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From: 15/Jun/2021 - To: 16/Sep/2021

Acting for Cartoons - Part 1

Come up with a story using drama games, sketch a character and bring it to life with character voices. Note, it is fine to come to only one class!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Acting for Cartoons - Part 2

Come up with a story using drama games, sketch a character and bring it to life with character voices. Note, it is fine to come to only one class!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Adaptation (Ages 6 to 8)

The Adaptation program focuses on the fascinating physical and behavioural characteristics that help our local wildlife survive and thrive in their environments. Features such as feathers, fur, talons, whiskers, and nocturnal and migratory behaviours are discussed.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Adaptation (Ages 9 to 12)

The Adaptation program focuses on the fascinating physical and behavioural characteristics that help our local wildlife survive and thrive in their environments. Features such as feathers, fur, talons, whiskers, and nocturnal and migratory behaviours are discussed.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

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

Aging in Place – Supports and Services

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

Anancy and the Turtle

Join Author Annette Pateman as she reads her book: Anancy and the Turtle. Based on folklore stories originated in west Africa, you'll meet Anancy, a mischievous spider. One day he decides to go fishing, and what happens next is retold in this story.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Arachnids All Around (Ages 6 to 8)

Pop quiz: how many legs do spiders and scorpions have? “Easy,” you say. “Eight, because they’re both arachnids.” You’re right, so here’s a tougher one: what do their pedipalps look like? Tune in to see for yourself with real live tarantulas, scorpions, and other awesome arachnids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Arachnids All Around (Ages 9 to 12)

Pop quiz: how many legs do spiders and scorpions have? “Easy,” you say. “Eight, because they’re both arachnids.” You’re right, so here’s a tougher one: what do their pedipalps look like? Tune in to see for yourself with real live tarantulas, scorpions, and other awesome arachnids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Ask a Scientist about Animals and the Environment!

Did you know people, animals, and the environment all need each other to stay healthy? Join us to ask a veterinarian and the manager of One Health at UCalgary your questions about animals and the environment!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Ask a Scientist about Language!

Why don’t people always say what they mean? How do kids and grownups understand what other people say? Join us to learn about language and ask the director of UCalgary’s Language Processing Lab your questions about it!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Ask a Scientist about Robots!

Did you know that robots can come to the rescue after a disaster? Learn about UCalgary’s Robotarium and ask its director your questions about robots!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Ask a Scientist about your Brain!

Did you know that having a healthy brain is important? Meet a brain doctor and researcher from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and ask your questions about kids’ brains!

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Astronomy for Youth

View the night sky with your eyes, binoculars, and a telescope. We’ll explore galaxies, nebula, planets, and much more!

Audience: Teens - Ages 10 and up

Astronomy with RASC: Astronomy of the Summer Sky (Ages 10+)

Learn about the constellations and great objects you can see in the night sky this Summer!

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 10 and up

Astronomy with RASC: Astronomy of the Summer Sky (Ages 6 to 9)

Learn about the constellations and great objects you can see in the night sky this Summer!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

Astronomy with RASC: Binocular Astronomy

Binoculars can open your eyes to wonderous objects in the night sky. Learn how to navigate the stars with a simple pair of binoculars.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Meteor Showers!

It’s the Perseid Meteor Shower this week! Learn how to watch the sky for meteors during annual meteor showers.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Telescope Astronomy

A telescope can allow you to view the night sky in amazing detail, but it can be difficult to learn. We will teach you the beginning steps to looking through a telescope.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Milky Way

Our home galaxy, The Milky Way, can be seen streaking across the summer sky! Learn about our galaxy and how to view it.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Planets

Learn how to see the planets from your own backyard using your own unaided eye. Also, we will explore them in more detail with binoculars and a telescope.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: The Seasons and Orbits

Learn why there are seasons on the Earth and how it is related to the tilt and orbit of our own planet. We will also explore why we see different stars in the sky at different times of the year!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Astronomy with RASC: Unaided Eye Astronomy

Explore the night sky with nothing but your eyes. Learn how to use star maps and other guides to find your way through the constellations.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 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

Bat Basics (Ages 9 to 12)

Discover the world of bats, and bust some bat-phobic myths.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Bedtime Storytime

Join us online for evening, cozy bedtime stories, songs, and finger plays for the whole family to settle and get ready for bed. Takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

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

Best Frenemies: All About Wasps (Ages 6 to 8)

We love to hate wasps, but these scary bugs are important to the ecosystem. We'll dissect a nest and learn more!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Best Frenemies: All About Wasps (Ages 9 to 12)

We love to hate wasps, but these scary bugs are important to the ecosystem. We'll dissect a nest and learn more!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Better Choices, Better Health®

This 6-week workshop is for adults living with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes or arthritis) and/or their caregivers. Topics covered include nutrition, physical activity, action planning, better breathing, sleep hygiene and more. As each session builds on the previous one, participants should plan to attend all 6 sessions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Better Choices, Better Health®: Chronic Pain

This 6-week workshop is for adults living with chronic pain and/or their caregivers. Topics covered include understanding and managing pain, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, action planning and more. As each session builds on the previous one, participants should plan to attend all 6 sessions.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Beyond Medications: Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in Treating Mental Illnesses

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive form of brain stimulation is a well tolerated treatment for some mental health disorders such as depression, ADHD, OCD & others. Some sufferers of mental illnesses who do not respond well to medications have reported great results from its use. Join Mathison Centre to find out more about TMS.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Birds of Prey (Ages 6 to 8)

Our Birds of Prey program acquaints participants with the different birds of prey found in Alberta, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. As well as exploring the life histories of these birds, the program also features bio-facts such as wings and talons.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Birds of Prey (Ages 9 to 12)

Our Birds of Prey program acquaints participants with the different birds of prey found in Alberta, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. As well as exploring the life histories of these birds, the program also features bio-facts such as wings and talons.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Book Discussion Group: Bucket List Books

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

Audience: Adults - 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: Denise Davy in Conversation with Joe Ceci

Come join us for an evening of compelling discussion with award-winning journalist Denise Davy as she talks about her new book Her Name Was Margaret: Life and Death on the Streets. Denise's book exposes the hard realities of homelessness and she will answer the question on everyone's mind - why do so many homeless people have a mental illness?

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics - Job Strategies: Mental Wellness and Job Search

Job search can be exhausting. Sometimes you may feel like your job search is endless. In the workshop, we will discuss practical mental wellness strategies that will build your resilience and help you keep going in the face of application rejections.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics - Job Strategies: Prove it - Interview Answers That Get Offers

All interviews, no offers. It is a common tale in the job search market. Join this workshop to learn how to beef up your interview answers and ensure you are giving employers all the information they need to choose you as their next hire!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

Caring for Carnivores (Ages 6 to 8)

Alberta’s carnivores need your help! Join us as we discover the many different species of the carnivore family living in Alberta, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of these misunderstood animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Caring for Carnivores (Ages 9 to 12)

Alberta’s carnivores need your help! Join us as we discover the many different species of the carnivore family living in Alberta, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of these misunderstood animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

CFD Fire Sisters Youth Camp - Online Edition: Application Process

In this session, participants will learn about the CFD recruitment process including the requirements to become a firefighter and ways to stand out in the process. The session will also involve a wrap-up of the last three sessions. Open to young women ages 12-17, this is the fourth of four sessions held for the Fire Sisters Youth Camp.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

CFD Fire Sisters Youth Camp - Online Edition: Fire Apparatus

In this session, participants will learn about the variety of fire apparatus and equipment being used on the scene of an emergency incident. This will include engines, aerials, rescues, and other specialty vehicles. Open to young women ages 12-17, this is the third of four sessions held for the Fire Sisters Youth Camp.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Classifying Creepy Crawlies (Ages 6 to 8)

Using live animals, explore how all bugs are related and where they fit in the family tree. Taxonomy can be fun!

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

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

Discover Africa

In this session, kids will learn amazing facts about Africa, including its countries, climate, wildlife, clothes, food, and music. To end the session, children’s book author and storyteller, Yewande Daniel-Ayoade will tell a story about the wily tortoise, a common character in West African folktales.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 8

Downtown Library Walking Tours

Enjoy walking tours of the East Village and Beltline communities surrounding Central and Memorial Park Libraries, and discover their unique literary and cultural histories.

Audience: Adults

Drama for Teens: Acting for Film and TV

Learn about types of shots, what it's like to work on set, and how to use the camera (screen on your devise) to bring out your best read of a script.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Characters 101

Use drama activities to create an original character, and bring them to life with voice, gesture, backstory, secrets, and insider acting tips.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Drama is Good For…

A series of fun and interactive theatre games showcase how drama can help with writing, scene making and coming up with ideas for everything from drama to jokes to drawing.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Drama Smorgasbord

This session has a little bit of everything for the drama enthusiast or just plain curious: improv, character, voice, games, scenes, and more!

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Fun and Funny

A series of interactive and silly activities to tickle the funny bone – and perhaps inspire a story, a scene or a piece of stand-up.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drama for Teens: Voice Acting

Learn how to bring characters on a screen to life – using just your voice. A fun, interactive session packed with lots of different characters.

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 17

Drawing for Teens: Capture Likeness in a Portrait

Drawing faces is one of the hardest challenges in art, and one of the most satisfying achievements. In this class, Jordan Wieben will show you how to draw recognizable portraits.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 16

Drawing for Teens: Characterizing Critters

What makes one camel different from another camel? Not a joke! Join artist Jordan Wieben to learn how to exaggerate the features of wild animals to create funny character drawings.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 16

Drawing for Teens: Robot Design from Life

Beep boop! Draw inspiration from the electronics in your home as you discover how to design robot characters with Jordan Wieben. Bring your favourite art materials and paper.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 16

Drawing with YR: A Bear in a Canoe? (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw a cartoon bear. We will personify our forest dwelling friend, giving him human-like qualities, and transforming him into a fully realized cartoon character. Our bear is happily rowing his canoe downstream.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: A Bear in a Canoe? (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw a cartoon bear. We will personify our forest dwelling friend, giving him human-like qualities, and transforming him into a fully realized cartoon character. Our bear is happily rowing his canoe downstream.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Can a Moose play Lacrosse? (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw a lacrosse moose. We will personify a moose, giving it human-like qualities and transforming it into a fully realized cartoon character. Lacrosse is a popular team sport that is played with a lacrosse stick. We gave our moose the appropriate sporting equipment.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: Can a Moose play Lacrosse? (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw a lacrosse moose. We will personify a moose, giving it human-like qualities and transforming it into a fully realized cartoon character. Lacrosse is a popular team sport that is played with a lacrosse stick. We gave our moose the appropriate sporting equipment.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Come draw some adorable cartoon Beavers (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw adorable cartoon beavers. Our beavers will be very stylized with refined body shapes, but they will still retain their trademark tails and teeth.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: Come draw some adorable cartoon Beavers (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw adorable cartoon beavers. Our beavers will be very stylized with refined body shapes, but they will still retain their trademark tails and teeth.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Comic Book Themed Art (Ages 9 to 12)

Let’s draw an example of comic book art inspired by classic science fiction stories. Can’t wait to see your rocket ship flying across the cosmos. ZOOM – here we go!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing with YR: Do Coyotes howl at the Moon? (Ages 6 to 8)

Today we will draw a coyote graphic. The coyote is a species of canine. We will draw our coyote as it howls at the moon. Our coyote was stylized with a simple, yet dynamic shape.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Drawing with YR: Do Coyotes howl at the Moon? (Ages 9 to 12)

Today we will draw a coyote graphic. The coyote is a species of canine. We will draw our coyote as it howls at the moon. Our coyote was stylized with a simple, yet dynamic shape.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drawing: Intro to Pet Portraits

Drawing cats, dogs, hamsters, and birds! Oh my! In this class, learn to draw your favourite pets with Children’s Artist, Jordan Wieben. All you need is a pencil and paper.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Drop-In Creative Writing Café!

Writers 11-18, there’s a seat at the table for you! Join us for a weekly co-writing time throughout the summer. As a community of writers, we’ll use techniques like writing prompts and sprints as well as dedicated time for you to write in the company of others. Come for one, some, or all – everybody’s welcome at the Creative Writing Café!

Audience: Teens - Ages 11 to 18

ELA Ninjas: Basic paragraph writing

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Basic sentence building

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Blend sounds/words

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Introduction to creative writing

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Paragraph writing part 2

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Parts of speech

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Rhymes and sounds

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

ELA Ninjas: Sentence building

Ninjas require a sharp mind and skills built up over time- so do ELA skills! Review what you have learned in school and continue to build your knowledge to level up. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having refreshed your ELA concepts!

Audience: Kids

Elders Storytelling Series: Anthony Starlight

Listen to time-honored stories behind tee-pee lodge symbolism, structure, and current usages as told by Tsuu t'ina Elder Anthony Starlight. This live, all ages program is part of the Library's Indigenous History Month special events.

Audience: All Ages

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

Family Storytime

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

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

Fuel Tank, Waste Dump, and Recycling Center: The Circumgalactic Medium Over Cosmic Time

Join us for an introduction to the region between the galaxies we see in starlight and intergalactic space known as the circumgalactic medium, as told by the most powerful tools in astronomy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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

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: Eating Well When Fatigued

This fun virtual cooking demonstration is for people who experience fatigue and physical limitations related to health conditions such as neurological conditions or arthritis. We will teach you strategies to be successful in the kitchen and to make healthier food choices.

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: 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: 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: Pain Neuroscience Education

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: 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: 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: The 4 P's of Eating Healthy - Cooking Demo Edition

Join us as we review the tips on how to put nutrition knowledge into practice, and the 4 P’s: Plan, Purchase, Prepare and Pack. This class includes a cooking demonstration.

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: 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

Hot Topics: Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Hacks

Join us as Pascal Theriault, Talent Acquisition Specialist with Avanti Software, gives us information about the ATS – understanding how it works, and tips on how job seekers can maximize their chances of getting past the system.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Hot Topics: Finding and Doing Independent Work

Join us as Ed Britton, career coach and entrepreneur, gives us advice on how to find and make money doing independent work which can lead to building long term stability. Ed is a certified professional coach with Bow Valley College and an ecommerce entrepreneur, with his 2 ventures, Strapsaway and NOT Retirement.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Impromptu Play

Calling all creative minds! Join in on the fun with this program that smashes theatre games and imagination. Be ready to move for this program! Our creation will need characters (hint: that's you!) and costumes (hint: there are so many options around your house!). We will collaborate to create a play and perform it with your program classmates.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Indigenous Book Discussion Group

This program led by Indigenous facilitator Michelle Robinson, provides an interactive, inclusive space for readers who want to be more knowledgeable about reconciliation and also discover great Indigenous titles and authors. Everyone welcome!

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 6 to 12

Learn to Code: Let’s Play Sports

Tag - you’re it! Join us as we build a simple tag game including scoring, costume changes and sound. Participants will build the project using the drag-and-drop block coding platform Scratch, and have the opportunity to set the stage, add characters, and make the game their own!

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Learn to Draw a 3D Drawing

Learn about Lines, curves, and perspective drawing… Oh My! Join Bri Strong as they guide you through creating your own 3D masterpiece. Please have the following materials for the program: Pencil, Paper, Ruler, Eraser, Pencil Crayons/Felts/Crayons Black sharpie or felt.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Learn to Draw a Guided Owl Drawing

A hoot to be had! Explore lines, shapes and patterns to create your own mystical owl with visual artist, Jaye Benoit! Please have the following materials for the program: Water Colour or mixed media paper, water colour paints, brush, water dish, waterproof Black Sharpie, coloured waterproof Sharpie felts, Crayons or pencil crayons can be used.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Letter Writing: The Original Text Message

What’s better than the latest Tiktok or your streak on Snapchat? A real-deal letter, the ones that require a postage stamp and a mailbox. Come and discover Snail Mail and use it this summer to send joy to friends and family, near and far! (Don’t forget a pen and paper!)

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Math Mania: addition, subtraction

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: fractions, decimals

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: linear systems and polynomials

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: multiplication, division

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: order of operation

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: radicals, quadratic

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Math Mania: volume and surface area

Summer is a time for fun and sun- and it is also a time for fun and math! This review of math topics will help you refresh what you learned, teach you some new games and maybe even some new math tricks. You'll start next school year with more confidence after having reviewed these skills!

Audience: Kids

Me and My Pet

Learn what it takes to take care of a pet, how to interact with dogs in various situations, and positive reinforcement training methods. Explore what an animal shelter does and see some of the animals that call the shelter their temporary home.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Mini Me Yoga (Ages 5 to 7)

Yoga is great for the ​mind, body AND ​soul! Feel the benefits of yoga as you stretch and play. Practice yoga breathing, enjoy yoga games, and learn simple relaxation techniques. These sessions are great for children between 5-7 years of age.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 7

Mini Me Yoga (Ages 8 to 12)

Yoga is great for the ​mind, body AND ​soul! Feel the benefits of yoga as you stretch and play. Practice yoga breathing, enjoy yoga games, and learn simple relaxation techniques. These sessions are great for children between 8-12 years of age.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

My Kidney Health for Seniors

Anyone can develop kidney disease, but some are at higher risk. As well, most people don’t know they have kidney disease because 80% of your kidney function can be lost without any symptoms. Learn how to recognize early warning signs, what kidneys do, the major causes and risk factors, and what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

National Indigenous History Month: Frying Bread with Russ

Learn how to make Indigenous Frybread and the origins of this tasty treat. Hear video stories from various Kokum's (Grandmothers) from different Cultures. As well as share thoughts on what your family food traditions are. Laugh, learn, and eat.

Audience: All Ages

National Indigenous History Month: Indigenous Family Storytime

Join us online for this fun, interactive Indigenous Family Storytime. Learn some rhymes, words, and read stories written by Indigenous Authors. This program is part of the Library's Indigenous History Month special events.

Audience: All Ages

National Indigenous History Month: Indigenous Storytime

Join us online for this fun, interactive Indigenous Family Storytime. Learn some rhymes, words, and read stories written by Indigenous Authors. This program is part of the Library's Indigenous History Month special events.

Audience: All Ages

National Indigenous History Month: Treaty 7 Puppet Show

Join us for a special appearance from our Treaty 7 puppets as they share their culture and stories. In celebration of National Indigenous History Month.

Audience: All Ages

National Indigenous History Month: Virtual Screening and Discussion of The Road

Join us for a special screening of The Road, a short film that explores themes pertaining to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the legacy and inter-generational impact of colonialism in Canada. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the Indigenous girls of Stardale Women's Group and the filmmakers.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Open Minded Chats: Building Strong Families through Connection

This conversation will explore how the term “family” can be understood and how working together with the whole family and their natural supports can build strong families. The importance for family connection and small, easy strategies will be shared.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Organ Donation – with a focus on kidney donation

Right now, hundreds of Albertans are waiting for a transplant with their health declining as they wait. Of those waiting, 78% are waiting for a kidney. Learn more about the different types of organ and tissue donation, who can donate, how to become a donor, and more. Will cover general topics with a focus on kidney donation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Outdoor Baby Rhyme Time

Welcome your baby to the library. Enjoy rhymes, and stories that will make your baby smile. Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, or something cozy for your family to sit on as we'll be enjoying stories in an outdoor space. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Book Discussion Group

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Outdoor Family Storytime

Come join us for stories, rhymes, and finger plays the whole family can enjoy. Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, or something cozy for your family to sit on as we'll be enjoying stories in an outdoor space. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Artmakers

Let’s get messy outside! You’ll explore the colours of nature in a picture book, then make your own unique and colorful artwork with different tools and materials. How does your outdoor environment inspire you? Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Nature Investigators

Let’s be outdoor scientists! We’ll read about a young nature detective and then use magnifying glasses and measuring tools to explore the Library’s outdoor space and a special collection of natural elements. What will you discover? Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Rhythm Ruckus

Let’s shake our sillies out! Using an assortment of musical instruments, we’ll explore rhythm, tempo, and movement with songs, games, and a Freeze Dance Animal Party. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Sensory Explorers

Let’s explore the land! We’ll use our five senses to discover the land and our connection to it. What can we learn from Indigenous ways of knowing about the land? We’ll read CPL’s Treaty 7 picture books, explore nature with our five senses, and play a traditional Indigenous game. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Story Creators

Let’s make a story! Moving through a series of picture stations in the Library’s outdoor space, you’ll choose your own adventures and make up your own actions to tell your very own tale. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Outdoor Words and Wiggles: Weather Investigators

Let’s play with the breeze! We’ll read a story about the wind, build a wind craft, and have fun with parachutes. Programs are weather dependant.

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

Personal Finance: How to Financially Survive a Layoff

Learn tips and strategies to financially survive a layoff and move forward, including budgeting, managing debt on a reduced income, and dealing with creditors.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Personal Finance: Tackle Debt

Find out how to manage your current credit and build borrowing power for the future by dealing with your debts today.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Polyglot: Dance and Learn French

A polyglot is someone who knows or uses more than one language. Learning through play is a powerful tool! Learn a new dance while learning and practicing French in this 30-minute play session. Beginners to advanced French speakers welcomed. Get ready, get moving, and clear the dance floor!

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 10

Reading With Royalty

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Real Estate Today: Everything you wanted to know about Realtors (but were afraid to ask)

Enjoy a look at the role realtors play in our community, followed up by an opportunity to engage with a panel of three experienced relators who will be happy to take your questions on any aspect of the real estate situation today.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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 in Our Backyard (Ages 6 to 8)

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Reptiles in Our Backyard (Ages 9 to 12)

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Reptiles of Africa (Ages 6 to 8)

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 8

Reptiles of Africa (Ages 9 to 12)

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 9 to 12

Rozsa Arts at the Library featuring Flint & Feather

Join award winning musicians Flint & Feather for a virtual performance of folk and roots inspired music. Joal and Lauren Kamps mix music, storytelling, and laughter for a truly engaging experience.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Building Resilience - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

Small Business Tuesdays: Inspiring business - Value, Values & Shared Value

VALUES stand at the very core of human decision‐making. VALUE is created through knowledge and creativity that meets customer needs. Companies create SHARED VALUE (value that benefits both the company and society) by connecting business success with efforts to solve social problems. This session will include practical exercises and tips.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Small Business Tuesdays: Inspiring Business -Your Why

WHY is the biggest, most important question in your life AND your business. The answer isn’t always “why not!” Set yourself up for success with practical exercises that will a) allow yourself to articulate what drives you, b) determine the core foundations for your business, and c) align your business why with yourself and others.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Snug as a Bug in a Rug — Insect Homes (Ages 6 to 8)

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 6 to 8

Snug as a Bug in a Rug — Insect Homes (Ages 9 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 9 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

Story Writing for Little Fingers

From story idea to first draft. In this session, children’s book author, Yewande Daniel-Ayoade will teach kids about the different elements that make up a story. Then, kids will learn how to structure their story idea into a beginning, middle, and end. Attendees should be able to write independently or have an adult available to help them.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 10

Tails of the Misunderstood (Ages 9 to 12)

Spiders and snakes are the most misunderstood animals on earth. We will learn some of the facts and dispel myths about these creepy, crawling, and slithering animals.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

Talking Trash: To recycle or not to recycle?

That is the question we'll answer! If you have ever pondered over what you can recycle and why, this workshop is for you! Bring your difficult questions to a recycling talk designed to reduce your recycling anxiety and help move our community towards zero waste. Reducing our waste helps nature and our environment thrive-we can show you how.

Audience: Adults - Ages 12 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 Future of Alberta's K-6 Curriculum

Join a panel of experts from Mount Royal University as they examine new proposals for Alberta's K- 6 Curriculum. Dr. Tanya Stogre (Education), Dr. Kirk Niergarth (History) and Dr. David Hyttenrauch (English) will share their scholarship, insights, and perspectives on Alberta's proposed K-6 curriculum.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

The Great Outdoors - Park Prescriptions: Connecting to Nature for Your Health

Let’s get healthy, outdoors! What is a Park Prescription? How can being in nature enhance your health and wellness? Explore these topics with Canada’s first evidence-based nature-prescription program, PaRx. We will share real-life stories that showcase the essential elements of bringing nature & health together in sometimes surprising ways.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 14 and up

The Great Outdoors: Urban Coyotes

The interaction between Calgarians and coyotes is inevitable. Our proximity means that we must co-exist, but how? Learn about urban coyote habitats, food sources, and behaviours that make these animals so unique. With this knowledge, you will minimize conflict with urban coyotes and come out with a newfound respect for the species.

Audience: Adults - Ages 16 and up

The Kitchen Table Classroom: Diverse and Inclusive Books, Part 1

In celebration of Indigenous History Month, join Colette Poitras, Manager, Indigenous Public Library Outreach (Gov't of Alberta) to discover engaging children's books and resources about Alberta's rich and diverse Indigenous cultures and history. Kitchen Table Classroom is a series for parents and caregivers designed to support learning at home.

Audience: Adults

Virtual Reading with Royalty

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 8

Waking Up to Healthy Sleep

Discover what interferes with sleep and practical ways to improve your sleep. In partnership with Alberta Health Services Healthy Living Program.

Audience: Adults

Waste in our World

We care about our city and its future! That’s why it is important to learn about waste, recycling, and composting in Calgary. This interactive program will explore ways to divert waste and make our landfills safer for the environment. Saving the world starts today!

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Weird Calgary: The Interstellar Traveler's Guide

Reimagine Calgary in this science fiction summer writing workshop for teens - Blue Ring as an interdimensional portal, Peace Bridge as time travelers' favourite meeting space, downtown library as the place for great Martian books and more. Together we'll publish a guidebook aimed at interstellar travelers who want to make the most of their stay.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 17

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: How to deal with the Isolation of Covid

Loneliness has been increasingly problematic during COVID. Dr. Mawani will discuss how mindfulness and compassion can help people feel more connected to others, and ourselves.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: My Anxious Mind - Can we be Friends?

Mindfulness helps us uncover who we are but what if we start to notice our constant worries, fears, and anxiety. Through care and kind attention, we bring more patience and compassion to ourselves as we make our own selfcare a priority. Christine Franceour will offer a talk and guided meditation.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wellness Through Mindfulness Meditation: Resilience for Anxiety

How to improve resilience and how Spirituality can help you become more resilient. Learn strategies for coping and “Rolling with the punches." Led by Rabbi Rick Kline.

Audience: Adults

Why Grasslands? (Ages 8 to 11)

Every day the grasslands of our province provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage, and essential ecosystem services. Get ready to meet your prairie home again for the first time, and discover the relationships that lie at the heart of ‘why grasslands’ matter…now and forever...

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 11

Why Grasslands? (Ages 12 to 14)

Every day the grasslands of our province provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage, and essential ecosystem services. Get ready to meet your prairie home again for the first time, and discover the relationships that lie at the heart of ‘why grasslands’ matter…now and forever...

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 14

Wildlife Wednesdays: Bats and Birds of Calgary!

The Calgary Migratory Species Response Team (CMSRT) will share about the birds and bats found through their work downtown. So many species! Some surprises for sure. While they couldn’t help them all, hear about how many were found and some great rescue stories. Bring your cup of tea, your questions and your sense of curiosity. See you there!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wildlife Wednesdays: Birds and Glass Don’t Mix – How to Help!

Join us for a conversation with window strike expert, Heidi Trudell of “Just Save Birds”. Heidi will share her insights into what makes certain windows bad news for birds, stories and great tips for how each of us can directly Just save birds. Bring your cup of tea, your questions and your sense of curiosity. See you there!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Wildlife Wednesdays: Cats and Birds… Yes, You Can Love Both!

Join AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) and the Calgary Migratory Species Response Team (CMSRT) for an enjoyable open conversation about cats, birds (and bats!), how to keep each a bit safer, and realistic tips on how we can (and should) help them all. Bring your cup of tea, your questions and your sense of curiosity. See you there!

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Worms love Leftovers

Everyone loves worms – but they are even cooler than you think! Take a peek into the amazing world of worms and how they help recycle organic waste, turning it into healthy living soil. After this program, you'll have a whole new respect for our friends in the dirt!

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 10

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

Your Historian in Residence: Mammoths and Mastodons, Oh My!

Calgary is used to living with wildlife, from the cougars and coyotes within our parks to the occasional moose on the loose in our streets. Now imagine if it was an elephant! Historian in Residence C.W. Gross shares the incredible story of the mammoths and mastodons that once walked Alberta only a few thousand years ago.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Your Historian in Residence: The History and Prehistory of the North American Buffalo

Um, actually, it’s bison! The North American Buffalo (Bison bison) is the iconic animal of the Great Plains, numbering tens of millions when Europeans arrived. But where did they come from? How did they take over a continent? Join Historian in Residence C.W. Gross as he discusses the rise, fall, and resurrection of his favourite (living) animal.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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