Your guide to Calgary’s libraries

When it comes to visiting your local library, there are many reasons to get you in the door. Whether you like to read, write in silence, research new topics or participate in community activities, there’s always something new to learn. Most libraries offer free programs to community members of all ages, so why not become a Calgary Public Library member today free of charge and have access to an endless supply of books and resources.

Find Your Closest Library

Calgary has some absolutely wonderful community libraries established throughout the city – some old, some new. Listed here the 21 public library locations in Calgary:

 

  • Bowness
  • Central
  • Country Hills
  • Crowfoot
  • Fish Creek
  • Forest Lawn
  • Giuffre Family
  • Judith Umbach
  • Louise Riley
  • Memorial Park
  • Nicholls Family
  • Nose Hill
  • Quarry Park
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Saddletowne
  • Sage Hill
  • Seton
  • Shawnessy
  • Signal Hill
  • Southwood
  • Village Square

Programs at Your Local Library

Once you find the library closest to you, check into their weekly programs. There are dozens offered locally among neighbourhood libraries that you can attend with a public library membership card. Do keep in mind that some of these are not walk-in programs and do require you to pre-register online. This can be done through the Calgary Public Library website. Depending on your age group, there are a variety of programs offered:

  • For babies:
  • Baby Rhyme Time
  • Baby Bookworms
  • Pop n’ Tot: helping to connect male caregivers and their babies.
  • For kids twelve-years-old and up:
  • Math Quest
  • ConocoPhillips Reading Buddies program
  • Coding Bodies
  • ELL School Success
  • Make It Messy Science
  • VR Explorers
  • Story Pals: allowing kids to practice their reading alongside volunteer dogs.
  • For families:
  • Drop-In Family Storytime
  • Storytime events celebrating Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year
  • Learn English Storytime: for parents and families from a Cantonese, Korean or Punjabi background.
  • For parents:
  • Support Your Teen with Career Exploration
  • The Path to Math
  • Sign Language for Babies
  • Homeschooling 101
  • Digital Safety for Parents
  • Critical Thinking Skills for Success

 

Although not all programs are offered at every library, you can visit the Calgary Public Library Guide online to see the January-February 2019 schedule.

 

Calgary’s Newest Library

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Calgary’s newest library, the Central Library downtown. If you haven’t been yet, there are plenty of areas to explore, including a 12,000 square foot children’s library for families to read and play on Level 1 as well as Luke’s Café for anyone craving a cup of joe. Within this multi-level library, you’ll find that each floor has its own features:

  • Level 2: Volunteer lounge, laptop bar, adult learning program, special services, Author in Residence, etc.
  • Level 3: Job Desk, laptop bar, Idea Lab, Norrep Foundation Tech Connect Studio, Teen Tech Lab, etc.
  • Level 4: Artist in Residence, Vintage Media Lab, Historian in Residence, Williams & Harris Shared History Centre, etc.

 

Well ,what are you waiting for, Calgary? Research the library nearest to you and start learning today!

 

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