How We Do It
Building Readers for Life. With over 400 separate programs delivered to more than 200,000 Calgarians yearly, the Library connects our city’s residents with skill development, education, life enrichment and entertainment at all stages of life. In a busy world, today’s Library is the community’s living room, where children are nurtured to learn to read, newcomers to Canada welcomed, and the direction of a life can be positively changed through the services and support provided by Library staff.
At the heart of Library service are more than 20 learning programs supporting three key literacy service areas: basic literacy (reading, writing and numeracy); technology or digital skill development; and language learning. Targeted program areas include:
- Early Literacy: The Library’s free early literacy programs provide a high-touch, personalized delivery that support bonding between parent and infants while building the critical foundational skills that will last a lifetime. The award winning Grow a Reader digital app teaches parents and caregivers how to develop early literacy skills in young children using interactive rhymes, finger plays, and songs.
- Children and Youth: Award winning programs like It’s A Crime Not To Read foster a love of reading and self-confidence for grade 1 to 3 students through a unique partnership between the Library and Calgary Police Service. Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds improves math skills and confidence for children grades 1 to 6 with a free fourteen-week math tutoring program.
- Other Programs: The Library offers additional programs such as: It’s a Crime Not to Read, Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds and Digital Literacy in the Community. To register for these and other programs, please call 403-260-2620 or visit the Calgary Public Library at the following link: Register for Programs
Adults & New Canadians: Sun Life Financial Arts & Culture Pass provides targeted support for low income individuals and families in Calgary, allowing them to access and participate in our city’s arts and culture events. Digital Literacy in the Community supports the learning needs of our city’s most vulnerable populations—delivering foundational computer skills in small, learner-centered classes at 28 partner social agencies. The RBC Welcome to the Library supports New Canadians in Calgary, providing tools to access and develop foundational skills and celebrating their successful integration as participatory, productive citizens.
RBC Welcome to the Library: Welcome to the Library, supported by the RBC Foundation welcomes and supports newcomers to Canada through Welcome Tours, Welcome Library Cards and Welcome Videos.
The Library has programs for every stage—from babies to seniors—that foster literacy, connections and lifetime learning.