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. Download the July - August issue of Library Connect or the Summer Kids Guide.

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From: 16/Apr/2019 - To: 30/Jun/2019

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

50+ Lecture Series

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

Audience: Adults

A Beary, Berry Good Day

Discover #WildlifeRules in Banff National Park through fun activities with Author Laurie Schwartz. In collaboration with Parks Canada.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages 4 to 8

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

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

Beach Ball Babies

Bees buzzing, flowers blooming, sand squishing through toes. Celebrate the hot days of summer with stories, rhymes, and songs.

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

Blackfoot Storytime

Learn about the Blackfoot language through rhymes, songs, and stories led by a Blackfoot language speaker and Elder.

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

Book Discussion Group: Adult

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

Audience: Adults

Bouncing Babies

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and lots of bouncing.

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

Brixology: Bridges

Use LEGO bricks to build and test different bridge designs, then create the strongest bridge possible. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Career Coaching

Drop in for one-on-one help with job searching skills, interviews, resumés, and cover letters. Sign up on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audience: Adults

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

Choosing Quality Child Care

Learn about different options in child care, access to subsidies, and questions to ask providers. In partnership with Children's Services.

Audience: Adults

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

Citizenship and Civic Participation Workshop

Learn about Canada and prepare for the Citizenship Exam in this thorough two-day workshop. 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

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

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

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

Drop-In My First Music Lessons: Guitar

Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a volunteer music coach. Short lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Instrument provided. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: All Ages

Drop-In My First Music Lessons: Piano

Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a volunteer music coach. Short lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Instrument provided. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: All Ages

Drop-In My First Music Lessons: Violin

Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a volunteer music coach. Short lessons will be taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Instrument provided. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: All Ages

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

Enjoy Live Music in the Park

Food trucks invited. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or lawn chair, sit back, relax and enjoy live music in a beautiful park setting. Brought to you by the City of Calgary. Featuring: Marcus Trummer  Duo and the ability to explore instruments from the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Library.

Audience: All Ages

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

Finding Jobs Online and the Hidden Job Market

Get an overview of online job boards and tools for understanding and navigating the hidden job market.

Audience: Adults

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

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

Get Started with Technology

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

Audience: Adults

Get Your Resume Past the Gatekeepers

Boost your chances of getting your resumé noticed with tips from Joy Cohen, Author and Career Counsellor.

Audience: Adults

I Love My Ukulele!

Join the Calgary Ukulele Festival for a special “I Love My Ukulele!” Day featuring group ukulele lessons and a massive ukulele jam. Limited library ukuleles available. In partnership with the Calgary Association of Life Long Learners. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 8 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Word Online

Create online professional looking documents including tables, bullets, and pictures. An email address is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

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 email address 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 email address 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 email address is required.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

It's Your Money: Disability Benefits

Learn about taxes, government benefits, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, and medical expenses for adults or children with disabilities. In partnership with Canada Revenue Agency.

Audience: Adults

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

Learn Online with the Library

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

Audience: Adults

LEGO Club

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

Library Instrument Petting Zoo (Sled Island)

Explore the musical instruments from the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, including violins, guitars, ukuleles, drums, and more! Music volunteers on hand to provide guidance. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: All Ages

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

My First Music Lesson: Guitar

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Short 15 - 20 minute lessons are taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every month. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages

My First Music Lesson: Piano

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Short 15-20 minute lessons are taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may register for one session every month. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 5 and up

My First Music Lesson: Violin

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Register for an introductory lesson with a music coach. Short 15-20 minute lessons are taught on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must bring their own violin. Participants may register for one session every month. See calgarylibrary.ca/music for more details.

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

Newcomer Artist in Residence Samuel Obadero: Studio Sneak Peak

Join Samuel Obadero during his open studio hours as he works you through his process for a photoshoot from start to finish with a hands-on approach. In partnership with CADA.

Audience: All Ages

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

Queering Indigeneity

Celebrate the creativity of Two-Spirit peoples through performance, visual arts, and film. Featuring LGBTQ/Two-Spirit artists and filmmakers. In partnership with Calgary Queer Arts Society.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

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

Reality is Optional Writing Club

Play with your words in this creative writing club for teens. Led by Kim Firmston, Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Robotics with Robogals

Learn to code using LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Rozsa Arts at the Library: Chantal Chagnon

Join Chantal Chagnon as she shares traditional Indigenous arts, culture, and history through her singing and drumming. Presented by Mary Rozsa de Coquet. No registration required.

Audience: All Ages

Sampler Café (Sled Island)

Explore the world of electronic music in this circle of beat machines and samplers. All ages and experience levels welcome. In partnership with Sampler Café. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: All Ages

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

Science of Toys

Toys are more than just fun — they're science. Learn about motors, energy, and the centre of gravity through toy-based activities. In partnership with Mad Science.

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

Settlement Services

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

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: Booking Tours: From DIY to The Big Leagues

One of the biggest challenges facing musicians today is smart touring at every level of their career. From do-it-yourself tips for sustainable, productive, cost-effective tours, to preparing for the next step in your career. Whether self-booking, signing with a boutique label or working towards joining a larger global booking agency, all levels of booking agent expertise will be on display. Panelists: Todd Cote (Leafy Green), Karl Morse (Paradigm Agency), Cecilia Schlemm (The Shiverettes) and more. Presented by Music Calgary. Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: Campus Radio Panel

Representatives from community radio stations from across Canada will share best practices and answer questions on how to get your music played and how to build meaningful partnerships with these key actors of local music scenes. This will also be an opportunity for artists to meet with music directors and staff from the various stations. Panelists: CJSW, CKXU, CFCR, CFUV, CJSR, and CJSF. Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: Community bystander training

Community bystander training offers the practical skills needed to recognize when and how to help when witnessing power-based violence. By creating a culture of consent, we can encourage a more caring community where we look out for each other and demand safer spaces free of sexual violence and harassment. An excellent toolkit for talent buyers, venue managers, festivals, artists, volunteers and attendees alike. Presented by the Centre For Sexuality. Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: How to develop an audience and tour in Asia

The music industry of East Asia is a rapidly growing economic sector, home to some of the world’s largest music markets. The rise of music streaming and social media have made room for non-mainstream music to find its audience, creating new export potential for Western artists. Come hear from key players of this new ecosystem and gather tips on how to approach this new territory. Panelists: Chris Go, BGBG Records (Seoul, KR), Cecilia Yi, Zandari Festa (Seoul, KR), Matt Swann, musician (Calgary). Presented by Music Calgary. Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: How To Grow Inclusion And Diversity In The Music Industry?

Diversity and inclusion have become some of the hottest buzzwords of the past year, but the music industry's imbalance remains systematically deep-rooted. This panel aims to move from discussion to action by looking at the following questions: How do we best enable organic growth of diversity among musicians? How can current A&R provide a platform to include diverse creative teams and partners? How can the dominating privileged class help to support marginalized groups? And how can promoters, talents buyers and booking agents grow the market and support inclusivity and diversity simultaneously? Moderator: Kayla Graham. Panelists: Mira Silvers (booking agent & manager), Ouri (artist), Kim Jev (promoter, Afros In Tha City). Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Sled Island Workshop: Publicity Roadmap & Best Practice

At what point in your career is it worth hiring a publicist? What should they be handling? What realistic outcomes can you expect? Come get the answers to these questions and much more from experienced publicists Katie Nelson, GrandStand Media (New York), Alex Corrides, GrandStand Media (New York), more TBA. Sled Island.

Audience: Adults

Slippery Science

Learn about atoms, molecules, and polymers, and then make and take your own polymer. In partnership with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 12

Small Business Tuesdays: The Money Side of Business

Discover the basic tools and techniques of financial management needed for a business owner to make informed decisions. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Stonewall 50: Lgbtq2ia+ Liberation from New York to Calgary

June 28th, 2019 serves as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York that served as a major turning point for LGBTQ2IA+ liberation. Celebrate Pride month by joining us at the Memorial Park Library on Saturday, June 29th for an afternoon of storytelling to learn about the widespread impacts of the Stonewall riots and its relation to Calgary’s own LGBTQ2IA+ history! Joe Kadi from the Women’s Studies department at the University of Calgary will open the event with a presentation focusing on key moments and stakeholders of the Stonewall riots, and the context of LGBTQ2IA+ social change history. The talk will be followed by a screening of “Outliers: Calgary’s Queer History” in partnership with James Demers of Calgary Queer Arts Society. In partnership with Calgary Outlink and the Calgary Queer Arts Society.

Audience: All Ages

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

Teddy Bears' Picnic in the Community Garden

Bring your favourite stuffies for a family picnic in the garden with snacks, stories, and songs.

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

TedX Calgary: ENGAGE: Intentionally

Join TEDxCalgary on June 20th for a special speaker-based community salon. Explore a different way of building community through deep, intentional dialogue. In the process, discover how we can help shape our sense of purpose either individually, or collectively as a city. Our three speakers will spark your imagination with their talks, sharing both perspectives and tools that you can use to engage other participants in a set of deep conversations about what YOU think we need to change about our dialogue on community. Immerse yourself in the interactions with other equally curious Calgarians, and help us generate a new and far-reaching conversation about how we define our purpose. Learn more at http://Engage.TEDxCalgary. Limited free tickets available at Calgarylibrary.ca.

Audience: Adults

TEDxCalgary Meetup

Watch a TED Talk video, share your thoughts with other curious explorers, and hear ideas on related topics. Visit www.MeetUp.com/TEDxCalgary-Community/ 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 Music Lover's How-To Festival

Want to know how to restring an instrument? Play a guitar chord? This full-day festival will feature quick,15 to 30-minute music workshops to help you pick up new skills and tips. Featuring spotlight workshops with One Big JAM and CJSW. Visit calgarylibrary.ca/music for the schedule of events. A part of The Music Lover's Weekend & Sled Island Music & Arts Festival.

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 2 and up

Ultimate Summer Challenge 2019

Are you up for the challenge? Join us for over 500 FREE programs and awesome prizes for kids, families and teens this summer! Don't forget to pick up your Challenge Map and Summer Kids Guide at any Calgary Public Library location. Find out more at calgarylibrary.ca/summer.

Audience: Kids - Ages up to 12

USAY Community Connector Event

The Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth will be showcasing their recent and upcoming youth work and projects. For the event they will be using the screen to show examples of Augmented reality in their media, the release of their new virtual reality game “Thunder”, talking about their brand-new graphic novel “Ksistsikoom – Thunder” that is accompanying the video game. They will also be showing the next ideas for upcoming video games and augmented reality projects in a presentation in the seating area and on the screen.

Audience: Adults & Teens

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

What's In Your Backyard for Preschoolers?

With fun facts and games, discover how Alberta's animals are anything but average. In partnership with Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

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

Wonderful Worms

Discover how wonderful worms are and how they turn salad into soil in this hands-on program by Green Calgary.

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

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

World Drum Circle

Participate in a drum circle that incorporates drums and rhythms from around the world! Featuring indigenous and world drums and stories. Facilitated by Cree8. Limited drums provided. The drum circle will take place in either Central Memorial Park or Memorial Park Library, weather depending.

Audience: All Ages

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