Children’s Programs

Ongoing Children's Programs

StoryTime

StoryTime 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. Usually, we offer Fall, Winter and Spring StoryTime sessions at all six library branches for ages 3 to 5.

Our current StoryTime schedule:

Caledonia: 3 sessions – Wednesdays @ 10:30a.m. and Thursdays @ 1p.m. and 2p.m.

Cayuga: 2 sessions – Fridays @ 10:15a.m. and 11:15a.m.

Dunnville: 1 session – Fridays @ 11a.m.

Hagersville: Currently not available. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Jarvis: 1 session – Fridays @ 11a.m.

Selkirk: 2 sessions – Tuesdays at 10:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.

Check out some of our video StoryTimes on our YouTube channel by clicking here!

 

Please note: Due to the changing nature of pandemic restrictions, program schedules are subject to change without notice. We appreciate your understanding. 

Kids who love to build and make will love LEGO club!

LEGO Club schedule:

Cayuga: Saturdays @ 11a.m.

Caledonia: Coming soon!

Dunnville: Fridays @ 3:30p.m.

Hagersville: Coming soon!

Jarvis: Thursdays @ 3:30p.m.

Selkirk: Saturdays @ 11a.m.

Age restrictions vary. Contact your local branch for details.

Please note: Due to the changing nature of pandemic restrictions, program schedules are subject to change without notice. We appreciate your understanding. 

Ukulele Club

Want to learn to play an instrument? Now is your chance! The Ukulele Club is open to all ages and levels of experience. All that we require is a wiliness to learn. Weekly classes are offered in Dunnville.

Experienced players: Wednesdays @ 2p.m.

Adult beginners: Wednesdays @ 3p.m.

After-school beginners (all ages): Wednesdays @ 4p.m.

Registration is required. Don’t have your own ukulele? Borrow one of ours!

Contact the Dunnville Branch at 289-674-0400 ext. 3 for more information and to register.

Red Cross Babysitting Course

Do you like feeling responsible and reliable? Do you enjoy spending time with children? Then a career in babysitting may be right for you! Your first step? Take the Red Cross Babysitting Course!

The Red Cross Babysitting course is for youth ages 11 years or older who interested in gaining more confidence while looking after children. The course is taught by a certified instructor and covers how to deal with difficult behaviors, providing safe environments for play and providing appropriate care in an emergency, along with other useful topics. The course is taught through hands on, text book and role playing instruction. If you are interested in a babysitting course, please email Katrina, the Community Outreach Coordinator at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca

The course runs Monday to Friday  evenings for 75 minutes each day. Participants must complete all 5 days in order to complete their certification.

Take & Make Crafts

Your library has fun and easy Take and Make Crafts for kids, including easy to follow instructions and supplies. Pickup a kit for free at your local library and take it home to create. Some fun past Take & Makes for kids have included: Leprechaun finger puppets, colourful paper quilling and make your own sensory shaker.

Check your local branch for this months new Take and Make Craft for kids!

 Activities

The Internet has thousands of sites with amazing ideas for keeping your children occupied and learning. We want to highlight seven sites that we found particularly fun and engaging:

Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips

Virtual School Day  Over 100 free live K-12 classes all day long, brought to you by Varsity Tutors.

Virtual Summer Camps Free half-day summer camps with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign language, chess, theatre, coding, and even Minecraft! Offered by Varsity Tutors.

TVO Kids

CBC Kids

Curio : (Educational programs, documentaries, audio and archival material from the CBC)

Scholastic

National Geographic Kids

PBS Kids

Discovery Puzzlemaker

Virtual Museum Tours (includes many Canadian Museums you can tour from home!)

LIVE Toronto Zoo

Calgary Zoo

Vancouver Aquarium

20 Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Farm Tours

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips 

Experience Curiosity on Mars

Crafts

Looking for some innovative, one-of-a-kind craft ideas using things you already have around the house?  Make the most of old tin cans, cardboard boxes, paper and glue:

Kids Craft Room

We Are Teachers Earth Day Crafts

Colouring Pages

Put your crayons to the test and take advantage of this time-tested activity. One, Two, Green!

Crayola

Super Coloring!

eBooks

Find hundreds of children’s ebook titles on OverDrive (Libby) and CloudLibrary, the Library’s ebook lending services.  OverDrive also offers many digital audiobooks for children and teens.

AudioBooks

OverDrive Audiobooks (also called Libby) aren’t just for adults – there are hundreds of children’s titles available too!

Music Downloads and Streaming

Freegal offers thousands of song tracks by you child’s favourite artists, all available for free downloading or streaming.

Math Can Be Fun. Really. We mean it!

Tumble Math activities make a game of numbers and are educational at the same time.

Children’s Summer Programs

This years summer theme is Once Upon a Time : Myths & Legends!  Storytimes, crafts, parties, colouring contests and reading clubs are planned at all branches. Select your local branch below to access a guide listing all events, descriptions, age requirements, dates and times and fees. Guides are currently in development and will be posted upon completion.

Registration begins June 21, 2022.

Hagersville Branch

TD Summer Reading Club for Children

Venture into magical realms where fantastic creatures roam and anything can (and will) happen. Discover the power of stories and storytelling to entertain and illuminate important lessons. Be enchanted by fairy and folk tales, old and new and from far and wide, as you journey through suspenseful twists and turns. Whatever the stories may be, they are bound to inspire you to imagine and even tell your own story.

Details on how to register for the summer reading club are coming soon!

Teen Summer Reading Club

Venture into magical realms where fantastic creatures roam and anything can (and will) happen. Discover the power of stories and storytelling to entertain and illuminate important lessons. Be enchanted by fairy and folk tales, old and new and from far and wide, as you journey through suspenseful twists and turns. Whatever the stories may be, they are bound to inspire you to imagine and even tell your own story.

Details on how to register for the teen summer summer reading club are coming soon!

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

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