Family Events

Planetarium show

Live Planetarium Shows (Ages: all)

September 22nd, 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

Our week-long celebration of science and space concludes September 22 when Astronomy in Action's 25-foot inflatable planetarium will be in the Library for live 30-minute demonstrations. This will be an experience to remember for people of all ages and is part of Lifelong Learning Week

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

Registration is available for the following showtimes: 

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Register Online

2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.  Register Online

3:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.  Register Online

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Register Online

On beat culture days

On Beat Culture Days (Ages: all)

September 29th, 10:30am - 11:15am

Main Branch

To celebrate Culture Days BPL is hosting rhythm inspired events all day long!

• 10:30 a.m. - Paint-to-the-Beat: Listen to music and paint what you hear.
• 2:30 p.m. - Spare Parts Drum Kit: Build a drum kit with everyday items.

Elly MacKay author visit

Elly MacKay, Author & Artist Visit (Ages: all)

October 13th, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

Discover how stories and art come together with award winning picture book maker Elly MacKay. In celebration of Ontario Public Library Week, Elly will give an interactive demonstration of her unique picture book making process. Kids can also make a craft insprired by Elly's art, which was featured in O magazine.

Purple and gold literacy games

Purple and Gold Literacy Games (Ages: all)

October 14th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

The Laurier Students for Literacy invites families to explore literacy with fun and games. Activities for young and growing families will be run by Laurier students who will emphasize different word families and sight words for this purple and gold event.

Maker Fest

Maker Fest: Think It, Create It! (Ages: all)

October 20th, 11:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the maker movement that includes art, technology and DIY communities! With hands on interactive exhibits, this family friendly event will inspire your creativity and spark your curiosity.

Weekly skate exchange

Weekly Skate Exchange (Ages: all)

November 2nd, 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.

Maker storytelling

Maker Storytelling (Ages: all)

November 3rd, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Main Branch

Use maker technology to make your stories come to life in this hands on workshop. 

Fail game day

Fail Game Day (Ages: all)

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

Main Branch

Have you ever played a game and thought it was missing something? What would you do to make it better?
Some games just fail at being the ‘perfect’ game and we want to teach you how to change that!
Join us for our family “Fail Game Jam” where we take a look at some of our favourite games and we work together to make them better. 
Workshop will be led by Laurier Game Librarian, Michelle Goodridge.

In partnership with the Laurier Library and the WLU Game Design and Development Program. 

International games week

International Games Week (Ages: all)

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

Main Branch

International Games Week is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning! From November 4 to November 10 our regular evening programs are getting a gaming makeover!

Tuesday, November 6 - Coding Board Games
Wednesday, November 7 - DIY Paper Circuit Board Games
Thursday, November 8 - Gaming Artwork

In partnership with the Laurier Library and the WLU Game Design and Development Program. 

Pajama day

Pajama Day (Ages: all)

November 17th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Can you wake up the sleepy silent letters? Join the Laurier Students for Literacy team while playing games and having a great time - all in our pajamas!

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.

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: Art Party! (Ages: all)

October 2nd, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

Join us for a tech free PA Day focused on arts & crafts.

Pa day event

PA DAY: Get Messy with Science (Ages: all)

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

Main Branch

Join us for water science, sensory fun and chemical reactions that will have us getting messy with science at the library!

Pa day event

PA DAY: Movie Party (Ages: all)

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

Main Branch - 3rd Floor Auditorium

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

We will be showing:

September 14 - Show Dogs (92 mins., rated G)

October 2 & 19 - Ready Player One (140 mins., rated PG)

Holiday Programs

Holiday Photos

Holiday Photos (Ages: all)

November 13th, 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

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.