Children’s Programs

 

Children’s Programs at Haldimand County Public Library support early literacy, childhood development and fun!

Registration is required. Contact your local branch for detailed program information and to register.

Lego Club

Exciting and educational opportunities for children at your local Library branch!

Children’s Holiday Program Registration

Children’s program registration for Holiday Programs opens at all branches on Tuesday, November 19.

Detailed program schedules for each of our branches are listed below. Click on your local branch for details.

Pre-registration is required for all Children’s Holiday Programs. Pre-register at your local branch on or after November 19.

Children's Holiday Programs 2019/2020

Caledonia Library Christmas Break Programs

Sparkly Snowflake Suncatchers – catch some rays on winter days!

Friday, December 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages: 5 & Up. Cost: $2.00

Snow Much Fun Party – Craft, games, prizes and  a snack!

Thursday, January 2 from 1:30-3:30p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Fuzzy Hat Garland – Warm and cozy makes for good decorations!

Friday, January 3 from 10:30-11:30a.m.

Ages: 4 & up. Cost: $2.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

 

Winter Break Activities for Kids

Gingerbread House Ornaments – Transform mini terra cotta pots into an absolutely adorable gingerbread house ornaments!

Friday, December 27 from 11a.m. – 12 noon

Ages: 5 & up. Cost: $3.00

Olaf Party – Craft, games, prizes and a snack!

Thursday, January 2 from 1-3 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Penguin Art Craft – Set the scene for a chilly-willy penguin!

Friday, January 3 from 11a.m. to 12noon

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $1.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

Stuff to Do Over the Holidays

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Crafts, games, prizes and a snack!

Saturday, December 21 from 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Gingerbread House Ornaments – Transform mini terra cotta pots into an absolutely adorable gingerbread house ornaments!

Friday, December 27 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Ages: 5 & up. Cost: $3.00

Christmas Card Ornament Ball – Recycled christmas cards become a beautiful ornament!

Tuesday, December 21 from 11a.m. to 12noon

Ages: 6 & up. Cost: $1.00

Olaf Party – Craft, games, prizes and a snack!

Friday, January 3 from 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Elf Christmas Party – craft, games, prizes and a snack!

Saturday, January 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

Holiday Crafts

Snowman Party – Craft, games, prizes and  a snack!

Friday, December 27 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Gingerbread House Ornaments – Transform mini terra cotta pots into an absolutely adorable gingerbread house ornaments!

Friday, January 3 from 10:30a.m. – 12 noon

Ages: 5 & up. Cost: $3.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

Children’s Holiday Programming

Gingerbread House Ornaments – Transform mini terra cotta pots into an absolutely adorable gingerbread house ornaments!

Tuesday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Ages: 5 & up. Cost: $3.00

Cookie Storytime – stories and a cookie themed craft

Friday, December 27 from 11a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $1.00

Cookie Party – Games, crafts and a yummy snack!

Ages: 4 & up. Cost: $4.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

Christmas Programs

Elf Christmas Party – craft, games, prizes and a snack!

Monday, December 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Snowman Party – craft, games, prizes and a snack!

Monday, December 30 from 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 3 & up. Cost: $4.00

Pre-registration is required for all children’s holiday programs. Visit the library branch hosting the programs to register. For more information, call 289-674-0400.

Ongoing Children's Programs

Baby StoryTime

Ages: Newborns to 24 months with a parent or caregiver
Per-session Fee: $6
Individual Baby Storytime Fee: $1

Join our new program featuring stories, songs and a whole lot of fun! Register now!

Dunnville Branch: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Caledonia Branch: Fridays, 11a.m. to 11:45a.m.

Pre-registration is required – space is limited. Contact the Dunnville or Caledonia Branches for session details.

Tales for Twos

Ages: Exclusively for two-year-olds with a parent or caregiver
Per-session Fee: $6
Individual Tales for Twos Fee: $1

Tales for Twos is a six-week program designed exclusively for two-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Sessions consist of short stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and a whole lot of fun!

NEW Cayuga Branch: Fridays, 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Caledonia Branch: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hagersville Branch: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Jarvis Branch: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Selkirk Branch: Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is required – space is limited. Call your local branch for more information at (289) 674-0400.

StoryTime

Ages: 3-5 years
Per-session Fee: $10
Individual Storytime Fee: $1

StoryTime at the Haldimand County Public Library is a fun mix of reading, crafts, songs and meeting new friends. Participating in early literacy activities is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. We offer Fall, Winter and Spring StoryTime sessions at all six library branches.

Caledonia Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. & Thursdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Cayuga Branch: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Dunnville Branch: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Hagersville Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Jarvis Branch: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Selkirk Branch: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is required – space is limited. Call your local branch for more information at (289) 674-0400.

LEGO Clubs

Ages: Vary by location, details below
Fee: Free

Bring your imagination and create something special! LEGO pieces are provided by the Library thanks to sponsorship by Friends of the Dunnville Library and Friends of the Jarvis Library. Free to participate, just drop by!

Caledonia Branch: Ages 3 and up. Wednesdays as scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Upcoming sessions: the first Wednesday of the month September through June. (The 2nd Wednesday of the month in January.)

Cayuga Branch: Ages 3 and up. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Dunnville Branch: Ages 6 and up. Fridays after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September through June). LEGO Club is held every Friday except snow days and PD Days (no school – no LEGO Club!)

Jarvis Branch: Ages 3 and up. Tuesdays 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.

Selkirk Branch: Ages 3 and up. Thursdays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Paws to Read

Fee: Free

The Haldimand County Public Library – Caledonia Branch in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, is offering an exciting literacy program designed to help children who would benefit from extra practice with their reading. This free session will be offered weekly for a total of six weeks and one of three certified teams will be at the Library to read with children on each date.

Children read to the dog and are encouraged to pick books they think the dog would like to hear! Paws to Read dogs provide undivided attention to the children as the children read aloud. Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children who struggle to read aloud in class, thereby boosting literacy skills.

Please call the Caledonia Library at 289-674-0400 for more information on upcoming sessions.

Dunnville Public Library

317 Chestnut Street

Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Starts at 2p.m.

Enjoy music by the Haldimand Ukulele Group & others.

All types of musicians welcome.

Bring a lawn chair.

You don’t need to play an instrument to join in!

Pop-Up Library

Haldimand County Public Library is out and about! Look under our big blue tent for fun, free activities all summer long!

Where we will be this summer:

Tuesdays – Dunnville Farmers’ Market – 9a.m. to 12p.m.

Wednesdays – Caledonia Pool/Splashpad – 11a.m. to 2p.m.

Thursdays – Hagersville Pool/Splashpag – 11a.m. to 2p.m.

What we will be up to:

July 9-11 – Seed planting

July 16-18 – Design your own superhero

July 23-25 – Making: Paper airplanes

July 30-Aug 1 – No Pop-Ups this week. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Aug 6-8 – No Pop-Ups this week

Aug 13-15 – Making: LEGO

Aug 20-22 – Nature scavenger hunt

Aug 27-29 – Ukulele

Stop in and join the fun!

Red Cross Babysitting Course

Ages: Youth 11 – 15
Course Fee: $40

Youth aged 11 to 15 years are invited to take the Library’s Red Cross Babysitting Course! Gain the confidence to make smart decisions in any babysitting situation. Learn how to supervise babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children and handle common injuries and emergencies. Impress your parents, build your resume and earn extra money by being a responsible, reliable babysitter!

Our courses are taught by a Red Cross certified Babysitting Course facilitator who is Ontario College of Teachers certified.

Participants must attend both days of the course, participate and demonstrate skills while displaying a responsible and mature attitude to receive their certificate of completion.

Fall 2019 Dates & Locations:

HCPL – Selkirk Branch

34 Main St. W., Selkirk

Part 1: Saturday, October 19, 2019. 9:30a.m. to 2p.m.

Part 2: Sunday, October 20, 2019. 1p.m. to 4p.m

HCPL – Hagersville Branch

13 Alma St. N., Hagersville

Part 1: Friday, November 15, 2019. 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Part 2: Saturday, November 16, 2019. 9:30a.m. to 2p.m.

Pre-registration is required at the Library branch hosting the course. For more information please contact:

Lindsay Thomas
Community Outreach Coordinator
(905) 318-5932 ext. 6118 lstephens@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Ukulele Club

Ages: 7 – 99 years
Fee: Free

Learn to play the ukulele! Join our program now running Wednesdays at the Dunnville Branch beginning Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Experienced players from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., adult beginners from  3 p.m. to 4 p.m. or  after school class from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your own ukulele or practice on one of ours. Please let us know in advance if you need to borrow an instrument.

Registration is required – call or visit the library to register.

Therapy Dog Visits!

Therapeutic Paws of Canada is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing Pet Therapy resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through visitation. Our Haldimand County Team is excited to offer this new visiting program at the Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre in coordination with Community Living Haldimand.

Interaction with a Therapy Pet has been shown to have many positive health benefits for those participating, such as lowered blood pressure, reduced pain and increased feelings of well-being, even after a short visit.

Every other Thursday from 1:30-2:30p.m. at the Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre (Program Room)

2019 Sessions:

October 3, 17, 31

November 14, 28

December 12 (no meeting December 26)

2020 Sessions: 

January 9, 23

February 6, 20

March 5, 19

April 2, 16, 30

May 14, 28

June 11, 25

(no meetings in July & August)

September 3, 17

October 1, 15, 29

November 12, 26

December 10 (no meeting December 24)

Please join us for this free drop in program to visit and interact with our Certified Therapy Pets.

The Library has programs for all ages! Check out our Adult Programs.

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