Opening Day Activities

The celebrations start outside the Library at 9:00 am, with musical acts and street performers. Make your way inside your new Central Library, starting at 10:00 am, and find lots to do on every level!

This activity listing is for Thursday, November 1. View the schedules for Saturday, November 3, or Sunday, November 4.

Note that there is some special programming also offered on Friday, November 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Whichever day you choose to visit, we can't wait for you to see your new Central Library.

Level 0

Time Activity
10:15 am – 11:00 am Indigenous Drumming
Top of the Performance Hall
10:15 am – 4:00 pm Wendy Lees Interactive Art Project
BMO Financial Group Community Room

Level 1

Time Activity
10:00 am – 10:15 am Opening Ceremony
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
11:00 am – 6:00 pm General Tours depart on the hour from the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Button making in the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
11:30 am – 2:30 pm Architecture Tours depart hourly on the half hour from the Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Calgary Jazz Orchestra
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oliver Miguel with pianist
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Library Foundation Pop-Up Store
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Pop-Up Opera
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Indigenous Dance
Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

Level 1M

Time Activity
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Dear Library Letters to the building
Create Space
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Telus Spark Science Demonstrations
Wet program room
11:00 – 7:00 pm Baby Lounge
Dry program room

Level 2

Time Activity
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Selfie Station at the north end of Level 2
Balloon Installation at the top of the Moms' Stairway
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pied Piper Storytime with Dan the One-Man Band
Southwest corner of Level 2
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Reading Oracles
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pied Piper Storytime with Dan the One-Man Band
Southwest corner of Level 2
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pied Piper Storytime with Dan the One-Man Band
Southwest corner of Level 2

Level 3

Time Activity
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Dear Library Letters to the building in the Services for Newcomers area
Gaming in the Teen Centre
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Instrument Zoo
Open seating area, east side of the building
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm YAK Kits - Fun & Games: Creature Feature
Multipurpose room 310A (Teen Centre)
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Media Tech Orientation
Audio and Video Recording Studios
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tech Mentors
The Norrep Foundation Tech Connect Studio

Level 4

Time Activity
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Poems on Demand at The Prow
Story Recordings in the Story Studio
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Artist in Residence Open Studio
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Indigenous beading
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Moccasin creation demonstration
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