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Programs + Events

Idea Exchange hosts hundreds of programs and events every year. From storytimes to movie screenings, there's always something interesting to do here. Find the one that's right for you.


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Online registration is available for Adult/Teen art courses and programs and Children’s art courses. All online registrations require an email address and those with a fee can be paid with a Visa or Mastercard. Registration in person or by phone (call 519.621.0460) is also available.

Monthly Calendar


Monday, October 15, 2018

Hazel Meyer. "no pressure, no diamonds" (detail), 2015. Image courtesy of artist.
October 31, 2015 - December 31, 2019
Events in the Community
Exhibitions + Openings
Learning a sport means memorizing a coded language of hand signals made by coaches, teammates, and referees. In “no pressure, no diamonds” , Hazel... Read More»
M.E. Smit-Dicks and Shannon Garden-Smith, Shared Pocket (Study) overlaid on found image, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
September 14 – October 28, 2018
Preston
Exhibitions + Openings
We had pockets. What lovely hoards I kept in them…a small sketch-book and a very large pocket-knife; beside string, nails, horse-chestnuts, lumps of... Read More»
Elycia SFA, Cross Sections (detail), 2018.
September 21 - November 4, 2018
Queen's Square
Exhibitions + Openings
Fibreworks, now in its 17th edition, is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. It is a showcase of the most current and... Read More»
Books seen from top
October 12-18, 2018
Clemens Mill, Hespeler, Preston, Queen's Square
Book Sales
It's book sale time at most Idea Exchange library locations! Materials offered may include adult and children's books, magazines, CD and DVDs [at... Read More»
line of teenagers
Mondays, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Preston
Programs + Workshops
The Teen Tastemakers are a group of local teens who meet monthly to discuss and review books, movies, and music, provide input about the library... Read More»
Manahel Polis, Settlement Worker
Most Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-5:30pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Please note: Every second Wednesday, Manahel is at Queen's Square from 12:30pm-5:30pm. Immigrant settlement workers assist newcomers with their... Read More»
STEAM Storytime
Mondays, September 17 - November 26, 2018, 10:00 - 10:30am
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are… come for songs, rhymes, stories, and fun learning activities that will inspire curious... Read More»
kids with arms around each other
Monday, September 17 - November 26, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30am
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Join children and other caregivers while they explore stations through the children's department.
Steam for Tots
Mondays, September 17 - November 26, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Science, technology, engineering, art and math blend together with a traditional storytime to create STEAM for Tots.
Boy with VR headset and controller
Most Weekdays from October 1 - December 21, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30am and 2:00 - 3:00pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Drop in for your turn with our Vive to enjoy some immersive games!
kids in front of a laptop
Most Weekdays from October 1 - December 21, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30am and 2:00 - 3:00pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Solve fun challenges with our Makerspace tools!
hands on piano keys
Most Weekdays from September 4 - December 21, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30am and 2:00 - 3:00pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Showcase your performance-ready skills and provide background music for everyone to enjoy.
mom lifting baby
Mondays, September 17 - Novemer 26, 2018, 2:00 - 2:30pm
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Let's play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands-on learning activity centers.
kids together
Most Weekdays, September 4 - December 21, 2018, 2:00-3:30pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Hang out with friends, play board games, or take a turn on the Xbox. This is your space!
yarn and needles
Mondays, September 10 - December 17, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Join fellow knitters, crocheters or other crafters in this comfortable setting.
a stack of open books
Mondays, September 17, October 15, and November 19, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Clemens Mill
Book Clubs
Enjoy this traditional book club where will discuss our likes (and dislikes!) with a different book each month. A copy of each book will be... Read More»