Children’s Programs

Library branches have reopened and we’re excited to see our youngest members browsing our shelves and picking out their favourite titles. Library staff are currently planning modified programs to begin this autumn and these plans will include social distancing and safety measures.

Lego Club

Ongoing Children's Programs

While our storytellers wait impatiently to see you again, we’ve checked out a few great online alternatives. Follow these links for read-along picture books for parents and children to enjoy together:

StoryTime with Haldimand County Public Library staff

TPOC Storytime – with Therapeutic Paws of Canada

StoryLine Online

Tumblebooks

Storytime from Space

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:

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

We’re impressed with all the unique creations contest entrants submitted this season. Enjoy viewing these masterpieces on the Library’s Facebook page.  The prize draw will take place before the end of August and the winner will be notified soon!

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

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 and Axis360, the Library’s ebook lending services.  OverDrive also offers many digital audiobooks for children and teens.

AudioBooks

OverDrive Audiobooks 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.

  • If you don’t yet have a library card number, simply complete the online email request form at the bottom of our Databases page, providing us with your full name and home mailing address, and we will issue you a card right away so you can get started.

Don’t lose your chord! We know our talented and devoted ukulele club members are going to miss our sessions.  But we’ve found some online resources to help you keep your skills fresh and even learn new ones:

Ukulele Tricks

Uke Buddy

Explaining what’s going on in the world right now to a young child can be challenging. We’ve found some excellent videos from reputable sources to help you out:

Child Mind

Unicef Australia

You may already be seeing signs of worry, anxiety or stress in your child during these times. The resources below will help you alleviate some of this, both for your child and for you as well:

Cenre for Diseases Control (U.S.)

National Health Service (U.K.)

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

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