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Read Alberta eBooks

Read Alberta is a collection of 2000+ eBooks published within Alberta, available to read online or download. You can also browse from over 40 Albertan magazine titles, featuring a variety of topics including sports, crafting, news, arts, food, and other special interests. Log in with your library card information to start reading locally! Available on your web browser or through the Aldiko app on iOS and Android.

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D&D Kids with Spelljammer
Start Date: Saturday, 15 April 2023
Schedule: Every 2 weeks on Saturday
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Barrhead Public Library
Calling youthful adventurers, ages 9 & up, for a epic journey through worlds. Set sail over the Astral Sea and explore. Click to learn more.
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Adult Book Club

September 2023
"I know an Old Lady" by Margaret Standafer

Contact the library or pick-up your copy at the library today. Find a calendar reminder for September's book club meeting on Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m.

"It's the summer of 1972, and Kansas wheat fields are baking under the relentless sun. Teenagers are celebrating the first taste of freedom as they line their pockets with newly printed driver's licenses and long-awaited paychecks. Days off are spent at the town's only lake, nights under the yellow lights of the drive-in restaurant.

But Billy Tupper's life is a far cry from that of other teenagers. One mistake too many lands him in front of a judge who sentences him to a summer working for Old Lady Baxter, the victim of his latest carelessness...and the rumored child killer of Munroe, Kansas. As Billy sweats his way through endless months of mowing her lawn, weeding her garden, and painting her house, he also searches for the evidence to prove she's guilty, but what he finds, and what he learns about himself, will change his life forever.

I Know an Old Lady is a touching coming-of-age story of loss and redemption, of understanding and compassion, and of a family torn apart and slowly put back together."

Stay in the loop about our book club by emailing the library today.

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Laptops for Lending

Need a Computer? Borrow one from the Library!

Laptops are now available for lending at BPL thanks to a Rural Alberta Skills Development Grant. Primarily to assist you with seeking employment, these computers can also assist you when working on a project, taking an online course, meet virtually with friends, complete school work, or more!

All you need is a valid library membership and internet at home. If you do not have internet at home the library does have the lendable Internet Hub, inquire with the library if it is available.

What is included?

  • One Dell Latitude Windows 11 Laptop
  • One External Mouse
  • One Carrying Case
  • One Instruction Sheet

Computers come pre-installed with the full Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, and internet browsers full with resources to help you when seeking employment.

Email the Library if you have any questions about or problems with the laptops.

Need help when seeking employment? Contact:

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SRC - Summer Reading Club
Start Date: Tuesday, 4 July 2023
End Date: Tuesday, 1 August 2023
Schedule: Every week on Tuesday
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Barrhead Public Library
TD Summer Reading Club returns this summer, weekdays from 2-3PM. Kick-off is Tuesday, July 4th! More details soon.
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Wine Survivor
31 July, 2023
The Ultimate Wine Survivor fundraiser returns for 2023. From now until October 14th you may purchase tickets and enter this Society of Friends of the Barrhead Public Library fundraiser. 125 tickets are available, $35 each, and the Ultimate Wine Survivor will be selected on Thursday, October 19th. Click to learn more.
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Fine Arts Summer Camp
Date: Tuesday, 15 August, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Barrhead Public Library
Cost: $120 for all four days
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A Makerspace is a shared community space where people can come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge. Makerspaces can include a range of equipment and instructions from industrial arts and electronic & robotic technologies to software development and digital arts.

*Note* Several items in the Makerspace require material recovery costs. The associated charges for materials in the Makerspace are at cost and are not for profit.

Our Makerspace is equipped with the full line of Adobe Products. Inside our Makerspace, we have a growing library of introduction to design books to help you learn how to use the adobe line of programs.

Barrhead Public Library has two Cricut Explore® design-and-cut systems! Cricut Explore® blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® Image Library, or by uploading your own images. One Cricut Explore® uses Windows 10 and the other iMac.Learn more about Cricut design software at home by clicking here. In the library enjoy access to Cricut Access, a asset subscription service.Supplies can be purchased from the library, you may bring your own, or you can utilize scrap paper from previous projects at no cost!Watch video tutorials for the Cricut Explore by Melody Lane

We are proud to have the LEGO EDUCATION MINDSTORMS EV3 & EXPANSION SETS. Lego Mindstorms EV3 is the third generation robot in LEGO's LEGO Mindstorms robotics line. Enabling users to design, build, program and test complex or simple robotic designs, all out of LEGO!Installed on three public computers and a Makerspace PC, is the LEGO Education Software for programming your LEGO robot. Don't know how to program? Do not worry as in this education software complex code has been replaced by pictographs allowing anyone to learn and execute programs!
Learn on your own or join the LEGO Robotics Club every 2nd Friday of the month.

This video capture device connects to your PC allowing you to Transfer/Capture Video and Audio from Almost Any Analog Video Source (VHS/VCR/Hi8/DVD/TV BOX) to Your Mac (except for MAC OS 10.14 and above) or PC (XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 32bit&64bit). Captures Video in the Universal H.264 Digital Format – Ready for Windows Live Movie Maker, and YouTube.World-ready; Handles NTSC, SECAM, PAL and PAL/60 video. Kit includes composite-to-SCART adapter, composite video/RCA stereo cable.

The Wolverine Snap20 Digital Converter can convert 35mm slides, negatives and photos to 20mp digital images. The Wolverine Snap20 Digital Converter scans quickly and efficiently, allowing you to have easy access to all your photos.It can convert 35mm slides, negatives and photos in 20mp digital images.

High-speed Photo Scanning System Introducing a quick, effortless way for you to scan your photo collection. The Epson FastFoto can scan 2x2-inch photos up to 8.5-120-inch photos. The FastFoto allows you to capture both sides of your photos simultaneously. Organize photos easily with file/folder naming, as well as date and subject tagging.

TELUS Smart Hub is an easy, out-of-the-box home Wi-Fi solution that you can install in mere minutes. It utilizes the TELUS 5G and LTE Network to provide fixed high speed internet to rural households and small businesses! The Smart Hub comes with unlimited data. It uses a Telus cellular signal to provide Internet access. The Smart Hub can be borrowed for 2 days and can be renewed up to two times if there are no holds. If needed longer, patrons may ask and it can be borrowed longer on a need by need basis. You must be in good standing with the Barrhead Public Library to borrow.

The C-Pen ReaderPen2 is a portable, text-to-speech scanning aid that helps readers build fluency, improve literacy, and read independently. The ReaderPen is designed to assist people with a learning disability such as dyslexia, people with low vision, and language learners. 
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British Home Child Presentation by Margaret Griffiths
Date: Wednesday, 27 September, 2023
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Barrhead Public Library
Community member Margaret Griffiths will be hosting a presentation about British Home Children in the library on Wednesday, September 27th at 1:30pm. Margaret has a family member who was brought into Canada as one of these children.
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