Programs

For programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at either library location or call the Main Branch at 519-756-2220 or the St. Paul Branch at 519-753-2179.

Drop-In Programs

BPL knitting circle

BPL Knitting Circle - Main Branch

November 22nd, 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 1st, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Main Branch

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! 

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 19+)

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

Main Branch

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

Note: Program runs until December 18th and then resumes on January 15. 

BPL knitting circle

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

November 29th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

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

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

December 5th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

Are you interested in tracing your family tree but unsure where to start? Or perhaps you've hit a brick wall in your research. We are here to help! The BPL Genealogy Club meets monthly - just drop in! 

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

December 3rd, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

Release stress and tension! Enjoy guided mantra meditations led by representatives from Lotus Meditation.

Puzzle Exchange

Puzzle Exchange

January 24th, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Calling jigsaw puzzle lovers! Tired of completing the same puzzle over and over again? Come on in, help us work a puzzle, and make a trade (or two).
Contact cferrell@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Seniors Events

Interview Skills

November 22nd, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Representatives from CareerLink will guide you through getting ready for today's job market. 

Register for one, or all three! 

Programs in this series include:

Job Search Techniques

How to Create an Effective Resume

Interview Skills

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

Register Online

seasonal celebration

Seniors @ BPL Event: Annual Seasonal Celebration

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

Main Branch

Celebrate the season! Hear Brian Moore’s talk about Canadian Christmas over Time and enjoy entertainment by the Beckett Serenaders, door prizes, and refreshments. Sponsored by Charlotte Villa (Revera Retirement Living).

Alzheimer society of Brant

Seniors @ BPL Event: Alzheimer’s Awareness

January 9th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Meet Laurie Ball of the Alzheimer Society of Brant to learn about Alzheimer's and the services available. 

Investment Planning

Financial Planning for Life - Investment Planning

January 31st, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Get information on investment strategies.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Financial Planning for Life Series include:

Investment Planning 
Retirement Planning
Wills and Estates

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

Register Online

Grand river grannies

Seniors @ BPL Event: Grand River Grannies

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

Main Branch

The Grand River Grannies raise awareness and generate funds to support Grandmothers, the unsung heroes of Africa, through donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Retirement Planning

Financial Planning for Life - Retirement Planning

February 21st, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Local bank representatives provide you with information on retirement planning.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Financial Planning for Life Series include:

Investment Planning 
Retirement Planning
Wills and Estates

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

Register Online

Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery

Seniors @ BPL Event: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery

March 20th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Anita Buehner will speak about Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery. Learn more about one of the loveliest places in Norfolk County.

Wills & Estates

Financial Planning for Life - Wills & Estates

March 21st, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Learn about wills and estates from a local lawyer.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Financial Planning for Life Series include:

Investment Planning 
Retirement Planning
Wills and Estates

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

Register Online

Save the evidence

Seniors @ BPL Event: Save the Evidence

April 10th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

The Brantford Public Library welcomes Carlie Myke, Outreach Coordinator, Woodland Cultural Centre, who will speak about the Save the Evidence Program and the renovations taking place at the Mohawk Institute.

Ready, set, plant

Ready, Set, Plant

April 13th, 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Main Branch

Find out how you can get your flower and vegetable gardens ready for planting. Learn about Equal Ground Community Gardens, vermiculture (worm composting), poultry keeping, and saving seeds. Featuring Gloria Ord, children’s activities, and local horticultural vendors.

Home & Hobbies

BPL knitting circle

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

November 29th, 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

November 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

Pop-Up Christmas Crafts at St. Paul

December 5th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

St. Paul Branch

Join us for an afternoon of crafting fun at the St. Paul Branch. 

December 5 - LED Christmas Card - Give your favourite someone a lighted Christmas card to celebrate the holiday season. 

Puzzle Exchange

Puzzle Exchange

January 24th, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Calling jigsaw puzzle lovers! Tired of completing the same puzzle over and over again? Come on in, help us work a puzzle, and make a trade (or two).
Contact cferrell@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Arts & Culture

The thinking place speaker series

The Thinking Place: A Lunchtime Speaker Series

November 28th, 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Main Branch

Every week will feature a new speaker and perspective on a topic of interest in the community, with opportunity for discussion to follow.

Upcoming speakers include:

November 21 - Jessica Delaney from the Brant County Health Unit, Cannabis and Your Health
November 28 - David Neumann, Brantford: Taking the Long View

December 5 - Aaron Wallace, Director of Strategic Planning and Community Partnerships with the City of Brant, How Does Cannabis Legalization Work?

GSOB annual spring concert

Guitar Society of Brantford Annual Spring Concert Series

April 6th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Future stars of the guitar! Please join us for our annual free concert series, created in partnership with the Guitar Society of Brantford. Performers can range from talented local students to international recording artists, and you're always guaranteed an afternoon of gorgeous classical guitar. Everyone and all ages welcome. 

Health & Wellness

Stop Smoking Workshops

Stop Smoking Workshop

November 22nd, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Join a representative from 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.

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

December 3rd, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

Release stress and tension! Enjoy guided mantra meditations led by representatives from Lotus Meditation.

Happy healthy holidays

Essential Oils: Series: Happy (Healthy) Holidays - Main Branch

December 11th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

The use of quality essential oils can lift your mood and reduce stress, boost your immune system, and offer healthier alternatives for household cleaners. Let representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Make 'n Take Project: Scented Holiday Ornament

Other upcoming programs in this series: 

Back 2 School

Battling Seasonal Threats

Holiday Hacks: DIY Gift Ideas

Happy (Healthy) Holidays

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

Register Online

Happy healthy holidays

Essential Oils Series: Happy (Healthy) Holidays - St. Paul Branch

December 13th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

The use of quality essential oils can lift your mood and reduce stress, boost your immune system, and offer healthier alternatives for household cleaners. Let representatives from doTERRA International lead you through free monthly workshops on all of these topics, and more! All materials for “make and take” products supplied. 

Make 'n Take Project: Scented Holiday Ornament

Other upcoming programs in this series: 

Back 2 School

Battling Seasonal Threats

Holiday Hacks: DIY Gift Ideas

Happy (Healthy) Holidays

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

Register Online

Getting back on track

Getting Back on Track

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

Main Branch

Nourish your mind, body and soul by getting yourself on your own priority list. Dr. Stacey Cooper-Latimer of Lifestyle Balance Solutions will teach you how to reenergize, and eat to reduce pain and inflammation.

Goal setting & essential oils

Essential Oils Series: Goal Setting & Essential Oils - St. Paul Branch

January 17th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

Register Online

Goal setting & essential oils

Essential Oils Series: Goal Setting & Essential Oils - Main Branch

January 24th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

Register Online

Beat those winter blues

Essential Oils Series: Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils - St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

Register Online

Beat those winter blues with essential oils

Essential Oils Series: Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils - Main Branch

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

Main Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

 

Register Online

Safe use of essential oils

Essential Oils Series: Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies - St. Paul Branch

March 28th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your moood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

Register Online

Safe use of essential oils for kids & babies

Essential Oils Series: Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies - Main Branch

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

Main Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions

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

Register Online

Essential cleaning

Essential Oils Series: Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solution - St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

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

Register Online

Essential cleaning with natural, safe, affordable, solutions

Essential Oils Series: Essential Cleaning with Natural, Safe & Affordable Solutions - Main Branch

April 25th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Quality essential oils can be used to lift your mood, boost your immune system, and are healthy alternatives for household cleaners and stress reduction! Join a doTERRA representative for free monthly workshops. Samples or DIY projects included as applicable.

Registration required for each session.

Goal Setting & Essential Oils

Beat Those Winter Blues with Essential Oils

Safe Use of Essential Oils for Kids & Babies

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

Register Online

Writing & Language

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 19+)

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

Main Branch

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

Note: Program runs until December 18th and then resumes on January 15. 

Creative support circle

Creative Support Circle

December 17th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Branch

Sit down with the Brantford Writers Circle, a small group of writers 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.

Lifescapes

Lifescapes: A Memoir Writing Program Orientation

January 15th, 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. 

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

Writers' Support Circle

Writers’ Support Circle

January 21st, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Branch

Sit down with members of the Brantford Writer's Circle, a group of writers 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. 

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

December 5th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

Are you interested in tracing your family tree but unsure where to start? Or perhaps you've hit a brick wall in your research. We are here to help! The BPL Genealogy Club meets monthly - just drop in! 

Technology & Computer Skills

3d printer

3D Certification Program (Ages: 13+)

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

Main Branch

Here's your chance to bring creativity to the next level!

The Library now offers card holders the chance to print 3D designs that last up to eight hours.

This certification program is mandatory for customers that want to print items that take longer than one hour.

The program will provide an introduction to 3D printing and cover resources needed to get you started creating and modifying designs.

The certification program is open to people ages 13+ and no previous experience is required.

The Library has a range of professional 3D printers, including one that prints in multiple colours.

Registration for the certification sessions is required. If you need assistance registering please call us at 519-756-2220.

Note – Customers can still drop in and print projects that last less than one hour without completing the certification program.

Registration is available for the following program times:

November 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register Online

November 27, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register Online

November 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register Online

December 11, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register Online

December 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register Online

Introduction to Learning 24/7

Introduction to Learning 24/7

January 15th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Online databases are designed for academic research, but offer so much more! Ours contain training tutorials, easy-to-understand health information, music lessons, knitting patterns, and countless other practical topics.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series.

Programs in the Computer Basics Series include:

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Smartboards

Introduction to Learning 24/7

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

January 15, 2:00 p.m. Register Online

April 16, 2:00 p.m.      Register Online

Introduction to word

Introduction to Microsoft Word

January 29th, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

Whether writing a letter or putting together the great Canadian novel, you need to know how to create, format, and save a word processing document. We can help.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Computer Basics Series include:

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Smartboards

Introduction to Learning 24/7

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

January 29, 11:00 a.m. Register Online

March 26, 11:00 a.m.    Register Online

Create a website

Create with Technology: Create a Website

January 29th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Learn to create your own website using a free online web hosting platform to showcase your organization, small business, or hobby. Basic computer skills required.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Create with Technology Series include:

Create with Silhouette Cameo

Create with Arduino

Create Home Business Marketing Documents

Create Easy-to-Use Budgeting Tools

Register Online

Introduction to Smartboards

Introduction to Smartboards

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

Main Branch

Smartboards are everywhere - at school, at work, and at the library! Learn how to set them up as portable monitors, explore touchscreen features, and develop confident presentation skills.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Computer Basics Series include:

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Smartboards

Introduction to Learning 24/7

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

Register Online

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Excel

February 26th, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Main Branch

Spreadsheets aren’t just for accountants. Learn how to create, format, and save a workbook, so you too can find out how spreadsheets can help you organize, plan, and keep on top of life’s chaos!

Register for all or one of the programs in this series.

Programs in the Computer Basics Series include:

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Smartboards

Introduction to Learning 24/7

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

February 26, 11:00 a.m. Register Online

April 9, 11:00 a.m.          Register Online

Silhouette cameo

Create with Technology: Create with Silhouette Cameo

February 26th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

The Silhouette Cameo allows a person to make precision custom cuts from paper, vinyl, fabric and other thin materials. Learn the basics and take your maker projects to the next level! 

Register for all or one of the programs in this series.

Programs in the Create with Technology Series include:

Create a Website

Create with Arduino

Create Home Business Marketing Documents

Create Easy-to-Use Budgeting Tools

Register Online

Create with Arduino

Create with Technology: Create with Arduino

March 26th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Join us as we experiment with Arduino kits to learn about basic electronics and coding, then borrow one of our kits to continue your exploration.

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Create with Technology Series include:

Create a Website

Create with Silhouette Cameo

Create Home Business Marketing Documents

Create Easy-to-Use Budgeting Tools

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

Register Online

Create home business marketing documents

Create with Technology: Create Home Business Marketing Documents

April 16th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Are you looking for cost-effective ways to make flyers, brochures, and business cards? Learn how with Microsoft Office. 

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Create with Technology Series include:

Create a Website

Create with Silhouette Cameo

Create with Arduino

Create Easy-to-Use Budgeting Tools

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

Register Online

Easy to use budgeting tools

Create with Technology: Create Easy-to-Use Budgeting Tools

April 30th, 11:00 - 11:59 pm

Main Branch

Impress yourself and gain confidence in your money management skills. See how templates made with Microsoft Excel can help you set budgets, track incoming funds and outgoing expenses, and make financial calculations easy. 

Register for all or one of the programs in this series. 

Programs in the Create with Technology Series include:

Create a Website

Create with Silhouette Cameo

Create with Arduino

Create Home Business Marketing Documents

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

Register Online

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

November 26th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Looking for help with e-books and audio-books or using our online services? Grab you latest gadget - tablet, e-reader, cell phone, laptop, MP3 player, and we'll 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

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

St. Paul Branch

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.