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: 16/Sep/2019 - To: 27/May/2020

1-2-3: Count With Me

Your toddler will love this introduction to numeracy and have fun with numbers using rhymes, songs, books, and active play.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

10 Steps to Retire Without Debt

Learn about debt elimination options as you approach retirement. In partnership with Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

Explore natural Alberta with Leigh McAdam, Travel Writer and Founder of

Audience: Adults

5 Pillars of Sustainable Career Mastery

Get promoted and learn how to advance into leadership opportunities in this unique 5-week series covering personal branding, developing relationships, and other hot topics for aspiring executives. Resumes that don’t generate interviews. Cover letters that don’t get read. LinkedIn profiles that do nothing. Applicant tracking systems that block your content. Human Resources professionals and recruiters who don’t know what you do deciding if you can. Interview questions that trip you up. Networking that produces nothing. Online applications not generating sufficient results. A career that’s stalled. Leaders you can’t figure out. You feel frustrated; maybe a bit lost; not sure what to do; don’t know where to turn for answers; can’t seem to find the clarity you seek. If any of that sounds like you; if you can relate to any of those statements, plan to attend. Your instructor, Richard Bucher, is an executive coach, a career transition and management professional with over 30 years' experience helping clients address each and every one of those concerns and produce results. He has coached thousands of individuals to get seen, heard and understood. He has helped clients align their careers with their purpose; get their career tracking in the direction they want and to achieve the success they seek. Register and let’s get started!

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series

Join us for presentations on a variety of topics along with discussion and time to visit.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: More than a Number

Join us for a play that explores whether ageism really exists and if so, what does it look like? Are seniors really marginalized or is this just another gimmick in the politically correct times we live in? You'll meet some lifelong, card playing friends as they wrestle with the humorous and sometimes tragic side of getting older. Following the performance, we'll discuss ageism and what we can do personally to change our own biases and others as we age. In partnership with the Seniors Acting Lab.

Audience: Adults

A-B-C: You and Me

Read, sing, talk, and play together in this interactive circle time.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action

Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Participants in this class will be completing the University of Michigan's online course, "Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action" together in a study group. Personal laptop and headphones should be brought to the program, or Chromebooks can be provided.

Audience: Adults

Anthropocene Stories

Our era has been identified as the Anthropocene, a relatively short period in the natural history of the world in which human activity has had a decisive effect on nature and other species. This panel, hosted by Author-in-Residence Jaspreet Singh, brings together diverse perspectives on storytelling in an Anthropocene era. Speakers include Author Alice Major (Welcome to Anthropocene), Author Susan Gaines, appearing via video (Carbon Dreams), Naturalist Ben Gadd, Danish Global Studies Professor Derek Pardue, and Calgary Physics and Astronomy Professor Ann-Lise Norman.

Audience: Adults

Baby Bookworms

Have fun sharing books, rhymes, and songs with your little one.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 13 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

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 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby's Big Playdate

Let's play! Join us for a fun and social hour of discovery and exploration.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver

Blackfoot Language and Culture Class

Learn all about the Blackfoot language and culture in this seven week series.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Book Discussion Group: Adult

Join other book lovers and discover new or classic titles in facilitated discussions.

Audience: Adults

Bounce & Roll

See what happens when you bounce and roll different types of balls in this energetic discovery of physics. In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Busy Bookworms

Play, explore, and share stories and songs in this active program for older babies.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 13 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Calgary European Film Festival: Out

A Slovak film by György Kristof from 2017 about a 50 year old family man Agoston wandering through East Europe after losing his lifelong job. Brought to you by the Calgary European Film Festival and the Delegation of the European Union.

Audience: Adults

Calgary Horticultural Society Program

TBC - Seasonal Program

Audience: Adults

Canadian Immigration Process

Learn about Canada's immigration policies concerning citizenship, sponsoring family members, applying for Super Visas, and more. In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: LinkedIn

Join us for an introduction to LinkedIn for beginners. Led by Bow Valley College. Supported by the Government of Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Mid-Life Career Change

Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid-life, including resumé strategies. Led by Bow Valley College. Supported by the Government of Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Career Cafe: Careers in Landscaping

From backyard gardens to public parks, join us for a noon-hour talk about the growing industry of landscaping. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

Audience: Adults

Career Coaching

Drop in for free advice from a career coach. Meet one-on-one with an expert who can help you with job searching skills, interview techniques, writing resumés and cover letters, and answering your career questions. Sign up on the day on a first-come, first-served basis for a 15 minute session.

Audience: Adults

Celebrating Metis Week: Children’s Day

Join Jodi Patterson from the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 as she shares her gift for traditional story telling. Free coloring books and beading kits will be handed out. In Partnership with the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Central Library Tour

Discover the unique and innovative elements of Central Library’s spaces, services, art and iconic architecture in a free public tour led by a volunteer guide.

Audience: Adults

Chess in the Library

Play chess supported by coaching from the Calgary Chess/Junior Chess Clubs. Children under 12 must be with a parent or caregiver.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Child Minding

Caregivers can participate in Library programs and services while their children are cared for. Led by the YWCA. Supported by the Government of Alberta, Culture and Tourism, Career and Employment Information Services (CEIS), and the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12

Children's Artist in Residence: Digital Art Workshop

Join Artist in Residence Lyndsay Wasko as she explores the different kinds of digital art programs, resources, and techniques while drawing along with ProCreate on an iPad.

Audience: Teens

Children's Artist in Residence: Nesting Birds Workshop

Drop-in and join Artist in Residence Lyndsay Wasko for this family friendly workshop and create fantastical made up birds and their nests using anything and everything.

Audience: All Ages

Citizenship and Civic Participation Class

Learn about Canada and prepare for the Citizenship Exam in this intensive one-day session. In partnership with Immigrant Services Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Code Club

Learn to code by creating your own game, designing a website, and more. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 10 to 12

codeTEEN: Intro to Game Design

Find out what makes a good game and develop basic coding skills as you create the games YOU want to play!

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

codeTEEN: Intro to Web Design

Curious about web design? Learn HTML & CSS, which lets you create websites and customize sites like Tumblr, WordPress, and DeviantArt.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Coding Buddies

Learn the basics of coding and create your own game. Designed for beginner coders.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Colossal Calgary Playdate

Play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Come prepared to play with your baby or toddler at the biggest and best playdate ever.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 3 with a parent/caregiver

Crack the Code

Bring the whole family for a fun introduction to computer programming.

Audience: All Ages

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

Join us for an overview of popular, free online cloud-based storage and applications.

Audience: Adults

Creative Stretch

Practice wholistic techniques for living a creative life with an expert facilitator. Incorporates gentle yoga. In partnership with Downstage Theatre. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a yoga mat.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

Creative Writing Club

Drop in to play literacy games, work on your creative writing, and get help on your school writing assignments. In partnership with the UCalgary, Department of English.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 14

Cree Language and Culture Class

Learn all about the Cree language and culture in this seven week beginners program series.

Audience: Adults & Teens

DevFestYYC 2019

The future is coming! 330 Developers. 30 Speakers. 4 Tracks. 1 World-class venue. DevFest brings Startup and Enterprise developers, architects, data scientists and operations professionals together for 2 days of bootcamps, workshops, labs, demos! Learn and master the world's most powerful Google Cloud and Cloud Native technology and techniques. To register go to

Audience: Adults

Download and Enjoy: Music, Magazines, and Film

Learn how to download or stream free music, magazines, and films from the E-Library to your device using RBdigital Magazines, Flipster, and Freegal.

Audience: Adults

Draw a Holiday Card

Learn basic drawing skills in this fun, hands-on workshop as you create your very own holiday card with a hand-drawn festive scene. In partnership with Young Rembrandts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Driving in Alberta

Learn about Alberta driver's licences, insurance policies, safety regulations, purchasing a vehicle, and more. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults

Drop-in Family Storytime

Drop in for stories, songs, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

eBooks: A Library On the Go

Curious about eBooks? Library staff demonstrate how to download an eBook using OverDrive.

Audience: Adults

ELL School Success

Children develop their English language literacy skills while parents learn how to support their children’s language learning.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 8 with a parent/caregiver

Ending the Financial Feud: Couples and Money

Learn your spouse's money values, triggers, and goals to create a plan for your future together. In partnership with Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

Energize with Grizzlies

Discover what energy efficiency and grizzly bears have in common in this interactive event focused on Alberta’s wilderness. Learn about how climate change and habitat loss affect grizzly bears, then explore solutions to protecting wildlife and the positive impacts we can all have on our landscapes. In partnership with The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Audience: Adults

Energize with Grizzlies for Newcomers

Discover what energy efficiency and grizzly bears have in common in this interactive event focused on Alberta’s wilderness. Learn about how climate change and habitat loss affect grizzly bears, then explore solutions to protecting wildlife and the positive impacts we can all have on our landscapes. In partnership with The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Audience: Adults

Engineering for Kids

Uncover the fun in STEM learning through hands-on engineering activities. In partnership with Engineering For Kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12 independent of a parent/caregiver

Engineering for Preschoolers

Uncover the fun in STEM learning through hands-on engineering activities. In partnership with Engineering For Kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 4 to 5 independent of a parent/caregiver

Enrich Your Kids

Learn how to teach your children about money, budgeting, savings, and more. Introduce the concept of money in this kid-friendly program aimed at adults. In partnership with Money Mentors.

Audience: Adults

ESL Coffee and Conversation

Meet new people and practice your English language listening, speaking, and comprehension skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Beginner level.

Audience: Adults

ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate)

Meet new people and practice your English language listening, speaking, and comprehension skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Intermediate level.

Audience: Adults

ESL Writing Club

Meet new people and practice your English language writing skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Intermediate level. Participants must be able to read and write at least one paragraph in English.

Audience: Adults

Family History Coaching

Drop in for help with genealogy research. In partnership with the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Child, Partner, and Spousal Support

Learn about the law and terms of financial support when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Family Law Workshop: Property Division

Learn how to effectively divide your matrimonial or common law property with Calgary Legal Guidance. You will be informed on how to divide your assets, debts, obligations and property rights, when your relationship breaks down, and what steps are involved.

Audience: Adults

Family Yoga

Bring your own yoga mats and a sense of play as you join us for a fun, kid-friendly introduction to yoga. Poses and activities are appropriate for kids, but all ages are welcome and adults should prepare for a good workout! Each person attending (regardless of age) has to be registered, and children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. In partnership with Learn Through Play Yoga.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 3 and up

Feast for the Senses

The search for food is on! Learn through sensory-based activities how animals use their senses to locate food. In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 8

Film Screening: Screenagers

This award-winning film depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics in family life today. Filmmaker Dr. Delaney Rushton, who is also a primary care physician and mother to teenagers, explores how high stress, anxiety, and depression are experienced by millions of young people and discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age. Join a post-film discussion with a panel of experts. In partnership with Yellow Door Coaching.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Firefighter Storytime

Drop in and join Library staff and a Calgary Fire Department firefighter for a special family storytime. Firefighter subject to availability.

Audience: Adults & Kids

Fireplace Tales

Join us for cozy stories by the fireplace.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Aqua Adventure

Practice engineering skills in this new STEM program where you build a water station with LEGO. Navigate the uncharted waters of this important natural resource while completing team challenges.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 10

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Mission Moon

Practice engineering skills by building a moon base using LEGO. Explore questions and solve challenges associated with life on the moon.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 10

Flipbook Animation

Make your own cartoons by learning simple animation through creating flipbooks. In partnership with the Quickdraw Animation Society.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Formalizing Pronouns

Join Dr. Kirby Conrod as they show how the uses of pronouns by and about transgender speakers and in LGBTQ+ communities can further our understanding of how language marks social relationships like gender. They will also compare gendered pronouns to honorific pronouns (like vous and tu in French) as a way of drawing an analogy between gender and other kinds of social relationships. This analogy expands the way that we understand how language users can use these resources in a flexible and expressive way. In partnership with University of Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Fun With Code: Adults Only

Develop your HTML/CSS/JavaScript skills and build cool stuff in the browser. Play with colour, blend modes, images, movement, and layout! Bring your own laptop or we can provide a Chromebook. In partnership with InceptionU.

Audience: Adults

Generating and Disseminating the Evidence to Improve Cardiovascular Health

This talk is presented by Robert Cali, MD, MACC. Dr. Califf is the winner of the The Libin/AHFMR prize for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research which is awarded to a world-class basic, clinical or health researcher whose work is deemed to have had a major impact on the understanding, prevention, recognition or treatment of cardiovascular health. Dr. Califf is vice chancellor for health data science for the Duke University School of Medicine; director of Duke Forge, Duke’s center for health data science; and the Donald F. Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology. In November of 2019 he will be stepping into the role of Head of Medical Strategy and Policy for Verily and Google Health. Dr. Cali? was the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science. In partnership with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute UCalgary. To register go to:

Audience: Adults

Get Started with Technology

Join a beginner class covering basic concepts and skills you need to use any technology successfully.

Audience: Adults

Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season is a difficult time for people who are grieving. Knowing how to work with our grief process and still enjoy the holidays is a delicate balance. Join author Maria Kliavkoff, as she reads from her new book, Healthy Mourning, Happy Loving: 52 Ways to Convert Your Grief to Mourning with Ease and Grace. Together we will discover ways to enjoy the holidays and honour our loved ones. The book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. In partnership with MKFacilitations and Healthy Mourning Publications.

Audience: Adults

Group Banjo Class

Learn some of the basics of playing the banjo in this group class.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 12 and up

Historic Walking Tour: Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park

Join us for a walking tour of the history and architectural features of Memorial Park Library and Central Memorial Park. Archival photographs will provide perspective.

Audience: All Ages

Homework Club for New Canadians

Get help with your homework, practise your English, and improve your grades. Participants must bring homework. In partnership with The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 17

I'm with the Band: Hits of the 80's

Join us and other musicians in the band. Bring any instrument to play your favorite 80's hits. Music chords and structure provided.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Indigenous Authors Book Launch

In the Indigenous Writers Workshop, aspiring Treaty 7 writers worked with author Richard Van Camp to create children's books in their respective traditional language. Join us as we share the books written and illustrated during this recent workshop! Authors and Illustrators will answer questions about their books and the processes behind them, and light refreshments will be served. The books will be added to the Library's permanent collection at several community Library locations.

Audience: All Ages

Indigenous Placemaking at the Library

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion showcasing the artists selected for phase two of the Indigenous Placemaking initiative at Calgary Public Library. Reception to follow.

Audience: All Ages

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Online

Learn to sort and filter data, apply formulas, and create charts and graphs in your online spreadsheets. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Enhance your online slideshows with SmartArt graphics, videos, tables, and more. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Word Online

Create online professional looking documents including tables, bullets, and pictures. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Engineering for Girls!

Learn about engineering while working on different challenges with the Robogals. This program is designed especially for girls.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Introduction to Google Drive

Learn how to use Google Drive to share, save, and manage documents and information. An email address is required.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Online

Learn how to create an online Excel spreadsheet, including entering and formatting data as well as basic functions. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint Online including design templates, transitions, and animations. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word Online, including creating, formatting, saving, and printing online documents. An Outlook/Hotmail email account is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Investment Scams

Have you or someone you know been approached with an exciting new money-making opportunity? Learn how to identify common types of investment frauds and conduct the proper research and background checks, before giving anyone money in hopes of a return. Find out about recent scams, as well as how to protect and safely invest your hard-earned money. In partnership with the Alberta Securities Commission.

Audience: Adults

Irish Cultural Society Choir

Enjoy a seasonal performance of Celtic and Canadian music sung by a group with a 25 year history of bringing joy to the community. In partnership with the Irish Cultural Society.

Audience: All Ages

It's Your Money: CRA Digital Services

Learn about My Account, Netfile, Express Notice of Assessment, and other online services. In partnership with Canada Revenue Agency.

Audience: Adults

It's Your Money: Setting Goals

Learn how to set goals in relationships, school, fitness, and the future. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Teens - Ages 15 to 17

Jingle Bell Babies

Celebrate the festive season with stories, songs, and finger plays especially for babies.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver

Job Desk

Meet with a trained career coach who can help with job searching, resume and cover letter development, interview skills, and more. In partnership with Career Connection. Supported by the Government of Alberta and Career and Employment Information Services (CEIS).

Audience: Adults & Teens

Law at Your Library: Immigration Law - Spousal Sponsorship in and out of Canada

Do you have a partner that you would like to sponsor to live with you? Calgary Legal Guidance is happy to inform you on the procedures that you need to go through, how to qualify, what your obligations are, and costs associated to sponsorship.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Owning a Condominium

Taking the next step on owing your own condominium? Come and gain an understanding of how to own your own condominium in Calgary. Calgary Legal Guidance is happy to educate you about your rights and responsibilities, common property, bylaws and regulations.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

Come and learn to plan for your future with Calgary Legal Guidance’s information session on wills and estates. Learn the terminology, such as what an executor is, and when a guardian is required. Learn about how to plan your will, and what will happen in case you pass away before creating one.

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: German

Join us for rhymes, songs, and stories in English and German.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Learn English Storytime: Korean

Join us for rhymes, songs, and stories in English and Korean.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn English Storytime: Korean - Korean

Join us for rhymes, songs, and stories in English and Korean.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Learn Online with the Library

Learn anything you want with great online tools like and Gale Courses. We'll show you how!

Audience: Adults

Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story

Join Playwright Natalie Meisner, Professor of English and Director of Changemaking at Mount Royal University, as she tells the near-forgotten story of Everett Klippert – the last Canadian man jailed simply for being gay, and one of Canada’s quiet heroes. This heartwarming play weaves together past and present in a multi-generational exploration of queer love and reminds us all that we must work together for a better future. In partnership with UCalgary Press.

Audience: Adults


Join us to build, create, and explore! LEGO provided.

Audience: Kids & Teens

Level Up! Gaming Club

If you love video games or tabletop gaming, this club is for you. Drop in to relax, snack, and play games of all kinds.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

LinkedIn for Work Search

Use your existing LinkedIn account to understand and maximize your personal brand online. If you do not have a LinkedIn account, please attend the Getting Started with LinkedIn program before attending this workshop. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and some personal information will be required on a “Register a Person” form protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). This information is entered into a Provincial Client tracking system to show workshop attendance. Data is collected so that Alberta Works can also identify who is benefitting from what programs and in which location. The Library does not have access to the information collected. You are welcome to bring your own device (laptop, tablet), or the Library can provide one for the duration of the program. The instructor cannot provide technology support. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Living Fully - Self-care for Students

The life of a student is often filled with high stress and late nights. Discover why it’s important to take care of yourself, especially during stressful times, and learn strategies to manage stress. In partnership with the Calgary Counselling Centre

Audience: Adults


One of the last acknowledged masterpieces in Hitchcock’s career, Marnie (1964) stars Tippie Hedren as the eponymous character: a frigid woman with a mysterious past, a penchant for kleptomania, and colour coordinated panic attacks. As her husband Mark (Sean Connery) gamely tries to manage and control Marnie’s aberrant and destructive drives, it slowly becomes clear that Mark may be harbouring as much pathological impulse as Marnie herself. Presented in partnership with Calgary Cinematheque.

Audience: Adults

Math Quest

Embark on a math quest. Explore the Library while completing fun numeracy challenges that support what you learn in school. Caregivers are invited to stay & play.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Mysteries of Chinese Opera Revealed!

Learn the origin, history, and traditional roles of Kunqu Opera. Observe a live demonstration of typical movements that take place on the Kunqu opera stage, including “walking,”“dressing up,” “picking flowers,” and “rowing.” Enjoy performances of famous repertoires of the traditional Chinese opera with live accompaniment by the Chinese Traditional Theatre Group. Born in Kunshan, Suzhou, China in the 14th century, Kun Qu dominated Chinese theatre for nearly 300 years starting from the middle of the Ming Dynasty. It is one of the oldest Chinese Han operas and is considered a treasure of Chinese opera. It was listed as one of the "masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2001. Combining song, recital, martial arts, and dance, Kunqu Opera is famous for its beautiful lyrics and singing. In partnership with Facet Music, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian performing arts. More details of their events can be found at

Audience: Adults

National Child Day 2019

Drop in for stories and activities all about the children’s rights as we mark the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Audience: All Ages

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

Practice your English language skills and learn about community resources. Free childcare provided. In partnership with Calgary Immigrant Women's Association.

Audience: Adults

New Year’s Eve Family Party at Central Library!

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 early with family friendly performances, activities, games, and a dance party.

Audience: All Ages

Nikola Tesla: Tamer of Electricity

Learn why Tesla's inventions are so important and experience demos of a plasma globe, levitating light bulb, and theremin. Develop your interest in science while exploring the work of eminent scientists. In partnership with the Calgary Tesla Society.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 15 independent of a parent/caregiver

Open Lab

What's your geek? From art to robots, and photography to coding, follow your passion or find a new one!

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Podcast Live! Presents Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best-known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program and podcast with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people, McDonald is also a science correspondent for CBC Television’s The National and a renowned author for adults and children. Includes a book signing of Bob McDonald’s new book, An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space.

Audience: Adults

Podcast Live! Presents Front Burner with Jayme Poisson

Daily news podcasts have exploded in recent years. The medium is reaching younger audiences, and helping people dig beyond the headlines. Jayme Poisson is the host of Front Burner, the most popular Canadian news podcast. The award-winning investigative journalist will talk about how a daily news podcast comes together. What she's learnt along the way. And the big stories Canadians are engaging with.

Audience: Adults

Podcast Live! Presents the Folk Podcast

The Folk is a 13-part podcast series examining the true stories and lesser-known history of folk and old-time music in Canada. Join Treaty 7 (Calgary)-based musician, ethnomusicologist, and folk music scholar Mike Tod, As he discusses the process of creating this series, from how he researched the subjects that had no books or in-depth biographies, to how he found the rare field recordings and some out-of-print or never-before-heard songs featured in the podcast. Tod will also play some of these songs, joined by two old-time musicians, live on stage. Co-presented with CJSW

Audience: Adults

PrintedWord: The Salon Series with Jani Krulc and Ryan Statz

In 2017, Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112 initiated Print(ed) Word to explore book inspired relationships. The result was a collaboration between a selection of 12 Alberta printmakers and 12 writers. Print(ed) Word is a collection of 12 handmade artist books now on permanent display at Central Library. Join the authors and artists for a series of presentations on their writing, art, and the process of collaborating to make their book. Presented with the generous support of the J K L MacLachlan Family Fund.

Audience: Adults

Projections: Can You Trust Your Star Atlas?

An introduction to celestial cartography and a survey of European star mapping. In partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society.

Audience: Adults

Reading Buddies

Teen volunteers and Library staff provide one-on-one reading support and fun literacy activities for young readers.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 8

Reading With Royalty

Celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag queen and king performers. Supported by ATB Financial.

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 5

Red Dress Day

Calgary Public Library is proud to host Red Dress Day at Central Library on Tuesday, November 19 in partnership with Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society. The day is to raise awareness of the ongoing national crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Event attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Awo Taan staff and community advocates with a personal connection to MMIWG and be invited to take part in a Red Dress Workshop. This initiative is hosted by the Awo Taan Healing Lodge and the Calgary Public Library, with funding from the Anti-Racism Community Grant Program by Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Retain and Gain: Career Management for Non-Profits FULL

Join workforce expert owner Lisa Taylor, author of Retain and Gain: Career Management for Non-Profits and Charities, to identify low-cost tips, activities and actions that managers and leaders in the non-profit sector can take right now (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain your staff. Lisa Taylor is founder and President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation. Her career and workforce perspectives have been featured in media outlets across North America including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, CBC and The Globe and Mail. Taylor regularly speaks on the Future of Work, the intergenerational workforce and the changing nature of careers in today’s economy. Learn about research, facts and statistics that shed new light on Canada’s non-profit workforce, practical career management tools to use with employees in ways that advance thriving careers and build the capacity of the non-profit sector, considerations with new graduates, the aging workforce and precarious employment. In this dynamic breakfast presentation, Lisa will connect the dots on how career management can help you address your most critical employee challenges with concrete activities, tips and actions to foster your employee’s development in your organization. She will also debunk common misconceptions such as small non-profits and charities with flat organizational structures and limited resources can’t establish good career practices. You will learn how to make the link between bold organizational results and career-focused staff to realize the full potential of your workforce. This breakfast meeting is also a great opportunity for you to share your successes and challenges and connect with other non-profit leaders working to motivate and engage staff across the sector. Breakfast is included. Register at Eventbrite using this link,, or use the search terms, "CERIC Roadshow Calgary." In partnership with CERIC. THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULLY REGISTERED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN LIBRARY PROGRAMS.

Audience: Adults

Rozsa Arts at the Library: Long Time, No Time

Clap your hands and tap your feet to the upbeat and eclectic sound of this five-piece horn band. With their unique instrumentation of saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, electric bass, and drums, Long Time, No Time creates an engaging sound that is fresh and captivating. Supported by Mary Rozsa de Coquet.

Audience: All Ages

Rozsa Arts at the Library: Trinity Winds

Enjoy the elegant blend of flute, clarinet, and bassoon in a performance for all ages. Ranging from classics to contemporary, Trinity Winds provides something for everyone. Supported by Mary Rozsa de Coquet.

Audience: All Ages

School Support: Math

Bring your math assignments for help from trained volunteers. Explore digital resources to support school success.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School's Out

Unwind and give your brain a break. Take part in fun activities or just hang out and talk. In partnership with Calgary Afterschool.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

School's Out All Day

Drop in to the Library anytime on your PD Day for games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

School's Out for Tweens

Join us for fun activities, crafts, and games.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

Seniors Technology Group - Cantonese

Learn how to use your mobile devices, such as iPads and Android tablets, and explore online community resources. This program is offered in Cantonese in partnership with the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association. To register, please call: 403.265.8446.

Audience: Adults - Ages 50 and up

Settlement Services

Meet with a trained settlement agent who can provide information on immigration, citizenship, housing, employment, and more.

Audience: Adults

Sign Language for Babies

Communicate and bond with your child before he or she can speak by learning basic ASL signs together.

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

Small Business Tuesdays: Starting a Business in Alberta for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Join us to learn about business culture in Alberta and how your own cultural background can help you succeed. We’ll also cover the startup process in Alberta and resources available to support you. In partnership with Business Link.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Your Numbers, Your Story

Designed for new or aspiring women entrepreneurs, this comprehensive presentation covers what is critical for success, including financial statements, financial ratios, and how to maximize your business. In partnership with CPA Canada.

Audience: Adults

Story PALS

Trained Pet Access League Society (PALS) volunteers and their highly socialized dogs provide a calm, accepting presence for struggling readers to practise reading aloud.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Swingin' Sundays

Learn to swing dance with our beginner-friendly introductory lessons starting at 1 pm and social dancing from 2-4 pm. No partner or experience required. In Partnership with Top Cat Swing.

Audience: Adults

Talking Books Group

A monthly review of new titles from the Library's special collections for blind or visually impaired members.

Audience: Adults

Tech Mentors

If you find technology challenging, we can help. Get answers or practise your skills with experienced volunteers. Any device is welcome.

Audience: Adults

TEDxCalgary Meetup

Watch a TED Talk video, share your thoughts with other curious explorers, and hear ideas on related topics. Visit for topics.

Audience: Adults

Teens Create

Let your creative side shine! Make and trade buttons, craft with duct tape, and more.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

The Banff-Canmore Mission and the Popular Novelist Ralph Connor

Dr. David Marshall, Dean, Department of History, University of Calgary, explores how Rev. Charles W. Gordon's service as a missionary in the Banff-Canmore region became a foundation and inspiration for his literary career as the popular novelist "Ralph Connor." In partnership with the Chinook Country Historical Society.

Audience: Adults

The Calgary Multicultural Orchestra

The Calgary Multicultural Orchestra (CMO) is a social program that uses music education as a vehicle for social change. This free after-school music program for children from challenging backgrounds, ages six to 17, provides free instruments on loan throughout the school year, as well as free music lessons and snacks. The vision of the CMO is a future where all children and youth have the opportunity to learn, make, and share music.

Audience: All Ages

The Christmas Star - An Astronomer’s Perspective

Ever wonder about the Bible’s story of the Christmas Star? So have astronomers throughout the ages. Roland Dechesne of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will guide you through the various potential astronomical interpretations of the story of the Magi and their star. Which interpretation will you favour? Or is it simply a Christmas miracle?

Audience: Adults & Teens

Think Big: Are We Wired to be Social?

We’re social animals, but we’re not the only ones. What does it mean to be social? And why is being social so important to life? Join Host JayIngram and experts from the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Faculty of Arts in a lively discussion about the social life of the brain.

Audience: Adults

Thistledown Press Presents

From Thistledown Press, enjoy three mesmerizing new titles. In the Eater of Dreams, Kat Cameron's characters examine the inner fractures in their lives, summoning the memories of lost relationships. Stories nest inside stories in An Honest Woman, JoAnn McCaig's very bookish novel about the writerly process. In Sophie Stocking's Corridor Nine, a deceased father seeks a loophole back to his adult daughter as she cleans out the chaos of his earthly home.

Audience: Adults

Trans & Non-Binary Identity

Explore the language, lived experience, and context of trans people and their families. This is an open, brave space and opportunity for learning.

Audience: Adults

Two Wheel View

Learn leadership skills, environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness through this bicycle mechanics course. Participants will earn a free bike at the end of the session.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 12 to 14

Upgrading and Financing your Education

Learn about financial resources such as student loans, scholarships, grants, and more. In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Audience: Adults

VR Explorers

Imagine climbing Mount Everest or scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands! Join an immersive virtual reality journey with Google Expeditions.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Waiting for Santa

Join us as we get ready for Christmas with stories, rhymes, and songs.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 2 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Wash Those Hands!

Do you know what’s on your hands? Learn about germs with a bunch of fuzzy and friendly Giant Microbes! Then practice proper handwashing with Glo Germ. In partnership with Let’s Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 3 to 5

Welcome to Canada: Employment and Workplace Communication

Learn about job search strategies, networking, and how to communicate effectively. In partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. To register, please call: 403.230.7745, ext. 201.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

What Do Astronauts Do?

Spend an hour in an astronaut’s “boots”. Try the kinds of experiments they work on and find out what kind of questions they're asking while they are up in space. In partnership with the Faculty of Science, UCalgary.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Why Do I Get Sick?

Explore the life of viruses and bacteria, and learn how illnesses are treated. In partnership with the Faculty of Science, UCalgary.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Wild Coasts of Canada

Canadian Geographic photographer-in-residence Scott Forsyth teams up with singer-songwriter David Newland for a celebration of Canada’s three coastal regions. The performance features projected photographs from Scott's new book The Wild Coasts of Canada, and original songs from David's new CD NORTHBOUND. Personal stories of connections to nature and culture are woven throughout—with spectacular drone footage as an eye-popping bonus!

Audience: Adults

Words and Wiggles

Learn new ideas for play by exploring all five senses through movement, play, story, and song.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/caregiver

Write-In Workshops with Calgary NaNoWriMo

Lacking motivation or fresh out of creative space? Join Calgary NaNoWriMo members to continue your work in progress and connect with other writers.

Audience: Adults

Yoga at Central Library!

Join us for a fun, gentle yoga class in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery. Students of all levels and experience are welcome, including beginners. In partnership with Yoga Shala Calgary.

Audience: Adults & Teens

You and the Blue: Counter Exploitation Unit

Join Calgary Police Service Officers from the Counter Exploitation Unit as they discuss their fight against human and sex trafficking in our city. In partnership with the Calgary Police Service. This program is intended for a mature audience, ages 16+.

Audience: Adults

Zero to Hero

Experience a program that empowers women who have survived domestic abuse by learning about psychological coping skills, financial literacy, and self-defense. Men also welcome. In partnership with Gems to Gems.

Audience: Adults

Zouk - Brazilian Dance Experience in YYC

Break out of your shell and join us for fun, beginner friendly workshops to learn the basics of zouk! Zouk is a Brazilian partner dance originated from lambada. In partnership with Zouk YYC.

Audience: Adults

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