You can register for programs online, by calling 403.260.2620, or in person at your community library. You’ll need a valid Library card number and PIN for each person attending the program. Both parents/caregivers and children must have valid library memberships to register for all parented children’s programs. Library cards are free; register online or at your community library. 

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From: 08/Dec/2019 - To: 29/Dec/2020

1-2-3: Count With Me

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

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

125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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

Audience: Adults

5 Pillars of Sustainable Career Mastery

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

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series

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

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Dynamics of Healthy Aging

Join us for a discussion of normal age-related changes, prevention of chronic diseases, and maintaining a high quality of life for as long as possible. In partnership with Academy of Aging.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Energy Savings

Understand your energy bills and choices so you can save energy and increase the comfort and safety of your home. Receive a free energy saving kit worth $90 if you bring a copy of your utility bill to the workshop. Topics covered include, energy conservation tips, how to lower your energy bills, and home safety tips and advice. In partnership with Empower Me®.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Get the Jump on Tax Season

Learn how to prepare for tax season, about the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and how you can access benefits even if you have no income. In partnership with Canada Revenue Agency.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Investment Scams

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

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Kidney Disease, Am I at Risk?

Discover if you are at risk for kidney disease as early detection is vital to successful treatment. Recognize early warning signs and learn about the major causes of kidney disease. Learn which population groups are more at risk. Get tips on simple guidelines to keep your kidneys healthy and understand how the risk factors affect your health. In partnership with The Kidney Foundation of Canada Southern Alberta Branch.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: More than a Number

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

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Posture, Balance, and Combating Dizziness

Have you ever had the sensation that gravity is working against you or perhaps you have woken up to find that your world is spinning? Dizziness can be a frustrating and complex sensation to deal with and is one of the most common reasons for medical visits today. Unfortunately, the prevalence of people reporting feelings of dizziness and unsteadiness increases with age. Don’t let your world spin out of control. Join us as we dive into the three key systems that keep you upright and steady on your feet, the most common types of dizziness and balance disorders, and ultimately how you can take back control of your health. In partnership with The Vital Posture Clinic.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Social Media and Digital Communication After 50

Communicating using the device of your choice is a challenge at any age. Understanding what social media was designed for, is the first step to deciding what platforms are useful for you, whether you want to share pictures with a relative, or strike up a conversation with a stranger 3,000 miles away. If you have ever tried to determine if what you read online is true, or are simply interested in staying current in a digital world, join Cathy Burrell for a fun, interactive and informative tour of the social media and digital space. Cathy is an experienced adult educator, M. Ed University of Calgary, and co-host of the CJSW 90.9 podcast: Aged to Perfection/Old Enough To Know Better. Bring your own device, or ask staff to provide a Chromebook for you if you don't have your device.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Somatic Movement

Discover how to move with more ease and grace in your daily life through an active learning process which helps relax tight muscles, ease pain, and improve posture. This Somatic movement will reawaken your brain to unlearn patterns caused by injury, trauma or repetitive motions which may be causing an imbalance in your body. It teaches you to regain control and restore full activity when practiced long term. There will be a focus on small gentle movements that can be done seated in a chair. It is not a fitness class. Please wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement. In partnership with Yoga Evolution.

Audience: Adults

50+ Lecture Series: Stay, Organize, Downsize or Move

Deciding to age in place or downsize is a big decision. Learn how to fully evaluate your physical environment and its surroundings to determine if it is conducive to challenges associated with aging. Explore long-term solutions including financial assistance to make the changes you need in your existing home. If you are downsizing, how will you preserve family heirlooms or gift them to others? What stays what doesn’t? What are the implications of moving for yourself and your relationships? Join us as we learn to make informed decisions and leave the workshop with a list of what you need to consider for your future. Make the decision while you can, prior to being forced to make one in haste or someone else making that decision for you. In partnership with Mango Tango Interiors.

Audience: Adults

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-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

All About the Woodland Caribou

Learn about the evolution, ecology and management of the iconic woodland caribou in Canada – including the future of this threatened species. Presentation by Bob Stewart, a zoologist, research ecologist and environmental assessment specialist with 45 years of experience in the field.

Audience: Adults

Angry Birds

Learn about physics by catapulting Angry Bird stuffies! In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 9

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

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Join us for winter-themed songs, stories, and finger plays — just for babies during the holidays!

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

Birds of Prey

Learn amazing facts, such as the difference between a raptor and a falcon and which bird of prey is like a stealth bomber. In partnership with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 to 12

Blackfoot Language and Culture Class

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

Audience: Adults & Teens

Book Discussion Group: Adult

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

Audience: Adults

Bounce & Roll

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

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

Brain Hacks for a Better Memory

Are you worried that your memory is letting you down? Discover hacks to keep your brain sharp whatever your age. We will learn daily tweaks from scientific studies from slow-releasing to fast-acting things that make a maximum impact for your brain power. Led by professor, author, and TEDx speaker Dr. Tracy Alloway.

Audience: Adults

Busy Bookworms

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

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

Calgary European Film Festival: Out

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

Audience: Adults

Canadian Immigration Process

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Career Basics: Interview Skills

Improve your skills by learning about different types of questions and how to answer them. Led by Bow Valley College. Supported by the Government of Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Mid-Life Career Change

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

Audience: Adults

Career Basics: Resume Development

Learn how to create a professional resumé to put your best foot forward. Led by Bow Valley College. Supported by the Government of Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Career Cafe: Careers in Agribusiness

From farming to food production, join us for a noon-hour talk about the growing industry of agribusiness. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.

Audience: Adults

Career Café: Careers in Financial Services

Learn about finance careers from people working in the industry. This noon-hour talk explores opportunities in retail banking and beyond with speakers from the Credit Counselling Society and CIBC. In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, Career Café provides career and labour market information for job seekers and career professionals.

Audience: Adults

Career Coaching

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

Audience: Adults

Career Conversations

Stay and chat with career advisors after Career Café to learn more about career and labour market information for job seekers and career professionals. 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 career transition and planning in this three-day workshop. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and some personal information will be required on a “Register a Person” form protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). This information is entered into a Provincial Client tracking system to show workshop attendance. Data is collected so that Alberta Works can also identify who is benefitting from what programs and in which location. The Library does not have access to the information collected. Attendance is required at all three classes. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

CBC’s The Secret Life of Canada – Live podcast recording (Co-presented with the Calgary Public Library as part of its Podcast Live! series)

The hit irreverent CBC podcast, The Secret Life of Canada, comes to the HPRodeo for one night only to open up the secret life files of our beloved (and secretive) home town. Learn more about the terrible, hilarious, dirty and wonderful history of Canada with some random pop culture references from the early 00’s thrown in. Join hosts Falen Johnson, Leah-Simone Bowen and special guests in this history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t. To register: https://shop.artscommons.ca/14619/14620 HPRodeo: https://www.hprodeo.ca/2020/cbcs-the-secret-life-of-canada-podcast

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

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 and Go Mice

In this workshop, students learn basic coding and programming concepts using a “Code and Go” Robot Mouse, which can be programmed with travel directions. By the end of the activity, students will understand how to code specific commands and how they are combined to form a program. They will problem solve by developing the ability to decompose a problem into sub-problems and learn how to give instructions – similar to how a computer scientist writes code to instruct a computer to perform a desired action. This activity requires the student to program the mouse to navigate through a maze of cats and mousetraps to reach a cheese wedge.

Audience: Kids

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

Crack the Code

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

Audience: All Ages

Create, Share, Store: Using Cloud Technology

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

Audience: Adults

Creative Stretch

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

Audience: Adults & Teens - Ages 16 and up

Creative Writing Club

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 8 to 14

Cree Language and Culture Class

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

Audience: Adults & Teens

Crime Lab

Learn how forensic scientists use chromatography, fingerprinting, and chemical analysis to help solve crimes. In partnership with Let's Talk Science.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12

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

Dig Those Dinosaurs

What do you call a dinosaur that eats plants? Or meat? Learn all about dinosaurs with Mad Science.

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

Don't Get Scammed

Understand fraud and how to protect yourself. Learn what fraud is, the types of fraud, about identity theft, advertising and sales tactics. Find out the signs you may be a victim of fraud, actions to take if you are a victim, and steps to protect yourself from scams. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Download and Enjoy: Music, Magazines, and Film

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

Audience: Adults

Draw a Holiday Card

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Driving in Alberta

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

Audience: Adults

Drop-in Family Storytime

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

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

eBooks: A Library On the Go

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

Audience: Adults

Effective Tax Strategies

Learn to minimize the amount of tax you pay, understand basic tax law, be proactive in tax planning and how to organize your records. Topics covered include, how to achieve your tax goals, reducing taxable income, tax deductions versus tax credits, increasing deductions, and using tax credits. Learning materials include an Organizer Worksheet to track documents, Tax Rate tables by province, CPA Canada’s Personal Tax Planner Guide, a comprehensive resource for tax planning strategies and the CRA’s Fairness and Taxpayer Bill of Rights that specifies the rights and obligations of the tax payer, and the commitments of the CRA. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

ELL School Success

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

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

Energize with Grizzlies

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

Audience: Adults

Engineering for Kids

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

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

Engineering for Preschoolers

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

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

Enrich Your Kids

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

Audience: Adults

ESL Coffee and Conversation

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

Audience: Adults

ESL Conversation Club (Intermediate)

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

Audience: Adults

ESL Writing Club

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

Audience: Adults

European Union Film Series: One Step Behind the Seraphim

Join us for a Romanian drama directed by Daniel Sandu that tells the story of Gabriel, a teenager who wants to become a priest. In partnership with the European Cultural Society of Calgary and the Delegation of the European Union.

Audience: Adults

Facts About Tax

Learn who should file a tax return and the many government benefits gained from filing your return. Discover the difference between a tax credit and a deduction. Learn how to file a tax return and what happens after you file. Get an overview of the Canadian income tax system. Make a plan for your refund or benefits. Find out where to get help. Handouts include a Sample Notice of Assessment and a Document Organizer Worksheet. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

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: Property Division

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

Audience: Adults

Family Literacy Day: Read, Sing, and Play!

"Grow a Reader" and celebrate Family Literacy Day with interactive stories, songs, and rhymes that are fun for all.

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

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

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Aqua Adventure

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 10

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Mission Moon

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 10

Flipbook Animation

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Generating and Disseminating the Evidence to Improve Cardiovascular Health

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

Audience: Adults

Get Started with Technology

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

Audience: Adults

Getting Started with LinkedIn

Learn to connect, find employment, and build professional relationships using LinkedIn, a social networking website. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and some personal information will be required on a “Register a Person” form protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). This information is entered into a Provincial Client tracking system to show workshop attendance. Data is collected so that Alberta Works can also identify who is benefitting from what programs and in which location. The Library does not have access to the information collected. The next class in this series is LinkedIn for Work Search. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Good Clean Fun!

Fun with soap and water? You’ll be amazed when you make fireworks in a cup, explore surface tension, and make your own soapy work of art. Explore millions of bubbles and make your own bath bomb to take home! In partnership with Scientists in School.

Audience: Kids - Ages 4 to 12

Grief and the Holidays

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

Audience: Adults

Homework Club for New Canadians

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 17

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

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

Audience: Adults & Teens

I'm with the band: Hits of the 90s

Join us and other musicians in the band. Bring any instrument to play your favorite 90's hits. Music chords and structure provided.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Indigenous Authors Book Launch

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

Audience: All Ages

Indigenous Placemaking at the Library

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

Audience: All Ages

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Intermediate Microsoft Word Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Google Drive

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

Audience: Adults

Introduction to Microsoft Excel Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Introduction to Toastmasters International - Youth Leadership Program

Develop speaking and presentation skills, and increase your self-confidence in this 6 week program for youth 13 to 17 years old who are new to Toastmasters. Participants will learn, practice and improve their communication and leadership skills through practical experience in a safe environment. Explore how to organize and present your ideas to others. Learn to manage meetings. Develop effective listening skills. Enhance the control of your voice, vocabulary and gestures. Attendance at all 6 classes is expected. If you do not attend the first class your place may be given to someone on the waiting list. In partnership with Toastmasters International.

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

Introduction to Toastmasters International for Kids

Develop skills in speaking and presentation, and increase your self-confidence, for kids new to Toastmasters.

Audience: Kids - Ages 9 to 12 independent of a parent/caregiver

It's Your Money: CRA Digital Services

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

Audience: Adults

Jingle Bell Babies

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

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

Job Desk

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

Audience: Adults & Teens

Know Your Money

Gain a better understanding of how to be a good money manager and make informed decisions. Learn how to read your paystub and how it connects to your T4 income slip. Develop your knowledge of credit lenders, credit scores and report. Explore bank account or investment options for your money. Learning Materials include a Financial Fitness Self-Assessment, Sample Pay Stub, Sample T4 Slip, Banking Financial Services, Banks and Credit Unions, Credit Basics, Credit Reporting, and Understanding Your Credit Score. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Business Law

Learn about how to effectively run a business, by learning for example how to set-up a business, what procedures you must follow, what your rights/ responsibilities and duties are as a business owner, and how to comply with the employment standards and laws. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

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

Whether you are living inside or outside of Canada, learn how to sponsor your, with Calgary Legal Guidance. You will learn about whether or not you are eligible, the process, your obligations, and costs.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Legal Information - Beyond the Basics

Are you curious about a particular legal issue? Learn about legal resources and research strategies in this hands-on program. In partnership with Alberta Law Libraries.

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

Law at Your Library: Living Common Law

Join Calgary Legal Guidance and learn about what it means to live in a common law relationship or adult independent partnership. Topics include timing, rights, terminology, and your options.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: What We Need to Know When Appointed Representative/Executor/Agent for Estate Law

Join Calgary Legal Guidance to learn about what your duties are as an appointed executor. Learn about what the next steps may be, and how to effectively manage the estate.

Audience: Adults

Law at Your Library: Wills and Estates

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

Audience: Adults

Learn English Storytime: German

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Learn English Storytime: Korean

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

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

Learn English Storytime: Korean - Korean

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

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

Learn English Storytime: Russian

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

Audience: Adults & Kids - Ages up to 5

Learn English Storytime: Spanish

Join us for rhymes, songs, and stories in English and 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 Lynda.com and Gale Courses. We'll show you how!

Audience: Adults

Learn to Draw

Come join a fun lesson with Young Rembrandts as they teach drawing, the basis of all visual arts.

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story

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

Audience: Adults

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

Living Fully - Aging Mindfully: Senior's Emotional Well Being

Depression is a common problem for older adults, and seniors have amongst the highest rates of suicide worldwide. Learn about depression and the steps you can take to make your mental health a priority at any age. In partnership with the Calgary Counselling Centre.

Audience: Adults

Love You Forever

Celebrate Valentine's Day with stories, songs, and rhymes about families.

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

Magic Bean Garden

Join us for enchanted folktales and then prepare to get dirty while planting your very own magic garden.

Audience: Kids - Ages 5 to 8

Math Quest

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Mysteries of Chinese Opera Revealed!

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

Audience: Adults

New Friends & Neighbourhood Groups for Women

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

Audience: Adults

New Year’s Eve Family Party at Central Library!

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

Audience: All Ages

Nikola Tesla: Tamer of Electricity

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

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

Obey Newton: It’s the Law!

Sir Isaac Newton was one smart dude. Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as you learn how things like to stay put and how your actions always produce a reaction. You will race water droplets, build a car, and design and test a rollercoaster. Physics is fun! In partnership with Scientists in School.

Audience: Kids - Ages 7 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

Parks and Nature at the End of Life

Learn about the role parks and nature can play in palliative care, grief and loss, and memorializing. Join us for a screening of a short documentary film by researchers Jennell Rempel and Sonya Jakubec, followed by a discussion of their stories, research discoveries, and possibilities for you to integrate nature into end of life experiences. In partnership with Mount Royal University and Alberta Parks.

Audience: Adults

Planning for Retirement

Plan for the retirement you desire using a comprehensive checklist, guides, and online calculators. Find out why government payments may not be enough to fund retirement and how to become proactive and start retirement planning early. Discover the benefits of using government tax deferral/saving opportunities, participating in company pension plans and non-registered investments. Learn how much you need to save, retirement saving strategies, sources of retirement income and about government plans (RRSP, TFSA, CPP, OAS, GIS), employer pensions and non-registered investments. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

PrintedWord: The Salon Series with Jani Krulc and Ryan Statz

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

Audience: Adults

Reading Buddies

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 6 to 8

Reading With Royalty

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

Audience: All Ages - Ages up to 5

Reflexology, A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness

Explore a brief history of reflexology, along with a more thorough discussion about its health and wellness benefits, and a demonstration of easy and effective self-care techniques. Reflexology is a natural non-invasive modality that can assist the body to achieve balance and harmony, where all systems function at optimum levels. One lucky volunteer will receive a hands-on demonstration of how reflexology is administered. In partnership with Step Forward To Better Health.

Audience: Adults

Ring in the Holidays!

Enjoy festive music and cheer with a handbell performance by the Elbow River Bells.

Audience: All Ages

Robotics with Robogals

Learn to code using LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Robotics with Robogals for Girls!

Learn to code using LEGO Mindstorms robots. This program is designed especially for girls.

Audience: Kids - Ages 8 to 12

Rozsa Arts at the Library: Trinity Winds

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

Audience: All Ages

School Support: Math

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

School's Out

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

Audience: Teens - Ages 13 to 17

School's Out All Day

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

School's Out for Tweens

Join us for fun activities, crafts, and games.

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 10 to 14

Seasonal Greenery

Join expert gardeners for a demonstration of how to create a low waste, low cost holiday creation with a horticultural twist! One lucky attendee will walk away with the final product. In partnership with the Calgary Horticultural Society.

Audience: Adults

Seniors Technology Group

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 50 and up

Settlement Services

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

Audience: Adults

Sign Language for Babies

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

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

Small Business Tuesdays: Employment Law for Small Business Owners

Learn about employment standards, employer liabilities, human rights, and privacy issues. In partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Introduction to the Business Financing Landscape

Looking for financing for your startup or growing business? In this comprehensive workshop learn about the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternative financing options, and more. In partnership with Business Link.

Audience: Adults

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

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

Audience: Adults

Small Business Tuesdays: Startup Steps

Have an idea for starting your own business? Discover if entrepreneurship is right for you and how to turn your idea into reality with the tools, resources, and guidance to help along the way. In partnership with Business Link.

Audience: Adults

Story PALS

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Stretching in Savings

Learn how to save more and spend less using some basic tools. Take control of your spending by defining your savings plan and setting goals. Create a budget to help develop a plan personalized for you. Discover how to invest your savings to achieve your goals. Learning materials include a Goal Setting worksheet, Income Tracker, Spending Tracker, Debt List, Monthly Budget, Sample Budget and Finding Money. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Survive & Thrive After Job Loss

Learn how to move forward after job loss or changes in your career. Learn to budget, how to deal with debt, and find out about other options, such as becoming a contractor, starting your own business, retraining or school. Discover how your reactions are normal and what to do to deal with your emotions, make positive actions and stabilize your life in this new "normal". Learning materials include free Survive and Thrive: Move ahead financially after losing your job handout. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Swingin' Sundays

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

Audience: Adults

Tackle Debt

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

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 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 Calgary Multicultural Orchestra

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

Audience: All Ages

The Journey Out of Debt

Learn what credit it and how it works. Understand the difference between good and bad debt. Find out the cost of debt and only making minimum payments on what you owe. Discover how payday loan companies operate and the cost of borrowing from them. Explore how to take control of debt including assessing the amount you owe, debt repayment options, and dealing with creditors or collection agencies. Learning materials include, a Goal Setting Worksheet, Debt List, Monthly Budget, Credit Report Providers, Debt Collection Rules and a list of terms you need to know. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

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

Two Wheel View

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

Audience: Kids & Teens - Ages 12 to 14

Upgrading and Financing your Education

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

Audience: Adults

VR Explorers

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

Audience: Kids - Ages 6 to 12

Waiting for Santa

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

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

Welcome to Canada: Employment and Workplace Communication

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

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

What You Need To Know About Taxes in Canada

Learn how the Canadian tax system works, how taxes are used, what taxes need to be paid, and how to pay them. Discover how to reduce taxes and how to gain benefits today and in the future. Find out how to file a tax return and what happens once you’ve filed. Learn about Canadian and foreign taxes. Discover what benefits you can receive by filing a tax return, and about available deductions and credits. Learn why you need to enroll in the CRA “My Account” for online filing and communications and how to seek good/professional advice. Understand the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Review sample documents, such as employment slips. In partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Audience: Adults

Wild Coasts of Canada

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

Audience: Adults

Words and Wiggles

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

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

Work Search Workshop

Learn how to get results from your applications, access the hidden job market, and improve networking skills. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and some personal information will be required on a “Register a Person” form protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). This information is entered into a Provincial Client tracking system to show workshop attendance. Data is collected so that Alberta Works can also identify who is benefitting from what programs and in which location. The Library does not have access to the information collected. In partnership with Alberta Works.

Audience: Adults

Yoga at Central Library!

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

Audience: Adults & Teens

Zouk - Brazilian Dance Experience in YYC

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

Audience: Adults

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