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Your Library card gives you free access to great programs

From Baby Storytimes to 50+ Coffee Times, we have programs for everything you're into. Improve your computer skills, practice your English, or just have some fun.

Pick up a printed copy of the current Program Guide at a local branch, or download a PDF version:

Call 403-260-2620 to register, or register online.

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Writer in Residence 2014: Welcome and Program Launch

Writer in Residence 2014: Welcome and Program Launch

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2014 Writer in Residence Welcome and Program Launch

Join us as we welcome Rosemary Nixon to her new position as Writer in Residence at historic Memorial Park Library.

She will read from a selection of her works and outline plans for her residency.

A reception will follow.

Memorial Park Library

Thursday, September 18

7 – 8:30 p.m.

No registration required

Check out the Writer In Residence page to see a list of all programs.

Free RESP Sign-Up Event at Fish Creek Community Library

Free RESP Sign-Up Event at Fish Creek Community Library

Free RESP Sign-Up Event

Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.

Alberta Culture Days 2014: Discover, Experience and Celebrate!

Alberta Culture Days 2014: Discover, Experience and Celebrate!

Central Library

An Evening with Poet Laureate, Derek Beaulieu

Join us for an evening of poetry, art and the unexpected! Poet Laureate Derek Beaulieu shares his experiences combining poetry and art. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 26

7 – 9 p.m.

Main Floor

Registration required

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days at our Arts Explosion Family Fair!

This full day event will include a variety of visual, performing, creative and hands-on arts programs. The day kicks off with a musical dance performance you won’t want to miss and guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. Come and make it a day to celebrate art in your Library! All programs are free.

Saturday, September 27

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Main Floor

No registration required

Almost a Great Escape

After discovering old letters by WWII Norwegian pilot Jens Muller, multiple award-winning author Tyler Trafford leads us on a journey of emotional discovery and dramatic disclosure as he reconstructs his mother's life, loveless marriage and secret relationship.

Saturday, September 27

3 – 4 p.m.

2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Registration required

All activities are made possible through the support of the Government of Alberta, Culture.

Signal Hill Community Library

Annual Community Art Showcase

Come and enjoy visual art in many forms created by amateur artists living in Signal Hill Library's community.

Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 28, 12 - 4 p.m.

An Evening of Wine and Cheese

An Evening of Wine and Cheese

Enjoy author readings, art work by local artists and a selection of wines and cheeses from around the world.

Fish Creek Community Library

Friday, September 26

7 – 9 p.m.

This event is for Adults 18 + only. Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620, or online.

Author Readings

7:15 p.m. Susan Calder

7:45 p.m. Fran Porter

8:15 p.m. Rosemary Nixon

Featured Artists

Alfredo Gordillo, Mascha Hellenberg-Callele, Maxine Ouellet,

Sheila Rowe, Caroline Sereda, Valerie Smith and Lawrence Stillwell

Greater Calgary!

Greater Calgary!

Greater Calgary - Ours to Enjoy!

Summer might be fading, but all the glorious colours of fall will be here for us to enjoy.

As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, join us at the Library to explore our city.

Celebrate the things that make Calgary a great place to live, work and play!

“aLand Beyond the River”

Journey to a seldom-travelled jewel in our own backyard. Experience the rugged beauty of Milk River country through the lens of Calgary photographer and videographer, Mark Vitaris.

Louise Riley

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Signal Hill

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

A Virtual Airborne Field Trip Through the Canadian Rockies

Join geologist and pilot Peter Jones for a virtual field trip from Calgary to the Southern Canadian Rockies, and discover amazing sights that you cannot see from the highway.


Thursday, Sept. 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Awesome is as Awesome Does

Join us as the top four October 2014, Thousand Dollar Thursday finalists make their 90-second pitches to the Awesome Team. Discover the amazing and inspiring work that past grant fellows and applicants have been doing since 2011 with the help of $1000 micro grants. In partnership with Awesome Foundation - Calgary.


Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 - 8 p.m.

2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Back Country Hiking

Discover a variety of hikes in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. Presented by Heike and Eric Urban of Pika-Adventures Inc.

Fish Creek

Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Back Country Safety Awareness

Be safe, be prepared and be outdoors! Learn how to plan and prepare for common safety risks in the back country. Presented by Heike and Eric Urban of Pika-Adventures Inc.

Fish Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Cowtown to Chowtown

Discover how Calgary's great local produce and maverick chefs are transforming Cowtown into Canada's very own Chowtown! Presented by food columnist and Calgary Food Tours Inc. owner, Karen Anderson.

Forest Lawn

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Signal Hill

Monday, Oct. 6, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Village Square

Friday, Oct. 10, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Healthy Eating in YYC

Learn more about healthy eating options and discover great local restaurants, markets and natural food products that can support your health goals without leaving you feeling deprived. Presented by Amber Romaniuk, Holistic Nutritionist, Author of Amber Approved: Gluten, Sugar & Dairy-Free Recipes to Nourish This Life.


Saturday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lower Level Meeting Room 1

Forest Lawn

Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Louise Riley

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Signal Hill

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.

Icefield Skiing with Ben Gadd

Join Ben Gadd, Rocky Mountains naturalist, author and mountaineer, as he takes you on a skiing tour of the Wapta Icefield.

Fish Creek

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Mischief, Mayhem and Murders of Calgary

Join us for some historical spine-tingling entertainment with Johanna Lane of Calgary Ghost Tours.

Central (50+ Coffee and Conversation)

Friday, Nov. 7, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

5th Floor

Alexander Calhoun

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Shawnessy (50+ Coffee and Conversation)

Friday, Sept. 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Picture Calgary

Create a mixed media silhouette project celebrating our beautiful city with Mandala Art Centre! This 90-minute project will involve paint, paper, collage and the Calgary skyline and is suitable for all levels.

Alexander Calhoun

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Country Hills

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Nose Hill

Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 22 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Signal Hill

Saturday, Sept. 27, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Prairie Landscapes

Explore the beauty of the Alberta prairies with photographer, Robert Scott who shares his favourite images depicting the beauty of old abandoned places and stunning prairie spaces.

Country Hills (50+ Coffee and Conversation)

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Nose Hill

Monday, Nov. 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Crowfoot (50+ Coffee and Conversation)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Signal Hill

Friday, Oct. 24, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Southern Alberta Gardens

Looking for some inspiring local day or weekend destinations? Join Calgary's Cottage Gardener, Janet Melrose who shares some incredible garden gems found throughout Southern Alberta.

Louise Riley

Monday, Nov. 17, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Village Square

Friday, Oct. 24, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Swing City: Big Band Music in Calgary

How has Swing music affected today's jazz scene in Calgary? Why was Big Band music so popular and controversial? Discover the reasons Big Band Swing sparked a dance craze between 1930 and 1950. Presented by Dennis Slater.


Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Nose Hill

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Small Business Tuesdays at Central Library

Small Business Tuesdays at Central Library

Join us every week for Small Business Tuesdays, featuring expert guest speakers, business research presentations

and individual business research support.


Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Lower Level Meeting Room 2 (unless otherwise noted)

September 16: Exploring Entrepreneurship

Is self-employment right for you? Discover the realities of starting and maintaining your own small business. Presented by business experts from Momentum, a Community Economic Development Organization.

September 23: How to Register your Business in Alberta

Learn about the different ways to register your business in Alberta and discover the choices available to protect your business name. Presented by Linda Griffioen, Corporate Legals.

September 30: Business Licenses

Learn about the importance of business licensing. Presented by the City of Calgary.

October 7: Drop-In Business Research Help

Get small business research support from the experts. Drop by for one-on-one assistance from knowledgeable Calgary Public Library staff. (This class will be held in the 3rd Floor Learning Lab.)

October 14: The Key to Successful Sales

Learn how to build a successful sales strategy and develop lasting customer relationships. Presented by Alexandra Gomez, TD Canada Trust.

October 21: Library Services and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Learn about the many free programs, services and information resources available to entrepreneurs through the Calgary Public Library.

October 28: Clockwork Social Media

Simplify your business' social media through automation and planning. Learn how to create an effective social media plan that will save you time and money. Presented by Darlene Hull, HotSpot Social Media.

November 4: Crowdfunding, Calgary Style

Do you need to raise money for your business? Learn about crowdfunding in Calgary and the use of such platforms as AlbertaBoostR. Presented by Chett Matchett, ATB Financial.

November 18: Understanding Financial Statements

Learn about the importance of understanding financial statements, including income statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements and more. Presented by Jorge Gonzalez, J.G. Consulting.

November 25: Turning Customer Service into Revenue and Profit

Explore how to move from merely delivering good customer service to being a customer experience leader. Turn great customer service into revenue and profit. Presented by Donnovan Simon, Strategic Acceleration Services.

December 2: Drop-In Business Research Help

Get small business research support from the experts. Drop by for one-on-one assistance from knowledgeable Calgary Public Library staff. (This class will be held in the 3rd Floor Learning Lab.)

December 9: Researching Your Industry

Looking for great business information about your industry? Learn how to use the Library's many free resources to get a competitive edge.

December 16: Researching Your Customers and Competitors

Know your marketplace! Explore the Library's free resources to research customers, competitors, products and suppliers.

Registration required for all programs except Drop-In Business Research Help.