic Friday Films (Ages: All)

August 18th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Main Library

Enjoy newly released blockbuster movies on our big screen! Bring your peanut-free snacks and friends.

We will be showing:

July 28 - Beauty and the Beast (2017, 129 mins, rated PG)

August 4 - Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania (84 mins., rated G)

August 11 - Smurfs: Lost Village (90 mins., rated G)

August 18 - Boss Baby (97 mins. rated G)

August 25 - Dog's Purpose, (100 mins. rated PG)

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Family Discovery Zone (Ages: All)

August 19th, 10:30am - 11:30am

Main Library and St. Paul Branch

Spend time with your family while you read, play and learn together at your own pace with self-directed learning activities. 

Family Events

Bert's Magic Show

Bert’s Comedy Magic Show (Ages: all )

September 9th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

Bumbling Bert shocks and amazed the crowd with his silly, zany jokes and magic!

This is a ticketed event, pick up your free ticket starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Information desk.

Camping Adventures

Camping Adventures (Ages: all)

September 30th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

Hike over to the Library for one last camping adventure! Join Laurier Students for Literacy for a camping trip you will not want to miss with crafts, games, a storytime, and of course... a camp fire!

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Fired Up! (Ages: all )

October 7th, 10:30 - 11:30 am

St. Paul Branch

Kick start "Fire Prevention Week" with members of the Brantford Fire Department. Stories, songs, and fire safety information. Meet Sparky and get hands-on with one of the Fire Department's vehicles.

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Hallow-Green Free Kids Costume Exchange

October 14th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Find a great costume for your kids!

Browse through the selection of free kids’ costumes to take one home.

Have costumes to donate? 
Drop off gently used kids costumes at the Main Branch until Thursday, October 12.  

Escape Room

The Phantom of the Library: Escape Room (Ages: all)

October 21st, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Our books are going missing and we need your help to discover the culprit. Find the Phantom's lair and recover the missing books before he takes them all! Register as an individual or team to attempt this 30 minute challenge. E-mail aflaherty@brantford.library.on.ca for more information and to register. Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier Game Design and Development students, Dayna Duckers and Adam Kajgenic.

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Canadian Raptor Conservancy: Birds of Prey Show (Ages: all)

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

Main Auditorium

Get up close with the Canadian Raptor Conservancy's spectacular birds of prey. An exciting experience for the whole family. Ticketed event.

This is a ticketed event, pick up your free ticket starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Information Desk.

Halloween Party

Halloween Party (Ages: all)

October 28th, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Main Branch

Come dressed in your costume for Halloween activities, games and mini pumpkin decorating.

This is a ticketed event, pick up your free ticket starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Information Desk.

Star Wars Clue

Star Wars Clue (BPL Edition) (Ages: all)

November 18th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Branch

Register your team to foil Darth Vader's plans. Solve the mystery, then visit the cantina for refreshments and cheer on entries in our costume contest. Activities are suitable for all ages; minimum one adult required per team. E-mail aflaherty@brantford.library.on.ca for more information and to register.

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Amazing Race (Ages: all)

November 25th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

On your mark, get set, go! Join Laurier Students for Literacy for an amazing race around the Library. Filled with challenges, pit stops and prizes.

PA Day Activities

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PA DAY: 3D Avatar Design (Ages: 10+)

September 15th, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

Design a digital avatar for your role-playing games. When your design is complete, print a prototype on the Library’s 3D printer.

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PA DAY: It’s Alive! Technology

September 15th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

Experiment with robots, simple circuits, 3D printing, and more - and watch your creations come to life!

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PA DAY: Brantford from Below

September 15th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

Join archaeologist Paul Racher for an interactive presentation on his journey uncovering the history of Brantford hidden right below our feet! Just drop in!

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PA DAY: Movie Party (Ages: all)

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

Main Branch

Snuggle up with family and hang out with friends, while you enjoy a newly released movie!

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PA DAY: Imaginative Engineering (Ages: all)

October 13th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

From towers to catapults see what you can build using LEGO, marshmellows, popsicle sticks and more.

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PA DAY: Wild About Science

November 17th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Erupting volcanoes, sink or float challenges, and food science. Science just got wild at the library!

Holiday Programs

Holiday Photos

Holiday Photos

November 14th, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Main Branch

'Tis the season for a new family photo!
Drop in to have your friends or family’s photo taken by Stef of New Town Images

Maker Card Making

Maker Card Making

December 2nd, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Branch

Use your STEM making skills to create unique holiday cards.

December 2 - Pop-up papercraft

December 9 - LED Lights

December 16 - Card Stamping

Mistletoe Mondays

Mistletoe Mondays

December 4th, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

Join us for some fun holiday themed stories and activities.

December 4 - Pete the Cat Save Christmas

December 11 - Holiday Caroling

Kids Night Out Holiday Edition

Kids Night Out Holiday Edition

December 5th, 10:30am - 11:30am

Main Branch

Get into the holiday spirit with crafts, activities, and green screen photos.

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Jingle Bell Babies - Main Branch (Ages: 0-2)

December 6th, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

Stop by for some fun-filled holiday stories, songs, and rhymes - just for the little ones.  

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Jingle Bell Babies - St. Paul Branch

December 7th, 10:30am - 11:15am

St. Paul Branch

Stop by for some fun-filled holiday stories, songs and rhymes - just for the little ones.

Christmas Tree Tales

Christmas Tree Tales

December 7th, 10:30am - 11:00am

Main Branch

Gather round the Christmas tree for some holiday cheer. Caregivers will enjoy holiday stories and songs with their toddlers and preschoolers.

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Lego Club

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

Main Branch

Design and build your own Leo creations or complete our Lego challenges!

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Holiday Movies - Shrek the Halls

December 8th, 10:30 - 12:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Watch the movie, then "Shrek the Halls" of your own home by making a craft inspired by zany Shrek.

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Holiday Movies - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

December 15th, 10:30 - 12:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Watch the humbling transformation of the Grinch's two sizes too small heart. And play a game of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" bingo. Prizes will be awarded.

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Stories with Santa

December 16th, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Main Branch

Ho-Ho-Ho! Santa Claus is coming to the Library! Join us for Christmas stories, songs and a visit with the jolly man in red. Photo-op with Santa will be available.

This is a ticketed event, pick up your free ticket starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Information Desk.

Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

December 27th, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Main & St. Paul Branch

Let's play! Spend time with your family while you read, play & learn together with games, technology, crafts & more!

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Dinosaur iPad Scavanger Hunt

December 27th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

Dinosaurs are hiding in the library! Find each dinosaur to complete your dino fact sheet. Be warned, dinosaurs may be extinct but these dinosaurs will come to life if found.

Snowflake Stories

Snowflake Stories

December 28th, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Main Branch

Bring the family for a snow-filled storytime.