Programs

For Main programs requiring registration, sign up at the Information Desk at the Main Library or call 519-756-2220. To register for St. Paul programs sign up the Information Desk at the St. Paul Branch or call 519-753-2179.  Registration for Summer programs is still open.

Registration for Fall programs begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Adult Summer Reading

Join the Adult Summer Reading Club this summer!

It's free and open to all BPL cardholders 18 years of age and older.

Read a book or e-book or listen to an audiobook and submit your review online or in person at the library.

All elgible ballots will be entered in a draw to win great prizes!

Reviews will be accepted from July 3 to August 26.

First time users must register to create an account. Once registered, click login to record your reading activity.

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Library Bingo

Let's play a fun twist on a classic game! Keep track as you accomplish each task and qualify for multiple prize draws at the end of summer.

How to Play: Pick up your Bingo card, participate in library-themed tasks to complete a line, X or full card then enter to win!

Bingo sqares are availale at Library Information Desks beginning July 3. Entries can be submitted anytime between July 3 to August 26.

Drop-In Programs

Art supply

Colouring for Adults

August 21st, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Library

Join us for a stress-relieving evening of colouring! Materials will be provided, or bring your own projects.

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St. Paul Knitter’s Circle (Ages: 18+)

August 17th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

This informal knitting group meets at the St. Paul Library on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Drop-in for company, conversation, tea and advice from other knitters. Bring your knitting projects!

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Musical Matinees - Mamma Mia (Ages: All)

August 22nd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Library

Relax and join us for some of the most entertaining musicals ever produced.

We will be showing Mamma Mia, (2008, 108 mins.)

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Let’s Knit

September 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Do you like to knit or crochet? Bring in your projects and drop-in for company, advice and the occasional guest expert.

Brantford Pride

Brantford Pride Film Days

September 16th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

Presented in partnership with Brantford Pride.

Upcoming Films:

September 16 - Pride, (2015, 119 mins.)

November 18 - Three Generations (2015, 95 mins.)

BPL Chess Club

BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8+)

September 23rd, 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! 

Legendary Animators of the National Film Board of Canada

Legendary Animators of the National Film Board of Canada

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

Main Branch

Join Sandra Annett (Film Studies, Laurier University) for film clips and discussion about such internationally renowned and recognized artists as Richard Condie, Caroline Leaf, and Norman McLaren.

Adults & Seniors Events

Registration is required for all programs, call 519-756-2220 to register.

Traveling in Canada

Seniors @ BPL Event: Traveling in Canada

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

Main Branch

Celebrate Canada! Angela Karn from Senior’s Discovery Tours will talk about traveling in Canada. Sponsored by Charlotte Villa (Revera Retirement Living). Registration required.

Practical Downsizing

House in Order: A Series - Practical Downsizing

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

St. Paul Branch

Ready to get your house in order? Get advice and guidance from the experts at One Source Moving Solutions and local colourist and decorator, Michelle Mahoney. This months topic is Practical Downsizing. Registration required.

Discover the Bell Homestead

Seniors @ BPL Event: Discover the Bell Homestead

October 11th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

Brian Wood, Curator will speak to the group about the Bell Homestead National Historic Site. Sponsored by Charlotte Villa (Revera Retirement Living). Registration required.

De-stressing, De-cluttering, and Moving It All

House in Order: A Series - De-Stressing, De-Cluttering and Moving it All

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

St. Paul Branch

Ready to get your house in order? Get advice and guidance from the experts at One Source Moving Solutions and local colourist and decorator, Michelle Mahoney. This months topic is De-Stressing, De-Cluttering, and Moving it All. Registration required.

Organizing Your Finances

Money Smart Workshops - Organizing Your Finances in One Month

October 20th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Paul Branch

90-minute workshops presented in partnership with the Credit Counselling Society (CCS).

Organizing Your Finances in One Month

Are you ready for sudden illness, injury, or significant life changes? Learn which documents to store securely and create a "just in case" package to ensure a smooth financial transition. Registration required.

Making Your Spaces Work

House in Order: A Series - Making Your Spaces Work

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

St. Paul Branch

Ready to get your house in order? Get advice and guidance from the experts at One Source Moving Solutions and local colourist and decorator Michelle Mahoney. This months topic is: Making Your Space Work. Registration Required.

Brantford 150 Years Ago

Seniors @ BPL Event: Brantford 150 Years Ago

November 15th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Main Branch

What was it like to live in Brantford & Brant County at the time of Confederation? Featuring local historian and journalist Ruth Lefler. Sponsored by Charlotte Villa (Revera Retirement Living). Registration required.

Budgeting for an Irregular Income

Money Smart Workshops - Budgeting for an Irregular Income

November 22nd, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

St. Paul Branch

90-minute workshops presented in partnership with the Credit Counselling Society (CCS).

Budgeting for an Irregular Income

Practical guidance for the hourly, seasonal, commission, contract and self employed. Registration required.

Seasonal Celebration

Seniors @ BPL Event: Seasonal Celebration

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

Main Branch

Come celebrate the season with the Seniors @ BPL Committee. Entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by Charlotte Villa (Revera Retirement Living). Registration Required.

Get Crafty!

Fall arrangements

Fall Arrangements - Main Library

September 12th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Create a charming autumn centerpiece for your table. Registration Required.

Fall arrangements

Fall Arrangements - St. Paul Branch

September 20th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Create a charming autumn centerpiece for your table. Registration Required.

Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a Jar - Main Library

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

Main Branch

All the ingredients you need for a yummy batch of homemade cookies! Practical to have on hand, or a thoughtful gift. Registration required.

Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a Jar - St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

All the ingredients you need for a yummy batch of homemade cookies! Practical to have on hand, or a thoughtful gift. Registration required.

Halloween Lanterns

Halloween Lanterns

October 25th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Make your own customized lanterns using our electronic SIlhouette cutting machine. Registration required.

Puzzle Exchange

Puzzle Exchange

November 9th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Calling all jigsaw enthusiasts!
Tired of completing the same puzzle over and over again? Come on in, help us work a puzzle, and trade for new puzzles.
Contact Chris at cferrell@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Victorian Style Hair Decorations

Victorian Style Hair Decorations - St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Feathers, flowers, and bling! Create your own Victorian Era inspired hair clips or comb. Registration required.

Victorian Style Hair Decorations

Victorian Style Hair Decorations - Main Branch

November 21st, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Feathers, flowers and bling! Create your own Victorian Era inspired hair clip or comb. Registration required.

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts - St. Paul Branch

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

St. Paul Branch

Design seasonal tags, cards and decorations in this hands-on workshop. Registration required.

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts - Main Branch

December 12th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Design seasonal tags, cards and decorations in this hands-on workshop. Registration required.

Health & Wellness

Stop Smoking Workshops

Stop Smoking Workshop

August 17th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Join Barbara Dawson, of 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

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

Main Branch

Join representatives from Lotus Meditation for guided mantra meditations and tension relieving stretches.

Faithful Companions and Best Friends

Faithful Companions and Best Friends

October 5th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

Meet Carol Thurlby from the Brant Animal Aid Foundation and hear how they help seniors and pets stay together in health and companionship.

Writing & Language

Writers Support Circle

Writers Support Circle

September 18th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

Sit down with the Brantford Writers Circle! We meet as equals to share our writing and a friendly exchange of ideas. Email Robin Harding at rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for more information.

Brantford Poetry Workshop

The Brantford Poetry Workshop

September 7th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Branch

The BPW invites you to share poetry you’ve written and poetry you like with other local poets in a supportive atmosphere that encourages constructive dialogue.

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Cafe (Ages: 19+)

September 12th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

For newcomers to Canada, 19 years and older, who want to improve their English and make new friends.

Lifescapes

Lifescapes: A Memoir Writing Program

September 19th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Main Branch

What are your stories? We meet biweekly for writing guidance and support, and publish an annual anthology of short memoirs.

Orientation and book launch: Tuesday, September 19th.

Please contact rharding@brantford.library.on.ca for late registration.

French for Beginners

French for Beginners (Adult)

October 10th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Branch

Have you ever wanted to learn French? Does your young French Immersion student need homework help? This 10-week program is designed for beginners and those with core French looking to refresh and improve their skills. There is a materials fee of $100 for CPF Ontario Members and $125 for Non-CPF Members (which includes an annual CPF Membership). Contact Canadian Parents for French – Brantford at cpfbrantford@gmail.com for more info.

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

September 13th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Main Branch

Interested in tracing your family tree? Not sure where to start or perhaps you’ve hit a dead end in your research. The BPL Genealogy Club meets once a month. Learn about various resources that may help you with your research and talk to fellow genealogists. New members welcome! Just drop-in.

Intro to Ancestry

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition

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

Main Branch

Are you new to Ancestry and having problems navigating the site? If so, come in and learn some tips and tricks to get you started. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

First World War Military Records

First World War Military Records

October 19th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Branch

Learn to search military service records online including Attestation Papers, War Diaries, The London Gazette and other sources.
Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

Basic Computer Series

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Digitize Your Family Album

August 29th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library Computer Lab

We will show you how to use your Library’s amazing new maker space technology to convert your old photographs, slides & VHS tapes into digital format. Registration Required. Only 9 spaces available.

Computer Confidence

Tech Talk with Amy - Improve Your Computer Confidence

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

Main Branch

Every session will feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing how to improve your computer confidence on September 6.

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Introduction to Microsoft Word

September 26th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Learn how to create, format, and use Word documents. Basic computer skills required. Only 9 spaces available. Registration is required.

Create your own Website

Create Your Own Website

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

Main Branch

Create your own website using a free online web-hosting platform to showcase your small business or hobby. Basic computer skills required. Registration Required. 9 spaces only.

Library Apps

Tech Talk with Amy - Library Apps

October 4th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Branch

Every session will feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing Library Apps. Just drop in!

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi - Collection Launch

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

Main Branch

A hands-on introduction to the Raspberry Pi. Learn how to get started and try a simple project -- then be first to borrow a kit! Basic computer skills required.

Registration Required.

Excel

Introduction to Excel

October 24th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Learn to create basic Excel spreadsheets and workbooks. Basic computer skills required. Only 9 spaces. Registration required.

Fake News

Tech Talk with Amy - Fake News

November 1st, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Branch

Every session will feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing Fake News on November 1.

Online Tutorials

Introduction to Online Tutorials

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

Main Branch

Learn about free and user-friendly online tutorials. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

Organize your digital photos

Organize Your Digital Photos (BYOD)

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

Main Branch

Do you have a digital photo mess? Bring Your Own Device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and learn how to move and organize your digital photos into an efficient filing system.

Apps 101

Tech Talk with Amy - Apps 101

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

Main Branch

Every session wil feature one technology and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will be discussing Apps 101 on November 22. Just drop in!

Windows-10

Introduction to Windows 10

December 5th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Learn about the basics of Windows 10. Basic computer skills required. Registration required. Only 9 spaces available.

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

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

Main Library

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.

Tech Time

Tech Time! Tech Help Clinics @ St. Paul Branch

September 14th, 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.