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You can register for programs online, by calling 403.260.2620, or in person at your community library. You’ll need a valid Library card number and PIN for each person attending the program. Both parents/caregivers and children must have valid library memberships to register for all parented children’s programs. Library cards are free; register online or at your community library. 

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From: 15/Aug/2020 - To: 22/Oct/2020

1930's Inglewood Through the Eyes of a Child of New Danish Immigrants

Join Storyteller, artist and author Karen Gummo who will share Mogensen family stories to celebrate the life of her father, Hugh Mogensen, born at Calgary's General Hospital in 1930. Enjoy a glimpse of early "East Calgary" , a trying time mixed with surprise and delight.

Audience: Adults

Adventures in Mapmaking

Join Historian in Residence Shaun Hunter to find out about her project to map Calgary’s literary landmarks. Shaun will share her motivation behind the project, and a few of the treasures she’s found in the city’s storied landscape.

Audience: Adults

Alberta Bear Care

Alberta is home to two different species of bears, who are very important to our environment. During this presentation, we will learn how bears live in the wild, and what we humans can do to help protect our bear neighbours!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Art + Entomology = Artomology?

Art meets science in this unique drawing activity brought to you by real live tarantulas, beetles, millipedes, and more. By observing these leggy little models we will learn the basics of insect anatomy and then draw our own very own creative critters at home.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Baby Rhyme Time

Welcome your baby to the Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories that will make your baby smile.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 2 years with a parent/caregiver

Bat Basics

Discover the world of bats, and bust some bat-phobic myths. In partnership with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Book Discussion Group: Bucket List Books

We all have them. The books we’ve been meaning to read; the ones we neglected in school; the ones that languish on our shelves. Good news! The time has come to read these timeless classics. Join like-minded readers the second Wednesday of every month for a lively online discussion.

Audience: Adults

Book Discussion Group: Food for Thought

Join fellow foodies online and explore different cookbook authors, cuisines, food memories, techniques and more, as we share what we’re eating and reading. Each month has a different theme and is jam packed with kitchen tips, tricks, and resources.

Audience: Adults

Books & Ideas: Queer Fear with John Fram

Heralded as one of the top summer reads, Fram’s debut novel The Bright Lands is generating lots of buzz for its thrills and high octane suspense. Author PJ Vernon hosts a discussion with American author Fram on small towns, coming of age novels, and the queer horror genre.

Audience: Adults

Books & Ideas: Taking A Break From Saving the World

One of the greatest costs of building a better world is burnout. Join renowned author and conservationist Stephen Legault as he discusses his book Taking A Break From Saving the World with Jeremy Klaszus, Calgary journalist and editor of The Sprawl. At a time when our society is in a state of chronic stress, this is a conversation that we all need.

Audience: Adults

Calgarians Against Nuclear Arms

From 1959 to 1963 there was a small disarmament movement in Canada. Opposition to the notion of nuclear weapons in Canada was politically challenging in Calgary. Nevertheless, many Cold War Calgarians spoke out against nuclear arms. Led by Dr. Nicole Marion-Patola, Know History.

Audience: Adults

Canadian Animal

Canada is home to many different animals. Join us and profile a Canadian animal, build its habitat, and teach each other about the creatures that live beyond our backyards. Led by Kids Code Jeunesse.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Career Basics: Career Transitions

Thinking of moving to a new career? Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid-life and how to smoothly transition to a new career through networking and resumé strategies during this online program.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Interview Skills

Win over your job competition by improving your interview skills. Learn about different types of questions and how to answer them effectively during this online program.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Networking

How can you find a job during the pandemic? Learn how to network with people effectively over LinkedIn and using other methods without leaving your home so you can find a job during this online program.

Audience: Adults

Come into the Woods

Turn your experiences into tales worth telling! Learn oral storytelling techniques from a master of the tradition.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Drawing for Animation

The art of Animation is as easy as drawing circles and lines! Cultivate your drawing abilities by applying some simple tips and tricks on staging, body language, proportions, and perspective! All with basic shapes! By the end of the course, you will have a ready to animate story frame!

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 17

ELL Conversation Circle (Intermediate)

Join this free, online conversation group to practice speaking English, meet new virtual friends, and learn about local community and culture. The program is open to all adults (ages 18+) with limited spaces available. Please register for all three classes in this session.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Storytime

Join us online for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8 with a parent/caregiver

Find Your Own Comedy Style

Practice five laugh-tested writing and performance tips with a professional comedian.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Fire Safety for Kids (Ages 9-12)

Did you know cooking fires are the number one causes of home fires? Learn how to be safe in the kitchen. You will also learn about the fire hazards in your bedroom and how to make your bedroom the safest room in your home. Have you ever done a fire drill at home? Learn how in this session in partnership with the Calgary Fire Department.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Go Stamps Go!

From Mounties playing rugby in front of the Deane House to R. B. Bennett performing a ceremonial kick off at Mewata Stadium during the Depression, the team we love had a parallel history with Calgary. Shelly McElroy presents a fan’s perspective of the Stampeders. No green allowed!

Audience: Adults

Guitar 101

Always wanted to learn guitar? From tuning to chords, we’ll explore the basic skills you’ll need to get playing.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Join CBC Kids host, Janaye, for a Virtual Hangout!

Join CBC Kids morning host, Janaye, for an exciting and fun filled program including charades, dancing, and more.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Join CBC Kids Host, Tony, for a Virtual Hangout!

Join CBC Kids morning host, Tony, for a fun program filled with songs, creative art collaborations, stories, and silliness!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Let's Draw

Unleash your inner artist and create a digital masterpiece using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch. Learn to use the pen tool, steps, and turns to transform your computer into a Spirograph-making machine! Each session will start with a hands-on art project to get the creative juices flowing, before leading into our coding activity.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Let's Play

Tag - you’re it! Join us as we build a simple tag game including scoring, costume changes, and sound. Participants will have the opportunity to set the stage, add characters, and make the game their own! Led by Kids Code Jeunesse.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Magical Moments with Magical Memories

Join Magical Memories as they enchant you with stories from your favorite fairytales read to you by their wonderful characters.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Making Instruments

Discover the building blocks of music, pitch, and volume, by building a musical instrument of your very own: a Sound Sandwich!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Making Patterns

Pitch, rhythm, pulse—everything about music can be explained with patterns! Together, we’ll explore the intersections between music and patterns.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Observing the Night Sky (Ages 6 to 8)

Are you ready to dive deep into outer space? Join us as we conclude our summer programming by taking a trip around our very own galaxy and beyond! Learn about constellations, nebulae, galaxies, and just about everything you can look up and see in amazement!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Observing the Night Sky (Ages 9 to 12)

Are you ready to dive deep into outer space? Join us as we conclude our summer programming by taking a trip around our very own galaxy and beyond! Learn about constellations, nebulae, galaxies, and just about everything you can look up and see in amazement!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Outdoor Family Storytime at the Library

Come join us for stories, rhymes, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: All Ages

PodChats

PodChats is a modern take on the book club: every month, participants get an assigned podcast to listen to on their own, then come together online to discuss characters, stories, structure, and production elements of the episode. Prof. Meg Wilcox is your facilitator and curator, but you will find a mix of different presenters every month.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Pre-contact Indigenous Specialisations

Learn about the wide variety of knowledge found in Blackfoot Territory before contact. From large trade centres, successful brain surgery, and weapon making, to plant medicine, women warriors, and more. Led by Dr. Linda Many Guns, Professor, University of Lethbridge Indigenous Studies.

Audience: Adults

Reptiles as Pets

Join us and meet some commonly kept pet reptiles and learn about their care.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Reptiles In Our Backyard

Reptiles are everywhere! Join us and meet some North American Species and learn how they adapt.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Reptiles of Australia

Join us and meet some of the lizards, snakes, and frogs that call “Down Under” home!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Small Business Tuesdays: Get Selling Online

Ensure your business has everything it needs to sell to your customers through online channels. Led by Mark Shields in partnership with Business Link.

Audience: Adults

Space Burps

Q: How do astronauts burp in space? A: Very carefully! In a zero gravity environment like space, there are no forces to keep your food down and the gas up - so it’s a bit of a gamble what might come out when you burp! Join us for a trip to space we will get the giggles going.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Squirmy Wormy Bug Science

You dig in the dirt and find a long, skinny creature squirming along. It's a worm, right? Maybe not! Dig a little deeper into bug science and learn the difference between earthworms, millipedes, beetle larvae, and more. The best part? Live animals for you to meet and inspect up close.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Story Pals Online

Pet Access League Society (PALS) volunteers and their highly socialized dogs provide a calm, accepting presence for children to practise reading aloud. During the program, young readers are paired with different dogs for several 10-minute sessions to read aloud. Readers must have their own book pre-chosen and available to read to the dog.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12 with a parent/caregiver

Tech Mentors

Technology can be challenging, but we’re here to help! Volunteers with strong computer skills will work with you one-on-one to answer your tech questions. Learn how to use platforms like Zoom; get help or practice your skills with new software, websites, or devices; or connect with useful Library resources like ebooks, movies, and online learning.

Audience: Adults

The Science Behind Storm Chasing

Discover the science behind Alberta’s wild weather, how to be safe during active weather, and get inspired to learn more about meteorology.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Wildlife Rescue

Join us for a close look into the inner workings of a local wildlife rehabilitation centre! During this presentation, we will explore the many reasons why animals are admitted to the hospital, how we care for wildlife patients and what to do if you find an injured wild animal.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12 independent of a parent/caregiver

Yoga at Home

Join Yoga Shala Calgary for free yoga classes from the comfort of your home, to calm both the body and mind so you can become more at ease. All ages and abilities welcome.

Audience: All Ages

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Birds (Ages 10 to 12)

Join CPAWS and Green Calgary as you become a bird scientist with this fun-filled and interactive citizen science program. Discover local bird species, explore why we need them, and hone your bird identification skills. Then, go out and take action to help our threatened flying friends. In the end, you too will be a certified citizen scientist!

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Birds (Ages 7 to 9)

Join CPAWS and Green Calgary as you become a bird scientist with this fun-filled and interactive citizen science program. Discover local bird species, explore why we need them, and hone your bird identification skills. Then, go out and take action to help our threatened flying friends. In the end, you too will be a certified citizen scientist!

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 9

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Pollinators (Ages 10 to 12)

Join CPAWS and Green Calgary as you become a bug scientist with this fun-filled and interactive citizen science program. Discover what pollinators are, explore why we need them, and hone your bug identification skills. Then, go out and take action to help our threatened flying friends. In the end, you too will be a certified citizen scientist!

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Pollinators (Ages 7 to 9)

Join CPAWS and Green Calgary as you become a bug scientist with this fun-filled and interactive citizen science program. Discover what pollinators are, explore why we need them, and hone your bug identification skills. Then, go out and take action to help our threatened flying friends. In the end, you too will be a certified citizen scientist!

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 9

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Urban Wildlife

Join CPAWS and Green Calgary as you become a wildlife scientist with this fun-filled program. Discover which species survive in the urban jungle, explore the struggles they face, and hone your wildlife identification skills. Then, go out and take action to help threatened urban animals. In the end, you too will be a certified citizen scientist!

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 12 to 16

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