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 November - December 2018 or January - February 2019 issue of Library Connect.

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From: 09/Jan/2019 - To: 29/May/2019 - Location: Central

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

75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

Gather and share tips on how to save on various household expenses including utilities, transportation, groceries, and personal items. In partnership with the Credit Counselling Society.

Audience: Adults

A Future Worth Working For

Explore career and learning opportunities in trades, technologies, health, and high-demand occupations. Learn how to support youth in pursuing their career passion. In partnership with Careers: The Next Generation.

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

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

Bill’s Book Cafe with Leah Sarich

Co-host of Breakfast Television and avid reader Leah Sarich discusses Warlight the mesmerizing new novel by Michael Ondaatje which explores family secrets and betrayal.

Audience: Adults

Brave New World: Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century

More than 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, his texts are still taught in schools, staged in theatres, adapted widely (in novels, comics and films), and quoted almost daily by politicians. Why does Shakespeare still speak to us today? Led by Dr. Susan Bennett.

Audience: Adults

Brixology: Creatures

Discover nature's engineering secrets using LEGO bricks by building a walking insect machine with Mad Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Career Basics: Resume Development

Learn how to create a professional resumé to put your best foot forward. In partnership with Bow Valley College.

Audience: Adults

Career Cafe: Careers in Technology

Join us for a noon hour talk about careers in technology. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

Audience: Adults

Career Planning Workshop

Learn the latest strategies and get in-depth help with your career transition and planning. Personal information including social insurance number is required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Central Library Architectural Tour

This volunteer-guided tour highlights the creative construction process and iconic architecture of the Central Library, designed by the international firm Snøhetta and local firm DIALOG.

Audience: Adults

Central Library Tour

Discover the unique and innovative elements of Central Library’s spaces, services, and art 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. In partnership with the YWCA.

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 12

Citizenship and Civic Participation Class

Learn about Canada with the purpose of preparing yourself for the Citizenship Exam. 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

Computer Skills for Job Seekers

Build basic computer skills as you explore useful online resources that can help you find your next career.

Audience: Adults

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

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

Audience: Adults

Critical Thinking Skills for Success

Help your child develop critical thinking skills to solve problems and make intelligent and creative decisions. Bring examples. In partnership with EducationWise Inc.

Audience: Adults

Cuddles and Kisses

Join us for a cuddly storytime in celebration of Valentine's Day.

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

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

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

English Language Learners are paired with teen volunteers to learn new words. Presentations provided for parents on how to support their child's language learning.

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

ESL Coffee and Conversation

Practise your English speaking and listening skills in an informal drop-in setting. Coffee is provided.

Audience: Adults

ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate)

Practise your English listening and speaking skills in this six-week program.

Audience: Adults

ESL Writing Club

Practise your English writing skills in this six-week program. Intermediate English language skills are required. Register at 403.774.2544.

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 Custody and Parenting

Learn about the legal arrangements for children when their parents separate in Alberta.Topics include custody, guardianship and parenting agreements, courts, and travelling or moving with children. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

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

Discover how the law addresses property division when a marriage or common-law relationship ends. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

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

First Lego League Jr. Aqua Adventure

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 10

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

GI Health and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Learn about your gut, the role it plays in sustaining and protecting the health and wellness of our bodies, and why the gastrointestinal system is so important to our overall wellbeing. Presented by Dr. Remo Panaccione.

Audience: Adults

Heart Berries: A Memoir with Terese Mailhot

The New York Times bestselling memoir Heart Berries is the powerful meditation of a woman’s coming-of-age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. The Library is proud to present this special evening with Terese Mailhot as part of our Indigenous Writers of Turtle Island Conference Series.

Audience: Adults

How the Allies Won the War

Explore the key turning points of the Second World War, and the reasons which enabled the Allies to defeat the Axis powers. Led by Stéphane Guevremont.

Audience: Adults

How to Read Poetry: The Sonnet

Poetry can seem hard to understand, but it doesn’t have to be! Focusing on the sonnet, this lecture will provide tips and techniques for understanding a range of poems from the Middle Ages to the present. Led by Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins.

Audience: Adults

Idea Coaching

Join our Idea Coaches to learn about design thinking and how to better understand your audience, define your opportunity, and generate new ideas.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Idea Igniters: Gender and Equity

Hosted by University of Calgary Chancellor, Deborah Yedlin, join UCalgary experts as they explore the evolution of gender in our society. How do the worlds of gender and education intersect? Join Dr. Michael Kehler, research professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education as he discusses normative masculinity and the power, privilege and positioning of men within and beyond school settings. What are the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality? Hear from Dr. Melanee Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, as she questions how gender affects political strategies and the interaction between gender, parental status and politics. What role does subversive activism play in addressing gender discrimination? Engage with Dr. Jessica Shaw, assistant professor with the Faculty of Social Work, as she discusses why some social activists choose to work outside of legal and medical systems in order to advance human rights globally. Register at

Audience: Adults

Indigenous Languages Media Event

Join us for a celebration of International Year of Indigenous Languages, and a special announcement from the Government of Alberta.

Audience: Adults & Kids

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 PowerPoint Online

Enhance your online slideshows with SmartArt graphics, videos, tables, and more. 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

Introduction to Resume Templates and Tools

Learn where to find reliable resume templates, samples, and tools — and how to use them.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Social Media

What is social media and why is it so popular? Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Web-Based Email

Learn how to send and receive email messages using Gmail. Basic computer skills required. A valid cell phone number is required to register for this service.

Audience: Adults

It's Your Money: Credit Cards and Debt

Learn the difference between good and bad debt. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Job Desk

Drop in for employment advice provided by career coaches from Career Connection. First-come, first-served.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Kidney Health

Learn what to do to keep your kidneys functioning properly and why the kidneys have one of the most important jobs in keeping your body healthy. Presented by Dr. Dan Muruve.

Audience: Adults

Kids Code Club

Learn coding concepts using easy to follow step-by-step guides. Powered by Kids Code Jeunesse.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Law at Your Library: Copyright

Learn about Canadian Copyright law and find out how you can adhere to federal guidelines and also protect your intellectual property. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Fraud Prevention

Arm yourself with knowledge about fraud and learn how to protect yourself from scams. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Legal Information - We’ll Make It Easier

Are you curious about the law? Learn about freely available, quality legal and community support information in this hands-on program. In partnership with Alberta Law Libraries.

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: Spanish

Practise your English with other parents and children who speak Spanish.

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


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

Libin 101: Women’s Heart Health

Enjoy an engaging series of presentations by experts on women’s heart health. In partnership with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, UCalgary, and AHS.

Audience: Adults

LinkedIn for Job Search

Understand how to use LinkedIn to create a professional network, and learn how to search for jobs and research employers.

Audience: Adults

Loulou (1980)

Isabelle Huppert gives as good as she gets in Loulou, Maurice Pialat’s film of love as battleground.

Audience: Adults

Lung Health

Learn how to maintain healthy lungs, minimize risks, and keep them working optimally by understanding the many risk factors that contribute to lung related health complications. Presented by Dr. Chris Mody.

Audience: Adults

Make it Messy Art: Ages 6 to 8

Get ready for fun, hands-on arts activities for kids.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 8

Marvellous Math

Get your child thinking with numbers in this fun, early numeracy program. In partnership with EducationWise Inc.

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

Mastering Workplace Culture

Discover strategies and unspoken rules of the workplace that will help you get a job and keep it for the long run. Led by Matt Adolphe.

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

Math Quest Marathon

Test your numeracy endurance. Join the Library for a marathon of Math Quest challenges. Caregivers are invited to stay & play.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

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

Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta

Join top political commentators in a fascinating exploration of both the unprecedented NDP 2015 election victory and the future of Alberta politics. Presented In partnership with UCalgary Press.

Audience: Adults

Podcast Live! Our Stories with Jad Abumrad

A rapidly expanding digital toolbox is changing the way we collect, report and share stories. Join Jad Abumrad, co-host of the Peabody Award-winning “Radiolab” podcast “where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy and human experience.” Abumrad will deconstruct the process of finding and developing stories and creating new, original work. He’ll unearth the hidden ingredients key to the stories that inspire, change and connect us all. Abumrad’s lecture, titled “The Miracle of Indoor Plumbing,” will be what he calls “a hypertextual lecture with original music.”

Audience: Adults

Pop 'n Tot

It's adventure time for male caregivers and their babies! Features fun games, books, rhymes, and activities.

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

Powering Our World

Join us for a hands-on exploration of how electricity is generated and supplied. In partnership with Green Calgary.

Audience: Teens - Ages 12 to 15

Printed Word: The Salon Series with Aritha van Herk and Eveline Kolijn

In 2017, Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112 initiated Print(ed) Word to explore book inspired relationships: art from text, artist with writer, art book and reader. The result was a collaboration between a selection of twelve Alberta printmakers and twelve writers. Print(ed) Word is a collection of 12 handmade artist books now on permanent display at new 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.

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

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

Resume Writing Workshop

Develop a high-impact resumé formatted for an internet job search. Personal information/social insurance number required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

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

Seniors Technology Group - Cantonese - Cantonese

Learn how to use an iPad and access community resources. In partnership with Calgary Chinese Community Service Association.

Audience: Adults - Ages 50 and up

Settlement Services

Meet one-on-one with a settlement worker. Ask questions about language learning, immigration, employment, housing, and much more.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Maximizing your Business

Learn the key concepts of cash management, working capital and operational efficiency. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Motivating Employees

Learn about the critically important steps required to motivate your first employees. In partnership with Mark Frentz Coaching.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Time Management

Learn the basic business skills required for the essential task of managing time effectively. In partnership with Mark Frentz Coaching.

Audience: Adults

Sprawlcast Live: What's Next for Calgary?

Calgary is once again wrestling with the question of what kind of city we want to become. What do we want Calgary to be in 2044? Join us for a lively conversation on where the city is headed—and how Calgary has addressed this question in the past. A discussion between Sprawl founder/editor Jeremy Klaszus, author Shaun Hunter ("Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers") and urban planner Francisco Alaniz Uribe (assistant professor and co-director of The Urban Lab at the U of C's Faculty of Environmental Design). This is the first-ever live taping of Sprawlcast, a show for curious Calgarians who want more than the daily news grind.

Audience: Adults

Swingin' Sundays

Learn to swing dance with our beginner-friendly introductory lessons and social dancing. No partner or experience required. In Partnership with Swing Dance Calgary.

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

Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management

Self-assess your financial fitness, learn healthy habits, and get the resources needed to manage your money. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

The Life and Art of Nicholas de Grandmaison

Explore the captivating life of artist de Grandmaison, whose portraits of Southern Alberta’s Indigenous people became an important body of Canadian work. Led by Ryan Green, Masters Gallery.

Audience: Adults

The Sandwich Generation: Helping Manage Your Money

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

Audience: Adults

The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps. Presentation and book launch.

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian, German and Ottoman Empires were imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families in 24 camps across Canada. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories - Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, Slovenes, amongst others. Most were Ukrainians; almost all were civilians. Through memory work and photography of internment camp sites Sandra Semchuk speaks about how she created a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories. She describes how lives and society have been shaped by acts of legislated racism and how to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. Her work is helpful for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first internment camps within a local and national context.

Audience: Adults

Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Join Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, as they look at inspiring and innovative solutions for neurological and mental health disorders.

Audience: Adults

Three Contexts for Alberta’s Black History, 1885-1920

Explore the story of early 20th century black people in Alberta and their attempts at public discourse. Led by Bertrand Bickersteth, Olds College.

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

Why Holocaust Education (Still) Matters

Professor Scott Murray, Mount Royal University, examines how awareness of the Holocaust continues to shrink, yet no event better teaches the dire consequences of racism, and bystander inaction. Dr. Murray's talk will be followed by a screening of Who Will Write Our History, a powerful new film about the heroic efforts of a handful of people to record the Nazis' persecution of European Jewry during the Second World War. Together, the film and Dr. Murray's remarks affirm the importance of both learning about the Holocaust, and acting on what it teaches us about humanity and inhumanity. In honour of International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. In partnership with the Calgary Jewish Federation and the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University.

Audience: Adults

Words and Wiggles

Learn new ideas for play by exploring all five senses through movement, play, story, and song. Supported by TD Friends of the Environment.

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

Work Search 2.0

Learn how to get results from your applications, access the hidden job market, and improve networking skills. Personal information/social insurance number required & protected under FOIP. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

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