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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


Thursday, October 18, 2018

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»
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»
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»
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»
child building with blocks
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 9:45 -10:15am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Dance, sing, rhyme, and craft with your tot. Enjoy this half hour program of story, song and movement. A great program for meeting other children and... Read More»
Manahel Polis, Settlement Worker
Most Tuesdays 12:00 - 8:00pm & Thursdays 10:00am - 5:30pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Immigrant settlement workers assist newcomers with their settlement needs. They can help newcomers learn about our culture, find places to learn... Read More»
Stories & Stretches
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:00 - 10:30am
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Come enjoy this unique program with its combination of stories, movement activities and FUN!
Totstime
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:00 - 10:30am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Dance, sing, rhyme, and craft with your tot. Enjoy this half hour program of story, song and movement. A great program for meeting other children and... Read More»
Loose parts
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30am
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Every child is unique, let us inspire your child's imagination and creativity. Join us for dynamic, open-ended learning adventures and activities.
kids laying on the floor with heads together
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:15 - 11:15am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Let's Play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands on, learning activity centers.
Tech Playground
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:30 - 11:00am
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Tech and science aren't just for big kids! Come to our playground and explore science and tech concepts with your littles - stories, songs and... Read More»
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!
Explore on floor
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 10:30 - 11:15am
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 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.
storytime
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 11:00 - 11:30am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Come enjoy this unique program with its combination of stories, movement activities and FUN!
Old photo of Galt Post Office
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Old Post Office
Lectures + Talks
The Old Post Office has lived many lives. Designed by Thomas Fuller, Chief Architect for the Dominion of Public Works, it is an excellent example of... Read More»
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!
4pm project
Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Old Post Office
Programs + Workshops
School’s out. Now what? Come and explore, create and share. Crafts, robotics, comics and more. Minecraft, Pokémon and Marvel to explore. Build, paint... Read More»
Conversation Circle at Idea Exchange
Thursdays, September 13 - December 20, 2018, 6:15-8:15pm
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Drop in to our free, friendly conversation circles to learn English, meet new friends, talk about your community, culture and customs. Tuesdays, 6:15... Read More»
steoticsarduino
Thursdays, October 11 - November 1, 2018, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Old Post Office
Programs + Workshops
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It is a great way for students to get involved with... Read More»
Messy art apron
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Join us for an evening of no-judgement mess-making where the only goal is having fun! This 'bad' art exhibit is a time to focus on FUN-art instead of... Read More»
3D printed owl
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
In this one hour introduction, staff will show you the basics of 3D printing, including how to download files, converting to 3D models, and using... Read More»
Lights on the OPO
Most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, until December 29, 2018, 8:00–9:30pm
Old Post Office
Live Performances
Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office! This spectacular light show is projected on the Water Street side of the digital library. Shows... Read More»