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

September 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

BPL Chess Club

BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8+)

October 6th, 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+)

September 25th, 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 Services - YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/ Brantford and Brantford Public Library. Supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Call 519-752-4568 ext. 3645 for information.

Runs from September 11 to December 18. Program breaks for holidays and resumes on January 15. 

BPL knitting circle

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

October 4th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

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

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

October 10th, 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

October 1st, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

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

Seniors Events

Zig Misiak

Seniors @ BPL Event: Meet Zig Misiak

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

Main Branch

Governor General of Canada medal winner and local author Zig Misiak will speak about Remembrance Day, his early life as a World War II baby refugee and the books that he has published.

Job search techniques

Looking for Work after 45 - A St. Paul & CareerLink Series - Job Search Techniques (Ages: 45+)

November 1st, 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

test & studies for Canadian drivers over 70

Seniors @ BPL Event: Drawing Clocks and Driving Cars: Test & Studies for Canadian Drivers over 70

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

Main Branch

Join Dr. Brenda Vrkljan, from the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster, for a presentation on aging, medical fitness to drive, and transportation mobility.

How to create an effective resume

Looking for Work after 45 - A St. Paul & CareerLink series - How to Create an Effective Resume (Ages: 45+)

November 15th, 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

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).

Home & Hobbies

BPL knitting circle

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

October 4th, 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

September 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

Urban farming series

Urban Farming Series: Saving Seeds Workshop

October 23rd, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Ever dream of having your own farm but can't afford to live in the country? There are many ways that you can have a small backyard farm. Join us for this 3-part series on Urban Farming where you will find out how to save seeds, keeps chickens and produce honey. 

Programs in this series include: 

City Chickens: How to keep poultry in the city 

Presented by Joanna St. Jacques, a member of the Brant County Poultry, Pigeon & Pet Stock Association. 

Saving Seeds Workshop

Presented by Andy Tonkin of Equal Ground Community Gardens. 

Beekeeping: Taking care of our pollinators

Presented by Kari Raymer Bishop of Bishop Family Bees. 

Holiday giving card-making workshop

Holiday Giving: An Intermediate Card-Making Workshop

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

Main Branch

Keep in touch with your friends and family this holiday season with handsome handmade cards. This 2-hour workshop is for the experienced paper crafter interestedin developing stamping techniques. Featuring Kelly Pulham (aka the Craftin’ Granny) an independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. 

Also join us for Giving Gratitude: A Card-Making Workshop for Beginners

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

Register Online

Urban farming series

Urban Farming Series: Beekeeping - Taking Care of Pollinators

November 19th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

Ever dream of having your own farm but can't afford to live in the country? There are many ways that you can have a small backyard farm. Join us for this 3-part series on Urban Farming where you will find out how to save seeds, keeps chickens and produce honey. 

Programs in this series include: 

City Chickens: How to keep poultry in the city 

Presented by Joanna St. Jacques, a member of the Brant County Poultry, Pigeon & Pet Stock Association. 

Saving Seeds Workshop

Presented by Andy Tonkin of Equal Ground Community Gardens. 

Beekeeping: Taking care of our pollinators

Presented by Kari Raymer Bishop of Bishop Family Bees. 

Arts & Culture

The thinking place speaker series

The Thinking Place: A Lunchtime Speaker Series

September 26th, 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:
September 26 - David Chapman, Storm Chasing in Ontario
October 3 - Sujata Singh, The Climate Reality Project
October 10 – The Renaissance Quartet, Survival Skills for a String Quartet
October 17 – The Ontario Paranormal Society, Tales of Paranormal Investigation
October 24 - Steve Bredschneider, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
October 31 - Jacques Pauwels, Images of War

November 7 – Heather McNally, Discover Brantford Municipal Airport
November 14 - Tarah Brookfield, Our Voices Must Be Heard
November 21 - Michelle Davis of Tweed Farms, Medicinal Cannabis
November 28 - David Neumann, Brantford: Taking the Long View

Health & Wellness

Stop Smoking Workshops

Stop Smoking Workshop

September 27th, 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

October 1st, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

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

What is naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic Medicine: A St. Paul’s Speaker Series - What is Naturopathic Medicine?

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

St. Paul Branch

From herbal therapies to lifestyle counselling, come meet Naturopathic Doctors from Holistic Healing Arts and learn about the tenets and tools of practice. 

Events in this series include:

What is Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine in Practice

The First Visit

Registration is required for each individual event.

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

Register Online

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Battling Seasonal Threats - Main Branch

October 9th, 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: Germ Buster Blend

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

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Battling Seasonal Threats - St. Paul Branch

October 4th, 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: Germ Buster Blend

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

Naturopathic medicine in practice

Naturopathic Medicine: A St. Paul’s Speaker Series - Naturopathic Medicine in Practice

October 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

St. Paul Branch

Learn about naturopathic approaches to allergies, cold prevention, and preparing for winter. 

Events in this series include:

What is Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine in Practice

The First Visit

Registration is required for each individual event.

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

Register Online

The First Visit

Naturopathic Medicine: A St. Paul’s Speaker Series - The First Visit

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

St. Paul Branch

Are you considering consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor? Learn what to expect, the questions to ask, and how to prepare. 

Events in this series include:

What is Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine in Practice

The First Visit

Registration is required for each individual event.

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

Register Online

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Holiday Hacks: DIY Gift Ideas - Main Branch

November 6th, 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: Small DIY Gift

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

Essential oils series

Essential Oils Series: Holiday Hacks: DIY Gift Ideas - St. Paul Branch

November 8th, 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: Small DIY Gift

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

Essential oils series

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

Essential oils series

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

Writing & Language

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 19+)

September 25th, 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 Services - YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/ Brantford and Brantford Public Library. Supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Call 519-752-4568 ext. 3645 for information.

Runs from September 11 to December 18. Program breaks for holidays and resumes on January 15. 

Lifescapes

Lifescapes: A Memoir Writing Program Orientation

September 25th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Branch

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

Watch for book launch coming on August 21st!

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

Creative support circle

Creative Support Circle

October 15th, 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.

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

October 10th, 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! 

First World War Military records

First World War Military Records

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

Main Branch

Learn about searching WWI military service records online, including Attestation Papers, War Diaries, the London Gazette, and other sources.

Online registration required, if you need assistance registering please call us at 519-756-2220. Only 9 spaces available.

Register Online

Ancestry.com an introduction

Ancestry.com: An Introduction

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

Main Branch

Are you new to Ancestry and having problems navigating the site? We'll get you started.

Online registration required, if you need assistance registering please call us at 519-756-2220. Only 9 spaces available.

Register Online

Technology & Computer Skills

Silhouette cameo: the basics

Silhouette Cameo: The Basics

October 2nd, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Branch

The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutter that cuts precise shapes from paper, vinyl, fabric and other thin materials. Learn the basics of creating with the Cameo and take your maker projects to the next level.

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

Register Online

3d printer

3D Certification Program (Ages: 13+)

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

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:

October 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       Register Online

October 9, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.       Register Online

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

October 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.     Register Online

October 23, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.     Register Online

October 30, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.     Register Online

November 1, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Register Online

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

November 10, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register Online

November 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register Online

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 4, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 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

promote your home business

DIY Promote Your Home Business

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

Main Branch

Want to promote a small or home-based business? Let us help you create some basic promotional items. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to design your own flyers, brochures, and business cards using Microsoft Office.

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

Register Online

Intro to 3d design and printing

Introduction to 3D Design and Printing @ Grand River Hall, Brantford Games Network

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

Grand River Hall, Brantford Games Network Lab

Learn the basics of 3D printing. Participants will learn to design a simple object, find designs online, prepare a file for printing and learn how to use the library’s 3D printer to print their design. This program is being held at Grand River Hall, Brantford Games Network Lab. In partnership with the Laurier Library and the WLU Game Design and Development Program. 

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

Register Online

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.

Market your home business

Market Your Home Business: Budget Tracking & Basic Project Management

November 13th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Main Branch

Impress yourself and feel confident in your money management skills. Use Microsoft Excel to set a simple budget, track incoming funds and outgoing expenses, and make financial calculations easy. 

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

September 24th, 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

October 18th, 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.