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 - Emma Donoghue (Ages: 18+)

November 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Main Branch

Donoghue’s 2010 book Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted into an academy award nominated film. Since she has written bestselling books The Wonder and Frog Music. Her upcoming book - Akin - will be released this fall.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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

November 28th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

BPL Chess Club

BPL Chess Club (Ages: 8+)

November 30th, 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+)

November 19th, 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+)

November 21st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St. Paul Branch

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

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

December 4th, 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! 

Seniors Events

2019 Seasonal Celebration

Seniors @ BPL Event: 2019 Seasonal Celebration

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

Main Branch

Come celebrate the season with the Seniors @ BPL Committee! Featuring door prizes, refreshments, and a presentation by Lillia Docktree from the Brant Museum & Archives on Victorian Christmas at Myrtleville House. Entertainment by the Beckett Serenaders. Sponsored by Revera Charlotte Villa Retirement Living.
 

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 18th, 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

November 21st, 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+)

November 21st, 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 28th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Branch

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

Recycled Paper Snowflakes

Recycled Paper Snowflakes - Main Branch

November 19th, 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

Cookie exchange

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

St. Paul 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

Gift Boxes

Gift Boxes

December 7th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Let your tiny present pack a punch! Join Kelley Pulham (aka the Craftin’ Granny) to make small gift boxes to
use instead of wrapping or bags.

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

Register Online

Felt Christmas ornaments

Felt Christmas Ornaments - St. Paul Branch

December 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 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

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

November 24th, 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
 

Podcasting 101

Podcasting 101

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

Main Branch

Do you have something to say? Make your voice heard through podcasting. Robert Lavigne has been creating podcasts for over a decade. Join him in lively discussion and discover the best equipment, techniques and inside tips for making your own podcast.

Two program dates are available: Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. 

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

Register Online

Health & Wellness

Restorative Meditation

Restorative Meditation

December 9th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Branch

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

Writing & Language

English Conversation Cafe

English Conversation Circles (Ages: 18+)

November 19th, 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

November 18th, 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

November 20th, 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

November 19th, 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

Genealogy Club

BPL Genealogy Club

December 4th, 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! 

Hands On History Series

Only a fraction of the Brant Museum & Archives collections make it into public exhibits. Get an inside peek with these 1-hour interactive displays and presentations on special topics. 

Presentations: 11:00 a.m. - Main Branch & 2:00 p.m. St. Paul Branch

Hands On History Remembrance

Hands On History: Remembrance (Ages: all)

November 20th, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Main & St. Paul Branch

Examine artifacts from WWII, including helmets and hats, medals, soldier’s kits and comforts. Brantford’s contributions at Normandy will be discussed, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Local history enthusiasts will also enjoy learning about library resources for finding genealogy and military records.

Presentations at: 

11:00 a.m. - Main Branch

2:00 p.m. - St. Paul Branch

Hands On History Auld Lang Syne

Hands On History: Auld Lang Syne

December 4th, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Main & St. Paul Branch

Enjoy New Years customs and celebrations from around the world, artifacts from a traditional North American new year celebration, and an invitation to upcoming Christmas festivities.

Presentations at:

11:00 a.m. - Main Branch

2:00 p.m. - St. Paul Branch

Technology & Computer Skills

Intro to Word

Introduction to Microsoft Word

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

Main Branch

Learn how to create, format, and save a word processing document.

Two program dates are available: Tuesday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Register Online

Digital Archiving

Introduction to Digital Archiving

December 3rd, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Do you have important photos or documents to preserve digitally? Our new large format scanner can convert photos into digital images and paper reports into searchable electronic documents. Get started on your digital archive with this 1-hour workshop.

Two program dates are available: Tuesday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Register Online

Intro to Excel

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

December 10th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Branch

Learn how to create, format, and save an Excel workbook.

Two program dates are available: Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Register Online

Virtual reality certification

Virtual Reality Certification - November 20 (Ages: 16+)

November 20th, 3:20pm - 3:40pm

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:

3:20 p.m.  Register Online

3:40 p.m.  Register Online

4:00 p.m.  Register Online

4:20 p.m.  Register Online

3d certification

3D Certification Program - November 26 (Ages: 13+)

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

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.

 Register Online

3d certification

3D Certification Program - December 4 (Ages: 13+)

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

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.

 Register Online