Programs

For programs that require registration, register online through the event listing, beginning September 3, 2019.

Bell City Author Series

Bell City Author Series

Bell City Author Series - Alicia Elliott (Ages: 18+)

January 23rd, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Branch

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She's had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Her best-selling first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was released in March 2019 to critical acclaim.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Bell City Author Series

Bell City Author Series - Helen Humphreys (Ages: 18+)

April 9th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Branch

Helen Humphreys' most recent acclaimed work of non-fiction is The Ghost Orchard. Her most previous, The Evening Chorus, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and was a national bestseller. Her memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Previous novels include Coventry, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Afterimage, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; Leaving Earth, which won the Toronto Book Award; and The Lost Garden, which was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Drop-In Programs

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - Main Branch

December 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

BPL Chess Club

BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8+)

December 14th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Main Branch

Members of the Brantford Chess Club offer basic instruction and tips on improving your game.

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 18+)

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

Main Branch

This program is for newcomers to Canada, 18 years and older, who want to improve their English speaking skills and make new friends. A partnership of YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services – YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and Brantford Public Library, supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Call 519-752-4568 ext. 3645 for information.
 

BPL knitting circle

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

December 19th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

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

Seniors Events

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

December 16th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Need assistance with eBooks and Audiobooks, or using your device? Bring your gadget -- tablet, e-reader, cell phone, laptop, or MP3 player -- and we’ll 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.

Tech Time

Tech Time! Tech Help Clinics @ St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Need assistance with eBooks and Audiobooks, or using your device? Bring your gadget -- tablet, e-reader, cell phone, laptop, or MP3 player -- and we’ll 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.

Home & Hobbies

BPL knitting circle

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

December 19th, 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

December 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

Felt Christmas Ornaments

Felt Christmas Ornaments - Main Branch

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

Main Branch

Join us for an afternoon or evening of crafting. Let us show you how you can make these simple items, perfect for giving or for decoration. All materials provided. Registration required.

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

Register Online

Arts & Culture

BPL Ukulele Group

BPL Ukulele Group

December 15th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

TB Costain-SC Johnson Community Centre & Main Branch

Bring your ukulele and jam! Perfect for ukulele enthusiasts of all skill levels. (Basic instruction and a limited number of instruments available.)

In partnership with Musical Motion and Brantford Parks & Recreation.

August 25 & September 29 - TB Costain-SC Johnson Community Centre

October 27, November 24, December 15 - Main Branch
 

Health & Wellness

Writing & Language

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 18+)

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

Main Branch

This program is for newcomers to Canada, 18 years and older, who want to improve their English speaking skills and make new friends. A partnership of YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services – YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and Brantford Public Library, supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Call 519-752-4568 ext. 3645 for information.
 

Writers' Support Circle

Writers’ Support Circle

December 16th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Branch

Sit down with the Brantford Writers’ Circle, a small group of authors 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 and to register. 

How to tell stories

How to Tell Stories: Tips, Techniques & Telling Tales

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

St. Paul Branch

Whether coaxing your kids to sleep at night or pitching an idea at work, it pays to be a persuasive and engaging storyteller. These supportive and interactive workshops feature the Brant Story Time Entertainers. 

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

Register Online

Lifescapes

Lifescapes: A Memoir Writing Program

December 17th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Branch

We meet biweekly from October to May for writing guidance and support, and publish an annual anthology of short memoirs. It is a challenge to begin midway through, but we'll help you catch up. 

Click here to find out more about the Lifescapes 2019 Book Launch

Please contact rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for more information and to register.  

Genealogy & Local History

Technology & Computer Skills

Virtual reality certification

Virtual Reality Certification Program - December 17 (Ages: 16+)

December 17th, 6:20pm - 6:40pm

Main Branch

Get an introduction to virtual reality and learn how to use VR in the library in a session for individuals or small groups up to 6. Participants 16+ will be certified to use the VR independently on future visits. 

Get an introduction to virtual reality and learn how to use VR in the library in a session for individuals or small groups up to 6. Participants 16+ will be certified to use the VR independently on future visits. 

Register for one of the following sessions:

6:20 p.m.  Register Online

6:40 p.m.  Register Online

7:00 p.m.  Register Online