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From: 18/Jan/2021 - To: 16/Apr/2021

Aging in Place – My Community

Will you use the same types of transportation you use now when you are older? What safety concerns do you have as you age? What supports and services may you need to live independently? Explore these and related questions around supports, services, transportation and safety.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place – My Finances

Think about the state of your finances and your sources of income now. What will they be like when you are 70, 80,or 90? Explore the options available to you when it comes to the financial decision making process, especially if or when you are not able to manage your finances.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Aging in Place – My Home

Think about the home you live in now. Do you plan to live there when you are 80 or 90? Explore the long term issues around continuing ownership, such as major repairs, as well as future options if you are currently renting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

AI Connect: Artificial Intelligence - Present and Future

What is artificial Intelligence? How does it affect our lives? Join the University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science to discuss different applications of AI and what its future holds for our society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

AI Connect: Decision-making in an Encoded World

Join the University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science to see how we use artificial intelligence to make decisions across a wide range of domains. What are some of the impacts of using these systems? Dive into some of these questions by becoming part of a human neural network and see how you feel about your collective decisions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

AI Connect: Machine Learning- Learning how to learn

Machine learning is everywhere – helping the world run a little more smoothly by helping us make complex decisions. But how does machine learning work? This talk will demystify machine learning by showing you the simple concepts we use to create computers that learn.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Animal Adaptations

Join us as we discuss the fascinating physical and behavioural characteristics of local wildlife that help them to survive in their environments!

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Antisemitism: 76 years After the Holocaust

Join renowned professor and historian Deborah Lipstadt in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Deborah is best known for being sued for libel by a Holocaust denier and whose story was depicted in the 2016 film Denial. She will talk about Holocaust denial, antisemitism, and her ongoing experiences in combating them.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Art + Entomology = Artomology? (Ages 8 to 12)

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 8 to 12

Astro Pi: Send Your Code into Orbit!

It’s time to take your coding skills to infinity—and beyond. Participate in the Mission Zero challenge and send your code to space! Participants will use Python coding to send a message to the astronauts on the International Space Station.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

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 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Better Choices, Better Health®

This six-week workshop will teach you how to reduce fatigue, improve your sleep, manage stress, and eat healthier, all while practising goal setting and decision making. Register at https://app.bookking.ca/ahlpcalgarypub/courses/index.asp or phone 403.943.2584.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Better Choices, Better Health®: Chronic Pain

This six-week workshop will help you discover techniques to control your chronic pain, and to manage your overall health while making everyday tasks easier.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Birds of Prey

Learn amazing facts, such as the difference between a raptor and a falcon and which bird of prey is like a stealth bomber.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Black Holes

We know them from fiction but what are they in reality? They are not the cosmic vacuum cleaner you may think.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 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 - Ages 18 and up

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 - Ages 18 and up

Books & Ideas with Samantha Bailey

Fans of suspense are in for a real treat as the #1 bestselling author of Woman on The Edge sits down with suspense writer P J Vernon to discuss thrillers, dark secrets, and how to keep readers turning the page.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Buying Your First Home in Canada

Join this online program to learn about mortgages in Canada including types of mortgages; the difference between term and amortization; the difference between fixed term and variable term; the question of buying vs. renting, and how to qualify for a mortgage in Canada.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Canadian Immigration Process: Applying for Permanent Residence from inside Canada

Join this online program to learn about the process for applying for permanent residence from inside Canada for refugees and family members on humanitarian and economic grounds.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Candy Characters

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Who likes Hershey Kisses? Let’s get together and draw our favourite candies, transforming them into fully realized cartoon characters.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Candy Chemistry

Discover the science hiding in Skittles. Explore buoyancy, reactivity, and the odds of finding your favourite colour. How sweet it is! Each participant will be provided with a science kit containing the materials needed for a hands-on science adventure. The kits will be available for pick-up from the library before the start of the program.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 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 - Ages 18 and up

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 - Ages 18 and up

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 - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Resume Development

Are you looking for a job? Learn how to create a professional resumé to put your best foot forward during this online program.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Chair of Christian Thought Lebel Lecture in Christian Ethics: The Death of God and the Lives of Women

Dr Kate Kirkpatrick (Oxford) assesses Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex as a revaluation of the value of love. She brings Beauvoir's discussions of the command -- love your neighbour as yourself -- into dialogue with Beauvoir's discussions of the myths of love to argue that this work is indebted to the Augustinian tradition of Christian ethics.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Climate Game Changers

Do you want to change the climate change game? Join CPAWS to explore the history of Alberta and investigate past and present climate changes. Discover the impacts that climate change has on plants, animals, ecosystems and us in Alberta. Become a Climate Game Changer and take action for our planet today!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

COPD – Breathing Matters

Learn what Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is and the lung medications and inhalers to address symptoms. Discover helpful breathing tips. In partnership with Alberta Health Services Healthy Living Program.

Audience: Adults

Creative Writing Club

Register to play literacy games, work on your creative writing, explore different writing styles, and get help on your school writing assignments--all online!

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 14

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

Executors and Funerals- Being an Executor Is A Hard Job

Join us for a candid conversation about being an Executor, learn about the role and responsibilities of an Executor when arranging the funeral, if the Executor can change your plans, how is an Executor compensated, and much more.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: A Niche of Their Own - The Nuns of Baoshan

Baoshan, a little-known Chinese Buddhist sacred site, includes rare inscribed niches with portrait-statues of the deceased. This provides our largest in situ collection of records of seventh-century Chinese Buddhist nuns. In this talk explore the inscriptions and images of four nuns and discuss what this can tell us about their practices.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: Dante (1265-1321) – An exploration of his life and his religious culture

This year marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, who is best known for his Divine Comedy, a journey through the afterworld. In this talk you will get to know Dante’s action-packed life and his literary descent to the pit of Hell, and ascent through Purgatory to Paradise.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: Seeing Salvation

Dr. Muessig will discuss her new book that looks at the phenomenon of stigmata in premodern Christianity. Among the examples discussed will be Francis of Assisi and Catherine of Siena who were believed to have borne the five wounds of Jesus. She will show that then, as now, these claims were believed by some and dismissed by others.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring Religion: The Dance of Atheism

Atheism and Theism, or perhaps materialism and religion, have been locked in a dance of mutual influence for at least three centuries. This talk looks at the history of this dance and draws out some lessons for both sides. We will see that they have much more in common than at first appears.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Exploring the Art of the Canadian Rockies: Twenty-Five Years of Research and Wandering

Join author, art historian, and hiking guide Lisa Christensen in a presentation exploring iconic works of Canadian art, and the mountains that inspired them. Lisa has published four books that link the place and the painting. From views painted alongside the railway to vistas deep in the backcountry, put your virtual boots on and go hiking.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Family Storytime

Join us online for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy. Takes place twice daily at 10:30 AM and 1:15 PM, Monday through Saturday.

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

Flipbook Animation

Make your own cartoons! Learn some animation basics by creating and animating your own flipbook! Please have the following materials ready for the program: paper, drawing utensils (pencil, eraser, pen etc), colouring materials (markers, pencil crayons, etc.), stapler.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

From the Blank Page to a Collective Stage

Use devised theatre exercises to develop ideas for collaborative storytelling and scripts. Found out how a deck of cards or an object at home can inspire a whole play.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Funeral Planning During Challenging and Stressful Times

Join us for a candid conversation about planning a funeral ahead of time so your family will know what to do. We will discuss why it is important to record your wishes, how to discuss with your family, what to consider when choosing a funeral provider, and what resources are available to help.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Galaxies

What are galaxies? We leave our own Milky Way Galaxy and travel around the universe to explore these immense regions of billions of stars.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Girls in STEM: Geodesic Dome

Explore the fundamentals of civil engineering through this simple Geodesic Dome demo! Join our presenters from the University of Calgary to learn how to assemble a geodesic dome structure and test out its strength to explore this commonly used structure. Materials if you want to follow along: Sheets of newspaper (44), ruler, scissors, masking tape.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Lava Lamp

Join our presenter for a fun demonstration to learn how to build a lava lamp at home to simulate blood clots formed in the body. You will learn about the chemistry and biology behind the experiment, and who made these incredible discoveries.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Make your own flappy game!

Learn the basics of coding by using drag-and-drop programming to customize and make your own flappy game! Join our presenter to explore basic concepts of coding and follow along to learn how these concepts can be applied to making your own game.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Model Eardrum

Join our presenter in a fun demonstration of building a model eardrum that will explore the world of biology and physics! This demo shows both the structure of the ear, while also demonstrating frequency and pitch in a fun and hands-on way.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Popsicle Stick Catapults

Explore the world of physics through building your own simple machine! Join our presenter in this hands-on demonstration building a catapult at home and learn about the physics behind it. Materials required: Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a plastic spoon.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Potato Battery

Join us to explore the principles of electricity by building a battery with a potato! During this presentation we will investigate the science behind electricity, and the inspiring female scientists that contributed to these discoveries.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Girls in STEM: Red Cabbage PH indicator

Join us in learning how a Red Cabbage can be used as a pH indicator! During this presentation, you will see how the colors of the Red Cabbage juice can show you the pH of various substances, and learn more about the chemistry behind it.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Handwriting Analysis – Personality Portraits, Psychology, and More

Join an interactive introduction to handwriting analysis, including its basis in the interpretation of drawings and symbols. Learn how experts interpret personality, compatibility, criminality, and more. As well, explore the ethical issues and limitations of this field, and the place of handwriting in the digital age.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Arthritis - An Introduction to Osteoarthritis

Join us to learn what Osteoarthritis is, how to manage the symptoms, and the various treatment options available.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Celiac Disease - Going Gluten-free

Join us to learn about celiac disease, eating nutritiously on a gluten-free diet, and strategies to avoid and limit cross-contamination at home and when eating out.

Audience: Adults

Healthy Living: Conserving Your Energy

Learn how to identify the different types of fatigue and what makes it worse. Gain strategies for managing your fatigue.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Dietitian Question & Answer - Weight Management

Join us as we talk about weight management, and how it is a part of managing chronic conditions. This class is for adults who are interested in learning more about weight management to manage their chronic conditions, such as prediabetes, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Dietitian Question and Answer: Heart Health

Join us as we give you nutrition tips that take the confusion out of eating healthy for your heart, and answer your nutrition questions about lowering your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. This class is for adults who are diagnosed with high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia or other heart conditions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well and Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Join us to learn about the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and how food and lifestyle choices can help you manage the symptoms.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well for Good Health

Discover how eating well can lead to good health and how fat, fibre, and sodium are a part of healthy eating.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Eating Well with Fatty Liver Disease

Join us to learn what non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is, and get food-related recommendations to manage it.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Explaining Pain

Join us to learn about the neurophysiology of pain and the biopsychosocial model, the Protectometer and 7 categories of danger (DIMs) or safety (SIMs) messages, the ability of our nervous system to change and either “wind-up” or “wind-down”, and a brief review of strategies that can change your pain experience.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Fibromyalgia - Facts and Function

Join us to learn about fibromyalgia and the treatment options available. Discover how you can maintain and improve function through exercise.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Heart Healthy Eating

Join us to learn more about heart healthy foods that also improve cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides, Mediterranean-style eating, and nutrition hot topics related to heart health.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Living Well with Stress

Join us to learn about the sources and signs of stress, healthy ways to cope with and manage stress, and develop a personal plan to address the stress in your life.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - Eating Away from Home and During Special Occasions

Learn strategies to reduce overeating while on vacation, attending parties or on special occasions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - I Know I Should Eat Healthy, But How?

Join us to know more about the 4 P's: Plan, Purchase, Prepare and Pack, and get tips on how to put nutrition knowledge into practice.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - The Top 5 Tips to Reduce Calories

Join us as we give you strategies to help prevent eating too many calories

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Nutrition - The Truth About What Works in Weight Management

Join us to learn how to evaluate what you are eating, and how meal patterns, food choices and portion sizes affect how much you eat.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Pacing for People with Chronic Pain

Explore the important relationship between energy levels and chronic pain. Learn why pacing is an important tool and three ways to apply pacing to your daily activities.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Parkinson's 101

Join us to learn about Parkinson's disease, how its symptoms are controlled, the different treatment options, and what resources are available in the community. This class is for adults diagnosed with Parkinson's, their families and support people.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Parkinson's Medication Information

Learn more about Parkinson’s medications and why they are described. For adults diagnosed with Parkinson's, their families and support people.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Planning for the Future – Health Decisions Matter

If you were unwell, and unable to speak for yourself, do the people close to you know your wishes for health care and personal decisions? Join us to learn more about Advance Care planning and the importance & role of Personal Directives. Information on resources and where to find them will be included along with time for questions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Steady on Your Feet

Learn about the risks of falling and discover ways to decrease the chances of falling and avoid potential injuries.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Tips for Eating: Prediabetes & Diabetes

Join us as we give you tips to eat healthy while managing prediabetes and diabetes, and learn about how different foods can affect your blood sugars. This class is for adults who are diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, and for those who are interested in preventing diabetes.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Try a Little Self-Kindness

Learn how you can improve your ability to positively cope with chronic health conditions through self-compassion instead of self-criticism. Gain strategies for daily life.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Understanding the Experience of Grief

Join us as we provide information and support for people that are grieving a loss, and for those that support them. You will learn what grief and loss look like, how they impact daily life, how to best help someone that is grieving a loss, how to take care of yourself while grieving, and how to cope on special days, anniversaries and holiday.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Waking Up to Healthy Sleep

Join us to discover what interferes with sleep and practical ways to improve your sleep.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Healthy Living: Your Kidney Health

Learn more about chronic kidney disease, treatment options, and how you can preserve your kidney health.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Hour of Code

In this ice-breaker project using scratch, kids will create a character to introduce themselves in creative and fun ways. Perfect for all levels of coding experience. Learn how to design characters, make them move, code background changes, and much more!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Improving Your Credit Score

Learn how to improve and keep a good credit score. Topics include: how to recover from a bankruptcy or insolvency; what to do if offered a credit limit increase; effective ways to protect your credit; why each spouse needs credit cards in their own name, and why “make no payments till 2023” hurts your credit score.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Infrared Transmission and Reflection of Titan Aerosol Analogues

Saturn’s moon, Titan, has a thick nitrogen atmosphere that may be like that of the Early Earth. Infrared spectroscopy can be used with the PHAZER (Planetary Haze Research) chamber which produces simulated atmospheric conditions. Experiments such as these have been used to improve our understanding of the chemistry in Titan’s atmosphere for decades.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Chess Strategy

You're pretty confident in your chess abilities, and now you want to learn some more advanced tactics and strategies to win against your opponent. For players who already know the rules and have some playing experience.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Introduction to Chess

Are you new to chess? Interested in learning about the timeless strategy game, but don't know where to start? Learn how the pieces move so you're ready to play your first game! For complete beginners only.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Introduction to Chess Strategy

You know how the pieces move, but you're still struggling to beat your dad at chess... Learn some basic tactics and strategy so you're ready to win some games! For players who already know the rules.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Kids code 2030

The UN 17 Global Goals range from protecting sea life in the oceans to ending global poverty. In this project kids will learn about plastic usage and how to reduce the plastics that end up in the ocean through coding a fun game in Scratch. Perfect for any coding level!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Latin Language and Roman Culture for Teens: Carpe Diem!

Latin and Roman culture have fascinated us for over 2,000 years. Learn the fundamentals of Latin by exploring ancient to early modern texts. Immerse yourself in Roman history, culture, and society. No previous experience is necessary!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Let's Talk About Food Waste!

Did you know 94% of Canadians are motivated to reduce their household’s avoidable food waste? Don’t give up on that droopy celery just yet! Join us online to learn how simple actions can add up to a big reduction of food waste while saving you time, effort, and money. Reducing our waste helps nature and our environment thrive - we can show you how.

Audience: Adults - Ages 12 and up

Managing Emotional Eating

Learn what influences your food choices and build skills and tools to manage your emotional eating. In partnership with Alberta Health Services Healthy Living Program.

Audience: Adults

Mindfulness: Attention and Awareness - Inseparable Twins at the Heart of Mindful Practice

Following a guided mindful practice to begin the evening, the talk will explore how the twins can lead you on a path to improving your “being” while you do your “doing”. Q&A to follow.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: Deepening your Mindfulness Meditation Practice - Opening, Befriending and Letting Go

In this mindfulness meditation session, through a talk and guided meditation, you will be introduced to skills that allow our practice to deepen, leading to more freedom from stress and greater peace and happiness in living. Q&A to follow. Led by Dr. Leslie Ellestad.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: How to Use the Breath for Stress Relief

Our breath is the most accessible, effective and practical tool to deal with the fire of acute stress and turn down the flame of chronic anxiety. Learn how to use your breath to calm and regulate yourself to deal with life’s challenges. Led by Phil Blustein.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness - Part 2

You are not lost in thought, distracted, or forgetful. This is the foundation of a mindfulness practice. You will become better at building attention and awareness to the moments of your life. This will have a direct influence on how you wisely move through the world and ultimately who you are becoming.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mindfulness: Meditation - What is it and How to Do it

Our suffering doesn’t come from the problem but our relationship with it. Meditation provides an effective coping strategy to meet life’s challenges in a more skillful way. Learn how to meditate to start to gain some control over your life. Led by Dr. Phil Blustein.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: COVID 19 and its Impact on Children’s Immunity

It has been over one year since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and we are now learning about its impact on the health of children and their immunity. Join Dr. Susa Benseler, PhD, MD and Dr. Jim Kellner, MD for an evening discussion around the resiliency of children during the pandemic.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: Kidney Disease & Precision Medicine

Most people don’t know that the kidneys have one of the most important jobs in keeping your body healthy. Join us for an evening discussion with Dr. Dan Muruve, MD and Dr. Justin Chun, MD who will provide insight on how to keep your kidneys functioning properly and how advancements in precision medicine are used to treat kidney disease.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mini-Medical School: One Health - The Connections Between Livestock and Human Health

One Health is a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. Join Dr. Herman Barkema, DVM, PhD and Dr. John Gilleard, PhD to learn more about the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mortgage Facts for Savvy Seniors

Protect what you have earned as you consider whether you should stay in your home or move to a different dwelling. Explore some tools which help you decide to stay in your home if that is your wish or move to something more manageable. Know all your options so you can feel that you have made the best possible choice.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Mysteries of Mortgages

Do I qualify for a mortgage? How can I save money on my mortgage? Am I just stuck with what I have now? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this fast-moving discussion on what might be your largest ever investment. Explore the options to ensure you make the best choices to protect what you have worked hard for!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Nebulae

Gas and dust permeate interstellar space and can form beautiful patterns of nebulae, but what are they?

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Nobody Knows my Name: Alberta, Black History, and the Legacy of "Bickersteth"

A century ago, an Englishman named John Burgon Bickersteth made a startling discovery in Alberta. A hundred years earlier his great grandfather, Edward Bickersteth, made a very similar discovery in Africa. Between both men is Bertrand Bickersteth. Join him as he pulls these pieces of Albertan, African and personal history together.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Not Your Average Dragon - Teen Fantasy Writing Workshop

Swords, dragons, quests...create and explore new worlds where magic is real and adventures are shaped by it. Join fantasy writer Heather Clitheroe for a workshop to create and publish an anthology of fantastic fiction as we learn about the genre, write together, and explore the possibilities.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Open Minded Chats: Artistic Liberty – Building on the Brain Story

The Brain Story talks about the “Air Traffic Controller” brain network. We will also introduce the “Emotional Throttle" network and how the two together promote resilience. We'll share our experiences from "Your Brain on Art" over the years, as this has some amazing implications for how art could be a driver of resilience during uncertain times.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Open Minded Chats: Chronic Pain and Mental Wellbeing - An Osteopathic Perspective

It's no secret that when our physical bodies experience discomfort, it can be harder to function. We dive into research on Manual Osteopathic therapy and chronic pain. Over the hour you learn what this is, how chronic pain can affect your mental health, and the significance of proper care to improve your mental wellbeing.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Open Minded Chats: Speaking Disability Arts… Arts and Disability - Know the Difference to Making a Difference

This illustrated presentation provides a historical grounding for disability arts alongside current artistic approaches fostering mental wellness. Participants will learn about mad arts, cripping, DDMAAC, DDMSTC, and discover a cross-section of art strategies and organizations, locally and beyond, supporting a wide cross-section of our society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Parkinson’s Speech and Swallowing Disorders

Learn how speech and swallowing can be impacted by Parkinson’s disease, when to see a speech-language pathologist, and gain some treatment strategies. In partnership with Alberta Health Services Healthy Living Program.

Audience: Adults

Personal Finance: 75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

Join us to gather tips on how to save on various household expenses including utilities, transportation, groceries, and personal items. Participants will be encouraged to share their best practices with each other.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Food and Finance

Join us to learn how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans and tips on frugal meal plans.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Mind Your Money - An Introduction to the Psychology of Spending

Have you ever wondered why you decided to buy a particular item or why you chose one brand over the other? When it comes to getting consumers to make purchases, marketers have spent countless dollars and time towards understanding human behaviour. Join us to learn about various marketing techniques and strategies to resist temptation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Radical Reptile Lifecycles

Reptiles and amphibians have some of the most unique lifecycles of any animals on earth! Join us for a fun look at the lives of our cold-blooded friends.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

READesgin: The Penguin Problem!

Join BrainSTEM Alliance volunteers reading Peg + Cat the Penguin Problem! Identify problems characters face in the story and engineer a solution using materials in a take home kit. Each participant will be provided a kit for this hands-on engineering adventure. Kits will be available for pick-up from the library before the start of the program.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Recognizing and Avoiding Investment Scams

Investing comes with inherent risks, but don’t let fraud be one of them. Join us as we uncover the prominent forms of investment fraud, how to recognize them, and ultimately protect yourself and others.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Reptiles of Africa

The continent of Africa features a wide variety of biodiversity, including it’s cold blooded animals. Join us to meet some of the lizards, snakes, and frogs that call Africa home!

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

Researching Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and Western Metis Ancestors

Join genealogy educator Christine Woodcock as we explore resources for researching HBC and Western Metis ancestors. Christine’s interest in Scottish genealogy led her to research Scots who came to Canada to work for the HBC and stayed to start the families that are part of the Metis Nation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Rocks, Ridges and Rivers ­– Why Are Canada’s Mountain Parks So Spectacular?

Join Dale Leckie, Ph.D., P Geol., as he guides us through the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks, and the geology and geomorphology that have created the amazing scenery in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Rozsa Arts at the Library: Be Our Valentine!

Slide into Valentine's Day and feel the love with a livestream performance from BuckingJam Palace, featuring Aimee-Jo Benoit, Steve Fletcher, Robin Tufts, Mark DeJong & Steve Shepherd. Cozy up with a glass of wine and your sweetheart and let the music take you away.

Audience: All Ages

Self-Care and the Winter Blues

We can all find ourselves feeling down in the winter months. Join us for a candid look at seasonal depression from expert (and sufferer) Dr. Ted Jablonski. As well, explore the stigma surrounding mental illness, the spectrum of treatment options available, and finally learn some pragmatic keys to resilience, mental well-being, and happiness.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience During COVID - Business Model Canvas

COVID-19 has caused businesses in all industries to reconsider their place in the market. In this workshop you’ll learn how to utilize the Business Model Canvas tool to explore new ideas or transform existing operations. Use this visual tool to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience During COVID - Become Self-Employed as an Independent Contractor

Has your work situation changed because of COVID-19? We’ll help you consider whether to start your own independent contracting business. Learn about the difference between employment and business, how to find customers, and contract opportunities. If you’re ready to take the leap on your own, we’re here to guide you.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience During COVID - Five Ways to Finance Your Business

Cash flow has been a persistent problem for so many businesses through this pandemic. This workshop will discuss options for getting money to start and grow your business. This workshop will explore five ways to raise funds, from loans to grants, and everything in between. There will be info for startups and existing businesses alike.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience During COVID - Market Research for Success

Market research can help you gain insight into changes in your industry, competition, and target market since COVID-19, and help you create effective strategies for pivoting your business. Learn the basics of market research and how to go about it in this introductory workshop.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Snug as a Bug in a Rug — Insect Homes (Ages 8 to 12)

Using live animals and real examples, let's explore the fascinating world of insect homes. A hill, a burrow, a nest and a gall, those clever bugs have thought of it all!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Spectra: Fingerprints of Space

What are stars made of? How about nebulae? Learn how astronomers interpret spectra to answer these questions.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Starting Your Investment Journey

Investing can be part of a healthy financial future, providing you with greater personal freedom, a sense of security, and the ability to afford the things you want in life. Join us as we explore the benefits of starting your investment journey and how to avoid common investing mistakes and fraud.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

Talking Trash with Waste & Recycling

Wonder what happens to the material in your carts? Join us for a virtual tour of Calgary’s composting facility and have all your recycling questions answered! Our community is moving towards zero waste through our innovative recycling, composting, and diversion programs. Reducing our waste helps nature and environment thrive - we can show you how.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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 - Ages 18 and up

The Ancient World: Byzantine Identity in a Pluralist Society

Learn how Byzantine coins are used to represent Byzantine identity in Canadian Museums. Graduate student, Scott Coleman, reassesses how academia represents the identities of Byzantine coins and how these identities are presented to the public in the museum context. The primary focus is on Scott's research in the Nickle Galleries at the UCalgary.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Ancient World: Coins and Art

Ancient coins are more than just money. They are fascinating, intriguing, wonderful, miniature works of art. In this talk, explore stunning ancient Greek coinage, Hellenistic royal coin portraiture, and ancient coin jewelry of unparalleled beauty and history.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Ancient World: Feminist Misinterpretations of Plato?

Plato offers fertile material for gender studies. Particularly controversial is Republic’s guardian breeding strategy. This talk compares feminist approaches to this text with analysis informed by social constructionism, to suggest that interpretation of women’s treatment & roles is largely dependent on the lens through which one views the text.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Ancient World: Libraries - Inspiring Community and Curiosity

As today the library in the ancient world served to empower the community and inspire curiosity. Explore evidence from the Library of Alexandria to Rome's Baths of Caracalla and learn about value of libraries through the historical record. Explore as well the timelessness of a library's architectural features and collections to it’s community.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Kitchen Table Classroom: Motivating Your Infrequent Reader

Join UofA Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Alberta Consortium for Motivation and Emotion, Dr. Lia Daniels, and Calgary Public Librarian, Mary Graham, to discuss reading motivation, tips, and book recommendations. The Kitchen Table Classroom is a new series for parents and caregivers designed to support learning at home.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Bitcoin and Blockchain

How does a blockchain work? What are Stablecoins? In this talk, take a deep dive into cryptocurrencies, how they impact our society, and what we need to be aware of when buying them.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Black Canadians’ Mental Health

What would the future of our city look like if we actively promoted the mental health of Black Canadians? During Black History Month, join us to learn about actions Calgarians can take to address the criminalization of Black Canadians. Understand what culturally relevant mental health services look like and how they can contribute to health equity.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Multisensory Storytelling and Accessible Research

Join us for this talk on multisensory storytelling and accessible research sharing the lived experience of people with disabilities. Learn how research designs can examine personal experiences through multiple senses and explore life stage transitions through visual media.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on New Immigrant Workers and Work Safety

Join us for this talk exploring the perspectives of immigrant and Canadian-born workers on work safety, health, and well-being. What will the future of our city look like for our newcomers if we minimize risks of physical and psychological injury in the workplace?

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on the Myths and Realities of Working Remotely

Working from home appeals to many and offers potential benefits such as reduced commuting and greater flexibility. However, there are also potential drawbacks. This talk will share the latest findings on the myths and realities of working remotely.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Latest Research on Where New Pathogens Come From

Where do new pathogens come from? Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been asking that question. Learn about ecosystem degradation resulting from deforestation and wildlife trade, and their roles in the rise of new illnesses with local and global impacts.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Planet Mercury

We travel close to the Sun and learn about our Solar System’s smallest planet. Is it hot, is it cold, have we sent missions there?

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

The Planet Venus

We explore our closest planetary neighbour to help us understand the Inner Solar System and extreme cases of the Greenhouse Effect.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

The Sandwich Generation

Learn about budgeting strategies for the generation who is taking care of their aging parents while also supporting their children.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The World at War with a Virus - the Science Behind the Headline: What Happens During Quarantine?

Dr. Ranjani Somayaji (MD and Assistant professor) and Dr. Christopher Mody (MD and Department Head of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases) from the University of Calgary shed light on flattening the curve including how does soap work and what happens in the body when we quarantine.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The World at War with a Virus - the Science Behind the Headline: What is a Vaccine?

Infectious disease expert Dr. Craig Jenne (PhD) and immunotherapy expert Dr. Doug Mahoney (PhD) from the University of Calgary will share their insights into the different types of vaccines and what to expect as the COVID-19 vaccines roll out.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The World at War with a Virus - the Science Behind the Headlines: Why Do I Feel Sick with a Virus?

Dr. Paul Kubes (PhD), a Professor and founding director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, lends his expertise in exploring immune responses during infection, inflammation, and injury to help us understand why we feel sick when we get a virus and what our immune system is doing.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Theatre Games for Ideas + Writing

Find out how to use fun, interactive games to create characters and story – for scenes, plays, video, film, short stories, and more! No more staring at a blank page.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Think Big: Seasonal Affective Disorder - More than the Winter Blues?

Do the short, dark days of winter get you down? Most of us have heard of Season Affective Disorder, or SAD, but how do we know if it’s more than the ‘winter blues?’ Join Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary’s Mathison Centre and Hotchkiss Brain Institute as they discuss the latest research impacting our understanding of SAD.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Tracing the Lives, Deaths, and Explosions of Massive Stars

Massive stars in our Universe explode as supernovae at the ends of their lives. In this talk, we will trace the lifecycle of stars, explore how stars explode, and delve into how we use supernovae to learn about fundamental aspects of our Universe.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Virtual Family History Coaching

Was one of your pandemic projects creating a family history? We are taking Family History Coaching virtual! Experienced staff will be available to provide one-on-one consultation via Zoom on any aspect of genealogy or family history from getting started to busting those brick walls.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Virtual Reading with Royalty

Celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new glamorous family-friendly online storytime program, led by local drag queen and king performers. Join the fun, come dressed in your best cape or crown!

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Water Rangers

Learn about the importance of water and watersheds by taking a virtual journey down the Bow River. Along the way, you will meet many wetland friends that teach us what is happening to our watersheds. Learn how you can help our wetland friends by becoming a Water Ranger today!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Weirdly Wonderful Insect Life Cycles (Ages 6 to 8)

What’s better than a juggler on a unicycle? A bug with a life cycle! Baby dragonflies are underwater hunters with extendable jaws. baby ladybugs are like black and orange alligator. it’s like the most amazing circus show ever! Learn all about it with live animals and real specimens.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Who's in Your Backyard?

Join us as we explore some of the common wildlife species living right in our own backyards, and learn about the clues wildlife leave behind to help us know they were there!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Winter Bird

A winter scene that highlights a realistic colourful bird perched on top of a snow-covered branch. The white snow will provide a great contrast for our beautiful bird.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Winter Ducks (Ages 6 to 8)

Today’s drawing is a cartoon lesson and will feature a trio of ducks wearing winter clothing. Colourful patterns will provide a great contrast against this snow-filled winter scene.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Winter Ducks (Ages 9 to 12)

Today’s drawing is a cartoon lesson and will feature a trio of ducks wearing winter clothing. Colourful patterns will provide a great contrast against this snow-filled winter scene.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

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: Pollinators (Ages 8 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 8 to 12

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Urban wildlife (Ages13 to 16)

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.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 16

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