Family Events

Weekly skate exchange

Weekly Skate Exchange (Ages: all)

November 23rd, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Main Branch

Need a new pair of skates? Get them for FREE at this weekly skate exchange! 

Donations of skates in good condition are welcome.

Paws 4 stories

Paws 4 Stories - Read with a St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog!

November 24th, 2:00pm - 2:15pm

Main Branch

St. John's Ambulance has partnered with the Brantford Public Library to offer Paws 4 Stories. 

Kids who register for this program will visit the Library on Saturday's for five weeks to read to a St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dog. It's a great way to build reading confidence and spend some time with a furry friend.

Each reading session lasts for 15 minutes. When registering, please choose the time you want to register for and indicate whether it will be a single child or a group of siblings. 

The program runs Saturday's from November 3 to December 1.

Please Note: The St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dog is unable to visit on December 8th as previously scheduled.

Online registration required, if you need assistance registering please call us at 519-756-2220.

Registration is available for the following times:  

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.  FULL

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  FULL

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  FULL

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  FULL

Kids financial literacy workshop

Kids Financial Literacy Workshop with Cinders McLeod (Ages: all)

November 24th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

A fun and interactive financial literacy workshop with author Cinders McLeod featuring Cinders’ children’s book EARN IT! Following the workshop, families can explore financial literacy concepts with hands on learning stations.

Author Visit & Book Launch

Author Visit & Book Launch: Marsha Skrypuch and Van Ho

December 1st, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

You are cordially invited to the book launch of Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family. 

Authors Marsha Skrypuch and Van Ho will do a brief reading and talk about this true story about 4-year-old Van, who had to be left beind when her mother, brother and sisters escaped by boat after the Vietnam war. Book signing and sales to follow. 

Marsha Skrypuch is an award winning author of over 20 titles including Underground Soldier, Making Bombs for Hitler and Stolen Child

Skating and a movie

Skating and a Movie (Ages: All)

January 5th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Main Branch

Enjoy outdoor skating at Harmony Square then warm up at the Library while watching a family movie on the big screen at the Main Branch. 

Family Literacy Day

Celebrate Family Literacy Day…Let’s Read! (Ages: all)

January 27th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

Main Branch

The annual Let’s Read program is back! This year, author Hazel Hutchins will
visit on Family Literacy Day to read her book Mattland. Each family will recieve a copy of the book to take home.

Visit for more family-friendly events. 

Join us for this fantastic event to celebrate Family Literacy Day!

Let's Read Kick-Off - Sunday, January 27

Brant Sports Complex, Paris - 1:00 p.m.

Brantford Public Library - Main Branch - 3:00 p.m.

Family Day photos

Family Day Photos

February 16th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Celebrate Family Day with a family photo taken by New Town Images! Drop-in for a photo and enjoy family activities including creating a family tree. 

Family activities - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Photos - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

LED Jewelry with the Tinker Truck

LED Jewelry with the Tinker Truck (Ages: all )

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

Main Branch

Create unique LED Jewelry with help from the Tinker Truck experts! You'll learn about simple circuits and optics while making an awesome piece of jewelry to take home and impress your friends and family. 

Holiday Programs

Holiday Photos

Holiday Photos (Ages: all)

November 27th, 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

Polar express

All Aboard the Polar Express (Ages: all )

December 1st, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

You are invited to the BPL Polar Express party featuring a reading of The Polar Express written by Chris Van Allsburg, a take home craft and the popular movie Polar Express! Bring the whole family and find out if you believe. 

mistletoe mondays

Mistletoe Mondays (Ages: all )

December 3rd, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

Join us for some fun holiday themed stories and activities.

December 3 - Frosty the Snowman

December 10 - Holiday Caroling

Kids Night Out Holiday Edition

Kids Night Out Holiday Edition (Ages: all )

December 4th, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Main Branch

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

Jingle bell babies

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

December 5th, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

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

Holiday making

Holiday Making (Ages: all)

December 5th, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Main Branch

Use maker technology to create unique holiday gifts. 

December 5 - LED Holiday Cards

December 12 - 3D Printed Ornaments

Lego Club

Lego Club (Ages: all )

December 6th, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Main Branch

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

Jingle bell babies

Jingle Bell Babies - St. Paul Branch (Ages: 0-2)

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

St. Paul Branch

Vist us for some fun-filled holiday stories, interactive songs and rhymes. 

Tinsel time

Tinsel Time (Ages: all )

December 6th, 10:30am - 11:00am

Main Branch

In the spirit of the season, children and their caregivers will enjoy holiday stories, puppets and songs. 

The most wonderful time of the year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Ages: all)

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

St. Paul Branch

Cozy up for some holiday stories and songs to get you into the holiday spirit. 

December 7 - Decorate a tasty take-home treat or hang it on your tree. 

December 14 - Decorate a gift bag for someone you love. 

the night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas (Ages: all )

December 24th, 10:30 - 11:15 am

Main Branch

Children young and old are welcome as we read The Night Before Christmas and spread some holiday cheer with stories and songs. 


Bow-tastic! (Ages: all )

December 27th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

Hair bows and bow ties are so popular right now. Join us and make your own bow to ring in the New Year! 

New Year's noise makers

New Year’s Noise Makers (Ages: all )

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

Main Branch

Get ready for the New Year with noise makers to celebrate 2019!

Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone (Ages: all)

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

Main & St. Paul Branch

Explore our pop-up activity zones on your break!

December 27 - Tech Zone

December 28 - Game Zone

December 29 - Craft Zone

January 2 - Craft Zone

January 3 - Tech Zone

January 4 - Game Zone

Noon Year's Eve

Noon Year’s Eve (Ages: all )

December 31st, 11:00 - 11:45 am

Main Branch

Help us countdown to Noon Year's Eve with games, crafts and a fun celebration at noon. 

Family Holiday Break Programs - January 2 to 4

Cardboard automata

Tinker Time: Cardboard Automata (Ages: all)

January 2nd, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Work with simple materials to create your own moving sculpture! This activity is a fun way to explore simple machine elements such as cams, levers, and linkages. 

family storytime

Family Storytime (Ages: all)

January 3rd, 10:30 - 11:00 am

Main Branch

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime with stories, songs and rhymes for your whole family. 


Crafternoon (Ages: all)

January 3rd, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

Spend your afternoon crafting at the Library! We'll supply all the materials you need to make awesome creations! 

Maker morning

Maker Morning (Ages: all)

January 4th, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Main Branch

Use the Library's tech toys to explore and create. At this event, you can use and create with robots, interactive computer programs and more! You will be amazed with what kids can do with our technology! 

PA Day Activities

With interactive programs that make STEAM learning fun, our drop-in PA Day programs are great for kids of all ages! There will be fun activities happening ALL DAY LONG! 

Pa day event

PA DAY: Movie Party (Ages: all)

January 21st, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Main Branch

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

Pa day event

PA Day: Calling All Engineers (Ages: all)

January 21st, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Calling all Engineers! If you like to build, this program is for you. Bring your imagination and we’ll supply the materials. We can’t wait to see what you create and construct! 

Pa day event

PA DAY: Marble Machines (Ages: all)

April 12th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Build a marble machine that will send a rolling marble through tunnels, tracks and bumpers to land in a catch at the end. You’ll need use your STEM thinking skills, teamwork and imagination to complete the challenge!